Techno promos: –Story, /beyond/, D.Carbone, Zanias


Picked some releases from the promo folder to highlight those that have caught my attention.           –Story – Object EP (Koepel-I) Release date 26/09/2016 Along with cryptic spelling comes an exciting artist and label debut with deep house inclined tracks that make good use of bouncy drums and distortion the Rezzett way (“001”). A spontaneous fifer joins the dubby undercurrents in “002” and Planet E type majestic chords appear in “003”. /beyond/ – Now I See There’s Light (Urban Legend UL 002) Release date 25/09/2016 After having a track on Urban Legend’s inaugural various artists release “Phobos” […]

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Powell- Club Music Remixes (Diagonal ‎DIAG 016 – 2014)

Powell and Diagonal have been hitting the high spots with a new breed of body music, and for the year-end invited two exceptional artists, Ancient Methods and Richard H Kirk to the game to rework “Club Music”. Starting with the A: We have not seen any follow-up to “Seventh Sign”, so far the last Ancient Methods release on the self-titled label but the artist has been quite busy recently. “Ohne Hände”, a joint EP with Black Egg, came out on aufnahme + wiedergabe, and last January Eschaton, a collab with Orphx, was set up for a debut on Token. However, […]

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Phase Fatale – Skyscraper (Avant! ‎AV!030 – 2014)


Hailing from New York, 23-year-old Hayden Payne acts in the European electronic scene after having found a new home in Berlin and a label in Bologna. Apart from the compilation appearances on Nostilevo and Electric Voice Records in 2013, Payne’s debut as Phase Fatale happens on the Italian imprint Avant!. Musically inspired by the era long before his birth, Payne is a keen observe raw analogue touch of cold early electronics. However the title track “Skyscraper”, an Overdrive-reminiscent bassful techno stomper does not impress much. For a few moments “Waveguide” sounds like a remix of the previous but turns quickly […]

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Beau Wanzer – Power Outage (Nation ‎NAT 15 – 2014)


Four electronic grotesques in ten-inch format, pressed as short but concise 45 RPM tracks. The feast starts with the title “Power Outage”, which feels like a demonic shrink session during blackout, with Alan Vega type of manic recital on accelerated knocking-on-wood beat of Amii Stewart. Next one, “Fabrics”, features EBM-friendly synth theme while things take an odd turn in “Lotraf”, where offbeat-infected drum machine is dissed by deformed monologue, allegedly by the man himself in his younger years. Crushed by noise, “Thurston Moog” finishes it off as symbiosis of electric blues and folk After hanging out with NYC’s L.I.E.S. and […]

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These Hidden Hands – Remixes II (Hidden Hundred HH004 – 2013)


The remix potential of the self-titled debut album by These Hidden Hands, a project by Tommy Four Seven and a mastering engineer called Alain, has materialized in the second rework installment with three equally blistering tracks.A survivor from techno’s antique times, Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ shows great artistic form in “When Told”, recalling Schmidt’s Lassigue Bendthaus years. The voice from electric cabaret keeps repeating when told while EBM drumset is paragliding to surprising ambient fadeout.Kangding Ray elevates the cylinder pressure with “Diesel”, nailing it with sinister drums and Green Velvet-like modulations. In “Isopod” Ancient Methods, the warlord of pitch-black sounds, sends out […]

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Various – Feral Grind (Submit Recs SUBMIT002 – 2013)


Perc Trax has been an emblematic outlet of the UK techno scene, rough in its artistic approach when nourishing energy for the floor. Certainly allured by the electronic music’s industrial past, label owner Ali Wells aka Perc decided to delve deeper into the hard-edged experimental techno when launched a new sub-label Submit with a symbolic collaboration between Wells and Einstürzende Neubauten earlier this year.Submit’s serious intentions are affirmed with an invasive compilation titled “Feral Grind”, where a glimpse at the artist roster flushes away any fears of encountering midrange techno.In “Electric Bathwater – Beachboyswhenyoudie” the hairdryer is exclusively used for the […]

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Sawf – Menete Inc. Yuji Kondo Remix (Perc Trax TPT059 – 2013)


Attention, “Menete” goes off the beaten track of current techno productions by reaching back to EBM textures with a pinch of dark aggression. Sawf is flying across the cyberspace with a stoned vocal sample and fictious guitars, good for rocking with Ministry to issue a headbanger alert.Then “Toolio” is a perfect match to Perc Trax’s trademark heavyweight fare while the B-side hits with Yuji Kondo’s shredded apocalyptic pounder, of the same high quality like his recent remix for DJ Skirt’s twelve on Semantica. Closing the show is a rhythmic medium-paced builder “Diin”. Occasionally I have had difficulties to get into Sawf’s releases […]

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DJ Deka ( podcast for MRK.EE


This is my first podcast for, the Estonian organization for techno parties. The mix starts with „Choice“ from Perc’s fabulous album „Wicker & Steel“ and features some other tracks from the archives. However the focus is on new or unreleased material; labels represented are Semantica, M_Rec Ltd, NX1, Keys Of Life, Headless Horseman and many more. Shouts go out to the excellent techno crowd of MÜRK! Tracklist: Perc – Choice Eduardo de la Calle – Quasi Calligraphic Liss C. – Modulation (Truncate Remix) Samuli Kemppi – Extragalactic Stanislav Tolkachev – No Home No Flag Juho Kusti – Twin Oaks […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Secret Thirteen Mix 042 (2012)


There are thorns in the beds of roses knows Camella Lobo when presents a new mix for the Lithuanian webzine Secret Thirteen. Known as the musical partner of Juan Mendez in Tropic Of Cancer, Lobo expresses her fondness for the industrial and wave scene across the years. The tracklist features  a number of darkside fiends like Silent Servant, Raime, Rene Hell, Collin Gorman Weiland, Chris & Cosey, Demdike Stare, and, of course, Tropic Of Cancer.

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Bronze Age – Antiquated Futurism (Bed Of Nails NAIL 002 – 2012)


Those finding Dominick Fernow’s electronic crusades too byzantine might seek comfort in (or on) Bed Of Nails, a new label set up by the Vatican Shadow fellow. After inaugural “September Cell” by the label curator, clearly appealing to the out-of-box dancefloor, the second slot allocated to Bronze Age confirms the label’s ambitions to blend techno, industrial and experimental for some marvelous techno-boogie.Bronze Age is a new act by Kris Lapke, so far hiding behind the names Alberich and Louder Than Life, in addition contributing to nerve damages at Hospital Productions.His “Antiquated Futurism”, a three-tracker on 45 RPM, gets a jump […]

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