Mattia Trani – The Hi-Tech Mission (PushMaster Discs PM015 – 2016)

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Mattia Trani could be someone who decorated his teenage room with Transmat and Underground Resistance memorabilia and even if it was not true, his recent affiliation with Detroit-bred artists is remarkable. Several Motor City legends, such as Juan Atkins, DJ Stingray, Claude Young, Orlando Voorn, have provided remix assistance to the talented Italian, in the EPs like “313 Times”, “Over The Future”, etc. and in 2014, Trani was the first Italian DJ to make a podcast for UR. In the debut album, Trani is clearly under the strong influence of innovators, expressing his admiration with strong Detroit symbols both in […]

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I.B.M. – From The Land Of Rape & Honey (The Suppressed Tapes ) 1995 – 2005 (Interdimensional Transmissions IT35 – 2015)

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Electronic music’s foremost Afro-futurist keeps up the connection to Interdimensional Transmissions: Ten years after the label debut as I.B.M. (=Insane Black Man), Jamal Moss reappears at the Ann Arbor squad under the same alias. It turns out that Moss had something to hide back in the days, because the double vinyl “From The Land Of Rape And Honey” is collected from a number of lost tapes covering the period from 1995 to 2005, meaning that for some tracks it took about 20 years to get released. Sometimes ‘unreleased’ or ‘forgotten’ stand for leftovers that are expected to give an extra push to […]

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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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DJ Spider & Marshallito – Contest For Supremacy (The Trilogy Tapes TTT029 – 2014)

Everybody hopes that ‘nuclear winter’ is just doomsday fiction actually not going to happen whereas a piece of vinyl titled “Nuclear Winter” is a stimulating undertaking, executed by NYC producers DJ Spider and Marshallito for the London-based The Trilogy Tapes. In the first instance, DJ Spider equals shuffled techno stompers with a pinch of funk, mostly appearing on his own label Plan B Records. His pal Marshallito’s home is fittingly named subBASS Sound System, a label that has seen three collabs of the two producers. After “Deadly Structures”, the current EP is DJ Spider’s and Marshallito’s second joint effort on Will Bankhead’s label and one can expect seismic beats when the two enter […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo Recordings mundo003-LP – 2014)

“Being Human Being” is a cross-genre collaboration of the French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Murcof, Mexican electronics producer. Not for the first time, as in 2008 they released the album “Mexico” on Blue Note and the same label features Truffaz’s numerous collabs with other artists. The sleeve art by the graphic artist Enki Bilal is about humiliation and despair, with Sarajevo and Belgrade, Bilal’s native city, scribbled on the wall and reminding of hardships the Balkans have gone through in last decades. But the album, occasionally seeking the dark depths of the human nature, is not as gloomy as expected, expressing the hope of things turning better. The album starts with melancholic intro “Origin […]

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Timeline – The Conscious Dream EP (Underground Resistance ‎UR-087 – 2014)

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Not as numerous as Underground Resistance’s super group Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Timeline follows the concept of the UR the Band. A project conceived and run by Mike Banks, and uniting artists like keyboardist Jon Dixon, sax player DeSean Jones and producer/DJ Mark Flash, Timeline is a travelling live collective standing for Detroit’s spiritual side. Whereas the perspective arising from house and jazz is not new for the headquarters of techno, when thinking of early UR productions or labels like Happy Records. As expected, “The Conscious Dream EP” reveals the smoother side of UR’s storm bringers, true to the proclamation this is not techno, this is high-tech jazz. The […]

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The Trash Company ‎– Modern Love (Thug Records THUG 015 – 2013)

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Despite of strong electronic connotations this EP is not related to Modern Love, a visionary techno imprint from Manchester. Because Max E. Monroe, the artist behind The Trash Company, composed the tracks about 20 years ago and these were initially rejected by Capitol Records. Until recently Monroe from Richmond, Virginia was among the unknowns of the music world, before his talent (or potential) was discovered by People’s Potential Unlimited (PPU). After the LP “Earle Hotel Tapes 1979 – 1993” and a single on PPU, The Trash Company now bravely blends different genres in “Modern Love”. The heaviest punch comes for the […]

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Tornaado – Instrumentaaltsükkel “Regatt” (Frotee Records FRO001 – 2013)

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The year 2013 saw the birth of the Estonian label Frotee Records, in search of the Balearic beat of the Baltics and doing it with vinyl pressings of long-lost compositions.The label debuted with an EP by a band called Tornaado, thus going back to the year 1979 when Lada, the Soviet worker’s limousine, celebrated the ninth birthday and Pepsi hit some upmarket stores in Estonia. The yachting regatta of the 1980 Moscow Olympics was at the gate in Tallinn, the medieval city preparing for the event of sports and peace, actually boycotted by many Western countries.The funk had arrived across the […]

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Vedomir – Vedomir (Dekmantel DKMNTL 009 – 2012)

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The release is due in April 2012 Increasingly I have the feeling that Mikhaylo Vityk’s Vakula phase was a preparation for the real thing. Vakula’s productions showcased his talent, but his house tracks were somehow too dry for me – until Vedomir entered the stage. Already “Orthodox Ambient”, released at the end of 2011 on Dekmantel, was a strong one and now, proving his musical maturity, the Ukrainian presents on the same label the first Vedomir LP in April.„Jump In The Past“ is a perfect start with Michael Knight bass line and slinky chords. The ride goes on with „Musical […]

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Edward – A Piece Of Us (Giegling 07)

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Rating: 9/10 “More light” did Johann Wolfgang Goethe allegedly exclaim before passing into the eternity in Weimar, a city in Germany and the home base of Giegling Records. Now the light comes from this relatively new but impressive label, which brings fresh air from Germany. Whereas the music is pitch black house-funk, with slow intermezzos ruled by sentimental sax and soft horns (“Human Leaks”). A blind test would place the record in the neighborhood of Moodymann and Levon Vincent (good example “Ours”), because of attitude and groove strongly rooted in the tracks. My favorite is “Society 0.5” with a robotic […]

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