Interview: Andy Crosby aka Spesimen

For a brief time in the 1990s, Ann Arbor electronic artist Andy Crosby aka Spesimen entered the electro scene with two releases on his own Infocalypse Records. His solo efforts included EPs on Amici Curiae and Pomelo, but before really taking off, Spesimen disappeared from the radars. Up to the comeback this spring, when Berlin label Libertine issued a split EP with Rusuden and Spesimen. Whether it was an one-off effort or does Crosby have something more in the pipeline, Terminal 313 tried to find out in a written interview with the artist living in San Francisco, going back to […]

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ITPDWIP – Post Love (Brokntoys BT12 – 2016)

Brokntoys is a label I should have coveted long before spotting Marco Bernardi’s “Spoken Word Of Lie” (2015), because in retrospective many earlier works of the London-based label sound terrific too. I would not be walking alone with the claim that Brokntoys can be found in the forefront of current electro movement, when it puts out impressive tunes by Luke Eargoggle, Dez Williams, Microthol and others, quite often in the format of mini compilations. After Dan White’s “Digital Physics”, there is another solo release coming from the label, “Post Love” by ITPDWIP. Behind the acronym is Greek producer Vladimiros Peilivanidis who also uses aliases […]

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Univac – Unknown Radio EP (30drop ExoPlanets 30DEXO-003 – 2016)

Since the 2010 debut, splendid white wax “Radiation” on Bunker Records, Univac’s releases have been rarely seen. After “Voltage EP”, a ‘cutting-on-demand’ record on French New Flesh, Spanish electronic artist Rafael M. Espinosa (known as Geistform) held Univac in a five-year break, to return now with a stimulating EP. The title track “Unknown Radio” is a definition of big room electro, written for catering the dancefloor with swerving bass lines and chunky stabs, while the lights are dimmed in “Lunik”, built on Psi49net reminiscent electric pulsations and robo voices. Then a special guest opens the B-side when Der Zyklus turns “Lunik” to a beatless suite, […]

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Various – MTRON001 (Mechatronica MTRON001 – 2016)

Mechatronica, a new label among the dozens that have sprung from Berlin, arrives with impressive mini-compilation full of underground electro magic. Mechatronica’s foundations reach back to the year 2012 when Italian DJ Federico Benedetti (ElectroDon) and Chilean artist Daniel Boubet (Trippy-H / Daribone), both later joined by the Danish DJ MEJLE, set up a music and party-promoting collective. Their events have attracted several famed electro purveyors, recent headliners being Rude 66, Morphology, Rutherford, etc. Thus the label launch is not surprising and the debut has all the ingredients of obsession, only when we take “Broken Electronix” by Sync 24 & Luke Eargoggle, an electro track close to perfection. Fireball […]

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New vinyl: Amir Alexander, Frank Butters, CL/AD, The Groupies

It’s not new, the feeling that the summer is a suitable season for getting more ‘housey’. This assumption is reflected in my recent vinyl purchases, when after delightful moments with Luis CL’s Big Doint EP, further new additions are closely related to (acid) house. After I missed out on Amir Alexander‘s EP on Plan B, “The Morpheus Project” on his own Vanguard Sound! imprint is a good compensation. All four tracks move in deep house realms with politically laden narration. My favourite tracks are on the A-side: “King Kong Godzilla Gorillas!” with ‘Obama!’ exclamations over acid bits expresses the feeling of UR’s “Transition” and […]

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Festival report: Tresor 25 years in Berlin

In the high season of open air festivals with sea and sun, the idea of being trapped inside the concrete walls of a former power station in the city of Berlin may not sound too appealing, but when an acclaimed techno institution celebrates its 25 years of existence, the stakes are high for joining the event. Therefore I headed to the German capital for Tresor Festival, a four-day showcase that attracted a fabulous line-up of artists and DJs, many them affiliated with the Tresor network before and now. The festival promised sleepless nights and restless days for the strong, which required advance planning […]

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DUST OFF: Alden Tyrell – Times Like These: 1999-2006 (Clone CD 7 – 2006)

As DJ and producer, synth-obsessed Alden Tyrell has been a stalwart of the Rotterdam’s Clone community and remains active to the present day, despite of releasing (the first) retrospective already in 2006. By that time, Tyrell had become a renowned artist in the world of neo-italo and electro disco, who was providing energised tracks for curing the eighties homesickness. “Times Like These: 1999-2006” collected several of Tyrell’s previous tracks on Clone and Viewlexx, including synthetic party starters such as “Knockers”, “Disco Lunar Module” or “Love Explosion”. However, the album’s real treat is the mood-boosting “La Voix”, carried by Nancy Fortune’s powerful and sensual vocals and “I Feel Love” bass line. When hearing Fortune’s voice, one […]

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Mattia Trani – The Hi-Tech Mission (PushMaster Discs PM015 – 2016)

Mattia Trani could be someone who decorated his teenage room with Transmat and Underground Resistance memorabilia and even if it was not true, his recent affiliation with Detroit-bred artists is remarkable. Several Motor City legends, such as Juan Atkins, DJ Stingray, Claude Young, Orlando Voorn, have provided remix assistance to the talented Italian, in the EPs like “313 Times”, “Over The Future”, etc. and in 2014, Trani was the first Italian DJ to make a podcast for UR. In the debut album, Trani is clearly under the strong influence of innovators, expressing his admiration with strong Detroit symbols both in […]

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Various – Killekill Megahits II (KILLEKILL 025 – 2016)

Killekill marks its little jubilee – the 25th entry in the Berlin label’s catalogue – with the second “Megahits” compilation. Killekill has been around since 2008, at first organising weekly club nights at Berghain Kantine and since 2011 running a label that has attracted several international artists. Many of them contribute to rather decent anniversary release that collects party tracks for different tastes and phases on the floor. To start from the most essential: from the inclusion of the Detroit legend Blake Baxter who has been lately absent in the production side, doing only DJ gigs. Now ‘The Prince of Techno’ is virtually brought back […]

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Vertical67 – Crystalline EP (Vortex Traks VTX002 – 2016)

In its second release, which comes from the label’s co-founder Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 (previously on 100% Silk, Lunar Disko, Photic Fields, Acroplane Recordings), Vortex Traks does not make any sudden moves compared to the inaugural mini-compilation last autumn. The mood is set in the title track, glaring and atmospheric “Crystalline”, which is for enjoying scenic views from above with a Mr. Fingers bassline and subtle interventions of processed human speak, which are also present in “Dry Land”, where electro spasms are meeting acidic tremors. The B-side keeps the attention on the floor when swarming electrons roll on a futuristic, shady terrain in “Raster” […]

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