Ricardo Donoso – Progress Chance (Digitalis DIGIV006)

Rating: 9/10 Senhor Ricardo has spent quality time in his studio (or bedroom?) with companions like Korg MS2000R, Yamaha DX7 and others to explain us how the emerald stones sound. Yes, he’s is originally from Brazil, now living and working in Boston, but I would not fiddle on his background to seek associations with rainforests or Amazon. Because this is universal music where some of inspiration might have come from historical synth wizards but this is definitely much more than another new age-minded synth record. Still entire LP would work as efficient music therapy for strained minds and bodies. Already the introductory […]

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Various – 14 Tracks Of Psychotic Repetition (Boomkat bundle_178)

Rating: 9/10 Boomkat continues the 14 Tracks series with a digital bundle that could easily be the compilation of the year, especially for those who value venturous electronic sounds. I hardly buy any digital releases but seeing a number of exciting artists here, I did not hesitate a moment. The entire thing is like 21th Century Woodstock with electronic reincarnations of Jimi Hendrix and Grateful Dead. A colorful  hippie camp emits intoxicating lo-fi sound layers and stir up the surroundings. A parallel with Woodstock is not far-fetched as the compilation might be easily titled “The Power of New American Sound”, […]

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Kassem Mosse – Enoha EP (NONPLUS016)

Rating: 9/10 A test pressing of Non Plus Records presents a new EP by Kassem Mosse, mainly known for his much-praised Workshop and Mikrodisko releases. Often difficult to file under any particular subgenre, Gunnar Wendel is an electronic artist who continues to pursue cross-breeding of techno, house, electro and others.The nine-minute-long “Enoha” is a linear trip with strong percussive elements and bumblebee bass, thus carrying clear floor potential and partly reminding of what Cheap And Deep Productions has done. “GS02” is a laid-back electro cut that floats in the wake of Doctor Blowfin’s Water Cruiser, surrounded by electric stingrays and […]

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DUST OFF: Belgian techno mini-mix from 1992

A Radiomafia (FI) recording from 1992, it’s labeled “Belgian techno mix” and taped probably from a John Peel show. Was quite a blast when heard it. Pure perfection from the beginning to the end, I’m here once again… Thanks to Souncloud user Thumpson for helping with track IDs: 1) Plexus – Raw Mission, 2) Neon – Without Control, 3) ?, 4) Master Techno – My Noise, 5) Roel Butzen – Violent Wake Up.   Belgian Techno Mini Mix 1992 by Terminal313 on Mixcloud

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08/2011: DJ Stingray, Container, Regis

Always keen to learn what DJ Stingray is up to and the new EP, released in August on his own Micron Audio imprint, hit the first slot in Terminal313 charts last month. Container is from the USA, more precisely from Nashville, and lines up with other wild side leftfield electronic producers from the States, like KPLR, Innercity. Regis has been the most talked techno artist in recent months and his contribution to Blackest Ever Black catalog was black-black as expected. Cologne label Magazine came with another strong release and late Conrad Schnitzler‘s sound library inspired Borngräber and Strüver to a […]

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Regis – In A Syrian Tongue EP (Blackest Ever Black 004 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 The summer of 2011 in the screens of BBC and CNN: combats, clashes and coups, plus collapses in the stock markets. By tonality the EP with pitch-black textures works as a backdrop for depressive times and Blackest Ever Black is a very expected platform for this type of output. I only wonder if global affairs had impact on the production process, when the release is called “In A Syrian Tongue”. Regis, a close friend of inexhaustible drum machines, enters curfew zone with tense and monotone percussion in “Blood Witness”. A powerful and multi-layered cut that on the flip […]

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