Juho Kahilainen – Dyson Sphere (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series 07 MRECLTDGS07 – 2014)

Juho Kahilainen debuted in 2004 with a split EP on Adrenogroov and since then has kept a relaxed schedule. However with vinyl-only “Dyson Sphere” the man from Finland makes a return to the Milan imprint where about two years ago Kahilainen kicked off the same M_Rec Ltd Grey Series with “We Heard It Coming”. The Finn re-boards the mothership with slow builder “In Umbra”, spending after abyssal drone exactly 3:03 minutes with trancy notes and brushes of acid. Introduced with dubbed-out chords, “Xemx” hits with acid showers, followed by equally caustic “Coronal Loop”, a track having much in common with early Hardfloor […]

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Hunab & Jorge Bule – Environments (Apparent Horizon AH002 – 2013)

Actually the new 12-inch of the Berlin-based Apparent Horizon label can be tagged as dub techno. Unfortunately the genre has been watered down by numerous Basic Channel copycats but it does not affect this EP’s prospects of taking it seriously when “Environments” carries certain charm across three tracks.After the debuting “Hera EP” it’s again a split release by Jose Gvc aka Hunab and Jorge Bule, starting with Hunab’s upholstered percussion accompanied by soluble pads for a no-fuss experience. Bule’s side comes stronger: After commonplace dubbed-out chords in “Gorgeus”, the kick-start of a throbbing and shuffling sequence changes the game when […]

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Hannu Ikola – Triplane EP (Etherwerks ETHER 002 – 2013)

New techno from Finland: After the debut earlier this year, Helsinki-based Etherwerks owner Hannu Ikola comes with the second EP of three differently shaded tracks. Grim opener “Black Ingrained Dust” is exposed to the smog covering the industrialized wasteland and would easily join the camp of Repitch and Perc Trax. The B-side’s floor-animating “Escape Pod”  is the undisputed winner with Pan Sonic-esque inflated loops and a whiff of dub while at the end dubby chords in smoothly rolling “Pylon” hail the last days of summer. Buy vinyl/digital directly from EtherwerksBuy vinyl from Juno

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Tom Dicicco – Under The Aquadrome Pt.2 (Run Out Run RUNOR1002 – 2013)

One of UK’s young techno guns, London producer Tom Dicicco launched his own Run Out Run imprint with a floor-friendly first installment of the “Under The Aquadrome” trilogy. The second outing mainly exhibits his dub-influenced side, with one remarkable exception. After being tested on the floor, at home and in the car, the spell of the the opening track of the “Under The Aquadrome Pt. 2” is hard to cease. Rolling percussion on glowing sound sinusoids make “Physical” a track that deserves often-abused references to UR’s hi-tech funk and embodies The Martian’s best moments. Dubs move to the frontline in […]

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ARC# – Untitled (Deep Sound Channel DSC000 – 2013)

Deep Sound Channel is a new vehicle of the Dutch Shipwrec posse from Nijmegen and the debuting double pack offers a number of color-themed techno variations.The opener claims the main prize: In “Grey” growling bass modulations are soaked in delays and noise particles, leading the track beyond the no-mans-land of generic (dub) techno. Affluent bass groove in “Blue” and deep house smell in “Violet” are followed by organised machine noise in “Purple” while cascading pads of “Red” seek the company of lighter sound waves and “Pink” expresses faith in the better tomorrow under darkening skies.Surrounded by tranquil atmosphere, the album […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Semien Terara EP (Abdulla Rashim Records 004 – 2013)

Release date is February 2013 Too many space-themed metaphors are used in relation to techno but they are really justified when the mystery man from Stockholm Abdulla Rashim reveals the fourth release on his own label. Because in the very moment the 2012 DA14 surpassed the Earth above Indonesia at 30,000 kms, Abdulla Rashim’s new EP „Semien Terara“ was playing, sounding as an appropriate companion for the passing-by of the asteroid.Drifting in thin air the new EP offers different sound picture compared to the previous EPs. It still features weighty bass and determined hi-hats with stratospheric hum pinned to the […]

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Mikkel Metal – Fron (SEMANTICA 48 – 2012)

By sound picture it can be called a predictable appearance by Mikkel Metal, the man mainly associated with the dub techno outlet Echocord. The Danish artist has now arrived on Semantica to, once again, express his affection for dubby chords. Although representing the laid-back compartment of Semantica’s catalogue, the new signing on the Spanish imprint still delivers three tracks with notable dancefloor functionality.Focused on repetition, the A-side’s “Mafostam” seems to loop endlessly and serves as an introduction to two pretty cuts on the flip. The highlight is called “Staron”, an effective tool to conquer the crowd’s hearts and minds with […]

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Edanticonf – Planet EP (Silent Season SSV03 – 2012)

Release date is 26 August 2012 Out out British Columbia operates Silent Season, a platform for mostly smoother and dubbed-out electronics. Now the Vancouver outlet embracing wilderness deserves further attention with “Planet EP” by Italian composer Edanticonf. It’s a follow-up to the artist’s ozone-filled album “Forest Echo” and features two original tracks with dancefloor potential picked for the clear transparent vinyl. Especially “Planet” is a stimulating cut and somewhat surprising rework comes by Abdulla Rashim. The Swede, instead of adding droning techno elements to “Planet”, resorts to a gentle dub excursion in Inca edit. Planet EP [SSV03] // Ltd 12″ EP […]

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Various – Nonnative 02 (SEMANTICA NNN 02 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Iori Asano’s “Floating Matter” is the highlight on the second installment of Semantica’s Nonnative series. The title could not better express the powerful yet buoyant nature of the EP’s opening track – booming bass is complemented by floating sequences we know from Iori’s earlier output on Silent Season and Prologue. Follows Planet Rouge recording artist Alexey Volkov with “Run Out”, a heavy-chord interpretation of Detroit techno. The B-side is opened by Tom Dicicco, with the first moments of “Identity” signaling tensions of a crime scene before the track grows into a solid bouncer with alarming […]

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DUST OFF: Helical Scan – Index (Chain Reaction CR-11 – 1996)

If I should be in an awkward situation to choose only one release from the Chain Reaction’s amazing catalog, I would point the finger to “Index” by Helical Scan. Released as one-off project by Robert Henke AKA Monolake in 1996, it’s a tour de force of mechanic sound language. Especially the A-side’s “Index I” goes well beyond the definition of dub techno, if we think of Basic Channel or Deep Chord classics. Kicking off with nautical hum and minimalistic beat, it arises into a complex dub construction hammering like a robust hydraulic press throughout entire 10+ minutes. “Index II” on the […]

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