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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REVIEW: Yuji Kondo – Faces Past (10 Label TEN005 – 2017)

In this decade, Yuji Kondo has been one of Japanese techno illuminates, operating either under his own name, as Ducerey Ada Nexino or taking part in various collaborations, including Steven Porter – Kondo’s project with fellow countryman Katsunori Sawa, and not an actual person as I thought a while ago. To the present day we had to wait for Kondo’s first album that has now appeared on his and Sawa’s imprint 10 Label. Kondo’s LP is crafted with skill and intuition for sounds that are feeding the imagination. Entire album is placed under the veil of surrealism with only a few 4/4 […]

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REVIEW: Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks (Mote-Evolver MOTELP03 – 2017)

Dating back to the early 1990s, Planetary Assault Systems has been Luke Slater‘s project for functional tracks ever since. In “The Light Years Reworks” acclaimed techno troopers are overhauling several P.A.S. goodies from the past, the seminal “Planetary Funk” that appeared on Peacefrog from 1993 to 1999 being a central source for remix interventions. The triple pack released on Slater’s own Mote-Evolver imprint is far from being just another rehash of old school era. Slater himself comes up with three live edit or reworks of which “Surface Noise”, the original being vintage of 1996, is hardly leaving anybody unharmed. Tense, […]

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REVIEW: Kovyazin D & Moralez – The Night Watch (Eidetic EIDE02 – 2017)

In recent years, Brokntoys has been a trusted platform for inspirational electro, often in its melodic form, and now the label expands the horizon with a techno-inclined offshoot called Eidetic. The sublabel’s first physically available release is the second by the catalogue numbers and comes from Russian producers Kovyazin D, who has previously been part of M>O>S and Chiwax roster, and Moralez, co-founder of the St Petersburg based label Mosaique and co-operator of a club of the same name. The duo has succeeded in creating a stimulating four-tracker that is linked to Chicago-bred acid house and The Hague’s synth mania […]

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REVIEW: Black Merlin – Proto World EP (Berceuse Heroique BH036 – 2017)

In its beginnings, Berceuse Heroique (BH) looked like an adolescent rebel aimed at shocking everyone around. In addition to sowing disorder with harsh, nonconformist sounds the London label was notorious for provocative visuals that went beyond any taste. Still it feels quite the same when – after a break since Marco Bernardi’s hypnotic “The Dancing Clowns” – I’ve added two new BH releases to my collection. The sleeve art of Black Merlin’s “Proto World” – a long EP with over 25 minutes of playtime – sets the tone for the opening title track, which is ghastly enough to imagine a […]

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DUST OFF: Brian Aneurysm, Leo Anibaldi, Cheap Knob Gags

An overview of recent Discogs buys.     Brian Aneurysm – Propaganda (Iron Box Music IBOX014 – 2005) In mid-noughties I had some interest in Iron Box, a minimal label of better kind, which was run by Vienna-born US resident Bernhard Pucher aka Brian Aneurysm. Although being silent since 2008, the label had a few decent releases prior to that. “Propaganda” is a four-tracker where the main theme is expressed both in the sleeve design and voice samples by bloody dictators and wartime broadcasts. Dry funk of the outstanding title cut reminds of the output once heard on superb minimal label Boogizm and musically […]

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