Red Stars Over Tokyo – Hits Of Sunshine (Hot Hair 04)

Rating: 9/10 Never heard about the Red Stars Over Tokyo before. The act name promised an atmospheric affair, as did the album title “Hits Of Sunshine”. Had a strong feeling of prejudice of being affronted with sounds that are good for watering the plants. Not true, it offers much more.The title track is, as expected, a lush electronic composition, although minimalistic humming interference closer to the end hints that this might not be so mellow thing. Also in “Lost Trace” the beats are still buried, but odd voices reminding of sacral choir and secretive whispers indicate a small change. Only […]

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Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (R & S Records RS 1108)

Rating: 9/10 Blawan got the message: If the label’s slogan says In order to dance, one has to come with a dance record. Having sprayed Si Begg’s and Cristian Vogel’s historical techno funk with large blobs of acid, out comes a distinctive release to be sent through big systems during Notting Hill carnival.Timidity is not something for Blawan as he enters the saloon with doors banging. “What You Do With What You Have” uses a vocal sample by Moodymann for a non-deep-house, but acidified analog monster. On the flip, in “Vibe Decorium” abrasive beats get some extra weight, feeling well […]

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Innercity – N/A (NNA Tapes 033)

Rating: 8/10 This music is difficult to fit into tight places as it needs high ceilings. Cathedrals would suit the best, especially for the A-side’s “Dada Les Apocalypses”. Solemn droning organ music, both festive and menacing, for the very last minutes before the final demise.Witches would like distorted pumping lo-fi in “The Pyramids Of Northeast Belgium” that goes also easily over quota of sound decadence. Innercity is not a project of Kevin Saunderson – the Detroiter founded Inner City – but conceived by Hans Dens, a Belgian artist who literally caused a flood of releases since 2010. Current seven-inch works […]

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Smoke Machine Podcast: Abdulla Rashim

Taipei techno squad Smoke Machine offers pure quality with its guest mixes and now it’s the turn of Abdulla Rashim from Sweden to be on the decks. Once his biography claimed he hails from a tribe in Botswana and after years of hardship has found redemption in 4/4 beats, yes indeed … Still Rashim, whatever is his real name, did an impressive debut in 2011 and recently issued the second EP of droning techno called “Asayita”.  Smoke Machine Podcast 028 Abdulla Rashim For a preview of “Endasilasie”, out in October 2012 on Abdulla Rashim Records, click here.

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The Amazing Births – Younger Moon (Cylindrical Habitat Modules 55)

Rating: 8/10 It’s the turn of Westlake, Ohio to put another US city on the map of a new electronics acts. Whereas The Amazing Births is not a rookie thing, as both members, Julian Gulyas and Mark McGuire, have made music in several groups. Still it’s their first LP, after two cassette releases on Cylindrical Habitat Modules.Electronics and synthesizers are the protagonists but seeing it as another synth and drone album would be a very untrue assumption. The textures are smudged and rather warm, except in the A2 track “P.K. Ripper” with a dramatic melange of voices and subtle pulsating […]

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DUST OFF: Carlos Perón – Impersonator II (Play It Again Sam 116 LP – 1988)

This record is just screaming out loud: welcome to Bela Lugosi disco. The horror screen hero himself makes a posthumous appearance in “Galadiner With Boris The Vampyr”, in a track from the extreme end of the album, which is full of filthy EBM and industrial with mashed voices and vocals. Lugosi is not the only celebrity here when the voice of Dieter Meier (Yello) appears in another macabre piece titled “Happy New Year”, also written by him. Meier’s input is not surprising because Carlos Perón, the mastermind behind the album, was part of Yello in its Jurassic phase and left the […]

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09/2011: Kassem Mosse, Blawan, Mark Ernestus

The last month’s chart generated in Juno sees Kassem Mosse leading the game with “Enoha EP“, a percussive deep house experience in electro dressing. Blawan is another guy to watch out and although his EP on tradition-filled imprint R&S received controversial critics, it’s a blatant mixture of techno and house. Mark Ernestus Meets BBC delivers two superb versions of dehydrated dub techno, while Consequence comes with surreal and depressing ambient and bass. Mu EP was a strong start for Japanese 10 Label, featuring also Ancient Methods, and “Lostbahnhof” by Lada goes along the same ways of industrialized techno. Ricardo Donoso […]

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