D.Carbone Meets Honzo – In A Bipolar Disorder (3TH Records 3TH003 – 2013)

The third EP of the Berlin-based 3TH Records sees Davide Carbone, a troublemaker from Naples, undergoing a split personality test when he meets self-invented alter ego called Honzo.Carbone’s own side asks hard heads to reserve the front seats for a stormy spectacle, opened by “Unconscious Tool”, rushing through the highs and lows of indecent acid lines and colliding with the dark room walls. It’s followed by dirty-gritty workout “Alternate Control”, accommodating a nervous riff soaked in toxic sludge.Honzo’s inhuman nature, in turn, has abandoned straightforward programming for abstract and industrial noise. Slowly killing “Dissociation” bombs with acid bursts and disoriented […]

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Ricardo Donoso – As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV061/2)

Since the vinyl debut ‚ÄěProgress Chance” on Digitalis two years ago, Ricardo Donoso has been the label’s highly acclaimed artist and now the Brazilian returns with the newest contribution “As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another”, which is a staggering mix of fragile layers, flaming arpeggios and shuddering bass. The master of synthetic harmonies keeps the one-album-per-year pace and the newest one, out on two separate EPs, exhibits the artist’s poetic and captivating approach to the machine-made music. Current work is his closest to dance canons, or could it be trance canons. Not comparable by BPM rate, the sound […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM (self-made 2013)

A drawing from Fantastic Universe, December 1954 It’s not quite that the grass was greener in the 1990s but it can’t be denied that today the BPM rate of even harder, industrial tracks goes rarely over 130. It’s like a border line between serious electronic music and cheap hardstyle productions for the masses. Although the beat frequency itself should not be an objective, if we only think about extremities like Moby’s “Thousand” in 1993, fast beats have had certain appeal. All that brought me to a selection of tracks from, with a few exceptions, the last decade of the 20th […]

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Charles Cohen – Dance Of The Spiritcatchers (Morphosis Reworks) (Morphine Records Redose-2 – 2013)

After opening doors to a number of contemporary electronic explorers, Rabih Beaini of Morphine Records has decided to uncover the works of the American musician Charles Cohen. Apart from artist’s inner circle in hometown Philadelphia there are not so many people who would exclaim oh Cohen, yes we know. The 67-year-old expert of bulky Buchla synthesizers has focused on works for stage and exhibitions but has also teamed up with hair_loss from Metasplice, the link between Cohen and Beaini.Preceding three retrospective albums out on Beaini’s label in October and November, Cohen’s first appearance on Morphine comes with two Morphosis reworks of […]

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dualit – dualit EP (Earwiggle EAR005 – 2013)

Release date is in October 2013 Two new faces on Earwiggle, German producers MasCon and Oliver Rosemann, are united under the dualit moniker for a rough ride on Sunil Sharpe’s Dublin-based imprint.Mechanical in-your-face four-tracker starts with rugged loops and drilling stabs in “Triton”, followed by maritime deity theme “Proteus”, opening with Blawan-style alienated vocal ripples and quickly substituted by distorted kicks and other instruments from the hard techno toolbox.Top-end contribution comes from the enigmatic mercenary Bleaching Agent, when its asthmatic take on “Proteus” opens the B-side, sending cold shivers down the spine with Styxian horns and robust loops creating a […]

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Dwellings – Don’t Say Nothing (Trensmat Records TR039 – 2013)

Every noise has a note, believes Trensmat Records, a label located in Trim, Meath County and Ireland, increasingly pursuing deviant electronics to be cherished by open-minded dance floors.Chris Haslam aka Dwellings from the Manchester group Gnod was already featured on Trensmat’s big success “Gnod Presents … Dwellings & Druss” and goes now solo with “Don’t Say Nothing”. Technically taken it’s a reissue after an edition of 50 cassettes on Tesla Tapes and during 50 minutes the album will elegantly satisfy the needs for energetic noise and agile drumming.The opener “Frame Speed” is already in full swing with rattling percussion and […]

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Subjected – Zero (Vault Series VAULTCD001 – 2013)

Dirty grey and menacing, the fortification stands there to unleash monochrome frenzy when Subjected meets with success the challenge of a techno album. “M” is a compulsory dark ambient introduction, preceding a set of pounding gear by the founder of Vault Series. Nothing else than noise and heavy bass can be expected from “Boom Boom”, an apt ruler of the floor and a highlight along “Tool 1”. No-nonsense digital package adding some weight to techno sets.

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Rezzett – Rezzett EP (The Trilogy Tapes TTT012 – 2013)

Magic touch of The Trilogy Tapes is preserved when Rezzett’s strikingly uncouth debut lands on the innovative UK label.Detroit is vaguely calling in the first tones of “Firebomb”, going on messy with distorted undulating chords and spiced up with EBM-style bassline. Next up is “Sutty”, exposed to noisy interference on vicious drum set while downtown lights are switched off with a buzzing drone.The B-side’s “Yayla” runs on 45 RPM and claims the first prize here. Cascading low frequencies over glimmering pads and mean shouts lead it to tumultuous waters, before the rule of the rhythm from mid-track positions it to […]

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Skirt – Wish In The Maze (SEMANTICA 28 – 2013)

Skirt’s position as a flagship producer in Semantica’s stable is reaffirmed with “Wish In The Maze” when the US-born and Birmingham-based Bethany DeMoss returns to Svreca’s label shortly after excllent “Tumulto”, backed by Yuji Kondo and Shifted remixes, and earlier co-op with Svreca (“Hymen”). The new EP is again a joint effort with remix support received by Inigo Kennedy and Ancient Methods. The 120 BPM original moves in the realms of dark ambient, where cycles of swirling pads roam on slow seismic bass, backed by voice modulations. Despite of doomsday aura, certain warmth is sustained deep inside the track. Inigo […]

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Blacknecks 0003 (BLKN003 – 2013)

For the start the Blacknecks techno jet has been rerouted from London to post-season Rimini, as the explosive opener “Fash” summons the resort zombies under the shiny disco ball. Hardened Moroder-esque bass line twins with “Theme From Blacknecks” from the previous release, making a robust nod to Italo worshippers. The return to usual belters happens on the B-side: “Four Cunts And A Badge” sees most sincerely the machines in pain and the track is fueled by furious kick drum going into the realms of hardcore. Distorted, acid-bolstered “Same Old Brand New You” is soaked in havocking synth noise to round […]

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