DUST OFF: DJ Jokke (Radiomafia) – Relief & Cajual Mix (1995)

Now when Strut has released a truly essential compilation “Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere & Cajual Records 1992-2012” featuring the highlights of Chicago’s second wave label Cajual, it’s time for a little flashback. Fond memories from the hot night of 29 July 1995. She had already fallen asleep in the other room and I decided to stay awake for a while, to tune into the Radiomafia channel transmitted from Helsinki. Hearing “Enter The Dragon” and “Flash” for the first time, the tracks struck me like a lightning. What followed was about 30 minutes of pure audio sex. It was a good […]

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Mitchbal & Larry Williams – Jack The House (Still Music STILLM035 – 2012)

“Jack The House” is a manifesting track title for Chicago house, used by Fast Eddie, Femme Fion and probably many others. All that is about the jack and the house. Working together in various productions, Mitchbal and Larry Williams recorded in 1987 their own “Jack The House”, now being released for the first time by Still Music. For a remix duty they managed to attract no lesser than Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, who hits with Kevlar bass line and decorates sweaty Chicago Warehouse with Rimini disco balls. Because of italo factor it could be placed in the […]

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Part I: Tommi Grönlund (Sähkö) interviewed by Alien Underground (1994)

Click to enlarge A copy of London techno and hardcore zine Alien Underground, predecessor of Datacide magazine, was an appreciated souvenir from a trip to London in 1994. In addition to a number of reviews and articles it features also an interview with Tommi Grönlund, the founder of Sähkö Recordings. The second part is here. It was the time when Pan Sonic was Panasonic and therefore finding an appropriate track to this post is not difficult.

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Skirt – Tumulto (Shifted Remix Part One) (SEMANTICA 27B – 2012)

Release date is in November 2012 Skirt aka Bethany Busto, from Texas, US and Birmingham, UK, has decided to stay connected with Semantica, after a collaboration with Svreca on the label’s release number 50. Following again the principle of random numbering Semantica 27B will be a single-sided release featuring the first part of Shifted’s remix of Skirt’s track “Tumulto”. Kicking off as a mid-tempo half-stepper the bass fills the room with boom for a techno cut similar to “Ganymede” and “Clytha” by Truss. However “Tumulto”  feels a bit too static and incomplete, which might be explained with the second part probably waiting in […]

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Andreas Gehm – What’s On Ur Mind EP (Mathematics MRI64 – 2012)

Mathematics Recordings really deserve close attention as they excel with quality output coming from Jamal Moss and his consorts both from the US and overseas. German producer Andreas Gehm has been affiliated with the imprint before and after a joint effort with the legendary Steve Poindexter, the German drops another four-track tool in the Chicago vein. Having obtained recognition with his acidic blasts under the Elec Pt. 1 alias with releases on Bunker, Kommando6 or Psycho Thrill, Gehm has chosen a smoother and acid house-inclined approach in his recent productions and the new EP on Mathematics features classy Chicago house tracks with a hint […]

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Nick Simoncino – The Other Side (Finale Sessions FS011 – 2012)

Release date is in October 2012 “OTP Party Breaks #4”, a pretty decent job in the footsteps of the eighties disco-house, was in 2010 an incidental purchase and my first meeting with Nick Simoncino’s music. Thereafter the Italian DJ and producer has put out a steady flow of releases, including on Mathematics and L.I.E.S., and increasingly shown affection for the canons of Chicago and Detroit.He is also commuting between those two cities in “The Other Side”, a three-track EP out soon on Finale Sessions. With the title track “Symphony Of Brotherhood” he has programmed an ample tech house groover and the […]

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Metasplice – Decant (Morphine Records doser015 – 2012)

Hardly any daylight penetrates to an Antarctic polar station where experiments with hazardous substances of extragalactic origin are conducted in “Decant / Churn”, for another proof how Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records is obsessively exploring the fringes of electronics. This time under discharge is the second tankful by Philadelphia’s abstract techno crusaders Metasplice, already taking no prisoners in the debut EP “Topographical Interference”. Current brain-straining exercise is introduced with machinery malfunction of worst kind in “Decant”. After minutes of deformed noise and tension-fueling claps, the valves are gradually opened to release the steam, guided by tin-dipped percussion for a mental build-up. In “Churn” all systems […]

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Mr Raoul K – Mande (Still Music STILLMDLP007 – 2012)

Release date is in October 2012 A world citizen has returned to the home and reached an essential station in his musical career when after an inspiring trip to Mr Raoul K’s native Côte d’Ivoire his new album “Mande” is published on Chicago’s fine label Still Music. Already with the first releases on his own Baobab imprint Mr Raoul K showed increasingly more qualities than just being “mysterious” and “exotic” Lübeck-based producer of African origin. Despite of pursuing a moderate release schedule he quickly became a preferred deep house producer in Germany, his Wahlheimat since 1992. Now Raoul Konan N’dah Kouassi has completed […]

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Altar Eagle – Nightrunners (Digitalis DIGIV047 – 2012)

Altar Eagle. At first instance there was something uncanny in the name, good for a grim species overlooking humble crowd in a sanctuary, feeling very Gothic.The truth is the opposite when the duo consisting of Brad Rose and his wife Eden Hemming Rose have completed a beautiful pop album in the sidelines of running ever-surprising Digitalis label.The first impression of “Nightrunners” is that it’s made of the same fabric as Paco Sala’s recent debut LP on Digitalis: The same harmonic synth and smudged guitar setup combined with sultry female voice sounded very familiar. However Altar Eagle is operating on the next […]

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