DUST OFF: Huren – Huren’s Kaltbrüchig Acideath (Zhark Recordings 00007 – 1999)

When interviewed by the Tea And Techno blog, Zhark Recordings co-founder Kareem reflected upon the twists and turns of the label, saying the seventh release opened an entirely new direction. After Zhark07 people started shaking their heads, because the EP’s sound did not follow the label’s minimalistic Detroit approach. The culprit for this dramatic move was Canadian Dave Foster who had first garnered attention with the project Teste on Plus 8. Later, as part of the duo Perceptrons, he focused on acid releases before reanimating in 1999 his obscured Huren moniker, dropping “Istropolitana EP” on Qube and debuting on Zhark with notorious “Huren’s Kaltbrüchig Acideath”. […]

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Various ‎– Paris / Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno (Fondation Sonore 03 – 2014)

Release date is in June 2014 “Paris / Berlin” descends to places where the strobe lumens are in stark contrast to surrounding darkness. This is techno underground, researched and explained in recent one-hour documentary “Paris / Berlin” by Amélie Ravalec, a French film maker and scene activist. She runs with Gregorio Sicurezza the label Fondation Sonore, a preservation society of harder sounds, launched with thundering split EP by Kareem and Ancient Methods.The beats of “Paris / Berlin” are now brought out as gatefold double LP. As the soundtrack of a retrospective film, the compilation features mostly previously released tracks from 1999 […]

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 004 (HDL004 – 2014)

Haunting and anonymous figure of Headless Horseman reappears in convincing manner with a new batch of tracks. One can’t get closer to the destruction when the label’s fourth installment opens with “Legend”, which is a forcefully chopping cut sounding like symbiosis of the wildest exploits by Ancient Methods, Kareem and Perc.After that “Execution” makes its mark as a stepping and shuffling puncher, seeing a pierced and tattooed hangman shaking after hard day’s shift.No escape is allowed on the flip which features groaning and throat-slitting version of the “Legend” by none other than Ancient Methods, rounding up the label’s best release […]

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Violet Poison – Aldebaran Alabrahamis Oxakindiss (Repitch Recordings RPTCH02 – 2014)

Aldebaran is ‘an orange giant star located about 65 light years away in the zodiac constellation of Taurus‘, but Alabrahamis and Oxakindiss are just linguistic inventions from the mind of cryptic Violet Poison. The artist’s arrival on Repitch after the EPs on self-titled label and Bed Of Nails is not a coincidence as Shapednoise, his partner in crime in the group Violetshaped, is one of the faces behind the Berlin imprint. In “Aldebaran Alabrahamis Oxakindiss” all tracks match the label’s distressed and dirty story line, starting with a storming synth staccato and damaged moaning for sandpaper techno in A1 and abrasive […]

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George Paar & Yuji Kondo – Man No Shadow (Par Wax PRW 06 – 2013)

Uruguay might be an exotic spot on the global techno map but because of George Paar, the founder of Par Recordings, it’s not a quiet place. The Montevideo resident has been running the label since 2011, as a publishing platform of his own tracks along with guest contributions from Ness, Patrick Krieger, Conrad van Orton and most recently Giorgio Gigli.Now hard-working Yuji Kondo from Japan has joined the label head in “Man No Shadow EP” for the sixth vinyl release. The A-side sees Paar’s furious programming in mechanical and intense “Modern Inception” and the embrace of cold-hearted machines continues in “Dwelling […]

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dualit – dualit EP (Earwiggle EAR005 – 2013)

Release date is in October 2013 Two new faces on Earwiggle, German producers MasCon and Oliver Rosemann, are united under the dualit moniker for a rough ride on Sunil Sharpe’s Dublin-based imprint.Mechanical in-your-face four-tracker starts with rugged loops and drilling stabs in “Triton”, followed by maritime deity theme “Proteus”, opening with Blawan-style alienated vocal ripples and quickly substituted by distorted kicks and other instruments from the hard techno toolbox.Top-end contribution comes from the enigmatic mercenary Bleaching Agent, when its asthmatic take on “Proteus” opens the B-side, sending cold shivers down the spine with Styxian horns and robust loops creating a […]

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Subjected – Zero (Vault Series VAULTCD001 – 2013)

Dirty grey and menacing, the fortification stands there to unleash monochrome frenzy when Subjected meets with success the challenge of a techno album. “M” is a compulsory dark ambient introduction, preceding a set of pounding gear by the founder of Vault Series. Nothing else than noise and heavy bass can be expected from “Boom Boom”, an apt ruler of the floor and a highlight along “Tool 1”. No-nonsense digital package adding some weight to techno sets.

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Blacknecks 0003 (BLKN003 – 2013)

For the start the Blacknecks techno jet has been rerouted from London to post-season Rimini, as the explosive opener “Fash” summons the resort zombies under the shiny disco ball. Hardened Moroder-esque bass line twins with “Theme From Blacknecks” from the previous release, making a robust nod to Italo worshippers. The return to usual belters happens on the B-side: “Four Cunts And A Badge” sees most sincerely the machines in pain and the track is fueled by furious kick drum going into the realms of hardcore. Distorted, acid-bolstered “Same Old Brand New You” is soaked in havocking synth noise to round […]

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Tuomas Rantanen – Nychthemeron in Madagascar EP (City Wall Records CW077 – 2013)

Madagascar, a remote island in warm oceanic waters where aye-ayes are cozily hiding in tree branches. It might be a perfect setting for a “Chill Out in the Paradise” soundtrack but Tuomas Rantanen, a student of philosophy from Tampere, Finland, believes in the opposite, in hidden magic and darker undercurrents.“Morning in Madagascar” is a rude wake-up call from techno’s bloodthirsty side where the origins of violent bass tap into the assaults launched recently by labels like Pennyroyal or Perc Trax. Starting as well with a dark ambient intro, “Day in Madagascar” does not allow any rest either when it’s pounding […]

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SNTS – Chapter III (SNTS03 – 2013)

Italian SNTS imprint taps into the saturated market of droning techno with another anonymous release to supply dark moments to the floor. Despite of several genre tropes “Chapter III” will find a place in respective DJ bags. Starting  in “S7” with atmospheric loops and distant hum which reminds of recent Abdulla Rashim, it proceeds to foggy half-stepping “S8” and pulse-upping panic statement “S9”, to leave “End I” to conclude the game with flowing ambient. Grey marbled vinyl of 200 copies. Buy vinyl from Juno

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