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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Morphology – Dalek Invasion (SEMANTICA 43 – 2012)

While Svreca’s next release is for techno heads, Semantica’s electro department puts on display Morphology, a Finnish act consisting of Matti Turunen and Michael Diekmann. Their second single for the Spanish label is something for electro purists. Pure is the keyword here as both tracks are finely produced, with clear ideas executed in a good technical manner. Although in “Dalek Invasion” one might expect deviant sci-fi rumble, it’s a friendly tune with gentle pads, reminding of Dopplereffekt. Carrying the mood of a suburban sunset, “Journey’s End” features fatter bass along with clean riffs and hints of jazz-funk for an old-school […]

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Truss – Clytha (Our Circula Sound OCS004 – 2012)

Expected release date June 2012 After long shifts in the studio, London techno engineer Tom Russell AKA Truss drops a few new releases this spring. A four-tracker is the first of a two-part EP on Our Circula Sound. The track title “Clytha” might derive from a distant star, or an area in Wales. Despite of being short of three minutes, the track with a sneaking drone and slow-stepping fat rhythm is like a theme song for an Utopian movie. Knobs are turned for heavier impact in the remix of “Clytha” by T47 AKA Tommy Four Seven. Oppressing by nature, it’s […]

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Svreca – Vilna / Hagagatan (SEMANTICA 33A – 2012)

Dark techno for big rooms: Semantica drops the heaviest release so far in 2012 with Svreca’s two-tracker “Vilna/Hagagatan”. By title sounding like a tribute to the Baltic Sea region, its A-side features a galvanized treatment of “Vilna” by Orphx, an industrial-rooted collective knowing no mercy. This is honest techno with echoing thunder and distortion-coated bass, in Spanish-Canadian collaboration. Dark rhythm and noise exposure also in “Hagagatan”, which takes to the throat of a foundry with all exit doors blocked.

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Various – The Power Of Movement In Plants EP (Electronique.it ELE-R001 – 2012)

Italy’s webzine Electronique.it has decided to enjoy the joys and sorrows of being a record label and prepares its first release featuring three artists. Preview clips tell that “Soils” by Commodity Place is an ordinary ambient piece and “Is This For Real?” by passEnger keeps tranquil mood while adding some casual beats. The best track comes from the Cosmic Metal Mother – “The Unreleased Techno Mixes Series (comunicazione uno)”, which is destined to move the feet and flirts with Detroit and Belgium anno 1992. Buy vinyl

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