Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo Recordings mundo003-LP – 2014)

“Being Human Being” is a cross-genre collaboration of the French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Murcof, Mexican electronics producer. Not for the first time, as in 2008 they released the album “Mexico” on Blue Note and the same label features Truffaz’s numerous collabs with other artists. The sleeve art by the graphic artist Enki Bilal is about humiliation and despair, with Sarajevo and Belgrade, Bilal’s native city, scribbled on the wall and reminding of hardships the Balkans have gone through in last decades. But the album, occasionally seeking the dark depths of the human nature, is not as gloomy as expected, expressing the hope of things turning better. The album starts with melancholic intro “Origin […]

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Teersom – Magerøya EP (Basement Grey Records BEGR-001 – 2014)

After impressive debut on Sähkö’s sub Keys of Life, Niko Pettersen aka Teersom launches own Basement Grey Records with barren tracks carried by wobbly percussion. In the EP named after Norway’s northernmost island Magerøya, the man from Turku in Western Finland, and the city of Sähkö Recordings, heads to frozen trails in the other side of the 60th parallel north. For “Water Breath”, thermal suits and strong headlamps are required when diving into the deep where thuds and creaks are echoing in low-oxygen spheres. The bass is turned up to the maximum, which lends a chunky impression also to the next track “Waves E”, moving on more abstract side with bleepy undertones and reverberated noise, like […]

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Various – Jerome Derradji Presents The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Still Music Stillmdcd012 – 2014)

A wealth of 26 tracks in the CD version and half of them selected for two vinyl double packs, Jerome Derradji’s Still Music digs again in the archives of Chicago house to explore the catalog of Kstarke Records. The story goes that the Kstarke owner Kevin Starke aka Jackmaster Hater, adheres to the motto I want them to hate me for putting this out, which is well reflected in the bumpy ride of the compilation. “The House That Jackmaster Hater Built” contains rare material by Ron Hardy, James “Jack Rabbit” Martin, Terrence Woodard, Traxmen and many more, for an entertaining assortment of hedonistic acid house workouts. Given the label’s approach and featured artists, the […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 2 (November 2014)

A number of new releases and some oldies in the new mix. On several occasions, I have been tempted to get a release of French jazz wizard Erik Truffaz and the same applies for Murcof, Mexican electronics don. “Origin Of The World”, the inaugural track of their collab on Mundo Recordings is a most suitable opener for “Promos & Classics Vol. 2”, taking the listener to the melancholic world where Truffaz’s trumpet meets ambient. Hot Guts is a Philadelphia industrial wave group and “All Suns” is from their new LP on Avant! Records. Anopolis collective stands for Greek-flavoured acid house and switches on the […]

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Samuli Kemppi – The Observer Effect (M_Rec Ltd M_RECLTDLP01 – 2014)

No kidding, “Observer Effect” is Samuli Kemppi’s first album and for a producer who emerged in 2002, this step is long overdue. Even if an artist can live without doing albums, because the high metabolic rate of contemporary techno favours short formats for keeping the crowds going with new and new tracks. That’s what Kemppi has done in recent years, putting out a steady stream of EPs on labels like Chronicle, Suicide Circus, Balans, Prologue and also on Deep Space Helsinki, homely imprint set up with Juho Kusti. Together they also run a weekly DSH radio show on Basso Radio, playing fresh promos and some […]

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Sunil Sharpe – Cadya (Trensmat Records TR045 – 2014)

It’s a story of two mainstays of Irish electronic music and about a cooperation expected to happen. Sunil Sharpe is foremostly known as the boss of Earwiggle, an imprint for techno’s harder side, and his own infrequent releases have found a home at Works The Long Nights and Black Sun. Trensmat is an exciting label of experimental electronics, which has recently peeked into the realms of techno. Leaving aside the countryman aspect, it may well be that Whirling Hall Of Knives and The 15 Dead Minutes, the groups recently seen on both labels, were the decisive forces to link Sharpe to Trensmat. What came out is largely explained with […]

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Hiss : 1292 – VéVé EP (Dement3d Records DM3D010 – 2014)

“VéVé EP” by Hiss : 1292, a French-Swiss connection of Francois X and Opuswerk, is a good reason to pay attention to Dement3d Records. Two years after Polar Inertia’s outstanding “The Last Vehicle EP”, the label from Paris makes another strong statement to hit the nerve of the techno scene. The duo’s second EP after “Aetherius Society” from the last year, “VéVé EP” is inspired of West African Dahomey and Yoruba voodoo traditions and opens with “Augun”, a bullish, drilling tool for the moments of perfection on the floor. “Damballah” receives the Wedo Mix treatment by the label’s co-founder Francois X’s who opts for slow-mode hypnosis in the most sluggish track of the […]

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Timeline – The Conscious Dream EP (Underground Resistance ‎UR-087 – 2014)

Not as numerous as Underground Resistance’s super group Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Timeline follows the concept of the UR the Band. A project conceived and run by Mike Banks, and uniting artists like keyboardist Jon Dixon, sax player DeSean Jones and producer/DJ Mark Flash, Timeline is a travelling live collective standing for Detroit’s spiritual side. Whereas the perspective arising from house and jazz is not new for the headquarters of techno, when thinking of early UR productions or labels like Happy Records. As expected, “The Conscious Dream EP” reveals the smoother side of UR’s storm bringers, true to the proclamation this is not techno, this is high-tech jazz. The […]

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D. Carbone – Untitled (Black Sun Records BSR010 – 2014)

After machine-driven rudities on Bas Mooy’s Mord, D. Carbone is at it again with noisy amok tracks, very suitably on the Black Sun Records. The Naples-born co-owner of Repitch and 3TH Records drops four untitled cuts from the areas black as the night. Apart from occasional trancy pads in A1, my pick of the EP, banging drums and evil distortions dominate across the release. A2 is the most caustic of the lot while after the atmospheric intro, the B1 turns swiftly to a stomping session and B2 brings further fresh produce from the punch plant. Carrying some influences from the 1990s techno, BSR010 offers headbanging […]

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