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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Inigo Kennedy – Vignettes (Two) (SEMANTICA 36 – 2012)

A techno man for over 15 years, Inigo Kennedy was initially associated with labels like ZET and Missile in the second half of the 1990’s. Thereafter he took it easier until making a return to the studio some years ago. Formerly known as a backer of harsh 4/4 beats, Kennedy now explores new directions and follows up the first “Vignettes” experimental single released last year on Semantica.The second installment sees Kennedy moving closer to the floor again. Made for club charts is “Shapeshifter”, a mid-pace techno cut with abstract notes and occasional deep bass rave stabs, sending fluorescent sinusoids flashing […]

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DU71 – DU 71 (Archetypes Records ARCH008 – 2012)

Nine tracks of unknown origin. The artist called DU71 is not eager to reveal anything, except stating that nothing is more and nothing is less. Seemingly a statement in favor of minimalism, which is expressed by techno language in the digital-only album issued on Archetypes Records.Darker undertones and deep bass dominate in the release, which clearly targets the floor, but also flirts with experimental angles of the electronic music. “Beyond Space Boundaries” and “Remains Of The Remains” are good for physical exercises during peak hours in the club while mid-tempo “Helium Stars” mingles gaseous substance with dubbed-out beats and “Orga […]

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EDMX – Cerberus (Power Vacuum Powvac002 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Ed DMX, the man who was singing I am a mouse, I like eating cheese on “Nu Romantix LP”, is now transformed into a brutal kind of species for a new release on Power Vacuum. Launching the onslaught under the EDMX disguise, he drops a violent acid banger with the title track “Cerberus”, where wall-shaking bass drum reminds of PCP’s school of hardcore. After being exposed to ruthless fire of machine guns, highly intellectually titled “I’m Rushing My Tits Off” feels almost downtempo, but the kick drum is not sleeping and suffocating electro with Polygon […]

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MPIA3 – Wttp / Casual Welding (Avian AVN004 – 2012)

A new bird is about to land on Shifted’s label Avian. MPIA3 is a new moniker of an artist from London who prefers to conceal real identity for the time being. I can only affirm that the act is not associated with the Buckingham Palace. With the new signing, Avian enters the world of acid, a phenomenon resistant to any climatic and political change. Both tracks kick big time and are made for booming systems. “Wttp” is something I would describe as acid tune, where functional tightness is somehow diluted by a merry sequence, but basically does not spoil the […]

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Albert van Abbe – No Comment_0006 (NoComment06 – 2012)

Abdulla Rashim, Stockholm’s enigmatic master of droning deepness, has taken on a remix duty for Albert van Abbe’s label No Comment. The result is outstanding: equipped with a dubbed-out loop, gentle percussion and hi-hats, Rashim impressively wanders in lunar dust. Albert’s own 10-minute “NCS_5600200512 [V2]” convinces with bass throb and electro particles and “P4S_88880003” is a quiet scream of drone monster. So another great release promised from the label, which in addition to Albert van Abbe brilliance has succeeded in attracting impressive cast, like Heinrich Mueller, Convextion, Sleeparchive and others, for guest appearances. Rashim’s summer plans are not limited to […]

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Various – Donato Dozzy & Hieroglyphic Being Reworks (Morphine Records redose 1 – 2012)

It might sound as an exaggeration, but the upcoming single on Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records is from another dimension. The effect is intoxicating, by means of sound and voice processing executed by producers at the very Olympus of today’s electronic music.Two tracks from the label’s back catalog have been picked for reworks: Beaini’s own “Spacepops” is deformed by Donato Dozzy into effervescent acid psychedelia with Dynamo Dreesen’s alienated voice. Hieroglyphic Being’s bold-bass version of Madteo’s “Freak Inspector” comes with his trademark abstract jacking undertones and Sensational’s abraded voice, all that resulting in otherworldly experience. Alice in Wonderland would dig it. […]

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