Tuomas Rantanen – Nychthemeron in Madagascar EP (City Wall Records CW077 – 2013)

Madagascar, a remote island in warm oceanic waters where aye-ayes are cozily hiding in tree branches. It might be a perfect setting for a “Chill Out in the Paradise” soundtrack but Tuomas Rantanen, a student of philosophy from Tampere, Finland, believes in the opposite, in hidden magic and darker undercurrents.“Morning in Madagascar” is a rude wake-up call from techno’s bloodthirsty side where the origins of violent bass tap into the assaults launched recently by labels like Pennyroyal or Perc Trax. Starting as well with a dark ambient intro, “Day in Madagascar” does not allow any rest either when it’s pounding […]

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Jerome Derradji – A Bump In Da Raw (stilove4music037 – 2013)

Release date is in October 2013 Stilove4music is an offshoot of Chicago’s Still Music and boasts a sizable catalog of black-label house releases. Now the first 12-inch in 2013 is announced for October, produced by the label owner Jerome Derradji and expectedly inspired by the Windy City’s musical heritage. “Getloose” is hectic party fare for fast hip movement, like influenced by the recent showcase of Sunset Records Inc. on the parent label. A merrily rolling track for the disco house ballroom. But the real treat comes with the B-side’s gigantic bomb “Raw Bump”, which is a fierce tribute to Dance Mania monsters […]

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Beau Wanzer / Svengalisghost – Untitled (Russian Torrent Versions CCCP 02 – 2013)

The plot is clear: First the hammer hits the head and then the sickle cuts the throat. Decorated with communist visual identity on the logo side, the Russian Torrent Versions add another level to the immense hype surrounding Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. when the label’s shooting stars are engaged in a new series that looks very limited, maybe it even is.Sporting phony cyrillic letters and playing with the stereotypes of Russian internet behavior, two pals from the L.I.E.S.’s Chicago camp like it noisy and dirty. Especially when Beau Wanzer fills the A-side with two bouncing Trax-rooted workouts. Drum machine showdown “Hey […]

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Hannu Ikola – Triplane EP (Etherwerks ETHER 002 – 2013)

New techno from Finland: After the debut earlier this year, Helsinki-based Etherwerks owner Hannu Ikola comes with the second EP of three differently shaded tracks. Grim opener “Black Ingrained Dust” is exposed to the smog covering the industrialized wasteland and would easily join the camp of Repitch and Perc Trax. The B-side’s floor-animating “Escape Pod”  is the undisputed winner with Pan Sonic-esque inflated loops and a whiff of dub while at the end dubby chords in smoothly rolling “Pylon” hail the last days of summer. Buy vinyl/digital directly from EtherwerksBuy vinyl from Juno

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Wochtzchée – T400 (Wochtzchée – 2013)

Estonian producer Taavi Tulev is mostly known for his Wochtzchée project and has completed a new digital/CDr EP called “T400”. The textures of the title track indicate electronica sitting in the front row of the release with compositions moving between electronic clicks & cuts and deep modulations. In “Jääkiired / Ice Rays” fragile layers come up, hovering in the distance like aurora borealis in the Northern hemisphere while the shadowy side with some EBM notes appears in “Masinkaja Masinaga / Machine Delay With Machine”, later flowing into comforting electronica. Dissonant “Algusemaiguline lõpp / The End With A Taste Of Beginning” […]

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Various – Jerome Derradji Presents Kill Yourself Dancing (Still Music Stillmdcd010 – 2013)

One can’t deny unique aura of the Chicago house heritage and those archives seem endless, as tracks from the scene’s very young years resurface time after time.Still Music owner Jerome Derradji is on a mission to explore the vaults of the Windy City, now continuing the tour in Chicago’s b(l)ack catalog with the story of Sunset Records Inc. from 1985 to 1989.As expressed in jacking rhythms of the title track “Kill Yourself Dancing” by Razz, the compilation includes a cross-section of tunes that might have been ripe both for the US and Euro floors at the end of 1980s, as […]

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Various – Our Beat Is Still New (We Play House Recordings WPH NEW BEAT 1 – 2013)

Something for the class of 1988. The Belgium-born new beat phenomenon has remained, surprisingly, largely untouched by the high tides of revival. Now exactly a Belgian label We Play House has launched a series of mini compilations on the theme.“Agent Orange” is killing us softly with classic new beat synth stabs and Arabic sample centered on el purtugal or orange. The artist name Azab & Crybaby does not ring a bell but Juju & Jordash, the producers behind it, certainly do.On his road to the world fame, Anonymous Are DJ Ironfist has set up a clapping beat box parade in […]

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Abdulla Rashim & Axel Hallqvist – Sorunda (SEMANTICA 58 – 2013)

Release date is in September 2013 Two pristine tracks made in Sweden by Bondegatan’s boss Abdulla Rashim and newcomer Axel Hallqvist. This is techno but because of purity and transparency “Skog” could be a World Wildlife Fund approved composition, reflecting Rashim’s recent soundwriting for own imprint. Crystalline pads enjoy the company of velvety bass for offering pleasure both to sci-fi dreamers and floor addicts. B-side’s “Mark” goes more to the darker side with grated half-stepping beat. Buy vinyl from Bandcamp Buy vinyl from Juno

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Portable – Albatross Remixes (Süd Electronic SÜD-013 – 2013)

A release that should not be overlooked. Cape Town native Alan Abrahams aka Portable emerged during the much-cursed minimal craze in the noughties, though being among most remarkable proponents that time.Since 2002 Portable has been running own imprint Süd Electronic that dropped this spring impressive “Albatross Remixes”, which is definitely not worn out and even goes better with every play.The original features Portable’s modern bard qualities on deep-sea bass resonance. Kowton lifts the track to the realms of complex tech house while the B-side gets a brusque treatment by Detroit’s legendary Anthony “Shake” Shakir. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from […]

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SNTS – Chapter III (SNTS03 – 2013)

Italian SNTS imprint taps into the saturated market of droning techno with another anonymous release to supply dark moments to the floor. Despite of several genre tropes “Chapter III” will find a place in respective DJ bags. Starting  in “S7” with atmospheric loops and distant hum which reminds of recent Abdulla Rashim, it proceeds to foggy half-stepping “S8” and pulse-upping panic statement “S9”, to leave “End I” to conclude the game with flowing ambient. Grey marbled vinyl of 200 copies. Buy vinyl from Juno

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