Paco Sala – Ro-Me-Ro (Digitalis DIGIV043 – 2012)

When Digitalis announced upfront digital single to the album, I thought Paco Sala is a moustached electronics explorer from New Mexico. In fact it’s a solo project by Antony Harrison AKA Konntinent, who now presents his first Paco longplayer. He’s not alone as the vocal part is done by eloquent singer Leyli, adding fragile touch to the complex sound arrangements.The album opens in fine manner with “Dumb Truths”, a mosaic of melodic synth stabs, whispering voices and percussive claps. Already known from the single, „Gifts Of The Bloom“ features Leyli’s French-style murmuring on compelling melody, which would predict a longer […]

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Duplex – Below The Photic Zone (Harbour City Sorrow HCS993 – 2012)

Duplex is an essential European outpost for Detroit’s electronic music heritage. In their newest release for the Harbour City Sorrow imprint, Chris Aarse and John Matze have succeeded in producing a perfect set of Motor City influenced tracks showing the innovation one would expect from techno’s birthplace itself. Duplex has programmed a set of grooves for well-being, creating a delicious balance between techno, deep house and electro. Luminescent chords and sweet layers in “Below The Photic Zone” take to underwater travels to discover coral reefs. Deeper bass appears in “Electric Trees”, which is mostly carried by a fragile loop and […]

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Morphology – Dalek Invasion (SEMANTICA 43 – 2012)

While Svreca’s next release is for techno heads, Semantica’s electro department puts on display Morphology, a Finnish act consisting of Matti Turunen and Michael Diekmann. Their second single for the Spanish label is something for electro purists. Pure is the keyword here as both tracks are finely produced, with clear ideas executed in a good technical manner. Although in “Dalek Invasion” one might expect deviant sci-fi rumble, it’s a friendly tune with gentle pads, reminding of Dopplereffekt. Carrying the mood of a suburban sunset, “Journey’s End” features fatter bass along with clean riffs and hints of jazz-funk for an old-school […]

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Truss – Clytha (Our Circula Sound OCS004 – 2012)

Expected release date June 2012 After long shifts in the studio, London techno engineer Tom Russell AKA Truss drops a few new releases this spring. A four-tracker is the first of a two-part EP on Our Circula Sound. The track title “Clytha” might derive from a distant star, or an area in Wales. Despite of being short of three minutes, the track with a sneaking drone and slow-stepping fat rhythm is like a theme song for an Utopian movie. Knobs are turned for heavier impact in the remix of “Clytha” by T47 AKA Tommy Four Seven. Oppressing by nature, it’s […]

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Innercity – Cyber The Last Grind (Not On Label – 2012)

After being enthused about Innercity’s seven-inch on NNA Tapes, a message by the artist announcing a free album full of electronic psychedelia raised new expectations. “Cyber The Last Grind”, a compilation of Hans Dens’ recordings from 2009 to 2011, is a maze of nonconformist sound experiments under the veil of obscurity, by Belgium’s own specialist of cathedral music. Apart from mindblowing mini-hit “Dada Les Apocalypses” a number of tracks on the fringes on electronic music are found here. Like “Birthriver”, hardcore polka coated in gentle distortion and compelling hum, or “Simulation: Untitled 2”, where illegal lab experiments are conducted with […]

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Red Stars Over Tokyo – 4 Track 12″ (Hot Hair 05 – 2012)

One artist, one label – Red Stars Over Tokyo impressed on the previous release for his own Hot Hair and on the new EP the artist from Belgium continues strong performances. The release is an edition of 300, of which each 100 pieces pressed as clear, clear green or black vinyl.Most of the EP could be described as grown-up electronica, but looking into depths of the compositions a notion of macabre beauty emerges. When we just take the first track “Two Lover Jumping Off The Roof” – musically it’s an expression of serenity, but this feeling is made void by […]

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Svreca – Vilna / Hagagatan (SEMANTICA 33A – 2012)

Dark techno for big rooms: Semantica drops the heaviest release so far in 2012 with Svreca’s two-tracker “Vilna/Hagagatan”. By title sounding like a tribute to the Baltic Sea region, its A-side features a galvanized treatment of “Vilna” by Orphx, an industrial-rooted collective knowing no mercy. This is honest techno with echoing thunder and distortion-coated bass, in Spanish-Canadian collaboration. Dark rhythm and noise exposure also in “Hagagatan”, which takes to the throat of a foundry with all exit doors blocked.

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Rhythm & Sound w/ Jennifer Lara – Queen In My Empire (Burial Mix BM-11 – 2003)

To preserve their exceptional nature, I pick Basic Channel, Chain Reaction or Rhythm & Sound releases quite rarely from the shelf. These records are for special moments, when the mood and setting is right. Jennifer Lara’s “Queen In My Empire” is awesome, like a balm for the soul, providing comfort and protection and sounding in the same very sensual. My favorite in the Burial Mix series and an eternal classic.

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Various – The Power Of Movement In Plants EP (Electronique.it ELE-R001 – 2012)

Italy’s webzine Electronique.it has decided to enjoy the joys and sorrows of being a record label and prepares its first release featuring three artists. Preview clips tell that “Soils” by Commodity Place is an ordinary ambient piece and “Is This For Real?” by passEnger keeps tranquil mood while adding some casual beats. The best track comes from the Cosmic Metal Mother – “The Unreleased Techno Mixes Series (comunicazione uno)”, which is destined to move the feet and flirts with Detroit and Belgium anno 1992. Buy vinyl

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Various – In The Dark: The Soul Of Detroit (Still Music STILLMDLP005 – 2012)

Release date of this reissue is Spring 2012 In 2005 a number of shakers and movers of the Detroit deep house scene were united in a compilation called “In The Dark (The Soul Of Detroit)”. Centered around Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman, the release became a highlight of the season and fell to the “hard-to-find” category soon.Only seven years later Still Music decided to drop a reissue both on vinyl and CD. A good reason to pick the album from the shelf, to revisit exquisite cuts like Pittman’s nine minutes of full-bodied drizzling jazz “A Walk Thru Osaka” or “Cosmic […]

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