REVIEW: Morphology – Frozen State EP (Vortex Traks VTX 004 – 2016)

With “Frozen State EP”, Morphology has saved the best for last in 2016. After appearing on recent Vortex Traks mini compilation, the duo’s first solo effort on the label affirms that Michael Diekmann and Matti Turunen still have plenty of gas left in tank at the end of the year that has brought to us their brilliant tunes for Central Processing Unit, Abstract Forms and other outlets. In the new four-tracker, Morphology is soundtracking the struggle in sub-zero temperatures with crisp, mechanical electro that is soaked with acid bits of varied intensity. Straight from the opener “Frozen State” caustic dust is sprayed […]

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New electro: Kurt Y. Gödel, Versalife, Vortex Traks

The 2016 electro vintage has been exceptionally good and despite of ongoing flood of new material, the quality level remains high. It’s time to have a closer look at the new releases on YUYAY Records, TRUST and Vortex Traks. Kurt Y. Gödel – Chord Rememory (YUYAY Records YUY009) YUYAY operates out of Leipzig, Germany and the label’s second vinyl EP after several digi releases comes with four interpretations of “Chord Memory”, a Kurt Y. Gödel’s track from the 2015 digi album. A couple of versions are aligned to classic electro but along the way we meet discofied synth wave (“Hyboid’s Galactic Memory”), cyborg tribal (“Milium’s Mutiny Theory”) and […]

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Vertical67 – Crystalline EP (Vortex Traks VTX002 – 2016)

In its second release, which comes from the label’s co-founder Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 (previously on 100% Silk, Lunar Disko, Photic Fields, Acroplane Recordings), Vortex Traks does not make any sudden moves compared to the inaugural mini-compilation last autumn. The mood is set in the title track, glaring and atmospheric “Crystalline”, which is for enjoying scenic views from above with a Mr. Fingers bassline and subtle interventions of processed human speak, which are also present in “Dry Land”, where electro spasms are meeting acidic tremors. The B-side keeps the attention on the floor when swarming electrons roll on a futuristic, shady terrain in “Raster” […]

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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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REVIEW: Vertical67 – Morphed Reality (Brokntoys BT18 – 2017)

Thomas Pahl is a visitor from Berlin on Brokntoys. When he’s not exactly busy at Vortex Traks, an electro label he runs together with Naks, Pahl is making music under the Vertical67 alias. The project’s first digital tracks came out about ten years ago and “Morphed Reality” is Vertical67’s second appearance on the London label, after contributing with acid-soaked frosty funk “Distortion” in recent mini compilation “The Glowing”. The A-side is dedicated to swerving uptempo cuts, the opener “Far Away Lights” rolling on coarse 808 kicks while wriggly 303 and subtle vocoder action furnishes the title tune. The B-side rests on the […]

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The best of 2016 in a mix

Tracklist Sven Grünberg – Hingus, I Osa (Мелодия / Bureau B) David Morley – Presto (De:tuned) Ioannis Savvaidis – IBM 2870 (Lower Parts) Puto Anderson – Domingo de Paz (Príncipe) Eomac – Same Heart, Same Breath, Same Life, Same Death (Bedouin Trax) Tanzania Soundsystem – Ngono Kijiji (Highlife) Reade Truth – OMM 0910 (Path Records) Population One – Detroit City At Night (Metroplex) Gut Nose – Enjoy Thy Flesh (Styles Upon Styles) Nikolajev – Live Cut (Mutant Disco) (Collect-Call) CT Trax – Toxic (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams) Brassica – Wryders (Feel My Bicep) Kareem – Meyrink (Noiztank) Mumm – Cell […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 5 (November 2015)

The tracklist with buy links: ADMX-71 – Phenomenalist (L.I.E.S.) As If – Nærvær (Silent Season) Nautil – Galdae (Further Records) Marco Bernardi – The Dancing Clowns (Berceuse Heroique) 3rd Face – Canto Della Liberta (Classic) I.B.M. – Bless The Mission And Toil (Interdimensional Transmissions) Liaisons Dangereuses – Dias Cortas (D.I.R.T.Y.) Hüpnosaurus – Muru (Bookworms Remix) (Wicked Bass) Tom Dicicco – We Let Go (Off Minor) Mistake Made – Convenient (Vault Series) Mark Verbos – Start Up Drive (Bunker New York) Oudeis – Phantom Melodies (Trash Can Dance) DJ ?Not – Race You To Hell (Hotel Lotte) Israel Vines – Relapse […]

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