Various – Vortex Traks Vol. 1 (VTX001 – 2015)

The opening chapter of the Berlin-based Vortex Traks is dedicated to electro and more precisely to its melodic side. Four trusted artists are summoned to mark the label launch with productions that gladly unite the bass factor with relaxing elements. Before walking in moodier paths, the pressure is put on by Tatu Metsätähti, a Finnish producer and one half of the Mr. Velcro Fastener. He challenges the floor under the Mesak alias with battering bass wrestling futuristic thuds and beeps in “Ketale”. Jeremiah R.’s inclusion in the mini compilation is a very welcome move, when thinking about his rare but convincing material […]

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Marc W. Floyd aka Agent Chaos – Medicated Psychosis (Underground Resistance UR-053 – 2015)

For Underground Resistance it has become customary to issue a white label and sell it via Submerge Mailorder well before the official release hits the crates. It’s the same story with “Medicated Psychosis”, a new EP by Marc W. Floyd aka Agent Chaos. UR-053 is about genuine Motor City funk with attitude, which in vocal parts defies the pharma industry and addresses the hazards of excessive medication. ‘Don’t swallow the pill, study other methods, use your own will’, goes the advice and leads to two versions of “Trapped In The Meds”. Proven UR textures carry the narration in “Lithium Lobotomy Mix” while the […]

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Privacy – Human Resource Exploitation Manual (Lobster Theremin LTBLK006 – 2015)

And here we have “Human Resource Exploitation Manual”, which is not a classified folder from the depths of HR department, but actually the fourth EP of the enigmatic electro act Privacy. After “Command Pattern EP” on Klasse Wrecks, Privacy has decided to satisfy the mankind’s need for further electro shocks, when visiting on Lobster Theremin, a talked-about label of the moment. In a fashionable manner, the paper-sleeved black label vinyl comes with A4 insert of random texts about coercive techniques, but the design does not luckily win over the music. The opener “Constant Transient” is a sinister electro piece we know from Ultradyne and it combines growling […]

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Gesloten Cirkel – Untitled (Murder Capital M-011/M-012 – 2015)

Gesloten Cirkel’s double strike on Murder Capital is a much-awaited move after the artist’s electrifying album “Submit X” last year. Two heavy pieces of ‘untitled’ vinyl, again appearing on the same Viewlexx offshoot, contain six floor-shakers signed by Ratsnake the man. Both twelves reflect the producer’s proper homework in dance music history, which serves as a good basis for the tracks reanimating the fiery side of Chicago’s (post-) acid house. When going by catalogue numbers, M-011 begins with the eleven minute ride “The Real Melbourne House”, which is a red hot 2015 take on “Acid Tracks”. After getting off the blocks with snare drums and claps, sodden […]

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Klanken – Untitled (Deewee DEEWEE002 – 2015)

Out of nowhere comes Klanken – the first artist on the newly founded Belgian label Deewee, which is set up in Ghent by David and Stephen Dewaele, both so far known as 2 Many DJ’s or Soulwax. The first thing to say is that Klanken should not be mixed up with the Dutch artist Klankman, although their sounds have quite a few things in common. The single’s ‘Kant A’ (‘A-side’) gives a clear proof about a new undercover agent joining the Benelux-based operations of robust acid electro, along the likes of Ekman, Shitcluster or Unit Moebius Anonymous. Nerdy yet tense synth lines are topped by eerie moaning and […]

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