DUST OFF: VCF – Neon EP (Magnetic North magnet 005 – 1993)


Since early nineties, Russ Gabriel has been a driving force of the UK techno scene. He’s mostly known as the founder of Ferox Records, a label that is still around after more than two decades and just released Cottam’s new EP. Latest addition to Gabriel’s own immense catalogue was a recent split twelve with Steevio and it’s even difficult to count all his works under various guises. While Ferox mostly represented intelligent and in good sense funky techno, Gabriel’s own tracks spanned to harsher sounds too. A good example is “Neon EP” from 1993 under the VCF moniker on Dave Clarke’s Magnetic North, a label that has […]

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Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM Vol. 2


About two years ago I fiddled around with my old school favourites from the ’90s for a mix called “Barely Under 140 BPM”. Now it’s time for the second edition, which includes tracks from German hardcore labels, such as PCP, Labworks, Super Special Corp., from US outlets Drop Bass Network and Temple Records N.Y.C., as well as from the UR. Coming to the present day, Earwiggle, Ophism, 3TH Records and ZCKR are on board this time. If you prefer a faster and darker approach, then the next stop is Shawn O’Sullivan’s (400PPM, Vapauteen) mix for Secret Thirteen.   “Barely Under 140 BPM Vol.2” tracklist: 1. Silicon Dream […]

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HALL OF FAME: Leo Anibaldi interview from 1992


The foundations of the Techno Sound of Rome were laid by ACV Records, which was a club world’s beacon in the first half of the 1990s. The label saw a number of international producers and DJs emerging, Leo Anibaldi being one of the main players along with Robert Armani, Paolo Zerletti, Riccardo Rocchi, Dave Clarke and others. Along numerous singles Anibaldi produced several fine albums like “Cannibald – The Virtual Language” and later “Void”, a peek to the experimental side released on Rephlex.Anibaldi has remained active to the present day and his most recent EP “Evocation” with a Sebastian Mullaert remix came out […]

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DUST OFF: DATA newsletter about records, raves, retailers – Tampere city, 1992


Found among old papers, DATA was a techno/rave newsletter published in Tampere (FI) in 1992. The first page told what’s happening inside the brain of Mr Kirk, a techno DJ and party promoter who listed current top singles and LPs. It also announced “From The Edge Of Nowhere”, a Finnish techno compilation, that was issued under another name in 1993. A number of upcoming raves, including Mayday III, and shops offering ‘smart nutrient products’ were featured too. The second pages continues with shops and lists a number of contacts, including Monojunk [Mono Junk], that time reachable on the phone [90] 754 1209, and Metal […]

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Secret Thirteen 159: Shawn O’Sullivan (STJ 159 – 2015)


Keywords like ‘Marc Acardipane’, ‘1990s’, ‘hardcore’, ‘Midwest rave’ have always alerted New York techno and synth wave artist Shawn O’Sullivan (Vapauteen, Further Reductions, Led Er Est). He belongs to the scene activists who believe that hardcore and acid techno played an important role in the evolution of 1990s electronic music. Hoover effects, nasty kick drums and crazy acid lines were part of the game that put the limelight on labels like Planet Core Productions, Dance Ecstasy 2001, Drop Bass Network, Direct Drive, etc. Now Secret Thirteen has invited O’Sullivan to share his knowledge in a special mix covering many milestones of the 1990s harder […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Promos & Classics (March 2014)


A selection of new or unreleased stuff from labels like Trensmat, NX1, Reaktivate, Semantica, Russian Torrent Versions, Suburban Avenue, Blacknecks and 3TH Records, mixed with a few cuts from 1990s, by E-Trax, Perceptrons, Acid Junkies, etc. Tracklist:1. Love Cult Take Druss – Black Pines (Trensmat)2. Eric Aldea & Ivan Chiossone – The Journey (0101)3. Yves De Mey – Excursions To Intersections (Semantica)4. Morphosis – Dismantle (Feat. Donato Dozzy) (Honest Jon’s)5. Terrence Dixon – Pacers (Polytone Recordings)6. NX1 – Black 01 B (NX1)7. Jorge Bule – Motora (Apparent Horizon)8. Guillam – Vortex (Reaktivate)9. Yuka – Savdi Lim (Semantica)10. Kaelan & Z.I.P.P.O(3KZ) […]

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Terminal 313 Mix: Barely Under 140 BPM (self-made 2013)


A drawing from Fantastic Universe, December 1954 It’s not quite that the grass was greener in the 1990s but it can’t be denied that today the BPM rate of even harder, industrial tracks goes rarely over 130. It’s like a border line between serious electronic music and cheap hardstyle productions for the masses. Although the beat frequency itself should not be an objective, if we only think about extremities like Moby’s “Thousand” in 1993, fast beats have had certain appeal. All that brought me to a selection of tracks from, with a few exceptions, the last decade of the 20th […]

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20 YEARS: Infamous live gig by PCP Frankfurt at the MayDay, 30 April 1993


It was rather a revolt than live PA what happened at MayDay in Westfalenhalle Dortmund 20 years ago, on 30 April 1993. Infamous PCP (Planet Core Productions) crew from Frankfurt was admitted to the stage to present the current state of hardcore techno to the crowd, and they really did. “Konstablerwache”, “9 Is A Classic” were among the tools the PCP used during the performance, cut short to meagre 15 minutes and faded out with creamy trance sounds. You can perceive the anger and disappointment of HC warriors around Marc Trauner and Thorsten Lambart, as they were ready for more. Luckily […]

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