REVIEW: Sebastian Reuschel – The World Is Shit (ZCKR14 – 2016)

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With echoing creak, the door opens to the world of abandonment, spider webs covering a metronome that sets the pace towards the midnight. Diabolical noises are gradually growing to hardly digestible sonic oppression where the crudity has its certain charm. Fifteen minutes of the A-side’s “Exav 2B” are a tour de force of beatless dark ambient with suffocating drone passages, haunting overdrive effects and hollow whispers that make the mood-o-meter scraping the extremes. On the flip, “Dying Alone” is a wall of doom spanning over brain-challenging ten minutes with an abrupt end. Bremen’s ZCKR has become one of my permanent objects […]

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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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SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian ‎AVNLP003 – 2016)

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Sssssnake chhharmers from Sweden, not only linguistically challenging dark knights from SHXCXCHCXSH who boast over 6,300 followers of their empty Soundcloud account, believe in the power of ‘s’ in the new album for UK label Avian. After initial rush to vitriolic roughness, when only to recall earlier catalogue entries by Shifted and MPIA3’s, Avian’s tastes have become more varied (Litüus, for example) and SHXCXCHCXSH’s album belongs rather to the experimental section. Instead of targeting sweaty techno caves with their previous Avian LP “Strgths”, SHXCXCHCXSH emits steamy, pixelated sound that constitutes the basis of most of the compositions. Consciously or not, many parts sound very familiar: one of the album’s best tracks, “Ssss” at […]

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Shitcluster – Meat Thief (Panzerkreuz 1027 – 2016)

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The Hague’s loonies operating under the name Shitcluster have staged another freakshow of rhythmic noise, to disrupt ‘dance music’ as such. New distorted deviations by Charlie Watkins and Jan Duivenvoorden – the latter running nowadays the Unit Moebius Anonymous –  begin with two ramming tracks on the A-side that remind of Ancient Methods’ “The Whip” from 2009. The gruelling chug of A1 is led by hollow, bouncy drums and subtle complaints like coming from Sid Vicious’s taped mouth, followed by asphyxial feel of A2. The B-side opens with rubbery stabs and eerie clonks that are guided by rotating turbines like engineered by Vainio Väisänen Vega and giving the sensations […]

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CSA, Lucindo – Compact Cassette 1 (3TH Records 3THCC01 – 2016)

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Noisy synth and drone spillage from Berlin’s famed and feared 3TH Records that launch a cassette series with a release split between the ‘newcomer’ CSA (aka Ascion) and Lucindo. The A-side’s most intense moments come with CSA’s kick drum rush “eXeNTeSICUL” and dissonant mad man’s therapy “Devid S. Mystic Shower”, the rest being lost in the dark ambient maze. On the B-side, Lucindo is driven by caveman instincts and opens with crusty bassline in “Neandershöhle”. For tearing up the floor, full-ahead fare “Club” is included, but there’s also strong appeal in short synth bursts “Undercave” and “Prehistoric Ritual”, before the termination arrives with “Savage Burial”. Points: 7 of […]

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Theologian vs Ancient Methods – La Saignée (Metaphysik MP202 – 2016)

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The A-side of “La Saignée” (“Bloodletting”) is exactly what we can expect from Metaphysik, one of Berlin’s danse macabre outlets, which is keen to explore the sounds of mental and physical decay. The opener “Death Elemental” is written by Lee M. Bartow aka Theologian who launched back in 1997 an American noise project under the banner of Navicon Torture Technologies and during the last decade created an extensive catalogue for his own label Annihilvs. For Metaphysik, Theologian emits over 13 minutes of black ooze, which is initially carried by eerie drone and then crosses over to morbid modern classical in co-operation with Gretchen Heinel’s cello and Daniel Suffering’s synth. The […]

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Ten train tracks

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The following playlist could be extended by Moroder’s “Midnight Express”, The Farm’s “Groovy Train”, Kadoc’s “The Nighttrain” or even Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”, but this is my selection of ten train-themed tracks, spanning from experimental sounds to italo disco. What I noticed is that mid-1990s new generation Chicago producers were pretty obsessed about railway themes and they are represented with a couple of tracks (thought about adding BMC’s “Loco Motion” too). Feel free to add your suggestions to the comments below. Chris Watson – El Divisadero (The Telegraph) (Touch) After a CD album with field recordings made in Mexico, Cabaret Voltaire’s founding member Watson issued […]

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Stig Inge – Bremen (ZCKR Records ZCKR11 – 2016)

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Bremen’s ZCKR Records is fixated on the home turf with another set of urban impressions from the German port town. After a compilation and a single dedicated to the Grey City theme, it’s the turn of the label boss Sebastian Reuschel aka Sting Inge to produce an experimental score, for Bremen by night. The A-side’s aptly titled “The Sewer (Part I + II)” is a multi-phase track that firstly descends to the filthy depths of underground utilities. The plot is about grueling slow-hop pulled by metronomic chug and cogwheel friction, like a blurred take on T++ or Hidden Hawaii. The track’s second phase, after a hardly […]

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AX&P – Mutiny & Disorder (AX&P002 – 2016)

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Widely known for their nonconformist attitude, Adam X and Perc are stirring a machine-controlled chaos in the new single “Mutiny & Disorder” and remain devoted to techno’s harder side. One should not be disturbed by the feeling of hearing too many Adam X or Perc tracks before, because both are in impressive form for another floor-dominating release. In their second twelve under the AX&P alias, the artists go beyond plain industrial rumble and ride the grooves in confident manner, offering a variety of EBM-rooted synth action like in the A-side’s “Mutiny”. It’s a throbbing battle call underscored by Adam X’s flanging whispers that recall the dark […]

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Various – Replicants (Inner Surface Music INNER010 – 2015)

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“Replicants”, the first full-length compilation on Inner Surface Music, recalls for some reason the 1990s when techno samplers were a common thing and beside of quantity provided timeless selections of the contemporary sound. There were even special labels, like New Electronica which was licensing material from other outlets, not to speak about much-acclaimed series like “Techno Nations”, “In Order To Dance” and even “Thunderdome”. All of them offered a peek into new and established talent, providing aspiring DJs with classy, and often eclectic selection of new tracks. “Replicants” is a compilation right on target, offering a variety of sounds between classic loop techno and industrial-minded […]

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