Mario Moretti – Spaziotempo (Bordello A Parigi BAP015 – 2014)

With its cheerful simplicity italo could be easily classified as odd phenomenon of the dance music history, expected to resurface only at dance parties for the middle-aged. But italo’s appeal hasn’t really been ever lost and the genre keeps coming back with new productions in 2014 too. A recent example is Mario Moretti’s “Spaziotempo” EP, a teaser for the upcoming album by Lithuanian producer Andrius Kurkinas, released on Dutch imprint Bordello A Parigi.Clad in a picture sleeve appealing both to car-crazy fathers and their sons, the EP’s title track is an euphoric number with catchy rhythm and flying synth riffs, […]

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Max_M / Fabrizio Lapiana – 1001 (M_Rec Ltd M_RECLTD1001 – 2014)

Flying high with Max_M and Fabrizio Lapiana, two Italian producers who know their trade. Split release “1001” features two straight techno tracks with atmospheric notes and it kicks off a new series of black label 10-inches, triggered by inherently political nature of techno as M_Rec Ltd’s boss Max_M puts it. Whatever it means, “1001” is essentially a reflection of M_Rec sound, in this particular case well usable in the floor around the dawn time. Buy vinyl from Juno Buy vinyl from Hard Wax

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Various ‎– Paris / Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno (Fondation Sonore 03 – 2014)

Release date is in June 2014 “Paris / Berlin” descends to places where the strobe lumens are in stark contrast to surrounding darkness. This is techno underground, researched and explained in recent one-hour documentary “Paris / Berlin” by Amélie Ravalec, a French film maker and scene activist. She runs with Gregorio Sicurezza the label Fondation Sonore, a preservation society of harder sounds, launched with thundering split EP by Kareem and Ancient Methods.The beats of “Paris / Berlin” are now brought out as gatefold double LP. As the soundtrack of a retrospective film, the compilation features mostly previously released tracks from 1999 […]

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Ducerey Ada Nexino – Cycles, Children & Islands EP (GENESA004V – 2014)

Believe it or not, this is Yuji Kondo’s first solo vinyl, released under the Ducerey Ada Nexino moniker on Scalameriya’s Serbian imprint Genesa. Three of Japanese producer’s tracks run on familiar shredded rhythms and spitfire stabs, topped with splintered vocal loops. The best pick is “Mouth Of Which” [witch?], stepping on grainy surface and assisted by secretive female reciting.While Kondo deviates from techno’s 4/4 fixation, Scalameriya’s fiery remix of “Mouth Of Which” moves closer to linear DJ tools. Digital-only “Moon Phase Letterpress” is a crackling ambient drone, a compulsory part of many techno releases.The new EP has much in common […]

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ACID HALL OF FAME: Interview with Mike Henk / Pulsar Recordings (Frontpage July 1994)

Photo: Frontpage (July 1994) It was like a flash in the night: The existence of Pulsar Recordings spanned over two years only, 1994 and 1995, but with eight releases the label’s endeavors strongly influenced the Midwest acid scene in the mid-1990s. The man behind Pulsar, Mike Henk aka Mike E. Clark, came from Detroit, the city dominating the techno movement back then. Instead on courting local or Midwest labels, those of Freddie Fresh or Woody McBride, Henk set up his own little shop to spread hazardous acid bacteria and Henk’s rough cuts quickly hit the nerve of the underground. However he […]

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Asolaar – Obliterate LP (Metaphysik MP101 – 2013)

Asolaar dwells in the electronic music’s gloomiest corners and “Obliterate” sounds like terminal illness. Starting with corrupted hum, “Anxiety Disintegrated” impairs the orientation in time and space when scourged by aggressive pulses, followed by outlandish murmurs in “Piloto Muerto_a”. Anarchist noise continues in “Piedra de Renos” and “Telsen” while the title track’s groaning souls from the underworld are crushed by distortion and mean bass, reminding of Pan Sonic’s hydraulics. Noise and doom grade remains high in the last tracks “La Gloria de Tlitlizen” and “Piloto Muerto_b”. Behind Asolaar is Darío Pinto from Argentina, his musical roots in the 1990s industrial […]

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NX1 / Adriana Lopez – Grey Report 03 (Grey Report GR03 – 2014)

Instead of pretentious statements about delivering mysterious and timeless techno, NX1 and Adriana Lopez just give simple instructions: Move your a**. The label of the Colombian-born Barcelona resident Adriana Lopez reports for the third time, presenting a split release by Lopez herself and Samot & Surit aka NX1 from Barcelona.In “GR1” the Spanish act gives a harder twist to the Basic Channel legacy with billowing synth patterns and “GR2” edges closer to mean techno textures. On the B-side the floor is taken over by Lopez’s “A Secret Behaviour”, running on a stringent and fat synth loop and passing the baton to another rough […]

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Blacknecks 004 (Blacknecks BLKN004 – 2014)

Harbingered by jolly good “Theme From Blacknecks” and “Fash” in the previous editions, the spirit of 1980s Italian club titans is even more present in highly energized bomb “All To The Cosmos, Let’s Go!”, the opener of the fourth Blacknecks installment. The track is an amalgamation of bold disco riffs and solid kick drum for an eloquent italo techno belter. Not sounding cheesy, the Blacknecks challenge Alden Tyrell to a friendly fixture and awake bittersweet memories of the ZYX generation. On the flip “Hot Legs” step on the techno floor with stomping bass and a pinch of hi-tech funk. For […]

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