Datura Dilema – Chasing The Sun (Drama Universal DRAMA002 – 2014)

Release date is in May 2014 Having released two digital albums on Spanish platform Subsist with the focus on dubbed out and droning techno, Datura Dilema’s own digital imprint Drama Universal is seeking healing qualities with a set of softer textures. However the new two-tracker “Chasing The Sun” would not be a stranger on the floor.The 12-minute title piece is clearly driven by solar energy, letting gentle loops to trek over dunes in search of New Age tribesmen. Feeling like slow-mode Harthouse tune, it’s a strong pro-life statement with well-crafted harmonies. More intense repetition factor is faced in “Rise”, which […]

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DUST OFF: Huren – Huren’s Kaltbrüchig Acideath (Zhark Recordings 00007 – 1999)

When interviewed by the Tea And Techno blog, Zhark Recordings co-founder Kareem reflected upon the twists and turns of the label, saying the seventh release opened an entirely new direction. After Zhark07 people started shaking their heads, because the EP’s sound did not follow the label’s minimalistic Detroit approach. The culprit for this dramatic move was Canadian Dave Foster who had first garnered attention with the project Teste on Plus 8. Later, as part of the duo Perceptrons, he focused on acid releases before reanimating in 1999 his obscured Huren moniker, dropping “Istropolitana EP” on Qube and debuting on Zhark with notorious “Huren’s Kaltbrüchig Acideath”. […]

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Rude 66 – The Kill (Bordello A Parigi ‎BAP016 – 2014)

A sleek hand with colored fingernails holding a shiny sharpened knife: The sleeve promises terror and suspense but well-versed Dutchman Ruud Lekx aka Rude 66 is on a surprisingly convivial trip. The grandmaster of The Hague’s electro acid discovers the fun factor of easy-going synth tracks, out on Bordello A Parigi imprint. The opener “The Kill” is a heavily vocoded electro disco and a glitzy number for jetset satisfaction, followed by slow synth jam “Answers Always Come In Dreams”. The real smash opens the B-side when hi-nrg explosion “Paranoia” sings hallelujah to tax evaders and money launderers on the run, the […]

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Korridor – Path 0102.591 (Northern Electronics ‎NE7 – 2014)

Another fine production from the Northern Electronics camp. Heading to the hallways of hypnosis, suburban Stockholm artist Fabian Kempe makes the vinyl debut with “Path 0102.591”. Korridor’s mini-LP is focused on acid-tinged atmospheric excursions reminiscent of the works of fellow countryman Andreas Tilliander (TM404) and the label’s own Ulwhednar.Preferring the subtleties, Korridor’s composition of  “Path #01” prefers fuzzy surface with background crackles. The best pick is viciously looping “Path #02.5”, which reminds of Mike Dred’s “Macrocosm” while “Shift #91” moves closer to the section of aquatic ambient. All in all Korridor’s work can be seen as a likable attempt to […]

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Love Cult Take Druss – Yr Problems (Trensmat ‎TR042 – 2014)

“Yr Problems” proves how experimental productions can go beyond sheer noise and dissonance. By using human voices, stealth rhythms and exciting timbres, Love Cult and Druss come up with a release full of twists and turns.About the artists: Love Cult does not refer to the followers of a self-proclaimed prophet from Mojave but it’s a project of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev, two musicians from Petrozavodsk who run Full Of Nothing label out of Karelia and are touring seven Russian cities in March. Druss is Paddy Shine, a member of Manchester’s experimental psych group Gnod, to make his second appearance […]

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Blacknecks – Blacknecks 005 (BLKN 005 – 2014)

After months of speculations about the identity of Blacknecks, the veil of secrecy was lifted at the 21st birthday party of Birmingham’s House Of God where Truss and Bleaching Agent were playing as Blacknecks. For the time being the disclosure does not mean the act has ceased operations as the fifth installment has hit the road with new floor assaults.Staying tuned to the italo channel, the opener “Never Forget” is loaded with a sturdy disco riff, to follow up the smash hit “To The Cosmos, Let’s Go!”. The bass drum stampede “Holzer Mane” bears comparison with 1990s Frankfurt hardcore, like T-Bone Castro’s […]

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Ricardo Donoso – Iron / Verse Remixes (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV067)

Handing out “As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another” to internationally acclaimed artists for remixing was not driven by the need to legitimize Ricardo Donoso’s album for the club use. As noted in the LP’s review – current work is his closest to dance canons, or could it be trance canons – it was already there. And even more after the reworks.One might expect that Yves De Mey, a modular synth expert and Opal Tapes artist, is hooked on impudent experimentalism but the Belgian prefers rather dreamy layers in “The Sphinx”. Opening the “Diagonal Environment” with Holy Mountain-style spoken word, Recondite delivers a […]

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Various – Telex Magick (Marguerita Recordings ‎Mar 0099 – 2013)

High rating alert. Inspired by the analog era when telexes dominated the telecommunications, a group of international comandantes from Europe and USA has gathered under the banner of Marguerita Recordings for a full-fledged electro compilation.The duo called Middle Men gets the party started with rocking 808 in “Another Think Coming”, followed by Gosub’s sexy “I Know You Know”, which lands between Dopplereffekt futurism and Model 500 brilliant Detroit pads. After the choral intro Rude 66 turns “The Anvil” to a break dance joint while Boris Divider and MANASYt convert the sound bytes into thermal energy.On the B-side Kronos Device haunts with dark […]

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Ekman – Acid7 (Berceuse Heroique ‎BH 006 – 2014)

Ekman, in real life Dutch producer Roel Dijcks, returns to London upstart Berceuse Heroique after having done the label’s debut release in 2013. Ekman’s capability to spread dirty beats has been also witnessed on imprints like Solar One Music, Panzerkreuz or Shipwrec and the new single follows suit.The track “Acid7” has terrorized the eardrums of digital youth via Soundcloud for several months and now it’s materialized in the black 180 Gram wax. Ekman’s angry and monotone acid techno hails the legacy of the 1990’s Bunker while on the flip L.I.E.S. and The Trilogy Tapes visitor Vereker drops a contaminated remix […]

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Yves De Mey – Double Slit (SEMANTICA 63 – 2014)

“Double Slit” represents the unconventional side in Semantica’s catalog when Yves De Mey, also a member of Sendai with Peter van Hoesen, targets experimental niche and stays close to his last year’s “Metrics” on Opal Tapes.Slow-paced “Disperse” is built on grainy modular textures akin to Alva Noto and Mika Vainio while“Slew Modified” tries more colorful palette with a bulk of rhythms and timbres leaving gradually a cacophonic impression.De Mey’s convincing skills appear on the EP’s flip side, when the title track “Double Slit” sets off with subtle helicopter percussion and buoyant chords, complemented with mechanical ticking for slight industrial flair. […]

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