pann​+​onn – Grohot (Ante-Rasa ANTE03 – 2015)

Released on the very first day of 2015, “Grohot” stands for very loud New Year fireworks the Serbian way. Brought to us by Belgian imprint Ante-Rasa, the five-track digital EP boosts the heart rate of anybody in love with harsh beats. Serbia may not look like a hotbed of harder electronic music but industrial has some traditions in the Balkans, which are not limited to Slovenia, to Laibach and its consorts. For example, Ancient Methods has had many recent gigs in the region and rounded off the year 2014 with a performance in Belgrade. In “Grohot”, doomed knights line-up for […]

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Jack Murphy – Points Zero (Don’t Be Afraid SPE005 – 2014)

It is a peculiar relationship I have to some labels and artists, Don’t Be Afraid being one of them. Enjoying most of their releases, I am not too concerned when missing out some of the output. What prevails is a feel of safety, the knowledge they are around and accessible when I need good music. Luckily, I did not give a miss to Don’t Be Afraid’s newest four-tracker titled “Points Zero”. It comes from Jack Murphy, a San Francisco based artist who had previously released two EPs on Frozen Border sub-label Reference. His Digital Tsunami mix already indicated a good […]

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Powell- Club Music Remixes (Diagonal ‎DIAG 016 – 2014)

Powell and Diagonal have been hitting the high spots with a new breed of body music, and for the year-end invited two exceptional artists, Ancient Methods and Richard H Kirk to the game to rework “Club Music”. Starting with the A: We have not seen any follow-up to “Seventh Sign”, so far the last Ancient Methods release on the self-titled label but the artist has been quite busy recently. “Ohne Hände”, a joint EP with Black Egg, came out on aufnahme + wiedergabe, and last January Eschaton, a collab with Orphx, was set up for a debut on Token. However, […]

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Various – The North Gate Vol. 2 (Subspecies SBSPCS 002 – 2014)

180 grams vinyl on the Spanish label Subspecies, for the second round of „The North Gate“ mini-compilations. The winners are found on the A-side: Chugging and slicing “Different Species“ by Tomohiko Sagae & H. Paul sounds like a tribute to Headless Horseman and in “Next Level”, the Spanish act Delusions wears a fireproof outift for dancing in the ovens of an industrial plant. The B-side brings ordinary club rhythms by Demon.I/O. Kike Pravda remix of „Faith“ sounds like a rework of „Dark Energy“, a track by the mid-1990s Re-load artist Tevatron, and the original is a dubby and dreamy breather. […]

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2014 wrap-up: Part Two

After having missed the train of best-of-2014 lists, which took off at the end of November, I still decided for a wrap-up of 2014, doing it in alphabetical order. Here is the second part.   “Irreformable”. A remarkable techno album by Adam X on Sonic Groove, both mainstays of the historical and contemporary techno scene.   Kareem. Industrial techno’s iconic figure unearthed his legendary Zhark imprint with a stunning four-tracker and was part of the excellent “Paris/Berlin” compilation.   Mono Junk. In addition to visiting Tallinn with a DJ set, the founder of DUM Records and a real analog man dropped two […]

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2014 wrap-up: Part One

After having missed the train of best-of-2014 lists, which took off at the end of November, I still decided for a wrap-up of 2014, doing it in alphabetical order.   Afrikan Sciences. “Circuitous” was for me the culmination of PAN’s year.   Berghain. Experienced it in February. Great sets by Sigha, Perc, Truss and live PA by Ancient Methods. Only too much cigarette smoke.   Bordello A Parigi. A special Dutch outlet for getting satisfaction from Riviera disco and sinister electro. Rude 66’s EP was just amazing.   Deep Medi Musik. Although I’m following dubstep only remotely, this label is a fine one. Check the Kahn […]

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