Nick Simoncino – The Other Side (Finale Sessions FS011 – 2012)

Release date is in October 2012 “OTP Party Breaks #4”, a pretty decent job in the footsteps of the eighties disco-house, was in 2010 an incidental purchase and my first meeting with Nick Simoncino’s music. Thereafter the Italian DJ and producer has put out a steady flow of releases, including on Mathematics and L.I.E.S., and increasingly shown affection for the canons of Chicago and Detroit.He is also commuting between those two cities in “The Other Side”, a three-track EP out soon on Finale Sessions. With the title track “Symphony Of Brotherhood” he has programmed an ample tech house groover and the […]

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Various – Trash Fantasy’s Storm (Ojo De Apolo – (ojo.07)_2012)

For a long time Chile has not been an uncharted territory in electronic music, if we just think of Cristian Vogel, Dinky, Matias Aguayo and others, most of them having found a creative home outside the native country.But it’s not quiet in Santiago de Chile either: Ojo de Opolo is a local label specialised on deep and minimal house. After mid-2000’s, when the definition “minimal” almost became a pejorative, this particular might seem very outdated, but current EP tries to prove the opposite.The release is opened by Jorge Cortés AKA Jorge C. with a long and easy-going minimal house cut […]

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01/2012: Svreca, Vedomir, Atom TM

“Obscur. Final”, a follow-up to the first “Obscur” edition by Semantica label head Svreca, heads the Terminal 313 best-of list with a strong techno package, including the remixes by Regis, Orphx, Silent Servant and Skirt. Vakula dropped two fine cuts under the Vedomir guise, releasing “Orthodox Ambient” on Dekmantel and Sähkö has blown off dust from Atom Heart’s 1994 tapes, releasing with “Cold Memories” two ultra long tracks by the project Atom TM. Sandwell District says goodbye to the world with Rrose‘s “Artificial Light 1969-1909”. Acid faction is represented by a mini comp “We Want You To Understand The Future” […]

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Jagdstaffel 66 – Starfighter EP (Creme Eclipse 11)

A new toy for all top guns out there, to be released on Crème Organization’s Eclipse series in February 2012. After spotting a teaser of bleepy acid house “Alle Piloten mit in den Tod” on Youtube, a full set of audio clips was now uploaded by the label.In “Nur die F-104” German vocals narrate about the controversial existence of a troubled jet fighter, “Nachbrenner” transmits the feel of flying at 15,000 km above the Earth, while slo-mo acid eats in “Grössenwahn” and “Pilot Was Killed”, the latter sounding like a genuine requiem.I guess that Jagdstaffel 66 is not really a […]

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Falke – Undermyarms (Kann Records KANN 09)

Rating: 8/10 Kann Records from Leipzig made a debut with impressive double pack in 2008 and current vinyl by Falke confirms the label on the top German deep house scene. “Undermyarms” is a track with two faces: first minutes are dominated by heavy bass heralding a tribute to darker acid house, but then piano and panpipes are unveiled for a smoother trip. Grooves get so dreamy and even trancy that Cosmic Baby or DJ Dag would be obvious choices for remixes.“Late Night” combines the deeper sides of house with simple, but consistent acid lines while “Flying” is built on a […]

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DUST OFF: K-Alexi – All For Lee-Sah (Transmat MS-8)

My hands start to caress you, down from the shoulders to your waist… Once I did a tape for my girl and the title track had to be there, for sure. A piece of vinyl sexy as hell, being a good match to Lil Louis’s “French Kiss” in this particular category, it offers many other qualities too. Keith Alexi Shelby is from Chicago and although he didn’t belong to the first wave of the city’s acid house producers, Shelby became a prolific sound writer with releases also on European labels like Djax Up, ACV. Transmat and acid house is not an obvious combination. Still at […]

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DUST OFF: Woody McBride – Come In… (Bush 1030 – 1996)

Paris, April 1996. I had entered the Techno Import store where the guys at the counter were busy testing the soundsystem with a track that hit me immediately. ‘C’est Woody McBride’, I was told and years after that moment I still think “Come In…” is among the very best McBride has offered during his long and prolific career. Not a typical 303-driven release, “Come In…” is a terrific example how the man in the frontline of acid techno controlled the machines. The A-side has two medium-paced cuts, starting with acid house burner “Let’s Get Freaky”. On the flip, roughness comes up […]

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Various – Uncanny Valley 004 (UV 004)

Rating: 9/10 Uncanny Valley’s fourth installment is a surprise to anyone accustomed to the label’s jazzy deep house output. Keeping the format of EP compilations, the sounds deriving from Dresden represent rougher side of the house music.“You Think You Think” by Sneaker runs in a synthetic bass-driven disco mode when suddenly jacking vocal sample pops up and assortment of fierce hi-hats and snares carries the track to proud length of over 12 minutes. Though, gradually the vocal sample starts to annoy.A real shark is CVBox’s acidic “Machinematch” that moves amidst underwater bubbles, hitting vigorously with the tail and chasing all […]

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Lory D – Strange Days Vol. 1 (Numbers 13 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 Acid is in the house when plenty of producers cherish the genre’s history and reproduce bubbling tracks that smell after warehouse parties. In the same new releases sometimes try to reinvent something reinvented a while ago and but there are exceptions, such as Lory D’s first record on Numbers. Twenty years after his debut, the Italian is still in possession of grandmaster touch and drops two impressive acid cuts. Both “Acidronix” and “Acid Prastix” show a broad grin of smileys.  Although too short, “Acidronix” is a bold mover for those who are feeling homesickness for old school raves. Silver box conveys its message, sawtooth bass […]

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