Plant43 – Driven By Magnetics (AC Records AC_11 – 2012)

Vinyl-only release of melodic electro by Plant43 AKA Emile Facey from London, published on German imprint AC Records  A good succession to Plant43’s recent “Dreams Of The Sentient City” on Semantica, it contains four interpretations from a science lab ruled by precision and purity. The highlight is “Resynth”, a remix of a Sync24 track, but entire green vinyl offers enjoyable listening experience and would find friends also on the floor.

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Arcanoid – Migration To Nowhere (SEMANTICA Z – 2012)

Arcanoid is a trusted player in Semantica’s roster and presents an all-around first aid kit consisting of different sub-genres of the electronic music. Born as Luis Cantalapiedra Vázquez and having spun music under the name of DJ Muerto, experienced producer from Spain can look back to a few releases on Madrid label and returns in style with “Migration To Nowhere”. The end is the beginning: ambient-minded introduction “Time To Die” is for meditative moments in Arizona wasteland, but thereafter black Dr Martens are worn in “Espora”, a mix of electro, IDM and EBM influences, which might track back to Aracanoid’s […]

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Jerome Derradji Presents: 122 BPM – The Birth Of House Music (Still Music STILLM3CD006 – 2012)

Release date is June 2012 A reflection of the days when house was born: “122 BPM” features a number of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from early to late 1980’s. It’s not about the house Trax built, but a compilation from the catalogs of Mitchbal Records and Chicago Connection Records.Gospel and rhythm in the blood, the kings and queens of the scene stimulate a hedonistic party in “122 BPM” with sexed-up grooves from the jack’s adolescence. Some tracks have felt the rotation like “Fantasy” by Z-Factor Feat. Jesse Saunders or “I Can’t Forget” by Mr Lee, but there is plenty  to […]

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Heinrich Dressel – Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves (Mannequin MNQ 024 – 2012)

Heinrich Dressel, half-brother of Franz Falckenhaus and cousin of Klaus Weltman, embarks on a new synth and wave mission for the Italian outlet Mannequin. Travelling with a passport issued to Valerio Lombardozzi, the producer from Rome has recorded under the Composite Profuse alias and is closely associated with contemporary school of electro-synth-wave. Still I remember Dressel’s “Mons Testaceum” on Legowelt’s Strage Life Records, which sounded like a sonic testament of gladiators perished in the arena of Colosseum. Now he comes with a mini-LP where the title track “Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves” surprises with italo-inspired synthwave jolliness. In fact entire […]

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Jean Piché – Heliograms (Digitalis DIGIV040 – 2012)

For listening “Heliograms” living room is the minimum requirement because the album aims to the spheres well above the clouds, even higher than the normal cruise altitude. Crystal clear skies would be a perfect setting for a sacral experience with the music of Jean Piché. Especially the first composition, “Ange”, is a lucid minimalistic drone for believers, under protective wings of holographic angels. For visual support just imagine medieval paintings with biblical motives. “La mer à l’aube” continues with vibrations of computer music, in a more complex composition with ebbs and tides of synth waves and touches of musique concrète. […]

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DUST OFF: VOOV – It’s Anything You Want It To Be, And It’s A Gas (MFS 7016-5 – 1992)

During the reading of “Der Klang der Familie”, a book about the foundations of techno and party scene in Berlin, it was the right time to recall some classics from the beginning of 1990s. MFS, an acronym for Masterminded For Success, was an influential label back then, specialising on (hard) trance with acts like Effective Force, Cosmic Baby, Futurhythm, Microglobe and many others. After an overkill a few years later, trance became a style despised by many, but in my view MFS and its artists made a huge contribution to the evolution of the European electronic music. VOOV stands for Violation Of […]

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Uku Kuut – Vision Of Estonia (Peoples Potential Unlimited PPU-034 – 2012)

Peoples Potential Unlimited, a label from Washington DC, is on a mission to excavate forgotten treasures of  funk and soul. It was only recently when Andrew Morgan’s label issued a seven-inch by Uku Kuut, bringing the artist’s past not only to the consciousness of native Estonian audience, but also attracting wider recognition. Now the time is ripe for a LP, a collection of vibrating funk from Kuut’s teenage years.Exiled with his mother Maryn Coote (Marju Kuut) from the Soviet Union, Kuut recorded most of the tracks in the home studios in Santa Monica and Stockholm. He also produced for Maryn […]

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Various – Donato Dozzy & Hieroglyphic Being Reworks (Morphine Records redose 1 – 2012)

It might sound as an exaggeration, but the upcoming single on Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records is from another dimension. The effect is intoxicating, by means of sound and voice processing executed by producers at the very Olympus of today’s electronic music.Two tracks from the label’s back catalog have been picked for reworks: Beaini’s own “Spacepops” is deformed by Donato Dozzy into effervescent acid psychedelia with Dynamo Dreesen’s alienated voice. Hieroglyphic Being’s bold-bass version of Madteo’s “Freak Inspector” comes with his trademark abstract jacking undertones and Sensational’s abraded voice, all that resulting in otherworldly experience. Alice in Wonderland would dig it. […]

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