Israel Vines – WWKD EP (Eye Teeth TEETH-1 – 2015)

A new release by Israel Vines had been in my wishlist since hearing his superb remixes for Stave and Erika, when Vines’s skill to control the groove made appetite for more. Although I was a bit too early with the assumption that in 2014 we should have watched out for him, Vines has not disappeared anywhere and now has the honour to inaugurate Eye Teeth, a sub-label marking the artistic adulthood of Ann Arbor’s Interdimensional Transmissions. In the title track WWKD”, the Midwest veteran and current Los Angeles based artist, releases the steam to make room to roiling bass line, percussive variations, inclusive some cracked […]

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MOVIE & SOUND: Test pilota Pirxa / Navigaator Pirx (1979)

Oddly enough, the Eastern bloc regimes that practised bogus communism, tolerated sci-fi themes in arts and literature, despite of treating suspiciously anything what seemed even a little bit ambiguous. In the times when artists had to live with constant unease of having their works censored, may it be for wrong colours used in a painting or for the word use in poetry, the sci-fi could have been an especially risky business. Maybe the abstractions related to unknown territories and times were regarded as harmful enough for not threatening the existence of the rulers. I believe there are scholars familiar with […]

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Ultradyne – Resurrection: Return From The Abyss (Pi Gao Movement PGM011 – 2015)

The signals are loud and evident, when Ultradyne transmit on the assigned frequency from their interstellar refugium. Looking back to two decades in action – their tale started in 1995 with “E Coli EP” on Warp – the enigmatic producers from Detroit keep cruising in the extreme end of the electro universe with the new EP “Resurrection: Return from the Abyss”, out on their home label Pi Gao Movement. Ultradyne have well maintained the veil of secrecy, with their identities and even the group’s composition often disputed, but it is known that Dennis Richardson and Frank de Groodt are the faces […]

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Abdulla Rashim & Axel Hallqvist – Sorunda Remixed (SEMANTICA 58X – 2015)

‘X’ was added to the item 58 in Semantica catalogue, after a handful of acclaimed producers were summoned to remix “Sorunda”, a two-tracker conceived by Abdulla Rashim and Axel Hallqvist in 2013. Back then, the original “Mark” made a more brisky impression and on the A-side a choice Italian squad maintains the initial pace. Reproducing the spirit of Lascaux, Donato Dozzy’s “Cave Man Remix” is a wild one praising primitive urges of the tribes in furs, with frenzied kick drum constituting the backbone of the multi-layered entrancer. More shout-outs from the floor can be expected when Claudio Prc drops a swerving motorway version of “Mark”, a brilliant mixture of dubbed-out yet immersive patterns. On […]

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DJ Stingray 313 ‎– Cognition (Lower Parts ‎LP07 – 2015)

This time, Detroit electro craftsman Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray 313 is reporting from Athens, Greece, having docked at the up-and-coming label Lower Parts. A trusted evangelist of immersive electro, Stingray puts up a convincing appearance across four tracks of the “Cognition EP”. Those familiar with Ingram’s productions, know his affection for the world of sciences, either engineering, physics, or neuroscience, which is the main theme in “Cognition”. Inaugural technoid kicks of “Acetylcholine” are radiating thermal energy and most obviously arousing dance instincts, but soon the track becomes more complex when atmospheric pads appear, with a touch of The Other People Place […]

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Edanticonf ‎– MCMLXXXIX (Wolfskuil Ltd ‎WLTD025 – 2015)

Italian space traveller Edanticonf reports for duty again, this time on Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil. Having debuted in 2011, the artist is foremostly known for a couple of dubbed out and atmospheric pieces on the Canadian label Silent Season, but also dropped a solid EP on M_Rec Ltd Grey Series last year. Presented by the label as ‘a very personal statement from an artist’ – what else it could be – the title may refer to the author’s birth year because musically “MCMLXXXIX” does not have anything in common with the acid house or new beat craze that governed in 1989. Maybe Silent Season’s […]

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