Dungeon Acid – The Move (Stockholm LTD STHLMLTD 035 – 2015)

For a dance track, the length is usually an asset and this notion has been valued since historical creations like “Acid Tracks” or “French Kiss”, both spread over ten minutes. Now Dungeon Acid suggests that 12 minutes of your precious life could be spent in the company of compelling Point Chaud remix of “The Move”, which fills the A-side of Stockholm LTD’s new release. The track which is not connected with “Move”, the artist’s 2013 piece on Detroit’s FIT, goes in the footsteps of classic Chicago workouts, in the form of a germinating acid house derivative. A gripping affair from the very beginning, it swerves through multi-layered […]

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Juju & Jordash – Down To The Roach EP (Dekmantel DKMNTL026 – 2015)

After the self-titled debut album in 2009, Juju & Jordash have stayed close to Dekmantel, a label in their chosen home Netherlands, where the Isreali-born producers also issued the next two longplayers, “Techno Primitivism” and “Clean-Cut”. “Down To The Roach” is their new tool for the club use and it triggers many flashbacks. To start with, it’s wrong to assume that Roach and motel, seen in the track titles, refer to Heller & Farley who ran the Roach Motel project a couple of decades ago. Instead, the cuts look over the ocean, at the house tracks from around the Great Lakes. The title tune is a casual (or Cajual) […]

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Ten f*ck tracks

We can’t speak of the ‘fuck’ shortage in the music around us, as there are about 50,000 related hits in Discogs. Although the word itself is not enough for rebellion, the artists feel often tempted to see ‘fuck’ as a way to self-expression, which has led to a number of tracks balancing between the good and the bad taste, more the latter. Obviously, ballads are not the genre where we should look around while music breeds like punk and hardcore or ghetto and booty bass provide a lot of thematic material. The following selection represents mostly artists and labels I can recall from earlier days. Something […]

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SHLTR – Konstrukt 001 (Konstrukt KON001 – 2015)

The debut release of the Dutch label Konstrukt arrived rather quietly, but SHLTR’s EP has the potential for a strong presence in the DJ charts. Because what we hear is a beautiful label start with ample soundscapes from techno’s sensible side. The magic of “Konstrukt 001” lies in sweet timbres that make to believe in the kindness of human race, without running the risk of looking pathetic. The aptly titled opener “When Protection Surrounds” is the cream of the crop, built on endless pads that have something in common with Parazide’s “Makin’ Love” or, of recent examples, Eduardo De La Calle’s delicate sounds. On the B-side, […]

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DUST OFF: DATA newsletter about records, raves, retailers – Tampere city, 1992

Found among old papers, DATA was a techno/rave newsletter published in Tampere (FI) in 1992. The first page told what’s happening inside the brain of Mr Kirk, a techno DJ and party promoter who listed current top singles and LPs. It also announced “From The Edge Of Nowhere”, a Finnish techno compilation, that was issued under another name in 1993. A number of upcoming raves, including Mayday III, and shops offering ‘smart nutrient products’ were featured too. The second pages continues with shops and lists a number of contacts, including Monojunk [Mono Junk], that time reachable on the phone [90] 754 1209, and Metal […]

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Secret Thirteen 159: Shawn O’Sullivan (STJ 159 – 2015)

Keywords like ‘Marc Acardipane’, ‘1990s’, ‘hardcore’, ‘Midwest rave’ have always alerted New York techno and synth wave artist Shawn O’Sullivan (Vapauteen, Further Reductions, Led Er Est). He belongs to the scene activists who believe that hardcore and acid techno played an important role in the evolution of 1990s electronic music. Hoover effects, nasty kick drums and crazy acid lines were part of the game that put the limelight on labels like Planet Core Productions, Dance Ecstasy 2001, Drop Bass Network, Direct Drive, etc. Now Secret Thirteen has invited O’Sullivan to share his knowledge in a special mix covering many milestones of the 1990s harder […]

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Syncom Data – Rumpukone (Syncom Data Records SD38 – 2015)

Looking back to a string of releases on Bunker and their own SD Records imprint, Syncom Data is having a remarkable year 2015. After issuing a warning with “Warehousing“, the Dutch act of Jan Katsma and Raoul De Vries keeps stimulating primitive urges with the new EP “Rumpukone”. With a rate at 128, both the vocal and instrumental version don’t compete in the BPM race, but they carry potential of a full mental blackout without any substances. For anybody despising all kind of mind poisons, “Rumpukone” is a perfect tool how to get high on music. Syncom Data’s action kit comes with hysterical recital by a lady called […]

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Hauntologists – Hauntologists (HAUNTOLOGISTS 1LP – 2015)

Despite of rare appearances on the self-titled label, the Hauntologists are a household name in the electronic scene. Two talented producers, Jay Ahern (aka Add Noise, Aquarhythms) and Stefan Schneider (in Kreidler, To Rococo Rot), started the project in 2008 and since then they have completed five EPs, two of them on Ahern’s own label Modular Cowboy. The duo’s new signs of life are coming with the debut (mini) album, according to the artists rooted in African music and conveying vehement spirit of the continent’s native drums. However, the result of the studio rituals can be described as ‘intelligent electronics’ with a […]

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