Mario Moretti – Spaziotempo (Bordello A Parigi BAP015 – 2014)

With its cheerful simplicity italo could be easily classified as odd phenomenon of the dance music history, expected to resurface only at dance parties for the middle-aged. But italo’s appeal hasn’t really been ever lost and the genre keeps coming back with new productions in 2014 too. A recent example is Mario Moretti’s “Spaziotempo” EP, a teaser for the upcoming album by Lithuanian producer Andrius Kurkinas, released on Dutch imprint Bordello A Parigi.Clad in a picture sleeve appealing both to car-crazy fathers and their sons, the EP’s title track is an euphoric number with catchy rhythm and flying synth riffs, […]

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Erika – Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0 (Interdimensional Transmissions IT 32 – 2014)

From the mid-90s a lot was cooking on Interdimensional Transmissions (IT) when the Detroit label was spearheading the electro revival in many fronts. IT was praised for the weighty “From Beyond” series and became a significant platform for its founding collective Ectomorph and contemporaries like I-F and GD Luxxe.During last decade we have seen only occasional releases from IT, including the album “Hexagon Cloud” by Ectomorph member Erika Sherman. Of that the first batch of remixes emerged last year, by Marcellus Pittman, Orphx and BMG and now another edition comes with “Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0”.It’s an impressive package without any weak […]

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Ricardo Donoso – As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV061/2)

Since the vinyl debut „Progress Chance” on Digitalis two years ago, Ricardo Donoso has been the label’s highly acclaimed artist and now the Brazilian returns with the newest contribution “As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another”, which is a staggering mix of fragile layers, flaming arpeggios and shuddering bass. The master of synthetic harmonies keeps the one-album-per-year pace and the newest one, out on two separate EPs, exhibits the artist’s poetic and captivating approach to the machine-made music. Current work is his closest to dance canons, or could it be trance canons. Not comparable by BPM rate, the sound […]

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Charles Cohen – Dance Of The Spiritcatchers (Morphosis Reworks) (Morphine Records Redose-2 – 2013)

After opening doors to a number of contemporary electronic explorers, Rabih Beaini of Morphine Records has decided to uncover the works of the American musician Charles Cohen. Apart from artist’s inner circle in hometown Philadelphia there are not so many people who would exclaim oh Cohen, yes we know. The 67-year-old expert of bulky Buchla synthesizers has focused on works for stage and exhibitions but has also teamed up with hair_loss from Metasplice, the link between Cohen and Beaini.Preceding three retrospective albums out on Beaini’s label in October and November, Cohen’s first appearance on Morphine comes with two Morphosis reworks of […]

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Wochtzchée – T400 (Wochtzchée – 2013)

Estonian producer Taavi Tulev is mostly known for his Wochtzchée project and has completed a new digital/CDr EP called “T400”. The textures of the title track indicate electronica sitting in the front row of the release with compositions moving between electronic clicks & cuts and deep modulations. In “Jääkiired / Ice Rays” fragile layers come up, hovering in the distance like aurora borealis in the Northern hemisphere while the shadowy side with some EBM notes appears in “Masinkaja Masinaga / Machine Delay With Machine”, later flowing into comforting electronica. Dissonant “Algusemaiguline lõpp / The End With A Taste Of Beginning” […]

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DJ Deka (terminal313.net) @ Kanala Cafe in Tallinn (June 7, 2013)

Last Friday’s diverse set by DJ Deka played in Kanala Café in Tallinn. The tracklist: Jean Piché – La Mer à l’Aube Panabrite – Index of Gestures Varg – Mount Analogue SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL – TouchRiddim Plant43 – Bioluminiscent Trees Portable – Albatross Model 500 – Ocean To Ocean (Global Mix) Eduardo de la Calle – Quasi Calligraphic Cheap And Deep Productions – Words, Breaths And Pauses Teersom – Tia War Easy Made – A Tin Man – U.R Alva Noto – Uni Acronym (Feat. Anne-James Chaton) Tom Dicicco – Return To Dust Sensurreal – Sideshield Sensurreal – From Subversive Territory NX1 […]

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[PHYSICS] – Spectramorphic Iridescence (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV051 – 2013)

If a release is called “Spectramorphic Iridescence” one can expect commuting in scientific trails between the campus and the physics lab. Especially when the album is by [PHYSICS].Lush synth waves penetrating the room in “Anodyne Dream” are slightly misleading because the following compositions derive from floating wellness music and seek more complex structures.Already “Gender Amplification” opens up to oscillations, swaying drum patterns and broken vocal samples. Short “Random Water” is a melting pot of ambient house and free jazz while synthetic drums in “Isosceles Trapezoid” lead us to indigenous tribes dwelling in “Emerald Forest” or in “Hydrazine”.Synth layers emerge once […]

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Leven Signs – Hemp Is Here (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 – 2013)

Once again I would like to meet Zakaria in Sefrou. On a Friday night when the harira stalls are open in the dusky side streets we bump into each other amid lively noise of the central market. He, with a smile short of some teeth, shows good command of English and fondly recalls the days when Jimi Hendrix was around, and not only him. Zakaria comes from the Moroccan hippie generation and knows the power of guitars and hand claps. We both might not have heard about Leven Signs but it’s never too late to learn about the enticing music […]

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Gnod – Presents..Dwellings & Druss (Trensmat Records TR034 – 2013)

Not many people might have heard about Gnod but the group tells us there is life in Manchester after Happy Mondays and Joy Division. So far residing in the alternative and krautrock camp, the collective from UK Northwest now knocks on the door of strobe-lit clubs with a new pulsating LP.Freshly out on the Irish imprint Trensmat, “Presents..Dwellings & Druss” deviates from the classic Madchester sound as it does in relation to the conventional floor fare, still able to address the techno faction. Playing essentially in the same league with Container and Pete Swanson, the group gives us three tracks filled […]

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White Blush – White Blush EP (self-released – 2012)

Clearly filed under synth-pop, White Blush release smells like Commodore and 808. Originally from Chicago and now hailing from Los Angeles, Carol Rhyu, is obviously fond of vintage gear and neon sounds when she, the mind and soul behind the White Blush, presents a definition of urban daydreaming on the self-titled debut EP.The six-tracker could not have any better start than “True Luv”. Kicking off with a Plastic Noise Experience bassline, the tune essentially rides on sultry synth waves topped with Carol’s misty vocals. The same scheme prevails, along with agile arpeggios, in “Mirror” while pop meets Gothic melancholy in “Jolene”, […]

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