Sanys – Dominance (Downfall Theory DF06 – 2014)

Sanys, a producer from St Petersburg (Russia), uses own outlet Downfall Theory for floor action and has reached his and the label’s sixth EP. Mid-paced title track “Dominance” does many things right with hints of Ferox funk, low-pitched vocal sample and clattering drums but it’s dwarfed by following cuts. A special treat is 303-corroded “My Concern”, which possesses real brain scanner qualities and flirts bravely with trancy elements, while techno freighter “Told You So” is directly heading to Tresor. For the end, the old school calls when Eomac, armed with junglist breaks, devises a downtempo abstract of “Dominance”. Boredom not […]

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Valved – AnD / WHOK Remixes (Trensmat Records TR044 – 2014)

Early in 2014, not many might have noticed Valved’s “Blood On The Controls”, a limited-run cassette album on Trensmat’s sub-label Nute. Valved, dedicated to industrial disaster sci-fi techno, has now found a fertile ground for further body and mind manipulations when Trensmat drops a noisy 12-inch of remixes, featuring industrial techno stalwart AnD and the label’s maverick family friend Whirling Hall Of Knives.For a better perspective, the digital bonus tracks serve as a good starting point, both of them representing Valved’s original versions. Offbeat percussive hell in “Tipping Point” and distortion-torn synth bath in “Blood On The Controls” set the tone for […]

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George Paar & Claudio Mate – Permanent Affinity (Par Recordings PAR REC WAX 07 – 2014)

Release date is in May 2014 “Permanent Affinity” is another split release on Par Recordings, Montevideo. Label head George Paar embarks on a fast-paced night flight with stringent and sterile sequencing in “The Song That Never Ends” where the noisiness dominates over the grooves.The B-side belongs to Italian artist Claudio Mate who has previously recorded for a number of outlets and most notably for Applied Rhythmic Technology. Mate prefers a restrained stance and after unspectacular start, “Orion Dub” is helped out by deeper bass and dub flavours. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from Deejay.de

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Youngman & Landstrumm – Fry Up (Snork Enterprises Snork070 – 2014)

Release date is in May 2014 A new showing of veteran techno by two top acteurs active from the mid-1990s when Bill Youngman and Neil Landstrumm give with “Fry Up” a convincing proof of well-preserved skills.Collab tracks are found on the A-side and the EP gets a slamming start in “Cannon”, a synthesis of technoid italo riff and brisk sub-bass. “Venus” opens in psychedelic moods, reminding of Black Devil, but it’s a truly battering techno cut with hyperactive synth modulations on rock-solid bass.The B-side belongs to Landstrumm’s harsh funk when “Roulette” is carried by a fat synth line and “Wall” […]

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Damaskin – Kaona EP (Concrete Records cltd003 – 2014)

Sturdy industrial exploits of “Unseen Warfare”, Damaskin’s debut on Unknown Percept, created an impression of having another doom techno producer on board. However, Damaskin’s new EP for Rome-based Concrete Records is of different breed is. On the label’s third vinyl release after Joe & Ubit and Voices From The Lake, the producer Ninoslav Ostojic plays safe with atmospheric acid-minded tunes. Hi-hats, 303 and background hum are for bulk trade nowadays and “Kaona” dissolves among similar efforts. Things turn better in “Kaona II”, at first instance based on irritating crunchy loop, which manages to adapt more complex textures during the course of the track. […]

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Helena Hauff – Return To Disorder (Panzerkreuz Records 1028 – 2014)

In recent times Hamburg’s Helena Hauff has been sighted twice on Bunker’s hawkish offshoot Panzerkreuz. As a member of Black Sites she appeared on a split EP with Ghettogem and now the Dutch label’s number 1028 features a ruff solo effort by Fräulein Hauff. The guys behind early Bunker tools have found a sister in arms when “Return To Disorder” is essentially about dirty ghetto drums and blistering acid lines. A six-tracker with total playtime of 35 minutes qualifies for a mini-album and offers great moments to those who know. The tracks span from rough sequencing of “Spirals Of Smoke […]

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Drøp – Vasundhara EP (Arboretum ARB001 – 2014)

When tracing the foundations of artist name Drøp, it can be guessed as a Nordic thing because of the symbol ø, a vowel in Norwegian/Danish. But more probably it stands for the mathematical empty set, a state of being which describes well Drøp’s debut EP “Vasundhara”. The project is a brainchild of Italian Giuseppe Bifulco, born in Naples and now residing in Berlin, and dedicated to the gloomy ends of sound composition. According to the artist the sound is generated by manipulating electric circuits, lights or everything else is able to turn electric impulses. This approach is reaffirmed in the opener “Epileptic Heritage”, setting the tone for […]

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Donato Dozzy – Terzo Giorno (Stroboscopic Artefacts SA023 – 2014)

Donato Dozzy prefers to travel the labels of the world instead of staying faithful to selected ones. Now he pursues a Berlin-Italian connection with the solo premiere on Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts, after having contributed earlier with a remix.The four-track EP plays with techno’s various sub-streams and gets a witchcraft-inspired start with “Il Canto Della Maga”, a dark half-ambient penetration with howling fairies and Metasplice-style chime cascades that would rather belong to the label’s “Stellate” series. Actually it can be regarded as the intro to tribal magic when, without any hesitation, genuine dance instincts are animated by swirling and slapping “Il […]

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Aiken – Looking Inward (SEMANTICA 62 – 2014)

Aiken returns to Semantica after “Mer” in 2011 and an appearance on the label’s 5th anniversary compilation. In the new EP the Spaniard’s material is not at all inward-looking as he drops nonchalant surfer cuts, ethereal and coercive at the same time.“Dismal” would decorate any energized DJ set and is well matched by “Gathered”, while the drum kick of the original “Restless” reminds of Teste’s old Plus 8 hit “The Wipe”. “Restless” gets an encore by Juho Kusti who cruises with Deep Space Helsinki bass and slight deep house notes. Aiken – Looking Inward. SEMANTICA 62 by Semantica RecordsBuy vinyl/digital […]

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John Osborn & Tallmen. 785 – Meldrum (Run Out Run ‎RUNOR1003 – 2014)

After two-part EP “Under The Aquadrome”, written by the label founder Tom Dicicco, London’s Run Out Run sees the first visiting producers in the pit. Both belong to the flock of current Berlin residents but Tallmen.785 aka Brian Mitchell hails from Kansas, US and John Osborn, not to be confused with Spectral Sound’s Osborne, from London.So far affiliated through the label Tanstaafl (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) Records, a label co-run by Osborn with Eric Cloutier and October, the two come up with full-bodied three tracker. “Meldrum” plays with subtle dubs and strong funk factor while […]

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