REVIEW: Blake Baxter / Thomas Barnett – Four313 EP (Four313 F3-002 – 2017)

Three-one-three area legend Blake Baxter, the Prince of Techno, is not stuck in the past, if we may think so because of his reissues for Mint Condition. Recently he has produced new tracks for Killekill, and Baxter’s latest appearance comes on Four313, a new label from Detroit. He shares the split EP with Thomas Barnett, another seasoned artist from Motor City who once co-wrote Rhythim Is Rhythim classic “Nude Photo” and later set up a label called Visillusion. Baxter’s sensual voice is spreading the message of eternal love in “Agape”, a velvety deep house tune for filling a day with joy, while “Let’s […]

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DETROIT REISSUES: Keith Tucker, Blake Baxter, Model 500 & 3MB

Keith Tucker – Detroit Saved My Soul (Mint Condition MC013 – 2017) In a three-tracker that originally appeared on the Glasgow label Seventh Sign Recordings in 2005, Keith Tucker of Aux 88 and Optic Nerve fame opens with a solid techno narrative “It’s A Mood (Detroit Saved My Soul)” that has anthem features like The Vision’s soon-to-be reissued Metroplex classic “Spectral Nomad”. The B-side is a showcase of Tucker’s extraordinary electro skills with stripped sci-fi floaters “Elektronik” and “My Mental State”, the vocals in the latter recalling the classic “My A.U.X. Mind”. Weary sound quality that can be felt also […]

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Terminal 313 mix for Kopli.live (August 4, 2017 at Sinilind, Tallinn)

From grime and house to techno and Balearic – the Kopli.live project was initiated in Tallinn this winter by DJ JFL to bring together music lovers who are ready to drop their favourites in public recording sessions at different locations in the city. By today, over 40 sets have been taped when after the summer break selectors like Endamisi Salamisi (Isaiah Tapes, Trash Can Dance), Leiner & Kalvik (Lejal Genes) and Terminal 313 got together to Cafe Sinilind. In my mix, I wanted to present some new tunes that have caught my attention, as well as some classic tracks from the […]

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NEW VINYL: DJ T-1000, Inga Mauer, Silicon

DJ T-1000 – The Polymath EP (Third Ear – 2017) A strong reminder from Alan Oldham that he is not only an illustrator much in demand for sleeve designs, but a techno producer of experience. Already in the nineties, his Generator Records stood for Detroit’s rougher sound, with an impressive roster. Oldham has relaunched the DJ T-1000 alias with “The Polymath EP”, offering on the A-side no-nonsense classic techno. With thematic voice samples, the track “Liquid Metal” could be DJ T-1000’s anthem of the decade and especially the exclamation ‘I’m back’ in “Shapeshifters” may tell a bit about the future intentions. The B-side’s “Air Berlin” […]

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REVIEW: 6D22 – Ištar (Zeinkali ZNKL 001 – 2017)

The year 2017 started with two new release announcements from artists who in my view share something common in sound and it explains why they both have appeared on the same label, Mathematics Recordings from Chicago. This time John Heckle and Giorgio Luceri go separate ways when the UK producer prepares for April a double pack on Tabernacle, which gives a promise of warm gusts between house and techno that may recall John Beltran’s tunes from the nineties. Using the 6D22 alias, the Italian Luceri has the honour to launch Zeinkali, a new label from Tbilisi, Georgia. When listening to the A-side, the description ‘harmony house’ started […]

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DUST OFF: Top 15 electronic tracks from 1996

It’s time for the end-of-the-year lists and this one is of different type. About 12 months ago I selected some almost vintage tunes, my favourites from 2005. Already then it was hard to resist the temptation to delve into the nineties, a really golden era of electronic music. Now it really happened – the leap back to the year 1996 that was rich of excellent sounds. I still plan a wrap-up for 2016 but it’s also important to see what tunes have really stood the test of time. Here we go with my favourite tracks from 1996 in alphabetical order, most […]

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REVIEW: Reade Truth – A Bump Of House (Path Records Path-009 – 2016)

Reade Truth is an offspring of Big Apple’s legendary Sonic Groove and a true American techno hero. Maybe not as lauded as NYC fellows Adam X or Frankie Bones, the producer with civil name Reade White has been equally keen in spreading the message of electronic music since the beginning from the nineties. Given his experience Truth can be called ‘a veteran’ – a notion that would rather recognise efforts in the past than today. But with “A Bump Of House” on his own Path Records, Truth has completed a secret weapon for 2016 that serves both the techno and house factions. […]

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REVIEW: Jack Murphy – Knowing Something 1 (KS 1 – 2016)

After only three solo EPs – on Frozen Border sublabel Reference and Don’t Be Afraid’s Special Editions series – San Francisco resident Jack Murphy has decided to become a music publisher and launches his own Knowing Something imprint with a self-titled EP. The label debut can be only conditionally called techno because Murphy’s less-is-more approach aims at gentle, transparent sounds and if we were in mid-2000s, he could act as a saviour in the otherwise challenging post-minimal phase. The A-side opener “Haze” excels in mildness from percussion to textures of aquatic kind, in an exhibit of crisp, snappy minimalism. With delicate pads […]

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REVIEW: Convextion – 2845 (A.R.T.LESS VEXT LP 1 – 2016)

About every ten years, Convextion is shaking up the world. It began in 1995 when Sean Deason’s Matrix Records from Detroit launched with the debut twelve from the electronic artist from Dallas. The follow-up on the same label and EPs on Tektite and Down Low Music brought the Texan Gerard Hanson to the awareness of the public who appreciated deeper, dub-infected techno. Convextion’s brilliant debut album in 2006 created immense but well-earned hype but also left a strange aftertaste because of Down Low Music’s decision to do numerous represses of what initially was meant to be a limited edition. Probably it […]

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Nikolajev – Nikolajev (Collect Call CC 003 – 2016)

Nikolajev, Robert. Despite of young age, he has become a reputed DJ in the Estonian underground and co-runs Lekker, a vivacious nightspot in Tallinn. A special mention deserves the fact that he has been part of the techno act Neue Einsicht that warmed up Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival in 2013. After listening to Nikolajev’s debut on the Canadian imprint Collect Call, I’m not wondering why it became a Soundcloud success with about 12,000 plays, because not many new artists in 2016 can match Nikolajev’s premiere – and I’m not saying it because of being an Estonian. The A-side contains two robust, bass-heavy cuts, […]

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