Kahn, Commodo & Gantz – Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik MEDILP011 – 2015)

Dubstep and bass music has not caught much of my attention. Perhaps I missed the first wave of innovative productions and didn’t find excitement in later releases, when the genre moved closer to dance music’s mainstream. However, my ignorance has neither been deliberate nor total because since Goth-Trad EP, I’m having a crush on one label, Deep Medi Musik. Being one of the genre’s best outlets, it’s renowned for many artistic endeavours of unreal dub-tinged bass. Kahn has been ruling with recent delirious material like “Abattoir” and “Dread / Late Night Blues (Gorgon Sound Versions)” and has now joined fellow producers Commodo and Gantz for […]

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Relax: There is life after Loefah / BH 0.5

This week it was Loefah all over the place when the UK dubstepper’s long-lost „Midnight / Woman“ got finally a limited-edition release on Berceuse Heroique (BH). It took the blink of an eye the twelve to evaporate from the stocks of selected retailers – Honest Jon’s and Idle Hands. The public outrage was immense and self-justice against the label was in the air. On top of that, a new dude hiding behind the Discogs username ’tyler00o’ offered that slab of vinyl for a 39-digit pound price. By the way, it is not listed anymore which adds more fuel to conspiracy and […]

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Roebin de Freitas – Doubt (Ante-Rasa RASA01 – 2014)

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In “Doubt” the Belgian producer Roebin de Freitas invites to factory sightseeing. Whereas the title track has some doubts about the direction to take when the beats are limping to the abstract side of post-dubstep. Entirely different mood prevails when Irish duo Lakker serves a 105 BPM remix: Calling it a sluggish slam is pure understatement because of irresistible dark groove with floor-detonating effect.On the B-side de Freitas exhibits purist techno side with simple but vigorous “Twitch”, followed by the Stanislav Tolkachev’s rework of the track where the Ukrainian stays true to his intense and fidgety programming. The 180gr wax […]

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Various – Groove 133 / CD 42

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Rating: 7/10 Some good ones on this Groove compilation. Let’s start with a Mexican who loves machines and combines them with traditional instruments: like a godchild of Liaisons Dangereuses, Rebolledo rocks big time in “Steady Gear Rebo Machine” with monotone percussion – a pretty angry track that makes curious about the man’s recent album Then Semantica – there is a short feature about the Spanish label in the magazine – is represented by E.R.P. with placid and deep electro track “Repose”, which gets the beauty award of this comp.“Human Like Us” from the new album of Planetary Assault Systems is […]

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Consequence – Symbol #4 (Auxiliary: Symbol AUXSYM004)

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Rating: 9/10 Almost missed this record because it was labeled drum’n’bass, the style I’ve never been much into. After pre-listening it was clear that the fourth release in the Symbol series is cold-blooded sonic freemasonry built on eerie vocal samples, noise and bass abstractions. Even if the opener “Symbol #4.1” is a derivative of current mainstream dubstep, the rest of the game is ruled by mad experiments with oppressive voices and sounds. My pick is tingling and humming “Symbol #4.3” that really deserves entire 10 minutes of its existence and is filled with abstract exhibition music, squeezed between impenetrable walls […]

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Various – Variables II (Mordant Music 048)

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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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Raime – If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are (BLACKEST002)

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Rating: 8/10 Blackest Ever Black sees a busy publishing schedule this spring and it is time to return to a release that helped to put the label on the map. Yes, Raime was one of gardeners to seed and water the new dark-blossomed flowers of the newer electronic movement. “If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are” is poker face electronics that should not be filed under dubstep, even when it has some features of this style. The track is a duel of  electronic noises and varied percussion while the moods move between dismay and anticipation. “This Foundry”, […]

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Shackleton – Fireworks (Honest Jon’s Records HJP53)

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Rating: 8/10 Shackleton’s every move is watched very carefully, like Warren Buffett’s in the world of finance, and this record has not remained unnoticed by punters and clubbers. Shack’ offers two tracks, “Fireworks” and “Undeadman”, that swim in the sea of deep bass and hollow clonks, surrounded by so-beloved congas, and still maintain delicate touch. “Undeadman” might be close to the heart of zombies, if they have one.One remix is by T++, keeping the floating and complex atmosphere of “Fireworks” and sounding like stripped-down The Orb. Torsten Pröfrock does his job like in the days of DIN, however would have […]

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Various – Groove Magazine Sampler (Groove 128 CD 37)

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Rating: 6/10 No doubt the artwork is a failure. Don’t think the robust a** on the sleeve belongs to the mag’s cover boy Nicolas Jaar who in the song “Keep Me There” hums along on electronics. One track is not enough to assess if it’s a ingenious work or not. Also in melancholic mood is Rajko Müller AKA Isolée (“Palermo Triste”) and Caribou‘s electronic pop song, remixed by DJ Koze, is neat but very unsurprising.The first three signify a lethargic start, but Agoria puts the things rolling with synthy “Panta Rei”, which still lies light years behind Unit Moebius’ classic […]

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Goth-Trad – Two Faced / Sunbeam (Deep Medi Musik 33) – 8/10

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Japan calling. Goth-Trad is Takeyaki Maruyama and not a novice of the electronic music scene with his first release dating back to 2001. Japanese know how to construct earthquake-proof buildings and therefore Goth-Trad is not afraid that his bass assault would harm any dwellings in and around the epicentre.He loves the bass, you get plenty of it here. Threatening and fat sounds on “Two Faced” that chugs along like a truck with heavy cargo. “Sunbeam” builds up in anticipation of a special event, maybe the arrival of, ahem, Godzilla. Almost a random pick to my collection but turns out to […]

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