2010 Newcomer: Bakey Ustl

1. Bakey UstlNot an unbiased decision to select Bakey Ustl, native Estonian, the Newcomer of the Year. But it’s not far-fetched because of his storming solo debut on Unthank, a twisted view on deep house. Also my blog statistics and Juno’s sales chart (his EP in the 6th position of the last eight weeks) are clear proofs of the excellence of this release.2. RaimeMissed the vinyl version of his debut, “Raime EP”, that was followed by another strike of gothic electronica in “If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are”, with a Regis version. I’m expecting more of […]

Read more

Preview: Shackleton at the Club 2011 launch in Tallinn (1.1.11)

In 2011 Tallinn is European Capital of Culture and a lot will happen on the club and music landscape. On 1 January 2011, for those who have recovered from the New Year’s Eve, a new event series called Club 2011 is kicked off. Headline performer is Skull Disco founder and dubstep hero Shackleton, definitely a genre-expanding producer and sound wizard whois a much anticipated guest at any event.Also from local perspective the line-up is impressive: live performance by a trio composed of Rainer Jancis, Rasmus Merivoo and Joel Tammik. On stage also eccentric Andres Lõo, techno-acid-electro-mix-up team Sex Drive Live, […]

Read more

2010 Best Record Shop: Decks.de

2010 was full of great music and I would like to give props to some excellent sources for obtaining it. The lion’s share of the stuff was bought from online stores that top the ranking but I hope that physical record stores remain in business, being also great meeting points and arteries of social life.1. Decks.deA regular for my record purchases with vast selection and customer-friendly interface. Allows omnibus orders, i.e. to collect an order during 30 days before shipped. Prices are ok and shipping charges do not hurt – they even offer UPS for €10.90 (to Estonia, delivery time […]

Read more

Blastromen – Human Beyond (Dominance Records 044) – 9/10

Ambassadors of blue light have descended on the Earth. They glimmer, they roar, they vibrate behind the controls and are full of microchips, delivering a message of electro. No sterile-gloved research in a secluded lab but a spectacular demonstration of blazing energy to the world. The first album of the Finnish Blastromen ignites a party and captures the floor with vocoded vox, melodic layers and hectic breakbeats. Cold and beautiful title track “Human Beyond” sets the agenda, then the pace is upped in “Battlenet”. Vocoders speak and machines breathe in oriental-sounding “Follow The Command” and in heavier “Computer Simulator”. “Sky […]

Read more

2010 Best Artist: Ancient Methods

Medieval techno funk duo Ancient Methods tops the Best Artist  category. For every listed artist I added a track that impressed me. 1. Ancient Methods “Untitled: B1” (Ancient Methods) 2. Stingray 313 “Sentiment” [Naked Lunch] 3. Delta Funktionen “Please Identify” (Ann Aimee) 4. Marco Bernardi “Msry” (Dirty Planet Recordings) 5. Mark Ernestus Vs. Konono N° 1 “Masikulu Dub” (CNG) 6. Svreca “AW09” (Semantica)     Almost as great artists and tracks, in random order: Robert Hood “Omega (End Times)” (M-Plant) Nuel “Untitled: A1” (Aquaplano) Speedy J “Armstrong” Bakey USTL “Heroin” (Unthank) Mensah “1986 Was The Future” (H.E.N.C.H.) TV Victor “130509” […]

Read more

2010 Best Label: Honest Jon’s

1. Honest Jon’s Records Might be a surprise to learn that London-based Honest Jon’s Records (HJR) is the best label in a techno-focused blog. A surprise not because of Damon Albarn, former charts star of Blur fame, who co-runs the label and does it very well. It’s because of versatile catalogue, where in 2010 T++’s doublepack “Wireless” and “Splazsh” by once-promising soccer player Darren Cunningham AKA Actress were among few releases categorised as techno or electro.HJR is becoming an institution of higher music education. It doesn’t shy to release music made in Istanbul 100 years ago or folk techno from […]

Read more

2010 Best Remix: Is This Insanity? (Ben Klock Remix)

1. Martyn Ft. Spaceape “Is This Insanity? (Ben Klock Remix)” –Martyn was a big name for 2010 and when Ostgut stalwart Ben Klock placed his hands on the track the outcome was superb. On top of that hypnotic vox contribution by Spaceape. Undisputed winner of the remix category.2. Marco Bernardi “Giro (Exium Remix)” – Bernardi’s excellent EP was refined by a thriving remix of Spanish duo Exium. Solid techno for the floor that was picked up by Surgeon for his Fabric mix-CD. 3. Cub “C U 1 (UST Remix)” – dark and mysterious trip with a treatment by UST – […]

Read more

2010 Favourite Media (online): Intergalactic FM

This is the category that could be described “too many to list”. I have listed in my profile the blogs and sites I follow, and as you may guess, these are not the only ones.Although charting the favorites is a challenge, there are some that I would like to present. Excluded is discogs.com, a daily tool, that is anyway in own league.1. Intergalactic FMA treasure box for anyone into electro, techno, italo, horror movie soundtracks and whatever else can be found on earth. Or will be found soon. The streaming site was initially set up by I-F as Cybernetic Broadcasting […]

Read more

Donato Dozzy & DJ Say – Your Transparent Eyes (Attic Music 006) – 7/10

Donato Dozzy, who released his sought-after first album “K” this year, remains true to the tradition to team up with other producers. Two-track release on Attic Music is his second collaboration with DJ Say, after an EP on Mental Groove. It smells like dub techno but it is not. Mid-tempo “Your Eyes” opens the game with destructive bass and flashing synth effects. It stays very intense until a bit cheesy phrase something (?) in your eyes, surrounded by echoes, emerges from the background. Recurring sample adds hit potential but starts to annoy when the track progresses. Also a lower voice […]

Read more

2010 Favourite Music Media (offline): De:Bug

It’s time to wrap up the year 2010 and the first category is about the media that is available in hard copy. The paper is not searchable and takes up some room in the shelf but I prefer these mags in old-fashioned way. Needless to say that like other traditional media publications, they have websites too.1. De:Bug (D) Published in vibrant Berlin, De:Bug covers elektronische Lebensaspekte that do not only encompass modern music but also gadgets, technology, media and society. The party guide tells the best on offer in Berlin and beyond. Elaborates various aspects of the electronic world and […]

Read more
1 2