REVIEW: 400PPM – Fit For Purpose (Avian AVNLP004 – 2017)

Shawn O’Sullivan aka 400PPM lets the listener to decide the purpose of his new album. All eleven cuts are far from abstract, dark noisescapes often heard on Avian in recent times but it’s not a pure ‘dance’ album either when predominant modular monotony is topped with multiple layers and references to the decades of electronic music history. When bearing in mind the floor factor, suitable picks are “Metabolic Grift” with processed voice on a shuffled thud, which would appeal to an apache in astral mode and “8.069” that sounds like a tribute to Nitzer Ebb. For heavier, Pan Sonic-type crusher “Sintered Bauxite” is a choice. Of different […]

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REVIEW: Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica (Tresor Records TRESOR295 – 2017)

Several hours of dub techno exposure at an abandoned anti-aircraft base was not enough in a white summer night that now lies about 17 years behind. When driving home from the party at the daybreak, Porter Ricks’ album “Biokinetics” was the perfect choice to keep the vibe of a dark gigantic hangar, with “Nautical Dub”, “Port Of Gentil” and other tracks that had helped to immortalise Chain Reaction in the electronic music industry. About 17 years later, dub techno overlords Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig are returning to the LP format to quench the thirst for deep, crackling textures. Being Porter Ricks and announcing a new album after a longer […]

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TECHNO & TRANCE: Boston 168, Peter Eilmes, Eloim, Peter van Hoesen

‘Trance’ has been both a severely misunderstood and abused genre, mostly standing for euphoric, full-on fare that mushroomed in the nineties. Leaving aside the substances related to the scene, trance has a deserved position in the dance music history. Difficult to say if we are facing a revival but some recent releases carry elements of quality trance.   Boston 168 – 90’s Space EP (Enemy Ltd ENEMY 033 – 2017) Plenty of acid from the Italian duo and smoke machine can be smelled in the title cut recalling the Djax-Up days. In “Interstellar” and “Orbit” the heart rate of Harthouse […]

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REVIEW: Arcanoid, Jimmy Edgar+Ideograma, Plant43, Annie Hall – 10.X. (SEMANTICA 10.X – 2017)

This year, Semantica Records’ glorious decade in music is celebrated with the anniversary series, a journey through global techno, involving artists from Sweden to Japan, from France to Argentina for mostly four-to-the-floor, tripping tracks. The ten-vinyl batch is now peaking with “10.X.”, dedicated to electro that has not been an uncharted territory for the Madrid label, if to recall thematic tunes from Ed Chamberlain, E.R.P., Boris Divider and many others. Gladly the contributions from all artists  – everyone of them has previously appeared on Semantica – are diverse on their own way. Spanish producer Arcanoid opens with a symbiosis of synthwave, […]

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REVIEW: Dez Williams – Forlorn Figures In Godforsaken Places EP (Mechatronica MTRON003 – 2017)

Still when the influence of Dez Williams’ track “Only Way I Know” on the recent Mechatronica sampler is hard to disappear, the producer from Holy Island off the Welsh coast returns to Berlin’s electro imprint with a new EP, which is the label’s first solo effort after two mini compilations. Although qualified for conceiving nasty acidbangers, from the very beginning Williams’ special love has belonged to electro and here we have another proof of his trade skills. “Xen” opens as a standard electro track that would match I-F’s classic output with growling 808 and laser sword stabs, the vocal part providing […]

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REVIEW: Vertical67 – Morphed Reality (Brokntoys BT18 – 2017)

Thomas Pahl is a visitor from Berlin on Brokntoys. When he’s not exactly busy at Vortex Traks, an electro label he runs together with Naks, Pahl is making music under the Vertical67 alias. The project’s first digital tracks came out about ten years ago and “Morphed Reality” is Vertical67’s second appearance on the London label, after contributing with acid-soaked frosty funk “Distortion” in recent mini compilation “The Glowing”. The A-side is dedicated to swerving uptempo cuts, the opener “Far Away Lights” rolling on coarse 808 kicks while wriggly 303 and subtle vocoder action furnishes the title tune. The B-side rests on the […]

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REVIEW: /DL/MS/ – Rogue Intent (TRUST29 – 2017)

TRUST from Vienna calling with “Rogue Intent” when Dan Lodig, who was behind last year’s Lok44 EP, returns to the label with Martin Sovinz under the project name /DL/MS/. TRUST is regarded as electro outlet and while the duo is not going to dispute its style preferences, their peculiar view on combining mechanical beats and voice samples offers a few surprising, quality moments. Inheriting some elements from IDM, the rather lingering opener “Indisciplinado” is difficult to categorise when it travels from artsy surroundings to sticky bars with hardly audible background voices. The next track “Yep” starts with hollow medieval drumming and Oriental strings […]

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REVIEW: Galaxian – Blowback (Foul-Up DOWN3 – 2017)

This has been waiting to happen, a truly remarkable release on Foul-Up, a Danish-run label from Berlin that launched in 2016 with “Limerence EP” by Misantrop, a project by the label founder Nicolai Vesterkær Krog. After a LP from Metalized Man earlier this year, the third release of the label keen to explore the electronic fringes enters the electro cluster with an eight-tracker from Galaxian, which is a mask-wearing alter ego of the UK producer Mark Kastner. Galaxian’s proven industrial take on the genre is reflected in the convulsive opener “Truth Seizure” and in abstract thrusts of “Parasitic Seduction”, sounding like a […]

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Techno promos: black., Konstrukt, Subapical, Taapion

J. Lydén – 4.44 (black008 – 2017) A strong release from black., a label run by Albert Williams who drops a remix for the EP by J.Lydén, a Finnish newcomer with a sound close to fellow hardliners Tuomas Rantanen and Boner M. In “4.44”, the highlight is Judas’s supercharged dash with stinging stabs hinting to Mike Parker.     Svreca & Retina.it / Nuel – KONSTRUKT 005 (KON005 – 2017) Spanish-Italian connection on the Dutch imprint Konstrukt where Svreca’s and Retina.it’s collabs offer simple, ethereal functionality with machine whispers. On the other side, Nuel’s “Luna” is a more granular affair touched […]

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REVIEW: Yuji Kondo – Faces Past (10 Label TEN005 – 2017)

In this decade, Yuji Kondo has been one of Japanese techno illuminates, operating either under his own name, as Ducerey Ada Nexino or taking part in various collaborations, including Steven Porter – Kondo’s project with fellow countryman Katsunori Sawa, and not an actual person as I thought a while ago. To the present day we had to wait for Kondo’s first album that has now appeared on his and Sawa’s imprint 10 Label. Kondo’s LP is crafted with skill and intuition for sounds that are feeding the imagination. Entire album is placed under the veil of surrealism with only a few 4/4 […]

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