Xosar – Ghosthaus (Rush Hour Recordings RH X-1 – 2012)

It doesn’t matter if tiger girl Xosar is closely befriended with Legowelt or not. What matters is her impressive entry to the stage of electronic music with an EP of tropical cruizing on L.I.E.S.Now the next one: Nice graphic sleeve holds red vinyl containing a power snack consisting of “Ghosthaus” and “Rainy Day Juno Jam”. Xosar’s originals are carried by foggy synth serpentines, only they are too short for a deeper impact. But Legowelt’s helping hand has stretched both cuts into two functional jams. A neat but unpretentious release for Rush Hour by a new ambitious artist, already credited for […]

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Lone – Galaxy Garden (R&S Records RS1206 – 2012)

Release date is May 2012 When catching SL2’s breakbeats and piano hook from the rave classic “DJs Take Control” in “Crystal Caverns 1991”, all old-timers will be sold. No wonder the track was chosen for the A-side of a teaser single, which predicts the arrival of Lone’s first full-length for the reanimated Belgian label R&S.But the record is not a nostalgic trip to the foundations of the label, because “Galaxy Garden” offers a trend-conscious showcase of 2012 sounds with a blend of UK garage, house and techno influences, in descending order.Lone AKA Matt Cutler presents an array of smooth rhythms, like […]

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DUST OFF: Tekonivel – Sirkus (Puu PUU4 – 1996)

Sähkö’s Puu offshoot has been mostly a platform for jazz, dub, world and other non-techno productions, but in 1996 it saw a guest appearance by Mika Vainio under the name of Tekonivel (‘artificial joint’ in Finnish. The circus-themed three-tracker is not exactly family entertainment – although not as annihilating as “Osasto EP”, “Sirkus” is still designed like Pan Sonic’s die-cast artefacts or Vainio’s early EPs. The opener “Klovnit” (“Clowns”) animates the crowd with cold hydraulic bass and distorted hum. “Voimamies” (“Strongman”) competes in the heavyweight category but suffers of arrhythmia while the mind of “Taikuri” (“Magician”) is focused on repetition. In […]

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NX1 – SR (SEMANTICA 42 – 2012)

Release date is April 2012 Cryptic messaging by NX1 aka Tomas Bernabe for Semantica, with two somber tech exercises called “SR1” and “SR2” respectively. Thunder and drone go hand-in-hand, whereas both cuts discover celestial chords closer to the end. Found some common features with Alva Noto and Pan Sonic here but essentially it belongs to the bulk of similar dubbed-out techno cuts by Milton Bradley, Obtane and others. Fits into a darker DJ set.

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Vapauteen – Weld (L.I.E.S.008.5 – 2012)

Don’t be misled by jazzy saxophone on the label, the record is inspired by industrial noise and welds anything that can be welded. Now when Adam X resides in Berlin, Vapauteen takes the responsibility to radiate the hardest sound outta Brooklyn. “Weld” is a mean and ugly stuff for strobe orgies, with machines screaming like orks in pain. “Measure” adds some bubbling lines to throbbing bass, like Green Velvet used to have in earlier days, and “Mediate” digs deeper with a hypnotizing acidified and heavy loop. If you like Ancient Methods or Traversable Wormhole, this is the one. L.I.E.S., or […]

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Ian Martin – Mechanical Rain (Further Records Fur043 – 2012)

Ian Martin comes from Rotterdam and has previously recorded for labels like Bunker and Strange Life. It might create some expectations, but this is not the usual dark electro or synth disco from Holland. Being a visual artist, Martin has dropped a new album of sonic paintings for Seattle-based Further Records, for moon walking in the paths of experimental music. So, open your third ear and intercept the opener “Moving Activity”, which is bubbling under the surface with electronic strings and scrubbing sequence. “Drups” features a lost drone in a grey jungle of plastic wires whereas “Voice Of Space” takes […]

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DUST OFF: 303 Nation – Strobe Jams I (Dance Ecstasy 2001 DE 3001 – 1993)

303 Nation, the name is the program. Acid from the brotherhood of notorious Planet Core Productions (PCP), a stronghold of hardcore techno in the beginning of 1990’s. Based in Frankfurt, it united a flock of labels run by Thorsten Lambart and Marc Acardipane, the latter being the artistic engine using dozens of aliases.But it was not one-man-show because Fernando Sanchez and Patrick Vuillaume were commissioned to spread etching bass lines to the world. Also behind the 100% Acidiferous project, they put out four releases in the “Strobe Jams” series for a PCP sublabel Dance Ecstasy 2001. From 1993 is the […]

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Plant43 – Dreams Of The Sentient City (SEMANTICA 41 – 2012)

Plant43 appeared on one of Semantica’s five year anniversary compilations and returns now with a four-track electro EP. Most of the new material exhibits the melodic and placid side of electro, starting with “Neon”, good for nocturnal downtown cruising in a light drizzle. “Stellar Nursery” embarks on a space mission in more upbeat mood, expressed by blooming arpeggios and subtle disco bass, all resulting in a hefty dose of analog harmony. After futuristic dreaming and little melody played in “Metamaterial Cloaking”, the gates are smashed open in “Fluid Reasoning” for a turbocharged cavalry, whereas Plant43 is not afraid adding some […]

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Vedomir – Vedomir (Dekmantel DKMNTL 009 – 2012)

The release is due in April 2012 Increasingly I have the feeling that Mikhaylo Vityk’s Vakula phase was a preparation for the real thing. Vakula’s productions showcased his talent, but his house tracks were somehow too dry for me – until Vedomir entered the stage. Already “Orthodox Ambient”, released at the end of 2011 on Dekmantel, was a strong one and now, proving his musical maturity, the Ukrainian presents on the same label the first Vedomir LP in April.„Jump In The Past“ is a perfect start with Michael Knight bass line and slinky chords. The ride goes on with „Musical […]

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Panabrite – Soft Terminal (Digitalis DIGIV036 – 2012)

If a composition called “Rainbow Sequence” opens the album titled “Soft Terminal”, it heralds tranquilizing moments and coziness. Having heard only occasional samples from Panabrite’s previous work, the new album by Norm Chambers gives a clear proof of his craftsmanship and lets to perceive the lightness of the sound. Eight episodes of the goodnight fables for the young and old to make people dream in color.Panabrite’s music is from a wildlife preserve where wolves and lambs are drinking from the same source. My favorite is “Index Of Gestures”, a piece where essential elements of Panabrite’s sound creation are crystallized – […]

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