Inigo Kennedy – Vignettes (Two) (SEMANTICA 36 – 2012)

A techno man for over 15 years, Inigo Kennedy was initially associated with labels like ZET and Missile in the second half of the 1990’s. Thereafter he took it easier until making a return to the studio some years ago. Formerly known as a backer of harsh 4/4 beats, Kennedy now explores new directions and follows up the first “Vignettes” experimental single released last year on Semantica.The second installment sees Kennedy moving closer to the floor again. Made for club charts is “Shapeshifter”, a mid-pace techno cut with abstract notes and occasional deep bass rave stabs, sending fluorescent sinusoids flashing […]

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DU71 – DU 71 (Archetypes Records ARCH008 – 2012)

Nine tracks of unknown origin. The artist called DU71 is not eager to reveal anything, except stating that nothing is more and nothing is less. Seemingly a statement in favor of minimalism, which is expressed by techno language in the digital-only album issued on Archetypes Records.Darker undertones and deep bass dominate in the release, which clearly targets the floor, but also flirts with experimental angles of the electronic music. “Beyond Space Boundaries” and “Remains Of The Remains” are good for physical exercises during peak hours in the club while mid-tempo “Helium Stars” mingles gaseous substance with dubbed-out beats and “Orga […]

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Felix Denk, Sven von Thülen – Der Klang der Familie (Suhrkamp Verlag – 2012)

Man spricht viel über die Rolle Berlins in der Wende und beim Mauerfall. Als Hauptstadt Deutschlands ist es touristisch bestimmt ein interessantes Ziel, aber das ist nicht der Hauptgrund, warum die Spreemetropole auch kulturell eine besondere Stellung einnimmt. Für die progressive Jugend der Welt bedeutet Berlin in erster Linie Tresor oder Berghain – die Stadt, die nimmer schläft, ist ein Inbegriff der hedonistischer Lebensweise rund um Party und Beat. Gesprächsrunde zur Techno-Geschichte Wie es dazu gekommen ist beschreiben Felix Denk und Sven von Thülen mit Hilfe der Szene-Insider im Buch “Der Klang der Familie”. Viele Bestandteile der neuesten deutschen Geschichte […]

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EDMX – Cerberus (Power Vacuum Powvac002 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Ed DMX, the man who was singing I am a mouse, I like eating cheese on “Nu Romantix LP”, is now transformed into a brutal kind of species for a new release on Power Vacuum. Launching the onslaught under the EDMX disguise, he drops a violent acid banger with the title track “Cerberus”, where wall-shaking bass drum reminds of PCP’s school of hardcore. After being exposed to ruthless fire of machine guns, highly intellectually titled “I’m Rushing My Tits Off” feels almost downtempo, but the kick drum is not sleeping and suffocating electro with Polygon […]

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DUST OFF: Aamukirkko / Morning Church on 15 Nov 1992, Helsinki

A piece of paper that awakes fond memories about a special night. In November 1992, following The Temple rave in Helsinki’s Paasitorni, numerous techno heads gathered in Lepakko (The Bat), a legendary home of youth culture and mad parties, to dance to exhaustion. DJs Ata, Heiko M/S/O and Pascal F.E.O.S. from Frankfurt am Main plus local heroes Jokke, Mr Kirk, H2 and Ender delivered it to the crowd that had just witnessed a massive celebration of rave spirit at The Temple, an event that warrants a special story (some pictures are here). For giving audio context to the flyer from […]

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Triangleforever – Brink Of Disappearance (2012)

Known for tweeting graphic codes, Triangleforever has now outed as experimental musician with a digital album called “Brink Of Disapperance”. The Bandcamp page creates an impression of smoked glass placed on your screen, so the design wonders are not limited to the myriad of symbols on Twitter. The release itself features seven tracks of Gothic electronica under the veil of sentimentality, with domination of dark emotions. “Just A Moment” is a song performed by a choir of lost souls and “Claudia” is a slowly burning witch-house derivative. Cinematic dialogue on dreamy drone can be found in “No Forgiveness” and of […]

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MPIA3 – Wttp / Casual Welding (Avian AVN004 – 2012)

A new bird is about to land on Shifted’s label Avian. MPIA3 is a new moniker of an artist from London who prefers to conceal real identity for the time being. I can only affirm that the act is not associated with the Buckingham Palace. With the new signing, Avian enters the world of acid, a phenomenon resistant to any climatic and political change. Both tracks kick big time and are made for booming systems. “Wttp” is something I would describe as acid tune, where functional tightness is somehow diluted by a merry sequence, but basically does not spoil the […]

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Population One – The Return (Chronicle EVENT0001 – 2012)

Thrilling anticipation every time when Terrence Dixon announces new releases, which are rarely disappointing by the artist I’m keenly following. While not seeking broad publicity, Dixon is among Detroit producers of trust and has got talent to provide techno masterpieces. Introducing Chronicle, a new sub-unit of the US label Thema, Dixon has dropped again an exceptional release, this time under the Population One moniker. Right from the start he follows the standards set in Population One’s groundbreaking 1995 release “Minimalism” on Utensil. Built on hollow bass drum, hiss and crackles, “Transition” is destined for drifting in Jupiter’s magnetosphere and sending […]

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Tolouse Low Trax – Jeidem Fall (Karaoke Kalk LP 66 – 2012)

“Jeidem Fall” has been on heavy rotation in recent months and in my view it’s a strong contender for the Album of the Year title in 2012. Detlef Weinrich, a member of Kreidler collective, has been operating for a while as Tolouse Low Trax, the project like a tribute to French post-impressionist painter Tolouse-Lautrec, and  “Jeidem Fall” is the fourth album, after macabre “Corridor Plateau” published last year on Apparent Extent. Combining modern and ancient, the new LP is an ode to percussion and processed human voice. With its rhythm-focused agenda it reminds of Harmonious Thelonious and shares some common […]

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Cassegrain & Tin Man – Carnal (KILLEKILL008 – 2012)

Red vinyl ordered directly from the label About a year ago, when at stocking up my vinyl collection at Hard Wax, I came across a Killekill release for the first time, by Bill Youngman. Since that have kept an eye on the label’s affairs and seen impressive releases, especially by Snuff Crew and Neil Landstrumm. Now the Berlin outlet presents a truly global connection with producers of Welsh/Greek and Turkish/Uyghur (Cassegrain) and Finnish/American (Tin Man) origin who have got together for trippy workouts. Although both acts have been in the limelight for a while the collaboration seems to be of […]

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