Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart Object EP (Reaktivate RKTV001 – 2013)

When after a number of digital releases a record label seeks tangible output for its ideas and emotions, it’s like coming of age. The same applies to the vinyl debut of the Portuguese imprint Reaktivate, which presents for the vinyl challenge a rookie from Colombia and several household names on the remix side.Astronomical Telegram, alter ego of Daniel Restrepo from Medellin, is responsible for the title track. The slamming original is a sinister introduction and breathes the same air with darker techno productions, albeit not fully avoiding some cliches, making it a suitable companion for poorly lit places.The remix section […]

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Various – Dead Architect Series: Portfolio One (Modularz12 – 2013)

Difficult to pick a favorite from this crop as the tracks are equally strong. We have a rather dreamy start for a Modularz release when Eduardo de la Calle picks delicate dubs and warm chords from his recent Semantica (like “Quasi Calligraphic 9”). But Elyas slams with bass and dark textures for a secret techno rite, as does Takaaki Itoh with a monumental drop and stinging sequences. Spain’s Adriana Lopez closes the first installment of the portfolio with a solid techno tool. Extra points go to the conceptual title of the series. Buy vinyl from Juno

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Gaja – Patterns (Repitch RPTC01 – 2013)

Release date is in August 2013 Repitch is pushing forward to the highly dynamic techno by introducing new artist Gaja whose energetic debut EP works as a shrill wake-up call and reminds of the Downwards hegemony in the 1990’s. It’s all in flames when Gaja unlocks an evil sequence and distorted drum frenzy in the opener of “Patterns”. The monotone hammering of A2 escorts us through steelworks to the B-side which is rolled out with standard textures before overrun with distorted kicks and accentuated hi-hats. After the synth buzz in B2 the mind warp exercise is concluded with a straight […]

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Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival, Estonia (Sat August 3, 2013)

First mentioned in the Liber Census Daniae in 1241, the Kau Manor (Kõue mõis) in Estonia was originally a medieval vassal stronghold. The location dating back to the 13th century is an appropriate setting for a live performance by Ancient Methods, the lord of Berlin’s pitch black techno war funk. The place of action is an intimate but significant festival Kõue Heli, to be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at Kau Manor, about 50 kilometers South from Tallinn. Ancient Methods has managed to create unique sound combining harsh industrial riffs with complex rhythms for a devastating experience. As the […]

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Datura Dilema – Orbital (SUBSIST sub-d18 – 2013)

Apart from three vinyls in the beginning of its existence, Spanish imprint Subsist has focused on digital releases and might seem for wax-obsessed music lovers as a label “among others”. However having hosted several household names like Shxcxchcxsh, Stanislav Tolkachev, Elektrabel, etc., the label from Valencia deserves more attention. The newest material comes from the anonymous artist called Datura Dilema who has completed the second full-length after “Parque Universal Fin”, released in 2012. Enigmatic  flair covers the twelve tracks of “Orbital”, spanning from introductory drone “Nada” and high-octane floor burners “Pleyades Comunica”, “Ozono Gente” to the highlight of the release, […]

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Donor/Truss – Aber (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series MRECLTDGS05 – 2013)

New York-London connection at work again when Donor and Truss drop another collab, this time for M_Rec Ltd Grey Series. The vinyl-only EP follows Donor’s recent metronomic “H9” on Semantica and fits to Truss’ post-MPIA3 phase. Although it’s essentially a techno record it consists of two partitions: Both “Spacial” and “Aber” are darkroom species for a loud system with crackling textures, modulated voice ripples and heavy keys. Different approach prevails in other two: “Beneath”, which sounds very Donor, hovers closer to ambient and smudged abstractions with fragmented percussion while a pinch of cosmic funk is added to bleepy “Ease”. Buy […]

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Deka (Terminal313.net) DJ set at Kultuuritolm 2013, Tallinn, Estonia

Deka (Terminal313.net) DJ Mix at Kultuuritolm Festival 2013 in Tallinn by Terminal313 Tracklist: Mihkel Lüdig – Fuuga do minoor played by Hugo Lepnurm Smackos – Saturday Morning Plant43 – Bioluminiscent Trees DJ Naughty – Gigolo Style Faustian Pact – Critical Futurist Espion – MKYF Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – Telemacus Surgeon meets Vice – The Point Donor/Truss – Spacial Samuli Kemppi – Plasma Disco Tom Dicicco – Excavation i – L.T.B.C.Y.B. Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – Penelope Abdulla Rashim – Alem Maya 2 George Paar – Life Is Not Dead Yet (Giorgio Gigli Variation) Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart […]

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Sawf – Menete Inc. Yuji Kondo Remix (Perc Trax TPT059 – 2013)

Attention, “Menete” goes off the beaten track of current techno productions by reaching back to EBM textures with a pinch of dark aggression. Sawf is flying across the cyberspace with a stoned vocal sample and fictious guitars, good for rocking with Ministry to issue a headbanger alert.Then “Toolio” is a perfect match to Perc Trax’s trademark heavyweight fare while the B-side hits with Yuji Kondo’s shredded apocalyptic pounder, of the same high quality like his recent remix for DJ Skirt’s twelve on Semantica. Closing the show is a rhythmic medium-paced builder “Diin”. Occasionally I have had difficulties to get into Sawf’s releases […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Alem Maya EP (Abdulla Rashim Records ARR005 – 2013)

Next up on Abdulla Rashim’s imprint is another Ethiopian-themed release carrying the title “Alem Maya”. Across three tracks Rashim lifts off from the sea level, starting with A-side’s reverberated hiss and repetitive indigenous rhythm that sounds like a joint jam with The Durian Brothers.On the B-side Rashim reverts to earlier trippy productions with zigzagging drums, as “Alem Maya 2” is a functional floor monster. Cosmic dust and tribal textures are thrown over the repetitive final track. Buy vinyl from CloneBuy vinyl from Juno

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Plant43 – The Sentient City Awakens (SEMANTICA 54 – 2013)

UK artist Emile Facey operates the Plant43 moniker which is increasingly becoming a safe bet for harmonic albeit driving electro productions with a boom. Now Plant43 follows up its last year’s EP on Semantica with a five-tracker that remains faithful to the theme of the Sentient City. Rich textures and luminescent pads characterize the release, whereas the opener “Inward Stream” features the most aggressive kicks that gradually succumb to gentle layers. Aquatic flow of “Hydro Subway” another highlight that creates associations with Drexciya and the concluding “Frond Of Stars” is a beatless stretch of synth leads. Glimmering electro tracks with […]

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