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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Nikolajev – Nikolajev (Collect Call CC 003 – 2016)

Nikolajev, Robert. Despite of young age, he has become a reputed DJ in the Estonian underground and co-runs Lekker, a vivacious nightspot in Tallinn. A special mention deserves the fact that he has been part of the techno act Neue Einsicht that warmed up Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival in 2013. After listening to Nikolajev’s debut on the Canadian imprint Collect Call, I’m not wondering why it became a Soundcloud success with about 12,000 plays, because not many new artists in 2016 can match Nikolajev’s premiere – and I’m not saying it because of being an Estonian. The A-side contains two robust, bass-heavy cuts, […]

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ITPDWIP – Post Love (Brokntoys BT12 – 2016)

Brokntoys is a label I should have coveted long before spotting Marco Bernardi’s “Spoken Word Of Lie” (2015), because in retrospective many earlier works of the London-based label sound terrific too. I would not be walking alone with the claim that Brokntoys can be found in the forefront of current electro movement, when it puts out impressive tunes by Luke Eargoggle, Dez Williams, Microthol and others, quite often in the format of mini compilations. After Dan White’s “Digital Physics”, there is another solo release coming from the label, “Post Love” by ITPDWIP. Behind the acronym is Greek producer Vladimiros Peilivanidis who also uses aliases […]

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DUST OFF: Fred Giannelli – 1st Premonition (Superstition 2068 – 1996)

By 12th August of 1996, when Superstition Records issued “1st Premonition”, Fred Giannelli didn’t need any introduction anymore. After touring with the proto-industrial group Psychic TV in the 1980s, Giannelli moved on to electronic dance sector and adapted a number of monikers, such as The Kooky (or Cranky) Scientist, Mazdaratti and released with Richie Hawtin as Spawn, becoming a core artist of the pioneering Plus 8 imprint. Giannelli’s own Telepathic Recordings launched in Boston in 1992 and folded in 2001 with The Kinky Scientist single “Mid-Life Crisis” (perhaps it was a true story?). One of Giannelli’s albums, “Telepathic Romance”, appeared on the Finnish minimalism […]

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Univac – Unknown Radio EP (30drop ExoPlanets 30DEXO-003 – 2016)

Since the 2010 debut, splendid white wax “Radiation” on Bunker Records, Univac’s releases have been rarely seen. After “Voltage EP”, a ‘cutting-on-demand’ record on French New Flesh, Spanish electronic artist Rafael M. Espinosa (known as Geistform) held Univac in a five-year break, to return now with a stimulating EP. The title track “Unknown Radio” is a definition of big room electro, written for catering the dancefloor with swerving bass lines and chunky stabs, while the lights are dimmed in “Lunik”, built on Psi49net reminiscent electric pulsations and robo voices. Then a special guest opens the B-side when Der Zyklus turns “Lunik” to a beatless suite, […]

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Various – MTRON001 (Mechatronica MTRON001 – 2016)

Mechatronica, a new label among the dozens that have sprung from Berlin, arrives with impressive mini-compilation full of underground electro magic. Mechatronica’s foundations reach back to the year 2012 when Italian DJ Federico Benedetti (ElectroDon) and Chilean artist Daniel Boubet (Trippy-H / Daribone), both later joined by the Danish DJ MEJLE, set up a music and party-promoting collective. Their events have attracted several famed electro purveyors, recent headliners being Rude 66, Morphology, Rutherford, etc. Thus the label launch is not surprising and the debut has all the ingredients of obsession, only when we take “Broken Electronix” by Sync 24 & Luke Eargoggle, an electro track close to perfection. Fireball […]

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New vinyl: Amir Alexander, Frank Butters, CL/AD, The Groupies

It’s not new, the feeling that the summer is a suitable season for getting more ‘housey’. This assumption is reflected in my recent vinyl purchases, when after delightful moments with Luis CL’s Big Doint EP, further new additions are closely related to (acid) house. After I missed out on Amir Alexander‘s EP on Plan B, “The Morpheus Project” on his own Vanguard Sound! imprint is a good compensation. All four tracks move in deep house realms with politically laden narration. My favourite tracks are on the A-side: “King Kong Godzilla Gorillas!” with ‘Obama!’ exclamations over acid bits expresses the feeling of UR’s “Transition” and […]

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Shitcluster – Meat Thief (Panzerkreuz 1027 – 2016)

The Hague’s loonies operating under the name Shitcluster have staged another freakshow of rhythmic noise, to disrupt ‘dance music’ as such. New distorted deviations by Charlie Watkins and Jan Duivenvoorden – the latter running nowadays the Unit Moebius Anonymous –  begin with two ramming tracks on the A-side that remind of Ancient Methods’ “The Whip” from 2009. The gruelling chug of A1 is led by hollow, bouncy drums and subtle complaints like coming from Sid Vicious’s taped mouth, followed by asphyxial feel of A2. The B-side opens with rubbery stabs and eerie clonks that are guided by rotating turbines like engineered by Vainio Väisänen Vega and giving the sensations […]

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