DUST OFF: Olga+Jozef #07 (OJ-07 – 2000)

Olga and Jozef were not wedding musicians from the Carpathian Mountains, but a proper techno label from Bratislava. Slovak scene, with artists like Rumenige or Kre, teased the floors with banging tracks and made a contribution, when at the millennium switch the axis of European techno moved to the East – if we also recall Umek and other Slovenians.This is a strong release, which on the A-side offers tribal-fueled dense loops and on the B1 a real feast of repetitive beats, before a chillier conclusion.

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DUST OFF: Woody McBride – Come In… (Bush 1030 – 1996)

Paris, April 1996. I had entered the Techno Import store where the guys at the counter were busy testing the soundsystem with a track that hit me immediately. ‘C’est Woody McBride’, I was told and years after that moment I still think “Come In…” is among the very best McBride has offered during his long and prolific career. Not a typical 303-driven release, “Come In…” is a terrific example how the man in the frontline of acid techno controlled the machines. The A-side has two medium-paced cuts, starting with acid house burner “Let’s Get Freaky”. On the flip, roughness comes up […]

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DBX – Losing Control Remixes (Peacefrog 025XX – 2011)

Those who have been waiting for the represses of DBX EPs feel the world being a better place now. Their purses might not necessarily agree, but undeniably the 20th anniversary of the UK label Peacefrog brought along a number of excellent limited editions. All-time classic “Losing Control EP” may rest in the shelf for the next special listening, and let’s focus on the remixes of the title track, reworked by Detroit triumvirate in their own distinctive styles shortly after the original record came out in 1994. Rating: 8/10 Planet E man Carl Craig could not resist to add claps and […]

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Somfay – Bright Black Borealis (Detroit Underground 14)

Rating: 8/10 Techno purists might have difficulties to accept this record. I was puzzled before and still am, to take a position whether it’s a terrific or terrible record. Because, in spite of some features of a heavily pumping floor burner, it bears a distinct softer side when trance fairies descend on the grooves.After a dark and energetic start, sweet melodic layers and guitars come up in “Virgo Widow” and remind of 1980’s charmer Nik Kamen. Drum staccatos and acid lines dominate in thumping “All Above All” while Drumcell’s rattling interpretation would satisfy the taste of techno heads bound for […]

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Various – Uncanny Valley 004 (UV 004)

Rating: 9/10 Uncanny Valley’s fourth installment is a surprise to anyone accustomed to the label’s jazzy deep house output. Keeping the format of EP compilations, the sounds deriving from Dresden represent rougher side of the house music.“You Think You Think” by Sneaker runs in a synthetic bass-driven disco mode when suddenly jacking vocal sample pops up and assortment of fierce hi-hats and snares carries the track to proud length of over 12 minutes. Though, gradually the vocal sample starts to annoy.A real shark is CVBox’s acidic “Machinematch” that moves amidst underwater bubbles, hitting vigorously with the tail and chasing all […]

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Hard Wax, Paul Lincke and Berliner Luft

In Berlin, Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden are must-go place in any travel guide, attracting the tourists visiting the city. Those seeking a different face of Berlin end up in Kreuzberg, a multicultural and bohemian district that is home of many record shops. When getting out at Kottbusser Tor underground station you are close to a world-famous location for cutting-edge electronic music and shining vinyls.Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A is the headquarters of Hard Wax – the address found at the store’s mail order invoices signifies in real life an inner-yard apartment house. Not a posh place decorated with graffiti and surrounded by small […]

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Lory D – Strange Days Vol. 1 (Numbers 13 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 Acid is in the house when plenty of producers cherish the genre’s history and reproduce bubbling tracks that smell after warehouse parties. In the same new releases sometimes try to reinvent something reinvented a while ago and but there are exceptions, such as Lory D’s first record on Numbers. Twenty years after his debut, the Italian is still in possession of grandmaster touch and drops two impressive acid cuts. Both “Acidronix” and “Acid Prastix” show a broad grin of smileys.  Although too short, “Acidronix” is a bold mover for those who are feeling homesickness for old school raves. Silver box conveys its message, sawtooth bass […]

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Edward – A Piece Of Us (Giegling 07)

Rating: 9/10 “More light” did Johann Wolfgang Goethe allegedly exclaim before passing into the eternity in Weimar, a city in Germany and the home base of Giegling Records. Now the light comes from this relatively new but impressive label, which brings fresh air from Germany. Whereas the music is pitch black house-funk, with slow intermezzos ruled by sentimental sax and soft horns (“Human Leaks”). A blind test would place the record in the neighborhood of Moodymann and Levon Vincent (good example “Ours”), because of attitude and groove strongly rooted in the tracks. My favorite is “Society 0.5” with a robotic […]

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Sandwell District – Sandwell District CD (FFCD01)

Rating: 8/10 Without Sandwell District, the year of techno 2010 would have been unimaginable. Regis, Function and Juan Mendez, quality producers in the battlefields of electronic music, were teasing the crowds throughout the year and as a culmination did an awesome album. The vinyl was sold out virtually in a few minutes and therefore a CD is most welcome. It’s not just the vinyl album in digital format because includes different versions and remixes.Those familiar with SD know what to expect. Overall atmosphere is closer to ambient than floor techno but it’s not a “quiet” album. For example, two versions […]

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Terminal 313 chart at Juno (May 2011)

The May charts herald another return of acid. Twenty years after his first release, Italian Lory D is in a great form when reinforces surprisingly the roster of Numbers, hitting with EBM-minded acid tracks. Japanese producer Iori combines droning techno journey with subtle acid confirming that Prologue Music is a techno label to watch in 2011. Albert van Abbe is a new striker of the Dutch electro squad and comes with the second release of own No Comment label. Thereafter acid again: Uncanny Valley label is a revelation with quality mini-compilations of which the latest is dedicated to oldschool bubbling […]

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