Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 002 (HDL002 – 2013)

“Decapitation” is the best cure for the bored. The opener of the new Headless Horseman hits with cold-blooded synth swirl mounted on throbbing and kicking bass and sharp claps. A sinister and rampant techno cut and the most convincing achievement of the ghost of a Hessian trooper so far.Extra help is engaged in the dark dealings of “Graveyard” when Perc’s no-nonsense rework covers the place with the textures of booming industrial techno before the original “Graveyard” leads the cavalcade to the terminal point with half-stepping rhythm.In my view the necromantic connotations do not sound very creative here, but musically Headless […]

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NX1 – NX1 05 (NX105 – 2013)

Release date is in June 2013 NX1 is a two-man act consisting of Spanish producers Samot and Surit who proceed in impressive manner to the fifth installment of the NX1 series on the self-titled label.Creeping out of the night is bold and percussive “013”, where floating pads meet the track’s grim foundations. Pumping more fuel to the floor, “014” is a storming and repetitive piece for (re)discovering rave monster in yourself, featuring again some atmospheric elements in the back.But the best is yet to come when “015” emerges from the smokescreen and grows into a clattering and pumping cut with […]

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Dez Williams – The Angel Maker EP (Earwiggle EAR004 – 2013)

Sunil Sharpe’s Dublin-based imprint Earwiggle has a strong physical connotation in its pursuit for electronic music. They press vinyl (digital also available) and prefer sounds that don’t leave people just standing at the wall. Recent example is “The Angel Maker EP” by Dez Williams, succeeding the brilliant “Midwest Whippersnappers EP” by Freddie Fresh and Paul Birken. As a techno artist Dez Williams goes in “The Angel Maker” beyond the generic 4/4 stuff  and even in the harder cuts he’s not afraid of using softer pads. However the opener “Underground Persistent” offers smoking acid house, hitting up the pulse with a classic bass […]

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HALL OF FAME. Adam X: “Brooklyn is hardcore” (interview in Frontpage, November 1992)

Adam Mitchell aka Adam X is one of the few survivors of the early 1990’s techno scene not thinking about the retirement. The Brooklyn native and current Berlin resident runs the Sonic Groove label for cutting-edge techno sounds and keeps himself busy with new releases, as Adam X and under the Traversable Wormhole moniker. Recently a few interesting write-ups have been published about him, like Richard Brophy’s feature “Fusing the past with the future” on Juno Plus or Adam X’s thoughts about his early musical influences for the Tea and Techno blog. Here comes a call from the past: As […]

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Ed Chamberlain – Untitled (SEMANTICA 52 – 2013)

Ed Chamberlain’s second visit to Semantica with an IDM and electro EP that belongs to the more placid department of the Madrid label. Across three tracks Chamberlain, who once ran his own Baselogic imprint, admits his preference for the melodic and intelligent side of electronic music. The “Place” is an example of finely textured electro with blossoming pads and accentuated bass while “Somefind” is expressive electronica with acid drops, akin to former Toytronic output. Dramatically titled “Landmine” starts with a space mission countdown and takes off to a helium-fuelled trip. Chamberlain’s sound engineering seems pretty close to Plant43, another artist […]

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Teersom – Tia/No (Keys Of Life 025 – 2013)

At first glance, “Tia” makes deliberately an odd impression with shaky percussion and electromagnetic disturbance, as of low-end equipment would have been used. But this is just a transient disguise before Teersom’s 12-inch on Sähkö’s sublabel Keys Of Life reveals its very essence and brings deep and fresh sounds to today’s techno. In “Tia” bruised drum set works relentlessly like perpetuum mobile across twelve minutes. Controlled by eroded beats and refracted loops, “Tia” would be a perfect match to “Space Pong” or “Aquatic” by Berlin’s T++. The flipside does not release us from the airtight cylinder either when “No” addresses the floor with […]

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George Paar & Giorgio Gigli – Life Is Not Dead Yet (Par Wax PRW 05 – 2013)

Release date is in May 2013 George Paar’s imprint from Montevideo continues the vinyl series with a two-tracker featuring the label boss himself and a renowned guest from Italy, Giorgio Gigli. The slab of plastic provides droning floor experience for about twenty minutes. The original of the both macabre and optimistic title “Life Is Not Dead Yet” is a grim and sizzling tale for the people of the night. On the B-side the Giorgio Gigli’s variation turns up the speed for another pressurized exercise. For the fans. Buy vinyl from Music-Head

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1DERL& – Intertwined EP (Processed PRCSD005 – 2013)

Estonian producer Margus Löve aka 1DERL&, to be pronounced Wonderland, was formerly known as dubstepper L-OW but switched to house and techno with the album called “Reflection”, out in 2012. With “Intertwined EP” his Processed imprint drops the first wax release with four remixes of the album material.The LP spanned from generic tech house to dub techno and “Intertwined EP” offers a mixed bag of sounds too. Whereas the pounding B-side is obvious winner, launched with Mattias Fridell’s giant bass and dubbed out chords in “Section Zero”. Techno crowd is even more satisfied when “Vaporized” is handled by Ness, operating with edgy synth […]

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[PHYSICS] – Spectramorphic Iridescence (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV051 – 2013)

If a release is called “Spectramorphic Iridescence” one can expect commuting in scientific trails between the campus and the physics lab. Especially when the album is by [PHYSICS].Lush synth waves penetrating the room in “Anodyne Dream” are slightly misleading because the following compositions derive from floating wellness music and seek more complex structures.Already “Gender Amplification” opens up to oscillations, swaying drum patterns and broken vocal samples. Short “Random Water” is a melting pot of ambient house and free jazz while synthetic drums in “Isosceles Trapezoid” lead us to indigenous tribes dwelling in “Emerald Forest” or in “Hydrazine”.Synth layers emerge once […]

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Adam X – Coercive Persuasion EP (SCR Dark Series SCR-D002 – 2013)

American techno trouper and current Wahlberliner Adam X comes with a two-tracker on Suicide Circus sublabel SCR Dark Series. A-side’s “Coercive Persuasion” is pure industrial bondage with aggressive stabs and samples of grim robovoice  laid on throbbing bass. Only those occasional guitar strings seem a bit out of place.After having satisfied the hardliners, Adam X lets the mood to change on the flip. Still bass-driven, “Deprogramming Sequence” floats back to techno’s retro days with string and bell arrangements and ravey effects. Dim the lights and go with the flow. Read also an interview with Adam X, translated from the November 1992 […]

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