DUST OFF: Drexciya – Aquatic Invasion (UR-030 – 1995)

The countdown has begun to the reissue of the year. “Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller”, the first in Drexciya’s retrospective, is brought to us by Clone Classic Cuts in December 2011. Those in possession of hard-to-find original EPs might be irritated about this mission, but I think Clone is doing a great favor to the community in sharing the legacy of Detroit’s ingenious electro act.In anticipation it’s good to recall “Aquatic Invasion” from 1995, Drexciya’s most electrifying assault. Two excellent cuts of pit bull electro: in “The Countdown Has Begun” one can’t escape hammering analog gear, spiced with gloomy […]

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Blender techno

KPLR This year we have witnessed the invasion of wired punks moving on the fringe of electronic music. Hailing often from small-town America and ignoring the trends of the techno jetset, this new breed of artists has stirred up the scene in 2011. KPLR, Container, Red Stars Over Tokyo, Pete Swanson, Vatican Shadow, to name a few of them, have gained much respect and sheer admiration. There is a perfectly drafted piece on this phenomenon by Mnml Ssgs guys where the new direction in electronic music is dubbed “post-techno”. Fits pretty well in my view, the only thing is that […]

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Various – Groove 133 / CD 42

Rating: 7/10 Some good ones on this Groove compilation. Let’s start with a Mexican who loves machines and combines them with traditional instruments: like a godchild of Liaisons Dangereuses, Rebolledo rocks big time in “Steady Gear Rebo Machine” with monotone percussion – a pretty angry track that makes curious about the man’s recent album Then Semantica – there is a short feature about the Spanish label in the magazine – is represented by E.R.P. with placid and deep electro track “Repose”, which gets the beauty award of this comp.“Human Like Us” from the new album of Planetary Assault Systems is […]

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DUST OFF: K-Alexi – All For Lee-Sah (Transmat MS-8)

My hands start to caress you, down from the shoulders to your waist… Once I did a tape for my girl and the title track had to be there, for sure. A piece of vinyl sexy as hell, being a good match to Lil Louis’s “French Kiss” in this particular category, it offers many other qualities too. Keith Alexi Shelby is from Chicago and although he didn’t belong to the first wave of the city’s acid house producers, Shelby became a prolific sound writer with releases also on European labels like Djax Up, ACV. Transmat and acid house is not an obvious combination. Still at […]

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Stingray313 – Electronic Countermeasures (Micron Audio MCR00002)

Rating: 9/10 Amidst the wires of copper and plastic, Stingray313 travels in a jungle of semiconductors to drop another futuristic session for electro heads. Billed earlier as “Drexciyan DJ”, the masked man from Detroit is gradually navigating on his own ways and is clearly positioned in the frontline of contemporary electro.“Electronic Countermeasures” contains four magnetizing, equally strong cuts that kick and vibrate under a veil of darkness. Gloomy vocal sample lends horror movie feeling to “Signal Analysis”, the rest are precisely constructed instrumental transmissions with hints of experimental techno. “Spread Spectrum” is the culmination with a shower of obscure voices […]

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10/2011: Red Stars Over Tokyo, Alva Noto, Stingray

Long formats with experimental angle dominated my Juno charts in October. Was pleased to learn that Red Stars Over Tokyo did a great mini-LP “Hits Of Sunshine”, containing both ambient warmth and pulsating bass. Grinding sounds in excess are found on Alva Noto‘s (Carsten Nicolai) “Univrs”, released by German experimental imprint Raster-Noton. Sherard Ingram is becoming a resident in top three, this time under the moniker Stingray Enters The Unknown. The release has two versions of “The Sadist” plus reworks by electro luminaries like Heinrich Müller and Cestrian. The fourth spot goes to Zeal, a new artist with strong mix […]

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