Erika – Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0 (Interdimensional Transmissions IT 32 – 2014)

From the mid-90s a lot was cooking on Interdimensional Transmissions (IT) when the Detroit label was spearheading the electro revival in many fronts. IT was praised for the weighty “From Beyond” series and became a significant platform for its founding collective Ectomorph and contemporaries like I-F and GD Luxxe.During last decade we have seen only occasional releases from IT, including the album “Hexagon Cloud” by Ectomorph member Erika Sherman. Of that the first batch of remixes emerged last year, by Marcellus Pittman, Orphx and BMG and now another edition comes with “Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0”.It’s an impressive package without any weak […]

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Armando/Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook – Bam Bam’s Westbrook Classics (stilove4music039)

Good news from Chicago when Stilove4music, an offshoot of the city’s own Still Music, has decided to unearth a few gems from the golden era of acid house. Essentially it’s a Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook EP with one exception: The opener comes from late Armando Gallop whose “Land Of Confusion” was definitely not a Genesis cover but a warehouse classic. Originally out already in 1987 on Bam Bam’s fledgling Westbrook Records, it’s an anthemic track with wiggly 303 programming. “Confusion Mix” pairs well with fat bass line and sound of breaking glass of “Where’s Your Child”, Bam Bam’s urging and eerie […]

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Eschaton (Ancient Methods & Orphx) – Eschaton EP (Token 38 – 2014)

Ancient Methods and Orphx are Eschaton, which smells like a dream collab of industrial techno. Canadians Christina Sealey and Richard Oddie emerged with Orphx in 1993 and now boast an extensive back catalog of hard-edged sounds. The era of Ancient Methods started in 2007 and the act, currently one-man operation of Trias, has vigorously extracted the blackest matter from the depths of electronic music.The meet-up of two outfits happens on the Belgian imprint Token with a rumbling session. The first clash opens up in “Age Of Iron”, a forceful ode to metal in the middle of a torchlit battlefield of […]

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Juho Kahilainen – Dyson Sphere (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series 07 MRECLTDGS07 – 2014)

Juho Kahilainen debuted in 2004 with a split EP on Adrenogroov and since then has kept a relaxed schedule. However with vinyl-only “Dyson Sphere” the man from Finland makes a return to the Milan imprint where about two years ago Kahilainen kicked off the same M_Rec Ltd Grey Series with “We Heard It Coming”. The Finn re-boards the mothership with slow builder “In Umbra”, spending after abyssal drone exactly 3:03 minutes with trancy notes and brushes of acid. Introduced with dubbed-out chords, “Xemx” hits with acid showers, followed by equally caustic “Coronal Loop”, a track having much in common with early Hardfloor […]

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AnD – Kundalini EP (Electric Deluxe EDLX.034 – 2014)

After “Ard Core Krew” on Ann Aimee, AnD’s floor rage continues on another Dutch-rooted label when Speedy J’s outfit Electric Deluxe drops “Kundalini EP”.Three vinyl cuts to express the Mancunian duo’s in-your-face attitude, starting with hammering and abrasive 4/4 ride “The Jellyfish” on the A-side. The flip sports factory-inspired wiggly repetition of “Dtadtmat” and password-inspired “IcDbYc” for decelerated and distorted bass lesson, the most appealing cut here.AnD’s fondness for deviations gets another meaning with the digital extra “DTR”, stretched to 10 minutes of ambient drone and nagging rhythm while “Dysekt” reacquires floor elements. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from Decks

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 004 (HDL004 – 2014)

Haunting and anonymous figure of Headless Horseman reappears in convincing manner with a new batch of tracks. One can’t get closer to the destruction when the label’s fourth installment opens with “Legend”, which is a forcefully chopping cut sounding like symbiosis of the wildest exploits by Ancient Methods, Kareem and Perc.After that “Execution” makes its mark as a stepping and shuffling puncher, seeing a pierced and tattooed hangman shaking after hard day’s shift.No escape is allowed on the flip which features groaning and throat-slitting version of the “Legend” by none other than Ancient Methods, rounding up the label’s best release […]

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Violet Poison – Aldebaran Alabrahamis Oxakindiss (Repitch Recordings RPTCH02 – 2014)

Aldebaran is ‘an orange giant star located about 65 light years away in the zodiac constellation of Taurus‘, but Alabrahamis and Oxakindiss are just linguistic inventions from the mind of cryptic Violet Poison. The artist’s arrival on Repitch after the EPs on self-titled label and Bed Of Nails is not a coincidence as Shapednoise, his partner in crime in the group Violetshaped, is one of the faces behind the Berlin imprint. In “Aldebaran Alabrahamis Oxakindiss” all tracks match the label’s distressed and dirty story line, starting with a storming synth staccato and damaged moaning for sandpaper techno in A1 and abrasive […]

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The Trash Company ‎– Modern Love (Thug Records THUG 015 – 2013)

Despite of strong electronic connotations this EP is not related to Modern Love, a visionary techno imprint from Manchester. Because Max E. Monroe, the artist behind The Trash Company, composed the tracks about 20 years ago and these were initially rejected by Capitol Records. Until recently Monroe from Richmond, Virginia was among the unknowns of the music world, before his talent (or potential) was discovered by People’s Potential Unlimited (PPU). After the LP “Earle Hotel Tapes 1979 – 1993” and a single on PPU, The Trash Company now bravely blends different genres in “Modern Love”. The heaviest punch comes for the […]

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Ulwhednar ‎– Midvinter (Northern Electronics ‎NE6 – 2013)

Defrosted demons lurking in the mid-winter kyrkogården like the subconscious woes in Bergman’s “Fanny And Alexander” when Ulwhednar is at it again, following the debut cassette and a LP in 2013. Out just before the Christmas, the six-track tape and digital release is another proof of Ulwhednar’s firm command of anti-wellness music but contains also traces of brightness. Initially, soft-hued tinkling tones and subtle rhythms of “Midvinter 01” herald rather crisp electronics, but the beast is yet to wake up. The second track is a long, tormenting journey with low-frequency resonance feeling in the bones, built like an short-range noise […]

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Various – For Your Eyes Only Sampler 1 & 2 (SEMANTICA 60.1/60.2 – 2013)

Semantica’s magnetizing effect on the international techno community has been reflected with the releases by virtually dozens of acclaimed artists. Many of them where part of the pack in Svreca‘s mix-CDr “For Your Eyes Only”, initially out as a limited run of 50 pieces and reissued later. Under the Christmas the mix exclusives by eight artists were revisited on two slabs of vinyl.The first sampler starts and ends inside convent walls, when James Ruskin steps in with a droned-out and toxic remix of Svreca : Skirt‘s “Hymen” and the finale is proclaimed by the Madrid label’s head with a field […]

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