Virgo Four – Resurrection (Rush Hour Recordings 113 BOX)

Rating: 10/10 Chicago house compilations that flooded the market 15-20 years ago mostly featured the usual suspects like Joe Smooth, Adonis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, with the tracks that had attracted masses at warehouse parties. And there was also a not so famous act called Virgo … Even can’t remember if it was on a CD compilation found in a supermarket bargain bin in Marburg, but the first track I associated with Virgo was definitely “Do You Know Who You Are?”. Later it turned out that many people didn’t know who the Virgo really were, because a project of Marshall Jefferson, […]

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Vernon Felicity – Bliss (Clone S.O.S.2)

Rating: 9/10 Please meet Mr Vernon Felicity, by name a fellow who could easily be a hidden artist from the beginnings of warehouse parties. No doubt this piece of dark-green vinyl expresses Clone’s love for overseas sound aesthetics, when the halos of Chicago and Detroit hover about this warmly rolling record. “Scarlet Light” on the A-side starts with acid house feel that gradually receives warm chords and advances as a blissful journey of colored sounds. It’s a full-bodied and majestically grooving mover keeping the spirits up. Jazzy keys and rougher rhythms are mingled with deeper house grooves and subtle acid […]

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MD0 – Sepone Wisdom (SD Records 19)

Rating: 8/10 First it made me think of UND, the duo that produced theatrical tech-house with tongue-in-cheek attitude. MD0 turns an eye to Asia having captured voices from the life on young Japanese ladies who are fond of designer clothes and chic jewellery. Sound wise it is quite eclectic mix of techno, house and electro.The A-side reveals its qualities in time as the second half grows into hectic acid house. Ladyships have fun and keep the party going while the sounds are pretty schizo. The B-side is, despite of girlie giggling, is heavier and delivers compressed electro funk that we […]

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Vindicatrix – Hume / Unborn Vectors (Mordant Music 045) – 10/10

You can’t expect something ordinary from Mordant Music. “Hume” walks on the borderline of real and imaginary world, presenting first a theatrical performance by an uncredited and dramatic vocalist (Vindicatrix?) who is doing it in Fritz Ostermayer style. Electro-acoustic composition and sleepy bass serve as backdrop. This is for the first half of the A-side. Without interruption we move on to technoid part that is welcomed by cheering crowd and thereafter mixed with some drops of acid, to make your feet move.“Unborn Vectors” is another vocal performance, assisted by orchestral arrangements, various bass facets and percussion elements. At mid-track it […]

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Bam Bam – Where Is Your Child (Tresor 10165) – 8/10

This should rather belong to the Dust-Off category because the original “Where Is Your Child” was released in 1988, in the heyday of the acid house. Now it has seen the light of the day again, as a reissue by Tresor. Fellow Chicagoan DJ Rush has put his naughty fingers on the track and filled the A-side with an harder take, allowing closer to the end an acappella section on bristling hi-hats.While the title track boasts a classic and fat bass line, the sound of breaking glass and crying baby deflates the overall impression. Yes, the underlying idea is to […]

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Omar S – These Complimentary Track’x (AOS432*16 RE-1) – 7/10

Omar-S is a real Motor City man: Produces rough tracks and has a proper day work in automotive industry, at the Ford Motor Company. Been very busy this year and may have needed extra night hours to keep up with the publishing schedule. Now simultaneously with “All I Do”, a collaboration with Roy Davis Jr, a new four-tracker called “These Complimentary Track’x”  is out on his home label FXHE.Having recently done his first acid record, he continues where he left off: “Solely Supported” is clearly following the lights of Chicago and sounds like warehouse acid. “Under Jamaica” has furious drums […]

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Marco Bernardi – Ist Das (Dirty Planet 003) – 10/10

Prepare yourself for a ride. “I Feel The Lies” flies with time machine to the days of acid house. True to best traditions of 80’s Chicago, the track spins around bubbling sounds and thumping beats, with the vocal part done by electro legend Keith Tucker. Cool, Aux 88 front man in a totally new role. Exium has mastered a remix of “Giro”, delivering thus the best techno track of 2010, in my humble opinion. Millsian jingles and darkly pounding four-to-the-floor arrangement is exceptionally good. Exium’s 2006 release “Unemotional” was my first encounter with the Spaniards – those who have not […]

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