Various – Full Circle (Silent Season SSV01 – 2010)

Rating: 8/10 Firstly, there was a shock: The record sleeve that emerged from the mailer looked very much second-hand and a merry couple, who did not look like electronic artists, smiled at me from the illustration. Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, what the … Then flipped it over and, to my relief, saw the print “Silent Season” on the frontside. Then realized the meaning of “recycled sleeve” in the description of the first vinyl release by Canadian label Silent Season. When hearing the first chords of Iori‘s “Plume”, thought oh no, is it just another drop in the vast sea of dub […]

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Afrobeat’s Tony Allen coming to Tallinn

Tony Allen, a long-time companion of afrobeat icon Fẹla Aníkúlápó Kuti and drummer in his bands, does a gig at Rock Café in Tallinn, on 9 December. Along with Kuti, Allen has been a great influencer of African modern rhythm music. In the same, the gentleman who turned 70 this year, has spread the afro message in the European music scene and beyond.It’s a pity I have only fragmented knowledge of Allen’s productions, essentially limited to one CD I would like to share with you before the concert.Issued in 2008, the compilation “Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up” (Honest […]

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Delta Funktionen – Setup One: Decorum (Ann Aimee 11) – 8/10

I don’t have any idea what kind of offices does the label Delsin have, but can imagine a brass coated plate at their doorsteps saying “Detroit consulate in Amsterdam”. Also Ann Aimee, Delsin’s department for more intellectual output shares the values of the mother “company”.The newest by Delta Funktionen inclines to the floor and has only a few thoughtful moments. The plot is driven by Detroit-inspired tracks with heavy basses and metallic dubbiness. “Abundance” is a solid opener that goes like by deep techno manual, as does its twin “One’s Space” on the flip.The best part comes with intense and […]

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Pulshar – Sacrifice Of Love / Mantistyle Remixed (Phonobox 007) – 5/10

Pablo Bolivar, a Spanish producer behind several minimal house releases, and Aphro Sainz have teamed up as Pulshar. The original “Sacrifice of Love” is a soft-couch-song with subtle dub techno lines, and “Mantistyle” (Deep’s Edayar Remix) is not much different, reminding of the output of Sub Static and other German labels years ago. If not to say it’s a cheap copy of Tikiman. On the flip Even Tuell has turned and twisted “Sacrifice of Love” into a more bassy and minimal track with a recurring vocal sample. Sistema’s remix of “Mantistyle” is a honest and a bit dramatic song that does […]

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The Kenneth Bager Experience – Fragment One Remixes Part 1 (zzzus120032) – 4/10

Lingerie girls on the sleeve and bargain price were the drivers behind the purchase of this 2009 record with three interpretations of “Fragment One (…And I Kept Hearing)”. A-side is filled with a remix by Sweden’s Style Of Eye, a family-friendly pop track with hints of shuffle and minimal house, that would have been a revelation in 2004 but clearly outdated by now. Suitable to accompany circus performances with clowns and lion tamers. Some improvement on the flip as Robot Coupe remix is an ethereal medium-paced journey with dub techno elements, good for welcoming a new day. For the end, Original Radio […]

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Tony Rohr + Dietrich Schoenemann – Stovepipe EP (Nachtstrom Schallplatten 017) – 8/10

A drop-dead serious session by Rohr and Schoenemann, and by their remixing friends. It’s music of November, sounding like the moments when you have stayed inside and hear whirlwind trying to unroof your den. And the weather forecast tells it will not be any better.The original is a creeping and slowly pulsating wall of sound that is built around one central sequence. Metalogic’s dark and trippy remix reminds in some parts of “Times Fade” by Phuture The Next Generation. On the B1 a remix by Alland Byallo who raises the tempo in a version with unoriginal dub techno sounds that […]

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Lucy & Ercolino – Remixes (Stroboscopic Artefacts 004) – 9/10

Luke Slater, techno man in business for almost 20 years, puts his remixing hands on the track called “Gmork” and does it with passion. Definitely he returns to his roots here with a solid floor stuff and we can forgive him diversions to average-sounding breaks and electro productions (“Wireless”, 1999). Slater is back and delivers an impressive remix where he sends furious ravens to scream around a deserted factory. The track is so many-faceted, like a medley that recalls best sounds of Slater’s career and adds some new. Dadub’s version of “So The Nothing Grows Stronger” is dubby and energetic […]

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Levon Vincent – Six Figures (Novel Sound 02) – 5/10

The title track is an endless one-groove house piece, short of any character and also the following “Bonus Beats” on the A-side does not turn things much better. You can draw some parallels with STL but the latter is a clear winner of this comparison. B-side rolls along in dub techno moods and alerts you more – despite of millions of alike-sounding productions. “1000 Miles From Home” concludes the story here and as a nice surprise sounds pretty good and flirts with an old organ. Well, the record, released in January 2009, is not a total waste but can’t imagine […]

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Syncom Data – Beyond The Stars (Remixes) (SD Records 05) – 7/10

SD Records, one of the luminaries in the new coming of dub techno with emphasis on the first part of the genre definition, with three remix treatments of “Beyond The Stars”. Speedy J, historical figure behind the floor hymn in praise of to the high-collar knitwear*, makes a powerful apperance on the A-side. He delivers a dark and deep voyage to subconciousness of machines with warped dub effects, clicks and slaps. Nine and a half minutes of the full-on track where BPMs not reach the skies. On B1, Syncom Data does not give much efforts to reinterpret the original but […]

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