Nikolajev – Nikolajev (Collect Call CC 003 – 2016)

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Nikolajev, Robert. Despite of young age, he has become a reputed DJ in the Estonian underground and co-runs Lekker, a vivacious nightspot in Tallinn. A special mention deserves the fact that he has been part of the techno act Neue Einsicht that warmed up Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival in 2013. After listening to Nikolajev’s debut on the Canadian imprint Collect Call, I’m not wondering why it became a Soundcloud success with about 12,000 plays, because not many new artists in 2016 can match Nikolajev’s premiere – and I’m not saying it because of being an Estonian. The A-side contains two robust, bass-heavy cuts, […]

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Interview: Andy Crosby aka Spesimen

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For a brief time in the 1990s, Ann Arbor electronic artist Andy Crosby aka Spesimen entered the electro scene with two releases on his own Infocalypse Records. His solo efforts included EPs on Amici Curiae and Pomelo, but before really taking off, Spesimen disappeared from the radars. Up to the comeback this spring, when Berlin label Libertine issued a split EP with Rusuden and Spesimen. Whether it was an one-off effort or does Crosby have something more in the pipeline, Terminal 313 tried to find out in a written interview with the artist living in San Francisco, going back to […]

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ITPDWIP – Post Love (Brokntoys BT12 – 2016)

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Brokntoys is a label I should have coveted long before spotting Marco Bernardi’s “Spoken Word Of Lie” (2015), because in retrospective many earlier works of the London-based label sound terrific too. I would not be walking alone with the claim that Brokntoys can be found in the forefront of current electro movement, when it puts out impressive tunes by Luke Eargoggle, Dez Williams, Microthol and others, quite often in the format of mini compilations. After Dan White’s “Digital Physics”, there is another solo release coming from the label, “Post Love” by ITPDWIP. Behind the acronym is Greek producer Vladimiros Peilivanidis who also uses aliases […]

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SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian ‎AVNLP003 – 2016)

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Sssssnake chhharmers from Sweden, not only linguistically challenging dark knights from SHXCXCHCXSH who boast over 6,300 followers of their empty Soundcloud account, believe in the power of ‘s’ in the new album for UK label Avian. After initial rush to vitriolic roughness, when only to recall earlier catalogue entries by Shifted and MPIA3’s, Avian’s tastes have become more varied (Litüus, for example) and SHXCXCHCXSH’s album belongs rather to the experimental section. Instead of targeting sweaty techno caves with their previous Avian LP “Strgths”, SHXCXCHCXSH emits steamy, pixelated sound that constitutes the basis of most of the compositions. Consciously or not, many parts sound very familiar: one of the album’s best tracks, “Ssss” at […]

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DUST OFF: Fred Giannelli – 1st Premonition (Superstition 2068 – 1996)

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By 12th August of 1996, when Superstition Records issued “1st Premonition”, Fred Giannelli didn’t need any introduction anymore. After touring with the proto-industrial group Psychic TV in the 1980s, Giannelli moved on to electronic dance sector and adapted a number of monikers, such as The Kooky (or Cranky) Scientist, Mazdaratti and released with Richie Hawtin as Spawn, becoming a core artist of the pioneering Plus 8 imprint. Giannelli’s own Telepathic Recordings launched in Boston in 1992 and folded in 2001 with The Kinky Scientist single “Mid-Life Crisis” (perhaps it was a true story?). One of Giannelli’s albums, “Telepathic Romance”, appeared on the Finnish minimalism […]

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Univac – Unknown Radio EP (30drop ExoPlanets 30DEXO-003 – 2016)

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Since the 2010 debut, splendid white wax “Radiation” on Bunker Records, Univac’s releases have been rarely seen. After “Voltage EP”, a ‘cutting-on-demand’ record on French New Flesh, Spanish electronic artist Rafael M. Espinosa (known as Geistform) held Univac in a five-year break, to return now with a stimulating EP. The title track “Unknown Radio” is a definition of big room electro, written for catering the dancefloor with swerving bass lines and chunky stabs, while the lights are dimmed in “Lunik”, built on Psi49net reminiscent electric pulsations and robo voices. Then a special guest opens the B-side when Der Zyklus turns “Lunik” to a beatless suite, […]

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Various – MTRON001 (Mechatronica MTRON001 – 2016)

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Mechatronica, a new label among the dozens that have sprung from Berlin, arrives with impressive mini-compilation full of underground electro magic. Mechatronica’s foundations reach back to the year 2012 when Italian DJ Federico Benedetti (ElectroDon) and Chilean artist Daniel Boubet (Trippy-H / Daribone), both later joined by the Danish DJ MEJLE, set up a music and party-promoting collective. Their events have attracted several famed electro purveyors, recent headliners being Rude 66, Morphology, Rutherford, etc. Thus the label launch is not surprising and the debut has all the ingredients of obsession, only when we take “Broken Electronix” by Sync 24 & Luke Eargoggle, an electro track close to perfection. Fireball […]

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New vinyl: Amir Alexander, Frank Butters, CL/AD, The Groupies

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It’s not new, the feeling that the summer is a suitable season for getting more ‘housey’. This assumption is reflected in my recent vinyl purchases, when after delightful moments with Luis CL’s Big Doint EP, further new additions are closely related to (acid) house. After I missed out on Amir Alexander‘s EP on Plan B, “The Morpheus Project” on his own Vanguard Sound! imprint is a good compensation. All four tracks move in deep house realms with politically laden narration. My favourite tracks are on the A-side: “King Kong Godzilla Gorillas!” with ‘Obama!’ exclamations over acid bits expresses the feeling of UR’s “Transition” and […]

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Festival report: Tresor 25 years in Berlin

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In the high season of open air festivals with sea and sun, the idea of being trapped inside the concrete walls of a former power station in the city of Berlin may not sound too appealing, but when an acclaimed techno institution celebrates its 25 years of existence, the stakes are high for joining the event. Therefore I headed to the German capital for Tresor Festival, a four-day showcase that attracted a fabulous line-up of artists and DJs, many them affiliated with the Tresor network before and now. The festival promised sleepless nights and restless days for the strong, which required advance planning […]

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Shitcluster – Meat Thief (Panzerkreuz 1027 – 2016)

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The Hague’s loonies operating under the name Shitcluster have staged another freakshow of rhythmic noise, to disrupt ‘dance music’ as such. New distorted deviations by Charlie Watkins and Jan Duivenvoorden – the latter running nowadays the Unit Moebius Anonymous –  begin with two ramming tracks on the A-side that remind of Ancient Methods’ “The Whip” from 2009. The gruelling chug of A1 is led by hollow, bouncy drums and subtle complaints like coming from Sid Vicious’s taped mouth, followed by asphyxial feel of A2. The B-side opens with rubbery stabs and eerie clonks that are guided by rotating turbines like engineered by Vainio Väisänen Vega and giving the sensations […]

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