Polar Inertia – Kinematic Optics EP (Dement3d Records DM3D011 – 2015)

Techno shamans from Polar Inertia keep demonstrating their prowess with the third EP on Dement3d, when “Kinematic Optics EP” drops after convincing “Indirect Light” and “The Last Vehicle”, both among most sought-after releases of the Paris label. Polar Inertia reports nothing new about their biographical details and it is also irrelevant, seeing how capable they are in creating a well-working blend of trance influences and rugged techno textures. Actually, calling over 73 minutes of music an EP is actually misleading, but vinyl buyers can be only happy about. However, the label quickly realised that the length does not justify the price (€14) asked for the digital release and allocated a […]

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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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Ilpo Numminen – Vuosi 1​/​12 (VUOSI – 2014)

Thirty-year old Ilpo Numminen is a teacher in Finland who plays modular synth and repairs his rubber boots with bicycle tire patches. His fashion preferences consist of dad’s old coat from the 1990s, sweatshirt from Numminen’s elementary school years and glasses found in a second-hand store. The vintage look is an attempt for conscious understatement, which cannot be said about the Finn’s music and the inaugural release of VUOSI (‘year’ in Finnish) series. It is a project of four sound artists, Ilpo Numminen, J. Koho, Olli Aarni, Tuukka Salonen, who have decided to produce twelve tape releases during a year. A true vintage man, Numminen opened the series in […]

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D. Carbone – Anomalies EP (Mord 011 – 2014)

Another session of intrepid acid techno by the Berlin-based Italian D. Carbone, this time paying a visit to Bas Mooy’s Mord imprint. Relying on the formulas developed in his Repitch labs of industrial techno, unstoppable Carbone serves with “Anomalies EP” another set of machine-driven rudities. Acid showers and boisterous kick drum show the way in “Irritating Collapse”, getting seriously off the leash after the mid-track drop. The the post-collapse phase is led by linear darkside mover “Origin”, the most conventional track of the EP. Dramatic events continue on the B-side, opening with a devastating tidal wave called “Discernment” good for […]

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Surgeon – Fixed Action Pattern (Token Records TOKEN46 – 2014)

As the title suggests it is about a pattern. Similar to Surgeon’s recent “As You Breathe Here Now” on Semantica, the new twelve is built on a simple but appealing groove, which keeps repeating in the mind as if a chart buster heard on the radio. The original dirty bass techno from the man equals the definition of immersive and to-the-point beat science.After pleasing the floor, the B-side’s dub version shows abstract notes of dark room electronics akin to British Murder Boys material, with drone layers and mutant unicorn whispers.Surgeon wisely keeping a relaxed release schedule, the Token single is his another […]

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Valved – AnD / WHOK Remixes (Trensmat Records TR044 – 2014)

Early in 2014, not many might have noticed Valved’s “Blood On The Controls”, a limited-run cassette album on Trensmat’s sub-label Nute. Valved, dedicated to industrial disaster sci-fi techno, has now found a fertile ground for further body and mind manipulations when Trensmat drops a noisy 12-inch of remixes, featuring industrial techno stalwart AnD and the label’s maverick family friend Whirling Hall Of Knives.For a better perspective, the digital bonus tracks serve as a good starting point, both of them representing Valved’s original versions. Offbeat percussive hell in “Tipping Point” and distortion-torn synth bath in “Blood On The Controls” set the tone for […]

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Drøp – Vasundhara EP (Arboretum ARB001 – 2014)

When tracing the foundations of artist name Drøp, it can be guessed as a Nordic thing because of the symbol ø, a vowel in Norwegian/Danish. But more probably it stands for the mathematical empty set, a state of being which describes well Drøp’s debut EP “Vasundhara”. The project is a brainchild of Italian Giuseppe Bifulco, born in Naples and now residing in Berlin, and dedicated to the gloomy ends of sound composition. According to the artist the sound is generated by manipulating electric circuits, lights or everything else is able to turn electric impulses. This approach is reaffirmed in the opener “Epileptic Heritage”, setting the tone for […]

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Love Cult Take Druss – Yr Problems (Trensmat ‎TR042 – 2014)

“Yr Problems” proves how experimental productions can go beyond sheer noise and dissonance. By using human voices, stealth rhythms and exciting timbres, Love Cult and Druss come up with a release full of twists and turns.About the artists: Love Cult does not refer to the followers of a self-proclaimed prophet from Mojave but it’s a project of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev, two musicians from Petrozavodsk who run Full Of Nothing label out of Karelia and are touring seven Russian cities in March. Druss is Paddy Shine, a member of Manchester’s experimental psych group Gnod, to make his second appearance […]

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Asolaar – Obliterate LP (Metaphysik MP101 – 2013)

Asolaar dwells in the electronic music’s gloomiest corners and “Obliterate” sounds like terminal illness. Starting with corrupted hum, “Anxiety Disintegrated” impairs the orientation in time and space when scourged by aggressive pulses, followed by outlandish murmurs in “Piloto Muerto_a”. Anarchist noise continues in “Piedra de Renos” and “Telsen” while the title track’s groaning souls from the underworld are crushed by distortion and mean bass, reminding of Pan Sonic’s hydraulics. Noise and doom grade remains high in the last tracks “La Gloria de Tlitlizen” and “Piloto Muerto_b”. Behind Asolaar is Darío Pinto from Argentina, his musical roots in the 1990s industrial […]

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AnD – Kundalini EP (Electric Deluxe EDLX.034 – 2014)

After “Ard Core Krew” on Ann Aimee, AnD’s floor rage continues on another Dutch-rooted label when Speedy J’s outfit Electric Deluxe drops “Kundalini EP”.Three vinyl cuts to express the Mancunian duo’s in-your-face attitude, starting with hammering and abrasive 4/4 ride “The Jellyfish” on the A-side. The flip sports factory-inspired wiggly repetition of “Dtadtmat” and password-inspired “IcDbYc” for decelerated and distorted bass lesson, the most appealing cut here.AnD’s fondness for deviations gets another meaning with the digital extra “DTR”, stretched to 10 minutes of ambient drone and nagging rhythm while “Dysekt” reacquires floor elements. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from Decks

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