REVIEW: Morah – #006 (Vanila VNL 006 – 2017)

The sixth release on Greek label Vanila offers a hefty dose of wild rituals from Morah’s distorted mind. With sluggish but hammering percussion, it delivers a rhythmic noise masterclass with plenty of obscured vocal samples. Unless you are in favour of ultra-slow versions, the vinyl has to be played at 45 RPM and even then it tends to insist a higher pitch. The tempo is actually a secondary issue because of vast amount of roughness found in the record. The A-side’s “Arpyies” is about savage, chugging rhythm and abnormal moaning from the mouth of creatures on GMO diet and its […]

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REVIEW: Erik Van Den Broek – Expressed (De:tuned ASG/DE014 – 2017)

Shiver Records from Haarlem, Netherlands was one of the furious labels in the nineties and techno mag Frontpage suspected there could have been a high level of acid contamination in the city’s drinking water. It tells a thing about Erik van den Broek who was behind the label and the project called Shiver. Actually he ran a few dozens of monikers, his acid project Essit Muzique being another one that has caught my attention. So much about the history: Van den Broek’s comeback on the Belgian retro-minded outlet De:tuned offers unreleased material where the nineties are presented from a different […]

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REVIEW: 400PPM – Fit For Purpose (Avian AVNLP004 – 2017)

Shawn O’Sullivan aka 400PPM lets the listener to decide the purpose of his new album. All eleven cuts are far from abstract, dark noisescapes often heard on Avian in recent times but it’s not a pure ‘dance’ album either when predominant modular monotony is topped with multiple layers and references to the decades of electronic music history. When bearing in mind the floor factor, suitable picks are “Metabolic Grift” with processed voice on a shuffled thud, which would appeal to an apache in astral mode and “8.069” that sounds like a tribute to Nitzer Ebb. For heavier, Pan Sonic-type crusher “Sintered Bauxite” is a choice. Of different […]

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REVIEW: Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica (Tresor Records TRESOR295 – 2017)

Several hours of dub techno exposure at an abandoned anti-aircraft base was not enough in a white summer night that now lies about 17 years behind. When driving home from the party at the daybreak, Porter Ricks’ album “Biokinetics” was the perfect choice to keep the vibe of a dark gigantic hangar, with “Nautical Dub”, “Port Of Gentil” and other tracks that had helped to immortalise Chain Reaction in the electronic music industry. About 17 years later, dub techno overlords Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig are returning to the LP format to quench the thirst for deep, crackling textures. Being Porter Ricks and announcing a new album after a longer […]

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TECHNO & TRANCE: Boston 168, Peter Eilmes, Eloim, Peter van Hoesen

‘Trance’ has been both a severely misunderstood and abused genre, mostly standing for euphoric, full-on fare that mushroomed in the nineties. Leaving aside the substances related to the scene, trance has a deserved position in the dance music history. Difficult to say if we are facing a revival but some recent releases carry elements of quality trance.   Boston 168 – 90’s Space EP (Enemy Ltd ENEMY 033 – 2017) Plenty of acid from the Italian duo and smoke machine can be smelled in the title cut recalling the Djax-Up days. In “Interstellar” and “Orbit” the heart rate of Harthouse […]

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NEW VINYL: DJ T-1000, Inga Mauer, Silicon

DJ T-1000 – The Polymath EP (Third Ear – 2017) A strong reminder from Alan Oldham that he is not only an illustrator much in demand for sleeve designs, but a techno producer of experience. Already in the nineties, his Generator Records stood for Detroit’s rougher sound, with an impressive roster. Oldham has relaunched the DJ T-1000 alias with “The Polymath EP”, offering on the A-side no-nonsense classic techno. With thematic voice samples, the track “Liquid Metal” could be DJ T-1000’s anthem of the decade and especially the exclamation ‘I’m back’ in “Shapeshifters” may tell a bit about the future intentions. The B-side’s “Air Berlin” […]

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RETRO: Insync Vs Mysteron – Untitled (10th Planet ‎TP001 – 1994)

Insync Vs Mysteron was a nineties project that saw three British musicians collaborating on various occasions, including the album “Android Architect” (1997) and a few EPs on their own 10th Planet imprint, as well as on the labels such as Plink Plonk, Peacefrog, Fat Cat. Lee Purkis was doing the In Sync part and Mysteron consisted of Chris Hartley and David Manuel. Their active period lasted up to the year 1997 when both 10th Planet and the collabs were shut down. Almost a decade later Purkis, one of the original members of the famed Fat Cat record shop, returned with a […]

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Mika Vainio (1963-2017)

Devastated about Mika Vainio’s accidental passing at a too young age of 53. It goes without saying that his and Sähkö crew’s footprint in the electronic music has been immense. My first Mika Vainio experience was of mystic kind. In the beginning of 1993, I was studying in Tartu, Southern Estonia, which was all fine except it was clearly outside the coverage area of Finnish FM stations that were actually my preferred source for new music when living in the Northern part of Estonia. There was no chance to receive the broadcast of Radiomafia, a station for pop, rock and […]

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Techno promos: black., Konstrukt, Subapical, Taapion

J. Lydén – 4.44 (black008 – 2017) A strong release from black., a label run by Albert Williams who drops a remix for the EP by J.Lydén, a Finnish newcomer with a sound close to fellow hardliners Tuomas Rantanen and Boner M. In “4.44”, the highlight is Judas’s supercharged dash with stinging stabs hinting to Mike Parker.     Svreca & Retina.it / Nuel – KONSTRUKT 005 (KON005 – 2017) Spanish-Italian connection on the Dutch imprint Konstrukt where Svreca’s and Retina.it’s collabs offer simple, ethereal functionality with machine whispers. On the other side, Nuel’s “Luna” is a more granular affair touched […]

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DUST OFF: Technoraid (March 31, 1992) by Deka & Free

T99’s “Anasthasia” was one of tracks played when Deka & Free, a two-man operation of tape-jockeys, debuted on March 31, 1992 in the club of the University of Tartu, Estonia. I was ‘Deka’, not Terminal 313 yet, and with Free our mission was to introduce new sounds to the crowd in the student club basement, to offer something different from the chartbreakers and oldies mostly played at the venue. ‘Techno’ was the keyword but our understanding about the thing was quite vague, as we hadn’t heard even anything about Cybotron, Juan Atkins or Phuture yet. In this respect, the present day […]

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