REVIEW: RX-101 – EP1 (Suction Records suction032 – 2016)

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At the end of 1990s, Suction Records garnered much support for its synth and wave magic from Lowfish, Skanfrom, Mitgang Audio and others. Although in the last decade, the label from Toronto has been less in the limelight, it recently brought out a few notable records from the EBM and industrial angle, including new material by Celldöd from Sweden and a set of remixes of “Work Terminal”, a vintage track of Toronto’s legendary group Digital Poodle. Suction’s newest discovery Erik Jong is from the Netherlands – a survivor of warehouse techno era who has opened his bedroom producer’s archives under the RX-101 […]

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Terminal 313 for Lower Parts mix

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In recent years, Lower Parts has become one of my favourite labels that has not only engaged international talents but also boosted a new generation of electronic producers from native Greece. When the label founder Panajiotis aka Asty Tekk asked me for a mix I felt really honoured. Now the result is available on Lower Parts Soundcloud: you are welcome to check my home-made mix and also the label’s past and upcoming releases. The tracklist is included below.     Abe Duque – Endorsements (Abe Duque Records) Planetary Assault Systems – Gruve (Peacefrog) Fred Giannelli – Sorcery (Telepathic) Bernard Badie – Time […]

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REVIEW: Dez Williams – The (Vanta Series VANTA 001 – 2016)

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Acidbanger, yes it is. The opener of Dez Williams’s recent twelve that launched Killekill’s new Vanta Series is a 303-based onslaught with ripples of human voice and biting synth squeaks that promise floor domination. The next track “Hornet Tea” is equally caustic with tidal waves caused by drilling groove while “Offonone” is howling at the full moon in the condition of serious cerebral malfunction. With this tight package Williams, who runs own Elektronik Religion label and maintains a studio in Holy Island, a piece of land off of the coast of North Wales, is showing his skills in doing rabid tracks but he is well […]

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New electro: Kurt Y. Gödel, Versalife, Vortex Traks

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The 2016 electro vintage has been exceptionally good and despite of ongoing flood of new material, the quality level remains high. It’s time to have a closer look at the new releases on YUYAY Records, TRUST and Vortex Traks. Kurt Y. Gödel – Chord Rememory (YUYAY Records YUY009) YUYAY operates out of Leipzig, Germany and the label’s second vinyl EP after several digi releases comes with four interpretations of “Chord Memory”, a Kurt Y. Gödel’s track from the 2015 digi album. A couple of versions are aligned to classic electro but along the way we meet discofied synth wave (“Hyboid’s Galactic Memory”), cyborg tribal (“Milium’s Mutiny Theory”) and […]

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REVIEW: Komarken Electronics – Expanded Consciousness (Brokntoys BT 15 – 2016)

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Brokntoys is not taking any breathers: after recent twelves by IPTWDIP and London Modular Alliance, the UK label resumes the stream of splendid electro releases with “Expanded Consciousness” by the Swedish act Komarken Electronics. Along with an album on Stilleben, an EP on Solar One Music and appearances on various other labels, Komarken Electronics has a number of self-released tunes under his belt but still the artist from the Swedish small town Kungälv could be considered as rather unknown in the electro world. However, writing tracks since 2006 means a remarkable experience that is reflected in the new twelve. Gentle pads are flickering in the […]

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REVIEW: Shifted – Drifting Over (Drifting Over DRFT001 – 2016)

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Previously I have covered a few Avian releases but surprisingly this is my first review of Shifted’s solo work. Long overdue for sure, because the label founder Guy Brewer, whose real identity was carefully protected for many years, belongs to the elect group of today’s techno producers and his tracks are an obvious choice for DJ sets. After feeling tempted to cover his previous twelve “Six Steps To Resurgence”, the first release on Brewer’s new label Drifting Over is a real deal when the UK artist is going to challenge prevailing techno patterns with the material written three years ago. Shifted’s four tracks at 130 BPM are straightforward […]

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REVIEW: Various – Inversions 001 (INV001 – 2016)

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For a moment, the world goes upside down in the first, various artists release from Inversions which is Power Vacuum’s new sublabel. What is expected to be another night out in the company of synthetic beat worshippers turns to a vintage-minded party to trigger enthusiastic exclamations from mature audiences and their sympathisers in music. And good so. Everything seems under the control during the first half of Cavern Of Anti-Matter’s “Bring The Hiss (Version)”. Although it’s not quite the parent label’s standard fare – such as acidic squeeze by EDMX or rowdy electro by Cylob – the track still opens as a retro techno hardware slammer from the 1990s […]

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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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Artefakt / Evigt Mörker – Konstrukt 003 (KON003 – 2016)

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Dutch imprint Konstrukt had a flying start in 2015 when SHLTR debuted with revitalising tracks from techno’s brighter side. This year, the label continued with a split EP by Cassegrain and Sendai, and the next release comes from another combo consisting of Artefakt (Robin Koek and Nick Lapien) from the Netherlands and Evigt Mörker from Sweden. Compared to the label’s debut, it’s a pretty different ride. Four dark-toned tracks are destined for club escapades, without any ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. “Ritualist” opens the Artefakt’s side, an air-cushioned, rhythmic track that would fit to the Northern Electronics catalogue. “Sacrum” is a reverb-struck big room provider, inspiring the engineers before heading to the Hyperloop testing […]

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