Hype Williams – Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol. II (Hyperdub HDB052)

Rating: 7/10 Catalog number 52 is my first Hyperdub and my first Hype Williams. The label that introduced Burial might be searching for new directions as I can’t find any dubstep here. The question is, what genres does the record represent as in many aspects “Kelly Price …”  is more art and performance than music.Four tracks in total and two of them clearly not for the floor. On snarling and clapping synth backdrop, “Rise Up”opens up slowly as a bloom under the rising sun. Spoken-word cut “Badmind” is like picked up from random US radio transmissions dedicated to cultural issues. […]

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Perc – Wicker & Steel (Perc Trax TPTCD003)

Rating: 8/10 The fans of barbed sounds met with excitement the news about Perc’s album, his first full-length after a production career of ten years.Heavyweight single of “My Head Is Slowly Exploding”, where Chris Carter’s remix outplayed the one by Ancient Methods, heralded the march of angry machines for the album. Also by the design and semantics, “Wicker & Steel” does not stand for wellness and relaxation.But the album is not exactly filled with torture room techno, although harsh sandpaper sounds dominate in “My Head …”, “Start Chopping”, “London, We Have You Surrounded”. Atmospheric “You Saw Me” carries something (from the sky), like […]

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Various – Variables II (Mordant Music 048)

Rating: 8/10 Mordant Music is a renegade of today’s electronic music and does not cease experimenting with rhythms and melodies for thrilling interpretations. One can imagine Mordant coming up with a new act like “Rollerskating Bankers With Pink Hats” to conquer the world. Don’t get me wrong – they are no clowns – but Mordant gives a twisted angle to their productions, ranging from hauntological songs to dub and punk-influenced tracks.A crazy company of various artists here. In “Soldier (reMMix)”, Autre Ne Veut has mashed up pop-chart-feel for a weird and catchy tune to be sung along. Hectic synth piece […]

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Somfay – Bright Black Borealis (Detroit Underground 14)

Rating: 8/10 Techno purists might have difficulties to accept this record. I was puzzled before and still am, to take a position whether it’s a terrific or terrible record. Because, in spite of some features of a heavily pumping floor burner, it bears a distinct softer side when trance fairies descend on the grooves.After a dark and energetic start, sweet melodic layers and guitars come up in “Virgo Widow” and remind of 1980’s charmer Nik Kamen. Drum staccatos and acid lines dominate in thumping “All Above All” while Drumcell’s rattling interpretation would satisfy the taste of techno heads bound for […]

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Edward – A Piece Of Us (Giegling 07)

Rating: 9/10 “More light” did Johann Wolfgang Goethe allegedly exclaim before passing into the eternity in Weimar, a city in Germany and the home base of Giegling Records. Now the light comes from this relatively new but impressive label, which brings fresh air from Germany. Whereas the music is pitch black house-funk, with slow intermezzos ruled by sentimental sax and soft horns (“Human Leaks”). A blind test would place the record in the neighborhood of Moodymann and Levon Vincent (good example “Ours”), because of attitude and groove strongly rooted in the tracks. My favorite is “Society 0.5” with a robotic […]

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