Matti Turunen – Elokuu EP (Muhk Music MK001 – 2012)

Release date is in November 2012 Matti Turunen, one half of the electro duo Morphology, celebrates the launch of Muhk Music with a three-tracker which adds another contender to the ongoing challenge about Detroit’s outposts in Europe. Surely, the North can do it too, Turunen from Finland assures in this new EP on a label run from Sweden. The man from Järvenpää uses hardware to record in one take, lending a genuine feel to the music. The title track “Elokuu”, which means August, is like about remnants of the summer, but even when leaves start falling from the trees these warm […]

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John Tejada – The Predicting Machine (Kompakt 267 – 2012)

In the last decade John Tejada’s productivity was something to match, making it pretty difficult to keep track of his numerous publications. Compared to the previous he moves at a considerably slower pace, with not so tense schedule and has found a new home label with Kompakt, where he released LP “Parabolas” last year.For “The Predicting Machine” the question was if it is not too predictable? Because of Kompakt’s recent shift to pop-electronica, I had the fear of being encountered with a compromise product. The tonality of the LP is rather smooth but all other worries are largely unfounded. Emotionally […]

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Arcanoid – Migration To Nowhere (SEMANTICA Z – 2012)

Arcanoid is a trusted player in Semantica’s roster and presents an all-around first aid kit consisting of different sub-genres of the electronic music. Born as Luis Cantalapiedra Vázquez and having spun music under the name of DJ Muerto, experienced producer from Spain can look back to a few releases on Madrid label and returns in style with “Migration To Nowhere”. The end is the beginning: ambient-minded introduction “Time To Die” is for meditative moments in Arizona wasteland, but thereafter black Dr Martens are worn in “Espora”, a mix of electro, IDM and EBM influences, which might track back to Aracanoid’s […]

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Architectural – Looking Ahead / Peacetime (SEMANTICA 40)

Rating: 7/10 In March, Semantica’s constant flow of new releases continues with Architectural’s two-tracker. Unlike Developer’s “Trade Beliefs“, the single by Juan Rico refrains from dark drones and pounding loops while still addressing the floor.A-side’s crisp “Looking Ahead” is launched with growling bass and offers thriving arpeggios, but the scenery is disturbed by a too extended atmospheric break in the middle, making the track feel unfinished. “Peacetime”, in turn, is a solid chunk of techno, which reminds of earlier Axis and Joey Beltram output. Again bass-heavy banger in the start, it obtains dubbier features with bright chord-driven conclusion. A proper […]

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Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (R & S Records RS 1108)

Rating: 9/10 Blawan got the message: If the label’s slogan says In order to dance, one has to come with a dance record. Having sprayed Si Begg’s and Cristian Vogel’s historical techno funk with large blobs of acid, out comes a distinctive release to be sent through big systems during Notting Hill carnival.Timidity is not something for Blawan as he enters the saloon with doors banging. “What You Do With What You Have” uses a vocal sample by Moodymann for a non-deep-house, but acidified analog monster. On the flip, in “Vibe Decorium” abrasive beats get some extra weight, feeling well […]

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DUST OFF: Andre Holland – City Of Fear (UR.032 – 1995)

A classic that perfectly represents Underground Resistance’s sound aesthetics from the mid-1990s. In the label’s catalog it might look a bit underrated, but in fact offers three tracks of pure excellence by Andre Holland aka The Infiltrator. For the start comes meditative electro in “City Of Fear”, themed for a situation when the crime is lurking in the streets where machine guns and police alarms can’t be overheard. But the track does not carry any brutality, is just asking in a subtle manner why? “Inversions” steps away from grim feelings and turns the face to the sun, with merrier chords and […]

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Sandwell District – Sandwell District CD (FFCD01)

Rating: 8/10 Without Sandwell District, the year of techno 2010 would have been unimaginable. Regis, Function and Juan Mendez, quality producers in the battlefields of electronic music, were teasing the crowds throughout the year and as a culmination did an awesome album. The vinyl was sold out virtually in a few minutes and therefore a CD is most welcome. It’s not just the vinyl album in digital format because includes different versions and remixes.Those familiar with SD know what to expect. Overall atmosphere is closer to ambient than floor techno but it’s not a “quiet” album. For example, two versions […]

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Vindicatrix – Hume / Unborn Vectors (Mordant Music 045) – 10/10

You can’t expect something ordinary from Mordant Music. “Hume” walks on the borderline of real and imaginary world, presenting first a theatrical performance by an uncredited and dramatic vocalist (Vindicatrix?) who is doing it in Fritz Ostermayer style. Electro-acoustic composition and sleepy bass serve as backdrop. This is for the first half of the A-side. Without interruption we move on to technoid part that is welcomed by cheering crowd and thereafter mixed with some drops of acid, to make your feet move.“Unborn Vectors” is another vocal performance, assisted by orchestral arrangements, various bass facets and percussion elements. At mid-track it […]

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Various – Generator: Broadcast In Hi-Tech (Generator 031) – 7/10

After a hiatus of almost 15 years, if not to count some occasional releases, Detroit’s Generator Records is trying a new push. The label presents a compilation that contains both seasoned and rookie producers. In total eight tracks of tech house mainly, with some deviations to harder or jazzier sides. A tougher start when Abstract Science (“The Grinder”) debuts with a brave techno groover, followed by Andy Rantzen‘s (“The Kiss”) commonplace tech-house with jazzy angle.The label boss Alan Oldham contributes, in addition to sleeve illustrations, as T-1000 with chords driven tech-house (“Detroitism”). Terrence Dixon, master of minimalism and monotony, drops […]

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Marco Bernardi – Ist Das (Dirty Planet 003) – 10/10

Prepare yourself for a ride. “I Feel The Lies” flies with time machine to the days of acid house. True to best traditions of 80’s Chicago, the track spins around bubbling sounds and thumping beats, with the vocal part done by electro legend Keith Tucker. Cool, Aux 88 front man in a totally new role. Exium has mastered a remix of “Giro”, delivering thus the best techno track of 2010, in my humble opinion. Millsian jingles and darkly pounding four-to-the-floor arrangement is exceptionally good. Exium’s 2006 release “Unemotional” was my first encounter with the Spaniards – those who have not […]

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