REVIEW: Morphology – Frozen State EP (Vortex Traks VTX 004 – 2016)

With “Frozen State EP”, Morphology has saved the best for last in 2016. After appearing on recent Vortex Traks mini compilation, the duo’s first solo effort on the label affirms that Michael Diekmann and Matti Turunen still have plenty of gas left in tank at the end of the year that has brought to us their brilliant tunes for Central Processing Unit, Abstract Forms and other outlets. In the new four-tracker, Morphology is soundtracking the struggle in sub-zero temperatures with crisp, mechanical electro that is soaked with acid bits of varied intensity. Straight from the opener “Frozen State” caustic dust is sprayed […]

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REVIEW: Reade Truth – A Bump Of House (Path Records Path-009 – 2016)

Reade Truth is an offspring of Big Apple’s legendary Sonic Groove and a true American techno hero. Maybe not as lauded as NYC fellows Adam X or Frankie Bones, the producer with civil name Reade White has been equally keen in spreading the message of electronic music since the beginning from the nineties. Given his experience Truth can be called ‘a veteran’ – a notion that would rather recognise efforts in the past than today. But with “A Bump Of House” on his own Path Records, Truth has completed a secret weapon for 2016 that serves both the techno and house factions. […]

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REVIEW: Jack Murphy – Knowing Something 1 (KS 1 – 2016)

After only three solo EPs – on Frozen Border sublabel Reference and Don’t Be Afraid’s Special Editions series – San Francisco resident Jack Murphy has decided to become a music publisher and launches his own Knowing Something imprint with a self-titled EP. The label debut can be only conditionally called techno because Murphy’s less-is-more approach aims at gentle, transparent sounds and if we were in mid-2000s, he could act as a saviour in the otherwise challenging post-minimal phase. The A-side opener “Haze” excels in mildness from percussion to textures of aquatic kind, in an exhibit of crisp, snappy minimalism. With delicate pads […]

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DUST OFF: VCF – Neon EP (Magnetic North magnet 005 – 1993)

Since early nineties, Russ Gabriel has been a driving force of the UK techno scene. He’s mostly known as the founder of Ferox Records, a label that is still around after more than two decades and just released Cottam’s new EP. Latest addition to Gabriel’s own immense catalogue was a recent split twelve with Steevio and it’s even difficult to count all his works under various guises. While Ferox mostly represented intelligent and in good sense funky techno, Gabriel’s own tracks spanned to harsher sounds too. A good example is “Neon EP” from 1993 under the VCF moniker on Dave Clarke’s Magnetic North, a label that has […]

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REVIEW: Komarken Electronics – Expanded Consciousness (Brokntoys BT 15 – 2016)

Brokntoys is not taking any breathers: after recent twelves by IPTWDIP and London Modular Alliance, the UK label resumes the stream of splendid electro releases with “Expanded Consciousness” by the Swedish act Komarken Electronics. Along with an album on Stilleben, an EP on Solar One Music and appearances on various other labels, Komarken Electronics has a number of self-released tunes under his belt but still the artist from the Swedish small town Kungälv could be considered as rather unknown in the electro world. However, writing tracks since 2006 means a remarkable experience that is reflected in the new twelve. Gentle pads are flickering in the […]

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

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: Sync 24 & Silicon Scally – Jack Out EP (Cultivated Electronics ‎CE019 – 2016)

New delivery from the London label Cultivated Electronics is a dream team collaboration by two talented electro artists: the label founder Philip Bolland as Sync 24 and Carl A. Finlow under the Silicon Scally alias. The A-side leaves nothing to be desired. Sturdy techno bass cut “Jack Out” slams the door open with raw US West Coast funk for 1980s break dance parties and the UK producers are taking good care of the heritage by adding laser gun effects – only Arabian Prince rhymes are missing for a genuine feel. “Sine Vibes” is an ice-cold and invasive piece, thundering along with crooked synth riffs and rusty vocal effects. The B-side continues […]

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Lok44 – Bous (TRUST025 – 2016)

Since 1998, DJ Glow from Vienna has been running a label that has trust in electro. After all the years, TRUST’s catalogue can’t called extensive but the label is putting out records at a steady pace and the lineup speaks for itself, with artists like Microthol, Epy or Clatterbox and a number of mini compilations from recent times. In 2003, Lok44 debuted on the label with “Ghetto Of The Mind” and after “Derailed” in the following year fell silent for a long time. Till now I was not aware about the background of the act that was so far spotted in my collection only with a remix […]

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DUST OFF: Underground Resistance – Sweat Electric (Somewhere In Detroit ‎S.I.D.-001)

Twenty years ago to the day, I was standing at 2030 Grand River, Detroit, in front of a metal door. A friend I was visiting in Troy had given me a ride to the city, to catch sight of the downtown before heading to techno’s sanctuary Submerge. Before that I made a stopover at Save The Vinyl record store, picking up Dan Lodig’s “Che Si”, Dance Mania’s “Basement Traxx Vol. 2” and X-103’s “Thera”. Had some talk with the guys in the store, asked for directions to Submerge and found the way quite easily afterwards. I’m not sure if I managed to make phone […]

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Mirror Man – Blood Is Truth (Bio Rhythm RHYTHM 010 – 2016)

I have no clue who is Mirror Man, his favourite sneakers or preferred pasta are unknown. Actually any details about the artist allegedly using another, quite well-known moniker are hard to find, except that some months ago Mirror Man struck with “Curse Of The Green Goat”, a podcast for Berceuse Heroique, and now the Bio Rhythm single is the vinyl debut. The Metaphenethylamine mix of “Blood Is Truth” is a heat-seeking missile propelled by restless cymbals, ample snare drum and bumblebee bass line. It will be applauded by Ekman fans as it reminds of the less vitriolic tracks of the Dutchman. In a less monotone […]

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