Various – Kila Kola: Various Shades of Estonian Electronica (Umblu) – 7/10

Estonia, land of music. Modern composer Arvo Pärt was born here, in a small town called Paide, and every five years a monumental Song Festival gathers 30,000 performers and 150,000 paying spectators for a celebration of music – in a country with less than 1.4 million people. First house and techno producers, spiritual disciples of Soviet-age deep electronica composer Sven Grünberg, emerged 20 years ago and since that the vibrant scene has created several impressive tracks, not to speak about great parties across the years. The newest compilation by Umblu Records showcases the talents of today. The sheep on the […]

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Various – Music From Mathematics Vol. 1 (Mathematics Recordings 030) – 8/10

Chicago v. 2.0 – this label of Poindexter and Moss carries proudly the flame that was lit in the 80’s in Windy City, and they excel both in yield and quality. Current compilation has again picked up various musical influences and starts with Sir KaTie and “Shout” that speaks to all Tears For Fears fans and brings up great memories. DM’s familiar chords are soon overrun by a disoriented jam session where we could hear pieces of “Robots”.  Marcello Napoletano’s “Space Voodoo” is dashing soundtrack for congregations of wild tribes, a stylish tribal piece guided by snare drum. On the […]

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Nacho Patrol – The Africa Jet Band (M Division Recordings 04) – 9/10

For this occasion Danny Wolfers AKA Legowelt is king of the jungle, under the Nacho Patrol moniker. Dutchman’s fantasy in inventing cool artist names is boundless. More impressive is his ability to control all the music machines and produce tracks that are retro-sounding and contemporary same time. As Nacho Patrol he pours gallons of funk to the discomobile’s tank, steps on it and let’s the fun out. “El Fuego En Nosotros Todo” is a powerful start and my favourite here. Psychedelic and etherial mood set in the first track carries on throughout the release. In “Cheetahman” we encounter a chimpanzee […]

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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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Tobias Bernstrup – Midnight Blue (Falco Invernale Records 001) – 8/10

Swedish multi-artist carries the torch that was lit in the Apennine Peninsula in the 80’s. Three easy and waving italo tracks on blue vinyl, whereas the title track and “Behind The Wheel” sound like twins beacuse of shared refrain and only some synth variations. B2, “Into The Night”, is different and makes an EP out this release. Primitive lyrics (my hands are on the steering wheel, I hear the sound of crushing steel) follow the italo heritage. Background forces are worth a mention too: sound engineering by Mark Verbos; female vocals by two Scandinavian sirens, Saralunden and Miss Liz Wendelbo. […]

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House Mannequin – Can You Dig It ? (House Mannequin 1) – 7/10

Yes, I can on vastus. Järjekordne uus leibel, esimene väljaanne, infoks vaid tempel. “Can You Dig It?” täidab 45se kiirusega esimese poole, kandes endas disco ning easy listeningi hõngu, sisse on sämplitud jänkimaa trubaduuri (Burt Bacharach?) ning meeleolu viib mõtted Dallase ja Dünastia aegadesse.Teise poole “Space Police” on kuidagi väga tuttav – ah jaa, Black Devil teeb ju sarnast asja ning hulga kauem. Plagiaadikaebuseni päris ei lähe, disko jätkub. Viimane, “Good Caves” kannab arusaamatut pealkirja ning annab doosi eksootikat, kas võiks see olla bhangra cosmic või miski muu – igal juhul seda pidu peetakse Indias ning vürtsikalt.

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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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