Hypnosaurus – Untitled / (Re-Played) by Hieroglyphic Being (Porridge Bullet ‎PB006 – 2013)

Technically taken it’s a reissue but not of the type of glossy deluxe editions people are fooled with. The 12-inch, now out on Porridge Bullet imprint, is a reproduction of the material released in 1991 as a friends-only run of 20 cassettes by the Estonian act Hypnosaurus with Aivar Tõnso (keyboards, tapes) and Railo Pals (drums). Also known as Hüpnosaurus, the act later consisted of Tõnso and Raul Saaremets (aka Ajukaja), both till our days playing a pivotal role in the Estonian electronic scene. In 2004 they issued a best-of compilation on Ulmeplaadid.Going back to the beginnings, in the presence of […]

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Ulwhednar – Withatten 1892 (Northern Electronics ‎NE3 – 2013)

At the end of the 19th century lumberjacks in Northern Sweden claimed seeing something deep down in the woods. They were as frightened as the new vicar with pale complexion, another eyewitness who left the place soon after that.They could not predict that the gloomy atmosphere of 1892 was reproduced 110 years later by Ulwhednar, in Norse tales a warrior carrying wolf pelt in the battle. Now the Swedish electronics label Northern Electronics has excavated Ulwhednar’s pagan drones and cold whispers to give a lesson of genuine darkness rooted in the Nordic mythology.The five-tracker is a macabre piece of slowly flowing minimalistic noise tied to […]

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BLACKNECKS 002 (Blacknecks BLKN002 – 2013)

It might well have been the weekend when the two UK garage heroes, after refusing to play only handbag and hardbag, were turned down by a West End banker wedding. Out of frustration they might have retreated to a Walthamstow flat to give birth to the second edition of Blacknecks, another sacrifice to the techno gods.The faint-hearted should seek cover when the noisy A-side opens with “Death Before Eastenders” a distorted fat bastard screaming and pumping like hell. “Life For Rent” is a squeaking jam pushed by acidic additives and childish gremlin vocal samples. But real volcanos erupt on the […]

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Stingray313 – NKKtwo_2 ([NakedLunch] NL 015 – 2013)

Supreme productions of Stingray313 aka Gerard Ingram in contemporary electro and his strong previous outing on [NakedLunch] were clearly good omens for a follow-up on the same label. The man with a mission to foster Detroit electro clearly lives up to expectations although might be perceived on a surprisingly melodic tip. The first tones of “NKKtwo_2” radiate the spirit of UR (“Dark Energy”) and slightly melancholic track seeks the depths of bass with flickering synth stabs on tribalistic percussion. He shows some more teeth in “NKKK4_2”, a futuristic jam which rides on ascending chords and loops towards the sea of […]

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Population One – The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form (‎REDUCTION ONE – 2013)

After vagabonding across the labels of the world Terrence Dixon’s search for a theorem of perfect minimalism has now led him to own personal imprint called Reduction, a move long overdue in the light of his prolific output in recent years. The label’s first EP “The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form”comes under the Population One moniker, whereas the deep blue center label reminds of the design of Dixon’s seminal “Minimalism” from 1995.Parallels are not limited to the artwork. By sound Dixon goes back to the beginnings of his career and applies bravely loop structures from the very heart […]

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Ascion – The Cybernetic Drama (3TH Records 3TH002 – 2013)

Ascion from the Repitch crew is in acceleration phase with the new imprint 3TH Records. After a various artists EP with the posse he now defines “The Cybernetic Drama” by reaching back to the techno history for inspiration.The A-side is clearly for the restless of the night and the title cut “The Cybernetic Drama” is carried by the atmospheric spirit of Millsian Something In The Sky project while thrusting “San Gennaro” aligns with rough loop tools of early Downwards. The flip side moves in a more restricted mood with abrasive industrial beats in “Inhibitor” and melancholic tones in “Xatatonic State” […]

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Fabrizio Lapiana – Antimatter 1 (Attic Music Attic001 – 2013)

Release date is in September 2013 Fabrizio Lapiana, the founder of Attic Music, launches a new series called Antimatter and the first of three releases features two tracks by the man himself plus a remix by Berlin’s dark knight Milton Bradley.“Stress” is pure juggernaut techno where a brutal bass line lends vintage Midwest feel to the track, proudly reminding of early DJ Skull and Mike Henk. The storming mood is abruptly changed by “Serotonin”, a smudged intro touching the realms of ambient and later moving between a mash-up of Underworld’s “Mmm … Skyscraper I Love You” and early Plastikman. For […]

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Don’t DJ – rɪð.əm (Diskant DISK06 – 2013)

Diskant has been a highly satisfying label for anybody fond of drum-obsessed rhythms, when we only recall vigorous output by The Durian Brothers and Harmonious Thelonious. Don’t DJ remains faithful to the label’s values with a new five-tracker called “rɪð.əm”, which is a phonetic disguise of “Rhythm”. The act is composed of one-fourth of Institut Für Feinmotorik and one-third of The Durian Bothers, which actually means there is one man behind the Don’t DJ project, Florian Meyer. The vinyl-only EP with 500 copies pressed starts with intense drumming subject to sudden tempo changes in “Drob” while A2 track “looppool” emerges like […]

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Various – Nonnative 05 (SEMANTICA NNN 05 – 2013)

Nordic craftsmanship on the A-side of the Semantica’s fifth Nonnative release. For the start deep bass expert Juho Kusti from Helsinki narrates about “Twin Oaks”, throwing in sprawling dubs of Helical Scan standard and advancing confidently with swinging synth sequences, only distracted by deliberate cacophony at the mid-track.Hailing from the cellars of Stockholm, S100 are twinning by sound with fellow Swedes SHXCXCHCXSH when they create in “Ssabbron” strobe-dominated black atmosphere with monotone old-school acid buzz and repetitive minimalist signalling.On the flip Japan’s Imugem Orihasam researches the depths of “Excessive Self-Consciousness” with a trippy cut diffusing mechanical coldness and Semantica’s local Madrid scene […]

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Drvg Cvltvre – Everything Oblivion (Radio Kobayashi RKR 002 – 2013)

Dirty bass & electro cuts by Dutch producer Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre who has considerably dropped the BPM rate compared to his RA-X years but not lost any intensity.Drvg Cvltvre’s coarse production style features rave-smelling hallucinating house keys in moderately paced cuts (“Movnt Doom”, “Shaped Like A Cross Pt. 1”) but any hopes for a slo-mo trip are ruined by “Sanctvary’s End”, a povnding monvnental cvt with svbtle EBM notes and also pyromaniac theme “I Set Fires To Feel Joy” kicks like hell.Transmitted from the digital imprint Radio Kobayashi the EP carries confusingly the same title as Drvg Cvltvre’s […]

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