Perc & Truss – Two Hundred (Perc Trax Limited ‎PTL003 – 2014)

Perc Trax challenging the eardrums again when the label boss teams up with Truss for a robust four-tracker. Pressed in clear vinyl for the label’s Limited series, it bests their last year’s “Spiker”.Because of Blacknecks-style power disco riff sprayed with acid, the “Two Hundred” feels more like a Truss track. For further chaos, a bruised spoken loop around two hundred points at the vocal chop mania once started by Blawan.Hardcore side is exposed in “Judd” [really liking simple but striking track names, not crap like “Levitate The Transcendental Perception”] where whistles and heavy slam provide the build-up for a Saturday night Premier […]

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Surgeon – Fixed Action Pattern (Token Records TOKEN46 – 2014)

As the title suggests it is about a pattern. Similar to Surgeon’s recent “As You Breathe Here Now” on Semantica, the new twelve is built on a simple but appealing groove, which keeps repeating in the mind as if a chart buster heard on the radio. The original dirty bass techno from the man equals the definition of immersive and to-the-point beat science.After pleasing the floor, the B-side’s dub version shows abstract notes of dark room electronics akin to British Murder Boys material, with drone layers and mutant unicorn whispers.Surgeon wisely keeping a relaxed release schedule, the Token single is his another […]

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Edit Select & Teste – The Rewipes (edit-select ES018 – 2014)

Firstly, it’s a welcome initiative by Scotland’s Tony Scott aka Edit Select to unearth a famed techno classic “The Wipe” by Teste, originally out on Probe Records USA in 1992. Even though “The Wipe” and especially the “5 a.m. Synaptic” mix never really collected the dust, it might have been a track rather cherished by those remembering the days back then. For the new round, Scott had selected and edited the original for his own DJ sets and after contacting Dave Foster and Thomas S. Browning from Teste they decided to issue the edit. The original is immediately recognizable, only […]

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Phase Fatale – Skyscraper (Avant! ‎AV!030 – 2014)

Hailing from New York, 23-year-old Hayden Payne acts in the European electronic scene after having found a new home in Berlin and a label in Bologna. Apart from the compilation appearances on Nostilevo and Electric Voice Records in 2013, Payne’s debut as Phase Fatale happens on the Italian imprint Avant!. Musically inspired by the era long before his birth, Payne is a keen observe raw analogue touch of cold early electronics. However the title track “Skyscraper”, an Overdrive-reminiscent bassful techno stomper does not impress much. For a few moments “Waveguide” sounds like a remix of the previous but turns quickly […]

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Orlando Voorn – Black Diamond (Outelectronic Recordings OUTA 002 – 2014)

Orlando Voorn has been credited for being the first Dutch producer creating the link between techno communities in Detroit and Amsterdam about 20 years ago. Ever since Voorn has been tagged as Detroit producer putting out tunes in the spirit of Motor City.A prolific soundwriter under numerous aliases, Voorn was very active in the 1990s with proto-rave tracks as The Nighttripper, electro anthem “Flash” (as Fix) or records on his own Detroit-based label Ignitor.Although never been actually away, 2014 is again a blooming year for Voorn with three EPs out before the album. The new LP ranges from dreamy pads (“Rewind”) […]

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Beau Wanzer – Power Outage (Nation ‎NAT 15 – 2014)

Four electronic grotesques in ten-inch format, pressed as short but concise 45 RPM tracks. The feast starts with the title “Power Outage”, which feels like a demonic shrink session during blackout, with Alan Vega type of manic recital on accelerated knocking-on-wood beat of Amii Stewart. Next one, “Fabrics”, features EBM-friendly synth theme while things take an odd turn in “Lotraf”, where offbeat-infected drum machine is dissed by deformed monologue, allegedly by the man himself in his younger years. Crushed by noise, “Thurston Moog” finishes it off as symbiosis of electric blues and folk After hanging out with NYC’s L.I.E.S. and […]

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Alone – Has God Left This City? (Underground Resistance ‎UR 084 – 2014)

It was only a matter of time when Underground Resistance would speak out about Motor City’s financial and social hardship that has found so much negative press lately. Now the task has been accomplished by an artist called Alone whose real identity is unknown. Although the UR camp has been less booming than in the mid-1990s, “Has God Left This City” is a strong reaffirmation of the vitality of techno’s real headquarters. Announced in 2013 as a white label going for inflated prices at Discogs marketplace, and supported by full-length teaser videos*, the actual release is a gem with all […]

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KUUM suvi 1995: Siim Nestor Liivimaa elektroonikast – Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone jt

[This post in Estonian only, about the mid-1990s electronic music scene in Estonia as featured in KUUM magazine in the summer of 1995.] Becki miniposter ja Mr Lawrence’i või Vennaskonna feature oli väärt lugemine, kuid ajakirja KUUM 1995. aasta suvenumbrist jäi kõigepealt silma Siim Nestori ülevaade Liivimaa elektroonikast. Jutuks Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone ja teised tegelased Põltsamaast lõuna poole, aga ka Eesti elektroonika skene tervikuna.KUUM oli Pirita linnaosas Erik Morna juhtimisel ilmunud ajakiri, mis interneti-eelsel ajastul oli asendamatu infoallikas kohaliku ja piiritaguse moodsa muusika kajastamisel ning andis välja ka mõned kohalike artistide kassetid.

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PARTY REPORT: TehnoTasand with Mono Junk [DJ], Rajaleidja [Live] in Tallinn (August 1, 2014)

Mono Junk at the decks (Photo: TehnoTasand) A small anniversary for TehnoTasand series of techno parties in Tallinn, when the tenth edition was held in Kultuurikatla Aed, a semi open-air venue close to the Old Town. Nice weather and pleasant ambience, with some people playing table tennis in the yard, attracted a sizable crowd that indicated increasing interest in techno in the Estonian capital.Harder beats were found in so-called Kanal B room where MÜRK resident Artur Lääts got the things moving with a solid set, including a secret weapon, Gareth Wild’s “Get Raw” mixed with ever-present “Losing Control” and the […]

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Jeremiah R. – Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (Enklav. ‎ENK015 – 2014)

Jeremiah R. from Rotterdam is a dreamer, pursuing the sounds of electro’s atmospheric section, if to decide by his EP for the Italian label Enklav. [yes there is a full stop at the end].It gets a cautious start with harmonic layers in „Interdimensional  Beings“, to fit the loungy ambience of design hotels. The title theme “Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit” advances one level up, appearing as an intelligent and clinical electro track.Gentle breeze of dub arrives in “Infinite Skies”, a toughtful and relaxing piece and after wellness department we reach glimmering “Exile”, arching over to my personal favourite “Illuminated Process” – an intense tune […]

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