Svreca – Narita (SEMANTICA 44 – 2015)

Svreca has been a frequent visitor to Japan, with performances at Dommune and various clubs, and therefore it may not be surprising that Narita, the site of Tokyo’s air hub, serves as source of inspiration for the Semantica boss. While the Madrid label keeps a steady pace of two monthly releases, for Svreca’s own productions 2014 meant some sort of sabbatical without any new solo material. Now the master of tripping tracks is back and opens the game with “Sleepless”, a jet lag-ridden monotonous stretch, where strident bells are running on steady bass to a long tunnel of exhaustion. At first glance almost annoyingly simple, the opener illustrates […]

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Device Control – The Manufacture Of Consent (Device Control Recordings DCR002 – 2015)

Colin Bain, the heart, mind and soul behind the Device Control alias and the self-titled label, clearly understands a thing about techno. After being quite impressed about the label’s potent debut in April last year, I find Device Control’s second four-tracker “The Manufacture Of Consent” even more appealing. The EP, which will be part of my next vinyl order, is a premium offering of hot-blooded techno, filled with eruptive sequences and brazen rhythms. Occasionally, it recalls the 1990s strongholds, but the tracks sound fresh and animating. The business starts when Hood-style steely swirl connects to furious kick drum in “First Bloc” and a wealth of bulldozing riffs give a strong rating to “Policies”. Bain […]

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Ekserd – The Hidden Documents (Ressort Imprint RSI 006 – 2015)

The word ‘trance’ comes over my lips when listening to four hidden documents, released by Berlin’s fledgling Ressort Imprint. Of Ekserd’s original material, the opener “Hidden Document I” behaves wildly when boosting blood pressure with rough drum driven material. Next, I can’t ignore the feeling of hearing a Kangding Ray track when “II” opens the door for dubby screeches and trancy elements already heard in the opener. The B-side is dedicated to the reworks of visiting artists. Firstly, I/Y’s drops a high altitude version, before Svreca takes “II” to a trippy flight, for me the highlight of the release. To mention is also the digital […]

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Plant43 – Return To The Sentient City (SEMANTICA 69 – 2015)

Emile Facey has been missing the Sentient City lately, when the electro artist from London returns to the theme under the Plant43 moniker. It is also a reminder that genres endorsed by Semantica are not limited to techno, for which the Madrid label is mostly acknowledged, but it is open to a wider sound philosophy. Being the final part of the series, “Return To The Sentient City” contains a wealth of crisp and clear textures with a melancholic flair, without missing the bass-laden essence of genuine electro. All four tracks, driven by agile 808, gleaming layers and gentle strings, are equally strong, and evoke a picture of […]

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Ekman – Gödelian Argument (Bedouin Records BDN004 – 2015)

Already Dez Williams EP with remixes by Bintus and Ekman indicated serious ambitionst of Bedouin Records, a label based in the United Arab Emirates. The next alert comes from Ekman, conducting corrosive experiments in a gritty five-tracker expected in February. The Dutch electro acid producer had an exceptional year 2014 and “Gödelian Argument”, the most septic offering in the Bedouin catalog so far, promises further tremors on the floor. Already the sound clips give a clear evidence of an excellent offering. “Quantitative Matter And Motion” starts as dirty as it can be, with overdriven bass line and evil undulations we know from Ekman’s Panzerkreuz and The Trilogy Tapes material. At […]

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