Claudio PRC – Inner State (Prologue PRGLP002)

Release date is 29 March 2012 Munich-based Prologue Music is discovering the fun of long format and currently trusting this job to Italian producers. While Donato Dozzy and Neel presented in “Voices From The Lake” a CD with crisp and clear ambient sounds, fellow countryman Claudio PRC is about to complete double wax filled with foggy dubs, arcane drones and hollow beats. Keeping the atmosphere of constant menace of earlier Prologue releases, most cuts on the album carry underworldy tones to research hidden corners of human subconsciousness. Found some standout tracks here: In “Black Hole” an irresistible vacuum machine sucks […]

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Frak – Muzika Electronic (Digitalis DIGIV039)

Rating: 9/10 Det är lite konstigt that after a couple more or less experimental releases by Perispirit, Nova Scotian Arms and KPLR, Digitalis seems to have inaugurated a discodrome in Tulsa to welcome a special guest from Europe. Compared with aforementioned albums, “Muzika Electronic” sounds like a dance record. Almost, with a couple of wilder interpretations of electronic music.The party is set up by the Swedish group Frak, consisting of Jan Svensson and Johan Sturesson, who celebrate the 25th anniversary with an impressive package of mechanical rhythms. While revisiting the 1980’s in many tracks, the release is not limited to […]

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Bintus – Corrosion Control (Power Vacuum POWAVAC001)

Rating: 7/10 There are hundreds of quintillions possible combinations for solving the Rubik’s cube. Easily the same amount could be attributed to programming options of 303 or 808. Often challenged by the fear to remain just a copycat of Phuture or Hardfloor, the producers still keep going to replenish the specter of acid tracks.Now it’s Bintus from Berlin trying his luck with the first release for newly founded Power Vacuum label. Title track “Corrosion Control” seems tired like a coal miner after extra shift because of montone midtempo programming. It’s not even cheered up when the bass knob is turned […]

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Architectural – Looking Ahead / Peacetime (SEMANTICA 40)

Rating: 7/10 In March, Semantica’s constant flow of new releases continues with Architectural’s two-tracker. Unlike Developer’s “Trade Beliefs“, the single by Juan Rico refrains from dark drones and pounding loops while still addressing the floor.A-side’s crisp “Looking Ahead” is launched with growling bass and offers thriving arpeggios, but the scenery is disturbed by a too extended atmospheric break in the middle, making the track feel unfinished. “Peacetime”, in turn, is a solid chunk of techno, which reminds of earlier Axis and Joey Beltram output. Again bass-heavy banger in the start, it obtains dubbier features with bright chord-driven conclusion. A proper […]

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Hypnobooster (Hypnobooster CD)

Rating: 7/10 Subconsciously, I have been waiting for Hypnobooster’s debut since seeing his street art in central Tallinn. Nine lines of poetry invited to give to the streets girl names. Gradually the identity of the outdoor visual artists was revealed, with the knowledge that Hypnobooster is preparing his first album. Upfront tracks on some compilations, like “HÕFF“, made anticipation rise. The strophes about girls and street names are now materialized in “Pangem tänavatel’ tüdrukute nimed”, the standout track with metallic rock arrangement and pathetic power vocals by the man himself.  It gets good company from the wall of guitars and […]

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Datura Dilema – Parque Universal Fin (Subsist sub-d10)

When a new artist comes with a 76-minute album it warrants some attention. Datura Dilema is hailing from Valencia and has produced ten cuts of dubbed out and droning techno, released digitally on the Spanish label Subsist. Given strong track record of Semantica, Prologue, Zooloft and other outlets releasing this type of music it’s a serious challenge. Especially when the peak of this sub-genre fell on the year 2011. Unlike many albums, “Parque Universal Fin” gets better closer to the end. Opening tracks like “Crater” and “Gas Espiral” prefer to stick to stereotypes and don’t stand out from the bulk […]

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Developer – Trade Beliefs (SEMANTICA 39)

Rating: 9/10 Developer is not holding back his horses in his first release for Spanish label Semantica, expected in the first half of March. Seasoned scene insider Adrian Sandoval lets the engines roar and embarks on the trip with awesome title track “Trade Beliefs” which illustrates the yin and yang of techno. Starting with gigawatt-bass assault, it hosts a metallic dub sequence from the mid-track, before morphing morose hiss and boom into atmospheric layers and strings. The same track can be played twice during a night, either during peak hour or closer to chill out phase.Slightly more relaxed mood in […]

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01/2012: Svreca, Vedomir, Atom TM

“Obscur. Final”, a follow-up to the first “Obscur” edition by Semantica label head Svreca, heads the Terminal 313 best-of list with a strong techno package, including the remixes by Regis, Orphx, Silent Servant and Skirt. Vakula dropped two fine cuts under the Vedomir guise, releasing “Orthodox Ambient” on Dekmantel and Sähkö has blown off dust from Atom Heart’s 1994 tapes, releasing with “Cold Memories” two ultra long tracks by the project Atom TM. Sandwell District says goodbye to the world with Rrose‘s “Artificial Light 1969-1909”. Acid faction is represented by a mini comp “We Want You To Understand The Future” […]

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