DUST OFF: Bullet Proofed Split EP (Super Special Corp. 06 – 1993)

Armed with distortion and brutal bass, cold-blooded commandos rush to annihilating mission. It’s always midnight in their world as they strike and put everything into pieces.These grim sounds are transmitted from the year 1993, on Super Special Corp. that was one of dozens of labels run by Marc Trauner, the mastermind of the Frankfurt school of hardcore. It’s the only release featuring artists Distortion Bastardz and GunMen, which might have been also another alter egos of Trauner, who knows.A1 fills two minutes with evil distorted drone that is like a stretched-out intro. Then A2 goes straight down to the business […]

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Virgo Four – Resurrection (Rush Hour Recordings 113 BOX)

Rating: 10/10 Chicago house compilations that flooded the market 15-20 years ago mostly featured the usual suspects like Joe Smooth, Adonis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, with the tracks that had attracted masses at warehouse parties. And there was also a not so famous act called Virgo … Even can’t remember if it was on a CD compilation found in a supermarket bargain bin in Marburg, but the first track I associated with Virgo was definitely “Do You Know Who You Are?”. Later it turned out that many people didn’t know who the Virgo really were, because a project of Marshall Jefferson, […]

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DUST OFF: DBX – Losing Control (Peacefrog 022 – 1994)

The news that Peacefrog Records is celebrating the 20th birthday big time  – by repressing many out-of-print classics like DBX’s “Losing Control” –  is a good reason to return to this seminal release. Considering that in 1994 also Robert Hood’s “Minimal Nation” came out, it was a superb year for minimal(ist) techno – long time before the term minimal was worn out by mid-2000ies producers. The title track of “Losing Control” with oscillating robo-voice and jacking dry rhythms is for me the genre-defining creation that belongs to techno’s all-time top 10. Well, this is an underground hit, but more amazingly entire EP […]

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Milton Bradley – A Sky Full Of Numbers (Do Not Resist The Beat! 06)

Rating: 9/10 No way, I have never resisted the beat and neither will here. Ultra-low bass hum in “A Sky Full Of Numbers” on the A-side would be good to test how tolerant your neighbors are. Somewhat bulky metallurgic ambiance is surrounded by bleeps, echoes and well-preserved sounds extorted from a wrecked Roswell spaceship, making this medium-paced track an intense experience.On the B-side, spooky stinging loops in “The Path To Mathematical Truth” mean that we are in the eye of the currently omnipresent droning techno storm. Fretting sequences seize the control and the track would work well in the spectacular […]

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Vernon Felicity – Bliss (Clone S.O.S.2)

Rating: 9/10 Please meet Mr Vernon Felicity, by name a fellow who could easily be a hidden artist from the beginnings of warehouse parties. No doubt this piece of dark-green vinyl expresses Clone’s love for overseas sound aesthetics, when the halos of Chicago and Detroit hover about this warmly rolling record. “Scarlet Light” on the A-side starts with acid house feel that gradually receives warm chords and advances as a blissful journey of colored sounds. It’s a full-bodied and majestically grooving mover keeping the spirits up. Jazzy keys and rougher rhythms are mingled with deeper house grooves and subtle acid […]

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Bill Youngman – HH3 (Killekill 003)

Rating: 7/10 When browsing new arrivals at Hard Wax, a black sleeve sporting yellow writing KILLEKILL did not remain unnoticed. And created some irritation, leading in first place to a question: What’s in this criminal kind of name? WWW helped out that it’s an organization throwing parties in Berlin and also running a label that has reached number three of the catalogue.At first instance I thought Sandwell District has come with a new moniker, because of familiar loops and smudged atmosphere in “HH3”. But it’s Bill Youngman and nice to hear the American around, more than a decade after his […]

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Iori – Lapis EP (Prologue PRG019 – 2011)

Rating: 9/10 It alerts your mind without getting emotional. Japanese producer Iori drops two bass-heavy and linear tracks for travels between the Earth and space, as manifested on the label picture. Already first moments of the A-side tell that heavy black vinyl is well exploited to capture thundering feel of this production. Destructive bass and hi-hats introduce “Lapis 1” that is gradually blended with morphed acid lines and working its way through the tunnels filled with fumes from a steel processing factory. However the second half of the track is quite uneventful, pumping along in a monotone way. Without abandoning […]

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