Demdike Stare – Testpressing#001 (Modern Love Love085 – 2013)

New full moon sessions by Demdike Stare, the act consisting of Miles Whitaker (check also his debut LP on Modern Love) and Sean Canty, whose extraordinary courage for wicked sound explorations have attributed to them a cult status. The duo’s two-tracker inaugurates a new series on Modern Love’s labeled as Testpressing, which kicks off with two sides full of insane electronics.In “Collision” after an apocalyptic intro seismic bass seizes the power and throws us back to the heyday of drum’n’bass, in a heavy and noisy interpretation. On the flip “Misappropriation” is a clear winner with a captivating slow-motion percussive revelry […]

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Various – Solid Roots (3TH001 – 2013)

Release date is 20 April 2013 Straight outta Potsdamerstrasse in Berlin, 3TH is a new label set up by Repitch guys Ascion and D. Carbone as well by the new kid Lucindo. “Solid Roots” marks the label’s first sonic raid by the four-member special squad. The EP’s four tight and corrosive cuts are introduced by D. Carbone’s banging “Stochastic Acid Theory” where a swarm of killer bees is being exposed to unknown substances evaporated from a secret lab.The second track on the A-side comes from 3TH, which stands not only for the name of the label but also for an artist, whose […]

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Violetshaped – Violetshaped LP (Violet Poison VPN 001LP – 2013)

Techno fashionistas believe that violet is en vogue this season. Actually the first indication about the trend was seen last year when Violet Poison brought out a selection of Violetshaped remixes by the dark side specialists Vatican Shadow, Roly Porter and Kangding Ray. Original mixes of that release along with the new material are now out on an album encompassing eight cuts on double vinyl.Violetshaped itself is a collaboration of Shapednoise, Berlin’s hardliner at the helm of Repitch Recordings, and of an unknown identified as Violet Poison. Now with percussive and dark “Violetshaped LP” the act has created a monumental piece […]

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Oscar Mulero – Accelerometer Operation Principle (SEMANTICA 49 – 2013)

Experience speaks when Oscar Mulero, acclaimed protagonist of the Spanish techno and DJ since 1988  comes with his first solo EP for the hometown outlet Semantica. Having done a split release with the label head Svreca in 2009, the man from Madrid keeps the party going, starting with the cold mechanical throbbing in “Body Of Interest”. Gentle bleeps in “Damper” remind of Sandwell District’s fare while on the B-side “Spring” takes the EP to slower and funkier spheres and stepping “Proof Mass” gets extra weight with abstract noise particles and spaced out pads.B1.Oscar Mulero-Spring.Semantica49 by Oscar MuleroBuy directly from SemanticaBuy […]

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 001 (HDL001 – 2013)

The debut of the Headless Horseman imprint is a worthy reincarnation of the 19th-century fiction hero as the dark raver. Anonymous three-tracker offers proper techno with fair amount of variations in the shadier side of the electronic music.Decapitated Centaur leads us to the territories covered by psychedelic dust when all begins with the jangling stepper “Chatterton Hill” which is pretty close to Regis’s exploits on Blackest Ever Black. Straightforward floor action is served by “Hessian” with dark kicks and crackling noise layers while bewitched sub-bass and fierce stabs in “Sleepy Hollow” remind of  Cassegrain’s and Goth-Trad’s handwriting. Impressive. Buy vinyl […]

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Leven Signs – Hemp Is Here (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 – 2013)

Once again I would like to meet Zakaria in Sefrou. On a Friday night when the harira stalls are open in the dusky side streets we bump into each other amid lively noise of the central market. He, with a smile short of some teeth, shows good command of English and fondly recalls the days when Jimi Hendrix was around, and not only him. Zakaria comes from the Moroccan hippie generation and knows the power of guitars and hand claps. We both might not have heard about Leven Signs but it’s never too late to learn about the enticing music […]

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