Flashback: Auxmen in Tallinn (2003) and coming again…

Picture source: www.aux88.com Detroit electro is coming to Tallinn: On 8 April Aux 88 presents Black Tokyo Live in the club Korter, supported by local act Fuck Yuo I Am A Robot as well by DJs MRDS and Punch. It is the second time they are in Tallinn; a party in October 2003 attracted masses to enjoy Auxmen’s vibrant live performance. Some notes from this event in Von Krahl: Auxmen was the highlight of the night [in the lineup were also Rajaleidja (Joel Tammik), Scion and DJ Rob Rowland]. Without hesitation, two guys from Detroit, Keith Tucker and Blak Tony, […]

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Cosmos Laguna – Karma Cleaner (Trash Can Dance TCD082011)

Rating: 9/10 After visiting Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century cannon tower in Tallinn Old Town, and witnessing exhibition about the city’s days of glory but also suffering through plague and wars, I found that it was appropriate time to check the album of Cosmos Laguna. Macabre artwork looked very medieval, is it another strike of black metal?First two tracks, “Cancer” and “Underwaterwar”, made clear that the release is about electronics, although the first two sounded like noisy big beat and I did not have much fun yet. Then the game really started: DAF-like bass line in “Chaos City” worked […]

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Shackleton – Fireworks (Honest Jon’s Records HJP53)

Rating: 8/10 Shackleton’s every move is watched very carefully, like Warren Buffett’s in the world of finance, and this record has not remained unnoticed by punters and clubbers. Shack’ offers two tracks, “Fireworks” and “Undeadman”, that swim in the sea of deep bass and hollow clonks, surrounded by so-beloved congas, and still maintain delicate touch. “Undeadman” might be close to the heart of zombies, if they have one. One remix is by T++, keeping the floating and complex atmosphere of “Fireworks” and sounding like stripped-down The Orb. Torsten Pröfrock does his job like in the days of DIN, however would […]

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Various – Full Circle (Silent Season SSV01 – 2010)

Rating: 8/10 Firstly, there was a shock: The record sleeve that emerged from the mailer looked very much second-hand and a merry couple, who did not look like electronic artists, smiled at me from the illustration. Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, what the … Then flipped it over and, to my relief, saw the print “Silent Season” on the frontside. Then realized the meaning of “recycled sleeve” in the description of the first vinyl release by Canadian label Silent Season. When hearing the first chords of Iori‘s “Plume”, thought oh no, is it just another drop in the vast sea of dub […]

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Aamen – Diskoveri (Trash Can Dance TCD072011)

Rating: 7/10 “Diskoveri” (“Disco Blood”) is an album one can not easily ignore. Either you like it or not, but it is an intense melting pot of 20-odd styles. You arrive to a hectic party with Count Dracula, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Hänschen and Gretchen and many other luminaries of the unreal world.Rephlex artist Ovuca came to my mind when listening to Aamen and some tracks could be filed under braindance, but it is quite a mess of influences. Guitar in a lonely American diner (“Pisibehmed aknad”), electric wave pop (“Kal’n’bass”), industrial meeting black metal (“Black Metal and Pink Plastick”), piano […]

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DUST OFF: Various Artists (Kurbel 010) – 1998

Richard Bartz might have been inspired by the automotive industry in Bavaria when setting up Kurbel or crankshaft. He did most of the label’s releases but had some high-profile visitors there too, if we recall a joint 12-inch with DJ Hell (“Take A Shot”).Solid and well engineered techno was the direction of the label, evident also on this compiled EP. Three knights from Kanzleramt, Morgenstern, Laux and Heil (“Balls”), are present here like Bartz himself (as Schalt 42), Heinrich Tillack & M. Schleth. And Savas Pascalidis whose “Discotheque” takes a step towards electro house.

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DUST OFF: Air Liquide – Robot Wars (Sm:)e Communications SM-9008-0 – 1994)

It was a Friday night and a Star Wars sequel was showing on mute. It was because a new arrival from Ebay that had found the way to the turntable and the speakers emitted sounds that perfectly matched the sci-fi scenery of the movie. Yes, “Robot Wars” on the screen and in my ears. Although the picture disc issued in 1994 by Sm:)e Communications is not an ultimate outer space soundtrack, it is a thriving piece of metallic acid-hop. Since 1991, Cem Oral and Ingmar Koch have produced as Air Liquide loads of classy music, to mention the album “Abuse […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Frankfurt (DRY-2) – 1993

From Ebay an unofficial release from the archives of Mainhattan, as the locals call the financial center Germany, at the river Main and boasting American-size skyscrapers. Frankfurt has played a symbolic role in my music interest, as the birthplace of the Groove magazine, Omen club, PCP posse and the city still breaths techno and house.This oldie, 1993 record is branded as Frankfurt sound, but does not carry any special qualities. “303 Peak” by Evolution and “Freaks” by Dance 2 Trance (DJ Dag and Rolf Ellmer) are the best tracks here. The rest is commonplace German trance fare from the pre-Goa […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Midwest Acid Harvest (Analog 06) – 1994

Fertile lands of US Midwest have brought up many acid farmers and in this compilation, a few usual suspects of the scene present a very juicy harvest, from 1994. The Midwest guys were good for any techno floor and Woody McBride, DJ Hyperactive and DJ Hud (Freddy Fresh) come with solid bubbling cuts with a good portion of funkiness. But the EP’s real value lies in Mike Henk‘s “Connect”. His fast and nasty acid attack, to be played loud in dark and sweaty cellars, carries raw power we know from Reference and Acid Planet stuff. The output of Henk’s own […]

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