DUST OFF: Regis – Gymnastics (Downwards DNLP2)

As Birmingham warhorses like Regis, Surgeon and Female are back in business, it’s time for a flashback. Gymnastics, a LP by Regis issued in 1996, is a perfect tool to fight obesity. Tight and banging tracks that are based on a metallic loop, serve well for intensive body exercise and guaranteed killing of excess calories. Will not spend any more words on this definition of minimalist hard techno.

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DUST OFF: Karl Marx Stadt – 1997 – 2001 (Lux Nigra 16 – 2001)

The website of now defunct Lux Nigra featured jolly commercial spots from Japan and the label in general seemed to be addicted to the country of the Rising Sun. For Karl-Marx-Stadt as such the sun has gone down because the city in the Eastern part of Germany is called Chemnitz nowadays. It was in 2001 when Christian Gierden put together a tolerance test in the form of a versatile mini-LP. On the A-side “Test Object” kicks off as random dreamy electronica but then wild breakbeats take the control. “011000” is a soft interlude before “Vgamz” intrudes, with a mix of […]

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Herpes Ö DeLuxe – Kielholen (Hinterzimmer 01) – 8/10

No cheese and chocolate from Switzerland but glowing steel and whispering elves in the first release of Hinterzimmer Records. Label founders Reto Mäder and Roger Ziegler have teamed up with turntable instrumentalist Christoph Hess (Strotter Inst.) and two other performers, to produce an album for advanced listening and darker dancefloors. An irritating wake-up clock introduces “Fern der Hoffnung” that develops into a hypnotically crawling esoteric track spiced with eco-friendly narration and metronomic drum beat. Raindrops and orchestral sound samples set the tone in “Funkenflug”, a calm composition before most intense “Tief Unten” unleashes a psychedelic mayhem of distortion, with Strotter […]

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The Psychic Stewardess – Spiritual Foundation (Strange Life Records 037) – 7/10

It feels like sitting in your favourite cafe and knowing the menu by heart but still enjoying familiar atmosphere and those sweet cakes. The label and the artist tell what to expect. Another strike from Strange Life Records featuring Smackos-like floating and spinning vintage synths with a certain concept, including the identity of the artist. The Psychic Stewardess is presented as “a part time stewardess and psychic from the Californian desert town of Palm Springs” but do you really believe it? Just the label boss Mr Wolfers AKA Legowelt under another guise and even less smarter detectives can recognise his […]

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T++ – Wireless (Honest Jon’s Records 49) – 10/10

Honestly, it’s a serious contender for the best release in 2010. Torsten Pröfrock, ein Berliner and Hard Wax associate, goes in the footsteps of great explorers like Captain Cook or Sir Livingstone, not being afraid of blazing new trails. “Wireless” is a hybrid of varied percussions and distorted sound snippets, from exotic areas where an average taxpayer would never venture to. “Wireless”, Pröfrock’s last production under the T++ moniker, is like an exploratory trip to encounter species of unknown origin and intentions.Chaotic and complex, this record gives not up for a second and charges you with a deep intensity not […]

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Various – The Soft House Experience Vol. 1 (Mathematics 038) – 8/10

A beautiful release from Chicago to herald the arrival of the summer. “Low Low’s Odyssey” by Soulomon (LOWLOW Remix) is bright and lovely synthetic house that does not lack intensity. Equipment sings and smooth layers take off one after another. A melodic storytelling about heroes who have won the seas and conquered lands. For The Exaltics and “Moments In Time” you have to switch from 33 to 45 rpm, unless you prefer a lazy-beat stuff. The track is more bass driven, a bit cosmic composition with all bulletproof deep house elements.Florin Büchel’s sunny “Stargazer” covers the B-side with strings and […]

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