Paul Birken and Freddy Fresh – Midwest Whippersnappers EP (Earwiggle EAR003 – 2012)

Billions of dollars of income from the agriculture with thousands of jobs in the sector, this is US Midwest. Hundreds of no-nonsense techno releases by a bunch of artists, this is US Midwest – if we only think of Woody McBride, DJ Slip, Mike Henk and others. Now two influential 1990s quarterbacks have returned to the pitch and cheer up the raving community with a strong four-tracker on Sunil Sharpe’s Earwiggle imprint. Freddy Fresh and Paul Birken have not lost any skills over the time and introduce the EP with “The Fate Of Thirty Eight”, a gritty analog assault with plenty […]

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Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision with Mike Huckaby, Silent Servant, DVS1 Remixes (THEMA033 – 2012)

The year 2012 has been marked by Terrence Dixon’s domination, as we have seen a rush of releases by him, particularly the excellent new album on Tresor. Most recently a glimpse to the history books has been offered by Delsin when they reissued two Population One tracks. Now comes another blast from the past when US label Thema has dusted off a seminal release from 1995 and offered it for reinterpretations. “Minimalism” was a statement when issued by Utensil and from the original four-tracker not surprisingly the A2 cut has been selected for the remixes by three US artists. Mike Huckaby, […]

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DJ Deka PMP! Mix Vol. 1 (22 September 2012)

Long-long before operating in the cyberspace as Terminal 313, the owner of this blog was deeply involved in the techno scene of Estonian university town Tartu, and later also in Tallinn. Performing with my friend as Deka & Free sound system we delivered numerous hardcore and acid moments to the crowd from 1992 to 1994. My later gigs as DJ Deka were rather rare and stopped entirely around the year 2000. Now after a long hiatus a young promoter Hugo invited the old warhorse to a comeback in September this year. It was a bit shaky after such a long […]

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Mikkel Metal – Fron (SEMANTICA 48 – 2012)

By sound picture it can be called a predictable appearance by Mikkel Metal, the man mainly associated with the dub techno outlet Echocord. The Danish artist has now arrived on Semantica to, once again, express his affection for dubby chords. Although representing the laid-back compartment of Semantica’s catalogue, the new signing on the Spanish imprint still delivers three tracks with notable dancefloor functionality.Focused on repetition, the A-side’s “Mafostam” seems to loop endlessly and serves as an introduction to two pretty cuts on the flip. The highlight is called “Staron”, an effective tool to conquer the crowd’s hearts and minds with […]

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MPIA3 – Your Orders (R&S Records RS1211 – 2012)

Actually it was only a matter of time when the label with the horse meets up-and-coming acid techno advocate from London. From 1990 onwards R&S Records heavily contributed to the foundations of the European techno and therefore signing with MPIA3 an artist reanimating the sounds from that era is a lovely idea. So after two stunning EPs on Avian, MPIA3 drops six fierce tracks for the Belgian cult label, which has not experienced such a gallop since its revival. “Your Orders” is dedicated to distorted acid workouts and we go straight to the real business when the double pack is introduced with […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Secret Thirteen Mix 042 (2012)

There are thorns in the beds of roses knows Camella Lobo when presents a new mix for the Lithuanian webzine Secret Thirteen. Known as the musical partner of Juan Mendez in Tropic Of Cancer, Lobo expresses her fondness for the industrial and wave scene across the years. The tracklist features  a number of darkside fiends like Silent Servant, Raime, Rene Hell, Collin Gorman Weiland, Chris & Cosey, Demdike Stare, and, of course, Tropic Of Cancer.

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10/2012: Terrence Dixon, Matti Turunen, War Easy Made

Detroit’s Terrence Dixon is the undisputed champion of the Terminal 313 Juno Chart for October. Both the vinyl and CD versions of the “From The Far Future Pt. 2” are strong statements about the persistence of Detroit’s traditions and Dixon’s distinctive programming.On the second spot is Muhk Music, a new label based in Sweden,  which made a brilliant debut with Matti Turunen‘s “Elokuu”.No idea why War Easy Made is called as it is but the German label treats the dark techno faction with sub-bass in “The Internecine Truth”. Metasplice from Philadelphia, USA tests on Morphine Records again the cyborg ballroom with “Decant”. […]

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Riviera – Sr11 E.P. (Muscle Records MUSCLE001 – 2012)

Not sure if this black label four-tracker will create fuss in tourist hotspots of Riviera. Although coming from Italy the act keeps distance to the glamorous party scene and, after having pumped up the muscles in a no-frills gym, hits with a Spartan techno slam. The debut release of Muscle Records is about solid analog rumble, like in the opener “Amme” which is built of DJ Skull-style skitzo-frantic bass line and synthetic effects we know from recent output of analog fiends Frak. Bass continues the journey in distorted mode in “Repitions” that might find liking among Dance Mania fans.On the […]

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Terrence Dixon – From The Far Future Pt. 2 (Tresor 256 LP – 2012)

Ever since 1995 when Terrence Dixon created the genre-defining “Minimalism” on Detroit’s Utensil Records, I have closely followed his progression in the world of techno. After a timeout at the end of the last decade he is now operating in full capacity. The year 2012 has been very prolific for Dixon with a number of new releases or reissues, on Harbour City Sorrow, Delsin, Chronicle and other labels, either under his own name or under Population One moniker. On top of that a new album is out on Tresor with the vinyl and CD versions being largely different having only […]

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Drexciya – Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller III (Clone Records C#CC024cd/lp – 2012)

Release date is in January 2013 Clone Records becomes once again the center of the electro-loving world and drops the third instalment in the “Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller” series. For long, the seminal Detroit electro act Drexciya hasn’t needed any introduction and the upcoming package features again a number of excellent tracks signed by the master of underwater sonic journeys. Eerie intro “Smokey’s Illegitimate Report” from the “The Return of Drexciya” is a perfectly fitting opener for the release containing of mix of harder floor-oriented and dreamy tracks from Drexciya’s extensive back catalog. Covering both the rougher side, represented by “The Countdown […]

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