Surgeon – Fabric 53 (fabric105) – 8/10

Buying a DJ mix on CD sounds pretty moronic when the web offers zillions on podcasts for free. An exception can be made if both the form and content offer good vibes, like here. Metal-case release belongs to the series launched by the London club Fabric in 2001 and current mix session comes from Birmingham’s techno don Surgeon who kicks off with a field recording in the Tokyo underground. What follows is a patchwork of drums and loops that is sewn together with almost imperceivable borders between the tracks. It’s more sound processing than a mix and in accordance with the […]

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Various – Groove 126/CD35 – 6/10

The kiosk version of Groove comes always with a CD promoting the cover boys & girls of the magazine and their upcoming or recent releases. The labels in the autumn issue of 2010 are mostly the usual suspects like Kompakt, Border Community, Dial, Ovum, etc. No mind blowing tracks here but some pretty good finds along the music I have heard thousands of times.The start is brilliant: Cologne’s big band Cologne Tape is featured with the opener of their excellent single “Render“. Good one also from the French Circus Company – dOP comes with a funky orchestra-sounding arrangement along androgynous […]

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Various – The Soft House Experience Vol. 1 (Mathematics 038) – 8/10

A beautiful release from Chicago to herald the arrival of the summer. “Low Low’s Odyssey” by Soulomon (LOWLOW Remix) is bright and lovely synthetic house that does not lack intensity. Equipment sings and smooth layers take off one after another. A melodic storytelling about heroes who have won the seas and conquered lands. For The Exaltics and “Moments In Time” you have to switch from 33 to 45 rpm, unless you prefer a lazy-beat stuff. The track is more bass driven, a bit cosmic composition with all bulletproof deep house elements.Florin Büchel’s sunny “Stargazer” covers the B-side with strings and […]

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Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash (Dekmantel 002) – 8/10

Juju & Jordash are Gal Aner and Jordan Czamanski, two Amsterdam residents who met for the first time in Haifa at end-1990s, have produced their first longplayer that is colorful like a greengrocer’s stand at a Jewish market. The self-titled album kicks off with “Deep Blue Meanies“, an easy-going tune with hit potential walking down the house boulevard with a hint of bleep in the mind. Then comes “Jugdish” that seeks entry into a chill out room and showcases Middle East roots with folk instruments and occasional piano. After the B-side of melodic deep house for joyful late night clubbing, we get […]

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Cheap And Deep Productions – Words, Breaths And Pauses (Cheap and Deep 01) – 10/10

The snowbanks outside provide inspiration to compare this release with an avalanche. It’s as powerful and overwhelming but, unlike the unharnessed power of the nature, this experience is taking you over in slower motion – till you find yourself buried under it.The first, title track, has mechanic beats as well as Uta Adler’s breaths and pauses. You sit like on board of an icebreaker pushing through a frozen sea with engines under heavy pressure; vibration and chugging goes to the bone. Supremacy of the machines par excellence that we hear also on the B1-track “Tight” with ghostly echoes and voices. […]

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Various – Music From Mathematics Vol. 1 (Mathematics Recordings 030) – 8/10

Chicago v. 2.0 – this label of Poindexter and Moss carries proudly the flame that was lit in the 80’s in Windy City, and they excel both in yield and quality. Current compilation has again picked up various musical influences and starts with Sir KaTie and “Shout” that speaks to all Tears For Fears fans and brings up great memories. DM’s familiar chords are soon overrun by a disoriented jam session where we could hear pieces of “Robots”.  Marcello Napoletano’s “Space Voodoo” is dashing soundtrack for congregations of wild tribes, a stylish tribal piece guided by snare drum. On the […]

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DUST OFF: Huren – Istropolitana EP (Qube Records 001 – 1999)

Go to google.de, type “Huren” and search for pictures. What you see might be exciting but not related to the real Huren or Dave Foster, a producer known for uncompromising attitude to the music. His greatest success came with the project Teste and the track “The Wipe” (Probe Records) that landed in many compilations and was reissued by Plus 8 some years ago. In the beginning of 1990’s, with fellow Canadian Himadri, Foster produced sci-fi acid and stripped-down minimalist trips (see Perceptrons). Later he moved closer to sinister techno, becoming associated with ultra-tech label Zhark and doing a highly pressurized […]

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