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

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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Theologian vs Ancient Methods – La Saignée (Metaphysik MP202 – 2016)

The A-side of “La Saignée” (“Bloodletting”) is exactly what we can expect from Metaphysik, one of Berlin’s danse macabre outlets, which is keen to explore the sounds of mental and physical decay. The opener “Death Elemental” is written by Lee M. Bartow aka Theologian who launched back in 1997 an American noise project under the banner of Navicon Torture Technologies and during the last decade created an extensive catalogue for his own label Annihilvs. For Metaphysik, Theologian emits over 13 minutes of black ooze, which is initially carried by eerie drone and then crosses over to morbid modern classical in co-operation with Gretchen Heinel’s cello and Daniel Suffering’s synth. The […]

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FBK – Screaming Her Name (Barba Records ‎BAR006 – 2016)

In a short time, Croatian label Barba has attracted several notable artists, such as DJ Stingray 313, Marco Bernardi, Gosub, Heinrich Dressel, etc. The label’s sixth release, a heavy piece of wax in a beautiful yet surreal-looking sleeve, comes from Kevin Kennedy aka FBK. A name we haven’t noticed much recently, Kennedy is a producer from Columbus, Ohio who actually debuted already in 1997 with “Knobs & Switches” on Shake’s legendary label Friction. About 20 years later, FBK prefers smoothly rolling club tracks across three original compositions on the A-side. The title cut is fast-lane Detroit techno with a buzzing synth line, hi-hats and raindrop effects while dub-cushioned “Just To […]

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Stig Inge – Bremen (ZCKR Records ZCKR11 – 2016)

Bremen’s ZCKR Records is fixated on the home turf with another set of urban impressions from the German port town. After a compilation and a single dedicated to the Grey City theme, it’s the turn of the label boss Sebastian Reuschel aka Sting Inge to produce an experimental score, for Bremen by night. The A-side’s aptly titled “The Sewer (Part I + II)” is a multi-phase track that firstly descends to the filthy depths of underground utilities. The plot is about grueling slow-hop pulled by metronomic chug and cogwheel friction, like a blurred take on T++ or Hidden Hawaii. The track’s second phase, after a hardly […]

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VC-118A – B76 Over Land (Radio Matrix RAM-X-07 – 2016)

Samuel van Dijk’s VC-118A is airborne again, this time on Delta Funktionen’s label Radio Matrix, where the Dutchman affirms his position as a cutting-edge electro artist. Initially, van Dijk operated mostly under the dub-inclined alias Mohlao – still remember his track from “Full Circle”, the very first vinyl release of the Vancouver label Silent Season – but for a while it has been difficult to ignore his output as VC-118A, a vehicle for deep electro trips. Of recent releases, “Vlucht Naar Nachtschade” (Lunar Disko) and “Propulse” (Tabernacle) have landed in my shelf and the same applies for “B76 Over Land”. VC-118A’s further electro […]

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Detroit Diesel – Dimension (DUM Records DUM 033 – 2016)

Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk seems to be unstoppable these days: After making a personal comeback on foreign labels, the Finnish underground maestro rebooted his own DUM Records. Relaunched with new material by Coopers, the label aims at combining the past and the present, which means that reissues and new tracks/versions are going hand in hand. Under the sign of Detroit Diesel, Rapatti has previously released a couple of timeless EPs and on “Dimension’s” B-side he’s exactly bringing back the 1990s with stunning acid tracks produced over 20 years ago. Of them, “Fu-Dimension” is a filthy tool with distorted drums to match Edge Of Motion and […]

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DUST OFF: Spesimen – Delight of Babylon (Amici Curiae Recordings CASE-385 – 2001)

Andy Crosby got hooked on the electronic music in the 1990s while he was studying computer science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Surrounded by computers and Detroit’s powerful halo, Crosby adopted the artist name Spesimen and established electro label Infocalypse Recordings in 1996. It was the time when another Ann Arbor label, Interdimensional Transmissions, had emerged with first releases, to become via “From Beyond” an enduring operation for the next twenty years and more. The story with Infocalypse was different: A short-lived imprint, which was able to release only two, now very sought-after EPs, “The Pupae” and “The Larval Stage”. Spesimen’s “Delight […]

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