Sven Grünberg – Hingus (Bureau B BB 241LP – 1981/2016)

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Sven Grünberg is real name of a real person and he is not a fictional Lufthansa engineer who secretly became electronic musician in the 1970s and appeared from the obscurity later. Grünberg, who turns 60 this November, was born in the Estonian capital Tallinn and cut his teeth in the local seventies bands Ornament and Mess, acting in the latter as composer, singer and instrumentalist. A graduate of a music college in Tallinn, Grünberg decided to become electronic musician in (then) Soviet Union where he was not a loner, if to recall from the previous generation Eduard Artemyev who wrote scores […]

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REVIEW: Eomac – Bedouin Trax (Bedouin Records BDNX 001 – 2016)

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Ethnic music has served as a source of inspiration for many artists and when speaking about Arabic flavour in electronica, the most merited producer might have been late Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze. Radical both in his pro-Arabic views and sound writing, Jones contributed to the evolution of a particular subgenre without targeting too clearly the dance nation. Merging Oriental influences with synthetic beats is not a formula of success itself, because it requires creativeness and insight that is now available from Ian McDonnell aka Eomac, also known as one half of the Irish duo Lakker. The author of several notable tracks in recent years (my favourite is a remix […]

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REVIEW: Convextion – 2845 (A.R.T.LESS VEXT LP 1 – 2016)

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About every ten years, Convextion is shaking up the world. It began in 1995 when Sean Deason’s Matrix Records from Detroit launched with the debut twelve from the electronic artist from Dallas. The follow-up on the same label and EPs on Tektite and Down Low Music brought the Texan Gerard Hanson to the awareness of the public who appreciated deeper, dub-infected techno. Convextion’s brilliant debut album in 2006 created immense but well-earned hype but also left a strange aftertaste because of Down Low Music’s decision to do numerous represses of what initially was meant to be a limited edition. Probably it […]

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SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian ‎AVNLP003 – 2016)

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Sssssnake chhharmers from Sweden, not only linguistically challenging dark knights from SHXCXCHCXSH who boast over 6,300 followers of their empty Soundcloud account, believe in the power of ‘s’ in the new album for UK label Avian. After initial rush to vitriolic roughness, when only to recall earlier catalogue entries by Shifted and MPIA3’s, Avian’s tastes have become more varied (Litüus, for example) and SHXCXCHCXSH’s album belongs rather to the experimental section. Instead of targeting sweaty techno caves with their previous Avian LP “Strgths”, SHXCXCHCXSH emits steamy, pixelated sound that constitutes the basis of most of the compositions. Consciously or not, many parts sound very familiar: one of the album’s best tracks, “Ssss” at […]

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David Morley – The Origin Of Storms (De:tuned ASGDE010 – 2016)

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De:tuned is keen to put acclaimed artists from the past to contemporary context, either by reissuing old or presenting new productions. The LA Synthesis double pack was one of the 2015 highlights and after B12’s “Transient Life”, it’s the turn of the UK-born Belgian resident David Morley who debuted back in 1992 with “Evolution” on R&S Records’ ambient offshoot Apollo and was active in the nineties with a handful EPs. With “The Origin Of Storms” the Belgian label resumes the pursuit for abundant textures in electronic music, when Morley’s beatless synth variations are floating over ambient fields in the 12″+10″ album over 40 minutes of playtime. The […]

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Pär Grindvik – Isle Of Real (Stockholm LTD Sthlm LTD LP01 – 2016)

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In the era of fast music consumption, when one can shuffle through the track-by-track streaming experience instead of buying a LP, the album format is luckily far from becoming obsolete. It’s still an effort that is meant to reflect the artist’s maturity, to look back to at least a couple of years of production experience. For Pär Grindvik, the waiting time was even longer, going back to the 1990s when he was in the heart of Swedish techno scene as DJ and record store owner. Preceded by a couple of split releases, Grindvik’s first solo EP “Monuments” came out in 2006 on his own […]

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DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Madison Square Dungeon (Plan B Recordings PBR045 – 2016)

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Established in 2008, Plan B Records is a true New York City powerhouse run by DJ Spider and Lola aka Dakini9 who have supplied many of the label’s releases. In the same, they have hosted a number of techno and (deep) house producers, if to recall only Amir Alexander who dropped wonderful deep house EP “Sonic Subversion” last year. DJ Spider, whose sound can be described ‘dirty’, spelled with admiration, has a penchant for collabs, either with Marshallito, Hakim Murphy or Franklin Da Costa, to name just a few, and for the catalogue number PBR045 the label frontman rejoins forces with NYC-based electronic musician Phil Moffa. […]

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Ten train tracks

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The following playlist could be extended by Moroder’s “Midnight Express”, The Farm’s “Groovy Train”, Kadoc’s “The Nighttrain” or even Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”, but this is my selection of ten train-themed tracks, spanning from experimental sounds to italo disco. What I noticed is that mid-1990s new generation Chicago producers were pretty obsessed about railway themes and they are represented with a couple of tracks (thought about adding BMC’s “Loco Motion” too). Feel free to add your suggestions to the comments below. Chris Watson – El Divisadero (The Telegraph) (Touch) After a CD album with field recordings made in Mexico, Cabaret Voltaire’s founding member Watson issued […]

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Various – Visions Vol. II (Blackwater Label BWD004 – 2016)

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Since the vinyl debut in 2014, London-based and Italian-run Blackwater Label has put out several releases, trying to get a foothold in the overly competitive techno section. With reasonable success, if to mention Lamanna & Fire At Work’s EP from the better end of acid techno or sturdy club tools by Subion. “Visions Vol. II” is Blackwater’s second digital compilation, of which a small quantity is released on CD, and besides aforementioned artists it mostly belongs to new acquaintances. Sub-headline ‘post-Balearic sound from the center of the universe’ reflects the compilation’s leisure factor and a couple of tunes can fit the playlists of prosecco lounges. The […]

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Giorgio Gigli – The Right Place Where Not To Be (Electric Deluxe EDLX 045 – 2015)

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After two years of relative silence in the solo front, Giorgio Gigli has completed the debut album that can be seen as an attempt to challenge the stereotypes. In stark contrast with Gigli’s former droning and noisy floor tracks, the triple vinyl “The Right Place Where Not To Be” is focused on sounds closer to the ambient electronica. Something already heard in the 2010 track “Psychological Scene of the Imagination (Psychoacoustic Edit)”, his collab with Obtane on their own, by now discontinued Zooloft Records. The release sounds quite exceptional also in Electric Deluxe’s catalogue, diverging from its ordinary banging material, especially when Gigli’s previous […]

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