DUST OFF: Top 15 electronic tracks from 1997 (Part 2)

The second part of what is becoming a tradition: After listing my favourites from 2005 and from 1996, the time is ripe for another end of the year selection from the archives. The first part is here.    Silicon – 4 L.L. (Vmax Records) In 1997, Vmax founder Heath Brunner released under his electro alias a double pack with guest appearance from the producer Lowsh. After a period of supplying the fans with warehouse finds only, the label is making a comeback now.   Smyglyssna – Insvept I Papper (Plug Research) The US West Coast label stood mostly for abstract techno […]

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DUST OFF: Top 15 electronic tracks from 1997 (Part 1)

It is becoming a tradition: After listing my favourites from 2005 and from 1996, the time is ripe for another end of the year selection from the archives. The second part can be found here. Bizz O.D. – You May Be Hardcore But… (Force Inc. Music Works – FIM 123) By mid-nineties, Khan and his consorts had become regulars on Force Inc, an influential European label back then. As Bizz O.D., Khan came out of your speakers in 1994 and three years later he thought you may be hardcore, but …   DJ Di’jital – Technohop (Direct Beat) After exceptional harvest […]

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Mono Junk – Presents Suomen Moroderit (Vortex Traks VTX007 – 2017)

Winds of change on Vortex Traks, a label that set off in Berlin two years ago and has been among the city’s exciting newcomers in electro segment. The arrival of Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk could be well a sign of further electro adventures, but the Finnish analogue guru pays tribute to another side of  dance music’s basics. Raw synthetic sound between wave and disco is the main theme, slightly reminding of his recent “Pata EP”, a collaboration with Freestyle Man on Rapatti’s own DUM Records. The opener “Saint Boulevard” is located between cult and camp when singing hallelujah to hardware escapades […]

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Minimum Syndicat – Zenosyne EP (Tripalium Records TRIP004 – 2017)

“Zenosyne EP” is a rave-minded gust from Tripalium, which is a renowned yellow smiley brotherhood from France and steadily providing vitriolic noise for the floors. The fourth release within the Tripalium Records Rave Series sees Minimum Syndicat in the controls, a French collective that has been around for almost ten years and running also own self-titled label. The ethereal intro of “Seasaw” makes to anticipate a flying saucer touchdown. Once arrived, the greetings are expressed with squelching acid lines and eerie horns. Similarly themed “Kenopsia” sees semi-human creatures rushing over the fields, spurred by bittersweet hoover stabs. Obscure forces enter […]

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25 YEARS AGO: The Temple rave in Helsinki

On November 14, 1992 The Temple rave was held in Helsinki. This a personal view on the event I attended. For me, all that happened because of Tapani Ripatti, a legendary radio host in Finland who ran Tri Patti’s Partyline on Radiomafia channel in 1992. In my memory, ever since the early eighties the man with perfect radio voice had been a beacon for dance music, much appreciated for his passion for new tracks from Europe and beyond. While is earlier program Ocsid was focused on italo and eurodance, his youthful mind went with the flow of new beat and […]

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Various – It’s What We Live For: Volume 1 (Serotonin SER021 – 2017)

Serotonin has ended decade-long absence when the New York electro outfit makes comeback with two new releases, a various artists compilation and “Scientism EP” by Synapse, a project of label founders John Selway and Jason “BPMF” Szostek. The timing is perfect because for a while I’ve been thinking to write a piece about Serotonin’s archives, but seeing the label around is a much better way to shed light on this operation. Serotonin’s activities are rooted in earlier days, if to only look at the official website that may be optimised for Netscape and the label’s output that is strongly following (US) electro’s best […]

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DUST OFF: Perfect Sync – Man Song (Evidance Recordings EVID 006-96 – 1996)

If Dutch music writer Erik Müller aka E. Muul does not sound familiar, his Tintin-inspired alias Haddock & Müller may well do because it’s credited as the producer of fabulous cosmic electro conceived in the last decade by Freak Electrique (“P.H.A.S.E.R.”) for Viewlexx. For getting terminally lost in the alias jungle, let’s bring up Müller’s Perfect Sync project that released in mid-nineties three twelves on the Dutch label Evidance. The first single “Down The Deep / Body Slam” ranged from decent Detroit influenced techno to acid house and the second seemed to follow the same direction. The final one, 180 gram white […]

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Autumn news from Ancient Methods

After launching a new label Persephonic Sirens and releasing a solo EP on Candela Rising, this year’s duties are not over for Ancient Methods. Here are some news related to the industrial techno artist from Berlin. Interactive – The Techno Wave (Mecanica MEC028 – 2017) With “Who Is Elvis”, German duo Interactive created a huge euro rave hit in 1991, followed by “Dildo”, “Amok”, “Elevator Up And Down” and many other tunes. So far I hadn’t noticed that the project run by Ramon Zenker (i.a. Hardfloor) and Jens Lissat debuted already in 1990 with the two-piece single “The Techno Wave”. A […]

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REVIEW: Special Request – Curtain Twitcher (Houndstooth HTH081 – 2017)

Fabric’s offshoot Houndstooth has brought to us knockout tracks from Paul Woolford aka Special Request. The A-side of the clear vinyl goes straight to the business with sweeping opener “Curtain Twitcher” where vitriolic braindance riffs are crashing into naughty hoover bursts. Bass-heavy stepper “Emutraxx” is saturated with quirky acid lines and Nosey Parker’s remix of the title cut keeps the noise level high with nasty synth riffs in Terence Fixmer style. After big beat-ish groover “Trippethylophosphazene”, the pace and mood changes when “No Phone Calls” revitalises slow rave atmosphere with grumbling sub-bass and vocal samples. Another treat is Peder Mannerfelt’s […]

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REVIEW: Blake Baxter / Thomas Barnett – Four313 EP (Four313 F3-002 – 2017)

Three-one-three area legend Blake Baxter, the Prince of Techno, is not stuck in the past, if we may think so because of his reissues for Mint Condition. Recently he has produced new tracks for Killekill, and Baxter’s latest appearance comes on Four313, a new label from Detroit. He shares the split EP with Thomas Barnett, another seasoned artist from Motor City who once co-wrote Rhythim Is Rhythim classic “Nude Photo” and later set up a label called Visillusion. Baxter’s sensual voice is spreading the message of eternal love in “Agape”, a velvety deep house tune for filling a day with joy, while “Let’s […]

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