Shitcluster / Unit Moebius Anonymous – Untitled (Chan’s 1)

Rating: 9/10 Sounds from the far side where mud people eat stones and are hunted by last remaining pterosaurs. On the A-side it’s not even mud, it’s the act oddly called Shitcluster that runs its own thing, sharing a bad dream filled with eerie sounds from the caves. City is dying proclaims dystopian voice, accompanying crawling bass for the last rites before the demise. Shitcluster’s debut on Bunker some years ago was sheer madness and, fortunately, their state of mind has not showed any signs of improvement since that.Unit Moebius has been around with re-releases, called the Golden Years series, […]

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Nuel – Aquaplano Ltd 03

Rating: 10/10 What I see on the label are the portholes of a flying saucer. What I hear is a stratospheric soundtrack, on the third release of the Aquaplano Ltd series. After droning and hollow techno journeys by Nuel and Mike Parker, it’s again the Italian Manuel Fogliata who, instead of going with the flow of darker dubs, opens a new direction for the label and steps into electro fields. Four untitled pulsating transmissions, more uptempo on the A-side where the play is opened with a functional track, reminding of  DJ Stingray’s recent “Sentiment” on [Naked Lunch]. Follows an energetic […]

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Raime – The Three Chambers Of Our Entities / Living In The Gaps We Cannot Jump (BLACKESTSE001)

Rating: 9/10 It happened on 6 July 2011 when the edition of 50 copies was sold in a couple of hours, after tweeted by Blackest Ever Black. Meticulously handcrafted, good-smelling cardboard package was shipped to several countries of the world, hopefully not to be confiscated by customs. The surround sound DVDr contains a 15-minute utterly claustrophobic composition where the main hero struggles to find a way out of the maze. After many minutes of dark ambient hiss, Raime leads out with its trademark distilled percussion. The video fits well to the music – the screen is in pitch-black mode. The […]

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Various – Fouke Le Fitz Waryn EP (Crow Castle Cuts 1037)

Rating: 7/10 A medieval story related to crows and castles is behind the 12-inch compilation but instead of gloomy stories we get six tracks filled with bright sounds from North Wales. Stamped, and stamped again, the grey vinyl edition might make suspicious but don’t worry, the bird-themed compilation has some qualities. Stronger cuts on the A-side, which begins with fine guitar-touched house in “Exotic Guitar” by Maxim Lany & Lemakuhlar, followed by Studio Swiss’s chord-driven “Falcons Pass”. After ornithological intermezzo called “Knaresborough Bird” by Glyn Ceriog, the flip contains nu disco flavored tracks by Luv Jam and Taylor Made while […]

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Hype Williams – Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol. II (Hyperdub HDB052)

Rating: 7/10 Catalog number 52 is my first Hyperdub and my first Hype Williams. The label that introduced Burial might be searching for new directions as I can’t find any dubstep here. The question is, what genres does the record represent as in many aspects “Kelly Price …”  is more art and performance than music.Four tracks in total and two of them clearly not for the floor. On snarling and clapping synth backdrop, “Rise Up”opens up slowly as a bloom under the rising sun. Spoken-word cut “Badmind” is like picked up from random US radio transmissions dedicated to cultural issues. […]

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Levon Vincent – Man Or Mistress (Novel Sound NS-05)

Rating: 9/10 The heat is on in New York and radiating all over the world when Levon V. hits with the fifth release on his Novel Sound imprint.Three tracks of sublime madness between house and techno start with equivocally named title cut “Man Or Mistress”. After leading in with ample bass line, the track spins around like a dervish. Sleazy synth hooks make it a perfect match for watching Russ Meyer’s “Mondo Topless” on mute. In a later phase hysteric horns break in to carry the track towards padded end.On the B-side, “Making Headway” slams big time with metallic percussion […]

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Video: Mescalinum United – We Have Arrived (1990)

It was the day when Mescalinum United gave birth to hardcore. With its devastating nature the track literally manifested the arrival of techno’s new brutal face. Like a whirlwind it swept over the skyscrapers of Frankfurt and introduced the world to the joys of massive kick drum.The intro of “We Have Arrived” heralds a mayhem and all obsessed HC fans know what follows. It does not aim at becoming beats-per-minute champion but the track with strong industrial influence carries immense power. In the wake of 1990’s it ruled the scene along with other output by PCP for the Hall Of […]

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DUST OFF: Gagarin Kongress – Astralleib (Tresor 37 – 1995)

Gagarin Kongress was an one-off project by Edgar Domin and Udo Heitfeld, the latter also known as TV Victor. It was Tresor’s “Sirius” compilation where I found the original of the 1995 track “Astralleib”, a polyrhythmic angular piece positioned between the main floor and leftfield. But the real revelation came when Joey Beltram turned the original upside down with a high-octane remix, providing heavy fuel for all techno engines. The version by The Moon And The Sun kept a delicate stance and for the end breakbeats entered the stage in “Klapperstück”. Buy vinyl from Discogs

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Perc – Wicker & Steel (Perc Trax TPTCD003)

Rating: 8/10 The fans of barbed sounds met with excitement the news about Perc’s album, his first full-length after a production career of ten years.Heavyweight single of “My Head Is Slowly Exploding”, where Chris Carter’s remix outplayed the one by Ancient Methods, heralded the march of angry machines for the album. Also by the design and semantics, “Wicker & Steel” does not stand for wellness and relaxation.But the album is not exactly filled with torture room techno, although harsh sandpaper sounds dominate in “My Head …”, “Start Chopping”, “London, We Have You Surrounded”. Atmospheric “You Saw Me” carries something (from the sky), like […]

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Various – Variables II (Mordant Music 048)

Rating: 8/10 Mordant Music is a renegade of today’s electronic music and does not cease experimenting with rhythms and melodies for thrilling interpretations. One can imagine Mordant coming up with a new act like “Rollerskating Bankers With Pink Hats” to conquer the world. Don’t get me wrong – they are no clowns – but Mordant gives a twisted angle to their productions, ranging from hauntological songs to dub and punk-influenced tracks.A crazy company of various artists here. In “Soldier (reMMix)”, Autre Ne Veut has mashed up pop-chart-feel for a weird and catchy tune to be sung along. Hectic synth piece […]

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