REVIEW: Conan_ – Untitled (Lunar Disko Records LDRX6 – 2017)

Until lately I didn’t have a clue about the Irish label Xerophkz and its founder Conan O’Donnell. Exactly up to the moment I discovered his latest EP with bold references to the 313 area, in a record that genuinely deserves attention of Detroit heads. A new offering from the Dublin resident comes on the fellow Irish imprint Lunar Disko, his second appearance on the label after a recent sampler. In the solo debut Conan_  believes in variations when all three tracks at merry 140 BPM have its own nature. The hectic opener “Approaching The Infinity Pool” tries with a colourful mosaic […]

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Detroit’s Direct Beat returns with techno bass classics

After a wider audience has (re)discovered Drexciya through reissues on Clone, it’s time to pay attention to other notable moments of the nineties Detroit electro. Direct Beat makes a much-anticipated return in 2018 when the techno bass label from Detroit is going to reissue cult electro tracks along with unreleased material. Set up as an offshoot of 430 West, Direct Beat and the acts like Aux 88, DJ Di’jital, Posatronix, Optic Nerve wrote a splendid chapter in electro’s development. Direct Beat stood for freight train electro, often oily and rough – called ‘techno bass’ with reason – and the tracks […]

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NEW ELECTRO: Nachtzug, Obergman, Sync 24/Privacy/DeFeKT

  Nachtzug – Unspoken (Vortex Traks VTX 005 – 2017) Nachtzug’s five interpretations on the theme “Unspoken” are in line with the blueprint sound of Vortex Traks, when the German duo offers lulling midsummer electro with melodic pads and smooth synth sequences. “Unspoken 3” sounds so eighties, inviting to a sunset drink on Jan Hammer’s porch. Worth a mention is Nachtzug’s not as tranquil solo debut “XP Lore” on Possblthings, a label from Leipzig which is affliated with the recordshop of the same name. My favourites are acidic crawler “Transmit” and dub induced “Artificial Flavor”. Points: 7 of 10 Obergman – Quantum Eraser (Brokntoys BT08 […]

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REVIEW: K.O.T. (Kings of Thoughts) – Da Jit EP (Black Bottom Records BBR-313 – 2017)

As everyone would guess, Detroit’s electro and bass label Black Bottom Records got its name from the area located on the city’s east side that was named Black Bottom by French settlers because of its fertile and dark soil. For the label, the ground has not been too fertile because it has issued only two, though extremely sought-after records by the group called K.O.T. Now it’s reissue time when “Da Jit EP” is compiling K.O.T.’s tracks from the EPs, written by Messrs McCoy, Harris and Bryant with a notable addition of Shakir, Anthony ‘Shake’ who has been credited as the […]

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Terminal 313 mix for Kopli.live (August 4, 2017 at Sinilind, Tallinn)

From grime and house to techno and Balearic – the Kopli.live project was initiated in Tallinn this winter by DJ JFL to bring together music lovers who are ready to drop their favourites in public recording sessions at different locations in the city. By today, over 40 sets have been taped when after the summer break selectors like Endamisi Salamisi (Isaiah Tapes, Trash Can Dance), Leiner & Kalvik (Lejal Genes) and Terminal 313 got together to Cafe Sinilind. In my mix, I wanted to present some new tunes that have caught my attention, as well as some classic tracks from the […]

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Terminal 313 Juno chart: July 2017

Terminal 313 Juno chart: July 2017 HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS – Ayranman EP Conan O’DONNELL – Underground Psychosis EP SECOND STOREY – Telekinesis Via Fax Keith TUCKER – Detroit Saved My Soul SAINT ABDULLAH – The Sounds Of Evil: Volume One DJ STINGRAY/VARIOUS – Kern Vol 4 BULKHEAD – Lunch Truck EP SYNC 24/PRIVACY/DEFEKT – Split Excursions Vol 1 PHILUS aka MIKA VAINIO – Kolmio EP VARIOUS – Unruhe Terrence DIXON – Like A Thief In The Night EP VARIOUS – Rave Or Die 08 SCAN 7 – Burdens Down LAKSA – Camo Cari LEKEBUSCH – Knowledge

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REVIEW: Conan O’ Donnell – Underground Psychosis (xerophkz XPKZ003 – 2017)

Detroit and Dublin – so far from each other and so close in the mind of Conan O’Donnell. Running his own label and alias xerophkz since 2015, the Irishman seems to belong mentally to the nineties of Motor City with raw techno productions he presents in the new EP “Underground Psychosis”. His robust tracks remind of early output from the Underground Resistance camp and are giving thrills to anyone who is missing new “Punisher”-type tracks from Detroit, so rare in recent years. The spoken word in beatless “Intro” delivers an ode to music’s vital role, affirmed by the following buzzing […]

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REVIEW: Second Storey – Telekinesis Via Fax (TRUST30 – 2017)

From the border area of Norfolk and Suffolk arrives Houndstooth regular Alec Storey aka Second Storey, to continue TRUST’s impressive run of far-out electro releases. Not keen to duplicate purist, Drexciyan sound of the ongoing electro boom, the Austrian label is stubbornly searching its own way as heard on previous occasions and has found another good match with “Telekinesis Via Fax”. Second Storey’s formula consists of sturdy breaks and glitch elements, reminding of Schematic artists such as Push Button Objects or Phoenecia and robust beats of former Sativae offshoot Penalty. Yawning chords and typewriter sequence are carrying the hectic opener “Attack […]

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REVIEW: Erik Van Den Broek – Expressed (De:tuned ASG/DE014 – 2017)

Shiver Records from Haarlem, Netherlands was one of the furious labels in the nineties and techno mag Frontpage suspected there could have been a high level of acid contamination in the city’s drinking water. It tells a thing about Erik van den Broek who was behind the label and the project called Shiver. Actually he ran a few dozens of monikers, his acid project Essit Muzique being another one that has caught my attention. So much about the history: Van den Broek’s comeback on the Belgian retro-minded outlet De:tuned offers unreleased material where the nineties are presented from a different […]

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REVIEW: Arcanoid, Jimmy Edgar+Ideograma, Plant43, Annie Hall – 10.X. (SEMANTICA 10.X – 2017)

This year, Semantica Records’ glorious decade in music is celebrated with the anniversary series, a journey through global techno, involving artists from Sweden to Japan, from France to Argentina for mostly four-to-the-floor, tripping tracks. The ten-vinyl batch is now peaking with “10.X.”, dedicated to electro that has not been an uncharted territory for the Madrid label, if to recall thematic tunes from Ed Chamberlain, E.R.P., Boris Divider and many others. Gladly the contributions from all artists  – everyone of them has previously appeared on Semantica – are diverse on their own way. Spanish producer Arcanoid opens with a symbiosis of synthwave, […]

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