28 December 2013

Tornaado - Instrumentaaltsükkel "Regatt" (Frotee Records FRO001 - 2013)

The year 2013 saw the birth of the Estonian label Frotee Records, in search of the Balearic beat of the Baltics and doing it with vinyl pressings of long-lost compositions.
The label debuted with an EP by a band called Tornaado, thus going back to the year 1979 when Lada, the Soviet worker's limousine, celebrated the ninth birthday and Pepsi hit some upmarket stores in Estonia. The yachting regatta of the 1980 Moscow Olympics was at the gate in Tallinn, the medieval city preparing for the event of sports and peace, actually boycotted by many Western countries.
The funk had arrived across the Iron Curtain a few years ago and also guided five Estonian musicians - Mart Telliskivi, Valdur Lehtla, Harri Klemm, Jaan Rello, Andi Muskat - to the foundations of deep groove. Exactly in 1979 Tornaado hit the nerve of time and recorded six instrumentals in the crossroads of soul, funk and even reggae, all meeting in the slippery disco floor. Rediscovered from the archives of the Estonian Broadcasting Company, the tracks titled according to the sailing classes of that time were remastered for a 10-inch full of sparkling tunes by the moustached crew in overalls.

Source: Frotee.net

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27 December 2013

Alien Rain - Acid Reign (Deep Sound Channel DSC002 - 2013)

Milton Bradley, founder of the Berlin-based Do Not Resist The Beat label, has been recently concentrating on the new Alien Rain project, now reaching the fourth release.
As the name of the title suggests, it's all about acid with vintage feel while the publishing platform is rather unexpected: After being launched with dubby excursions on the tranquil side, Shipwrec offshoot Deep Sound Channel takes definitely a surprising turn when putting out Bradley's battle tracks.
"Acid Reign" consists of two rough pieces of 303 techno, the A-side's hurling reverbs staying close to 1990s monsters by Woody McBride and affiliates while serious corrosive effect dwells in the flipside's howling monotonity. Alien Rain is improving with every release.

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25 December 2013

Anom Vitruv - Untitled EP (ZCKR08 - 2013)

Bonjour miserable world, says Anom Vitruv, a Swiss artist having previously released on Tabernacle and Offseason and now paying a visit to the experimental outlet ZCKR from Bremen, Germany.
Buried beneath abstract noise and distortion, the EPs three tracks feed the bad dreams, like in the rumbling A-side where chaotic soundbites interfere with bewildered voice and the track gradually adopts a distinctive synth groove before droning away.
B1's smutty dubs and vocoded storytelling are overtaken by angst-inducing noise that leads to the concluding statement you are going to die while the B2 track opens with dark ambient and pressurized loop before encountering a high-voltage grid for a long-lasting agony. Surreal and depressing sound documentations, in line with ZCKR's basics.

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19 December 2013

DUST OFF: L.A.M. ‎– Balance Of Terror EP (Hardwax HW-004 - 1992/1996)

In 1992, the same year when Drexciya debuted with the "Deep Sea Dweller" on Shockwave, they launched another alias on Hardwax, a label from Detroit techno's rougher area set up by Robert Hood. Hardwax's sound was much harsher than of M-Plant, Hood's main platform across the years, and it's reflected in "Balance Of Terror EP" with a slant of UR's punisher mindset of that time.
L.A.M. was deciphered as Life After Mutation and the EP’s six tracks reflect the fury originating from corrupted genomes. Wiggly synths slap like barracuda tails in "Radius Of Infliction" reminding of "Aquatic Invasion" while the gloom of "Nuclear Facelift" is alleviated by the deep-sea-dwelling pads in the finale.
After the A-side’s fluorescent outerlude "Meltdown", pest control squad feels aural imbalance in quirky "Hostile Bacteria" and disaster coverage, spelled out as we are on TV, happens in "Toxic TV" with braindance meeting militant riffs. For the end with raw and angry electro-techno is served in "Death Toll“, a direct transmission from a zombie ballroom.
In 1996 Hardwax made a repress of the EP and another one was added by Clone in 2003 with the bonus track „Irradiated“. The Hardwax EP is another masterpiece by Detroit legends.

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Various - 1112013 Stopping Outwards (Stochastic Resonance SR006 - 2013)

Operating out of Rome, Stochastic Resonance issues the first vinyl after a handful of digital releases since 2011. Representing the lesser known experimental camp from Italy, the "1112013 Stopping Outwards" gets a beatless start with low-frequency resonance in Akamoi's "Little Black Box" and roaming bass and clicks in "Three Phase" by Ynaktera. After mediocre electronic lounge tracks by El Cosmonauta and Mariano the best pick starts with muezzin's remote call introducing Ghostphace aka Matteo Silvestri from Rome. In "Rome Boredom" wall of distortion collides with caustic sequences for a post-techno experience, followed by another strong contribution by Scual with cathedral spirit meeting gloomy electronics in "The Fade Of John Gray".

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18 December 2013

Abdulla Rashim - Aksum (Abdulla Rashim Records ARR006 - 2013)

Since the launch of the self-titled imprint, floor-conscious Abdulla Rashim has undergone steady artistic evolution. Firstly jumping on the droning techno bandwagon, Rashim quickly detached his sound from trendy tropes. Now the label's sixth and most fulfilled release is once again inspired by the skies above Ethiopia and the country's ancient Aksum kingdom and with a total playtime of 30 minutes it might be called Rashim's first album. In many parts it's more stripped down than previous EPs but still accentuates Rashim's fascination for repetitive tribal textures.
Introduced with speedy staccato reminding of Nico's "The Wire", the Nubian-rooted bonfire ritual begins in A2 with bursting stabs and crawling percussion while A3 is like sitting on a giant Ferris wheel gradually making faster rounds.
Black strobe is indispensable when the opener of the B-side hits, intense loop-driven cut with the best Purpose Maker elements and a suspect for floor success. After dubbed-out factory aesthetics in B2 the aurora borealis is embraced for the conclusion, last two tracks tapping into the mystery tales Northern Electronics, Rashim’s new experimental imprint. All in all, “Aksum” is the label's and artist's highlight to date.

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16 December 2013

These Hidden Hands - Remixes II (Hidden Hundred HH004 - 2013)

The remix potential of the self-titled debut album by These Hidden Hands, a project by Tommy Four Seven and a mastering engineer called Alain, has materialized in the second rework installment with three equally blistering tracks.
A survivor from techno's antique times, Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ shows great artistic form in "When Told", recalling Schmidt's Lassigue Bendthaus years. The voice from electric cabaret keeps repeating when told while EBM drumset is paragliding to surprising ambient fadeout.
Kangding Ray elevates the cylinder pressure with "Diesel", nailing it with sinister drums and Green Velvet-like modulations. In "Isopod" Ancient Methods, the warlord of pitch-black sounds, sends out subterrestrial commandos to encounter the hazards of plague-infected areas. Easily one of the best remix EPs in 2013.

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12 December 2013

MGUN ‎– Some Tracks (Third Ear Recordings ‎3EEP-2013_10 - 2013)

It seems that artistically MGUN lodges in isolation, to be not distracted by the cookery in trendy music labs. A composer going his own way, MGUN has dropped classy releases on The Trilogy Tapes, Berceuse Heroique, Don't Be Afraid - all choice labels in 2013 - and now on Hackney-based and aptly named Third Ear Recordings.
Bluntly titled "Some Tracks" tells further tales about MGUN's talent and bass obsession. Sounding both assertive and ethereal, lights are dimmed in revolving boogie funk "Extort", introducing the rougher A-side. Serious fun goes on in "Mean While", spelled exactly like this, which would generate notifications by the neighbors due to tremors from beneath being fused with modulated alien speak. B-side opener "Fiber" is hued by lighter pads stepping over a neo-disco groove while in "Mask" signals and hi-hats are placed over a fat stomp and "Taft" goes dizzy with a psyched-out groove. An EP offering plenty of variety between techno and house.

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Fabrizio Lapiana - Antimatter 2 (Attic Music ATTIC002 - 2014)

The second part of Fabrizio Lapiana's "Antimatter" series sees the Italian drop two techno tracks, of which "Robirds" is a simple dark builder. Of different quality is "Cobots", kicking off with brassy hum and hysterically spiraling signal brought forward by bass pads when the helium-driven vessel goes airborne for a scenic view over the wastelands. The B-side sees the fellow Italian Claudio Fabrianesi to implant low frequency vibrations to "Robirds", topped with a modulating psy-trance groove and claps when silver bullets are dashing in the air.

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09 December 2013

Stave - Trust EP (Trensmat TR040 - 2013)

Mechanical witchery by Stave, a project from the mind of Chicago's Jonathan Krohn, is unleashed in the end-of-the-year release by Irish label Trensmat. "Trust EP" goes further from the label's recent jittery percussion into the realms of throbbing and harsh machine language.
Any wellness desires are trampled under the heels of iron when in the opener „Trust“ a vermicular drone is overrun by massive industrial whip, succeeded by multi-rhythmic warfare "Anon“ with eerie horns and murmuring monks. On the B-side demontage resumes with Israel Vines's fierce remix of „Tower 9“, with ghastly moans and industrial breakbeats towering over an obese kickdrum. Stumbling in traces of slag "Erox" does not quit the familiar landscape and offers a postgraduate course for the fans of Caustic Window. Of two digital bonus tracks, the annihilation scale is elevated in „Break“ with purgatory beats not far from the likes of Ancient Methods and Kareem while „Erox (Version)“ sees a cattle broker presiding over a frightened herd. Save our souls.

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04 December 2013

Farah - Metal Irene EP (Don't Be Afraid DBA014 - 2013)

Release date is in December 2013
Another outstanding EP by the UK imprint Don't Be Afraid (DBA), which has found a proper place in Juno's Top 10 of record labels. Set up and run by Semtek, DBA continues its impressive streak with "Metal Irene EP" by a new signing called Farah, artist formerly known as Darling Farah and having Kamau Baaqi written in his passport.
The five-track EP is a proof of Farah's great talent in capturing intellectual depth so often lost in today's electronic productions.
Those still under the influence of DBA's earlier twelve by MGUN, salute the arrival of another producer from Detroit, the city's timeless groove dwelling in the opener "Cloudy Apple", a track that deserves to be called techno funk.
Soft chords and sampled deep house vocals emerge in "Speak In The Spotlight" while "Humming" zooms in to micro-organisms with surface noise and light drone elements. With the appearance of  "Lockhead" electro is redefined with vibrating fibrous loop with boogie claps before dub and reverb abstractions end the story with "Pieced Apart".
In "Metal Irene EP" deep house tropes share the compartment with technoid vibes, whereas the record's main quality lies in diversity. While some producers believe that the power of a print insert and colored vinyl compensates two mediocre tracks, Farah has used the wax capacity in full, both physically and mentally.

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02 December 2013

Various - Feral Grind (Submit Recs SUBMIT002 - 2013)

Perc Trax has been an emblematic outlet of the UK techno scene, rough in its artistic approach when nourishing energy for the floor. Certainly allured by the electronic music's industrial past, label owner Ali Wells aka Perc decided to delve deeper into the hard-edged experimental techno when launched a new sub-label Submit with a symbolic collaboration between Wells and Einstürzende Neubauten earlier this year.
Submit's serious intentions are affirmed with an invasive compilation titled "Feral Grind", where a glimpse at the artist roster flushes away any fears of encountering midrange techno.
In "Electric Bathwater - Beachboyswhenyoudie" the hairdryer is exclusively used for the electric shock when the Tennessee artist Housefire merges splashing low frequencies with hardened shoegaze and choral chant. After distorted EBM-approved amok in "Braces On My Fangs" by James A. Donadio's Prostitutes, the unknown face behind Bleaching Agent strolls in scrapyard in "Yellow Corduroy Wall", void of any beat assistance. Another provocateur Pete Swanson extracts a tampered bass line in "Pleasure Averse" and applying filtered drum'n'bass in "Trogdog", Trogpite joins sorcery guided by a growling voice Alan Vega could be proud of.
When grinding rhythms and nasty kick drum hit in Profligate's "Swarm" no one is standing at the wall anymore. What might be kinky couple called Henry & Hazel Slaughter - in fact the zillionth alias of John Olson - expresses subdued rage in "Breather Fat: Take Four", followed by noisy onslaught in "Final Love (Feral Love Dub)" by Burial Hex and Mincemeat Or Tenspeed's "Drooman".
After a sudden rhythm change, "Face It Fast" by The David Russell Snake triggers body convulsions and "UX I" by Hive Mind touches the extremes of drone and bang science with a snake-charmer effect on the audience. Exclusive to the digital version, DAF bass line meets Sheffield school of electronics in "Lowest Temptation" by the Type recording artist Indignant Senility.
"Feral Grind" is a spectacular night out with distorted and crunched soundbites, from the artists hailing mostly from the (smalltown) America and confirms that Perc's new sublabel has taken a very welcome direction.

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28 November 2013

Various - EP 2 (Inner Surface Music INNER006 - 2013)

Inner Surface, UK techno label set up by Tom Dicicco and AnD, continues the series of various artists EPs with a set of internationally acclaimed artists from the harder end of the spectrum.
The engine is cranked up with rubbing rhythms and processed whispers by Japanese artist Yuji Kondo, applying thick filters in "Tilt" for a sound-alike on his recent tracks out on Par Recordings and Fifth Wall.
"Roksan" by Tom Dicicco grows into a medium-paced offbeat mess with submersible signals while D.Carbone from the Naples-Berlin axis praises the drums and bleeps in eruptive cut "Asynthetic" and Spanish act NX1 concludes with its trademark haunting groove in "IS1". Floor cuts for sweltering and dark venues, pressed on transparent red vinyl.

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25 November 2013

George Paar & Yuji Kondo - Man No Shadow (Par Wax PRW 06 - 2013)

Uruguay might be an exotic spot on the global techno map but because of George Paar, the founder of Par Recordings, it's not a quiet place. The Montevideo resident has been running the label since 2011, as a publishing platform of his own tracks along with guest contributions from Ness, Patrick Krieger, Conrad van Orton and most recently Giorgio Gigli.
Now hard-working Yuji Kondo from Japan has joined the label head in "Man No Shadow EP" for the sixth vinyl release. The A-side sees Paar's furious programming in mechanical and intense "Modern Inception" and the embrace of cold-hearted machines continues in "Dwelling In Ignorance", rushed over by a giant wave of pulsating stabs. The B-side belongs to Kondo, starting with crawling and rattling "Indefinitely Discreet" for feeling disoriented like in high fever, and then topped by well-targeted kick and uncanny whispers in physically challenging "Know Where", a linear and revolting tool for the partygoers.

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18 November 2013

L'estasi Dell'oro ‎– Kingdom For A Kiss (Berceuse Heroique ‎BH 004 - 2013)

Berceuse Heroique CEO Kemal has hauled Flaneur Audio and Voodoo Down Records operative Christopher Ernst from the US to a grueling trip on the nonconformist label from London.
The invasive two-tracker fills close to 30 minutes of our miserable life, starting the A-side's filthy noise and haunting voices united under the banner of rusty cogwheel. Built on a neverending sequence, the A-side is akin to analog rumble in techno about 20 years ago.
Nothing biodegradable on the B-side either, when masters of distorted acid techno, Unit Moebius Anonymous and Shitcluster, are rising from the stinky sewers of The Hague. About 14 minutes of corporal punishment with pitched-down phrases and hydraulic hammering for the bad dreams of bourgeoisie.

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PVS - The Fugitives (M_Rec Ltd M_RECLTD019 - 2013)

Release date is in November 2013
Italian artist PVS aka Marco Piovesan who has formerly appeared on Gynoid and H.omevvork, premieres on Milan's M_Rec Ltd with four tracks for the DJ bag.
A-side's pretty simple "Arsenal" is from the 2013 club techno manual: cold signals and synthetic haze surround the PVS original and the remix by Danish producer CTRLS, a member of Sonic Groove act Northern Structures, comes with less atmospheric mood and bits of distortion.
Massive playtime can be predicted to B-side's "Intercellar". PVS's track is built on a fluid and hard-edged rhythm with nasty fire alarm in the back. Wicked groove and explosive stabs make to think about the return of PCP-age pounders. Label boss Max_M is devoted to the original's captivating atmosphere and rounds up the EP with floorkiller quality.

12 November 2013

Terminal 313 Mix: Border Disorder Vol. 1 (self-made)

Offering a cross-section of electronic styles, "Border Disorder Vol. 1" is a living room recording covering several new and unreleased tracks along with some older fare.
Introductory sounds come from Sweden with Ulwhednar's macabre experimentalism "V" and "Aksum 2" from Abdulla Rashim's new journey in lunar dust. "Ivy" by These Hidden Hands gets remixed by Vatican Shadow and "Robirds" from Fabrizio Lapiana's second "Antimatter" release is reworked by fellow Italian Claudio Fabrianesi.
After Subsist's Yuuki Sakai cybernetic tribal, Perc delivers with "Overbite" a tight industrial-minded cut from mini-compilation "Replay" on 10 Label. In the same hardline faction sits D. Carbone, represented in the mix also with his alter ego Honzo, and PVS's "Intercellar" is a granular track from the upcoming EP on M_Rec Ltd.
The Chicago section starts with a track from 2000, when DJ Traxx remixed "Passionate" by techno gigolo DJ Hell, followed by L.I.E.S. and Russian Torrent wonder Beau Wanzer and Still Music boss Jerome Derradji with equally slamming acid house cuts. "Klonopin" is a classic Gemini track and then we return to techno trails with analog wizards Orphx and Estonian newcomer Skull Trading. The Perc again: "405" is a track from joint EP of Perc Trax and Pole Group and mixed with "Evening In Madagascar" by Tuomas Rantanen.
It was impossible to ignore Ireland's Trensmat Records: Israel Vines remix of Stave's "Tower 9" is a tough one, as is the Honzo track, out soon on 3TH Records. "Fash" is a brilliant disco-esque floor burner from Blacknecks 0003 and Freak Electrique's "Parsec" comes from the archives before "End I" by SNTS closes this chapter.

Eomac – Hither, Pappy EP (The Trilogy Tapes TTT013)

The EP with an animation bloke on the sleeve has been around for a while but still deserves a closer look. Eomac is a project by Ian O'Donnell from Dublin, also one half of Lakker, and most recently acknowledged for a release on Berlin's Killekill. Now the Eomac's EP is a worthy addition to the catalog of The Trilogy Tapes, an innovative and exciting label from UK.
All starts with a bittersweet flashback of the era of pest control outfits and adolescent Prodigy and Altern 8, with rolling "Hither, Pappy" where a loudly yelling MC is hailed by cheering stadium crowds. Salves are loaded for more firepower in "Husk", a magnetizing techno cut with whirring drone and synth noise, demanding and firm like a tax authority.
Phantom riders are sent to the "Tunnel" to probe the impenetrable wall of rusty hardcore riffs and evil screeches, all adding up to real scarface techno of eight minutes. "I Love You, I Miss You" is a conclusion well in place after such a ride. At first instance reminding of The KLF's "Chill Out", it's ambient blues with phased choir voices and slight dubstep swing, tender and hazy like telling the Christmas is arriving early this year.
Eomac has produced a special item for the DJ bag and one of the best EPs in 2013. The release also participates in a charity action: Till 1 January 2014 Eomac donates anything earned from the Bandcamp page to the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to stand by the people in Philippines.

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11 November 2013

Various - Replay (10 Label TEN002EP - 2013)

10 Label's "Mu EP" was a memorable release because of intriguing lineup and a seagull portrait on the black-and-white cover. After a two-year hibernation the Japanese imprint has now summoned a group of international artists to the second mini compilation titled "Replay", once again sporting a tasteful sleeve design.
The EP's straightest and most throbbing cut is "Overbite", an anesthesia-free treatment by the screeching machines guided by London trooper Perc and expectedly close to Perc Trax's industrial can(n)ons. Of different kind is "Subject Of The Stenographic Figure", a calm and crackling Gothic indietronica by the Blackest Ever Black artist Dalhous.
A surprising appearance by the big band man Matthew Herbert opens the flip side with a playful microhouse and glitch session "Tax Returns". But the best is yet to come: Steven Porter, not a techno-obsessed Brit but a brainchild of Yuji Kondo and Katsunori Sawa, founders of the 10 Label, drops outstanding "Fundamental Belief". Shuffling last track is an amalgamation of nebulous hard rhyming and industrialized caustic funk, all that sounding like a meet-up of Khan and Fun-Da-Mental.

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07 November 2013

Kit Clayton and Christian Dixon reveal Tujurikkuja

A track called "Ahmak" by Tujurikkuja gained the first spot in Rrose's November Top 10 for RA and raised questions about the artist's identity. It caught a special attention of Estonians because a local cult sketch group bears the same name, tujurikkuja meaning mood-spoiler.
But it's not a joke as Terminal 313 found out in a conversation with a person behind the act.
"Essentially it's an ambient noise project between myself and Christian Dixon (Death Sentence: Panda!, Murder Murder, Earth Jerks)," said Kit Clayton, a renowned electronica and experimental artist having earlier released on Scape, Phthalo, Background and other labels.
"An album is in the making and all titles mean killjoy, bore or similar in different languages. It's a project about nihilist ambient pleasure, pain and ambivalence. Tujurikkuja was our favorite word based both on the beauty how it's written and spoken. Yes Estonians, we know the name is already taken for the comedy troupe, but hopefully it's enough of an everyday term that no singular entity really can claim it," said Clayton with a wink.
Sounding like a DIY ambient session with a lucent loop and swelling short-circuit noise, "Ahmak" is streamable now.

06 November 2013

Various - In The Dark: Detroit Is Back (Still Music stillmdcd011 - 2013)

Release date is in November 2013
Led by the luminaries like Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman, the compilation "In The Dark: The Soul Of Detroit", paradoxically released on a label from Chicago, was a high-resolution snapshot of Detroit's deep house in 2005. After last year's reissue of the album, the fall of 2013 sees the arrival of the next installment, again on Jerome Derradji's Still Music. It comes as a triple vinyl and double CD, the latter containing a larger selection of tracks.
Considering Still Music's preference for soulful and dynamic dance tracks, the CD1 is unsurprisingly filled with sizzling grooves and soluble pads, thus focusing on the deep house side of the Detroit produce.
Bright moods prevail in Craig Huckaby's jazzy "The Answer" and in mid-1980s Chicago house grooves by Alex Israel ("Bubble Wrap", later "Cash Neutral") while Reggie Dokes hails digital romanticism ("Cyber Love") and Patrice Scott looks into the space ("Cosmic Rituals"). Nice picks are vocal-backed sexy body-mover "A Message For The DJ" by Delano Smith Feat. Diamondancer and Mike "Agent X" Clark's hypnotic proclamation "Free Your Mind" with velvety keys and rhythmic claps. More tender vibes come from Todd Modes, Patchworks and others. Jerome Derradji's intense acid mix of Tony Ollivierra's "Hemoglobin" rounds up the compilation's first half.
On the second disc Pittman and Israel keep it deep for a while, but after the day comes the night in the presence of fortified Detroit sounds when Terrence Dixon opens futuristic explorations with "The Fall Guy Pt 1", immediately matched by Keith Worthy's swirling pads'n'bass cut "Cyclops" with corrosive undercurrents. Compared to his early Motech material DJ 3000's "Faygo" is of different breed, a progression of synthetic horns and modulated leads, while UR and Los Hermanos textures come up in vocoded techno jazz "Strongholds" by Gerald Mitchell.
Alien force is met in Dixon's "The Fall Guy Pt 2", unfortunately excluded from the LP version, a track built on dark and spiraling symphonic riffs interlaced with fluorescent pads. Deep house smoothness returns with the strings of new acquaintance Gabbamonkey (it's not really about gabba as we know it) and after the original "Hemoglobin" by Ollivierra, DL Jones Meets Amp Fiddler open the door to R'n'B moods, followed by concluding house grooves by Delano Smith and Mitchell.
The overall atmosphere of the compilation is rather bright and positive but darker shades are not missing either. Again a tremendous job by the artists and Still Music.

Full tracklists:
1 - Craig Huckaby - The Answer Feat Kelly Hayes
2 - Alex Israel - Bubble Wrap 106
3 - Reggie Dokes - Cyber Love
4 - Patrice Scott - Cosmic Rituals
5 - Gabbamonkey - 2 Pace Back
6 - Delano Smith feat. Diamondancer - A Message For The Dj
7 - Todd Modes - I'd Rather Be With You
8 - Patchworks - Celebration Amp Fiddler Rmx
9 - Mike "Agent X" Clark - Free your mind
10 - Raybone Jones & Jon Easley – As She Moves
11 - Rick Wilhite - Magic Water St Jean remix
12 - Tony Ollivierra - Hemoglobin Jerome Derradji Acid Mix
1 - Marcellus Pittman - Make It Work
2 - Alex Israel - Cash Neutral
3 - Terrence Dixon - The Fall Guy Pt.1
4 - Keith Worthy - Cyclops
5 - DJ 3000 - Faygo
6 - Gerald Mitchell - Strongholds
7 - Terrence Dixon - The Fall Guy Pt.2
8 - Gabbamonkey - Underlying Dreams
9 - Tony Ollivierra- Hemoglobin
10 - D.L. Jones feat. Amp Fiddler - Lonely
11 - Delano Smith- Inception Dub
12 - Gerald Mitchell - Fly Like Eagles

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31 October 2013

D.Carbone Meets Honzo - In A Bipolar Disorder (3TH Records 3TH003 - 2013)

The third EP of the Berlin-based 3TH Records sees Davide Carbone, a troublemaker from Naples, undergoing a split personality test when he meets self-invented alter ego called Honzo.
Carbone's own side asks hard heads to reserve the front seats for a stormy spectacle, opened by "Unconscious Tool", rushing through the highs and lows of indecent acid lines and colliding with the dark room walls. It's followed by dirty-gritty workout "Alternate Control", accommodating a nervous riff soaked in toxic sludge.
Honzo's inhuman nature, in turn, has abandoned straightforward programming for abstract and industrial noise. Slowly killing "Dissociation" bombs with acid bursts and disoriented voices from a robot bazar but the real annihilation arrives with "Seizure", a massive pile-up of ruthless noise, shrill signals and jolting percussion for a heavy industry experience. That's loud!

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30 October 2013

Ricardo Donoso - As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV061/2)

Since the vinyl debut „Progress Chance" on Digitalis two years ago, Ricardo Donoso has been the label's highly acclaimed artist and now the Brazilian returns with the newest contribution "As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another", which is a staggering mix of fragile layers, flaming arpeggios and shuddering bass.
The master of synthetic harmonies keeps the one-album-per-year pace and the newest one, out on two separate EPs, exhibits the artist's poetic and captivating approach to the machine-made music.
Current work is his closest to dance canons, or could it be trance canons. Not comparable by BPM rate, the sound structures of Donoso’s album bear surprising resemblance with the 1990s psy-trance by the likes of Astral Projection, Man With No Name and others.
Subdued placidity of the introductory "Affirmation" is deceptive as it's followed by „The Sphinx“, raising from the imaginary dust to stand tall as a symbol of intellectual trance music. Elastic layers and veiled whispering are placed on Front 242 aggressive riffs with immense traction power. Then "Diagonal Environment" explores the different shades of bass and fluorescent pads and "The Old Straight Track" is dedicated to the Mother Earth, the warmth of dubs reminding of SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL.
Opening the second part, "The Redeemer" carries immense entrancing potential with endless repetition and echoing radio transmissions across the space. Playing in the same league with „The Sphinx“, zigzaging arpeggios lend to "Open Drawer, Full Of Masks" uplifting trance qualities and it targets most intensely the floor here.
For the next bass knobs are turned to the extremes in the floating „The Child Primitive“, where a a dialogue about the inferiority of the mankind is conducted with the Deep Thought. Plain machine language dominates in "The Master Game", the album’s coldest track heralding the arrival of technological singularity.
Needless to say, Donoso has once again completed an extraordinary album, mastered this time by John Tejada.

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23 October 2013

Terminal 313 Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM (self-made 2013)

A drawing from Fantastic Universe, December 1954
It's not quite that the grass was greener in the 1990s but it can't be denied that today the BPM rate of even harder, industrial tracks goes rarely over 130. It's like a border line between serious electronic music and cheap hardstyle productions for the masses. Although the beat frequency itself should not be an objective, if we only think about extremities like Moby's "Thousand" in 1993, fast beats have had certain appeal. All that brought me to a selection of tracks from, with a few exceptions, the last decade of the 20th century. Mostly acid and hardcore cuts that shook the rave nation, many of them my personal favorites.

Hunk (excerpt from the film)
Clara Mondshine - Lange Melodie Für Den Countdown
Dag Tribe - Legalize It
Tevatron - Dark Energy
Johannes Heil - 20.000 Leagues Under the Skin, Pt. 9
Illuminatae - Tremora Del Terra
Search & Destroy - What Kind Of Madness
Ra-X - Stafunky
Stomach Basher - Is This Happening To Me
Jeff Mills - Berlin
Terence Fixmer – Shout
Integrated Circuits - Patience
Spinning Atoms - Bubble Memory
303 Nation - Damnation
Freddy K - Good Reaction
Cellblock X - Toxic Trip
X-Crash - Sub-Conscious Overload
NRG - He Never Lost His Hardcore
Feeling of Passion - Wake Upp
Feeling Of Passion - Wake Upp (Hard Feeling Mix)
Johnny Violent - North Korea Goes Bang
4D - Hidden
Mike Henk - Connect
Cosmic Baby - Loops of Infinity (Contemplative)

21 October 2013

Charles Cohen - Dance Of The Spiritcatchers (Morphosis Reworks) (Morphine Records Redose-2 - 2013)

After opening doors to a number of contemporary electronic explorers, Rabih Beaini of Morphine Records has decided to uncover the works of the American musician Charles Cohen. Apart from artist's inner circle in hometown Philadelphia there are not so many people who would exclaim oh Cohen, yes we know. The 67-year-old expert of bulky Buchla synthesizers has focused on works for stage and exhibitions but has also teamed up with hair_loss from Metasplice, the link between Cohen and Beaini.
Preceding three retrospective albums out on Beaini's label in October and November, Cohen's first appearance on Morphine comes with two Morphosis reworks of "Dance Of The Spiritcatchers," based on the closest relative to techno in his catalog, as The Wire put it.
Beaini's versions are pretty similar to each other. A-side's cascading modulations construct something we can call an extended intro, being actually a beatless jam to exploit synth's possibilities. The essence of such a pristine kosmische piece is maintained on the B-side, which is guided by warm 808 rhythms making the single a neat follow-up of the fabulous first of Redose.

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18 October 2013

dualit - dualit EP (Earwiggle EAR005 - 2013)

Release date is in October 2013
Two new faces on Earwiggle, German producers MasCon and Oliver Rosemann, are united under the dualit moniker for a rough ride on Sunil Sharpe's Dublin-based imprint.
Mechanical in-your-face four-tracker starts with rugged loops and drilling stabs in "Triton", followed by maritime deity theme "Proteus", opening with Blawan-style alienated vocal ripples and quickly substituted by distorted kicks and other instruments from the hard techno toolbox.
Top-end contribution comes from the enigmatic mercenary Bleaching Agent, when its asthmatic take on "Proteus" opens the B-side, sending cold shivers down the spine with Styxian horns and robust loops creating a perfect groove. Terminating messages are received from Jupiter's moon in "Thyone", tested positive for flammable substance with corrosive undercurrents. Of locked grooves concluding both sides the one on A reminds of early M-Plant.

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Dwellings - Don't Say Nothing (Trensmat Records TR039 - 2013)

Every noise has a note, believes Trensmat Records, a label located in Trim, Meath County and Ireland, increasingly pursuing deviant electronics to be cherished by open-minded dance floors.
Chris Haslam aka Dwellings from the Manchester group Gnod was already featured on Trensmat's big success "Gnod Presents ... Dwellings & Druss" and goes now solo with "Don't Say Nothing". Technically taken it's a reissue after an edition of 50 cassettes on Tesla Tapes and during 50 minutes the album will elegantly satisfy the needs for energetic noise and agile drumming.
The opener "Frame Speed" is already in full swing with rattling percussion and magnetizing synth layers. Crooked effects and mechanical pulses constitute an obvious invitation to slamdance in crushing "Drone Invasion", which could easily be the brainchild of a punk drummer.
 "Holographic Mirror" kicks off with mutated Donna Summer bass line to be soon overrun by sludgy reverbs and restless drum set, also very much alive in 10-minute piece "Wave Propagation" surfing on the tides of drone. And last but not least, seventeen minutes of the digital bonus "Under Gun Metal Skies", which is made of toxic steam, scrap metal and broken robots for a psychedelic soundtrack. Impressive showdown on smoked clear vinyl by Dwellings.

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16 October 2013

Subjected - Zero (Vault Series VAULTCD001 - 2013)

Dirty grey and menacing, the fortification stands there to unleash monochrome frenzy when Subjected meets with success the challenge of a techno album. "M" is a compulsory dark ambient introduction, preceding a set of pounding gear by the founder of Vault Series. Nothing else than noise and heavy bass can be expected from "Boom Boom", an apt ruler of the floor and a highlight along "Tool 1". No-nonsense digital package adding some weight to techno sets.

Rezzett - Rezzett EP (The Trilogy Tapes TTT012 - 2013)

Magic touch of The Trilogy Tapes is preserved when Rezzett's strikingly uncouth debut lands on the innovative UK label.
Detroit is vaguely calling in the first tones of "Firebomb", going on messy with distorted undulating chords and spiced up with EBM-style bassline. Next up is "Sutty", exposed to noisy interference on vicious drum set while downtown lights are switched off with a buzzing drone.
The B-side's "Yayla" runs on 45 RPM and claims the first prize here. Cascading low frequencies over glimmering pads and mean shouts lead it to tumultuous waters, before the rule of the rhythm from mid-track positions it to advanced dance floors. The lady with hat on the sleeve cartoon might alert those familiar with Old Lady Shapoklyak.

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11 October 2013

Skirt - Wish In The Maze (SEMANTICA 28 - 2013)

Skirt's position as a flagship producer in Semantica's stable is reaffirmed with "Wish In The Maze" when the US-born and Birmingham-based Bethany DeMoss returns to Svreca's label shortly after excllent "Tumulto", backed by Yuji Kondo and Shifted remixes, and earlier co-op with Svreca ("Hymen").
The new EP is again a joint effort with remix support received by Inigo Kennedy and Ancient Methods. The 120 BPM original moves in the realms of dark ambient, where cycles of swirling pads roam on slow seismic bass, backed by voice modulations. Despite of doomsday aura, certain warmth is sustained deep inside the track.
Inigo Kennedy throws frothing loops over steadfast bass throb, thus eyeing increased floor compatibility. Notorious for its tormenting effect, Ancient Methods debuts on Semantica and reserves the hotspot for eight and a half minutes to mold the original with proven toolbox. Mercurial riffs and clanging beats result in another stunning piece by the techno crusader from Berlin.
Here we have three tracks of incisive techno science with restrained beat rate.

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09 October 2013

Blacknecks 0003 (BLKN003 - 2013)

For the start the Blacknecks techno jet has been rerouted from London to post-season Rimini, as the explosive opener "Fash" summons the resort zombies under the shiny disco ball. Hardened Moroder-esque bass line twins with "Theme From Blacknecks" from the previous release, making a robust nod to Italo worshippers.
The return to usual belters happens on the B-side: "Four Cunts And A Badge" sees most sincerely the machines in pain and the track is fueled by furious kick drum going into the realms of hardcore. Distorted, acid-bolstered "Same Old Brand New You" is soaked in havocking synth noise to round up trashy floor fare from the anonymous duo from UK.

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08 October 2013

DUST OFF: Hobby - Rudern Im Stehen (Taktik tak 2001 - 1996?)

Croatian native Mate Galić was in the frontline of early German techno and hardtrance movement. Later he could not resist the call of shimmering screens when became a host for VIVA music channel, before moving to managerial positions at Native Instruments and being now the company's CTO/President.
The projects of Robert Babicz aka Rob Acid from Cologne have been integral part of the German scene and he's still busy releasing new material.
Although mainly associated with rave crowds the two have showed differing sides of their creativity, if only to mention Galic's Bion moniker and his and Babicz's one-off vehicle Hobby.
"Rudern Im Stehen" has well survived the years and offers four interpretations of hum-infected minimalism. After the disoriented start a vast polygon of bass testing unfolds in "K.O." while in "P.S." tense drone raises anticipation to become confronted with ticking percussion. In the presence of subs "S.O." emits stripped down minimalist tones while "S.W." is the most floor-friendly cut with subtle acid line and obscure voices. One of those underrated releases.

Endnote: Discogs indicates the release year 2001 but it might derive from the catalog number and is not officially confirmed. I ordered the 12" from Marko Laine's Mind Records in 1998 and some web sources indicate 1996 as the release year. Any comments on that are welcome.

03 October 2013

Yuuki Sakai - Yaghan EP (Subsist Records sub-d19 - 2013)

"Yaghan EP" by the Japanese producer Yuuki Sakai is another solid release on the Spanish imprint Subsist, which belongs to the top-end of digital-only techno labels.
For the start not much rush can be perceived in "Natalie" where ripples of new-age percussion are entwined with hammering passages. In "Yaghan" the bass impact adds robustness to tribal notes and "Pilsner" is nothing for jolly daydreamers as it comes dark and haunting with eerie drums and steelwork noise in the background. The gloom continues in "Villeta" before the torture room is entered with banging "Fabl 'O'".
Sakai's tracks land between Diskant's fired-up subequatorial drumming and banging industrial techno, having in the same a special twist.

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27 September 2013

Tuomas Rantanen - Nychthemeron in Madagascar EP (City Wall Records CW077 - 2013)

Madagascar, a remote island in warm oceanic waters where aye-ayes are cozily hiding in tree branches. It might be a perfect setting for a "Chill Out in the Paradise" soundtrack but Tuomas Rantanen, a student of philosophy from Tampere, Finland, believes in the opposite, in hidden magic and darker undercurrents.
"Morning in Madagascar" is a rude wake-up call from techno's bloodthirsty side where the origins of violent bass tap into the assaults launched recently by labels like Pennyroyal or Perc Trax. Starting as well with a dark ambient intro, "Day in Madagascar" does not allow any rest either when it's pounding through to the end of the A-side.
The closed circuit continues in the "Evening in Madagascar", which retains the same hard-line industrial techno approach before signs of fatigue emerge during the night-track with more constrained BPM rate and varied textures intertwined with the murmurs of natives. This is beat music, shamefully in digital format only.

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24 September 2013

Jerome Derradji - A Bump In Da Raw (stilove4music037 - 2013)

Release date is in October 2013
Stilove4music is an offshoot of Chicago's Still Music and boasts a sizable catalog of black-label house releases. Now the first 12-inch in 2013 is announced for October, produced by the label owner Jerome Derradji and expectedly inspired by the Windy City's musical heritage.
"Getloose" is hectic party fare for fast hip movement, like influenced by the recent showcase of Sunset Records Inc. on the parent label. A merrily rolling track for the disco house ballroom.
But the real treat comes with the B-side's gigantic bomb "Raw Bump", which is a fierce tribute to Dance Mania monsters and reminds of Green Velvet's most retarded moments. Dripping of distorted bass and absorbing acid lines, decadent machine noise rams the floor throughout ten minutes. Just sweat.

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23 September 2013

Beau Wanzer / Svengalisghost - Untitled (Russian Torrent Versions CCCP 02 - 2013)

The plot is clear: First the hammer hits the head and then the sickle cuts the throat. Decorated with communist visual identity on the logo side, the Russian Torrent Versions add another level to the immense hype surrounding Ron Morelli's L.I.E.S. when the label's shooting stars are engaged in a new series that looks very limited, maybe it even is.
Sporting phony cyrillic letters and playing with the stereotypes of Russian internet behavior, two pals from the L.I.E.S.'s Chicago camp like it noisy and dirty. Especially when Beau Wanzer fills the A-side with two bouncing Trax-rooted workouts. Drum machine showdown "Hey Hey Hey Hey" is the real achiever here, followed by more rectangular "Hoedown".
The B-side belongs to the sanguine Svengalisghost who flirts with rocking vocals, first over crude synthetic beats in "The Booth" and secondly over distressed sonic foam in "Dark Mistress". More Л.А.Й.С. for the people, what else.

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Endnote: I prefer the written side not the logo side here. It's the same story as with Dopplereffekt  - despite of highly valuing their work I have never really understood the appeal of communist symbols in their visuals.

22 September 2013

Hannu Ikola - Triplane EP (Etherwerks ETHER 002 - 2013)

New techno from Finland: After the debut earlier this year, Helsinki-based Etherwerks owner Hannu Ikola comes with the second EP of three differently shaded tracks. Grim opener "Black Ingrained Dust" is exposed to the smog covering the industrialized wasteland and would easily join the camp of Repitch and Perc Trax. The B-side's floor-animating "Escape Pod"  is the undisputed winner with Pan Sonic-esque inflated loops and a whiff of dub while at the end dubby chords in smoothly rolling "Pylon" hail the last days of summer.

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19 September 2013

Wochtzchée - T400 (Wochtzchée - 2013)

Estonian producer Taavi Tulev is mostly known for his Wochtzchée project and has completed a new digital/CDr EP called "T400". The textures of the title track indicate electronica sitting in the front row of the release with compositions moving between electronic clicks & cuts and deep modulations.
In "Jääkiired / Ice Rays" fragile layers come up, hovering in the distance like aurora borealis in the Northern hemisphere while the shadowy side with some EBM notes appears in "Masinkaja Masinaga / Machine Delay With Machine", later flowing into comforting electronica. Dissonant "Algusemaiguline lõpp / The End With A Taste Of Beginning" combines abstract notes with backing synth-pop rhythm.
The physical format is a little design wonder as the CDr comes in acrylic glass which can be opened only by breaking it. Because the format holds only 50 MB of data it's good for one audio track.

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18 September 2013

Various - Jerome Derradji Presents Kill Yourself Dancing (Still Music Stillmdcd010 - 2013)

One can't deny unique aura of the Chicago house heritage and those archives seem endless, as tracks from the scene's very young years resurface time after time.
Still Music owner Jerome Derradji is on a mission to explore the vaults of the Windy City, now continuing the tour in Chicago's b(l)ack catalog with the story of Sunset Records Inc. from 1985 to 1989.
As expressed in jacking rhythms of the title track "Kill Yourself Dancing" by Razz, the compilation includes a cross-section of tunes that might have been ripe both for the US and Euro floors at the end of 1980s, as a fusion of italo and black disco funk.
It contains cuts for Mediterranean resorts (Master Plan's "Electric Baile") and psychotic soirees ("It Could Be Acid", "White Knight Jacks" by White Knight), not forgetting theatrical jackers ("Demons" by White Knight again) and sensual smoothness ("Jail Bait" by Ben Mays).
Euphoric highlight is horn-backed "Face The Music" by Boom Boom & Master Plan in two mixes while soulful girl power comes up in Matt Warren's "The Way To My Heart". Intermezzo "Doo Doo Da" reminds strongly of the similarly titled techno track later dragged to the world fame by Robotman aka Richie Hawtin. All in all a nice flashback, which, however, sticks to the dominating Chi-town club sound and lacks more experimental cuts.

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17 September 2013

Various - Our Beat Is Still New (We Play House Recordings WPH NEW BEAT 1 - 2013)

Something for the class of 1988. The Belgium-born new beat phenomenon has remained, surprisingly, largely untouched by the high tides of revival. Now exactly a Belgian label We Play House has launched a series of mini compilations on the theme.
"Agent Orange" is killing us softly with classic new beat synth stabs and Arabic sample centered on el purtugal or orange. The artist name Azab & Crybaby does not ring a bell but Juju & Jordash, the producers behind it, certainly do.
On his road to the world fame, Anonymous Are DJ Ironfist has set up a clapping beat box parade in "Frog March", not being able to be separated from his piano. On the B-side TC & The Maxx Paxx, the alias of JD Twitch from Optimo, proclaims this is Belgium in stomping and acid-smelling "Just Like That". For the end Prins Albert is hot on the heels of Throbbing Gristle and Jarre in "Dies Ist Belgien", topped with quaint German spoken word for sweet and sleazy moments in the vintage corner.
Actually four EPs are planned, with many well-known producers joining the game under the new beat-styled monikers. Back to the old school.

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16 September 2013

Abdulla Rashim & Axel Hallqvist - Sorunda (SEMANTICA 58 - 2013)

Release date is in September 2013
Two pristine tracks made in Sweden by Bondegatan's boss Abdulla Rashim and newcomer Axel Hallqvist. This is techno but because of purity and transparency "Skog" could be a World Wildlife Fund approved composition, reflecting Rashim's recent soundwriting for own imprint. Crystalline pads enjoy the company of velvety bass for offering pleasure both to sci-fi dreamers and floor addicts. B-side's "Mark" goes more to the darker side with grated half-stepping beat.

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12 September 2013

Portable - Albatross Remixes (Süd Electronic SÜD-013 - 2013)

A release that should not be overlooked. Cape Town native Alan Abrahams aka Portable emerged during the much-cursed minimal craze in the noughties, though being among most remarkable proponents that time.
Since 2002 Portable has been running own imprint Süd Electronic that dropped this spring impressive "Albatross Remixes", which is definitely not worn out and even goes better with every play.
The original features Portable's modern bard qualities on deep-sea bass resonance. Kowton lifts the track to the realms of complex tech house while the B-side gets a brusque treatment by Detroit's legendary Anthony "Shake" Shakir.

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11 September 2013

SNTS - Chapter III (SNTS03 - 2013)

Italian SNTS imprint taps into the saturated market of droning techno with another anonymous release to supply dark moments to the floor. Despite of several genre tropes "Chapter III" will find a place in respective DJ bags.
Starting  in "S7" with atmospheric loops and distant hum which reminds of recent Abdulla Rashim, it proceeds to foggy half-stepping "S8" and pulse-upping panic statement "S9", to leave "End I" to conclude the game with flowing ambient. Grey marbled vinyl of 200 copies.

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MGUN - Blunt Run (Berceuse Heroique BH 003 - 2013)

Launched in 2013, Berceuse Heroique is a vinyl-only label from London having already attracted an interesting set of artists. After Ekman from the Netherlands, to return soon with insane acid single, and Gesloten Cirkel from Russia, Detroit's Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN has now parked at BH.
On the A-side he makes it simple when pumps up "Blunt Run" with a seemingly effortless kick drum, leading us through playful chimes and vintage house elements to a block party. On the flip "Laser Jam" is reminiscent of Newcleus or Arabian Prince, with vocoder charm and rudeboy vocals dipped in casual electro beats and oriental snake charmer horn. Close to MGUN's electro joint "Jijijijij$ijijijiji" from the recent "If You're Reading This EP" on Don't Be Afraid, only disappointingly cut off before the three-minute mark.
As usual from the BH, it's 180-gram black label, coming with a politically charged A4 insert. Despite of this 12-inch sounding a bit too basic, this label has got balls.

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10 September 2013

Tom Dicicco - Under The Aquadrome Pt.2 (Run Out Run RUNOR1002 - 2013)

One of UK's young techno guns, London producer Tom Dicicco launched his own Run Out Run imprint with a floor-friendly first installment of the "Under The Aquadrome" trilogy. The second outing mainly exhibits his dub-influenced side, with one remarkable exception.
After being tested on the floor, at home and in the car, the spell of the the opening track of the "Under The Aquadrome Pt. 2" is hard to cease. Rolling percussion on glowing sound sinusoids make "Physical" a track that deserves often-abused references to UR's hi-tech funk and embodies The Martian's best moments. Dubs move to the frontline in three following cuts where aquatic "Grainy Days", by sound like a rainy-day-theme, stands out of the rest. On the flip throbbing "Excavation" and bright "Merk" continue travels in deep rhythms.

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06 September 2013

_moonraker - Lowjit Vagrants (The Trilogy Tapes ‎TTT009 - 2013)

The Trilogy Tapes is wittingly engaged in cherry-picking of the young and promising - M GUN, Anthony Naples, Tuff Sherm, to mention only recent artists in the label's catalog. Now it's the turn of _moonraker, the act having debuted in the electronic scene in 2012 and made up of two artists from Philadelphia, Jason Carr and Kenneth_Lay, the latter having previously created fuss with V.Hold as Metasplice.
The _moonraker operators have been assigned a machine enslavement task, executing it with twisted synth loops and noise processing. Starting with the A1 track "Oronimbus", which evolves from high treble levels to biting oscillations for dramatic tensions like in Godard's movies, maybe because it has something common with "Canicule" by French act Nôze from 2003. Agile kick drum introduces "Plot Query" for chaotic electronics with rigorous beat impact while on the B-side ambient pads introduce "Cyan Lean" to a seagull symphony, tinted with fuzzy slo-mo percussion.
But all the previous has been a foreplay to "Tilt March" where sheer noise and tampered drums collide in an eleven-minute disaster theme with toxic dust rising from the Purgatory, similar to rude expressionism of Container and its consorts of blender techno. Now you all have been vaccinated.

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04 September 2013

ARC# - Untitled (Deep Sound Channel DSC000 - 2013)

Deep Sound Channel is a new vehicle of the Dutch Shipwrec posse from Nijmegen and the debuting double pack offers a number of color-themed techno variations.
The opener claims the main prize: In "Grey" growling bass modulations are soaked in delays and noise particles, leading the track beyond the no-mans-land of generic (dub) techno. Affluent bass groove in "Blue" and deep house smell in "Violet" are followed by organised machine noise in "Purple" while cascading pads of "Red" seek the company of lighter sound waves and "Pink" expresses faith in the better tomorrow under darkening skies.
Surrounded by tranquil atmosphere, the album offers both deep bass abstractions and buoyant ambient-minded cuts. It's claimed to be analog and „one time“ project by some Dutch artists affiliated with some well-known labels and releases, who yet wish to remain unknown for this project.

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