2015 wrap-up: Part One

This is Terminal 313’s musical alphabet to sum up the year 2015. Many of the entries have been covered in the blog posts and some of the mentions are about my long-time favourites who had a strong year. PART ONE: FROM A TO L Ancient Methods. The year of industrial techno’s genre-defining artist culminated with the new moniker Room 506 and “Red Embers”, my favourite track of the year.   Bernardi, Marco. Climbing to the consciousness of a wider audience, the UK producer excelled in 2015 with electro roughness on Brokntoys and dancing clowns on Berceuse Heroique.   Clarence G. After recent Drexciya reissues, the […]

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Marc W. Floyd aka Agent Chaos – Medicated Psychosis (Underground Resistance UR-053 – 2015)

For Underground Resistance it has become customary to issue a white label and sell it via Submerge Mailorder well before the official release hits the crates. It’s the same story with “Medicated Psychosis”, a new EP by Marc W. Floyd aka Agent Chaos. UR-053 is about genuine Motor City funk with attitude, which in vocal parts defies the pharma industry and addresses the hazards of excessive medication. ‘Don’t swallow the pill, study other methods, use your own will’, goes the advice and leads to two versions of “Trapped In The Meds”. Proven UR textures carry the narration in “Lithium Lobotomy Mix” while the […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 4 (July 2015)

Tracklist: Ilpo Numminen – Helsinki (Vuosi) Inner8 – Ataraxia (Feat T.C.O.) (Undogmatisch) Aci_Edits – 04 [04] (/\\Aught) Hermans & Mr. Ho – Late Night Scuttla (Run Out Run) Dungeon Acid – The Move (Point Chaud Remix) (Stockholm LTD) Donato Dozzy & DJ Say – Your Eyes (Attic Music) Array Access – Variation 2 (Eomac Remix) (Ressort Imprint) Edit Select & Teste – Ascend (Edit Select Records) Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Not On Label) Hauntologists – Brooklyn (Hauntologists) Polar Inertia – Floating Away Fire (Dement3d) Exium – Magnetic Flux (PoleGroup) Tracid Posse – Power Of Darkness (Overdrive) Varg – Raggarsvin (Northern […]

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Ten summer tracks

This post is not about Ibiza beach parties and hardstyle DJs rocking the stadiums. Just a random selection that could be taged ‘summer techno/house’ in my view, take it or leave it. Sequential – “Prophet” (Pod Communication) Landmark trance track by Sequential, a project by Pete Namlook and Christian Thier from the beginning of the 1990s. The real bliss starts at 3:50.   Andreas Dorau – “Girls In Love, Grungerman Mix I” (Ladomat 2000) Andreas Dorau, a German NDW and pop wonder, getting his 1997 hit remixed by Wolfgang Voigt.   Ajukaja – “Ahiwo Ahiwo” (Porridge Bullet) After “Benga Benga”, another […]

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Church Boy Lou – Weep (Dirt Tech Reck DTR06 – 2015)

As a designer and photographer, Robert O’Bryant aka Waajeed was affiliated with Detroit’s hip hop group Slum Village and then gradually became a producer himself. Waajeed’s first own label was The Bling 47 Group, followed by the launch of Dirt Tech Reck (initially Records) in 2013. Closely connected to the Detroit techno headquarters Submerge, the DTR imprint can look back to a number of releases between street credible beats and soulful house, to present now “Weep” by Church Boy Lou. Waajeed’s new alias seems like an invitation to Sunday morning mess in the neighbourhood. The spiritual opener “Show Me” is […]

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Never On Sunday – Day-By-Day (430 West ‎4W-165 – 2015)

The Burden brothers and 430 West are inseparable from the evolution of Detroit electronic music. This spring, they reanimated the main project Octave One with the group’s fifth album “Burn It Down” and have reissued a couple of classic EPs, including Never On Sunday’s “Day-By-Day”. Never On Sunday (aka N.O.S.), a short-lived side project of Lenny, Lawrence and Lynell Burden, may not ring a bell for many because of only two EPs in the beginning of the 1990s. Apart from that, some individual tracks were released on compilations, like futuristic tech dreamer “Urban Rains” on 430 West’s excellent “Detroit Techno City”. This particular […]

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D’Marc Cantu – Car Type EP (Run Out Run RUNOR1006 – 2015)

Ann Arbor, US state of Michigan, is less than one-hour drive from Detroit and the place D’Marc Cantu comes from. Despite of geographical proximity to the Motor City, Cantu has rather courted the sound of Chicago with his genuine jakbeat rebellion, heard on labels like Nation, Crème, Sequencias and many more. He also partners with JTC in the group AM/FM, recently hitting with rude acid tracks on “Doomsday Initiative I”. The newest instalment of Cantu’s work comes on Tom Dicicco’s Run Out Run imprint, after a long wait since the November 2014, when the release was announced. “Car Type EP” is a proof of Cantu’s versatile […]

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Mix: Electro From Coast To Coast (2015)

Tracklist: 1. Malcolm McLaren – Zulu Nation Party 2. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock 3. The Mechanic – Sweat 4. The World Class Wreckin Cru – Planet 5. Drexciya – Living on the Edge [Instrumental] 6. Kronos Device – See The Light 7. Luke Eargoggle – Protecting The Krown 8. Insect Jazz – Transmission From Istanbul 9. Ultradyne – v.1014 10. Ekman – Gödelian Argument 11. DJ Overdose – Girl In Trouble 12. Composite Profuse – Homeless Dweller 13. UR – Electronic Warfare [Vocal] 14. Rutherford – Closure 15. Mr. Velcro Fastener – Phlegmatic 16. […]

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Israel Vines – WWKD EP (Eye Teeth TEETH-1 – 2015)

A new release by Israel Vines had been in my wishlist since hearing his superb remixes for Stave and Erika, when Vines’s skill to control the groove made appetite for more. Although I was a bit too early with the assumption that in 2014 we should have watched out for him, Vines has not disappeared anywhere and now has the honour to inaugurate Eye Teeth, a sub-label marking the artistic adulthood of Ann Arbor’s Interdimensional Transmissions. In the title track WWKD”, the Midwest veteran and current Los Angeles based artist, releases the steam to make room to roiling bass line, percussive variations, inclusive some cracked […]

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Ultradyne – Resurrection: Return From The Abyss (Pi Gao Movement PGM011 – 2015)

The signals are loud and evident, when Ultradyne transmit on the assigned frequency from their interstellar refugium. Looking back to two decades in action – their tale started in 1995 with “E Coli EP” on Warp – the enigmatic producers from Detroit keep cruising in the extreme end of the electro universe with the new EP “Resurrection: Return from the Abyss”, out on their home label Pi Gao Movement. Ultradyne have well maintained the veil of secrecy, with their identities and even the group’s composition often disputed, but it is known that Dennis Richardson and Frank de Groodt are the faces […]

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