Various – It’s What We Live For: Volume 1 (Serotonin SER021 – 2017)

Serotonin has ended decade-long absence when the New York electro outfit makes comeback with two new releases, a various artists compilation and “Scientism EP” by Synapse, a project of label founders John Selway and Jason “BPMF” Szostek. The timing is perfect because for a while I’ve been thinking to write a piece about Serotonin’s archives, but seeing the label around is a much better way to shed light on this operation. Serotonin’s activities are rooted in earlier days, if to only look at the official website that may be optimised for Netscape and the label’s output that is strongly following (US) electro’s best […]

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DUST OFF: Perfect Sync – Man Song (Evidance Recordings EVID 006-96 – 1996)

If Dutch music writer Erik Müller aka E. Muul does not sound familiar, his Tintin-inspired alias Haddock & Müller may well do because it’s credited as the producer of fabulous cosmic electro conceived in the last decade by Freak Electrique (“P.H.A.S.E.R.”) for Viewlexx. For getting terminally lost in the alias jungle, let’s bring up Müller’s Perfect Sync project that released in mid-nineties three twelves on the Dutch label Evidance. The first single “Down The Deep / Body Slam” ranged from decent Detroit influenced techno to acid house and the second seemed to follow the same direction. The final one, 180 gram white […]

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REVIEW: Special Request – Curtain Twitcher (Houndstooth HTH081 – 2017)

Fabric’s offshoot Houndstooth has brought to us knockout tracks from Paul Woolford aka Special Request. The A-side of the clear vinyl goes straight to the business with sweeping opener “Curtain Twitcher” where vitriolic braindance riffs are crashing into naughty hoover bursts. Bass-heavy stepper “Emutraxx” is saturated with quirky acid lines and Nosey Parker’s remix of the title cut keeps the noise level high with nasty synth riffs in Terence Fixmer style. After big beat-ish groover “Trippethylophosphazene”, the pace and mood changes when “No Phone Calls” revitalises slow rave atmosphere with grumbling sub-bass and vocal samples. Another treat is Peder Mannerfelt’s […]

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REVIEW: Blake Baxter / Thomas Barnett – Four313 EP (Four313 F3-002 – 2017)

Three-one-three area legend Blake Baxter, the Prince of Techno, is not stuck in the past, if we may think so because of his reissues for Mint Condition. Recently he has produced new tracks for Killekill, and Baxter’s latest appearance comes on Four313, a new label from Detroit. He shares the split EP with Thomas Barnett, another seasoned artist from Motor City who once co-wrote Rhythim Is Rhythim classic “Nude Photo” and later set up a label called Visillusion. Baxter’s sensual voice is spreading the message of eternal love in “Agape”, a velvety deep house tune for filling a day with joy, while “Let’s […]

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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: AshTreJinkins – Root Beer EP (NCA004 – 2017) 

AshTreJinkins, an artist straight outta Compton, L.A., has already three EPs under his belt in 2017. The release on NCA opens with a Rezzett-esque furred deep house “Dead Or Wounded” and the mood is preserved in offbeat funky swing “Frozen”, which is introduced by vintage audio clip about ‘good slave material’ from the times when cotton and tobacco markets started to bloom. For me, the culmination of “Root Beer” arrives on the flip with “We Need Rain”, a pulsating, dubbed out masterpiece with simmering voices, that creates otherworldly vibes before floor monster “Adwarenigga” is grinding out the artist’s rougher side, […]

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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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REVIEW: Harmonious Thelonious – Ayranman EP (Disk disk12 – 2017)

In 2017, Stefan Schwander has returned to the limelight with his Harmonious Thelonious project, when new releases have appeared on Kontra-Musik, Versatile and most recently on The Trilogy Tapes. “Ayranman EP” was published already in the summer and it marks the artist’s return to the Düsseldorf label Disk, formerly known as Diskant. For Schwander, who has worked under Antonelli Electr. and Rhythm Maker monikers, it’s home turf because Diskant was set up by him and two artist friends, Marc Matter and Florian Meyer, who all together are performing as The Durian Brothers. Subtropical rhythmic noise has been the label’s signature […]

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REVIEW: Conan_ – Untitled (Lunar Disko Records LDRX6 – 2017)

Until lately I didn’t have a clue about the Irish label Xerophkz and its founder Conan O’Donnell. Exactly up to the moment I discovered his latest EP with bold references to the 313 area, in a record that genuinely deserves attention of Detroit heads. A new offering from the Dublin resident comes on the fellow Irish imprint Lunar Disko, his second appearance on the label after a recent sampler. In the solo debut Conan_  believes in variations when all three tracks at merry 140 BPM have its own nature. The hectic opener “Approaching The Infinity Pool” tries with a colourful mosaic […]

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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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