DUST OFF: VCF – Neon EP (Magnetic North magnet 005 – 1993)

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Since early nineties, Russ Gabriel has been a driving force of the UK techno scene. He’s mostly known as the founder of Ferox Records, a label that is still around after more than two decades and just released Cottam’s new EP. Latest addition to Gabriel’s own immense catalogue was a recent split twelve with Steevio and it’s even difficult to count all his works under various guises. While Ferox mostly represented intelligent and in good sense funky techno, Gabriel’s own tracks spanned to harsher sounds too. A good example is “Neon EP” from 1993 under the VCF moniker on Dave Clarke’s Magnetic North, a label that has […]

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Techno promos: –Story, /beyond/, D.Carbone, Zanias

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Picked some releases from the promo folder to highlight those that have caught my attention.           –Story – Object EP (Koepel-I) Release date 26/09/2016 Along with cryptic spelling comes an exciting artist and label debut with deep house inclined tracks that make good use of bouncy drums and distortion the Rezzett way (“001”). A spontaneous fifer joins the dubby undercurrents in “002” and Planet E type majestic chords appear in “003”. /beyond/ – Now I See There’s Light (Urban Legend UL 002) Release date 25/09/2016 After having a track on Urban Legend’s inaugural various artists release “Phobos” […]

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Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM Vol. 2

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About two years ago I fiddled around with my old school favourites from the ’90s for a mix called “Barely Under 140 BPM”. Now it’s time for the second edition, which includes tracks from German hardcore labels, such as PCP, Labworks, Super Special Corp., from US outlets Drop Bass Network and Temple Records N.Y.C., as well as from the UR. Coming to the present day, Earwiggle, Ophism, 3TH Records and ZCKR are on board this time. If you prefer a faster and darker approach, then the next stop is Shawn O’Sullivan’s (400PPM, Vapauteen) mix for Secret Thirteen.   “Barely Under 140 BPM Vol.2” tracklist: 1. Silicon Dream […]

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Ten f*ck tracks

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We can’t speak of the ‘fuck’ shortage in the music around us, as there are about 50,000 related hits in Discogs. Although the word itself is not enough for rebellion, the artists feel often tempted to see ‘fuck’ as a way to self-expression, which has led to a number of tracks balancing between the good and the bad taste, more the latter. Obviously, ballads are not the genre where we should look around while music breeds like punk and hardcore or ghetto and booty bass provide a lot of thematic material. The following selection represents mostly artists and labels I can recall from earlier days. Something […]

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Secret Thirteen 159: Shawn O’Sullivan (STJ 159 – 2015)

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Keywords like ‘Marc Acardipane’, ‘1990s’, ‘hardcore’, ‘Midwest rave’ have always alerted New York techno and synth wave artist Shawn O’Sullivan (Vapauteen, Further Reductions, Led Er Est). He belongs to the scene activists who believe that hardcore and acid techno played an important role in the evolution of 1990s electronic music. Hoover effects, nasty kick drums and crazy acid lines were part of the game that put the limelight on labels like Planet Core Productions, Dance Ecstasy 2001, Drop Bass Network, Direct Drive, etc. Now Secret Thirteen has invited O’Sullivan to share his knowledge in a special mix covering many milestones of the 1990s harder […]

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DUST OFF: Johnny Violent – North Korea Goes Bang (Earache ‎MOSH 128 T – 1994)

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Actually, it was “Ultraviolence”, Lana Del Rey’s album that triggered current post. The American lady singer is obviously light-years away from doom metal and even hardcore techno, which had never been the case for Nottingham-based Earache Records, once a home label for Napalm Death.Somewhat surprisingly Earache went hardcore in the 1990s when signed Jonathan Casey. Performing as Johnny Violent and Ultraviolence, the UK-born artist landed in the gabber scene 20 years ago. Casey released albums like “Life Of Destructor”, “Psycho Drama” and many more but the most thrilling track was “North Korea Goes Bang” under the J. Violent moniker. At the […]

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Aisha Devi – Hakken Dub / Throat Dub (Danse Noire DN004 – 2014)

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Already topping my Juno chart in August, Aisha Devi’s blistering EP deserves a closer look. Foremostly known as Kate Wax, Devi gives a new meaning to girl power on her own Danse Noire imprint.The Swiss-born, half-Tibetan producer, once a regular in the roster of Mental Groove, offers in the new release plenty of sound variations.“Hakken Dub”, a homage to hakken warcry of Dutch gabber scene, is a razor-sharp cut, with Julee Cruise-like whispers, recalling the heyday of Planet Core and raising the appetite for hardcore revival. “Throat Dub (Tool)” is like didgeridoo and Tuvan throat singing placed over sliding drone textures for a […]

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Juno Chart 08/2014: Aisha Devi, Surgeon, Anopolis, Perc & Truss, OB Ignitt

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A selection of most exciting records from August. Switzerland’s Aisha Devi, replacing her Kate Wax alias with the real name, impresses with hardcore-inclined experimental EP “Hakken Dub/Throat Dub” on own Danse Noire imprint. Seasoned techno pal Surgeon still in strong form, dropping “Fixed Action Pattern“, a two-tracker of infectous grooves and deep drones. Greece is calling when Anopolis collective surfs in the waves of cosmic disco and acid house and for eardrum challenge UK heads Perc & Truss come up with “Two Hundred“. Real Detroit sound can be enjoyed on OB Ignitt‘s new EP and TOP 6 is wrapped up with dark compressor beats by Monica Hits The Ground.

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Various ‎– Paris / Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno (Fondation Sonore 03 – 2014)

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Release date is in June 2014 “Paris / Berlin” descends to places where the strobe lumens are in stark contrast to surrounding darkness. This is techno underground, researched and explained in recent one-hour documentary “Paris / Berlin” by Amélie Ravalec, a French film maker and scene activist. She runs with Gregorio Sicurezza the label Fondation Sonore, a preservation society of harder sounds, launched with thundering split EP by Kareem and Ancient Methods.The beats of “Paris / Berlin” are now brought out as gatefold double LP. As the soundtrack of a retrospective film, the compilation features mostly previously released tracks from 1999 […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM (self-made 2013)

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A drawing from Fantastic Universe, December 1954 It’s not quite that the grass was greener in the 1990s but it can’t be denied that today the BPM rate of even harder, industrial tracks goes rarely over 130. It’s like a border line between serious electronic music and cheap hardstyle productions for the masses. Although the beat frequency itself should not be an objective, if we only think about extremities like Moby’s “Thousand” in 1993, fast beats have had certain appeal. All that brought me to a selection of tracks from, with a few exceptions, the last decade of the 20th […]

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