Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM Vol. 2

About two years ago I fiddled around with my old school favourites from the ’90s for a mix called “Barely Under 140 BPM”. Now it’s time for the second edition, which includes tracks from German hardcore labels, such as PCP, Labworks, Super Special Corp., from US outlets Drop Bass Network and Temple Records N.Y.C., as well as from the UR. Coming to the present day, Earwiggle, Ophism, 3TH Records and ZCKR are on board this time. If you prefer a faster and darker approach, then the next stop is Shawn O’Sullivan’s (400PPM, Vapauteen) mix for Secret Thirteen.       “Barely Under 140 BPM Vol.2” tracklist: 1. […]

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Various – Visions Vol. II (Blackwater Label BWD004 – 2016)

Since the vinyl debut in 2014, London-based and Italian-run Blackwater Label has put out several releases, trying to get a foothold in the overly competitive techno section. With reasonable success, if to mention Lamanna & Fire At Work’s EP from the better end of acid techno or sturdy club tools by Subion. “Visions Vol. II” is Blackwater’s second digital compilation, of which a small quantity is released on CD, and besides aforementioned artists it mostly belongs to new acquaintances. Sub-headline ‘post-Balearic sound from the center of the universe’ reflects the compilation’s leisure factor and a couple of tunes can fit the playlists of prosecco lounges. The […]

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TECHNO TALK: Gaja (Ophism, Repitch)

After Gaja’s recent release on Ophism, Terminal 313 invited the Berlin-based producer to some questions. What came out is an interesting peek into the mind of the talented Italian. Q: You debuted in 2013 on Repitch, with a fiery EP, which was in line with the label’s sound. But still, why did you choose Repitch (or did they choose you)? Gaja: Mr Chimenti introduced me to Pasquale [Ascione] and Davide [Carbone]. We became quickly really close friends and one day, when Davide and Pasquale where at my place, I told to them ‘try to listen this shit that I recorded’. I […]

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Gaja – Slaves Of The Future (Ophism OPSM02 – 2016)

Inviting to board a ship to the future, Captain Gaja steers a vessel that has collected its cargo from the bygone times. In the second release for his own label called Ophism, Italian-born Berliner Alessandro Gaia remains inspired by the sound of nineties, but has dumped monotone loop-driven techno in favour of sulphuric rowdy electro. Gaja, who still could be defined as a rookie producer, debuted in 2013 with in-your-face EP “Patterns” (Repitch), and soon thereafter launched Ophism with “Modern Passivity”, which sounded like a watered down version of the Repitch twelve. OPHISM 002 marks a major improvement when Gaja slams the […]

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Detroit Diesel – Dimension (DUM Records DUM 033 – 2016)

Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk seems to be unstoppable these days: After making a personal comeback on foreign labels, the Finnish underground maestro rebooted his own DUM Records. Relaunched with new material by Coopers, the label aims at combining the past and the present, which means that reissues and new tracks/versions are going hand in hand. Under the sign of Detroit Diesel, Rapatti has previously released a couple of timeless EPs and on “Dimension’s” B-side he’s exactly bringing back the 1990s with stunning acid tracks produced over 20 years ago. Of them, “Fu-Dimension” is a filthy tool with distorted drums to match Edge Of Motion and […]

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AX&P – Mutiny & Disorder (AX&P002 – 2016)

Widely known for their nonconformist attitude, Adam X and Perc are stirring a machine-controlled chaos in the new single “Mutiny & Disorder” and remain devoted to techno’s harder side. One should not be disturbed by the feeling of hearing too many Adam X or Perc tracks before, because both are in impressive form for another floor-dominating release. In their second twelve under the AX&P alias, the artists go beyond plain industrial rumble and ride the grooves in confident manner, offering a variety of EBM-rooted synth action like in the A-side’s “Mutiny”. It’s a throbbing battle call underscored by Adam X’s flanging whispers that recall the dark […]

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