Tornaado – Instrumentaaltsükkel “Regatt” (Frotee Records FRO001 – 2013)

The year 2013 saw the birth of the Estonian label Frotee Records, in search of the Balearic beat of the Baltics and doing it with vinyl pressings of long-lost compositions.The label debuted with an EP by a band called Tornaado, thus going back to the year 1979 when Lada, the Soviet worker’s limousine, celebrated the ninth birthday and Pepsi hit some upmarket stores in Estonia. The yachting regatta of the 1980 Moscow Olympics was at the gate in Tallinn, the medieval city preparing for the event of sports and peace, actually boycotted by many Western countries.The funk had arrived across the […]

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Alien Rain – Acid Reign (Deep Sound Channel DSC002 – 2013)

Milton Bradley, founder of the Berlin-based Do Not Resist The Beat label, has been recently concentrating on the new Alien Rain project, now reaching the fourth release.As the name of the title suggests, it’s all about acid with vintage feel while the publishing platform is rather unexpected: After being launched with dubby excursions on the tranquil side, Shipwrec offshoot Deep Sound Channel takes definitely a surprising turn when putting out Bradley’s battle tracks.“Acid Reign” consists of two rough pieces of 303 techno, the A-side’s hurling reverbs staying close to 1990s monsters by Woody McBride and affiliates while serious corrosive effect dwells […]

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Anom Vitruv – Untitled EP (ZCKR08 – 2013)

Bonjour miserable world, says Anom Vitruv, a Swiss artist having previously released on Tabernacle and Offseason and now paying a visit to the experimental outlet ZCKR from Bremen, Germany. Buried beneath abstract noise and distortion, the EPs three tracks feed the bad dreams, like in the rumbling A-side where chaotic soundbites interfere with bewildered voice and the track gradually adopts a distinctive synth groove before droning away. B1’s smutty dubs and vocoded storytelling are overtaken by angst-inducing noise that leads to the concluding statement you are going to die while the B2 track opens with dark ambient and pressurized loop before […]

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DUST OFF: L.A.M. ‎– Balance Of Terror EP (Hardwax HW-004 – 1992/1996)

In 1992, the same year when Drexciya debuted with “Deep Sea Dweller” on Shockwave, they launched another alias on Hardwax, a label from Detroit techno’s rougher sonic area that had been set up by Robert Hood. Hardwax sound was much harsher than the one of M-Plant, Hood’s main platform across the years, and it’s reflected in “Balance Of Terror EP” with a slant of UR’s punisher mindset of that time. L.A.M. was deciphered as Life After Mutation and the EP’s six tracks reflect the fury originating from corrupted genomes. Wiggly synths slap like barracuda tails in “Radius Of Infliction” reminding of […]

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Various – 1112013 Stopping Outwards (Stochastic Resonance SR006 – 2013)

Operating out of Rome, Stochastic Resonance issues the first vinyl after a handful of digital releases since 2011. Representing the lesser known experimental camp from Italy, the “1112013 Stopping Outwards” gets a beatless start with low-frequency resonance in Akamoi‘s “Little Black Box” and roaming bass and clicks in “Three Phase” by Ynaktera. After mediocre electronic lounge tracks by El Cosmonauta and Mariano the best pick starts with muezzin’s remote call introducing Ghostphace aka Matteo Silvestri from Rome. In “Rome Boredom” wall of distortion collides with caustic sequences for a post-techno experience, followed by another strong contribution by Scual with cathedral spirit meeting gloomy electronics in “The […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Aksum (Abdulla Rashim Records ARR006 – 2013)

Since the launch of the self-titled imprint, floor-conscious Abdulla Rashim has undergone steady artistic evolution. Firstly jumping on the droning techno bandwagon, Rashim quickly detached his sound from trendy tropes. Now the label’s sixth and most fulfilled release is once again inspired by the skies above Ethiopia and the country’s ancient Aksum kingdom and with a total playtime of 30 minutes it might be called Rashim’s first album. In many parts it’s more stripped down than previous EPs but still accentuates Rashim’s fascination for repetitive tribal textures.Introduced with speedy staccato reminding of Nico’s “The Wire”, the Nubian-rooted bonfire ritual begins […]

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These Hidden Hands – Remixes II (Hidden Hundred HH004 – 2013)

The remix potential of the self-titled debut album by These Hidden Hands, a project by Tommy Four Seven and a mastering engineer called Alain, has materialized in the second rework installment with three equally blistering tracks.A survivor from techno’s antique times, Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ shows great artistic form in “When Told”, recalling Schmidt’s Lassigue Bendthaus years. The voice from electric cabaret keeps repeating when told while EBM drumset is paragliding to surprising ambient fadeout.Kangding Ray elevates the cylinder pressure with “Diesel”, nailing it with sinister drums and Green Velvet-like modulations. In “Isopod” Ancient Methods, the warlord of pitch-black sounds, sends out […]

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MGUN ‎– Some Tracks (Third Ear Recordings ‎3EEP-2013_10 – 2013)

It seems that artistically MGUN lodges in isolation, to be not distracted by the cookery in trendy music labs. A composer going his own way, MGUN has dropped classy releases on The Trilogy Tapes, Berceuse Heroique, Don’t Be Afraid – all choice labels in 2013 – and now on Hackney-based and aptly named Third Ear Recordings. Bluntly titled “Some Tracks” tells further tales about MGUN’s talent and bass obsession. Sounding both assertive and ethereal, lights are dimmed in revolving boogie funk “Extort”, introducing the rougher A-side. Serious fun goes on in “Mean While”, spelled exactly like this, which would generate […]

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Fabrizio Lapiana – Antimatter 2 (Attic Music ATTIC002 – 2014)

The second part of Fabrizio Lapiana’s “Antimatter” series sees the Italian drop two techno tracks, of which “Robirds” is a simple dark builder. Of different quality is “Cobots”, kicking off with brassy hum and hysterically spiraling signal brought forward by bass pads when the helium-driven vessel goes airborne for a scenic view over the wastelands. The B-side sees the fellow Italian Claudio Fabrianesi to implant low frequency vibrations to “Robirds”, topped with a modulating psy-trance groove and claps when silver bullets are dashing in the air. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from Hard Wax

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Stave – Trust EP (Trensmat TR040 – 2013)

Mechanical witchery by Stave, a project from the mind of Chicago’s Jonathan Krohn, is unleashed in the end-of-the-year release by Irish label Trensmat. “Trust EP” goes further from the label’s recent jittery percussion into the realms of throbbing and harsh machine language. Any wellness desires are trampled under the heels of iron when in the opener „Trust“ a vermicular drone is overrun by massive industrial whip, succeeded by multi-rhythmic warfare “Anon“ with eerie horns and murmuring monks. On the B-side demontage resumes with Israel Vines’s fierce remix of „Tower 9“, with ghastly moans and industrial breakbeats towering over an obese […]

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