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 it. “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. […]

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Felix Denk, Sven von Thülen – Der Klang der Familie (Suhrkamp Verlag – 2012)

Man spricht viel über die Rolle Berlins in der Wende und beim Mauerfall. Als Hauptstadt Deutschlands ist es touristisch bestimmt ein interessantes Ziel, aber das ist nicht der Hauptgrund, warum die Spreemetropole auch kulturell eine besondere Stellung einnimmt. Für die progressive Jugend der Welt bedeutet Berlin in erster Linie Tresor oder Berghain – die Stadt, die nimmer schläft, ist ein Inbegriff der hedonistischer Lebensweise rund um Party und Beat. Gesprächsrunde zur Techno-Geschichte Wie es dazu gekommen ist beschreiben Felix Denk und Sven von Thülen mit Hilfe der Szene-Insider im Buch “Der Klang der Familie”. Viele Bestandteile der neuesten deutschen Geschichte […]

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DUST OFF: Aamukirkko / Morning Church on 15 Nov 1992, Helsinki

A piece of paper that awakes fond memories about a special night. In November 1992, following The Temple rave in Helsinki’s Paasitorni, numerous techno heads gathered in Lepakko (The Bat), a legendary home of youth culture and mad parties, to dance to exhaustion. DJs Ata, Heiko M/S/O and Pascal F.E.O.S. from Frankfurt am Main plus local heroes Jokke, Mr Kirk, H2 and Ender delivered it to the crowd that had just witnessed a massive celebration of rave spirit at The Temple, an event that warrants a special story (some pictures are here). For giving audio context to the flyer from […]

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Esoteric – Scarlet Enterprise (Curley Music 08 – 2011)

When the gang of Spiral Tribe ravers swept over the Europe about twenty years ago, Dutch-born youngster Curley Schoop aka Esoteric was one of their associates. His untimely death in 1998 abruptly stopped the career having started already in 1991 when Schoop was a member of a Djax Records signing called D.I.C.E. To commemorate Schoop and familiarize younger generation with his output, French label Expressillon launched Curley Music for reissuing Schoop’s works. On the “Scarlet Enterprise”, released under the Esoteric guise, especially the A-side is a real gem with rudeboy breakbeats and blatant kick drum. Like a blend of early hardcore and The […]

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OLD TAPE: Spiral Tribe – Sirius 23 (1993)

“Sirius 23” is a release by decadent techno vagabonds, united under the banner of Spiral Tribe in the mid-1990’s. Seeing free techno parties as a constitutional right, the ST community travelled the lands to set up wild illegal parties and in the sidelines manged to release a number of records, most of them on own label Network 23.Never seen any vinyls of the Spiral Tribe and also this “Sirius 23” is from a cassette made by a friend, as some of these hard-to-find records were in circulation in Tallinn. This EP offers four tracks of sheer rave madness, more breakbeat-focused […]

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DUST OFF: Belgian techno mini-mix from 1992

A Radiomafia (FI) recording from 1992, it’s labeled “Belgian techno mix” and taped probably from a John Peel show. Was quite a blast when heard it. Pure perfection from the beginning to the end, I’m here once again… Thanks to Souncloud user Thumpson for helping with track IDs: 1) Plexus – Raw Mission, 2) Neon – Without Control, 3) ?, 4) Master Techno – My Noise, 5) Roel Butzen – Violent Wake Up.   Belgian Techno Mini Mix 1992 by Terminal313 on Mixcloud

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Lory D – Strange Days Vol. 1 (Numbers 13 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 Acid is in the house when plenty of producers cherish the genre’s history and reproduce bubbling tracks that smell after warehouse parties. In the same new releases sometimes try to reinvent something reinvented a while ago and but there are exceptions, such as Lory D’s first record on Numbers. Twenty years after his debut, the Italian is still in possession of grandmaster touch and drops two impressive acid cuts. Both “Acidronix” and “Acid Prastix” show a broad grin of smileys.  Although too short, “Acidronix” is a bold mover for those who are feeling homesickness for old school raves. Silver box conveys its message, sawtooth bass […]

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