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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KPLR – Untitled (Digitalis Recordings digiv037)

Rating: 9/10 KPLR has enslaved technology to conduct high-end acid experiments with punishing repetition and whirling EQ-effects. It’s pure unlimited programming that systematically avoids looking into the books of current techno idols. Occasionally the tracks remind of early Bunker output like Acid Planet, but those looking for bass-driven 303 slammers will be surprised. Also, the act has shown courage to resist the bass obsession by finding attraction in treble levels of the sound. It seems KPLR has noticed tiny elements in acid patterns, picked them up and built entire tracks around them. No ambient intros, no gradual introduction to the […]

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Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (R & S Records RS 1108)

Rating: 9/10 Blawan got the message: If the label’s slogan says In order to dance, one has to come with a dance record. Having sprayed Si Begg’s and Cristian Vogel’s historical techno funk with large blobs of acid, out comes a distinctive release to be sent through big systems during Notting Hill carnival.Timidity is not something for Blawan as he enters the saloon with doors banging. “What You Do With What You Have” uses a vocal sample by Moodymann for a non-deep-house, but acidified analog monster. On the flip, in “Vibe Decorium” abrasive beats get some extra weight, feeling well […]

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KPLR – TEK NO MUZIK (Crazy Iris CIR-001)

Rating: 9/10 The guys behind KPLR do not have any clue what’s trending. Although Santa Cruz, California, is not supposed to be off-road terrain without any modern means of communication to catch up with the rest of the world. Because it was Santa Cruz where two pals, Dexter Brightman and Jair Espinoza, did this piece of wax, after a couple of cassette-only releases. Only them and gorgeous analog(-sounding) gear, for unpolished electronics that does not copy hip things in the world of electronic music today.Titled like a creation of the rave years,  “TEK NO MUZIK” smells underground. Starting from the […]

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Nuel – Aquaplano Ltd 03

Rating: 10/10 What I see on the label are the portholes of a flying saucer. What I hear is a stratospheric soundtrack, on the third release of the Aquaplano Ltd series. After droning and hollow techno journeys by Nuel and Mike Parker, it’s again the Italian Manuel Fogliata who, instead of going with the flow of darker dubs, opens a new direction for the label and steps into electro fields. Four untitled pulsating transmissions, more uptempo on the A-side where the play is opened with a functional track, reminding of  DJ Stingray’s recent “Sentiment” on [Naked Lunch]. Follows an energetic […]

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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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Somfay – Bright Black Borealis (Detroit Underground 14)

Rating: 8/10 Techno purists might have difficulties to accept this record. I was puzzled before and still am, to take a position whether it’s a terrific or terrible record. Because, in spite of some features of a heavily pumping floor burner, it bears a distinct softer side when trance fairies descend on the grooves.After a dark and energetic start, sweet melodic layers and guitars come up in “Virgo Widow” and remind of 1980’s charmer Nik Kamen. Drum staccatos and acid lines dominate in thumping “All Above All” while Drumcell’s rattling interpretation would satisfy the taste of techno heads bound for […]

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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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Iori – Lapis EP (Prologue PRG019 – 2011)

Rating: 9/10 It alerts your mind without getting emotional. Japanese producer Iori drops two bass-heavy and linear tracks for travels between the Earth and space, as manifested on the label picture. Already first moments of the A-side tell that heavy black vinyl is well exploited to capture thundering feel of this production. Destructive bass and hi-hats introduce “Lapis 1” that is gradually blended with morphed acid lines and working its way through the tunnels filled with fumes from a steel processing factory. However the second half of the track is quite uneventful, pumping along in a monotone way. Without abandoning […]

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