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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T++ – Wireless (Honest Jon’s Records 49) – 10/10

Honestly, it’s a serious contender for the best release in 2010. Torsten Pröfrock, ein Berliner and Hard Wax associate, goes in the footsteps of great explorers like Captain Cook or Sir Livingstone, not being afraid of blazing new trails. “Wireless” is a hybrid of varied percussions and distorted sound snippets, from exotic areas where an average taxpayer would never venture to. “Wireless”, Pröfrock’s last production under the T++ moniker, is like an exploratory trip to encounter species of unknown origin and intentions.Chaotic and complex, this record gives not up for a second and charges you with a deep intensity not […]

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Harmonious Thelonious – On Stages EP (Diskant 02) – 8/10

You will be well boiled and cooked when listening to that. A cannibal feast is introduced with “Angewandte Muziek” where dry and fierce percussion accompany the track. Crowd shouts and synth drum wildfires leave no doubt that you have been stranded on a remote island somewhere in the Southern hemisphere. Planet of Drums and Raoul K would send greetings. “On Stages” is based on a spiralling bassline and jack elements. With shouts and whistles it creates an impression of live performace – that explains the title as well. On the flip, “Makeshift” runs on a wooden xylophone groove and softer […]

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DUST OFF: The Possessed – Black Blood (PCP 009 – 1992)

Skulls at large again. Planet Core Productions’ (PCP) hardcore machinery plays with breakbeats but manages to create even darker and gloomier atmosphere than in their usual kickdrum-infected rave monsters. The tracks do not suffer under self-imposed speed limit and relative slowness makes them even harder.“Black Blood” is massive: starts with obscure rubbing sequence, followed by fierce breakbeats, symphonic strings and evil voice samples. “Manipulator” quotes a horror movie dubbed in German and then the mass of breakbeats and hoover sounds makes it another intensive trip. On the flip “The Lord Is My Avenger” begins like a meeting of Middle Eastern […]

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Cub – C U 1 (CUB 01) – 7/10

A sinister piece that chops your mind like a guillotine. It’s a definition of hardcore techno in 2010: the BPMs do not rush but the atmosphere is utterly dark and impelling. “C U 1” on the A-side is a Spartan journey with straightforward metallic beats and all kind of inhuman sounds. Clinks and clonks are surrounded by impenetrable fog of echoes and buzz that is all over the place. On the flip a remix by UST (Ugandan Speed Trials, I bet) that is not any more digestible and does not let any daylight in either. You get hollow drums as […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Privileged Frames For Reference (V/Vm Test Records 0002) – þ/10

Back off, keep off – this bunch has to be isolated from the society because it’s not music. It’s terror. And it’s error. V/Vm is like 100-watt light bulb that attracts all kinds of weird insects. Purgatorian parasites and bugs gone berserk crash your ear canals and paint their graffitis inside: “V/vm was here“. You get no sleep after listening to this mayhem. Alien Porno Midgets swing the hula hoop on „High Altitude Over Hawaii“ but then Japanese Industrial Agents give with a metal hop a pre-taste of what is coming. Oleg Satichenko’s „Emissions From Reactor Room 17“ is an […]

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Emptyset – Emptyset (Caravan Recordings CVAN010 – 2009)

There is a tunnel. And there is light at the end of it. Or is it the Black Hole when Emptyset takes us to the world of shades? Starting with hardly audible hum “Aleph”, the A-side is filled with evil growling of machines that accelerate slowly – pitching 33 RPM record up would help those who are in need of more speed. And am I the only one to perceive in “Gate 1” fragments from “Flash” by Fix and “Sharevari” by A Number of Names? “Beyond” is less depressed but still keeps the tensions alive with hypnotising determination. C1 or “Completely Gone” is […]

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The Durian Brothers – Clubs EP (Diskant 01) – 8/10

Drums in excess on the first release of Diskant, a label based in Düsseldorf, the birthplace of Kraftwerk. “Inside Palace” promises musique concrete and abstract noise but then percussion picks up, complemented by bubbling rhythms spiced with subtle strings. Dervishes are spinning, directed by one million sound layers, and signs of cacophony appear towards the end of this 10-minute piece. On the flip, “hamigokakiko” starts with a hiss and playful sequence, then percussion takes the control with some 1970’s feel, I mean Sun Ra and krautrock. “Planete Sauvage” drops the tempo to gives a bit distorted bass and bells in […]

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Ancient Methods / Various – The Whip / Eat Like Hawks (RSB 7 – 2009) – 10/10

A procession is dragging their feet in a cobbled street, squeezed between dark and ancient town walls. Hooded beings feel the fatigue in their feet and what is eating them? Are they still in a shock about the execution of a despotic landlord or are they ridden with fear after having learned that the entourage of inquisitors is approaching? Or are they just the believing men in-trance who obediently follow the beat of a mad drummer? On the A-side, Ancient Methods takes us back several centuries and uses medieval-like rhythm patterns that run through the filters of chugging techno. The result is hypnotic […]

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Neil Landstrumm – Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast (Planet Mu 246) – 6/10

Kaks ketast täidetuna tehnoveterani, kuid viimasel ajal eksperimenteeriva ning biitidega mängiva Neil Landstrummi toodanguga. Plaadi nimi lubab oodata kummardust “Planet Rockiga” elektro ajalukku vajutunud Afrika Bambaataale, kuid tegelikkus on midagi muud. Rütmid kargavad siia-sinna, meenutades kohati Electronicati ja big beati artiste. B-poole esimene “How do you feel” sisaldab kõiki koostisaineid, mida dr Landstrumm oma laborist leidis ning ühte katseklaasi kokku segas – kõike liiga palju ning samas liiga vähe.Edasi läheb paremaks. B2 “Can’t See Me” juures on õnnekombel abiks vokalist Profisee, kes loob Landstrummi kaoses oma konkreetse riimiladumisega korda. C1 ehk “Say ‘N Do” ongi plaadi kulminatsioon vana kooli hõngulise […]

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