Mono Junk – FP-008 (Forbidden Planet FP008 – 2015)

The comeback story of an analog junkie continues. Everyone familiar with the 1990s techno knows how significant role Kimmo Rapatti and his DUM Records played and not only for the Finnish scene. Luckily we do not need past tense in telling this story because after several quiet years, Rapatti revived his Mono Junk alias and after two releases in 2014 keeps delivering. Along with an EP for Skudge White, Mono Junk returned to the Canadian imprint Forbidden Planet to follow up last year’s EP, doing it in a most enjoyable way. Hedonistic horns of the opener “Prince Of The Night” sound like the classic “Beyond The Darkness” has been propelled to […]

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Mønic – Parsons Hill EP (Tresor Tresor.277 – 2015)

“Parsons Hill” is a remarkable meet-up of two different clusters of electronic music when Simon Shreeve, the founder of Osiris Music, arrives on techno bastion Tresor. For years, Osiris has been an epitome of the dubstep and bass music and primarily known as home of Kryptic Minds, Shreeve’s main project so far. However, the UK label is getting hooked on techno, if to look at the recent output by Killawatt and Shreeve’s new alias Mønic. In the Mønic’s new EP, the title track is the closest to proper 1990s club tools and follows Tresor’s dress code with banging Beltram drums. Certain dissonance created by shifted rhythms and odd background […]

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Exium – Rotating Frames (POLEGROUP032 – 2015)

For over 15 years, Valentín Corujo and Héctor Sandoval have pushed the hard-edged Iberian sound with their project Exium. For me, their story began with “Unemotional” on Sunn, a memorable techno EP from the last decade, and ever since they have been supplying tracks with strong floor appeal. Frequent live and DJ sets and several EPs per year mean that Exium is a hard-working entity and it is not surprising to see three releases coming out this spring. Besides of Detroit Underground and Mord, an EP drops on Oscar Mulero’s home label PoleGroup. And the “Rotating Frames” is a serious big room takeover: Granular techno with tough loops serves the […]

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Polar Inertia – Kinematic Optics EP (Dement3d Records DM3D011 – 2015)

Techno shamans from Polar Inertia keep demonstrating their prowess with the third EP on Dement3d, when “Kinematic Optics EP” drops after convincing “Indirect Light” and “The Last Vehicle”, both among most sought-after releases of the Paris label. Polar Inertia reports nothing new about their biographical details and it is also irrelevant, seeing how capable they are in creating a well-working blend of trance influences and rugged techno textures. Actually, calling over 73 minutes of music an EP is actually misleading, but vinyl buyers can be only happy about. However, the label quickly realised that the length does not justify the price (€14) asked for the digital release and allocated a […]

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D’Marc Cantu – Car Type EP (Run Out Run RUNOR1006 – 2015)

Ann Arbor, US state of Michigan, is less than one-hour drive from Detroit and the place D’Marc Cantu comes from. Despite of geographical proximity to the Motor City, Cantu has rather courted the sound of Chicago with his genuine jakbeat rebellion, heard on labels like Nation, Crème, Sequencias and many more. He also partners with JTC in the group AM/FM, recently hitting with rude acid tracks on “Doomsday Initiative I”. The newest instalment of Cantu’s work comes on Tom Dicicco’s Run Out Run imprint, after a long wait since the November 2014, when the release was announced. “Car Type EP” is a proof of Cantu’s versatile […]

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DJ Stingray 313 & Mariska Neerman – 002 (Bleep43 Recordings ‎BLEEP43EP002 – 2015)

Several wise and good words have been said about the DJ Stingray 313 and Mariska Neerman split EP on Bleep43, which brings together two producers with as different profiles as they only could be. In recent years, Sherard Ingram’s talent has been showcased in numerous releases and the Detroit electro mastermind keeps the DJ Stingray 313 alias well alive with a constant flow of new material. The A-side is Stingray’s domain and it offers proven pneumatic funk across two tracks, of which “Nudge Theory” will win some hearts on the floor. Neerman, in turn, is a fledgling artist from Belgium and it is not the first time she is sharing a release with Ingram. Already […]

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