Stingray 313 – Sphere Of Influence/Sentiment [NakedLunch 006] – 9/10

Metaphers of oceanic fauna are very appropriate. “Sphere Of Influence” is a jellyfish floating calmly in the tropic floods of the Caribbean. Warm and even melancholic electro with hints of acid that, despite of certain softness, feels very deep and futuristic.“Sentiment” is a highlight of 2010 – hot-tempered stingray, who else, with burning electro impulses full of high voltage. The fusillade of powerful beats is smoothed by the vocal sample I love you and genuine jingling synths.A bit longing, but soulful and rough track in the same. Like for those who dress in black and wear masks but place a […]

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Michael Black Electro – Michael Black Remixes (Team Acre 004) – 7/10

Well, the artist name could have been smarter. But here we have Michael Black Electro or Mr Janne Hyttinen from Finland, on the crossroads of electro and hip hop, the latter dominating on this record.Author’s fellow countrymen hit with four remixes of MBE’s album tracks, full of rhymes and beats. A-side opens with Desto’s take of “Agape”, a tense hip hop with a sensible angle and like wanting to get closer to R’n’B.Then two versions of “Mustang” – artist called Clouds kicks off with piano and then slow but dull working-class rap starts rolling. Teeth’s version on B1 is more […]

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Mensah – Untitled Future Funk EP (H.E.N.C.H. 017) – 8/10

Miami Vice meets seismic bass in “1986 Was The Future”. Bristol resident Mensah Anderson presents a brighter side of dubstep, combining 80’s sound aesthetics, buzzing effects and tension-raising breaks. In fact the first track is even closer to electro and old school influences can’t be overheard. A catchy melody lends anthem potential to “1986…” and lifts the mood along the simple bass lines and vibrating drums. Halo of bygone times is also on “Acid Dub”, the opening track of the AA-side, that pays homage to the beginning of the 90’s. Fierce hoover sound along with hectic vocals and piano passages […]

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The Psychic Stewardess – Spiritual Foundation (Strange Life Records 037) – 7/10

It feels like sitting in your favourite cafe and knowing the menu by heart but still enjoying familiar atmosphere and those sweet cakes. The label and the artist tell what to expect. Another strike from Strange Life Records featuring Smackos-like floating and spinning vintage synths with a certain concept, including the identity of the artist. The Psychic Stewardess is presented as “a part time stewardess and psychic from the Californian desert town of Palm Springs” but do you really believe it? Just the label boss Mr Wolfers AKA Legowelt under another guise and even less smarter detectives can recognise his […]

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Roland Sebastian Faber – Gropiusstadt EP (Aube 009) – 6/10

Every German, or more exactly Swabian, dreams of building a house. Or they did, if we consider that nowadays about a half of the population prefers to live in a rented space. Like in the Gropiusstadt region in Berlin where the apartment houses are reaching to the sky like huge walls of concrete. Herr Faber has engineered another synth record with German precision. Unfortunately A-side’s “Löffelkinder” is a lifeless disco-esque composition, where soprano ‘uh-ah’s mix the sound picture a bit. On the flip the title track “Gropiusstadt” lets the synth sing in a merry way heralding the dawn of a […]

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Markus & Kristian / Town Of Tomorrow – Hän Malli On / LXIX (Huge Bass 002) – 10/10

A-side of this 2002 release can’t go wrong: the world famous “The Model” by Kraftwerk, like played by the group itself, and sung in Finnish. Some may say it’s blasphemy but here we have a strange-sounding but high-profile meeting of the electronic music greats and Finnish school of electro. The lyrics are funny and singing of Markus and Kristian may require some improvement – but I like it. On the flip a funky and rough electro song praising a number that signifies sexual position. We see also former Formula One champion on the label but I doubt he has any […]

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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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DMX Krew – The March To The Stars (Strange Life 038) – 7/10

Ed DMX rocked the Tallinn Art Academy in May 2002 with a blazing live set, along with Cylob who among other tracks manipulated the masses with his techno-electro version of “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?” Now on Legowelt’s Strange Life label DMX Krew gives daylight to a new Cd-R that is more wave and pop than electro. Certainly he had piled up a lot of analog equipment for this one. First tunes are happy cartoon music with disco and funk influences, not too challenging. “Lip Chime” and “Tension” are more abstract and slower letting out some NASA […]

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Kompleksi – [I Aint No] Lovechild / Moscow Nineteen Eighty (Lal Lal Lal 19) – 8/10

Definitely, the singer was not a choir boy of merit. Especially on “Lovechild” carrying a tune is a real challenge for him – but it could be just a clever disguise to keep this seven-inch as weird as possible. Because the guy doing the vocal part is Erkki Rautio AKA pHinn, an instigator of the Finnish electronic music scene and founder of PhinnWEB with Kompleksi being this website’s “house band”. “Lovechild” is like early-morning karaoke after a heavy night in the bar where only the boldest, and not necessarily the most beautiful, have survived. “Moscow Nineteen Eighty” is a bombastic […]

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Low Limit vs Lando Kal – The Golden Handshake EP (Numbers 1) – 8/10

The clash of the guys equipped with laser swords, one side for both of them. Low Limit loves a dirtier mix of electro and dubstep, experimenting with rhythms and varied percussion. All three tracks splatter like fountains in front of the cheering old school fans. “Where You Been 7.0” is a full-on bomb constructed with a kind help of chemical beats and real ghetto flavor. A bit like Modeselektor and Puppetmastaz in a jam session.Lando Kal is smoother and believes that house and broken beats together can create magic, especially in the first track. The following, “Exotic Jesus”, could be […]

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