DUST OFF: Top 15 electronic tracks from 1997 (Part 2)

The second part of what is becoming a tradition: After listing my favourites from 2005 and from 1996, the time is ripe for another end of the year selection from the archives. The first part is here.    Silicon – 4 L.L. (Vmax Records) In 1997, Vmax founder Heath Brunner released under his electro alias a double pack with guest appearance from the producer Lowsh. After a period of supplying the fans with warehouse finds only, the label is making a comeback now.   Smyglyssna – Insvept I Papper (Plug Research) The US West Coast label stood mostly for abstract techno […]

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Mono Junk – Presents Suomen Moroderit (Vortex Traks VTX007 – 2017)

Winds of change on Vortex Traks, a label that set off in Berlin two years ago and has been among the city’s exciting newcomers in electro segment. The arrival of Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk could be well a sign of further electro adventures, but the Finnish analogue guru pays tribute to another side of  dance music’s basics. Raw synthetic sound between wave and disco is the main theme, slightly reminding of his recent “Pata EP”, a collaboration with Freestyle Man on Rapatti’s own DUM Records. The opener “Saint Boulevard” is located between cult and camp when singing hallelujah to hardware escapades […]

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Various – It’s What We Live For: Volume 1 (Serotonin SER021 – 2017)

Serotonin has ended decade-long absence when the New York electro outfit makes comeback with two new releases, a various artists compilation and “Scientism EP” by Synapse, a project of label founders John Selway and Jason “BPMF” Szostek. The timing is perfect because for a while I’ve been thinking to write a piece about Serotonin’s archives, but seeing the label around is a much better way to shed light on this operation. Serotonin’s activities are rooted in earlier days, if to only look at the official website that may be optimised for Netscape and the label’s output that is strongly following (US) electro’s best […]

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DUST OFF: Perfect Sync – Man Song (Evidance Recordings EVID 006-96 – 1996)

If Dutch music writer Erik Müller aka E. Muul does not sound familiar, his Tintin-inspired alias Haddock & Müller may well do because it’s credited as the producer of fabulous cosmic electro conceived in the last decade by Freak Electrique (“P.H.A.S.E.R.”) for Viewlexx. For getting terminally lost in the alias jungle, let’s bring up Müller’s Perfect Sync project that released in mid-nineties three twelves on the Dutch label Evidance. The first single “Down The Deep / Body Slam” ranged from decent Detroit influenced techno to acid house and the second seemed to follow the same direction. The final one, 180 gram white […]

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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

[Update on December 17, 2017 – see the end of the post] 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 […]

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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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