The Durian Brothers – Cuts EP (Diskant 03)

Rating: 9/10 I would not say that Diskant is the second best thing coming from Düsseldorf, after Kraftwerk. But it’s very close. The label has decided to consistently pursue own distinctive, rhythm-obsessed sound. The website of Diskant Brothers ..ahem, Durian Brothers says it is polyrhythmic para-funk and I do not have any objections to that. The definition would work also for the second artist of the label, Harmonious Thelonious.Dry drumming in “Overexposed Scream Contest” reminds of the first, Clubs EP, and shows how the party is started with ecstatic screaming. On the B-side, “Haisai” throws undulating rhythm patterns over hula-hula […]

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Drexciya – Neptune’s Lair (Tresor 10129LP)

Seminal, utopian, enigmatic – all these words and more have been said about Drexciya. Its EPs on Detroit labels like UR, Shockwave and Submerge are monumental electro that became instant classics – if we only recall wavejumpaaaa… Drexciya’s first album, “The Quest”, was out in 1997 and included cuts from his earlier releases, thus being more a compilation. “Neptune’s Lair” was his first real album and marked the start of his European affair, with all remaining releases coming out on Tresor or Clone. Tresor has blessed us with a reissue of the album that combines rougher floor-challenging cuts with sublime […]

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Various – The Box Vol. 3 (Theory Recordings 037)

Rating: 8/10 Sometimes I like fat menus. With mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, you name it. Also in the music, really fat stuff. Here come four calorie-saturated dishes, served by experienced chefs to make you feel heavy and happy thereafter. All the gear slaps and kicks to full enjoyment of bass addicts. Raunchy introduction by DJ T-1000 with serious ghetto techno. The title “Bout’ To Bang It” tells where we go and Ben Sims’s remix adds some extra bangs. Then an oldie by DJ Skitzo: “Impact Zone” is originally from 1995. It’s Lester Fitzpatrick, who did the craziest techno staccatos ever released […]

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Alba – Philomena (Aube 010)

Rating: 7/10 Three synth cuts that express harmony and splendor we know from the previous Aube releases. The label’s most celebrated artist Roland S. Faber has teamed up with Keen K and Aube’s co-founder Michael Künzer to produce safe tunes for those who miss bygone times.The theme of Philomena, named after Künzer’s one-year-old daughter, is presented in three versions, as floating synth interpretations with samples of human voice.“Part I” takes us back to Mediterranean resorts of 1980’s and italo-influenced piece misses only some cheesy vocals like under sunny skies you will hear my lies. The B-side opens with my pick […]

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Skirt – In The Meadow Under The Stars (Horizontal Ground 07)

Rating: 9/10 Bethany is a girl who, ironically, performs under the moniker Skirt. Catalog number HG07 marks a convincing debut by Bethany DeMoss, hailing from Texas and now living in the UK techno metropolis Birmingham. As DJ she has been spinning industrial and harder sounds and it feels here. The first track, “In The Meadow Under The Stars” is not about tenderness and young lovers but it’s an embroidery of hypnotising hollow sounds on whispering of Gaelic elves. “Ikaros” is rude EQd percussion with interstellar background noise, a tense, almost industrial affair. But it’s not enough as “Six Hours” abandons […]

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