Various – Soweto Disco (Sofrito Super Singles 001) – 8/10

Recent soccer tournament made the world think that for South Africans vuvuzela is the only instrument they know – definitely a grave misinterpretation. As a recent example of successful South African music, take Elvis Maswanganyi AKA DJ Mujava and his “Township Funk”. Or from earlier times, minimal and micro house artist Portable, in addition to the local rap scene. I believe there’s still a lot to discover as the music from the Southern tip of Africa.“Soweto Disco” is a 12-inch full of party feeling, offering a modernized collage of South African shaking disco and funk from late 1970s to early […]

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DUST OFF: Hexagone – Burning Trash Floor (Djax-Up-Beats) – 9/10

Ludovic Navarre, once the frontman of the late Fnac Records, was worldwide acclaimed under the St Germain moniker with smooth and jazzy house (“Boulevard”, “Tourist”) that was enjoyed millions of times in living rooms and lounges around the world. Although being influenced by Detroit, Navarre did his only acid record for Djax-Up-Beats in 1994, and it was unforgettable one. The 10-minute-long original of the “Burning Trash Floor” is also on Djax’s bubbling label compilation “Mission Underground”, along with Planet Gong, Random XS, Purple Plejade and others. Corrosive matter. Buy digital from Juno Download

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TV Victor – GRV Vol. 1 (NSP 08) – 9/10

Repetitio est mater studiorum, repetition is the mother of learning. The introductory lesson lasts 10 minutes 46 seconds and is titled “130509”. A blunt, even too blunt loop keeps going like Du**cell bunny, only the whole experience is not as soft and furry. It’s self-confident, sterile techno that advances in a majestic way, free of any rush. Hints of dub have been added, but the track bears only slight resemblance with Basic Channel or Chain Reaction releases. Darker feelings appear on the B1 or “010709”. It’s droning and thumping, more minimalist track from the hidden spheres of mind. The most […]

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Frente Cumbiero – Pitchito / Ananas Tornillo (NYCT-7005) – 9/10

Cumbia is hugely popular folk music in Colombia, an ever-present soundtrack for village parties and beyond. In the same, latin music is an immensely abused genre with different lousy and cheesy interpretations pounding in all those dance bars and BBQ joints across the globe.But this one plays in a league of its own. A cooperation of Bogotá soundwriter Mario Galeano and NYC label Names You Can Trust has peaked in a seven-inch filled with contemporary and stylish dance music that will speak also to those who necessarily do not stand “latin thing”. Drums are working, horns tooting and antique electric […]

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DUST OFF: The Vision – Spectral Nomad (Metroplex 025) – 10/10

This music is painting pictures: Dusk has settled over the city, the Renaissance Center contours prominently rising to the skies. Elsewhere, a lonesome sad figure is dragging a grocery cart on cracked concrete that once was called a street but now screaming of decay. The city in the twilight. But then, you catch a suggestive and encouraging phrase ‘Detroit, Detroit’, put on spiraling rhythms. It’s difficult to find a match to the B1 track “Detroit: One Circle”, something that would capture as precisely the soul and passion of Motor City techno. This track is shining like chromed bumper of a […]

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Michael Black Electro – Michael Black Remixes (Team Acre 004) – 7/10

Well, the artist name could have been smarter. But here we have Michael Black Electro or Mr Janne Hyttinen from Finland, on the crossroads of electro and hip hop, the latter dominating on this record.Author’s fellow countrymen hit with four remixes of MBE’s album tracks, full of rhymes and beats. A-side opens with Desto’s take of “Agape”, a tense hip hop with a sensible angle and like wanting to get closer to R’n’B.Then two versions of “Mustang” – artist called Clouds kicks off with piano and then slow but dull working-class rap starts rolling. Teeth’s version on B1 is more […]

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Moha! to release “Kriiskav Valgus”

German label Le Petit Mignon is due to release a 7-inch by Moha, carrying an Estonian-language title “Kriiskav Valgus” (“Screeching Light”). According to Discogs the band MoHa! consists of two Scandinavians, Anders Hana and Morten J. Olsen. They have performed at Odessa Pop party in Tallinn and might have been inspired by local language when doing their next record. Le Petit Mignon.

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DUST OFF: Vainio / Väisänen / Vega – Endless (Blast First 147CD – 1998) – 9/10

VVV – vicious, vibrating, volcanic. A joint ritual by Alan Vega, former vocalist of the protopunk combo Suicide, and Finnish masters of low frequencies Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen, better known as Pan Sonic. Caution: Listening to this could harm your artificial pacemaker or other electronic appliances. A nasty start with “Medal”, that despite signalling pacifism sounds like an armada of armoured vehicles attacking. The pressure goes on with witch dance in “Incredible Criminals”, where roughly yelling vocal and darkly hammering machine music try to extinct each other. “Motor Maniac” roars like a large American vehicle – no, not a […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Minimal Techno (Fairway 034135) – 9/10

Now for something really dusty, on a tape: Could be the mother of all mid-1990s techno compilations. No time to lean back, it’s a full-on jaw-dropping trip of pulsating and pumping techno. Dating back to 1996, this compilation features landmark techno from many legendary artists and labels like 7th City, Synewave, Kanzleramt, Tresor, Missile and others. They all have a well deserved place in the techno’s Hall of Fame. The highlights are Joey Beltram’s rumbling remix of Gagarin Kongress’s “Astralleib” and “Scissorhands”, a dizzying percussive inferno by Tim Taylor and Freddie Fresh and elegant club fuel by Substractive Synthesis (Damon Wild). Impressive are […]

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Villa Nah – Running On (Moshi Moshi 29) – 7/10

1980’s coming back again, signals Villa Nah, a Finnish duo to support Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s comeback gigs in the UK this autumn. Group’s first album, “Origin”, is just out and current seven-inch gives a taste of the larger format, both songs found also in the album version.A-side’s “Running On” is a new wave song with soft pads and simple arrangements. The singer tries too hard to impress with charisma but does not sound very convincing. Instrumental version would sound pretty good, was my conclusion when the singer took a break and let the synths play.On the flip, “Ways […]

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