Artur Lääts – Apollo EP (Mürk Records MRKR001 – 2015)

Artur Lääts was one of the DJs at the launch party of Mürk (Poison), a series of techno nights in Tallinn. That moment, he and Mürk’s promotor Hugo Murutar hardly thought, maybe only dreamed, about conceiving a self-titled record label. But after running a kickstarter campaign, Mürk Records became reality and the inaugural MRKR001 was officially released in September. Lääts can’t be regarded as a freshman, because already in 2010 he debuted on Contrast-R (Belgium), followed by a cyclonic digi EP on the Australian label Gynoid Audio. For the vinyl debut, Lääts has dropped his earlier Glitchfxx moniker, which might […]

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Donato Dozzy – The Loud Silence (Further Recordings FUR 058LP/CD – 2015)

Yambo, the main character in Umberto Eco’s novel “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana”, returns to the childhood home for a memory recovery. For getting cured, he is browsing childhood memorabilia – books, magazines, vinyl records, thus delving into the popular culture from the beginning of the 1930s. Leaving aside the memory loss, there are some parallels between the novel and “The Loud Silence”, a new experimental album by the Eco’s fellow countryman Donato Dozzy. After the sessions at his parents’ house in the Italian countryside, Dozzy unleashes the potential of an ultimately hypnotic device, a predecessor of all 303s and 707s – the mouth […]

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Various – Grey City (ZCKR 10 – 2015)

ZCKR Records is an independent label from Bremen, a city in Northern Germany and the smallest Bundesland. Historically, Bremen is known for its fairy-tale Town Musicians, four animals who formed a band and scared off a thief with dissonant, shrill improvisations. No need to be afraid of ZCKR, although the label and its artists are keen to explore the wilder side of (electronic) music. After outstanding 12-inches by surrealist sound writer Anom Vitruv and emerging local producer Qnete, ZCKR’s tenth vinyl release gives a snapshot of the local scene, in the first label compilation “Grey City”. Diversity is the tagline throughout 11 tracks that take off with 37 […]

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Damaskin – Ancient Communications (Noiztank NTK003 – 2015)

Noiztank’s inaugural repertoire promised a new addition to the saturated market of industrial techno. The armoured outfit from Vienna launched the robust factory noise offensive with two releases by the label’s co-founder Zosima. After the EPs “Tears Of Black Powder” and “A Lady From Siberia”, the latter featuring a remix by Kareem, Noiztank continues with abrasive techno tracks by Damaskin. The Belgium based artist, who debuted with a torture chamber session for Unknown Percept and played safe in his next release, goes ahead with grainy electronic escapades to bring Noiztank closer to techno’s core structures. All four tracks are produced with floor domination in the mind. The opener “Propaganda” excels with shrill sequences to create a […]

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Coopers – Maximal Fun EP (Dum Records DUM 031 – 2015)

After strong comeback numbers on Forbidden Planet and Skudge, Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk decided to blow off the dust from Dum Records, his 1990s cult label that had been hibernating since 2007. The Finnish imprint returns with “Maximal Fun EP” by Coopers, in its original 1994 composition of Rapatti himself and Jukka Kaartinen. Two seasoned gentlemen stick to vintage formulas and their singing acid sequences radiate real old school feel. “Indian Acid” and extra long “Maximal Fun” are bright and rolling tunes, perfectly composed for the warmth of Indian summer, while warehouse fans will find their satisfaction in the grinding acid stomper “Ixam”. The label’s next release under the catalogue […]

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Kahn, Commodo & Gantz – Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik MEDILP011 – 2015)

Dubstep and bass music has not caught much of my attention. Perhaps I missed the first wave of innovative productions and didn’t find excitement in later releases, when the genre moved closer to dance music’s mainstream. However, my ignorance has neither been deliberate nor total because since Goth-Trad EP, I’m having a crush on one label, Deep Medi Musik. Being one of the genre’s best outlets, it’s renowned for many artistic endeavours of unreal dub-tinged bass. Kahn has been ruling with recent delirious material like “Abattoir” and “Dread / Late Night Blues (Gorgon Sound Versions)” and has now joined fellow producers Commodo and Gantz for […]

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