28 October 2014

Killawatt - Convoys EP (Run Out Run RUNOR1005 - 2014)

Killawatt, a young UK artist initially trying out the dubstep side and hanging around mostly with Osiris Music, quickly adapted a wider view on the club music and "Convoys EP" on Tom Dicicco's Run Out Run imprint pledges for shout-outs by the techno faction.
The title cut "Convoys" sets off to thunderball mission with stealth snares and swirling synth lines, while "Ball & Socket" comes with obvious UK bass influences, resting on an elastic vocal sample and a distant terrace chant at the matches.
On the flip, nasty drum kick, toxic bass line and crumbled vocal loop push "Primary Panic" to the peak-hour zone. After the EP's highlight, the thrill is not yet over because we are drawn all the way down to "Sink Hole" with the power of alarming stabs and stepping drums. An all-around strong release that could be described with an often abused reference: funky techno.

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27 October 2014

Τεχνόπολις - booming times for Greek techno and house

Either in a grocery store or at a tube station in the heart of big cities like London or Berlin, it's easy to bump into an electronic artist given the high density of techno's creative minds in those metropolises. The artistic and partygoing appeal of large cities in the UK, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Austria and USA has been dominating the scene for over 20 years but gradually other locations have gained importance, often boosted by a few artists that brought the country to the map - like Sähkö in Finland.
Not only Vangelis
I'm not sure how many techno producers per square mile are found in Athens but Greece is definitely not a white spot on the global map of electronic music. One can't ignore the role of synth wizard Vangelis and dub techno professor Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion but it's not only them. A closer look at the current scene tells its becoming more vibrant.
Good examples are labels like Modal Analysis, Nous, Lower Parts, Echovolt and many more. Artists like Stef Mendesidis, Stathis Kalatzis aka Mr. Statik aka The Magnecian, Kondaktor aka Slydex, Sawf, to be continued. To the previous we can add Alex Tsiridis, one half of the techno duo Cassegrain, then London's enigmatic conglomerate of Berceuse Heroique / ΚΕΜΑΛ and also Dimitrios Ploumpidis from the industrial techno duo AnD's has most probably Greek roots.

Some tracks from 2014
"ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ" was a truly appealing platter of acid house in Greek style, conceived by Anopolis, a producer collective from Thessaloniki.

"Edict" by Stef Mendesidis, a revelation on Semantica's recent "Exhibition Design 2.5" compilation.

Deep house tracks on Nous Disques: "Ethos Series"

Ambient-inclined techno by Mr. Statik aka The Magnecian on Autochtone Records

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22 October 2014

Adam X - Irreformable (Sonic Groove SGLP-01 - 2014)

A new full-length by any artist having been in the business for a while creates mixed feelings. Even if acknowledged for quality output in the past, the challenge of an album is not always easy to take up. However, when learning about the new longplayer by the Brooklyn-born Adam X aka Adam Mitchell, the feeling of anticipation prevailed over suspicion because techno's evolution of the last 25 years is unthinkable without him. Once part of the Brooklyn crew with his brother Frankie Bones, Jimmy Crash, Heather Heart, he was a rebel since the very beginning. Someone to put out an EP called “Cannabalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller” or speaking out about scene politics. Adam X has been a controversial person and it might be true that initially anonymous Traversable Wormhole project was in a way Adam X’s undercover mission to trigger a wow-effect in the clusters not easily accepting the music signed by the American.
This piece of writing should not look as an obituary because the story is not about a drained battery but about a restless engine behind "Irreformable". Released on his own label Sonic Groove, it is a remarkable techno album deserving closer attention in the end-of-the-year rankings.
Certainly, Adam X’s artistic career has seen both highs and lows but despite of setbacks he has preserved the nonconformist attitude to keep the faith in sounds he loves – and it feels here. As a staunch purveyor of industrial techno, Adam X has created a set of entropic muscle tracks to connect EBM, industrial and vintage techno, capturing the essence of machine-made music with ever-present groove factor.
Staying away from ambient-minded intros of many albums, the opening monochrome cuts "Interchanges" and "Catenary" still keep the audience in the waiting room before the real showdown begins in "Binary Possession", a little melody played over a rough ride of synths and eerie whispers.
Recalling early works of German label Overdrive, "On The Verge Of Decimation" belongs to the banging part of the album while in "Sheer Insanity" Adam X grabs the mike again for militant vocal input, reminding about the role of a human controlling the machines.
Reciting irretrievable, irredeemable, irreformable, hopeless, the title track "Irreformable" is another highlight with harsh drums of The Infiltrator quality. “In A Race Against Time" moves closer to the floor while darker undertones prevail in swirling "Tornado Warning" and “It’s All Relative” before digital-only "Small Black Object" rounds it off.
In a way, again, Adam X is saying Brooklyn is hardcore.

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Modern Heads - Chapter II (Outis Music outis006 - 2014)

Once emerging as protagonists of Rome's new techno sound, former Elettronica Romana producers Dino Sabatini and Luca Meloni are reunited under the Modern Heads banner on Sabatini's Outis Music.
Without any hassle, slightly melancholic "The Beginning" passes the checkpoint from bleepy ambient to tranced-out dub. With background hiss and reverbs, it's an example of usual Outis Sound where the repetition comes close the immobility.
However it will be not a quiet day in the woods, when the B-side's "Unknown Route" embarks on a chase on winding roads. Dramatic synth sequence over syncopated drums predict a fair amount of playtime for the track, the clear winner of the single.

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20 October 2014

B-Ball Joints - Dog In The Night 04 (Dog In The Night Records ‎DIN-004 - 2014)

Rushing to the pitch with four inflamed tracks, this is how B-Ball Joints debuts on US-based imprint. Really no idea what is the deal with the dog and the night, but the label, so far mostly known for the acidic tools by Robert Crash, keeps putting out blasting material.
The opener "Joint 1" is the fiercest affair, a mugging and noisy assault of enraged drum machine and darkcore textures for waking up the dead. Wobbly synth pulses carry a special operation called "Joint 2" while the next joint sounds like a mutilated ghetto track with delirious screaming before the session folds with brief abstraction "Joint 4.
As the artist identity remains undisclosed, we can only guess if it is an L.I.E.S. affiliated maverick or somebody else who is fond of dissonant hardware jams and proto-rave ugliness.

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15 October 2014

Transllusion - The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate (Tresor Records Tresor.270 - 2014)

Deep respect is due when encountering the works of late James Stinson, an acclaimed personality in the evolution of (Detroit) electro. Departing our world far too early, Stinson left behind a vast legacy, of which Tresor Records reopenes another chapter. "The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate" under the Transllusion guise was originally out on the label's short-lived Supremat offshoot in 2001. The new triple vinyl encompasses 12 tracks for observing the movement of cranial neurons.
Opened with fast brain-scanning session "Transmission Of Life", Stinson's entire creative spectrum, from Drexciya and L.A.M. to Other People Place, is present all over the album. Some tracks deserve a special mention, like "Cerebral Cortex Malfunction", a stereophonic bliss of Glockenspiel. From the uptempo side arrive groovy electro acid "Gluben In Guyana", interstellar night-drive "Dimensional Glide" and menacing roller "War Of The Clones" while glaring beauty is found in "Walking With Clouds" and "Unordinary Realities". Two versions of "Do You Want To Get Down?" round off the whole thing.
With the album, Tresor follows up the mission of Clone Records, which detached the works of the epochal Detroit act from the isolated shelves of hard-to-find record collectors and brought out the four-part series "Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller". Unlike Clone series, the Tresor reissue does not feature any unreleased material - although four tracks are first time available on vinyl - but electro fans can indulge themselves. On top of that, thee-tracker "Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter" is reissued too.

Stream the album in full at Factmag.com.

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13 October 2014

Various - ...I Care Because You Don‘t (Turbo Recordings Turbo163 - 2014)

Scottish two-man techno act Clouds have found an inspiring haven in Canada when releasing their debut album and four EPs, including two takes of "Tannhauser Acid Works", on the Montreal-based Turbo Recordings.
Now Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson are ready for another round, this time as curators of "I Care Because You Don't", a massive rollout of UK hardcore stabs and electro hop. Current four-track sampler is an appetizer for a full compilation, out at the end of October, and in addition to early UK influences, the sampler recalls the sounds of long defunct Pharma label.
Rogue beat session opens with "Roll Up Your Sleeves, Welcome to the Dance" by DJ Hesburger (fellas, do you know there is a Finnish burger chain called Hesburger?) while in "Berzerkerz (Hardcore Young Team)" Dance Company goes back to the foundations of UK breaks.
At first instance, Clouds' own industrial stepper "Blood Skating" sounds like Aphex remix of Curve's "Falling Free", but considering the title allusions (remember "I Care Because You Do"?) and fresh comeback of Richard D. James, this is more than justified. Jane's "Fuck Your Alliance", going like a struggling machinery on drained batteries, signs off the sampler with estranged acid pulses and dissonant beats.
What concerns Turbo and its boss Tiga, I had been somewhat misled ever since the Canadian emerged on DJ Hell's Gigolo with sweetish electro cover of "Sunglasses At Night", performed with Zyntherius aka Jori Hulkkonen. By the way, it is a cool tune. But for a long time I sincerely believed Tiga and Turbo keep cultivating electroclash only, which is not true.

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09 October 2014

DUST OFF: Johnny Violent - North Korea Goes Bang (Earache ‎MOSH 128 T - 1994)

Actually, it was "Ultraviolence", Lana Del Rey's album that triggered current post. The American lady singer is obviously light-years away from doom metal and even hardcore techno, which had never been the case for Nottingham-based Earache Records, once a home label for Napalm Death.
Somewhat surprisingly Earache went hardcore in the 1990s when signed Jonathan Casey. Performing as Johnny Violent and Ultraviolence, the UK-born artist landed in the gabber scene 20 years ago. Casey released albums like "Life Of Destructor", "Psycho Drama" and many more but the most thrilling track was "North Korea Goes Bang" under the J. Violent moniker. At the BPM rate exceeding 150 the ear membranes were damaged.
Casey, his father a theology professor, his mother an author and charity activist, got excited about punk and metal at the tender age of 11 and started experimenting with computer sounds. “I did not want go through a lengthy process of learning an instrument when computer allows to produce interesting noise rather quickly”, he said in an interview to Frontpage in 1996.
After feeling the appeal of acid house, he proceeded to the music which is even more aggressive and intense, but also more emotional and funny than punk. “Two first words in my debut in 1991 were fuck you and this was quite unusual in love & peace & happiness scene of that time”, Casey has recalled.
Earache, a local label in Casey’s hometown Nottingham, agreed to listen the demo tape but Casey insisted he would play DAT. He took his portable DAT player to Earache’s office and signed with the label two days later.

““North Korea Goes Bang” does not mean I want war and this more like a comment about the way how the war is presented on TV as entertainment. North Korea as a track theme is as cheap entertainment and this is the idea behind.” (Johnny Violent, interview to Frontpage (DE), 1996).

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08 October 2014

Aisha Devi - Hakken Dub / Throat Dub (Danse Noire DN004 - 2014)

Already topping my Juno chart in August, Aisha Devi's blistering EP deserves a closer look. Foremostly known as Kate Wax, Devi gives a new meaning to girl power on her own Danse Noire imprint.
The Swiss-born, half-Tibetan producer, once a regular in the roster of Mental Groove, offers in the new release plenty of sound variations.
"Hakken Dub", a homage to hakken warcry of Dutch gabber scene, is a razor-sharp cut, with Julee Cruise-like whispers, recalling the heyday of Planet Core and raising the appetite for hardcore revival. "Throat Dub (Tool)" is like didgeridoo and Tuvan throat singing placed over sliding drone textures for a beatless ghost story audition.
The flip is dedicated to reworks, starting the one by IVVVO aka Ivo Pachecho, whose version with house layers and cosmic vocals gives a new meaning to "Hakken Dub". Like leading a fledgling brass band, Jamal Moss turns "Throat Dub" into the "Hieroglyphic Being Experience 9" of winding riffs and rumbling percussion, in his common 10-minute format.
Beyond a doubt, Devi's EP is an excellent follow-up to Danse Noire's first vinyl, arcane Maghrebian dubtronics by El Mahdy Jr..

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02 October 2014

Various - V - Five Years Of Artefacts Chapter 1 (Stroboscopic Artefacts SA5YEARS01 - 2014)

Lucy's Stroboscopic Artefacts is making some noise to mark the label's fifth anniversary, and what could be better than invite an illustrious company of techno producers to the celebrations.
"Chapter 1" opens the five-EP series with Rrose's fluctuating builder "Drowned By Sight", which complies with the act's blueprint sound, surfing on ebbs and flows of synth textures.
Perc's "Tri-City" is not as loud as the recent co-op with Truss, but brings a brazen groove to the midfield for another cut of oxygenous techno.
Introducing the B-side, Pfirter's "Atman" is a nod to the bass domination while Lakker's "Pier" is the EP's Geheimtipp, as they would say in Berlin. Kicking off with abstract mumbling and matched by percussive clutter, it's pushing the pedal of metalloid noise for uptempo delight.

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29 September 2014

Stanislav Tolkachev- Right Angle EP (SEMANTICA 65 - 2014)

In a blind test, "Like No One Is Watching" sounds like the opener of a Terrence Dixon EP. However, the credit for the track and entire EP goes to the Ukrainian producer Stanislav Tolkachev, now increasingly listed among the top players of contemporary techno.
Tolkachev's distinctive, jittery style has not always won my heart but now it's different. The new EP on Semantica is full of passionate programming for heating up the floor; just take "White Blood Cell" and the title cut "Right Angle" for that. The last one, "Past", is more restrained while marching amidst the haze of dubs.
All four cuts assure Tolkachev, hailing from Ukraine's fourth largest city Dnipro-petrovsk, has chosen the right angle and another proof of that is found on the new Geophone mini-comp.

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18 September 2014

ANOPOLIS - ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ (Lower Parts LP005 - 2014)

A group of ladies in traditional black, pictured in old Turkish street of Thessaloniki in 1902. The sleeve predicts a folk music mashup but in this respect, the visual appearance is deceptive. "ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ" is a truly appealing platter of acid house in Greek style conceived by Anopolis, a producer collective from Thessaloniki.
So the Athens-based label Lower Parts has published four variations on the theme Anopolis, pressed in white wax. The opener "Anopolis 2" differs from the rest, as it is synth-soaked electro disco I am tempted to compare with Rude 66's recent jams on Bordello A Parigi. Biting acid funk in "Anopolis 5" recalls the glorious days of 303 Nation, less the 303, while the B-side gets seriously caustic. First The Minister & Manager 111 aka Andreas Gehm, here operating under the Elec PT.1 alias, disintegrates the opener to a massively bubbling and slapping tune and "Anopolis 11" is the most hazardous of the bunch with callous bass line and noisy effects.
An energising effort by the Anopolis guys DimDJ, Drum Machinee, Lowjac and Oldman Talkin'. Whereas they are not jealous to disclose the applied hardware, e.g. TR505, TR707, ESX1, and the sleeve design is great too.

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17 September 2014

Sleeparchive & Mike Parker - Untitled (Repitch RPTCH04 - 2014)

Release date is in September 2014
Well-known hardliners from Repitch expand the roster with two famed producers. Berlin's Sleeparchive aka Roger Semsroth has gone a long way after emerging in 2004 with bleepy, Sähkö-inspired minimalism in "Recycle EP". Recent outings on Tresor and some remix duties have exposed the artist's rugged side and it is not any different in the new split EP.
Whereas the recycling factor cannot be overseen: Darksome opener "Fifth Station" is a solid reminder of 1990s hardware jams of Downwards and consorts, from the times before the schranz hit. Closing the A-side, "White Angel Breadline" approaches Sleeparchive's early minimalist swing and simultaneously refers to old Plus 8 material, the bass line going like in "F.U. 2" by F.U.S.E. It is important to mention that two locked grooves inbetween are brilliant DJ tools for eternity, "Loop 1" successfully tested in this mix.
Then from Berlin to Buffalo, for two tracks by Mike Parker, a man with even longer production experience. It was only recently when I learned that 20 years ago Parker was behind "Belong" by Trybet, a project which paved the way to Parker's own Geophone label in 1997.
Lecturing fine art at the State University of New York in Buffalo, Parker is well attached to the life outside the music and his material reflects a rational, precise production style. Rather dry, even scholastic approach to the programming has been changing gradually in favor of rougher tracks, recently heard on Geophone and Mote Evolver.
Definitely, the signing for Repitch was an invitation to sound wild and this is what Parker exactly does here. "Flying Nerves" is a sonic expression of neurogenesis in the subgranular zone, with nerve cells bombed by bloated textures. The second one, "Lustrum" makes a symbolic nod to his recent album "Lustrations" on Prologue, running on razor-sharp sequence and maddening bass to the fringes of hypnosis. Serious tools for catering hungry techno crowds.

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16 September 2014

The Magnecian - Medea (Autochtone_3 - 2014)

"Medea" is exactly the kind of a record to go with a cup of morning latte after hard night out. Not distracting the neighbours and in the same revitalizing the strained body. A whiff of dub and delicate groove make "Nostalgia" the most pleasing cut of the twelve. Despite of dramatic title, "Your Suffering Is Mine" keeps a restrained mood while "Deleterious" rolls along with acid bits. The three-tracker mastered by Stefan Betke aka Pole comes from The Magnecian, which is an alias of Greek producer Stathis Kalatzis, so far primarily known as Mr. Statik.

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12 September 2014

D. Carbone - Anomalies EP (Mord 011 - 2014)

Another session of intrepid acid techno by the Berlin-based Italian D. Carbone, this time paying a visit to Bas Mooy's Mord imprint. Relying on the formulas developed in his Repitch labs of industrial techno, unstoppable Carbone serves with "Anomalies EP" another set of machine-driven rudities.
Acid showers and boisterous kick drum show the way in "Irritating Collapse", getting seriously off the leash after the mid-track drop. The the post-collapse phase is led by linear darkside mover "Origin", the most conventional track of the EP.
Dramatic events continue on the B-side, opening with a devastating tidal wave called "Discernment" good for physical punishment. Of different breed is "Machine Elves", falling to the dark ambient territory without making the impression of compulsory "downtempo" fill-in. As an expression of mythological force, its ultra-slow distorted bass and glistening pad sequence address both the Beauty and the Beast.

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05 September 2014

Mike Dred - Techno Satellites (Machine Codes CODE1100 - 2014)

Without any promo drumming, Michael Cullan aka Mike Dred has dropped a 11-track acid album "Techno Satellites", out digitally on Dred's own Machine Codes label.
Dred has been part of techno's evolution for over 20 years and produced several memorable tracks like "Macrocosm", still one of my fave acid excursions. Some of his glitchy IDM experiments under the Kosmik Kommando alias left me a bit puzzled but the new album shows again Dred's wealth of production skills.
Perhaps 70 minutes of acid in one go is too exhausting experience but the selection allows to find own favorites. Mine are "Pasiphaë" with biting sawtooth sequence, then bittersweet rave-age groover "Telesto" and fast lane experience "Hydra". "Techno Satellites" is currently available from Dred's Bandcamp page and the vinyl version will depend on expected demand.

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02 September 2014

Juno Chart 08/2014: Aisha Devi, Surgeon, Anopolis, Perc & Truss, OB Ignitt

A selection of most exciting records from August. Switzerland's Aisha Devi, replacing her Kate Wax alias with the real name, impresses with hardcore-inclined experimental EP "Hakken Dub/Throat Dub" on own Danse Noire imprint. Seasoned techno pal Surgeon still in strong form, dropping "Fixed Action Pattern", a two-tracker of infectous grooves and deep drones. Greece is calling when Anopolis collective surfs in the waves of cosmic disco and acid house and for eardrum challenge UK heads Perc & Truss come up with "Two Hundred". Real Detroit sound can be enjoyed on OB Ignitt's new EP and TOP 6 is wrapped up with dark compressor beats by Monica Hits The Ground.

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01 September 2014

Terminal 313 Podcast (August 2014)

Tracklist with buy links:
1. R-Zone - Xochi's Awakening (R-Zone)
2. Sendai - Directive (Monad XVIII Stroboscopic Artefacts)
3. Svaag – Sade (Semantica)*
4. Rrose - Drowned by Sight (Stroboscopic Artefacts)*
5. As Patria - The World (Attic Music)*
6. Voiski - Ode To A Model (Sheik’N’Beik)*
7. Edit Select & Teste - Ascend (edit select)
8. Fanon Flowers - Vultures Circling 1 (Planet Rhythm)
9. Killawatt - Convoys (Run Out Run)*
10. Jamie Curnock – Scavenger (Onnset)*
11. Reeko & Exium – Circuit 1 (Mental Disorder)*
12. Oscar Mulero - Epley Manoeuvre (Warm-Up Recordings)
13. Perc - Tri-City (Stroboscopic Artefacts)*
14. Surgeon - Fixed Action Pattern (TOKEN)
15. Tony Capstick-Carlton Main & Frickley Colliery Band - Capstick Comes Home (Dingle’s Records)
16. Perc & Truss - Judd (Perc Trax)
17. Martyn Hare - The Bitter Pill (Darkcell Remix) (Emetic)*
18. Stef Mendesidis – Edict (Semantica Exhibition Design)
19. D. Carbone - Irritating Collapse (Mord)*
20. Mescalinium United - We Have Arrived (Planet Core Productions)
21. Valved - Tipping Point (AnD Tipped Over The Edge & Back Again Remix) (Trensmat)
22. Sleeparchive - Loop 1 (Repitch)*
23. Cube 40 - Bad Computa Version (Force Inc Music Works)
24. Beau Wanzer – Lotraf (Nation)
25. Ulwhednar - Midvinter 2 (Northern Electronics)
*unreleased as of today

28 August 2014

Perc & Truss - Two Hundred (Perc Trax Limited ‎PTL003 - 2014)

Perc Trax challenging the eardrums again when the label boss teams up with Truss for a robust four-tracker. Pressed in clear vinyl for the label's Limited series, it bests their last year's "Spiker".
Because of Blacknecks-style power disco riff sprayed with acid, the "Two Hundred" feels more like a Truss track. For further chaos, a bruised spoken loop around two hundred points at the vocal chop mania once started by Blawan.
Hardcore side is exposed in "Judd" [really liking simple but striking track names, not crap like "Levitate The Transcendental Perception"] where whistles and heavy slam provide the build-up for a Saturday night Premier League fixture and a rave thereafter.
On the flip, the charge goes on in acidified not-love-song "Forever Your Girl" built on thrashy kick and T99 stabs. Apparently a tribute to the 1970s TV detective, dubbish semi-electro "Van Der Valk"  is a secret weapon camouflaged as fledgling jungle or UK garage track.
While most Perc Trax releases belong to the brutal end of the spectrum, "Two Hundred" shows different facets of techno soundwriting. Ready, steady, go!

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25 August 2014

Surgeon - Fixed Action Pattern (Token Records TOKEN46 - 2014)

As the title suggests it is about a pattern. Similar to Surgeon's recent "As You Breathe Here Now" on Semantica, the new twelve is built on a simple but appealing groove, which keeps repeating in the mind as if a chart buster heard on the radio. The original dirty bass techno from the man equals the definition of immersive and to-the-point beat science.
After pleasing the floor, the B-side's dub version shows abstract notes of dark room electronics akin to British Murder Boys material, with drone layers and mutant unicorn whispers.
Surgeon wisely keeping a relaxed release schedule, the Token single is his another showdown in the dance department after the Anthony Child album on NNA and British Murder Boys EP for Downwards. It also suggests that after having sailed the Seven Seas of techno, Surgeon is still capable to extract a catchy groove.
"Fixed Action Pattern" is a prequel to "Aphelion", Token's forthcoming compilation of new and exclusive material.

21 August 2014

Edit Select & Teste - The Rewipes (edit-select ES018 - 2014)

Firstly, it's a welcome initiative by Scotland's Tony Scott aka Edit Select to unearth a famed techno classic "The Wipe" by Teste, originally out on Probe Records USA in 1992. Even though "The Wipe" and especially the "5 a.m. Synaptic" mix never really collected the dust, it might have been a track rather cherished by those remembering the days back then.
For the new round, Scott had selected and edited the original for his own DJ sets and after contacting Dave Foster and Thomas S. Browning from Teste they decided to issue the edit.
The original is immediately recognizable, only the BPM rate has been cut back to comply with the not-over-140-BPM syndrome of today's techno. Furnished with traces of dub, synth abrasions and deep bass line recalling Beltram's "Energy Flash", the track does not offer anything unexpected, leaving the oldie the preferred choice.
New material is found on the flip: A collab of Edit Select and Teste, "Ascend" is a striking name for the track where arps spiral upwards true to the psy-trance traditions. Definitely not dark techno but a cheerful piece, sounding both beautiful and stimulating, thus a real bonus to the edit.
The revival is not limited to that because a remix package has been announced, featuring real techno warhorses like Rrose, Function, Luke Slater, Dino Sabatini, Terence Fixmer, Lucy, Claudio PRC, Mike Parker and Shifted.

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15 August 2014

Phase Fatale - Skyscraper (Avant! ‎AV!030 - 2014)

Hailing from New York, 23-year-old Hayden Payne acts in the European electronic scene after having found a new home in Berlin and a label in Bologna. Apart from the compilation appearances on Nostilevo and Electric Voice Records in 2013, Payne's debut as Phase Fatale happens on the Italian imprint Avant!.
Musically inspired by the era long before his birth, Payne is a keen observe raw analogue touch of cold early electronics. However the title track "Skyscraper", an Overdrive-reminiscent bassful techno stomper does not impress much. For a few moments "Waveguide" sounds like a remix of the previous but turns quickly into the EP's memorable track, guided by a knockout synth hook and the spirit of EBM romancers with rhythm in their blood.
After less imaginative "Untitled" the finale arrives in a different note: Firstly floating in the nothingness, "Vacuum" switches from ambient to dissonant stepper, pressurized by kick drum action. Maybe a too cautious debut but the potential is there for darker side productions.

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13 August 2014

Orlando Voorn - Black Diamond (Outelectronic Recordings OUTA 002 - 2014)

Orlando Voorn has been credited for being the first Dutch producer creating the link between techno communities in Detroit and Amsterdam about 20 years ago. Ever since Voorn has been tagged as Detroit producer putting out tunes in the spirit of Motor City.
A prolific soundwriter under numerous aliases, Voorn was very active in the 1990s with proto-rave tracks as The Nighttripper, electro anthem "Flash" (as Fix) or records on his own Detroit-based label Ignitor.
Although never been actually away, 2014 is again a blooming year for Voorn with three EPs out before the album. The new LP ranges from dreamy pads ("Rewind") to techno soul ("Black Diamond") and promising dance cuts ("Relaxation", "Gain Upwards"). It has plenty of chords and stimulating synth layers with bits of acid ("Acid Trip"), all that making the album a telling document of Voorn's sound processing. A lovely techno full-length for the summer.

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12 August 2014

Beau Wanzer - Power Outage (Nation ‎NAT 15 - 2014)

Four electronic grotesques in ten-inch format, pressed as short but concise 45 RPM tracks.
The feast starts with the title "Power Outage", which feels like a demonic shrink session during blackout, with Alan Vega type of manic recital on accelerated knocking-on-wood beat of Amii Stewart. Next one, "Fabrics", features EBM-friendly synth theme while things take an odd turn in "Lotraf", where offbeat-infected drum machine is dissed by deformed monologue, allegedly by the man himself in his younger years. Crushed by noise, "Thurston Moog" finishes it off as symbiosis of electric blues and folk
After hanging out with NYC's L.I.E.S. and its alleged offshoot Russian Torrent Versions, "Power Outage" marks Beau Wanzer's return to the hometown Chicago and Nation, Traxx's jakbeat label where Wanzer debuted in 2008. Obviously, black belt tracks are the result.

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06 August 2014

Alone - Has God Left This City? (Underground Resistance ‎UR 084)

It was only a matter of time when Underground Resistance would speak out about Motor City's financial and social hardship that have found so much negative press lately. Now the task has been accomplished by an artist called Alone whose real identity is unknown.
Although UR camp has been less booming than in the mid-1990s, "Has God Left This City" is a strong statement to reaffirm the vitality of techno's real headquarters. Announced in 2013 as a white label going for inflated prices at Discogs marketplace, and supported by full-length teaser videos*, the actual release is a gem with all three tracks obviously referring to the localities in Detroit, familiar to those who know.
Hi-tech jazz opener "7601 12th St." expresses the spiritual dedication to the home town, being even melancholic with touches of gospel house. It gets more bouncy in the A2 track "McGraw & Junction", featuring stronger drums, rainforest soundbits and sci-fi textures reminding of UR's earlier material in "Dark Energy". Towering prominently over the neighbourhood, "Lodge & Clairmont" is a multi-layered and immersive hi-hat builder, expressing inner strength and determination lacking in many techno productions today. Against all odds, "Has God Left This City" tells us there is more hope than despair in Detroit. Essential music from the source.

* Please note: The teaser videos of A-side tracks feature voiceovers that are not on the actual release.

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04 August 2014

KUUM suvi 1995: Siim Nestor Liivimaa elektroonikast - Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone jt

[This post in Estonian only, about the mid-1990s electronic music scene in Estonia as featured in KUUM magazine in the summer of 1995.]

Becki miniposter ja Mr Lawrence'i või Vennaskonna feature oli väärt lugemine, kuid ajakirja KUUM 1995. aasta suvenumbrist jäi kõigepealt silma Siim Nestori ülevaade Liivimaa elektroonikast. Jutuks Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone ja teised tegelased Põltsamaast lõuna poole, aga ka Eesti elektroonika skene tervikuna.
KUUM oli Pirita linnaosas Erik Morna juhtimisel ilmunud ajakiri, mis interneti-eelsel ajastul oli asendamatu infoallikas kohaliku ja piiritaguse moodsa muusika kajastamisel ning andis välja ka mõned kohalike artistide kassetid.

03 August 2014

PARTY REPORT: TehnoTasand with Mono Junk [DJ], Rajaleidja [Live] in Tallinn (August 1, 2014)

Mono Junk at the decks (Photo: TehnoTasand)
A small anniversary for TehnoTasand series of techno parties in Tallinn, when the tenth edition was held in Kultuurikatla Aed, a semi open-air venue close to the Old Town. Nice weather and pleasant ambience, with some people playing table tennis in the yard, attracted a sizable crowd that indicated increasing interest in techno in the Estonian capital.
Harder beats were found in so-called Kanal B room where MÜRK resident Artur Lääts got the things moving with a solid set, including a secret weapon, Gareth Wild's "Get Raw" mixed with ever-present "Losing Control" and the finale with DVS1's simple but memorable chord parade "Black Russian".
The Kanal A room featured more reserved sounds, starting with stylish ambient dub session by DJ mrds, who prepared the ground for Rajaleidja aka Joel Tammik. He has been the main purveyor of dub techno in Estonia, in recent years pursuing more experimental paths of sound research. Rajaleidja's PA was an amalgamation of abstract dub textures and filtered noises.
Next up in Kanal B was the night's headliner Mono Junk, one of Finland's foremost techno producers and founder of Dum Records. Wearing a Skudge T-shirt, which reminded about his recent EP for the Swedish label, Mono Junk aka Kimmo Rapatti dropped a rough vinyl set dominated by old school and acid sounds. After the electro funk tunes of West Coast breakdancers, he hit with 1992 Belgian rave stabs and also with Circuit Breaker's utterly functional "Overkill" as a reminder of Richie Hawtin's real talent. For a while it seemed the newest tracks played were released in mid-1990s but it was part of the game to remind about rich heritage of electronic music and excellent selection compensated casual mixing.
The night was wrapped up by Aivar Tõnso, legendary DJ and producer and a member of Hüpnosaurus, who was in the mood for electro disco, while in the other room residents Kaur Kareda and mrds did their part.

01 August 2014

Jeremiah R. - Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (Enklav. ‎ENK015 - 2014)

Jeremiah R. from Rotterdam is a dreamer, pursuing the sounds of electro's atmospheric section, if to decide by his EP for the Italian label Enklav. [yes there is a full stop at the end].
It gets a cautious start with harmonic layers in „Interdimensional  Beings“, to fit the loungy ambience of design hotels. The title theme “Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit” advances one level up, appearing as an intelligent and clinical electro track.
Gentle breeze of dub arrives in “Infinite Skies”, a toughtful and relaxing piece and after wellness department we reach glimmering “Exile", arching over to my personal favourite “Illuminated Process" - an intense tune built on electro disco riff and cascading pads.
"Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit", which in some elements reminds of Model 500, John Beltran or Plant43, is Jeremiah R.'s third release, after a CDr album in 2011 and the twelve "The New Wave" last year, with a remix by Drexciya and Dopplereffekt member Gerald Donald aka Heinrich Mueller.

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AnD - Esoteric Systems (Repitch Recordings ‎RPITCH03 - 2014)

The EP "Esoteric Systems" marks AnD's return to Repitch with rampant acid techno, slightly revealing the duo's experimental mind clusters on the flip.
The A-side hammers well above 130 BPM, the crowd firstly being served by blasting “Dusty Artefacts” which stands for AnD’s usual hard side tools, backed up by fretful and noisy “New World Order”.
Despite subdued bass action, “All Seeing Eye”, spasms from freemasonic rites bring us another frenetic track, the best one of the EP and acidiferous sinusoids of “Embryonic” take to a meeting with the Unknown in a stranded alien vessel.
So it's another demolishing session by Andrew Bowen and Dimitri Poumplidis from Manchester and the guys are also preparing the debut album "Cosmic Microwave Background", expected on Electric Deluxe in October.

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29 July 2014

Koehler - Dynasty (Berceuse Heroique BH 007 - 2014)

"Dynasty" used to be a TV soap in the 1980s, featuring housewife idols John Forsythe and Joan Collins and none of those long-haired eccentrics keeping the contact to the ordinary world. The attitude of the UK producer Koehler is just the opposite when creating his own "Dynasty" and landing on Berceuse Heroique after old school appearances for Skudge and R-Zone.
Crunchy and deliberately dusty synth sequence rolls across the title track while electro-futuristic "Spiral Light" sports a fluorescent riff and relaxed drum set, making it the most engaging track of the release. Pad delays and female whispers in "Deleted Scene" are familiar from 1990s hard trance intros but the track itself is actually a two-minute outro. Suitable for the ordinary world but does not knock the socks off.

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25 July 2014

Florian Kupfer - Head (L.I.E.S. LIES-BLK-06 - 2014)

Musically, Florian Kupfer has experienced a lot in his young life. At eight he joined children's church choir with rehearsals six times a week, he told in an interview for De:Bug. However it did not last forever when the fellow from Wiesbaden turned to hip hop in his teens, to fall under the spell of drum machines thereafter. After a successful promo to Ron Morelli via Soundcloud, Kupfer has become a L.I.E.S. regular and with "Head" he delivers four shots of rebel house for the label's black series.
Deformed synth chords introduce the bass-crazy title "Head" where the alarm clock and bells provide much more efficient mental cure than seeing a shrink. "Problems" follows the suit of post-Chicago modulations, served with claps, hi-hats and freaky Hammond heard in Hieroglyphic Being's "Cosmic Bebop". Compared to the previous, "This Society (Betrayal Mix)" dwells in almost laid back spheres when sultry chords are arching over bleeps and scarred textures. For the end distorted and dissonant stomper "K" fires with exclamations by a robotic hard rhymer close to "Dominator".
If undecided which one to pick from L.I.E.S. ever-expanding catalogue, this is the one for jacking in a deserted warehouse.

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16 July 2014

Edanticonf - Human Body Movement (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series MRECLTDGS09 - 2014)

Release date is in July 2014
Four variations on the theme "Movement" by the Italian artist Edanticonf who has previously claimed a central spot in the roster of the Vancouver imprint Silent Season.
Usually we can smell dub techno in Edanticonf's productions and his approach on the EP for M_Rec Ltd's Grey Series is not hugely different. After being introduced with swirling arpeggios recalling the heyday of Berlin's MFS, the other tracks maintain the fidgety synth line, placed over a solid set of echoing textures and technoid pulses. The B1 track goes more atmospheric while the final one belongs to the league of most usual dub techno tracks.
Edanticonf is clearly referring to classic trance influences in his newest production, showing the joyful side of electronic music. Like other Grey Series releases, "Human Body Movement" is vinyl-only and comes with nicely daring artwork, here endorsed by a literally teasing video.

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10 July 2014

Terminal 313 Juno Chart - July 2014: Beau Wanzer, Ekman, Robert Crash

This month's selection is topped by an odd four-tracker by Chicago's Beau Wanzer out soon on Nation Records. "Power Outage" is an experimental amalgamation of turbo disco, dark wave and viagra. Listening to Ekman's eerie new strike on Panzerkreuz one can understand all the fuss about the Dutch producer fond of dirty acid stuff. Robert Crash's inspiration lies in early Chicago acid of Phuture and likes but he adds unexpected twist to the tracks in "Friends To Friends".
"The Giant Monarch", an excellent mini compilation comes from New York's Fifth Wall Records with the artists L'estasi Dell'oro, Greg Z, Loric and Shawn O'Sullivan. Weighty package of industrial techno titled "Paris/Berlin: 20 Yeard Of Underground Techno", new material by Hadamard on Solar One Music and Metasplice on Morphine belong also to the upper half of the ranking.

Direct link to the chart.

Varg - Gravrösens Bortglömda Band (Semantica Records ‎SEMANTICA 68 - 2014)

In "Gravrösens Bortglömda Band", released simultaneously with S100's "Genesis" in Semantica's recent Swedish round, Varg leaves the Northern Electronics hideaway for urban crowds targeted by the Madrid label.
After the ambient intro "Lossning I Dimma, Kallholmen 04.53", floor-minded "Västra Skogen" twins with ethereal fireballs produced by Abdulla Rashim, Varg's pal in the Ulwhednar project, while being exposed to thin acid rain we remember from "Misantropen" on NE.
Staying in steady motion, "Stupagreve Homuth" delves deeper into dubby spheres while electro-smelling and crawling "Norrlandsbrigad 69R" is the most wolfish cut of the selection that mostly feels like drinking from a crystal-clear source.

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03 July 2014

Fabrizio Lapiana - Antimatter 3 (Attic Music ATTIC003 - 2014)

It's the grande finale of Fabrizio Lapiana's three-EP series on Attic Music. It opens with "Antimatter", by name the trilogy's title theme, which is a bruised cut with loudest bass in the series. Suitable for dark big room action, it taps into recent escapades by Gaja or Device Control. The pounding, with more metallic touches, resumes in "Eisfabrik" and the same piece is reworked by renowned Italian duo Voices From The Lake. First and foremost it's driven by Donato Dozzy's chopper textures, before pushed to the noisier ends of synth programming.

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30 June 2014

Body Care Vol. 1 [Terminal 313 Podcast June 2014]

A new home session for your listening pleasure. Again, I could not resist the temptation to mix new material with some older tracks.

Tracklist with buy links:
Air Liquide - If There Was No Gravity (Jammin' Unit Remix) (Harvest)
Mace. - Support Structures (Attic Music)*
BMG & Derek Plaslaiko – The True Story Of A Detroit Groove (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Shawn O'Sullivan – Fumarin (Fifth Wall)
S100 – Genesis (Semantica)
Ghostek - 2.5 Miles Abyss (Deep Sound Channel)
Edanticonf - Movement 2 (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series)*
L'estasi Dell'oro - Der Hase (Fifth Wall)
i - L.T.B.C.Y.B. (Pod Communication/Recognition)
Genki  - Sixth School District (Torque)
Leiras  - Emisario (Ownlife)
Lex Gorrie - Mental Block (Dax J Remix) (Unknown Territory)*
Jeff Mills - Black Is The Number (Axis)
Oasis - Oasis #7 (FXHE)
Breaker 1 2 - Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx) (Berceuse Heroique)
Metasplice - Buoyant Slight (Morphine Records)
D. Carbone - Acid Futurism (Planet Rhythm UK)
Mono Junk - Jupiter Acid (Skudge White)
Robert Armani - Fingertips (ACV)
The 15 Dead Minutes - Your Belief Is Broken (Earwiggle)
AnD - Dusty (Repitch)*
DJ Hell vs Richard Bartz - Break The Rulez (Kurbel)
Eomac - DF4 (Stroboscopic Artefacts/Monad)

* Unreleased as of 30 June 2014

Various - The Giant Monarch (Fifth Wall Records 5WALL013 - 2014)

Set up by Hound Scales and Divvorce, Brooklyn imprint Fifth Wall Records belongs to the bunch of US labels effectively averting current techno clichés.
New mini compilation opens with post-witch house oddity by L'estasi Dell'oro, the man behind the labels Voodoo Down, Flaneur Audio and recently sighted on Berceuse Heroique. Inaugural Gothic drone and delirious moaning of "Der Hase" predict a dark ambient piece until a hi-hat driven tempest sweeps over boisterous bass.
Incredibly groovy "Under Sharer" by debuting artist Loric possesses both technoid cadence and nonchalant house hedonism while Greg Z, another first-timer, reformulates DBX's dry and slapping percussion in "Public Anomie".
Shawn O'Sullivan, Midwest native and today one of New York's most interesting techno producers, excels in "Fumarin" with snake charmer qualities when looping a tropical bird song on solid bass, to round up a set of true delights by Fifth Wall. Most recommended is also the label's recent charity compilation "No Person Is An Island".

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26 June 2014

TIC - Sompa (Trash Can Dance TCD542014 - 2014)

Oil shale is the Estonian gold, excavated in the underground mines in the Eastern part of the country - exactly how it is depicted on the CD cover. A band rooted in death metal, grindcore and punk, the three-member TIC was part of the region's musical underground in the beginning of the 1990s. Those influences dominated in the group's debut tape recovered now from the archives by Trash Can Dance label.
The album "Sompa", dedicated to a desolate mining village of the same name, is filled with post-punk aggressions, like the title track "Sompa" and "Mädapea" ("Rotten Head"). Occasional wave and electronic notes emerge in "Fat" and upbeat DAF-esque riffs in "You Have A Right To Die".
Of different breed are "T.A.K.E.", "Melancholics Dream" and "Invisible Antlers", which would have passed the test for The Cure's warm-up session. But the most interesting finds are screaming kinkiness "Sex Magic" and industrial smash "Mehhaaniline Kristus" ("Mechanical Christ").
One final note: Those interested in ancient naked mining techniques might be curious to learn that TIC was performing in 1993 Eurovision, taking Estonia to the 3rd place right after the nations like Sylvania and Perfidia.

For purchasing send e-mail to gtm242(at)hot.ee (Trash Can Dance)

20 June 2014

Angus Tarnawsky - Pitched EP (Inner Surface Music INNER007 - 2014)

The agent #007 in the Inner Surface roster is Angus Tarnawsky, a drummer, sound artist and composer born in 1988 in Tasmania, Australia but currently based in Brooklyn. A techno EP by nature, Tarnawsky’s dark-coloured debut is loaded with a number of bass variations. However the opener "Pitched", which chugs in post-dubstep spheres, sounds too ordinary while AnD's aggressive remix dismantles the original title to rushing floor beast with hyperactive flute and crunchy layers, thus marking the highlight of the EP.
The B-side opens with Pan Sonic inspired grim builder "Ad Nauseum" [meaning ad nauseam?], which lodges in pleasantly obscure depths, and after glitchy and multi-rhythmic "Expand Contract" slowly modulating "Tour Maline" rounds up the lot.
Despite interesting nuances, Tarnawsky could have more bravely used his rookie status to refrain from some proven formulas, for which he has the possibility in the future.

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18 June 2014

Breaker 1 2 vs Ekman - Ratz In The Back (Berceuse Heroique ‎BH 005 - 2014)

This post is useless in promoting Berceuse Heroique's fifth release as it sold out quickly. Featuring again politically charged liner notes, the BH 005 belongs to the best crop of Kemal’s London-based non-conceptual concept label.
It’s a fierce affair produced by Grego Beato aka Breaker 1 2 and Ekman, where the L.I.E.S. operative penetrates the A-side's „Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx)“ with immense ghetto whip and filtered nasty riffs. Raunchy and jacking „Fuck Your Rock And Jack Your Funk“ derives from Ekman’s electro acid cluster and faces fluorescent riffs placed over bursts of distortion. Physically challenging muscle tracks.

14 June 2014

The 15 Dead Minutes - Purging The Pious (Earwiggle EAR 007 - 2014)

Release date is in June 2014
Difficult to say if Delinquent Dialect, Dr. Skunkenstein and Heuristic Audio are the persons for investment advice but certainly they are trusted source for electro-tinged floor material. The three have individually recorded for labels like Templedog, Electro Avenue, Satamile NYC and all together they make up the UK group The 15 Dead Minutes (T15DM).
The new EP moves clearly in the fast lane, starting with groaning Ra-X reminiscent techno in "Purge The Pious", followed by crunchy electro-acid "20 Parts Per Million" in the footsteps of Khan & Walker.
Coming at first instance close to Millsian 4/4 fare, "Your Belief Is Broken" is the most dance-appealing of the lot, discomforting the linear plot with grinding synth lines and "Ugly Growths" spills hefty portions of acid on the floor.
After gnarly "Scheming Things" on Earwiggle's fellow Irish label Trensmat, the pals from T15DM have chosen a less winding path but maintain a frenzied look in their eyes. Limited to 250 pieces, "Purging The Pious" is expected in red splatter vinyl.

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12 June 2014

S100 - Genesis EP (SEMANTICA 67 - 2014)

Having appeared in Semantica's Nonnative series, Stockholm Ltd artist S100 revisits the Madrid label with a solo EP. The dance mob gets instant satisfaction in "Revoke", a floor-testing exercise with droning vibrations and acidic synth stabs, that clearly overshadow "Pygmalion's" linear simplicity.
The B-side opens strong with limping and shaking outdoor party tune "Genesis", based on sloppy bass line in The Drum Club stylee. For the end Eduardo de la Calle, a renowned purveyor of harmonies, swaps the techno tunnel for lavender fields with a deep house inclined remix of the title track.

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