DUST OFF: Cluster – Cluster 71 (Water water160 – 2006)

In 1971 Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Plank shocked the schlager nation with an utterly experimental piece of music called “Cluster”. It was the debut of the group of the same name and an important milestone of the pre-Kraftwerk era.Difficult to believe this three-track album of pulsating drones and irrational synth lines dates back more than 40 years. Certainly not a dance record, it just provides the insight into the vision and abilities of the masters of analog equipment.The album was reissued in 1980 under the name “Cluster ’71” and recent years have seen a number of the group’s […]

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Truss – Ganymede (Perc Trax TPT 055 – 2012)

Release date is in September 2012 Perc Trax is a sure bet for uncompromising and oppressive techno, if we only think of Perc’s recent “A New Brutality” or Forward Strategy Group’s album. Now Truss, a gear wizard from London and trusted associate of the Perc camp, follows up his recent industrial waltz “Clytha” on Our Circula Sound and drops with “Ganymede” a bonding title track in line with industrial attitude of the label. The shuffled-beat original pushes you against the wall, when sending hoover blasts and acid flashes on shredded drumming. Label head Perc adds some extra kick, shaking it like […]

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Ancient Methods vs. Kareem – Exstinctio Conscientia (Fondation Sonore 001 – 2012)

Berlin duo Ancient Methods, purveyors of the pitch black techno war funk (Boomkat), join forces with Zhark mastermind Kareem for a dream-team of industrial techno. Ancient Methods have been a flagship of the genre for the last couple of years, but special shouts  go to Kareem – nice to see him back and well in form again. Expecting the post to deliver the vinyl soon, I’m pretty convinced “Exstinctio Conscientia” is a striking debut of the French label Fondation Sonore. A1 Zealots (Kareem Interpretation) 1-2 B1 Dämmerung der Parhelia (Ancient Methods Interpretation) 1-2Buy vinyl

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MPIA3 – Ely / Squatter’s Dog (Avian AVN005 – 2012)

MPIA3 goes nasty again on the Avian imprint as it follows up the debut single “Wttp / Casual Welding“. Sulphur is in the air when the Londoner leads his acid techno assault with the A-side’s “Ely”, a prime example of kickdrum rage and poison ivy acid lines. After a brisk start it manages to build up the tension gradually, till the peak arrives after a dramatic break in the middle, with marauding 303 blast tightening the last remaining screws thereafter. The track also leaves room for fiddling on the pitch depending on the crowd’s speed limit.On the flip “Squatter’s Dog”, a purebred Cerberus, […]

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Polar Inertia – The Last Vehicle EP (Dement3d Records DM3D003 – 2012)

After introductory narrative recalling a 1985 neurology conference in Chicago, mysterious Polar Inertia drops two long and thundering techno journeys on the French label Dement3d. “Major Axis” is an ode to machines, paced by monumental bass and rusty engine noises for brain-drilling shamanism. Emerging from the haze at a mountain pass, “Parallel Transport” continues the mind trip when hauling corrosive cargo. Stretching the definition of droning techno to a new level, Polar Inertia provides two mean cuts for big rooms. Buy vinyl from Discogs Buy digital from Juno

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SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL – The Call From Below (Digitalis DIGIV045 – 2012)

Rephrasing a movie hero: Digitalis Recordings is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After excursions to synth, wave, doom or shoegaze it’s time to taste some Caribbean-rooted sweetness with SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL. Combining traditional sounds from the land of dreadlocks with urban bass and abstract effects, the group underscores its ambition to abstain from an ordinary dub album. And it’s easy to become addicted to the nine tracks: One can feel both the warmth of genuine roots’n’kulcha and the chill of metropolitan concrete jungle. Starting with dub-coated techno chords perceived in deeper spheres of the rebellious […]

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Powell – Body Music EP (Diagonal DIAG002 – 2012)

Diagonal is a rather new imprint, now presenting the second release with “Body Music”. Still have to find out who is Powell, the label founder and artist behind the new EP, but he’s leaving embossed footprints. Clearly it reminds of some prominent figures from the past, especially of DAF, which is not the Dutch truck manufacturer but epochal new wave group Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. Can imagine Gabi Delgado swaying on the stage in the title track “Body Music” while also “Grand Street” and “Nude” are good for some pogo. “Search” is a slow-motion bass & drone intercepting secrets behind the […]

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CHXFX / PLKZFX – Exoferric / Latent Acid (Further Records – 2012)

An entirely X-obsessed release by two electronic heads, originally known as Nochexxx (here disguised under Chxfx) and Ekoplekz (Plkzfx), who come with a split release to demonstrate expertise about machine manipulations.Chxfx’s territory is filled with wrenched sound explorations, characterized by rhythm disorder and noisy lo-fi mess all over the place. With his sketchy approach Chxfx leaves an impression of random tests with gear, ready for surprises. It contains early electronics oscillations (“Ecocide”), sickening cacophony (“Condor Drive”) or click & glitch ambient (“Format Migration”). But we also face “Palace Underseas”, eight thoughtful minutes with piano elements.Although remaining in the path of abstractions, Plkzfx […]

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Bronze Age – Antiquated Futurism (Bed Of Nails NAIL 002 – 2012)

Those finding Dominick Fernow’s electronic crusades too byzantine might seek comfort in (or on) Bed Of Nails, a new label set up by the Vatican Shadow fellow. After inaugural “September Cell” by the label curator, clearly appealing to the out-of-box dancefloor, the second slot allocated to Bronze Age confirms the label’s ambitions to blend techno, industrial and experimental for some marvelous techno-boogie.Bronze Age is a new act by Kris Lapke, so far hiding behind the names Alberich and Louder Than Life, in addition contributing to nerve damages at Hospital Productions.His “Antiquated Futurism”, a three-tracker on 45 RPM, gets a jump […]

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Edanticonf – Planet EP (Silent Season SSV03 – 2012)

Release date is 26 August 2012 Out out British Columbia operates Silent Season, a platform for mostly smoother and dubbed-out electronics. Now the Vancouver outlet embracing wilderness deserves further attention with “Planet EP” by Italian composer Edanticonf. It’s a follow-up to the artist’s ozone-filled album “Forest Echo” and features two original tracks with dancefloor potential picked for the clear transparent vinyl. Especially “Planet” is a stimulating cut and somewhat surprising rework comes by Abdulla Rashim. The Swede, instead of adding droning techno elements to “Planet”, resorts to a gentle dub excursion in Inca edit. Planet EP [SSV03] // Ltd 12″ EP […]

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