Ilpo Numminen – Vuosi 1​/​12 (VUOSI – 2014)

Thirty-year old Ilpo Numminen is a teacher in Finland who plays modular synth and repairs his rubber boots with bicycle tire patches. His fashion preferences consist of dad’s old coat from the 1990s, sweatshirt from Numminen’s elementary school years and glasses found in a second-hand store. The vintage look is an attempt for conscious understatement, which cannot be said about the Finn’s music and the inaugural release of VUOSI (‘year’ in Finnish) series. It is a project of four sound artists, Ilpo Numminen, J. Koho, Olli Aarni, Tuukka Salonen, who have decided to produce twelve tape releases during a year. A true vintage man, Numminen opened the series in […]

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PARTY REPORT: TehnoTasand with Mono Junk [DJ], Rajaleidja [Live] in Tallinn (August 1, 2014)

Mono Junk at the decks (Photo: TehnoTasand) A small anniversary for TehnoTasand series of techno parties in Tallinn, when the tenth edition was held in Kultuurikatla Aed, a semi open-air venue close to the Old Town. Nice weather and pleasant ambience, with some people playing table tennis in the yard, attracted a sizable crowd that indicated increasing interest in techno in the Estonian capital.Harder beats were found in so-called Kanal B room where MÜRK resident Artur Lääts got the things moving with a solid set, including a secret weapon, Gareth Wild’s “Get Raw” mixed with ever-present “Losing Control” and the […]

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Sanys – Dominance (Downfall Theory DF06 – 2014)

Sanys, a producer from St Petersburg (Russia), uses own outlet Downfall Theory for floor action and has reached his and the label’s sixth EP. Mid-paced title track “Dominance” does many things right with hints of Ferox funk, low-pitched vocal sample and clattering drums but it’s dwarfed by following cuts. A special treat is 303-corroded “My Concern”, which possesses real brain scanner qualities and flirts bravely with trancy elements, while techno freighter “Told You So” is directly heading to Tresor. For the end, the old school calls when Eomac, armed with junglist breaks, devises a downtempo abstract of “Dominance”. Boredom not […]

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Drøp – Vasundhara EP (Arboretum ARB001 – 2014)

When tracing the foundations of artist name Drøp, it can be guessed as a Nordic thing because of the symbol ø, a vowel in Norwegian/Danish. But more probably it stands for the mathematical empty set, a state of being which describes well Drøp’s debut EP “Vasundhara”. The project is a brainchild of Italian Giuseppe Bifulco, born in Naples and now residing in Berlin, and dedicated to the gloomy ends of sound composition. According to the artist the sound is generated by manipulating electric circuits, lights or everything else is able to turn electric impulses. This approach is reaffirmed in the opener “Epileptic Heritage”, setting the tone for […]

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Stefan Jaworzyn – Principles Of Inertia (Trensmat TR043 – 2014)

Despite of being attached to the UK power electronics and experimental scene from the end of 1980s, Stefan Jaworzyn’s solo work has been limited to a few releases about 20 years ago. Formerly guitar player in the bands Skullflower and Whitehouse, Jaworzyn has made 2014 a year of his resurgence with new albums on Blackest Ever Black, Kye and now on Trensmat.Do not be misled by the bright sunflower on the sleeve because “Principle Of Inertia” exhibits Jaworzyn’s affection to rhythmic noise. The opening tracks. “Biorigged” and “Festival Of Lies” are feasts of short wave modulations and cyberpunk-esque dirty drumming with […]

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Roebin de Freitas – Doubt (Ante-Rasa RASA01 – 2014)

In “Doubt” the Belgian producer Roebin de Freitas invites to factory sightseeing. Whereas the title track has some doubts about the direction to take when the beats are limping to the abstract side of post-dubstep. Entirely different mood prevails when Irish duo Lakker serves a 105 BPM remix: Calling it a sluggish slam is pure understatement because of irresistible dark groove with floor-detonating effect.On the B-side de Freitas exhibits purist techno side with simple but vigorous “Twitch”, followed by the Stanislav Tolkachev’s rework of the track where the Ukrainian stays true to his intense and fidgety programming. The 180gr wax […]

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Ø [Mika Vainio] – Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings SÄHKÖ-28 – 2014)

The artwork of “Konstellaatio” gives a clue to the foundations of Mika Vainio’s new album as Ø. It’s about summers in the Nordic countryside, grandma’s mythological tales from the memorable days between self-indulgence, when kids went picking wild strawberries under the burning sun, and suspense, when they were spying at a haunted house in the woods.Considering Vainio’s recent work, “Konstellaatio” is unsurprisingly of very different breed than Ø’s debut album “Metri” from 1994 or early EPs, which were in line with Sähkö’s rhythmic sci-fi fare of that time. Twenty years later Vainio comes with a constellation of life experiences, offering an inward-looking mix […]

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Love Cult Take Druss – Yr Problems (Trensmat ‎TR042 – 2014)

“Yr Problems” proves how experimental productions can go beyond sheer noise and dissonance. By using human voices, stealth rhythms and exciting timbres, Love Cult and Druss come up with a release full of twists and turns.About the artists: Love Cult does not refer to the followers of a self-proclaimed prophet from Mojave but it’s a project of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev, two musicians from Petrozavodsk who run Full Of Nothing label out of Karelia and are touring seven Russian cities in March. Druss is Paddy Shine, a member of Manchester’s experimental psych group Gnod, to make his second appearance […]

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Anom Vitruv – Untitled EP (ZCKR08 – 2013)

Bonjour miserable world, says Anom Vitruv, a Swiss artist having previously released on Tabernacle and Offseason and now paying a visit to the experimental outlet ZCKR from Bremen, Germany. Buried beneath abstract noise and distortion, the EPs three tracks feed the bad dreams, like in the rumbling A-side where chaotic soundbites interfere with bewildered voice and the track gradually adopts a distinctive synth groove before droning away. B1’s smutty dubs and vocoded storytelling are overtaken by angst-inducing noise that leads to the concluding statement you are going to die while the B2 track opens with dark ambient and pressurized loop before […]

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DUST OFF: Hobby – Rudern Im Stehen (Taktik tak 2001 – 1996?)

Croatian native Mate Galić was in the frontline of early German techno and hardtrance movement. Later he could not resist the call of shimmering screens when became a host for VIVA music channel, before moving to managerial positions at Native Instruments and being now the company’s CTO/President. The projects of Robert Babicz aka Rob Acid from Cologne have been integral part of the German scene and he’s still busy releasing new material. Although mainly associated with rave crowds the two have showed differing sides of their creativity, if only to mention Galic’s Bion moniker and his and Babicz’s one-off vehicle Hobby. […]

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