Acronym – June (Northern Electronics NE21 – 2015)

In the areas closer to the Arctic Circle, the month of June is full of suggestive stories – after wintery darkness being defeated, breath-taking white nights proclaim the Summer Solstice. When the nature is in full blossom, even rain and winds do not spoil the magic. Therefore June is something to cherish and Acronym is exactly doing that, with the help of sound-emitting machines. For Acronym, “June” is the fourth release on Northern Electronics. Initially seen as Abdulla Rashim’s experimental side activity, the label has become an established outlet with a strong roster on Nordic artists. Sound wise it is located in the crossroads of tripping pagan rites for […]

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Polar Inertia – Kinematic Optics EP (Dement3d Records DM3D011 – 2015)

Techno shamans from Polar Inertia keep demonstrating their prowess with the third EP on Dement3d, when “Kinematic Optics EP” drops after convincing “Indirect Light” and “The Last Vehicle”, both among most sought-after releases of the Paris label. Polar Inertia reports nothing new about their biographical details and it is also irrelevant, seeing how capable they are in creating a well-working blend of trance influences and rugged techno textures. Actually, calling over 73 minutes of music an EP is actually misleading, but vinyl buyers can be only happy about. However, the label quickly realised that the length does not justify the price (€14) asked for the digital release and allocated a […]

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Edanticonf ‎– MCMLXXXIX (Wolfskuil Ltd ‎WLTD025 – 2015)

Italian space traveller Edanticonf reports for duty again, this time on Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil. Having debuted in 2011, the artist is foremostly known for a couple of dubbed out and atmospheric pieces on the Canadian label Silent Season, but also dropped a solid EP on M_Rec Ltd Grey Series last year. Presented by the label as ‘a very personal statement from an artist’ – what else it could be – the title may refer to the author’s birth year because musically “MCMLXXXIX” does not have anything in common with the acid house or new beat craze that governed in 1989. Maybe Silent Season’s […]

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Ilpo Numminen – Vuosi 1​/​12 (VUOSI – 2014)

Thirty-year old Ilpo Numminen is a teacher in Finland who plays modular synth and repairs his rubber boots with bicycle tire patches. His fashion preferences consist of dad’s old coat from the 1990s, sweatshirt from Numminen’s elementary school years and glasses found in a second-hand store. The vintage look is an attempt for conscious understatement, which cannot be said about the Finn’s music and the inaugural release of VUOSI (‘year’ in Finnish) series. It is a project of four sound artists, Ilpo Numminen, J. Koho, Olli Aarni, Tuukka Salonen, who have decided to produce twelve tape releases during a year. A true vintage man, Numminen opened the series in […]

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Jonas Kopp – Beyond The Hypnosis (Tresor TRESOR273LP – 2014)

Let us start with the obvious: Techno history is unthinkable without Tresor, the club and the label, and both are more than two decades after the inception still up and running. Sometimes the label looks like a heritage preservation society, if to think about Drexciya and Transllusion reruns that always generate worldwide acclaim. However, Tresor has not neglected the label’s initial task to try the pulse of techno community and after adding this year Marcelus and Zenker Brothers to the roster, now Jonas Kopp has dropped his debut album and accompanying EP on the Berlin label. Producing and DJing since he was 19 years old, Kopp could be […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo Recordings mundo003-LP – 2014)

“Being Human Being” is a cross-genre collaboration of the French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Murcof, Mexican electronics producer. Not for the first time, as in 2008 they released the album “Mexico” on Blue Note and the same label features Truffaz’s numerous collabs with other artists. The sleeve art by the graphic artist Enki Bilal is about humiliation and despair, with Sarajevo and Belgrade, Bilal’s native city, scribbled on the wall and reminding of hardships the Balkans have gone through in last decades. But the album, occasionally seeking the dark depths of the human nature, is not as gloomy as expected, expressing the hope of things turning better. The album starts with melancholic intro “Origin […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 2 (November 2014)

A number of new releases and some oldies in the new mix. On several occasions, I have been tempted to get a release of French jazz wizard Erik Truffaz and the same applies for Murcof, Mexican electronics don. “Origin Of The World”, the inaugural track of their collab on Mundo Recordings is a most suitable opener for “Promos & Classics Vol. 2”, taking the listener to the melancholic world where Truffaz’s trumpet meets ambient. Hot Guts is a Philadelphia industrial wave group and “All Suns” is from their new LP on Avant! Records. Anopolis collective stands for Greek-flavoured acid house and switches on the […]

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Phase Fatale – Skyscraper (Avant! ‎AV!030 – 2014)

Hailing from New York, 23-year-old Hayden Payne acts in the European electronic scene after having found a new home in Berlin and a label in Bologna. Apart from the compilation appearances on Nostilevo and Electric Voice Records in 2013, Payne’s debut as Phase Fatale happens on the Italian imprint Avant!. Musically inspired by the era long before his birth, Payne is a keen observe raw analogue touch of cold early electronics. However the title track “Skyscraper”, an Overdrive-reminiscent bassful techno stomper does not impress much. For a few moments “Waveguide” sounds like a remix of the previous but turns quickly […]

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Koehler – Dynasty (Berceuse Heroique BH 007 – 2014)

“Dynasty” used to be a TV soap in the 1980s, featuring housewife idols John Forsythe and Joan Collins and none of those long-haired eccentrics keeping the contact to the ordinary world. The attitude of the UK producer Koehler is just the opposite when creating his own “Dynasty” and landing on Berceuse Heroique after old school appearances for Skudge and R-Zone.Crunchy and deliberately dusty synth sequence rolls across the title track while electro-futuristic “Spiral Light” sports a fluorescent riff and relaxed drum set, making it the most engaging track of the release. Pad delays and female whispers in “Deleted Scene” are familiar from 1990s […]

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Edanticonf – Human Body Movement (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series MRECLTDGS09 – 2014)

Release date is in July 2014 Four variations on the theme “Movement” by the Italian artist Edanticonf who has previously claimed a central spot in the roster of the Vancouver imprint Silent Season. Usually we can smell dub techno in Edanticonf’s productions and his approach on the EP for M_Rec Ltd’s Grey Series is not hugely different. After being introduced with swirling arpeggios recalling the heyday of Berlin’s MFS, the other tracks maintain the fidgety synth line, placed over a solid set of echoing textures and technoid pulses. The B1 track goes more atmospheric while the final one belongs to […]

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