Metasplice – Decant (Morphine Records doser015 – 2012)

Hardly any daylight penetrates to an Antarctic polar station where experiments with hazardous substances of extragalactic origin are conducted in “Decant / Churn”, for another proof how Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records is obsessively exploring the fringes of electronics. This time under discharge is the second tankful by Philadelphia’s abstract techno crusaders Metasplice, already taking no prisoners in the debut EP “Topographical Interference”. Current brain-straining exercise is introduced with machinery malfunction of worst kind in “Decant”. After minutes of deformed noise and tension-fueling claps, the valves are gradually opened to release the steam, guided by tin-dipped percussion for a mental build-up. In “Churn” all systems […]

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Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP (Episodes 02 – 2012)

Hakim Murphy, a Bachelor in music composition, is another proof that Chicago is not sleeping. Initially fascinated by deep house, Murphy adds throbbing subnotes to the second release on Episodes, recalling the rawness of Warehouse and dryness of Jamal Moss.Navigating in a magnetic storm, “Technis” might vaguely stick to deep house textures but when we proceed to “Analog Stroll” abstract signals on stripped-down drum machine arrangement take the control, all that rounded up by ample space groove. In “BBQ Knobs” distorted bass is turned on for a real subwoofer test while “Tunnel Dark” is accentuated by rhythmic modulations and comes […]

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Various – Developer Remixed (SEMANTICA 39X)

Release date is in October 2012 For proper techno action in 2012 Developer’s “Trade Beliefs” is one of the main suspects. It has been noticed also by Semantica because an EP with reinterpretations will see the light of the day. Each of four tracks is remixed by different artist, starting with NX1 who keeps the deep and booming chords from the original “Trade Beliefs” and lets the snares to parade, turning on more furious bass at mid-track. In “Brujas” Donor boards a robustly crawling vehicle navigating in the minefields, tracking down intercom speech and hollow bass from the deep for a […]

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Surgeon / Svreca : Skirt – Untitled (SEMANTICA 50 – 2012)

A collective effort on Semantica’s number 50, which does not indicate the extent of the label’s catalog with arithmetics seeming quite chaotic – but rather emphasizing the weight of the release with techno luminaries like Surgeon and Svreca plus the rising star Skirt. Especially Anthony Child’s appearance on the label has been long overdue, given the impressive stream of techno producers making a stopover on Semantica.Not the ordinary bangers one might be expect from the Madrid label. Instead all artist leave the fast lane of techno highway and pull ahead on a backdrop of abstract noises. Surgeon’s hypnotic sparseness in […]

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Ricardo Donoso – Assimilating The Shadow (Digitalis DIGIV046 – 2012)

With the first album “Progress Chance” Ricardo Donoso, born in Rio de Janeiro and living in Boston, propelled into the consciousness of synth-crazy audience with anti-gravitational tunes for inner-self explorations. So after the splendid debut Donoso might have felt pressure in anticipation of “Assimilating The Shadow”.Adoring the debut, the second LP has been for me the most-awaited Digitalis release this year, and have to say that the result is astonishing again.Donoso continues to paint luminescent soundscapes, offering throughout “Assimilating The Shadow” meditative moments for a soundtrack of optic illusions. Actually no weak links on the vinyl double pack of 10 […]

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Abdulla Rashim – Endasilasie (Abdulla Rashim Records ARR003 – 2012)

To be released in October 2012 Endasilasie, geographically located at latitude 14.1 degrees north of the equator and longitude 38.3 degrees east of the prime meridian, in the Northern part of Ethiopia. A distant place which may reveal, or may not, something about the origin of Abdulla Rashim, his real ID hitherto unknown. Ethiopia would be a perfect setting for “Endasilasie 1”, for getting inspired by the clear nightly skies over the barren mountainous landscape. While admiring spatial beauty it’s good to dream about boarding a starliner for explorations in the Saturnian dust. Humming and droning at restrained pace, the […]

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Truss – Ganymede (Perc Trax TPT 055 – 2012)

Release date is in September 2012 Perc Trax is a sure bet for uncompromising and oppressive techno, if we only think of Perc’s recent “A New Brutality” or Forward Strategy Group’s album. Now Truss, a gear wizard from London and trusted associate of the Perc camp, follows up his recent industrial waltz “Clytha” on Our Circula Sound and drops with “Ganymede” a bonding title track in line with industrial attitude of the label. The shuffled-beat original pushes you against the wall, when sending hoover blasts and acid flashes on shredded drumming. Label head Perc adds some extra kick, shaking it like […]

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MPIA3 – Ely / Squatter’s Dog (Avian AVN005 – 2012)

MPIA3 goes nasty again on the Avian imprint as it follows up the debut single “Wttp / Casual Welding“. Sulphur is in the air when the Londoner leads his acid techno assault with the A-side’s “Ely”, a prime example of kickdrum rage and poison ivy acid lines. After a brisk start it manages to build up the tension gradually, till the peak arrives after a dramatic break in the middle, with marauding 303 blast tightening the last remaining screws thereafter. The track also leaves room for fiddling on the pitch depending on the crowd’s speed limit.On the flip “Squatter’s Dog”, a purebred Cerberus, […]

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George Paar – Angulos Ligeramente Ocultos (Par Rec Wax 03 – 2012)

Release date is 10 August 2012 Uruguay seems a rather exotic place in terms of electronic music and the same applies to Nicaragua, the birthplace of George Paar who is now presenting his third vinyl release on own Par Wax label. Operating out of his current home town Montevideo, geographical distance to Milan or Munich is no handicap to deliver a few cuts of functional droning techno.Although the peak of sounds fostered by Giorgio Gigli, Abdulla Rashim, Obtane, et al is slowly passing, Paar’s two original tracks are vigorous tools for after-midnight tripping. Bass goes in your face along usual ingredients like […]

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Various – Nonnative 02 (SEMANTICA NNN 02 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Iori Asano’s “Floating Matter” is the highlight on the second installment of Semantica’s Nonnative series. The title could not better express the powerful yet buoyant nature of the EP’s opening track – booming bass is complemented by floating sequences we know from Iori’s earlier output on Silent Season and Prologue. Follows Planet Rouge recording artist Alexey Volkov with “Run Out”, a heavy-chord interpretation of Detroit techno. The B-side is opened by Tom Dicicco, with the first moments of “Identity” signaling tensions of a crime scene before the track grows into a solid bouncer with alarming […]

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