Stanislav Tolkachev- Right Angle EP (SEMANTICA 65 – 2014)

In a blind test, “Like No One Is Watching” sounds like the opener of a Terrence Dixon EP. However, the credit for the track and entire EP goes to the Ukrainian producer Stanislav Tolkachev, now increasingly listed among the top players of contemporary techno.Tolkachev’s distinctive, jittery style has not always won my heart but now it’s different. The new EP on Semantica is full of passionate programming for heating up the floor; just take “White Blood Cell” and the title cut “Right Angle” for that. The last one, “Past”, is more restrained while marching amidst the haze of dubs.All four […]

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ANOPOLIS – ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ (Lower Parts LP005 – 2014)

A group of ladies in traditional black, pictured in an old Turkish street of Thessaloniki in 1902. The sleeve predicts a folk music mashup, but in this respect the visual appearance is deceptive. “ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ” is a truly appealing platter of acid house in Greek style conceived by Anopolis, a producer collective from Thessaloniki. So the Athens-based label Lower Parts has published four variations on the theme Anopolis, pressed in white wax. The opener “Anopolis 2” differs from the rest, as it is synth-soaked electro disco I am tempted to compare with Rude 66’s recent jams on Bordello A Parigi. Biting acid funk in “Anopolis […]

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Sleeparchive & Mike Parker – Untitled (Repitch RPTCH04 – 2014)

Well-known hardliners from Repitch expand the roster with two famed producers. Berlin’s Sleeparchive aka Roger Semsroth has gone a long way after emerging in 2004 with bleepy, Sähkö-inspired minimalism in “Recycle EP”. Recent outings on Tresor and some remix duties have exposed the artist’s rugged side and it is not any different in the new split EP. Whereas the recycling factor cannot be overseen: Darksome opener “Fifth Station” is a solid reminder of 1990s hardware jams of Downwards and consorts, from the times before the schranz hit. Closing the A-side, “White Angel Breadline” approaches Sleeparchive’s early minimalist swing and simultaneously […]

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The Magnecian – Medea (Autochtone_3 – 2014)

“Medea” is exactly the kind of a record to go with a cup of morning latte after hard night out. Not distracting the neighbours and in the same revitalizing the strained body. A whiff of dub and delicate groove make “Nostalgia” the most pleasing cut of the twelve. Despite of dramatic title, “Your Suffering Is Mine” keeps a restrained mood while “Deleterious” rolls along with acid bits. The three-tracker mastered by Stefan Betke aka Pole comes from The Magnecian, which is an alias of Greek producer Stathis Kalatzis, so far primarily known as Mr. Statik. Buy vinyl from Juno Buy […]

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D. Carbone – Anomalies EP (Mord 011 – 2014)

Another session of intrepid acid techno by the Berlin-based Italian D. Carbone, this time paying a visit to Bas Mooy’s Mord imprint. Relying on the formulas developed in his Repitch labs of industrial techno, unstoppable Carbone serves with “Anomalies EP” another set of machine-driven rudities. Acid showers and boisterous kick drum show the way in “Irritating Collapse”, getting seriously off the leash after the mid-track drop. The the post-collapse phase is led by linear darkside mover “Origin”, the most conventional track of the EP. Dramatic events continue on the B-side, opening with a devastating tidal wave called “Discernment” good for […]

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Mike Dred – Techno Satellites (Machine Codes CODE1100 – 2014)

Without any promo drumming, Michael Cullan aka Mike Dred has dropped a 11-track acid album “Techno Satellites”, out digitally on Dred’s own Machine Codes label.Dred has been part of techno’s evolution for over 20 years and produced several memorable tracks like “Macrocosm”, still one of my fave acid excursions. Some of his glitchy IDM experiments under the Kosmik Kommando alias left me a bit puzzled but the new album shows again Dred’s wealth of production skills.Perhaps 70 minutes of acid in one go is too exhausting experience but the selection allows to find own favorites. Mine are “Pasiphaë” with biting […]

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Juno Chart 08/2014: Aisha Devi, Surgeon, Anopolis, Perc & Truss, OB Ignitt

A selection of most exciting records from August. Switzerland’s Aisha Devi, replacing her Kate Wax alias with the real name, impresses with hardcore-inclined experimental EP “Hakken Dub/Throat Dub” on own Danse Noire imprint. Seasoned techno pal Surgeon still in strong form, dropping “Fixed Action Pattern“, a two-tracker of infectous grooves and deep drones. Greece is calling when Anopolis collective surfs in the waves of cosmic disco and acid house and for eardrum challenge UK heads Perc & Truss come up with “Two Hundred“. Real Detroit sound can be enjoyed on OB Ignitt‘s new EP and TOP 6 is wrapped up with dark compressor beats by Monica Hits The Ground.

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Terminal 313 Podcast (August 2014)

Tracklist with buy links: 1. R-Zone – Xochi’s Awakening (R-Zone) 2. Sendai – Directive (Monad XVIII Stroboscopic Artefacts) 3. Svaag – Sade (Semantica)* 4. Rrose – Drowned by Sight (Stroboscopic Artefacts)* 5. As Patria – The World (Attic Music)* 6. Voiski – Ode To A Model (Sheik’N’Beik)* 7. Edit Select & Teste – Ascend (edit select) 8. Fanon Flowers – Vultures Circling 1 (Planet Rhythm) 9. Killawatt – Convoys (Run Out Run)* 10. Jamie Curnock – Scavenger (Onnset)* 11. Reeko & Exium – Circuit 1 (Mental Disorder)* 12. Oscar Mulero – Epley Manoeuvre (Warm-Up Recordings) 13. Perc – Tri-City (Stroboscopic […]

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