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


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: 303 Nation – Strobe Jams I (Dance Ecstasy 2001 DE 3001 – 1993)


303 Nation, the name is the program. Acid from the brotherhood of notorious Planet Core Productions (PCP), a stronghold of hardcore techno in the beginning of 1990’s. Based in Frankfurt, it united a flock of labels run by Thorsten Lambart and Marc Acardipane, the latter being the artistic engine using dozens of aliases.But it was not one-man-show because Fernando Sanchez and Patrick Vuillaume were commissioned to spread etching bass lines to the world. Also behind the 100% Acidiferous project, they put out four releases in the “Strobe Jams” series for a PCP sublabel Dance Ecstasy 2001. From 1993 is the […]

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Video: Mescalinum United – We Have Arrived (1990)

It was the day when Mescalinum United gave birth to hardcore. With its devastating nature the track literally manifested the arrival of techno’s new brutal face. Like a whirlwind it swept over the skyscrapers of Frankfurt and introduced the world to the joys of massive kick drum.The intro of “We Have Arrived” heralds a mayhem and all obsessed HC fans know what follows. It does not aim at becoming beats-per-minute champion but the track with strong industrial influence carries immense power. In the wake of 1990’s it ruled the scene along with other output by PCP for the Hall Of […]

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DUST OFF: The Possessed – Black Blood (PCP 009 – 1992)


Skulls at large again. Planet Core Productions’ (PCP) hardcore machinery plays with breakbeats but manages to create even darker and gloomier atmosphere than in their usual kickdrum-infected rave monsters. The tracks do not suffer under self-imposed speed limit and relative slowness makes them even harder.“Black Blood” is massive: starts with obscure rubbing sequence, followed by fierce breakbeats, symphonic strings and evil voice samples. “Manipulator” quotes a horror movie dubbed in German and then the mass of breakbeats and hoover sounds makes it another intensive trip. On the flip “The Lord Is My Avenger” begins like a meeting of Middle Eastern […]

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DUST OFF: 100% Acidiferous – Tank / 303 State (100%)


Acid assault from 1993 and Frankfurt. Not the most wanted of five releases by the 100% Acidiferous label. On the A-side “Tank” goes rushing and takes a deep bow to the fans of gabber as BPMs try to break the ceiling. Sounds better when pitched down, although meant for 45rpm. On the flip “303 State” comes and bites with 303-sound and slapping kickdrum but is not as rebellious as the “Tank” side. Playing with pitch control would add new nuances to both tracks. The sleeve carrying the slogan “Caution Acid” reminds of the invasion of a Dutch DJ gang I […]

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DUST OFF: Frankfurt Trax Vol. 1 (PCP 004) 8/10


In the beginning of the 90’s a hardcore techno factory was based in Frankfurt am Main (FFM), a lot of brain-drilling trax, by dozens of artists hitting the floors from its conveyors. It was revealed only later that one man, Marc Trauner, was behind of most of the monikers and in addition to producing was utterly busy in inventing new and new label and artist names. PCP (Planet Core Productions) was the base of the hardcore. About same time a wave of hard trance swept across Germany, and although the PCP and Harthouse releases, for example, were different like day […]

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