CSA, Lucindo – Compact Cassette 1 (3TH Records 3THCC01 – 2016)

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Noisy synth and drone spillage from Berlin’s famed and feared 3TH Records that launch a cassette series with a release split between the ‘newcomer’ CSA (aka Ascion) and Lucindo. The A-side’s most intense moments come with CSA’s kick drum rush “eXeNTeSICUL” and dissonant mad man’s therapy “Devid S. Mystic Shower”, the rest being lost in the dark ambient maze. On the B-side, Lucindo is driven by caveman instincts and opens with crusty bassline in “Neandershöhle”. For tearing up the floor, full-ahead fare “Club” is included, but there’s also strong appeal in short synth bursts “Undercave” and “Prehistoric Ritual”, before the termination arrives with “Savage Burial”. Points: 7 of […]

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Peder Mannerfelt – Controlling Body (Peder Mannerfelt PMLP002 – 2016)

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No need to seek professional treatment when hearing voices in your head during the listening session of “Controlling Body”, because it’s part of the experience devised by Peder Mannerfelt for his mind-and-body-testing album. Processed human exclamations are the centrepiece in many compositions – Mannerfelt’s approach is one of a composer, not just producer – and the vocals, coming from Ms Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser are surrounded by a broad spectrum of sound variations. About half of the album is based on vocal-and-bass experiments that stand for the demanding side of the electronic music. It’s worth mentioning that hardly any of the tracks goes the predictable way, as […]

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DUST OFF: Freddie Fresh – Comatone 95 (Electric Music Foundation EF 06-12 – 1995)

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Minneapolis-born Freddie (Freddy) Fresh was in full swing throughout the 1990s and later, with a massive run of (acid) techno and electro tracks that were released under various guises on labels ranging from Harthouse to Missile. In recent times we have heard less about Fresh – a smoking collab with fellow Midwesterner Paul Birken lies more than three years back – but his extensive back catalogue offers several great finds. One of them is the mid-nineties release “Comatone 95”, which dropped on the Electric Music Foundation (EMF), an Analog Records offshoot launched by Fresh and Auto Kinetic. By the title, Fresh’s 1992 banger “Comatone” on EXperimental, could be related to the EMF release, but by […]

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Feature: Dusty vinyl from Rabat

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Anyone fond of vinyl records or other collectibles knows the excitement of heading to distant territories and making unexpected finds in dusty boxes. Before leaving on a 12-day family trip in March, our destination Morocco did not look like a promised land in this respect, and for most of the time, this assumption was true. During my previous visits to the country I had gathered a sizeable collection of cassettes, with the focus on local folk, less on Oriental pop and raï and had managed to pick up also a tape version of the legendary Nass El Ghiwane’s self-titled album. During this visit, […]

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Klankman – Illumination Through Feedback Distortion EP (Details Sound DTLSND007 – 2016)

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Klankman’s opening statement appeared in 2014 when Maarten Epskamp joined the ranks of The Hague’s legendary label Bunker. After the debut and the following EP on Tar Hallow, Klankman moves ahead on the road to the heart of rough acid scene, with a release on the Milan label Details Sound, run and founded by Giuseppe Magistro and Matteo Fabbri. The three-tracker “Illumination Through Feedback Distortion” is another trespassing to the lands of machine-driven mutations, whereas the title track could by easily filed under ‘experimental noise’. It challenges the perception of Klankman serving primarily the floor, because sunken in distortion and dissonances, the track sounds off-sync […]

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Theologian vs Ancient Methods – La Saignée (Metaphysik MP202 – 2016)

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The A-side of “La Saignée” (“Bloodletting”) is exactly what we can expect from Metaphysik, one of Berlin’s danse macabre outlets, which is keen to explore the sounds of mental and physical decay. The opener “Death Elemental” is written by Lee M. Bartow aka Theologian who launched back in 1997 an American noise project under the banner of Navicon Torture Technologies and during the last decade created an extensive catalogue for his own label Annihilvs. For Metaphysik, Theologian emits over 13 minutes of black ooze, which is initially carried by eerie drone and then crosses over to morbid modern classical in co-operation with Gretchen Heinel’s cello and Daniel Suffering’s synth. The […]

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In defense of boring techno

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The pile of dance vinyls released annually may not equal the height of a skyscraper, but it’s getting close. Select ‘new releases this week’ at a large online retailer and you will get dozens of hits for techno vinyls only, for all genres it could be well over 200 and then add all these terabytes from the digital side. No wonder it brings along furious fights for attention and public acceptance – the labels and promo agencies drop keywords like ‘mesmerising’, ‘unique’, ‘mysterious’, ‘out-of-the-box’ when praising new releases. However, several, if not the majority of the tracks are duplicates of the music we have already heard, short of […]

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Vertical67 – Crystalline EP (Vortex Traks VTX002 – 2016)

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In its second release, which comes from the label’s co-founder Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 (previously on 100% Silk, Lunar Disko, Photic Fields, Acroplane Recordings), Vortex Traks does not make any sudden moves compared to the inaugural mini-compilation last autumn. The mood is set in the title track, glaring and atmospheric “Crystalline”, which is for enjoying scenic views from above with a Mr. Fingers bassline and subtle interventions of processed human speak, which are also present in “Dry Land”, where electro spasms are meeting acidic tremors. The B-side keeps the attention on the floor when swarming electrons roll on a futuristic, shady terrain in “Raster” […]

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Ten train tracks

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The following playlist could be extended by Moroder’s “Midnight Express”, The Farm’s “Groovy Train”, Kadoc’s “The Nighttrain” or even Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”, but this is my selection of ten train-themed tracks, spanning from experimental sounds to italo disco. What I noticed is that mid-1990s new generation Chicago producers were pretty obsessed about railway themes and they are represented with a couple of tracks (thought about adding BMC’s “Loco Motion” too). Feel free to add your suggestions to the comments below. Chris Watson – El Divisadero (The Telegraph) (Touch) After a CD album with field recordings made in Mexico, Cabaret Voltaire’s founding member Watson issued […]

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FBK – Screaming Her Name (Barba Records ‎BAR006 – 2016)

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In a short time, Croatian label Barba has attracted several notable artists, such as DJ Stingray 313, Marco Bernardi, Gosub, Heinrich Dressel, etc. The label’s sixth release, a heavy piece of wax in a beautiful yet surreal-looking sleeve, comes from Kevin Kennedy aka FBK. A name we haven’t noticed much recently, Kennedy is a producer from Columbus, Ohio who actually debuted already in 1997 with “Knobs & Switches” on Shake’s legendary label Friction. About 20 years later, FBK prefers smoothly rolling club tracks across three original compositions on the A-side. The title cut is fast-lane Detroit techno with a buzzing synth line, hi-hats and raindrop effects while dub-cushioned “Just To […]

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