Various – Kila Kola: Various Shades of Estonian Electronica (Umblu) – 7/10

Estonia, land of music. Modern composer Arvo Pärt was born here, in a small town called Paide, and every five years a monumental Song Festival gathers 30,000 performers and 150,000 paying spectators for a celebration of music – in a country with less than 1.4 million people. First house and techno producers, spiritual disciples of Soviet-age deep electronica composer Sven Grünberg, emerged 20 years ago and since that the vibrant scene has created several impressive tracks, not to speak about great parties across the years. The newest compilation by Umblu Records showcases the talents of today. The sheep on the […]

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DJ Jus-Ed vs. DJ Qu – Real House Music… (Underground Quality 027) – 8/10

Not much innovation was used when this release was titled, the same can be said about the label name, Underground Quality.But here we have a decent four-track EP full of percussive deep house. Qu did the A-side and kicks off with technoid feel in “Runwitit”, a slo-mo and minimal drum composition that reminds of recently reviewed Traversable Wormhole remix of a To Rococo Rot’s “Forwardness“. The next one, “All Across The Floor”,  is a perfectly produced fabric that does not need any ironing and where cool vocal inserts are complemented by catchy keys and horns. Deep house at its best […]

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To Rococo Rot – Forwardness Fridays EP (Domino 356T) – 8/10

This is pure prejudice to think that To Rococo Rot, being around for years, does music for salons and art exhibitions only. However this is the first time the group makes an entry to my record shelf. I have to admit that seeing two interpretations in addition to the original track helped to decide for this one. On the A-side is “Friday” and West Green Rd Remix by Shackleton, dubstep insider and Skull Disco label co-founder. The track hovers beautifully over the moon-like landscape and adds some decent bass to otherwise quite atmospheric feel. It’s like at a weather station […]

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Kompleksi – [I Aint No] Lovechild / Moscow Nineteen Eighty (Lal Lal Lal 19) – 8/10

Definitely, the singer was not a choir boy of merit. Especially on “Lovechild” carrying a tune is a real challenge for him – but it could be just a clever disguise to keep this seven-inch as weird as possible. Because the guy doing the vocal part is Erkki Rautio AKA pHinn, an instigator of the Finnish electronic music scene and founder of PhinnWEB with Kompleksi being this website’s “house band”. “Lovechild” is like early-morning karaoke after a heavy night in the bar where only the boldest, and not necessarily the most beautiful, have survived. “Moscow Nineteen Eighty” is a bombastic […]

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Cub – C U 1 (CUB 01) – 7/10

A sinister piece that chops your mind like a guillotine. It’s a definition of hardcore techno in 2010: the BPMs do not rush but the atmosphere is utterly dark and impelling. “C U 1” on the A-side is a Spartan journey with straightforward metallic beats and all kind of inhuman sounds. Clinks and clonks are surrounded by impenetrable fog of echoes and buzz that is all over the place. On the flip a remix by UST (Ugandan Speed Trials, I bet) that is not any more digestible and does not let any daylight in either. You get hollow drums as […]

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Low Limit vs Lando Kal – The Golden Handshake EP (Numbers 1) – 8/10

The clash of the guys equipped with laser swords, one side for both of them. Low Limit loves a dirtier mix of electro and dubstep, experimenting with rhythms and varied percussion. All three tracks splatter like fountains in front of the cheering old school fans. “Where You Been 7.0” is a full-on bomb constructed with a kind help of chemical beats and real ghetto flavor. A bit like Modeselektor and Puppetmastaz in a jam session.Lando Kal is smoother and believes that house and broken beats together can create magic, especially in the first track. The following, “Exotic Jesus”, could be […]

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Ed Solo / JFB – Age Of Dub / Resident Evil (Sludge 001) – 7/10

In the beginning of 1990’s Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia filled global dancefloors with a captivating trance hymn called “Age of Love”, produced under the moniker of same name. The number of different releases and reissues of this single competes already with some songs of The Beatles.The first release of the label Sludge awakes memories with a bass version of “Age of Love” on the A-side. Eddie Bickley takes all the credit for producing the piece without referring to two Italians. Even somebody having an object stuck in the ear would recognize that it’s a remix of the club classic, […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Privileged Frames For Reference (V/Vm Test Records 0002) – þ/10

Back off, keep off – this bunch has to be isolated from the society because it’s not music. It’s terror. And it’s error. V/Vm is like 100-watt light bulb that attracts all kinds of weird insects. Purgatorian parasites and bugs gone berserk crash your ear canals and paint their graffitis inside: “V/vm was here“. You get no sleep after listening to this mayhem. Alien Porno Midgets swing the hula hoop on „High Altitude Over Hawaii“ but then Japanese Industrial Agents give with a metal hop a pre-taste of what is coming. Oleg Satichenko’s „Emissions From Reactor Room 17“ is an […]

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Emad Parandian – Marangai Waikawa (Haknam 01) – 8/10

The name Parandian may sound Armenian but the artist here is a  Universität der Künste student from Berlin with a heritage of folk music and classics. A-side is a percussive, synth- and FX-filled voyage in a dark tunnel with barking echoes and a remote tribalistic chorus – here and there it makes you slightly shiver. Despite of being somewhat faster and closer to dub techno, in a DJ mix the track would sound well alongside Cheap and Deep Productions. B-side is an upbuilding ryhthm collage with reverbs and mystic voice processing. The track on the flip, “Scud“, serves anxiety: ghostly […]

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Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash (Dekmantel 002) – 8/10

Juju & Jordash are Gal Aner and Jordan Czamanski, two Amsterdam residents who met for the first time in Haifa at end-1990s, have produced their first longplayer that is colorful like a greengrocer’s stand at a Jewish market. The self-titled album kicks off with “Deep Blue Meanies“, an easy-going tune with hit potential walking down the house boulevard with a hint of bleep in the mind. Then comes “Jugdish” that seeks entry into a chill out room and showcases Middle East roots with folk instruments and occasional piano. After the B-side of melodic deep house for joyful late night clubbing, we get […]

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