Ultradyne – Resurrection: Return From The Abyss (Pi Gao Movement PGM011 – 2015)

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Release date is in April 2015

The signals are loud and evident, when Ultradyne transmit on the assigned frequency from their interstellar refugium. Looking back to two decades in action – their tale started in 1995 with “E Coli EP” on Warp – the enigmatic producers from Detroit keep cruising in the extreme end of the electro universe with the new EP “Resurrection: Return from the Abyss”, out on their home label Pi Gao Movement.

Ultradyne have well maintained the veil of secrecy, with their identities and even the group’s composition often disputed, but it is known that Dennis Richardson and Frank de Groodt are the faces behind the masks. For me, the Pi Gao Movement’s inaugural EP “Antarctica” (1999) was the first sonic contact with the duo and their appeal has not vanished over the years, supported by the label’s policy of preferring quality over quantity.

Quite often, Ultradyne’s style is nothing else than industrial electro, born and raised in harsh conditions, but still open to occasional research lab sterility. In their passion to probe the unknown, Ultradyne are also rehabilitating the original meaning of dystopia, increasingly abused as a marketing gag of generic techno productions.

The new four-tracker offers intense mutations, starting with the monumental “Return From The Edge”, where survivors, battered and bleeding, penetrate the curtain of rusty noise and enter the area rich of grubby broken beats and succulent pads. Sounding familiar to the fans of Ekman, “V1014” explores the techno territories with a wealth of twitchy sequences and robust bass for electro’s uptempo side.

One may feel seriously depleted after “More Like You (MDK Therapy)”, a grueling exercise of dramatic synth convulsions, amplified before the five-minute mark with a vocoded voice ultimately reinforcing the curfew. A sort of audioplay is offered in “World Made Straight”, the most experimental cut where grim, sociocritical narrative is founded on hardcore hip-hop theme, and colliding with solid steel before the somber ambient outro breaks out. Beware, extremely absorbing material in sight, among the very best Ultradyne has conceived.

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Abdulla Rashim & Axel Hallqvist – Sorunda Remixed (SEMANTICA 58X – 2015)

sem_58x‘X’ was added to the item 58 in Semantica catalogue, after a handful of acclaimed producers were summoned to remix “Sorunda”, a two-tracker conceived by Abdulla Rashim and Axel Hallqvist in 2013.

Back then, the original “Mark” made a more brisky impression and on the A-side a choice Italian squad maintains the initial pace. Reproducing the spirit of Lascaux, Donato Dozzy’s “Cave Man Remix” is a wild one praising primitive urges of the tribes in furs, with frenzied kick drum constituting the backbone of the multi-layered entrancer. More shout-outs from the floor can be expected when Claudio Prc drops a swerving motorway version of “Mark”, a brilliant mixture of dubbed-out yet immersive patterns.

On the flip, Korridor’s air-cushioned reimagination of “Skog” floats between Vainqueur and Duplex with fizzy pads and lucid percussion, as a textbook example of beauty in techno music. The EP wraps up with so far unreleased “Sorunda”, of which we get a remix by the label owner Svreca, opting for a more experimental angle with sneaking drones and perpetual woodpecker bass receiving some EQ treatment.

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DJ Stingray 313 ‎– Cognition (Lower Parts ‎LP07 – 2015)

LP07 A sideThis time, Detroit electro craftsman Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray 313 is reporting from Athens, Greece, having docked at the up-and-coming label Lower Parts. A trusted evangelist of immersive electro, Stingray puts up a convincing appearance across four tracks of the “Cognition EP”.

Those familiar with Ingram’s productions, know his affection for the world of sciences, either engineering, physics, or neuroscience, which is the main theme in “Cognition”.
Inaugural technoid kicks of “Acetylcholine” are radiating thermal energy and most obviously arousing dance instincts, but soon the track becomes more complex when atmospheric pads appear, with a touch of The Other People Place and Tangerine Dream, and a distracted soul keeps moaning deep inside. Next track “Dendrite” activates jittery mechanical beats that go under the skin in similar manner, as did earlier EP “Electronic Countermeasures”, providing an example of a sterile and rational electro composition.

On the B-side, the artist retreats from the usual combat zone and feels like booking a relaxing getaway in azure blue waters. The warmth of lush sequences in “ERbB4” almost scratches the deeper side of house and reminds of Ingram’s material on [Naked Lunch]. After that, “ERbB4″ gets reworked by the local hero Kon001, whose beautifully crafted yet muscular sounds invoke optical illusions arching over the horizon, speaking for a safe and sound ecosystem.

“Cognition” reaffirms Stingray 313’s talent of creating engaging tracks, when he covers a wide spectrum of electro for Lower Parts, the ambitious Greek label in full blossom. Before the interoceanic electro stalwart, the outlet secured German acid master Andreas Gehm for an EP and earlier presented the jacking expertise of Anopolis collective from Thessaloniki.

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Edanticonf ‎– MCMLXXXIX (Wolfskuil Ltd ‎WLTD025 – 2015)

edanticonfItalian space traveller Edanticonf reports for duty again, this time on Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil. Having debuted in 2011, the artist is foremostly known for a couple of dubbed out and atmospheric pieces on the Canadian label Silent Season, but also dropped a solid EP on M_Rec Ltd Grey Series last year.

Presented by the label as ‘a very personal statement from an artist’ – what else it could be – the title may refer to the author’s birth year because musically “MCMLXXXIX” does not have anything in common with the acid house or new beat craze that governed in 1989.

Maybe Silent Season’s label aesthetics play a role here, but for me Edanticonf’s sound creates associations with wild nature. The same applies for the first track “1989.1”, which stands for thoughtful moments at a remote creek. Aquatic effects, gradually emerging slo-mo rhythm and sweet pads create a relaxing atmosphere Edanticonf is known for.

On the flip, “1989.2” changes to the uptempo mood, when solid bass rolls along with some trancey layers, for spotting first butterflies leaving the winter sleep for new adventures. Again a well-rounded one by the Italian.

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Vin Sol – Off The Chain (Clone Jack For Daze ‎C#JFD23 – 2015)

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In recent times, a number of Chicago reissues is popping up, to quench the thirst for classic house releases. However, a new life of the oldies by Trax, DJ International, Chicago Underground, etc. does not mean that ghetto and jack are sending only messages from the retirement.

Clone sublabel Jack For Daze is in the front row of Chicago-inspired music, combining the Windy City’s nostalgic flair with the new production energy. JFD’s recent “Off The Chain” comes from Vin Sol, a Californian export to the world located in sunny San Francisco, where he runs Soo Wavey Records with another artist Matrixxman and has previous label experience with UTTU. A Dance Mania admirer, Vin Sol knows the secrets of freaky beats when hitting with a four-tracker on the Dutch label.

Vin Sol applies a simple toolbox with vocal samples, claps, hi-hats and filtered stabs for a common good of dance-obsessed audience. The main riff of the flanging and whipping opener “Off The Chain” is of the memorable type and gets the party going, followed by booty-shaking undercover mission “Shox”. Further juice is squeezed out in “House Freaks”, while in bluntly titled “Trac” battering drums operate in shades for a nocturnal stripped cut. Have been playing that a lot and will be even more.

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DJ Deep & Roman Poncet Present Adventice – Extraction (Tresor.274 – 2015)

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No kidding, techno institution Tresor goes post-Harthouse when two French producers, DJ Deep and Roman Poncet, are pacing the night with swirling trance-induced cuts in “Extraction”. It is a different and stimulating release in current techno landscape, although during first listen I felt a little puzzled how to take it.

Having started with spectacular air show “Extracapsular Extraction”, the highlight arrives with intrepid arpeggios and steaming bass stabs in “Data Retrieval”, a reanimation session for the goa generation. The B-side is filled with seven minutes of intense pulses in “Extraction Force”, for broadcasting in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.

DJ Deep has been active for over 20 years and mainly associated with house scene, being also the founder of the Deeply Rooted label, while Roman Poncet is a relative newcomer who debuted in 2013. Gathered under the banner of Adventice, they have an impressive starts that does not let you fall asleep.

Released simultaneously as Tresor.275, Hood-inspired “Hydraulic Pressure” rolls nicely too, reaffirming a credible launch of the Adventice project by the Frenchmen.

P.S.: I remember a techno night in mid-1990s, when a quite reasonable bloke spoke enthusiastically about labels he had just discovered, mentioning the ones like Dragonfly or T.I.P. He really did not make friends with this type of passion because (goa) trance was the no-go in the ‘serious’ techno scene. However, when the time has passed, the view might have been changing.

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 3 (March 2015)

IMAG1354This is another edition of the “Promos & Classics” series. While most of the tracks used in this mix are new and belong to those that have caught my attention recently, it features also 1990ies material. Please meet Steve Stoll’s and Damon Wild’s project Voyager 8, Detroit’s Scan 7, Oliver Lieb’s Solieb project, ACV’s Riccardo Rocchi and for the end, a real timeless classic, UR‘s “The Final Frontier”.

 

 

 

Tracklist with buy links:

Louis Guilliaume – Careless (Ruff Draft)
DSCRD – Apparition Hill (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
Synthek & Audiolouis – Unwise (Polar Inertia Remix) (Natch Records)
Senyawa – Di Kala Suda (Charles Cohen Remix) (Morphine Records)
Mr Raoul K – Somassai (Still Music)
Solieb – Circus Maximus (Main Mix) (Maschine)
Scan 7 – Twisted Groov (Tresor)
Modern Heads – Unknown Route (Outis Music)
W.I.R.E. – 20.15.5.24.16 (TM404 Remix) (Wire 01)
Atom™ ‎- Ground Loop (Bunker New York)
Voyager 8 – Transistor Rhythm (Synewave)
Lory D – Acix9999 (Wireblock)
D’Marc Cantu – Car Type (Run Out Run)
Device Control – The Manufacture Of Consent (Device Control)
Ekserd – Hidden Document II (Svreca Remix) (Ressort Imprint)
Error Etica – Abstract Data (SUBSIST)
pann+onn – Black Heart (ante-rasa)
Huren – MRTVI (Zhark Recordings)
Stave – Paid Jazz (Repitch)
Oscar Mulero – Mentally Induced Action (Stanislav Tolkachev Remix) (Pole Recordings)
Riccardo Rocchi – Hasta La Vista Baby (ACV)
UR – The Final Frontier (UR)

Stave – After The Social EP (Repitch Recordings RPTCH05 – 2015)

RPTCH05 CoverFor me, Stave begins with the EP “Trust” on the Irish Trensmat, which now has sadly entered cold storage, as the label put it. The tracks were scripted in harsh machine language, including an outstanding remix by Israel Vines. It was in 2013, but Jonathan Krohn, a Chicago electronics artist behind Stave, was not a newcomer as his previous musical experience included experimental project Male with guitarist Benjamin Mjolsness, a band many people might not have heard about.

More familiar are the doings of Talker, Krohn’s notorious noise and drone venture with Karl Meier, that has been twice hosted by Downwards. Considering Trensmat’s material and Downwards affiliation, it is not surprising to see Stave landing at Berlin’s headbang gang Repitch.

The title tells all about “Hardened Chord”, a thoroughly distorted and pounding sonic violence in real time. For the remix, no one else than Regis enters the game as a kick drum fiend, letting abrasive synth riffs to mess with sick-minded and subdued narration. Next going nuts in “Circle Pit”, which is among the noisiest tracks ever heard on Repitch, where hazardous cascades of shredded sequences hitting the ground. However, my preferred track is the last one, “Paid Jazz”, less stormy than the preceding ones, but a real repetitive charmer underscored by loud drums and dark pads.

Compared to Trensmat release, “After The Social” is less experimental and aims directly at pure dancefloor madness.

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DJ Overdose – Master Control (Viewlexx V-026 – 2015)

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For Viewlexx, a trusted offshoot of I-F’s empire, 2015 marks the 20th year in the business. The journey that once began with “Portrait Of A Dead Girl 1″, continues with DJ Overdose’s “Master Control”, a new EP by the master of robust electro funk.

However, the opener deviates from the familiar line, when catchy italo hommage “Timewave Zero” sounds like DJ Overdose hanging out with Bordello A Parigi people. After negotiating some curves in the autostrada, “Errorless Computer” means slick West Coast boogie for Hollywood Wives pool party, as the artist is hooked on the 1980ies.

Heavier blows emerge in darkish “Blacklight” and the title track “Master Control” has the honour to represent the school of Dutch hallmark electro. Planet Rock beats of “Girl In Trouble” drive a grim tale about an adolescent in drama and “Human=ON-01″ says farewell with sun-lit pads at calm shores.

In recent years, the label has kept a sluggish pace with new stuff, the previous release being Cliff Lothar’s “White Savage” with a couple of represses. For this spring, remastered versions of “Test Pilot” are announced and hopefully there will be more fresh produce from the legendary imprint.

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Tripeo – Anipintiros Reworks Part I & II (Tripeo TRILPRMX1 / TRILPRMX2 -2015)

Tripeo_Reworks_album_artwork.inddIn 2014, Dutch techno artist Darko Esser completed the album “Anipintiros”, the first under Tripeo alias, and now six producers have remixed a number of tracks. Artist lineup of the two-part release is impressive and the material would be good for club use. But in my view, above the others are two reworks of “Anipintiros #7” and, unfortunately, they do not share the same piece of vinyl.

Blawan is off the leash, when Yorkshire noisemaker shakes the place with a grinding, throbbing version and acid bits. My other pick, Mike Parker’s trim of the acid-soaked original, complies with the minimalist scrub of the Buffalo man and keeps the heat on.

Of the rest, reliable UK veteran James Ruskin and Spanish duo Exium deliver straight and classic reinterpretations in the first part and in the second, Ben Sims signals the power of torrid loops and Cadans rounds it up with a wiggly stomper.

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