Herpes Ö DeLuxe – Kielholen (Hinterzimmer 01) – 8/10

No cheese and chocolate from Switzerland but glowing steel and whispering elves in the first release of Hinterzimmer Records. Label founders Reto Mäder and Roger Ziegler have teamed up with turntable instrumentalist Christoph Hess (Strotter Inst.) and two other performers, to produce an album for advanced listening and darker dancefloors. An irritating wake-up clock introduces “Fern der Hoffnung” that develops into a hypnotically crawling esoteric track spiced with eco-friendly narration and metronomic drum beat. Raindrops and orchestral sound samples set the tone in “Funkenflug”, a calm composition before most intense “Tief Unten” unleashes a psychedelic mayhem of distortion, with Strotter […]

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DMX Krew – The March To The Stars (Strange Life 038) – 7/10

Ed DMX rocked the Tallinn Art Academy in May 2002 with a blazing live set, along with Cylob who among other tracks manipulated the masses with his techno-electro version of “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?” Now on Legowelt’s Strange Life label DMX Krew gives daylight to a new Cd-R that is more wave and pop than electro. Certainly he had piled up a lot of analog equipment for this one. First tunes are happy cartoon music with disco and funk influences, not too challenging. “Lip Chime” and “Tension” are more abstract and slower letting out some NASA […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Privileged Frames For Reference (V/Vm Test Records 0002) – þ/10

Back off, keep off – this bunch has to be isolated from the society because it’s not music. It’s terror. And it’s error. V/Vm is like 100-watt light bulb that attracts all kinds of weird insects. Purgatorian parasites and bugs gone berserk crash your ear canals and paint their graffitis inside: “V/vm was here“. You get no sleep after listening to this mayhem. Alien Porno Midgets swing the hula hoop on „High Altitude Over Hawaii“ but then Japanese Industrial Agents give with a metal hop a pre-taste of what is coming. Oleg Satichenko’s „Emissions From Reactor Room 17“ is an […]

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Die Blutleuchte – RUS ( Sähkö 018) – 7/10

Anatoli Alexandrovich, whoever he is, made this album in 2002. A musical insight into the more or less glorious days of the Russia’s history, painted with minimal and noise-influenced experimental compositions and spiced with sound fragments like worshipping of Stalin in Finnish-language, Karelian folk song and clinking of swords. “Спутник” is a track for the floor that reminds of Sähkö’s rhythmic and acidic output of the early days. Late Leonid Iliych Brezhnev is the MC in ambientish “Скрытая Война I” while “Скрытая Война II” is a mind-blowing noise avalanche. “Гласность” stands out nicely with guitar riffs. “Курск. Крещеный Ледяной Водой” […]

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