DUST OFF: Top 15 electronic tracks from 1997 (Part 1)

It is becoming a tradition: After listing my favourites from 2005 and from 1996, the time is ripe for another end of the year selection from the archives. The second part can be found here. Bizz O.D. – You May Be Hardcore But… (Force Inc. Music Works – FIM 123) By mid-nineties, Khan and his consorts had become regulars on Force Inc, an influential European label back then. As Bizz O.D., Khan came out of your speakers in 1994 and three years later he thought you may be hardcore, but …   DJ Di’jital – Technohop (Direct Beat) After exceptional harvest […]

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Minimum Syndicat – Zenosyne EP (Tripalium Records TRIP004 – 2017)

“Zenosyne EP” is a rave-minded gust from Tripalium, which is a renowned yellow smiley brotherhood from France and steadily providing vitriolic noise for the floors. The fourth release within the Tripalium Records Rave Series sees Minimum Syndicat in the controls, a French collective that has been around for almost ten years and running also own self-titled label. The ethereal intro of “Seasaw” makes to anticipate a flying saucer touchdown. Once arrived, the greetings are expressed with squelching acid lines and eerie horns. Similarly themed “Kenopsia” sees semi-human creatures rushing over the fields, spurred by bittersweet hoover stabs. Obscure forces enter […]

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REVIEW: D.J. Trump – Trumpin’ Tracks Vol. 1 (Black Beacon Sound bbs009ep – 2017)

It was only a matter of time when Trump ‘The DJ’ will make a techno debut and truly some Soundcloud clips appeared a few months ago. It sounded pretty promising, clearly not a kind of cheap parody house that would ride the wave of Trump-mocking. And I really don’t care if it’s D.J. Trump or DJ Woody Woodpecker because the tracks are just great, starting from “Ghetto Trump”, which has a lot in common with bleepy minimalism of “Losing Control”. In the gripping ghetto jam “Trump Dat”,(un)appropriate vocabulary emerges from a coarse throat, before smoking acid house tune “Beat The Box, Trump […]

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REVIEW: Vesa-Matti Kivioja / Kollektiv Jurmo – Connection EP (Meltdown Deejays Recordings MLTDWN-002 – 2017)

As a DJ collective, Meltdown has been around since 1993 when it was set up in the Finnish town Vaasa. Last year saw the Meltdown’s debut as a label with Vesa-Matti Kivioja’s (Ostrobothnia Power Discs, Ljudverket) “Miller Street Sessions”, a five-track EP between acidic floor action and experimental soundscapes. In the second Meltdown release, the opener “I Will Stand By You Until We Do” is an admirable piece by Kivioja, exhibiting techno’s brighter side with warm chords and driving acid house bassline. Still enjoying the heat of sunrays, “Expanded Harmony” is of more propulsive kind and then Kivioja passes the […]

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DETROIT REISSUES: Keith Tucker, Blake Baxter, Model 500 & 3MB

Keith Tucker – Detroit Saved My Soul (Mint Condition MC013 – 2017) In a three-tracker that originally appeared on the Glasgow label Seventh Sign Recordings in 2005, Keith Tucker of Aux 88 and Optic Nerve fame opens with a solid techno narrative “It’s A Mood (Detroit Saved My Soul)” that has anthem features like The Vision’s soon-to-be reissued Metroplex classic “Spectral Nomad”. The B-side is a showcase of Tucker’s extraordinary electro skills with stripped sci-fi floaters “Elektronik” and “My Mental State”, the vocals in the latter recalling the classic “My A.U.X. Mind”. Weary sound quality that can be felt also […]

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Ten Harthouse tracks: Many faces of a ground-breaking label

Revivals are happening all the time and it’s difficult to say when one ends and another begins. However in 2017, there are some signs of trance factor making a return to the floor. Thus it’s time to recall the glory days of Harthouse, a Frankfurt label founded in 1992 by Heinz Roth, Sven Väth and Matthias Hoffmann, that essentially shaped ‘hard trance’ movement but explored other directions too. It’s difficult to remain limited to only ten tracks because in addition to the artists mentioned below, Metal Masters, Resistance D, Braincell, Jiri Ceiver and others had their highlights too. Today a […]

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REVIEW: Various – Unruhe (Enfant Terrible ET048/Gooiland 27 – 2017)

Enfant Terrible offshoot Gooiland Elektro comes with sweeping cuts between distorted techno and acid, from four artists who like it raw. Out since April this year, “Unruhe” is a loud compilation that begins with “Endzone” from Zarkoff, a Croatian artist whose machine escapades are reaching Ekman’s levels. Thereafter Roberto Auser, mostly known as retro italo artist, drops piercing stomper “Acidmother”. Justyna Banaszczyk aka FOQL from Poland is a new name to me but her crunchy “Certainly Not” is a robust experience with repetitive female samples. The best comes for the last: Jacob Slofstra aka The Untitled “Sleep Paralysis” hits with […]

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Terminal 313 Juno chart: July 2017

Terminal 313 Juno chart: July 2017 HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS – Ayranman EP Conan O’DONNELL – Underground Psychosis EP SECOND STOREY – Telekinesis Via Fax Keith TUCKER – Detroit Saved My Soul SAINT ABDULLAH – The Sounds Of Evil: Volume One DJ STINGRAY/VARIOUS – Kern Vol 4 BULKHEAD – Lunch Truck EP SYNC 24/PRIVACY/DEFEKT – Split Excursions Vol 1 PHILUS aka MIKA VAINIO – Kolmio EP VARIOUS – Unruhe Terrence DIXON – Like A Thief In The Night EP VARIOUS – Rave Or Die 08 SCAN 7 – Burdens Down LAKSA – Camo Cari LEKEBUSCH – Knowledge

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TECHNO & TRANCE: Boston 168, Peter Eilmes, Eloim, Peter van Hoesen

‘Trance’ has been both a severely misunderstood and abused genre, mostly standing for euphoric, full-on fare that mushroomed in the nineties. Leaving aside the substances related to the scene, trance has a deserved position in the dance music history. Difficult to say if we are facing a revival but some recent releases carry elements of quality trance.   Boston 168 – 90’s Space EP (Enemy Ltd ENEMY 033 – 2017) Plenty of acid from the Italian duo and smoke machine can be smelled in the title cut recalling the Djax-Up days. In “Interstellar” and “Orbit” the heart rate of Harthouse […]

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REVIEW: Vertical67 – Morphed Reality (Brokntoys BT18 – 2017)

Thomas Pahl is a visitor from Berlin on Brokntoys. When he’s not exactly busy at Vortex Traks, an electro label he runs together with Naks, Pahl is making music under the Vertical67 alias. The project’s first digital tracks came out about ten years ago and “Morphed Reality” is Vertical67’s second appearance on the London label, after contributing with acid-soaked frosty funk “Distortion” in recent mini compilation “The Glowing”. The A-side is dedicated to swerving uptempo cuts, the opener “Far Away Lights” rolling on coarse 808 kicks while wriggly 303 and subtle vocoder action furnishes the title tune. The B-side rests on the […]

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