REVIEW: Kovyazin D & Moralez – The Night Watch (Eidetic EIDE02 – 2017)

In recent years, Brokntoys has been a trusted platform for inspirational electro, often in its melodic form, and now the label expands the horizon with a techno-inclined offshoot called Eidetic. The sublabel’s first physically available release is the second by the catalogue numbers and comes from Russian producers Kovyazin D, who has previously been part of M>O>S and Chiwax roster, and Moralez, co-founder of the St Petersburg based label Mosaique and co-operator of a club of the same name. The duo has succeeded in creating a stimulating four-tracker that is linked to Chicago-bred acid house and The Hague’s synth mania […]

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REVIEW: Black Merlin – Proto World EP (Berceuse Heroique BH036 – 2017)

In its beginnings, Berceuse Heroique (BH) looked like an adolescent rebel aimed at shocking everyone around. In addition to sowing disorder with harsh, nonconformist sounds the London label was notorious for provocative visuals that went beyond any taste. Still it feels quite the same when – after a break since Marco Bernardi’s hypnotic “The Dancing Clowns” – I’ve added two new BH releases to my collection. The sleeve art of Black Merlin’s “Proto World” – a long EP with over 25 minutes of playtime – sets the tone for the opening title track, which is ghastly enough to imagine a […]

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DUST OFF: Brian Aneurysm, Leo Anibaldi, Cheap Knob Gags

An overview of recent Discogs buys.     Brian Aneurysm – Propaganda (Iron Box Music IBOX014 – 2005) In mid-noughties I had some interest in Iron Box, a minimal label of better kind, which was run by Vienna-born US resident Bernhard Pucher aka Brian Aneurysm. Although being silent since 2008, the label had a few decent releases prior to that. “Propaganda” is a four-tracker where the main theme is expressed both in the sleeve design and voice samples by bloody dictators and wartime broadcasts. Dry funk of the outstanding title cut reminds of the output once heard on superb minimal label Boogizm and musically […]

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REVIEW: Various – MTRON002 (Mechatronica MTRON002 – 2017)

In the second vinyl release, the young Mechatronica imprint sticks to the sampler format, which enjoys wide popularity in electro nowadays, and summons four acts for another release to nicely taps into the label’s debut from the last year. Extraordinary opener comes from Dez Williams, a Welshman from Holy Island, who has been behind a variety of tracks – from acid bangers to experimental electro. Now Williams is creating a total shake-up with “Only Way I Know”, which may feel difficult to digest at first instance but the love for the jolting track with steely vocoder is coming quickly, pushed by a […]

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Bandcamp ambient picks: Horsetail, Jari Pitkänen, Øyvind Juel

Horsetail Horsetail from the UK are ‘makers of noisy outer space music’ from the abstract side of ambient and drone, which is well reflected in the title track and in “The Wound That Never Heals”. If to imagine it as a vinyl, the “B-side” turns out as the winner: distorted creeper “His Terrible Heart” would appeal to techno DJs and “Cloak” is a minimalist ballad for the mountaineers in base camp. Hollow Sea by Horsetail Jari Pitkänen Finnish artist Jari Pitkänen boasts a large back catalogue based on ambient experimentations with Roland MC-303. Of his recent navigations in stellar dust, the […]

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REVIEW: 6D22 – Ištar (Zeinkali ZNKL 001 – 2017)

The year 2017 started with two new release announcements from artists who in my view share something common in sound and it explains why they both have appeared on the same label, Mathematics Recordings from Chicago. This time John Heckle and Giorgio Luceri go separate ways when the UK producer prepares for April a double pack on Tabernacle, which gives a promise of warm gusts between house and techno that may recall John Beltran’s tunes from the nineties. Using the 6D22 alias, the Italian Luceri has the honour to launch Zeinkali, a new label from Tbilisi, Georgia. When listening to the A-side, the description ‘harmony house’ started […]

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The best of 2016 in a mix

Tracklist Sven Grünberg – Hingus, I Osa (Мелодия / Bureau B) David Morley – Presto (De:tuned) Ioannis Savvaidis – IBM 2870 (Lower Parts) Puto Anderson – Domingo de Paz (Príncipe) Eomac – Same Heart, Same Breath, Same Life, Same Death (Bedouin Trax) Tanzania Soundsystem – Ngono Kijiji (Highlife) Reade Truth – OMM 0910 (Path Records) Population One – Detroit City At Night (Metroplex) Gut Nose – Enjoy Thy Flesh (Styles Upon Styles) Nikolajev – Live Cut (Mutant Disco) (Collect-Call) CT Trax – Toxic (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams) Brassica – Wryders (Feel My Bicep) Kareem – Meyrink (Noiztank) Mumm – Cell […]

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DUST OFF: Various – See Ya In 2017 (Dance Pool – 1992)

Before the year 2017 breaks out, it’s time for a blast from the past that brings us to the present day. To start from the beginning, in 1991 I was pretty sure that techno can’t get much harder than Holy Noise, Interactive, Marusha, Channel X, T99, etc., because I wasn’t aware of what was happening in Detroit or Chicago and didn’t connect Baby Ford’s “Children Of The Revolution” to the acid house boom that had swept over the UK. This belief lasted to the very moment I heard for the first time Mescalinum United‘s “We Have Arrived”, which initially came out […]

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Metroplex triplets in 2016: Terrence Dixon, Arnold Steiner, Kimyon

              With three much-awaited Model 500 reissues, Metroplex’s year 2016 would not have been wasted anyway, but the futurist label from Detroit decided to live not only in the past and has expanded the catalogue by three new releases. Beside of Utensil, Metroplex was the place where Terrence Dixon cut his teeth in the nineties, using solely the Population One moniker for his rare appearances on the label. The tradition is kept on in the EP “Detroit City At Night” where the main award goes to the title track at B2 for its action-packed, after-dark snapshot with […]

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REVIEW: Ioannis Savvaidis – NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts LP12 – 2016)

Lower Parts takes a break from the usual repertoire of drum-heavy acidic cuts and changes the mood to sparkling ambient with “NSA Trusted Networks”, the debut from the Greek producer Ioannis Savvaidis. Coming in an edition of 250 copies with A3 poster and download code, Savvaidis’s EP is an admiration of classic synth compositions from the seventies, his tunes carrying the spirit of Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. From recent times, parallels can be drawn with synth explorations by Freak Electrique or especially Ricardo Donoso, which means that anybody who is missing tunes of the late Digitalis Recordings should find a little comfort […]

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