Consequence – Symbol #4 (Auxiliary: Symbol AUXSYM004)

Rating: 9/10 Almost missed this record because it was labeled drum’n’bass, the style I’ve never been much into. After pre-listening it was clear that the fourth release in the Symbol series is cold-blooded sonic freemasonry built on eerie vocal samples, noise and bass abstractions. Even if the opener “Symbol #4.1” is a derivative of current mainstream dubstep, the rest of the game is ruled by mad experiments with oppressive voices and sounds. My pick is tingling and humming “Symbol #4.3” that really deserves entire 10 minutes of its existence and is filled with abstract exhibition music, squeezed between impenetrable walls […]

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DUST OFF: Andre Holland – City Of Fear (UR.032 – 1995)

A classic that perfectly represents Underground Resistance’s sound aesthetics from the mid-1990s. In the label’s catalog it might look a bit underrated, but in fact offers three tracks of pure excellence by Andre Holland aka The Infiltrator. For the start comes meditative electro in “City Of Fear”, themed for a situation when the crime is lurking in the streets where machine guns and police alarms can’t be overheard. But the track does not carry any brutality, is just asking in a subtle manner why? “Inversions” steps away from grim feelings and turns the face to the sun, with merrier chords and […]

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Voices From The Lake Feat. Donato Dozzy & Neel – Silent Drops E.P. (Prologue 020)

Rating: 9/10 The best moments for enjoying The Voices From The Lake come after the sunset, when dark shadows are cast over a deep-blue lake that is locked between heavy rocks, still carrying the warmth of the sun. Natural ultramarine would sound like this, if transformed to the music. I really feel like diving into chilly waves of a North Italian lake when listening to the four drops, i.e. untitled cuts, that mainly move on the calmer side of the electronic music, except for the thundering drones in the A2. Nautical and spheric eco-techno that expresses deep beauty of the […]

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KPLR – TEK NO MUZIK (Crazy Iris CIR-001)

Rating: 9/10 The guys behind KPLR do not have any clue what’s trending. Although Santa Cruz, California, is not supposed to be off-road terrain without any modern means of communication to catch up with the rest of the world. Because it was Santa Cruz where two pals, Dexter Brightman and Jair Espinoza, did this piece of wax, after a couple of cassette-only releases. Only them and gorgeous analog(-sounding) gear, for unpolished electronics that does not copy hip things in the world of electronic music today.Titled like a creation of the rave years,  “TEK NO MUZIK” smells underground. Starting from the […]

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DUST OFF: PWOG – Kraak (KK Records KK 130 – 1995)

In 2011, Dadavistic Orchestra has won many hearts and minds with two beatless LPs in a series called Dokument. For some members of the group – Reinier Brekelmans, Tim Freeman and Robbert Heynen – it was not the first time in the frontline of intellectual electronic music. In the beginning of 1990s they were part of Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia (PWOG) that led the evolution of tranced-out ambient, for example with “Ov Biospheres And Sacred Grooves …”, an album worth treasuring. From PWOG’s later phase comes “Kraak”, which does not float on deep blue waves, but navigates in stormy seas. “Kraak […]

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Terminal 313 chart at Juno (July 2011)

Italian dominance resumes in the newest chart that is led by Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel. He managed to put new life into stratospheric electro by doing a great four-tracker for the Aquaplano Ltd series. Dominating the global club floors is Levon Vincent who understands the balance between maximum output and minumum input. Tevo Howard‘s solid package of acid, Chicago house and even italo will get plenty of rotation this summer. Drone priest Giorgio Gigli does not cease to push dark journeys and Miles (Whitaker) made not-easy experiments for Modern Love. Cassegrain, another excellent member of Prologue Records, rounds up the […]

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