Various – Grey City (ZCKR 10 – 2015)

ZCKR Records is an independent label from Bremen, a city in Northern Germany and the smallest Bundesland. Historically, Bremen is known for its fairy-tale Town Musicians, four animals who formed a band and scared off a thief with dissonant, shrill improvisations. No need to be afraid of ZCKR, although the label and its artists are keen to explore the wilder side of (electronic) music. After outstanding 12-inches by surrealist sound writer Anom Vitruv and emerging local producer Qnete, ZCKR’s tenth vinyl release gives a snapshot of the local scene, in the first label compilation “Grey City”. Diversity is the tagline throughout 11 tracks that take off with 37 […]

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Juju & Jordash – Down To The Roach EP (Dekmantel DKMNTL026 – 2015)

After the self-titled debut album in 2009, Juju & Jordash have stayed close to Dekmantel, a label in their chosen home Netherlands, where the Isreali-born producers also issued the next two longplayers, “Techno Primitivism” and “Clean-Cut”. “Down To The Roach” is their new tool for the club use and it triggers many flashbacks. To start with, it’s wrong to assume that Roach and motel, seen in the track titles, refer to Heller & Farley who ran the Roach Motel project a couple of decades ago. Instead, the cuts look over the ocean, at the house tracks from around the Great Lakes. The title tune is a casual (or Cajual) […]

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Ten f*ck tracks

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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Hauntologists – Hauntologists (HAUNTOLOGISTS 1LP – 2015)

Despite of rare appearances on the self-titled label, the Hauntologists are a household name in the electronic scene. Two talented producers, Jay Ahern (aka Add Noise, Aquarhythms) and Stefan Schneider (in Kreidler, To Rococo Rot), started the project in 2008 and since then they have completed five EPs, two of them on Ahern’s own label Modular Cowboy. The duo’s new signs of life are coming with the debut (mini) album, according to the artists rooted in African music and conveying vehement spirit of the continent’s native drums. However, the result of the studio rituals can be described as ‘intelligent electronics’ with a […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics Vol. 4 (July 2015)

Tracklist: Ilpo Numminen – Helsinki (Vuosi) Inner8 – Ataraxia (Feat T.C.O.) (Undogmatisch) Aci_Edits – 04 [04] (/\\Aught) Hermans & Mr. Ho – Late Night Scuttla (Run Out Run) Dungeon Acid – The Move (Point Chaud Remix) (Stockholm LTD) Donato Dozzy & DJ Say – Your Eyes (Attic Music) Array Access – Variation 2 (Eomac Remix) (Ressort Imprint) Edit Select & Teste – Ascend (Edit Select Records) Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Not On Label) Hauntologists – Brooklyn (Hauntologists) Polar Inertia – Floating Away Fire (Dement3d) Exium – Magnetic Flux (PoleGroup) Tracid Posse – Power Of Darkness (Overdrive) Varg – Raggarsvin (Northern […]

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Ten summer tracks

This post is not about Ibiza beach parties and hardstyle DJs rocking the stadiums. Just a random selection that could be taged ‘summer techno/house’ in my view, take it or leave it. Sequential – “Prophet” (Pod Communication) Landmark trance track by Sequential, a project by Pete Namlook and Christian Thier from the beginning of the 1990s. The real bliss starts at 3:50.   Andreas Dorau – “Girls In Love, Grungerman Mix I” (Ladomat 2000) Andreas Dorau, a German NDW and pop wonder, getting his 1997 hit remixed by Wolfgang Voigt.   Ajukaja – “Ahiwo Ahiwo” (Porridge Bullet) After “Benga Benga”, another […]

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Church Boy Lou – Weep (Dirt Tech Reck DTR06 – 2015)

As a designer and photographer, Robert O’Bryant aka Waajeed was affiliated with Detroit’s hip hop group Slum Village and then gradually became a producer himself. Waajeed’s first own label was The Bling 47 Group, followed by the launch of Dirt Tech Reck (initially Records) in 2013. Closely connected to the Detroit techno headquarters Submerge, the DTR imprint can look back to a number of releases between street credible beats and soulful house, to present now “Weep” by Church Boy Lou. Waajeed’s new alias seems like an invitation to Sunday morning mess in the neighbourhood. The spiritual opener “Show Me” is […]

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Never On Sunday – Day-By-Day (430 West ‎4W-165 – 2015)

The Burden brothers and 430 West are inseparable from the evolution of Detroit electronic music. This spring, they reanimated the main project Octave One with the group’s fifth album “Burn It Down” and have reissued a couple of classic EPs, including Never On Sunday’s “Day-By-Day”. Never On Sunday (aka N.O.S.), a short-lived side project of Lenny, Lawrence and Lynell Burden, may not ring a bell for many because of only two EPs in the beginning of the 1990s. Apart from that, some individual tracks were released on compilations, like futuristic tech dreamer “Urban Rains” on 430 West’s excellent “Detroit Techno City”. This particular […]

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D’Marc Cantu – Car Type EP (Run Out Run RUNOR1006 – 2015)

Ann Arbor, US state of Michigan, is less than one-hour drive from Detroit and the place D’Marc Cantu comes from. Despite of geographical proximity to the Motor City, Cantu has rather courted the sound of Chicago with his genuine jakbeat rebellion, heard on labels like Nation, Crème, Sequencias and many more. He also partners with JTC in the group AM/FM, recently hitting with rude acid tracks on “Doomsday Initiative I”. The newest instalment of Cantu’s work comes on Tom Dicicco’s Run Out Run imprint, after a long wait since the November 2014, when the release was announced. “Car Type EP” is a proof of Cantu’s versatile […]

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