Various – Jerome Derradji Presents The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Still Music Stillmdcd012 – 2014)

A wealth of 26 tracks in the CD version and half of them selected for two vinyl double packs, Jerome Derradji’s Still Music digs again in the archives of Chicago house to explore the catalog of Kstarke Records. The story goes that the Kstarke owner Kevin Starke aka Jackmaster Hater, adheres to the motto I want them to hate me for putting this out, which is well reflected in the bumpy ride of the compilation. “The House That Jackmaster Hater Built” contains rare material by Ron Hardy, James “Jack Rabbit” Martin, Terrence Woodard, Traxmen and many more, for an entertaining assortment of hedonistic acid house workouts. Given the label’s approach and featured artists, the […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 2 (November 2014)

A number of new releases and some oldies in the new mix. On several occasions, I have been tempted to get a release of French jazz wizard Erik Truffaz and the same applies for Murcof, Mexican electronics don. “Origin Of The World”, the inaugural track of their collab on Mundo Recordings is a most suitable opener for “Promos & Classics Vol. 2”, taking the listener to the melancholic world where Truffaz’s trumpet meets ambient. Hot Guts is a Philadelphia industrial wave group and “All Suns” is from their new LP on Avant! Records. Anopolis collective stands for Greek-flavoured acid house and switches on the […]

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Τεχνόπολις – booming times for Greek techno and house

Either at a grocery store or tube station in the heart of big cities like London or Berlin, it’s easy to bump into an electronic artist, given the high density of techno’s creative minds in those metropolises. The artistic and partygoing appeal of large cities in the UK, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Austria and USA has been dominating the scene for over 20 years but gradually other locations have gained importance, often boosted by a few artists that brought the country to the map – like Sähkö in Finland. Not only Vangelis I’m not sure how many techno producers per square mile […]

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ANOPOLIS – ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ (Lower Parts LP005 – 2014)

A group of ladies in traditional black, pictured in an old Turkish street of Thessaloniki in 1902. The sleeve predicts a folk music mashup, but in this respect the visual appearance is deceptive. “ΑΚΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ” is a truly appealing platter of acid house in Greek style conceived by Anopolis, a producer collective from Thessaloniki. So the Athens-based label Lower Parts has published four variations on the theme Anopolis, pressed in white wax. The opener “Anopolis 2” differs from the rest, as it is synth-soaked electro disco I am tempted to compare with Rude 66’s recent jams on Bordello A Parigi. Biting acid funk in “Anopolis […]

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Klankman – Klankman (Bunker Records ‎4002 – 2014)

A new vessel docked to pier of The Hague’s notorious Bunker. It’s steered by fearless Klankman, in real life known as the local fellow Maarten Epskamp. Contrary to the expectations, the opener “Losing Control” is not a DBX rip-off but a pacemaker for hardened acid house homies, built on muddled Dutch vocals and captivating bass line. “Dangerous Night” boasts a considerably higher sulfur content for hazardous moments in moonless nights. On the B-side, “Love Hurts” is a pain-filled exercise with massive drum work and Shitcluster-like moaning while “Insomnia” moves in even weirder spheres that could be called freaky ambient house. […]

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Armando/Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook – Bam Bam’s Westbrook Classics (stilove4music039)

Good news from Chicago when Stilove4music, an offshoot of the city’s own Still Music, has decided to unearth a few gems from the golden era of acid house. Essentially it’s a Chris “Bam Bam” Westbrook EP with one exception: The opener comes from late Armando Gallop whose “Land Of Confusion” was definitely not a Genesis cover but a warehouse classic. Originally out already in 1987 on Bam Bam’s fledgling Westbrook Records, it’s an anthemic track with wiggly 303 programming. “Confusion Mix” pairs well with fat bass line and sound of breaking glass of “Where’s Your Child”, Bam Bam’s urging and eerie […]

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Various – In The Dark: Detroit Is Back (Still Music stillmdcd011 – 2013)

Release date is in November 2013 Led by the luminaries like Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman, the compilation “In The Dark: The Soul Of Detroit”, paradoxically released on a label from Chicago, was a high-resolution snapshot of Detroit’s deep house in 2005. After last year’s reissue of the album, the fall of 2013 sees the arrival of the next installment, again on Jerome Derradji’s Still Music. It comes as a triple vinyl and double CD, the latter containing a larger selection of tracks. Considering Still Music’s preference for soulful and dynamic dance tracks, the CD1 is unsurprisingly filled with sizzling […]

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Various – Nonnative 05 (SEMANTICA NNN 05 – 2013)

Nordic craftsmanship on the A-side of the Semantica’s fifth Nonnative release. For the start deep bass expert Juho Kusti from Helsinki narrates about “Twin Oaks”, throwing in sprawling dubs of Helical Scan standard and advancing confidently with swinging synth sequences, only distracted by deliberate cacophony at the mid-track.Hailing from the cellars of Stockholm, S100 are twinning by sound with fellow Swedes SHXCXCHCXSH when they create in “Ssabbron” strobe-dominated black atmosphere with monotone old-school acid buzz and repetitive minimalist signalling.On the flip Japan’s Imugem Orihasam researches the depths of “Excessive Self-Consciousness” with a trippy cut diffusing mechanical coldness and Semantica’s local Madrid scene […]

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Dez Williams – The Angel Maker EP (Earwiggle EAR004 – 2013)

Sunil Sharpe’s Dublin-based imprint Earwiggle has a strong physical connotation in its pursuit for electronic music. They press vinyl (digital also available) and prefer sounds that don’t leave people just standing at the wall. Recent example is “The Angel Maker EP” by Dez Williams, succeeding the brilliant “Midwest Whippersnappers EP” by Freddie Fresh and Paul Birken. As a techno artist Dez Williams goes in “The Angel Maker” beyond the generic 4/4 stuff  and even in the harder cuts he’s not afraid of using softer pads. However the opener “Underground Persistent” offers smoking acid house, hitting up the pulse with a classic bass […]

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Andreas Gehm – What’s On Ur Mind EP (Mathematics MRI64 – 2012)

Mathematics Recordings really deserve close attention as they excel with quality output coming from Jamal Moss and his consorts both from the US and overseas. German producer Andreas Gehm has been affiliated with the imprint before and after a joint effort with the legendary Steve Poindexter, the German drops another four-track tool in the Chicago vein. Having obtained recognition with his acidic blasts under the Elec Pt. 1 alias with releases on Bunker, Kommando6 or Psycho Thrill, Gehm has chosen a smoother and acid house-inclined approach in his recent productions and the new EP on Mathematics features classy Chicago house tracks with a hint […]

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