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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REVIEW: D.J. Trump – Trumpin’ Tracks Vol. 1 (Black Beacon Sound bbs009ep – 2017)

It was only a matter of time when Trump ‘The DJ’ will make a techno debut and truly some Soundcloud clips appeared a few months ago. It sounded pretty promising, clearly not a kind of cheap parody house that would ride the wave of Trump-mocking. And I really don’t care if it’s D.J. Trump or DJ Woody Woodpecker because the tracks are just great, starting from “Ghetto Trump”, which has a lot in common with bleepy minimalism of “Losing Control”. In the gripping ghetto jam “Trump Dat”,(un)appropriate vocabulary emerges from a coarse throat, before smoking acid house tune “Beat The Box, Trump […]

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REVIEW: AshTreJinkins – Root Beer EP (NCA004 – 2017) 

AshTreJinkins, an artist straight outta Compton, L.A., has already three EPs under his belt in 2017. The release on NCA opens with a Rezzett-esque furred deep house “Dead Or Wounded” and the mood is preserved in offbeat funky swing “Frozen”, which is introduced by vintage audio clip about ‘good slave material’ from the times when cotton and tobacco markets started to bloom. For me, the culmination of “Root Beer” arrives on the flip with “We Need Rain”, a pulsating, dubbed out masterpiece with simmering voices, that creates otherworldly vibes before floor monster “Adwarenigga” is grinding out the artist’s rougher side, […]

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REVIEW: Vesa-Matti Kivioja / Kollektiv Jurmo – Connection EP (Meltdown Deejays Recordings MLTDWN-002 – 2017)

As a DJ collective, Meltdown has been around since 1993 when it was set up in the Finnish town Vaasa. Last year saw the Meltdown’s debut as a label with Vesa-Matti Kivioja’s (Ostrobothnia Power Discs, Ljudverket) “Miller Street Sessions”, a five-track EP between acidic floor action and experimental soundscapes. In the second Meltdown release, the opener “I Will Stand By You Until We Do” is an admirable piece by Kivioja, exhibiting techno’s brighter side with warm chords and driving acid house bassline. Still enjoying the heat of sunrays, “Expanded Harmony” is of more propulsive kind and then Kivioja passes the […]

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