Svreca – Hagagatan Remixed (SEMANTICA 33B – 2012)

To conclude the year 2012 Semantica revisits an annihilating track from the label’s 2012 catalog when Svreca’s “Hagagatan” has been handed over to three producers for reshaping. Unlike in the original, bang and boom are not in the main role in the release which offers more varied sounds. Stroboscopic Artefacts boss Lucy is on a warm-up mission when checks in with a sneaking drone and subsequently finds the way through the scrapyard with heavy-stepping drum pattern and hi-hats.The pace is picked up by Russia’s Alexey Volkov who shows talent in recovering essential elements of Semantica’s sound hitting with untamed and bass-saturated version […]

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Discoverer – Tunnels (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV044 – 2012)

“Tunnels” would not be a stranger in a living room where the father-in-law proudly demonstrates a worn-out copy of Tangerine Dream and, with a sad note in his voice, recalls bygone times. To cheer him up and add some Christmas touch to the atmosphere, just give a spin to the recent album on Digitalis.Despite of running a roster of lesser known artists the label from Tulsa does nothing accidental. With “Tunnels” they continue explorations in the vastness of synth-based music with a new artist from Kansas City.Behind Discoverer is Brandon Knocke who admits the passion for former times, going back to the 1980s […]

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George Paar – Despertar Con Otro Nombre (Par Wax PRW004 – 2013)

Release date is in January 2013 Montevideo is calling again when the catalog of Par Wax, a techno outpost in the Southern hemisphere, is extended with the fourth vinyl release. The four-tracker from Uruguay offers two originals by the label manager George Paar aka Jorge Castillo plus two remixes of the opening track.Paar has found a new direction when gradually ditching the generic droning techno textures, heard in previous Par Wax releases, for more varied compositions.Still thunder and hiss are firmly in the place in “La Llamada a Los Albores del Amanecer” which is a floating wildlife-inspired tune travelling at 125 BPM above […]

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Various – Nonnative 03 (Semantica NNN03 – 2012)

Release date is 17 December 2012 For the third strike in Semantica’s Nonnative series, the Madrid label has again summoned four non-Spanish producers for unabashed techno sessions. The game is opened by the Italian master of droning techno Giorgio Gigli (Zooloft, Prologue), who has not changed his preferences and lurks in the catacombs in „Reflections“, a hybrid of bass, hi-hats and ambient background. Then it’s the turn of Cassegrain who in “Sennit” have calibrated the bass for the maximum floor impact and tampered the microchip groove of their recent Killekill release, dropping a mindblowing peak hour tool – a tip […]

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Deka (terminal313.net) in the mix: Abstraktsioonide öö Vol. 7

The 7th edition of Abstraktsioonide öö (Night of Abstractions) was held last weekend in Tallinn with an impressive line-up of local and visiting artists. Mihkel Tomberg presented his debut CDr “I” with a solid live set and the dark room also witnessed sound explorations by Iceland’s Ruxpin and by local acts Rajaleidja & Mava (Joel Tammik & Madis Vahtramäe), Derrida+1 and Tencu. The bar stage included DJ sets by Russia’s Jana Dark & Nore-B, spanning from EBM to M’s “Razzia”. On the decks were Marcel Düšess & Wim Grover, Aivar Tõnso, and Tehnoloog, celebrating his return to the DJing with […]

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Truss – Splot (Our Circula Sound OCS 006 – 2012)

Recently Truss aka Tom Russell has gained plaudits from the crowds with his acid techno project MPIA3. But he has not shelved the initial alias either, presenting now his second release for Sigha’s Our Circula Sound.Heavy rotation can be predicted for the kicking and stomping title track „Splot“, which does not challenge any speed limits but makes a massive impression in the best tradition of the harder side Detroit and Robert Armani. Then “Auden” we have met before, as Sverca’s remix on Truss’s previous release for Our Circula Sound. The original is in no hurry when driven by metallic and deep percussion, fitting well to the […]

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Hierolglyphic Being – The Lost Transmission EP (Morphine Records doser014 – 2012)

Jamal Moss’s starting point was in Chicago, where he, a South Side boy born in 1973, at a tender age of twelve witnessed the evolution laid out in Ron Hardy’s Music Box. Across industrial and new wave, without leaving unnoticed Larry Heard’s Gherkin Jerks project, he became an electronic artist with very distinguished sound. Given his urge for experiments, Moss’s affiliation with Morphine Records is not surprising and the newest contribution is brought to us under the Hieroglyphic Being guise. A-side’s “The Lost Transmission” is a challenging track, terminus for the club sound where the door is firmly shut for any harmonies […]

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Staffan Linzatti – The Confirmer (Chronicle EVENT0003 – 2012)

Chronicle is a rather new sub-label of the US imprint Thema focusing on more stripped-down fare, or “heavy hard grooves” as they put it. Already the debut release, “The Return” by Detroit’s own Terrence Dixon aka Population One, sent a strong message about the ambitions of the label. After the Japanese producer Imugem Orihasam Chronicle’s third installment comes now from Sweden’s Staffan Linzatti.Although Linzatti is not blazing any new trails in the contemporary techno, his courage to backtrack the foundations of looped techno should be acknowledged. Because this EP could easily stem from Axis or M-Plant catalog of the 1990s, […]

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