Nacho Patrol – The Africa Jet Band Experience (M Division MDIV07)

Rating: 8/10 Synth freak Danny Wolfers continues his explorations in soulful disco and funk under the Nacho Patrol moniker, delivering a genuine-sounding fiesta of vintage grooves. Except of the knowledge that this record has roots in black music, the references to Africa remain limited and one should not expect any tribal shakers here. Both “Stars Over Africa” and “Salambo Funk” are thriving party fare with vigorously working synth lines, known from Legowelt’s many productions. “Fuzz Party” and “Ghetto Compressor” move closer to jazz, but real bliss comes in “No Angry People” – such a happy track with fizzy synths and […]

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Univac – Radiation (Bunker Records 3092 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 Calling Univac’s debut EP ‘party electro’ would mean that we have a misunderstanding right for the start. Because parallel to maintaining dark stance of Bunker catalogue, “Radiation” just keeps going with energetic treatment for hips and thighs and delivers plenty of banging and roaring tracks of good vintage electro style, in almost LP length for full enjoyment. A1 bears some resemblance with “Numbers” by a famous Düsseldorf collective and A2 features an armada of jet fighters taking off for a mission. A3 is something to get seriously hooked on: a body-shaking very functional track with memorable stinging sequence and B2 […]

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Various – HÕFF (Trash Can Dance TCD102011)

Rating: 9/10 Difficult to imagine that Haapsalu, a town at the Estonian west coast, is a thrilling place. But a medieval castle, where White Lady is appearing at full moon in August, makes the spot suitable setting for HÕFF, annual festival of horror and fantasy films that is held at the end of April.On this occasion, Trash Can Dance has issued a compilation of darker rhythms and voices from the Estonian underground scene. As a small jubilee – 10th release in the TCD catalogue – the sampler provides a good insight into the scene. Spice Mouse opens and closes the […]

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AU – Zero (Bunker Records / Panzerkreuz 1001-2)

Rating 7/10 The music for trees that die standing tall. From the darkest corners of ambient comes utterly minimalistic drone that does not have much motion or emotion.Cold embrace of “Angel Of Death” makes clear that the playwright has decided to let gloomy frequencies play with abstract noises. In “For Jupiter” distorted voice is overrun by rumbling semi-percussion carrying the power we do not know.The anxiety eases in the first part of “Zero” that covers more than 16 minutes of the B-side. In the beginning it is breathing cold air in the vastness of Mongolian steppes, before strange exotic voices […]

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MD0 – Sepone Wisdom (SD Records 19)

Rating: 8/10 First it made me think of UND, the duo that produced theatrical tech-house with tongue-in-cheek attitude. MD0 turns an eye to Asia having captured voices from the life on young Japanese ladies who are fond of designer clothes and chic jewellery. Sound wise it is quite eclectic mix of techno, house and electro.The A-side reveals its qualities in time as the second half grows into hectic acid house. Ladyships have fun and keep the party going while the sounds are pretty schizo. The B-side is, despite of girlie giggling, is heavier and delivers compressed electro funk that we […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Be Brave (Downwards 8)

Rating: 9/10 This is like a garage band performing in front of black-clad indifferent youth. Although ignorance reflects in distorted vocals and droning sounds of the Tropic Of Cancer, this is a release with passion and attitude.This is not a well-polished production as even the voice of Juan Mendez is in unshaven mode when pushing post-punk thing with Camella Lobo. First ten seconds of “Be Brave” made me think about the return of The Cure, but despite of some rock feel the monotone track is an electronics monster with bass support.Gloomy vocals of the original are gone on the B-side. […]

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Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Horizontal Structures (Honest Jon’s HJRLP54)

Rating: 9/10 This is a little provocation. Firstly, for well-scented audiences that share the passion for opera and Wiener Symphoniker and despise anything that sounds even a little bit electronic. Secondly, a provocation for club kids who may accept dub techno, but believe that classical music is crap.Two different worlds could get closer when listening to this all-star-team of electronically minded musicians.Moritz von Oswald, Max Loderbauer and Vladislav Delay, plus Marc Muellbauer and Paul St. Hilaire on guitars, provide musical excursions not only for the fans but also for the open-minded in both groups described above. The band has created […]

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Out soon: Iori – Lapis EP (Prologue 019)

The countdown has begun – in 30 days a real techno rocket takes off. Fire and thunder are united in the new EP by Japanese producer Iori. The sound samples tell that this will be a much anticipated release and another killer by Prologue Music. Iori’s “Lapis 3” was already my favourite track in the Smoke Machine DJ mix by Prologue boss Tom Bonaty.My review is here.

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Emptyset Feat. Cornelius Harris – Altogether Lost (CLR 042)

Rating: 9/10 In my view a surprise collaboration on Chris Liebing’s label CLR. Emptyset did the album debut a few years ago, searching for experimental hardness and since that not much have been heard about the duo. Would not have tipped CLR the label that welcomes new material by Emptyset but the job Ginzburg and Purgas have done here is excellent. Having on board Cornelius Harris, a member of the UR camp and known as The Unknown Writer, adds special meaning to the release and, with the voice and rhyme part by Harris, the result can be filed under Techno […]

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Out soon: Tropic Of Cancer – The Sorrow Of Two Blooms EP (BLACKEST003)

This graphic does not depict any visuals of this record The other face of John Mendez. Known as Silent Servant (Sandwell District) in the world of techno, Mendez and singer Camella Lobo are digging deep with the experimental project called Tropic Of Cancer. The band will release the third twelve-inch mid-April 2011. Instead of Downwards, a techno-label-turning-experimental, “The Sorrow Of Two Blooms” is published by London outlet Blackest Ever Black that has rapidly gained recognition as a platform for gothic electronics. Tropic of Cancer – A Color Buy vinyl

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