DUST OFF: Acid-Pin-Ups I (JJ 005 – 1994)

Thomas P. Heckmann performing here, hiding behind the name Acid Pin-Ups and peeking at girls out there, having programmed for each of them a rough serenade. Acid record with tough and deformed sounds that, has unsuccessfully tried to add a funky edge to the entire stuff.“Betty 101” and “Heather 202” just open the game that goes better with “Marilyn 404”, concluding the A-side and just riding rudely over you. On the flip, “Ivonne 808” takes a few steps closer to acid hop and “Cathleen 909” blinks to electro. JJ was a label in Frankfurt, retaining a solid distance to hard […]

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Surgeon – Fabric 53 (fabric105) – 8/10

Buying a DJ mix on CD sounds pretty moronic when the web offers zillions on podcasts for free. An exception can be made if both the form and content offer good vibes, like here. Metal-case release belongs to the series launched by the London club Fabric in 2001 and current mix session comes from Birmingham’s techno don Surgeon who kicks off with a field recording in the Tokyo underground. What follows is a patchwork of drums and loops that is sewn together with almost imperceivable borders between the tracks. It’s more sound processing than a mix and in accordance with the […]

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Edge Of Motion Feat. Ronin – Back On Track EP (Djax-Up-Beats 378) – 7/10

With “Set Up 707”, Edge of Motion was a torch bearer in the beginning of 1990’s. Current release comes from 2005 and two Dutch masters have teamed up with Ronin aka Dave Ellesmere to create tense but constructive pieces of techno with harder edge.A-side’s “Break Da Roof” sounds like ordinary schranz that would have remained unnoticed in a DJ set by Chris Liebing five years ago. “3 Da Hardway” is not as much rushing but treats your skin with sandpaper and ears with howling acid lines. Concrete floors would hold out, but no guarantees are give for parquet. Quite efficient […]

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DUST OFF: Surgeon Meets Vice – Creep EP (Ideal Trax 7/1997)

You may assume that a meeting of Anthony Child and Jay Denham is a noisy and pounding affair, but not necessarily, because in “Creep EP” two techno masters pursue a quite low-key and stripped-down dialogue. The title track undulates and swings on minimal bell-like sounds. “Creeper” is even more reduced and keeps up the same, a bit ghastly feeling. Techno pal D-Knox had come to say hello in the studio and left behind an hallucinating vocal footstep to complement track’s hazy atmosphere. B-side’s “The Point” is a few degrees stronger and spins in a more metallic and technotic mood. A bit different and […]

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DUST OFF: Peter Schilling – Major Tom (WEA 24.9927-0)

When 1980’s arrived, Neue Deutsche Welle – teutonic counterpart of the British new wave – swept across Germany. Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF) was the group that personified this movement. But then NDW became gradually popular music to go to the charts with Nena, Falco and others. Also associated with NDW, Peter Schilling was a luminous shooting-star of 1982 with David Bowie-inspired “Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)” that awakes fond memories among Germans having reached the middle age now. Nicely melodic and catchy refrain has been reused by other artists later. The 12-inch includes luckily a version extended to five minutes. On the […]

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Stingray 313 – Sphere Of Influence/Sentiment [NakedLunch 006] – 9/10

Metaphers of oceanic fauna are very appropriate. “Sphere Of Influence” is a jellyfish floating calmly in the tropic floods of the Caribbean. Warm and even melancholic electro with hints of acid that, despite of certain softness, feels very deep and futuristic.“Sentiment” is a highlight of 2010 – hot-tempered stingray, who else, with burning electro impulses full of high voltage. The fusillade of powerful beats is smoothed by the vocal sample I love you and genuine jingling synths.A bit longing, but soulful and rough track in the same. Like for those who dress in black and wear masks but place a […]

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Various – Groove 126/CD35 – 6/10

The kiosk version of Groove comes always with a CD promoting the cover boys & girls of the magazine and their upcoming or recent releases. The labels in the autumn issue of 2010 are mostly the usual suspects like Kompakt, Border Community, Dial, Ovum, etc. No mind blowing tracks here but some pretty good finds along the music I have heard thousands of times.The start is brilliant: Cologne’s big band Cologne Tape is featured with the opener of their excellent single “Render“. Good one also from the French Circus Company – dOP comes with a funky orchestra-sounding arrangement along androgynous […]

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Hauntologists – EP 3 – 8/10

Derrida coined the term hauntology that in the electronic music has been  extended to the productions of Mordant Music and Ghost Box. Although the term refers to a ghostly theme, this 12-inch would not exactly serve as a soundtrack for creepy movies. Hauntologists, a series launched by Jay Ahern and Stefan Schneider in Berlin, has advanced to the third release that offers the same formerly known ample, undistracted sound work hovering between techno and house, in a deep and dark atmosphere. Knobs have been turned and FX used on the A-side to create a saturated and deep sound palette. B1 […]

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