Tin Man – Underdog EP Pt.1 (Pomelo Records POM33 – 2013)

Intelligent acid is often seen as Tin Man’s signature sound but his output does not always have floor grading and touches experimental spheres (for example “Vienna Blue LP”). However not in the case of sonic statement “Underdog EP Pt. 1” on the Austrian imprint Pomelo, where he has prepared a floor-friendly two-tracker with house elements.Symbolically titled “U.R.” opens with acid house showers before Detroit’s early techno chords emerge to keep the track running for about 13 minutes. Whereas field testing confirmed “U.R.’s” excellent DJ set potential. “Stay Down” is built on a lukewarm groove with filtered kicks and soft keys […]

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1DERL& – Intertwined EP (Processed PRCSD005 – 2013)

Estonian producer Margus Löve aka 1DERL&, to be pronounced Wonderland, was formerly known as dubstepper L-OW but switched to house and techno with the album called “Reflection”, out in 2012. With “Intertwined EP” his Processed imprint drops the first wax release with four remixes of the album material.The LP spanned from generic tech house to dub techno and “Intertwined EP” offers a mixed bag of sounds too. Whereas the pounding B-side is obvious winner, launched with Mattias Fridell’s giant bass and dubbed out chords in “Section Zero”. Techno crowd is even more satisfied when “Vaporized” is handled by Ness, operating with edgy synth […]

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Matti Turunen – Fall EP (Muhk Music MK002 – 2013)

Release date is in May 2013 Located in Sweden and driven by exiled UK brain power, Muhk Music unveils the second release of the label. One would not easily give up a winning formula and therefore the second release comes from the same man across the sea. Morphology member Matti Turunen from Finland has applied his gear for a three-tracker swinging in the crossroads of the electronic music’s American heritage. The title track “Fall” is driven by ample Detroit-inspired chords and grooves for the peace of mind. Featuring the backing vocalist Dora Gray, “Fall” paraglides well above the ground with […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Semien Terara EP (Abdulla Rashim Records 004 – 2013)

Release date is February 2013 Too many space-themed metaphors are used in relation to techno but they are really justified when the mystery man from Stockholm Abdulla Rashim reveals the fourth release on his own label. Because in the very moment the 2012 DA14 surpassed the Earth above Indonesia at 30,000 kms, Abdulla Rashim’s new EP „Semien Terara“ was playing, sounding as an appropriate companion for the passing-by of the asteroid.Drifting in thin air the new EP offers different sound picture compared to the previous EPs. It still features weighty bass and determined hi-hats with stratospheric hum pinned to the […]

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Mikkel Metal – Fron (SEMANTICA 48 – 2012)

By sound picture it can be called a predictable appearance by Mikkel Metal, the man mainly associated with the dub techno outlet Echocord. The Danish artist has now arrived on Semantica to, once again, express his affection for dubby chords. Although representing the laid-back compartment of Semantica’s catalogue, the new signing on the Spanish imprint still delivers three tracks with notable dancefloor functionality.Focused on repetition, the A-side’s “Mafostam” seems to loop endlessly and serves as an introduction to two pretty cuts on the flip. The highlight is called “Staron”, an effective tool to conquer the crowd’s hearts and minds with […]

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Andreas Gehm – What’s On Ur Mind EP (Mathematics MRI64 – 2012)

Mathematics Recordings really deserve close attention as they excel with quality output coming from Jamal Moss and his consorts both from the US and overseas. German producer Andreas Gehm has been affiliated with the imprint before and after a joint effort with the legendary Steve Poindexter, the German drops another four-track tool in the Chicago vein. Having obtained recognition with his acidic blasts under the Elec Pt. 1 alias with releases on Bunker, Kommando6 or Psycho Thrill, Gehm has chosen a smoother and acid house-inclined approach in his recent productions and the new EP on Mathematics features classy Chicago house tracks with a hint […]

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Nick Simoncino – The Other Side (Finale Sessions FS011 – 2012)

Release date is in October 2012 “OTP Party Breaks #4”, a pretty decent job in the footsteps of the eighties disco-house, was in 2010 an incidental purchase and my first meeting with Nick Simoncino’s music. Thereafter the Italian DJ and producer has put out a steady flow of releases, including on Mathematics and L.I.E.S., and increasingly shown affection for the canons of Chicago and Detroit.He is also commuting between those two cities in “The Other Side”, a three-track EP out soon on Finale Sessions. With the title track “Symphony Of Brotherhood” he has programmed an ample tech house groover and the […]

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Mr Raoul K – Mande (Still Music STILLMDLP007 – 2012)

Release date is in October 2012 A world citizen has returned to the home and reached an essential station in his musical career when after an inspiring trip to Mr Raoul K’s native Côte d’Ivoire his new album “Mande” is published on Chicago’s fine label Still Music. Already with the first releases on his own Baobab imprint Mr Raoul K showed increasingly more qualities than just being “mysterious” and “exotic” Lübeck-based producer of African origin. Despite of pursuing a moderate release schedule he quickly became a preferred deep house producer in Germany, his Wahlheimat since 1992. Now Raoul Konan N’dah Kouassi has completed […]

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Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP (Episodes 02 – 2012)

Hakim Murphy, a Bachelor in music composition, is another proof that Chicago is not sleeping. Initially fascinated by deep house, Murphy adds throbbing subnotes to the second release on Episodes, recalling the rawness of Warehouse and dryness of Jamal Moss.Navigating in a magnetic storm, “Technis” might vaguely stick to deep house textures but when we proceed to “Analog Stroll” abstract signals on stripped-down drum machine arrangement take the control, all that rounded up by ample space groove. In “BBQ Knobs” distorted bass is turned on for a real subwoofer test while “Tunnel Dark” is accentuated by rhythmic modulations and comes […]

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Jerome Derradji Presents: 122 BPM – The Birth Of House Music (Still Music STILLM3CD006 – 2012)

Release date is June 2012 A reflection of the days when house was born: “122 BPM” features a number of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from early to late 1980’s. It’s not about the house Trax built, but a compilation from the catalogs of Mitchbal Records and Chicago Connection Records.Gospel and rhythm in the blood, the kings and queens of the scene stimulate a hedonistic party in “122 BPM” with sexed-up grooves from the jack’s adolescence. Some tracks have felt the rotation like “Fantasy” by Z-Factor Feat. Jesse Saunders or “I Can’t Forget” by Mr Lee, but there is plenty  to […]

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