Drvg Cvltvre With Chris Moss Acid – American Psychosis (Part One) (Shipwrec SHIP0231 – 2014)

Legit koala acid on Dutch label Shipwrec with two slow-moving tracks conceived by Drvg Cvltvre. Thus compared to his Ra-X days of fast and furious acid techno, Drvg Cvltvre’s Vincent Koreman walks at the other end of BPM spectrum. The first track “Acid Flash” co-features the skills of the UK producer Chris Moss and pours not surprisingly excessive 303 all over the place. But the real treat is on the flip: The knight of doomdisco keeps repeating “I’ll Wear Your Face On a Chain” in a heavily percussive piece with wicked acid programming. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from Clone

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Korridor – Path 0102.591 (Northern Electronics ‎NE7 – 2014)

Another fine production from the Northern Electronics camp. Heading to the hallways of hypnosis, suburban Stockholm artist Fabian Kempe makes the vinyl debut with “Path 0102.591”. Korridor’s mini-LP is focused on acid-tinged atmospheric excursions reminiscent of the works of fellow countryman Andreas Tilliander (TM404) and the label’s own Ulwhednar.Preferring the subtleties, Korridor’s composition of  “Path #01” prefers fuzzy surface with background crackles. The best pick is viciously looping “Path #02.5”, which reminds of Mike Dred’s “Macrocosm” while “Shift #91” moves closer to the section of aquatic ambient. All in all Korridor’s work can be seen as a likable attempt to […]

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Eomac – Hither, Pappy EP (The Trilogy Tapes TTT013)

The EP with an animation bloke on the sleeve has been around for a while but still deserves a closer look. Eomac is a project by Ian McDonnell from Dublin, also one half of Lakker, and most recently acknowledged for a release on Berlin’s Killekill. Now the Eomac’s EP is a worthy addition to the catalog of The Trilogy Tapes, an innovative and exciting label from UK. All starts with a bittersweet flashback of the era of pest control outfits and adolescent Prodigy and Altern 8, with rolling “Hither, Pappy” where a loudly yelling MC is hailed by cheering stadium […]

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Various – Replay (10 Label TEN002EP – 2013)

10 Label’s “Mu EP” was a memorable release because of intriguing lineup and a seagull portrait on the black-and-white cover. After a two-year hibernation the Japanese imprint has now summoned a group of international artists to the second mini compilation titled “Replay”, once again sporting a tasteful sleeve design.The EP’s straightest and most throbbing cut is “Overbite”, an anesthesia-free treatment by the screeching machines guided by London trooper Perc and expectedly close to Perc Trax’s industrial can(n)ons. Of different kind is “Subject Of The Stenographic Figure”, a calm and crackling Gothic indietronica by the Blackest Ever Black artist Dalhous.A surprising appearance by the big […]

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Hypnosaurus – Untitled / (Re-Played) by Hieroglyphic Being (Porridge Bullet ‎PB006 – 2013)

Technically taken it’s a reissue but not of the type of glossy deluxe editions people are fooled with. The 12-inch, now out on Porridge Bullet imprint, is a reproduction of the material released in 1991 as a friends-only run of 20 cassettes by the Estonian act Hypnosaurus with Aivar Tõnso (keyboards, tapes) and Railo Pals (drums). Also known as Hüpnosaurus, the act later consisted of Tõnso and Raul Saaremets (aka Ajukaja), both till our days playing a pivotal role in the Estonian electronic scene. In 2004 they issued a best-of compilation on Ulmeplaadid.Going back to the beginnings, in the presence of […]

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MGUN – If You’re Reading This EP (Don’t Be Afraid DBA012 – 2013)

MGUN’s message is clear: If you are reading, feeling, breathing this EP, don’t be afraid of Detroit’s economical decay spilling over to the city’s musical heritage. Motor City’s MGUN aka Manuel Gonzales is a fighter and proves it particularly with his second release on Semtek’s imprint, after “The Upstairs Apt. EP” in 2012.The six-tracker is like a journey through different music spots. It starts with abstract late-night intro “Hand Over Fifth” and nothing predicts the storm arriving with “Proxy”, a vintage-minded acidic bubble bath compounded with raw modulations. Mighty drive continues in blackout-heralding “Funnel Vision” with highly efficient set of percussive […]

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Varg – Misantropen (Northern Electronics NE1 – 2013)

Release date is in May 2013 Emerging from the chilly vastness of the North, Varg is a lonesome wolf howling with the voice of 303. Invited to be the first artist on Abdulla Rashim’s start-up Northern Electronics, Varg presents an ambitious LP to show the power of slow-motion acid journeys.After esoteric storytelling in the opener “Mount Analogue”, the remaining seven tracks offer variations on the silver box programming. Those descending from the Holy Mountain will be subject to throbbing acid pulses in “Norrländska Vemodet”, the “dance track” of the release, while the following “Skoptsy” toils up to the daylight from […]

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Discoverer – Tunnels (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV044 – 2012)

“Tunnels” would not be a stranger in a living room where the father-in-law proudly demonstrates a worn-out copy of Tangerine Dream and, with a sad note in his voice, recalls bygone times. To cheer him up and add some Christmas touch to the atmosphere, just give a spin to the recent album on Digitalis.Despite of running a roster of lesser known artists the label from Tulsa does nothing accidental. With “Tunnels” they continue explorations in the vastness of synth-based music with a new artist from Kansas City.Behind Discoverer is Brandon Knocke who admits the passion for former times, going back to the 1980s […]

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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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Leo Abrahams + Oliver Coates – Crystals Are Always Forming (Slip Discs SLP002 – 2012)

A new noise and experimental project on the Manchester label Slip Discs. “Crystals Are Always Forming” is the debut of Leo Abrahams and Oliver Coates who have ventured on the cohabitation of cello and electronics. Eleven compositions totaling about 33 minutes witness a range of slow and stretched drones hovering between electronic noise and mistuned acoustic instrumentation.Numbered in Roman format from “I” to “XI”, mostly three-minute cuts address the public fond of static sound experiments with the suspense seething beneath.Experimental is a tight market and largely saturated, meaning that extracting the last from the soft/hardware does not necessarily guarantee success. Abrahams […]

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