Discoverer – Tunnels (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV044 – 2012)

“Tunnels” would not be a stranger in a living room where the father-in-law proudly demonstrates a worn-out copy of Tangerine Dream and, with a sad note in his voice, recalls bygone times. To cheer him up and add some Christmas touch to the atmosphere, just give a spin to the recent album on Digitalis.Despite of running a roster of lesser known artists the label from Tulsa does nothing accidental. With “Tunnels” they continue explorations in the vastness of synth-based music with a new artist from Kansas City.Behind Discoverer is Brandon Knocke who admits the passion for former times, going back to the 1980s […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Secret Thirteen Mix 042 (2012)

There are thorns in the beds of roses knows Camella Lobo when presents a new mix for the Lithuanian webzine Secret Thirteen. Known as the musical partner of Juan Mendez in Tropic Of Cancer, Lobo expresses her fondness for the industrial and wave scene across the years. The tracklist features  a number of darkside fiends like Silent Servant, Raime, Rene Hell, Collin Gorman Weiland, Chris & Cosey, Demdike Stare, and, of course, Tropic Of Cancer.

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10/2012: Terrence Dixon, Matti Turunen, War Easy Made

Detroit’s Terrence Dixon is the undisputed champion of the Terminal 313 Juno Chart for October. Both the vinyl and CD versions of the “From The Far Future Pt. 2” are strong statements about the persistence of Detroit’s traditions and Dixon’s distinctive programming.On the second spot is Muhk Music, a new label based in Sweden,  which made a brilliant debut with Matti Turunen‘s “Elokuu”.No idea why War Easy Made is called as it is but the German label treats the dark techno faction with sub-bass in “The Internecine Truth”. Metasplice from Philadelphia, USA tests on Morphine Records again the cyborg ballroom with “Decant”. […]

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Altar Eagle – Nightrunners (Digitalis DIGIV047 – 2012)

Altar Eagle. At first instance there was something uncanny in the name, good for a grim species overlooking humble crowd in a sanctuary, feeling very Gothic.The truth is the opposite when the duo consisting of Brad Rose and his wife Eden Hemming Rose have completed a beautiful pop album in the sidelines of running ever-surprising Digitalis label.The first impression of “Nightrunners” is that it’s made of the same fabric as Paco Sala’s recent debut LP on Digitalis: The same harmonic synth and smudged guitar setup combined with sultry female voice sounded very familiar. However Altar Eagle is operating on the next […]

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Giant Claw – Mutant Glamour (Orange Milk Records OM-GCMGLP – 2012)

From the world of Looney Tunes, B-movies and mythological heroes comes Giant Claw, offering audible pulp fiction with a fine artwork LP. Better not to have illusions it’s a dance record. In “Mutant Glamour” confessed synth maniac Keith Rankin exposes the restless side of his brain for chaotic, mostly three-minute mutations.Giant Claw proclaims doing sound collages and as a result we get synth riffs and rhythm splinters in excess, with “Mutant Glamour” describing precisely the nature of the release: Chopped, pickled, cooked and blended 8-bit sounds.Exceptions in terms of floor potential are “L.A. Christ” and the longest track “Trapped In […]

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Ricardo Donoso – Assimilating The Shadow (Digitalis DIGIV046 – 2012)

With the first album “Progress Chance” Ricardo Donoso, born in Rio de Janeiro and living in Boston, propelled into the consciousness of synth-crazy audience with anti-gravitational tunes for inner-self explorations. So after the splendid debut Donoso might have felt pressure in anticipation of “Assimilating The Shadow”.Adoring the debut, the second LP has been for me the most-awaited Digitalis release this year, and have to say that the result is astonishing again.Donoso continues to paint luminescent soundscapes, offering throughout “Assimilating The Shadow” meditative moments for a soundtrack of optic illusions. Actually no weak links on the vinyl double pack of 10 […]

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DUST OFF: Cluster – Cluster 71 (Water water160 – 2006)

In 1971 Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Plank shocked the schlager nation with an utterly experimental piece of music called “Cluster”. It was the debut of the group of the same name and an important milestone of the pre-Kraftwerk era.Difficult to believe this three-track album of pulsating drones and irrational synth lines dates back more than 40 years. Certainly not a dance record, it just provides the insight into the vision and abilities of the masters of analog equipment.The album was reissued in 1980 under the name “Cluster ’71” and recent years have seen a number of the group’s […]

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Powell – Body Music EP (Diagonal DIAG002 – 2012)

Diagonal is a rather new imprint, now presenting the second release with “Body Music”. Still have to find out who is Powell, the label founder and artist behind the new EP, but he’s leaving embossed footprints. Clearly it reminds of some prominent figures from the past, especially of DAF, which is not the Dutch truck manufacturer but epochal new wave group Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. Can imagine Gabi Delgado swaying on the stage in the title track “Body Music” while also “Grand Street” and “Nude” are good for some pogo. “Search” is a slow-motion bass & drone intercepting secrets behind the […]

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Bronze Age – Antiquated Futurism (Bed Of Nails NAIL 002 – 2012)

Those finding Dominick Fernow’s electronic crusades too byzantine might seek comfort in (or on) Bed Of Nails, a new label set up by the Vatican Shadow fellow. After inaugural “September Cell” by the label curator, clearly appealing to the out-of-box dancefloor, the second slot allocated to Bronze Age confirms the label’s ambitions to blend techno, industrial and experimental for some marvelous techno-boogie.Bronze Age is a new act by Kris Lapke, so far hiding behind the names Alberich and Louder Than Life, in addition contributing to nerve damages at Hospital Productions.His “Antiquated Futurism”, a three-tracker on 45 RPM, gets a jump […]

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Various – Estcon 2012 (Trash Can Dance TCD212012 – 2012)

Once a year Estonian sci-fi and horror fans meet at Estcon to spend a few days in the nature with beer and fantasy. The focus is on literature and storytelling, but these good folks with expanded cultural horizon like the music too. This year all participants were eligible for “Estcon 2012”, a two-CDR compilation, 150 copies issued on Trash Can Dance label.With 34 tracks and more than two hours of playtime it’s a sizable package and offers many interesting finds. In fact, it was a great listening experience and gives faith in the present and future of Estonian alternative music.The […]

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