Uku Kuut – Vision Of Estonia (Peoples Potential Unlimited PPU-034 – 2012)

Peoples Potential Unlimited, a label from Washington DC, is on a mission to excavate forgotten treasures of  funk and soul. It was only recently when Andrew Morgan’s label issued a seven-inch by Uku Kuut, bringing the artist’s past not only to the consciousness of native Estonian audience, but also attracting wider recognition. Now the time is ripe for a LP, a collection of vibrating funk from Kuut’s teenage years.Exiled with his mother Maryn Coote (Marju Kuut) from the Soviet Union, Kuut recorded most of the tracks in the home studios in Santa Monica and Stockholm. He also produced for Maryn […]

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Hypnobooster (Hypnobooster CD)

Rating: 7/10 Subconsciously, I have been waiting for Hypnobooster’s debut since seeing his street art in central Tallinn. Nine lines of poetry invited to give to the streets girl names. Gradually the identity of the outdoor visual artists was revealed, with the knowledge that Hypnobooster is preparing his first album. Upfront tracks on some compilations, like “HÕFF“, made anticipation rise. The strophes about girls and street names are now materialized in “Pangem tänavatel’ tüdrukute nimed”, the standout track with metallic rock arrangement and pathetic power vocals by the man himself.  It gets good company from the wall of guitars and […]

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Various – HÕFF (Trash Can Dance TCD102011)

Rating: 9/10 Difficult to imagine that Haapsalu, a town at the Estonian west coast, is a thrilling place. But a medieval castle, where White Lady is appearing at full moon in August, makes the spot suitable setting for HÕFF, annual festival of horror and fantasy films that is held at the end of April.On this occasion, Trash Can Dance has issued a compilation of darker rhythms and voices from the Estonian underground scene. As a small jubilee – 10th release in the TCD catalogue – the sampler provides a good insight into the scene. Spice Mouse opens and closes the […]

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Cosmos Laguna – Karma Cleaner (Trash Can Dance TCD082011)

Rating: 9/10 After visiting Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century cannon tower in Tallinn Old Town, and witnessing exhibition about the city’s days of glory but also suffering through plague and wars, I found that it was appropriate time to check the album of Cosmos Laguna. Macabre artwork looked very medieval, is it another strike of black metal?First two tracks, “Cancer” and “Underwaterwar”, made clear that the release is about electronics, although the first two sounded like noisy big beat and I did not have much fun yet. Then the game really started: DAF-like bass line in “Chaos City” worked […]

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Aamen – Diskoveri (Trash Can Dance TCD072011)

Rating: 7/10 “Diskoveri” (“Disco Blood”) is an album one can not easily ignore. Either you like it or not, but it is an intense melting pot of 20-odd styles. You arrive to a hectic party with Count Dracula, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Hänschen and Gretchen and many other luminaries of the unreal world.Rephlex artist Ovuca came to my mind when listening to Aamen and some tracks could be filed under braindance, but it is quite a mess of influences. Guitar in a lonely American diner (“Pisibehmed aknad”), electric wave pop (“Kal’n’bass”), industrial meeting black metal (“Black Metal and Pink Plastick”), piano […]

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EDASI – White Tie Black Noise (Trash Can Dance TCD052011) – 7/10

Gloomy twins have arrived. Two CDRs, as separate releases, full of noise and experimental sounds by EDASI. But the twins are not identical. While “Night At The Museum” could be effectively used in interrogations to make people confess anything to anyone, the other one can be used for other purposes. If to leave noise aside, the other CDR “White Tie Black Noise” offers several good finds. My favourite is “Die Lügenrächer” that features small ugly creatures that have dragged along own vocoder from a distant planet, to ride through nine and half minutes on subtle percussion and licking drone, occasionally […]

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Preview: Shackleton at the Club 2011 launch in Tallinn (1.1.11)

In 2011 Tallinn is European Capital of Culture and a lot will happen on the club and music landscape. On 1 January 2011, for those who have recovered from the New Year’s Eve, a new event series called Club 2011 is kicked off. Headline performer is Skull Disco founder and dubstep hero Shackleton, definitely a genre-expanding producer and sound wizard whois a much anticipated guest at any event.Also from local perspective the line-up is impressive: live performance by a trio composed of Rainer Jancis, Rasmus Merivoo and Joel Tammik. On stage also eccentric Andres Lõo, techno-acid-electro-mix-up team Sex Drive Live, […]

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Bakey Ustl – E.P. 1 (Unthank 001) – 9/10

Stop fiddling with your goddamn radio, d’ya hear? Turn it off! It’s late night at the campus, thin walls don’t isolate the sounds coming from a room. It’s not a radio, it’s a disciple of  professors Theo P. and Kenny D. who has well progressed in Deep House Research. The outcome is in front of us: Filling the A-side, “A Tender Places” is a juicy and stripped-down deep house track that tells how to engage in different carnal activities, all night long. At 2:22 we encounter a sudden break and some empty grooves but the same track goes on with […]

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Dave Clarke @Korter, Tallinn

Yesterday Tallinn’s club nation had something to choose from: King Britt at the Club Privé, Leo Young at Mutant Disco in Sõprus Cinema and in the Korter Dave Clarke, the fixture for all “tech heads and electro whores” (quote: krtr.ee). Rotermanni area in the Tallinn city is becoming an artery of social life and there is also Korter running a mixed selection of club nights.Around 23:00 the music was already flowing with local Anders Melts AKA DJ 4-Got-10 at the controls. Being the front man of Estonian industrial band Forgotten Sunrise, his fondness of EBM and machine sounds was clearly […]

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Various – Sügis (TCD0102010) – 7/10

The sound of facial hair and piercings on the first of three compilations, dedicated to new Estonian rock and other non-electronic music and presented in an home-made collection titled “Sügis” (“Autumn”). Industrial group Forgotten Sunrise does a few contributions but the vast majority is guitar-based fare, among the total of 22 tracks. Modern bards Orelipoiss and Contra make a poetic and obscene – for those who know the language – introduction, as short as your breath. The next 14 tracks are focused on noise and furious guitars, ranging from insane punk to mature rock. Good finds are Highmachine (“Hookers From […]

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