REVIEW: Special Request – Curtain Twitcher (Houndstooth HTH081 – 2017)

Fabric’s offshoot Houndstooth has brought to us knockout tracks from Paul Woolford aka Special Request. The A-side of the clear vinyl goes straight to the business with sweeping opener “Curtain Twitcher” where vitriolic braindance riffs are crashing into naughty hoover bursts. Bass-heavy stepper “Emutraxx” is saturated with quirky acid lines and Nosey Parker’s remix of the title cut keeps the noise level high with nasty synth riffs in Terence Fixmer style. After big beat-ish groover “Trippethylophosphazene”, the pace and mood changes when “No Phone Calls” revitalises slow rave atmosphere with grumbling sub-bass and vocal samples. Another treat is Peder Mannerfelt’s […]

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REVIEW: Blake Baxter / Thomas Barnett – Four313 EP (Four313 F3-002 – 2017)

Three-one-three area legend Blake Baxter, the Prince of Techno, is not stuck in the past, if we may think so because of his reissues for Mint Condition. Recently he has produced new tracks for Killekill, and Baxter’s latest appearance comes on Four313, a new label from Detroit. He shares the split EP with Thomas Barnett, another seasoned artist from Motor City who once co-wrote Rhythim Is Rhythim classic “Nude Photo” and later set up a label called Visillusion. Baxter’s sensual voice is spreading the message of eternal love in “Agape”, a velvety deep house tune for filling a day with joy, while “Let’s […]

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REVIEW: D.J. Trump – Trumpin’ Tracks Vol. 1 (Black Beacon Sound bbs009ep – 2017)

It was only a matter of time when Trump ‘The DJ’ will make a techno debut and truly some Soundcloud clips appeared a few months ago. It sounded pretty promising, clearly not a kind of cheap parody house that would ride the wave of Trump-mocking. And I really don’t care if it’s D.J. Trump or DJ Woody Woodpecker because the tracks are just great, starting from “Ghetto Trump”, which has a lot in common with bleepy minimalism of “Losing Control”. In the gripping ghetto jam “Trump Dat”,(un)appropriate vocabulary emerges from a coarse throat, before smoking acid house tune “Beat The Box, Trump […]

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REVIEW: AshTreJinkins – Root Beer EP (NCA004 – 2017) 

AshTreJinkins, an artist straight outta Compton, L.A., has already three EPs under his belt in 2017. The release on NCA opens with a Rezzett-esque furred deep house “Dead Or Wounded” and the mood is preserved in offbeat funky swing “Frozen”, which is introduced by vintage audio clip about ‘good slave material’ from the times when cotton and tobacco markets started to bloom. For me, the culmination of “Root Beer” arrives on the flip with “We Need Rain”, a pulsating, dubbed out masterpiece with simmering voices, that creates otherworldly vibes before floor monster “Adwarenigga” is grinding out the artist’s rougher side, […]

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REVIEW: Vesa-Matti Kivioja / Kollektiv Jurmo – Connection EP (Meltdown Deejays Recordings MLTDWN-002 – 2017)

As a DJ collective, Meltdown has been around since 1993 when it was set up in the Finnish town Vaasa. Last year saw the Meltdown’s debut as a label with Vesa-Matti Kivioja’s (Ostrobothnia Power Discs, Ljudverket) “Miller Street Sessions”, a five-track EP between acidic floor action and experimental soundscapes. In the second Meltdown release, the opener “I Will Stand By You Until We Do” is an admirable piece by Kivioja, exhibiting techno’s brighter side with warm chords and driving acid house bassline. Still enjoying the heat of sunrays, “Expanded Harmony” is of more propulsive kind and then Kivioja passes the […]

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REVIEW: Harmonious Thelonious – Ayranman EP (Disk disk12 – 2017)

In 2017, Stefan Schwander has returned to the limelight with his Harmonious Thelonious project, when new releases have appeared on Kontra-Musik, Versatile and most recently on The Trilogy Tapes. “Ayranman EP” was published already in the summer and it marks the artist’s return to the Düsseldorf label Disk, formerly known as Diskant. For Schwander, who has worked under Antonelli Electr. and Rhythm Maker monikers, it’s home turf because Diskant was set up by him and two artist friends, Marc Matter and Florian Meyer, who all together are performing as The Durian Brothers. Subtropical rhythmic noise has been the label’s signature […]

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