12/2011: Drexciya, Nuel, Ruskin & O’Connor
Drexciya‘s much-anticipated compilation landed in the first position of the Juno chart in December – although it features only one unreleased track, the fact of having access to the back catalog of Detroit’s most prominent electro act deserves full respect. Italy’s Nuel abandoned droning techno for a while and released on Seattle’s Further Records a mesmerizing album “Trance Mutation”. O/V/R Live is a new label that started with a two-tracker by O/V/R aka Karl O’Connor and James Ruskin, the latter really hitting with rhythm hammer. Amsterdam’s San Proper was a revelation with two solid and stripped-down deep house tracks on Studio Soulrock. Mike Parker remains true to his trademark drilling sound with a thundering EP “Pulse Trader” for Munich’s Prologue and Fit Sound brought to us “Ascender”, a valuable reissue by Detroit’s Walt J. KPLR‘s LP on Digitalis, not listed in Juno, belongs also to the very top of December releases.