Madteo – Sinister Ministers (Meakusma 002x) – 8/10

The music on this record, issued in January this year, is like a fata morgana. You see something hovering in the air, then get closer, but the only thing you can touch is emptiness. You think you can get it easily, but no. This is the true style of Madteo: Nothing is too apparent. For example: The playing speed of the record. “Made Off”, that in many sound samples runs on 45 RPM, and “Sheepdipping” feel irritatingly slow – fiddling with pitch control would add new angles to the thing. All five compositions move along deep and sinister electronica where […]

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DUST OFF: Genetic Waste Remixes (Delirium Red 06 – 1995)

Soon it’s Halloween and an higher concentration of skulls and obscure figures can be observed even in Estonia. Monster theme has been immensely popular in the hardcore nation and also “Genetic Waste” lines up with threatening symbols. Hard sounds that have well survived the years after being issued in 1995.The original track is a dark and accelerated slammer, but the best comes on the B-side where Genetic Waste itself and DJ Delirium deliver a really hypnotizing hardcore track, the one with “infinity” sample. It’s a really living track with different beat patterns.Lenny Dee and Wavelan come with two remixes and […]

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DUST OFF: C-Tank – Nightmares Are Reality (Overdrive 030-12 – 1993)

C-Tank will be prescribed for anger management. Like in “Clockwork Orange”, where violent Alex was forced to watch brutal movies, in expectation these will extract his evil thoughts. This vintage hardcore record may reduce tensions, but afterwards one can’t escape the feeling of deeply and thoroughly hammered beef.The best for the start: In the title track tempestous battle noises create a threatening atmosphere before brutal kick-drum beats step in. Childish samples from Evil Dead spoil the game a bit, but otherwise, just give a go.Then “House Hallucination” mixes an housey groove and hardcore beats – for the brave to enjoy. […]

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DUST OFF: DJ Sneak – Blue Funk II (Relief 722 – 1995)

It’s fun to take a train, thought DJ Sneak in 1995 and put out the second partĀ of “Blue Funk”, for the fans of rail travel. Whereas Mr Sosa didn’t board an old-fashioned vehicle for admiring Swiss landscapes, but he steers a horsepower-packed Midwest freight train. The man himself said once that he was inspired by Farley “Jackmaster” Funk who mixed acapella train sounds to his radio shows in Chicago. Machine-gun-like “Runaway Train” is overly percussive technoid piece with wild drum staccato and heavily pumping “Purple Haze” goes above others – a real train track with monotonous rhythm. Its dry and […]

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Black Cow – Mojito / Toni The Lefty (Black Cow 003) – 7/10

Black Cow is not an expert of animal breeding: The horned creature pictured on the label is a courageous bull, not a cow. But this observation is irrelevant because the music is worth checking. By style the seven-inch from Japan moves between soul and funk, with two quite differently sounding tracks. “Mojito” on the A-side is a shuffling percussion and rhythm exercise where we hear lively synths and vocal snippets. On the flip, soulful and latin-minded “Toni The Lefty” recalls bow-tied vocal group and shining horns in Acapulco. Because of the format the tracks are short, but neat. Black Cow […]

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Marco Bernardi – Ist Das (Dirty Planet 003) – 10/10

Prepare yourself for a ride. “I Feel The Lies” flies with time machine to the days of acid house. True to best traditions of 80’s Chicago, the track spins around bubbling sounds and thumping beats, with the vocal part done by electro legend Keith Tucker. Cool, Aux 88 front man in a totally new role. Exium has mastered a remix of “Giro”, delivering thus the best techno track of 2010, in my humble opinion. Millsian jingles and darkly pounding four-to-the-floor arrangement is exceptionally good. Exium’s 2006 release “Unemotional” was my first encounter with the Spaniards – those who have not […]

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Delta Funktionen – Setup One: Decorum (Ann Aimee 11) – 8/10

I don’t have any idea what kind of offices does the label Delsin have, but can imagine a brass coated plate at their doorsteps saying “Detroit consulate in Amsterdam”. Also Ann Aimee, Delsin’s department for more intellectual output shares the values of the mother “company”.The newest by Delta Funktionen inclines to the floor and has only a few thoughtful moments. The plot is driven by Detroit-inspired tracks with heavy basses and metallic dubbiness. “Abundance” is a solid opener that goes like by deep techno manual, as does its twin “One’s Space” on the flip.The best part comes with intense and […]

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Aaron-Carl (1973-2010)

At the end of September 37-year-old Detroit producer Aaron-Carl died of lymphoma. Final diagnosis was issued only a week before his final departure. Aaron-Carl was best known for his deep house productions, issued among others on Soul City, Underground Resistance sub-label, and later he created own platform Wallshaker Music. But he also did with “Down” an electro release for Metroplex. R.I.P. Aaron-Carl: Down (Resurrected Vocal)

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