Levon Vincent – Six Figures (Novel Sound 02) – 5/10

The title track is an endless one-groove house piece, short of any character and also the following “Bonus Beats” on the A-side does not turn things much better. You can draw some parallels with STL but the latter is a clear winner of this comparison. B-side rolls along in dub techno moods and alerts you more – despite of millions of alike-sounding productions. “1000 Miles From Home” concludes the story here and as a nice surprise sounds pretty good and flirts with an old organ. Well, the record, released in January 2009, is not a total waste but can’t imagine […]

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Cottam – Untitled (Cottam 3 – 2009) – 8/10

Third record in the Cottam series, from the UK and this time with a green label. Intensive and tribal-minded track on the A-side reminds of Teknotika. Rhythm hits hard but the overall composition is rather dull. B-side is deeper and shows some evolution. Bass is charging and in the middle of the track a gentleman with African roots lets the vocal part out. It fits well into the tribal and funk feel of the B-side which is the winner here. Buy vinyl from Discogs

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Various – Voyeurhythm EP 1 (Voyeurhythm 001) – 9 /10

A confession to start with: the history of soul and funk, and this part of the music world in general, is something quite alien to me. It’s for the experts to say if this record is freshly squeezed tasty juice or just warmed-up bouillon of edits from the cellars. Anyway, I’m impressed about this greatly rolling piece of wax that fits to the home listening, as well as to the club floor.A-side belongs to Benjamin Sun and “When You Looked” that is a joyful and clamorous piece of old school funk. Megadon Betamax (what a name!) opens the happy proceedings […]

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STL – The Unseen Voyage (Something Vinyl Series 09) – 8/10

Stephan Laubner from Germany opens the record with a nicely ticking and smoothly grooving but somewhat unoriginal track, raising fears that he, too, suffers from complications of the minimal virus. Despite of a sci-fi-sounding title, “Space Warriors” is the most  laid-back cut of the EP but because of its length embraces the listener and the groove keeps haunting afterwards. Then “Radionoize” is a fragmented short-wave cacophony. B-side sends on a journey across the Atlantic as “Walk With Me” follows the footsteps of soulful Detroit house. A gentle but rhythmic track that harmonises well with the final “Me, Myself and I”. […]

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Roska – TWC EP (Roska Kicks & Snares 007) – 9/10

Roska has the debut album out on Rinse and for this special occasion a review from the archives of Masinamusa, from the fall 2009.In Finnish “roska” means “rubbish” but this first association is totally wrong in this respect. Because the release is pure gold. “Concrete Jungle” is a perfectly rolling production with a catchy rhythm and a perfect choice for an Indian Summer terrace party. Pure bliss goes on in the same vein with “Proverbs”. B-side tightens the grip, a female “ah-ah” vocal emerges and some funk and “Strings of Life” influences are thrown in. The last, “Without It (Bonus)” […]

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Unknown Artist – Shimmy Sham Sham (Shimmy Sham Sham 001) – 8/10

Who is the most prolific club artist? Who else than the “Unknown Artist” who is represented in the discogs.com zillion times, most of it nothing more than just plain boredom. By calling an artist “anonymous” some expect to lend a mysterious and alternative touch to the release but often it’s just a marketing trick. The artwork of such releases is quite basic – a paper sleeve, stamp on the label, etc. This 12-inch is exactly like this: anonymous (said to be produced by Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, unconfirmed). By hearsay from Berlin and the first release on a new […]

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