DUST OFF: Acid-Pin-Ups I (JJ 005 – 1994)

Thomas P. Heckmann performing here, hiding behind the name Acid Pin-Ups and peeking at girls out there, having programmed for each of them a rough serenade. Acid record with tough and deformed sounds that, has unsuccessfully tried to add a funky edge to the entire stuff.“Betty 101” and “Heather 202” just open the game that goes better with “Marilyn 404”, concluding the A-side and just riding rudely over you. On the flip, “Ivonne 808” takes a few steps closer to acid hop and “Cathleen 909” blinks to electro. JJ was a label in Frankfurt, retaining a solid distance to hard […]

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Edge Of Motion Feat. Ronin – Back On Track EP (Djax-Up-Beats 378) – 7/10

With “Set Up 707”, Edge of Motion was a torch bearer in the beginning of 1990’s. Current release comes from 2005 and two Dutch masters have teamed up with Ronin aka Dave Ellesmere to create tense but constructive pieces of techno with harder edge.A-side’s “Break Da Roof” sounds like ordinary schranz that would have remained unnoticed in a DJ set by Chris Liebing five years ago. “3 Da Hardway” is not as much rushing but treats your skin with sandpaper and ears with howling acid lines. Concrete floors would hold out, but no guarantees are give for parquet. Quite efficient […]

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DUST OFF: Hexagone – Burning Trash Floor (Djax-Up-Beats) – 9/10

Ludovic Navarre, once the frontman of the late Fnac Records, was worldwide acclaimed under the St Germain moniker with smooth and jazzy house (“Boulevard”, “Tourist”) that was enjoyed millions of times in living rooms and lounges around the world. Although being influenced by Detroit, Navarre did his only acid record for Djax-Up-Beats in 1994, and it was unforgettable one. The 10-minute-long original of the “Burning Trash Floor” is also on Djax’s bubbling label compilation “Mission Underground”, along with Planet Gong, Random XS, Purple Plejade and others. Corrosive matter. Buy digital from Juno Download

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DUST OFF: Various – Minimal Techno (Fairway 034135) – 9/10

Now for something really dusty, on a tape: Could be the mother of all mid-1990s techno compilations. No time to lean back, it’s a full-on jaw-dropping trip of pulsating and pumping techno. Dating back to 1996, this compilation features landmark techno from many legendary artists and labels like 7th City, Synewave, Kanzleramt, Tresor, Missile and others. They all have a well deserved place in the techno’s Hall of Fame. The highlights are Joey Beltram’s rumbling remix of Gagarin Kongress’s “Astralleib” and “Scissorhands”, a dizzying percussive inferno by Tim Taylor and Freddie Fresh and elegant club fuel by Substractive Synthesis (Damon Wild). Impressive are […]

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Alex.O.Smith – Mid 90’s (FXHE Records 432 A) – 8/10

Omar-S here with a huge acidic footprint that’s not made in the sand, we just have to identify the whereabouts of these steps. Cities ashore of Great Lakes have produced essential pieces of house and techno and Chicago was the epicenter of acid.But Alex.O.Smith remains in his first encounter (correct me if I’m wrong) with the magic 303 box faithful to his home town, following the traditions of Detroit. A clear proof is B-side’s “Mid 90’s”, with snares and hi-hats well in place, that reminds of UR’s “Acid Rain” trilogy that came out in 1993.A-side has two ultra fine tracks: […]

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Nuel – Untitled (Aquaplano ltd 01) – 7/10

Five untitled tracks on a limited and stickered white-label release. A1 is an animal with teeth of steel: hammering minimal loops remind of earlier Sähkö and Sleeparchive and sweeping acid lines fly all over the place. It’s a hypnotic and massive start but the rest of the EP is easier to digest. Ambient enters the game on A2 where beatless and calm sound textures prevail and I can imagine seagulls nosediving at a secluded beach.Alarmingly, B1 kicks off as another irrelevant minimal house track, with occasional noises and clicks, but then darker bass appears to improve the situation. B2 gives […]

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Tony Rohr + Dietrich Schoenemann – Stovepipe EP (Nachtstrom Schallplatten 017) – 8/10

A drop-dead serious session by Rohr and Schoenemann, and by their remixing friends. It’s music of November, sounding like the moments when you have stayed inside and hear whirlwind trying to unroof your den. And the weather forecast tells it will not be any better.The original is a creeping and slowly pulsating wall of sound that is built around one central sequence. Metalogic’s dark and trippy remix reminds in some parts of “Times Fade” by Phuture The Next Generation. On the B1 a remix by Alland Byallo who raises the tempo in a version with unoriginal dub techno sounds that […]

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Mr Raoul K – Mystic Things (Baobab Secret 1002) – 8/10

Raoul K, hailing from Côte d’Ivoire and Hamburg, presents a new gem of his (sub-)label. While Baobab’s first, “Le Cercle Peul” from 2008, was a smooth and unpretentious tribal house then especially the A-side of current outing is a fierce voodoo. More industrial than house, reminding of Jamal Moss’s rougher productions. Title track that is co-produced by Lopazz hits you with lunatic synth drums, native instruments and eating basslines. It’s not admiring the beauty of the nature in a jungle, it’s Abidjan’s vibrant downtown.B-side’s “No Food No Groove” is a different story. At least the beginning that greets us with […]

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DUST OFF: 100% Acidiferous – Tank / 303 State (100%)

Acid assault from 1993 and Frankfurt. Not the most wanted of five releases by the 100% Acidiferous label. On the A-side “Tank” goes rushing and takes a deep bow to the fans of gabber as BPMs try to break the ceiling. Sounds better when pitched down, although meant for 45rpm. On the flip “303 State” comes and bites with 303-sound and slapping kickdrum but is not as rebellious as the “Tank” side. Playing with pitch control would add new nuances to both tracks. The sleeve carrying the slogan “Caution Acid” reminds of the invasion of a Dutch DJ gang I […]

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Manager 111 – Penthouse Traxx #1.0 (Psycho Thrill PTNE2114 x-tra ltd.ed. – 2008) – 10/10

Psycho Thrill shows signs of life. A Cologne label that has been in business for a decade and attracted several great players from Detroit, for example Thomas Barnett and Optic Nerve. A new signing is Manager 111, or German Andreas Gehm, who has produced a remarkable record to remember from 2008. It’s not a revolution, because especially the A-side’s “My Psychothrill Babe”, obviously inspired by Daniel Bell aka DBX, is like a clone of “Losing Control” and “Baby Judy” with a harder edge. Bass drum kicks all over the record, more on the A-side, and acid sounds that characterize Gehm’s earlier output (as […]

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