DUST OFF: Vainio / Väisänen / Vega – Endless (Blast First 147CD – 1998) – 9/10

VVV – vicious, vibrating, volcanic. A joint ritual by Alan Vega, former vocalist of the protopunk combo Suicide, and Finnish masters of low frequencies Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen, better known as Pan Sonic. Caution: Listening to this could harm your artificial pacemaker or other electronic appliances. A nasty start with “Medal”, that despite signalling pacifism sounds like an armada of armoured vehicles attacking. The pressure goes on with witch dance in “Incredible Criminals”, where roughly yelling vocal and darkly hammering machine music try to extinct each other. “Motor Maniac” roars like a large American vehicle – no, not a […]

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Herpes Ö DeLuxe – Kielholen (Hinterzimmer 01) – 8/10

No cheese and chocolate from Switzerland but glowing steel and whispering elves in the first release of Hinterzimmer Records. Label founders Reto Mäder and Roger Ziegler have teamed up with turntable instrumentalist Christoph Hess (Strotter Inst.) and two other performers, to produce an album for advanced listening and darker dancefloors. An irritating wake-up clock introduces “Fern der Hoffnung” that develops into a hypnotically crawling esoteric track spiced with eco-friendly narration and metronomic drum beat. Raindrops and orchestral sound samples set the tone in “Funkenflug”, a calm composition before most intense “Tief Unten” unleashes a psychedelic mayhem of distortion, with Strotter […]

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Cub – C U 1 (CUB 01) – 7/10

A sinister piece that chops your mind like a guillotine. It’s a definition of hardcore techno in 2010: the BPMs do not rush but the atmosphere is utterly dark and impelling. “C U 1” on the A-side is a Spartan journey with straightforward metallic beats and all kind of inhuman sounds. Clinks and clonks are surrounded by impenetrable fog of echoes and buzz that is all over the place. On the flip a remix by UST (Ugandan Speed Trials, I bet) that is not any more digestible and does not let any daylight in either. You get hollow drums as […]

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Emptyset – Emptyset (Caravan Recordings CVAN010 – 2009)

There is a tunnel. And there is light at the end of it. Or is it the Black Hole when Emptyset takes us to the world of shades? Starting with hardly audible hum “Aleph”, the A-side is filled with evil growling of machines that accelerate slowly – pitching 33 RPM record up would help those who are in need of more speed. And am I the only one to perceive in “Gate 1” fragments from “Flash” by Fix and “Sharevari” by A Number of Names? “Beyond” is less depressed but still keeps the tensions alive with hypnotising determination. C1 or “Completely Gone” is […]

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Die Blutleuchte – RUS ( Sähkö 018) – 7/10

Anatoli Alexandrovich, whoever he is, made this album in 2002. A musical insight into the more or less glorious days of the Russia’s history, painted with minimal and noise-influenced experimental compositions and spiced with sound fragments like worshipping of Stalin in Finnish-language, Karelian folk song and clinking of swords. “Спутник” is a track for the floor that reminds of Sähkö’s rhythmic and acidic output of the early days. Late Leonid Iliych Brezhnev is the MC in ambientish “Скрытая Война I” while “Скрытая Война II” is a mind-blowing noise avalanche. “Гласность” stands out nicely with guitar riffs. “Курск. Крещеный Ледяной Водой” […]

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