Killawatt – Convoys EP (Run Out Run RUNOR1005 – 2014)

Killawatt, a young UK artist initially trying out the dubstep side and hanging around mostly with Osiris Music, quickly adapted a wider view on the club music and “Convoys EP” on Tom Dicicco’s Run Out Run imprint pledges for shout-outs of the techno faction. The title cut “Convoys” sets off to thunderball mission with stealth snares and swirling synth lines, while “Ball & Socket” comes with obvious UK bass influences, resting on an elastic vocal sample and a distant terrace chant at the matches. On the flip, nasty drum kick, toxic bass line and crumbled vocal loop push “Primary Panic” […]

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Τεχνόπολις – booming times for Greek techno and house

Either at a grocery store or tube station in the heart of big cities like London or Berlin, it’s easy to bump into an electronic artist, given the high density of techno’s creative minds in those metropolises. The artistic and partygoing appeal of large cities in the UK, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Austria and USA has been dominating the scene for over 20 years but gradually other locations have gained importance, often boosted by a few artists that brought the country to the map – like Sähkö in Finland. Not only Vangelis I’m not sure how many techno producers per square mile […]

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Adam X – Irreformable (Sonic Groove SGLP-01 – 2014)

A new full-length by any artist having been in the business for a while creates mixed feelings. Even if acknowledged for quality output in the past, the challenge of an album is not always easy to take up. However, when learning about the new longplayer by the Brooklyn-born Adam X aka Adam Mitchell, the feeling of anticipation prevailed over suspicion because techno’s evolution of the last 25 years is unthinkable without him. Once part of the Brooklyn crew with his brother Frankie Bones, Jimmy Crash, Heather Heart, he was a rebel since the very beginning. Someone to put out an […]

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Modern Heads – Chapter II (Outis Music outis006 – 2014)

Once emerging as protagonists of Rome’s new techno sound, former Elettronica Romana producers Dino Sabatini and Luca Meloni are reunited under the Modern Heads banner on Sabatini’s Outis Music.Without any hassle, slightly melancholic “The Beginning” passes the checkpoint from bleepy ambient to tranced-out dub. With background hiss and reverbs, it’s an example of usual Outis Sound where the repetition comes close the immobility.However it will be not a quiet day in the woods, when the B-side’s “Unknown Route” embarks on a chase on winding roads. Dramatic synth sequence over syncopated drums predict a fair amount of playtime for the track, […]

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B-Ball Joints – Dog In The Night 04 (Dog In The Night Records ‎DIN-004 – 2014)

Rushing to the pitch with four inflamed tracks, this is how B-Ball Joints debuts on US-based imprint. Really no idea what is the deal with the dog and the night, but the label, so far mostly known for the acidic tools by Robert Crash, keeps putting out blasting material. The opener “Joint 1” is the fiercest affair, a mugging and noisy assault of enraged drum machine and darkcore textures for waking up the dead. Wobbly synth pulses carry a special operation called “Joint 2” while the next joint sounds like a mutilated ghetto track with delirious screaming before the session folds […]

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Transllusion – The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate (Tresor Records Tresor.270 – 2014)

Deep respect is due when encountering the works of late James Stinson, an acclaimed personality in the evolution of (Detroit) electro. Leaving our world far too early, Stinson left behind a vast legacy, of which Tresor Records reopens another chapter – “The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate” under the Transllusion guise was originally out on the label’s short-lived Supremat offshoot in 2001. The new triple vinyl encompasses 12 tracks for observing the movement of cranial neurons. Opened with fast brain-scanning session “Transmission Of Life”, Stinson’s entire creative spectrum, from Drexciya and L.A.M. to Other People Place, is present all over the […]

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Various – …I Care Because You Don‘t (Turbo Recordings Turbo163 – 2014)

Scottish two-man techno act Clouds has found an inspiring haven in Canada when they have released the debut album and four EPs, including two takes of “Tannhauser Acid Works”, on the Montreal-based Turbo Recordings. Now Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson are ready for another round, this time as curators of “I Care Because You Don’t”, a massive rollout of UK hardcore stabs and electro hop. Current four-track sampler is an appetizer for a full compilation, out at the end of October, and in addition to early UK influences, the sampler recalls the sounds of long defunct Pharma label. Rogue beat […]

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DUST OFF: Johnny Violent – North Korea Goes Bang (Earache ‎MOSH 128 T – 1994)

Actually, it was “Ultraviolence”, Lana Del Rey’s album that triggered current post. The American lady singer is obviously light-years away from doom metal and even hardcore techno, which had never been the case for Nottingham-based Earache Records, once a home label for Napalm Death.Somewhat surprisingly Earache went hardcore in the 1990s when signed Jonathan Casey. Performing as Johnny Violent and Ultraviolence, the UK-born artist landed in the gabber scene 20 years ago. Casey released albums like “Life Of Destructor”, “Psycho Drama” and many more but the most thrilling track was “North Korea Goes Bang” under the J. Violent moniker. At the […]

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Aisha Devi – Hakken Dub / Throat Dub (Danse Noire DN004 – 2014)

Already topping my Juno chart in August, Aisha Devi’s blistering EP deserves a closer look. Foremostly known as Kate Wax, Devi gives a new meaning to girl power on her own Danse Noire imprint.The Swiss-born, half-Tibetan producer, once a regular in the roster of Mental Groove, offers in the new release plenty of sound variations.“Hakken Dub”, a homage to hakken warcry of Dutch gabber scene, is a razor-sharp cut, with Julee Cruise-like whispers, recalling the heyday of Planet Core and raising the appetite for hardcore revival. “Throat Dub (Tool)” is like didgeridoo and Tuvan throat singing placed over sliding drone textures for a […]

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Various – V – Five Years Of Artefacts Chapter 1 (Stroboscopic Artefacts SA5YEARS01 – 2014)

Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts is making some noise to mark the label’s fifth anniversary, and what could be better than invite an illustrious company of techno producers to the celebrations.“Chapter 1” opens the five-EP series with Rrose’s fluctuating builder “Drowned By Sight”, which complies with the act’s blueprint sound, surfing on ebbs and flows of synth textures.Perc’s “Tri-City” is not as loud as the recent co-op with Truss, but brings a brazen groove to the midfield for another cut of oxygenous techno.Introducing the B-side, Pfirter’s “Atman” is a nod to the bass domination while Lakker’s “Pier” is the EP’s Geheimtipp, as they would […]

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