BLACKNECKS 002 (Blacknecks BLKN002 – 2013)

It might well have been the weekend when the two UK garage heroes, after refusing to play only handbag and hardbag, were turned down by a West End banker wedding. Out of frustration they might have retreated to a Walthamstow flat to give birth to the second edition of Blacknecks, another sacrifice to the techno gods.The faint-hearted should seek cover when the noisy A-side opens with “Death Before Eastenders” a distorted fat bastard screaming and pumping like hell. “Life For Rent” is a squeaking jam pushed by acidic additives and childish gremlin vocal samples. But real volcanos erupt on the […]

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Ascion – The Cybernetic Drama (3TH Records 3TH002 – 2013)

Ascion from the Repitch crew is in acceleration phase with the new imprint 3TH Records. After a various artists EP with the posse he now defines “The Cybernetic Drama” by reaching back to the techno history for inspiration.The A-side is clearly for the restless of the night and the title cut “The Cybernetic Drama” is carried by the atmospheric spirit of Millsian Something In The Sky project while thrusting “San Gennaro” aligns with rough loop tools of early Downwards. The flip side moves in a more restricted mood with abrasive industrial beats in “Inhibitor” and melancholic tones in “Xatatonic State” […]

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Various – Nonnative 05 (SEMANTICA NNN 05 – 2013)

Nordic craftsmanship on the A-side of the Semantica’s fifth Nonnative release. For the start deep bass expert Juho Kusti from Helsinki narrates about “Twin Oaks”, throwing in sprawling dubs of Helical Scan standard and advancing confidently with swinging synth sequences, only distracted by deliberate cacophony at the mid-track.Hailing from the cellars of Stockholm, S100 are twinning by sound with fellow Swedes SHXCXCHCXSH when they create in “Ssabbron” strobe-dominated black atmosphere with monotone old-school acid buzz and repetitive minimalist signalling.On the flip Japan’s Imugem Orihasam researches the depths of “Excessive Self-Consciousness” with a trippy cut diffusing mechanical coldness and Semantica’s local Madrid scene […]

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Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart Object EP (Reaktivate RKTV001 – 2013)

When after a number of digital releases a record label seeks tangible output for its ideas and emotions, it’s like coming of age. The same applies to the vinyl debut of the Portuguese imprint Reaktivate, which presents for the vinyl challenge a rookie from Colombia and several household names on the remix side.Astronomical Telegram, alter ego of Daniel Restrepo from Medellin, is responsible for the title track. The slamming original is a sinister introduction and breathes the same air with darker techno productions, albeit not fully avoiding some cliches, making it a suitable companion for poorly lit places.The remix section […]

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Various – Dead Architect Series: Portfolio One (Modularz12 – 2013)

Difficult to pick a favorite from this crop as the tracks are equally strong. We have a rather dreamy start for a Modularz release when Eduardo de la Calle picks delicate dubs and warm chords from his recent Semantica (like “Quasi Calligraphic 9”). But Elyas slams with bass and dark textures for a secret techno rite, as does Takaaki Itoh with a monumental drop and stinging sequences. Spain’s Adriana Lopez closes the first installment of the portfolio with a solid techno tool. Extra points go to the conceptual title of the series. Buy vinyl from Juno

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Deka (Terminal313.net) DJ set at Kultuuritolm 2013, Tallinn, Estonia

Deka (Terminal313.net) DJ Mix at Kultuuritolm Festival 2013 in Tallinn by Terminal313 Tracklist: Mihkel Lüdig – Fuuga do minoor played by Hugo Lepnurm Smackos – Saturday Morning Plant43 – Bioluminiscent Trees DJ Naughty – Gigolo Style Faustian Pact – Critical Futurist Espion – MKYF Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – Telemacus Surgeon meets Vice – The Point Donor/Truss – Spacial Samuli Kemppi – Plasma Disco Tom Dicicco – Excavation i – L.T.B.C.Y.B. Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – Penelope Abdulla Rashim – Alem Maya 2 George Paar – Life Is Not Dead Yet (Giorgio Gigli Variation) Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart […]

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Various – Untitled.2 (REPITCH 000.2 – 2013)

Release date is in July 2013 Repitch triumvirate consisting of D. Carbone, Ascion and Shapednoise – all hailing from Southern Italy and now on a techno mission in Berlin – continue the “000” series with three saw-toothed industrial-flavored works inspired by distressing utopias, causing either a slow kill or a slow orgasm, whichever you prefer.All tracks are called “Untitled.2” and for the start D. Carbone drops a grim and teasing symphony about convulsing synths and dashing hi-hats colliding with furiously half-stepping bass. Next up is Ascion who keeps the dark atmosphere when bombing with reverberated acidic elements and mystery chorus. […]

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 002 (HDL002 – 2013)

“Decapitation” is the best cure for the bored. The opener of the new Headless Horseman hits with cold-blooded synth swirl mounted on throbbing and kicking bass and sharp claps. A sinister and rampant techno cut and the most convincing achievement of the ghost of a Hessian trooper so far.Extra help is engaged in the dark dealings of “Graveyard” when Perc’s no-nonsense rework covers the place with the textures of booming industrial techno before the original “Graveyard” leads the cavalcade to the terminal point with half-stepping rhythm.In my view the necromantic connotations do not sound very creative here, but musically Headless […]

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Adam X – Coercive Persuasion EP (SCR Dark Series SCR-D002 – 2013)

American techno trouper and current Wahlberliner Adam X comes with a two-tracker on Suicide Circus sublabel SCR Dark Series. A-side’s “Coercive Persuasion” is pure industrial bondage with aggressive stabs and samples of grim robovoice  laid on throbbing bass. Only those occasional guitar strings seem a bit out of place.After having satisfied the hardliners, Adam X lets the mood to change on the flip. Still bass-driven, “Deprogramming Sequence” floats back to techno’s retro days with string and bell arrangements and ravey effects. Dim the lights and go with the flow. Read also an interview with Adam X, translated from the November 1992 […]

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BLACKNECKS – BLACKNECKS 000001 (Blacknecks BLKN001 – 2013)

Release date is in May 2013 Screaming out loud in capital letters and knocking on the door with iron fist is BLACKNECKS, an anonymous act living the somber technoid dreams of two unknown producers.No track titles given so we just start with A1, which is specimen punishing techno centered on crushing percussion with ghastly modulations and irritating riffs. It would be a worthy companion of EDMX’s “Cerberus” in a mix.Secret floor formula has been applied in A2 for twisted kick drum session run through distortion tubes. All that is like a turbocharged remix of Metasplice and a good anthem for […]

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