Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP (Episodes 02 – 2012)

Hakim Murphy, a Bachelor in music composition, is another proof that Chicago is not sleeping. Initially fascinated by deep house, Murphy adds throbbing subnotes to the second release on Episodes, recalling the rawness of Warehouse and dryness of Jamal Moss.Navigating in a magnetic storm, “Technis” might vaguely stick to deep house textures but when we proceed to “Analog Stroll” abstract signals on stripped-down drum machine arrangement take the control, all that rounded up by ample space groove. In “BBQ Knobs” distorted bass is turned on for a real subwoofer test while “Tunnel Dark” is accentuated by rhythmic modulations and comes […]

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Various – Developer Remixed (SEMANTICA 39X)

Release date is in October 2012 For proper techno action in 2012 Developer’s “Trade Beliefs” is one of the main suspects. It has been noticed also by Semantica because an EP with reinterpretations will see the light of the day. Each of four tracks is remixed by different artist, starting with NX1 who keeps the deep and booming chords from the original “Trade Beliefs” and lets the snares to parade, turning on more furious bass at mid-track. In “Brujas” Donor boards a robustly crawling vehicle navigating in the minefields, tracking down intercom speech and hollow bass from the deep for a […]

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Giant Claw – Mutant Glamour (Orange Milk Records OM-GCMGLP – 2012)

From the world of Looney Tunes, B-movies and mythological heroes comes Giant Claw, offering audible pulp fiction with a fine artwork LP. Better not to have illusions it’s a dance record. In “Mutant Glamour” confessed synth maniac Keith Rankin exposes the restless side of his brain for chaotic, mostly three-minute mutations.Giant Claw proclaims doing sound collages and as a result we get synth riffs and rhythm splinters in excess, with “Mutant Glamour” describing precisely the nature of the release: Chopped, pickled, cooked and blended 8-bit sounds.Exceptions in terms of floor potential are “L.A. Christ” and the longest track “Trapped In […]

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John Tejada – The Predicting Machine (Kompakt 267 – 2012)

In the last decade John Tejada’s productivity was something to match, making it pretty difficult to keep track of his numerous publications. Compared to the previous he moves at a considerably slower pace, with not so tense schedule and has found a new home label with Kompakt, where he released LP “Parabolas” last year.For “The Predicting Machine” the question was if it is not too predictable? Because of Kompakt’s recent shift to pop-electronica, I had the fear of being encountered with a compromise product. The tonality of the LP is rather smooth but all other worries are largely unfounded. Emotionally […]

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Surgeon / Svreca : Skirt – Untitled (SEMANTICA 50 – 2012)

A collective effort on Semantica’s number 50, which does not indicate the extent of the label’s catalog with arithmetics seeming quite chaotic – but rather emphasizing the weight of the release with techno luminaries like Surgeon and Svreca plus the rising star Skirt. Especially Anthony Child’s appearance on the label has been long overdue, given the impressive stream of techno producers making a stopover on Semantica.Not the ordinary bangers one might be expect from the Madrid label. Instead all artist leave the fast lane of techno highway and pull ahead on a backdrop of abstract noises. Surgeon’s hypnotic sparseness in […]

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Ricardo Donoso – Assimilating The Shadow (Digitalis DIGIV046 – 2012)

With the first album “Progress Chance” Ricardo Donoso, born in Rio de Janeiro and living in Boston, propelled into the consciousness of synth-crazy audience with anti-gravitational tunes for inner-self explorations. So after the splendid debut Donoso might have felt pressure in anticipation of “Assimilating The Shadow”.Adoring the debut, the second LP has been for me the most-awaited Digitalis release this year, and have to say that the result is astonishing again.Donoso continues to paint luminescent soundscapes, offering throughout “Assimilating The Shadow” meditative moments for a soundtrack of optic illusions. Actually no weak links on the vinyl double pack of 10 […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Endasilasie (Abdulla Rashim Records ARR003 – 2012)

To be released in October 2012 Endasilasie, geographically located at latitude 14.1 degrees north of the equator and longitude 38.3 degrees east of the prime meridian, in the Northern part of Ethiopia. A distant place which may reveal, or may not, something about the origin of Abdulla Rashim, his real ID hitherto unknown. Ethiopia would be a perfect setting for “Endasilasie 1”, for getting inspired by the clear nightly skies over the barren mountainous landscape. While admiring spatial beauty it’s good to dream about boarding a starliner for explorations in the Saturnian dust. Humming and droning at restrained pace, the […]

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08/2012: Forward Strategy Group, SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL, Aardvarck

A selection of ten new releases listed by Juno in August. Large headline in Techno Today would exclaim “Perc Trax did it again”, with a vinyl selection from Forward Strategy Group’s recent album. Metal is shining in the “Labour Division EP2” and also check out beautiful “Ident”.With riddim journeys of the “Call From Below” SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL might seem a rara avis in the roster of Digitalis, but in fact it’s just another example of the versatility of the Oklahoma label.Aardvarck’s “Nubian” was the bass record of the month, another great release by the Dutch producer. Bronze Age, EDMX, Bad News, Cut Hands, Vakula, […]

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