REVIEW: RX-101 – EP1 (Suction Records suction032 – 2016)

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At the end of 1990s, Suction Records garnered much support for its synth and wave magic from Lowfish, Skanfrom, Mitgang Audio and others. Although in the last decade, the label from Toronto has been less in the limelight, it recently brought out a few notable records from the EBM and industrial angle, including new material by Celldöd from Sweden and a set of remixes of “Work Terminal”, a vintage track of Toronto’s legendary group Digital Poodle. Suction’s newest discovery Erik Jong is from the Netherlands – a survivor of warehouse techno era who has opened his bedroom producer’s archives under the RX-101 […]

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REVIEW: Reade Truth – A Bump Of House (Path Records Path-009 – 2016)

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Reade Truth is an offspring of Big Apple’s legendary Sonic Groove and a true American techno hero. Maybe not as lauded as NYC fellows Adam X or Frankie Bones, the producer with civil name Reade White has been equally keen in spreading the message of electronic music since the beginning from the nineties. Given his experience Truth can be called ‘a veteran’ – a notion that would rather recognise efforts in the past than today. But with “A Bump Of House” on his own Path Records, Truth has completed a secret weapon for 2016 that serves both the techno and house factions. […]

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REVIEW: Jack Murphy – Knowing Something 1 (KS 1 – 2016)

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After only three solo EPs – on Frozen Border sublabel Reference and Don’t Be Afraid’s Special Editions series – San Francisco resident Jack Murphy has decided to become a music publisher and launches his own Knowing Something imprint with a self-titled EP. The label debut can be only conditionally called techno because Murphy’s less-is-more approach aims at gentle, transparent sounds and if we were in mid-2000s, he could act as a saviour in the otherwise challenging post-minimal phase. The A-side opener “Haze” excels in mildness from percussion to textures of aquatic kind, in an exhibit of crisp, snappy minimalism. With delicate pads […]

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Terminal 313 for Lower Parts mix

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In recent years, Lower Parts has become one of my favourite labels that has not only engaged international talents but also boosted a new generation of electronic producers from native Greece. When the label founder Panajiotis aka Asty Tekk asked me for a mix I felt really honoured. Now the result is available on Lower Parts Soundcloud: you are welcome to check my home-made mix and also the label’s past and upcoming releases. The tracklist is included below.     Abe Duque – Endorsements (Abe Duque Records) Planetary Assault Systems – Gruve (Peacefrog) Fred Giannelli – Sorcery (Telepathic) Bernard Badie – Time […]

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REVIEW: Dez Williams – The (Vanta Series VANTA 001 – 2016)

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Acidbanger, yes it is. The opener of Dez Williams’s recent twelve that launched Killekill’s new Vanta Series is a 303-based onslaught with ripples of human voice and biting synth squeaks that promise floor domination. The next track “Hornet Tea” is equally caustic with tidal waves caused by drilling groove while “Offonone” is howling at the full moon in the condition of serious cerebral malfunction. With this tight package Williams, who runs own Elektronik Religion label and maintains a studio in Holy Island, a piece of land off of the coast of North Wales, is showing his skills in doing rabid tracks but he is well […]

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DUST OFF: VCF – Neon EP (Magnetic North magnet 005 – 1993)

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Since early nineties, Russ Gabriel has been a driving force of the UK techno scene. He’s mostly known as the founder of Ferox Records, a label that is still around after more than two decades and just released Cottam’s new EP. Latest addition to Gabriel’s own immense catalogue was a recent split twelve with Steevio and it’s even difficult to count all his works under various guises. While Ferox mostly represented intelligent and in good sense funky techno, Gabriel’s own tracks spanned to harsher sounds too. A good example is “Neon EP” from 1993 under the VCF moniker on Dave Clarke’s Magnetic North, a label that has […]

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REVIEW: Komarken Electronics – Expanded Consciousness (Brokntoys BT 15 – 2016)

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Brokntoys is not taking any breathers: after recent twelves by IPTWDIP and London Modular Alliance, the UK label resumes the stream of splendid electro releases with “Expanded Consciousness” by the Swedish act Komarken Electronics. Along with an album on Stilleben, an EP on Solar One Music and appearances on various other labels, Komarken Electronics has a number of self-released tunes under his belt but still the artist from the Swedish small town Kungälv could be considered as rather unknown in the electro world. However, writing tracks since 2006 means a remarkable experience that is reflected in the new twelve. Gentle pads are flickering in the […]

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REVIEW: Eomac – Bedouin Trax (Bedouin Records BDNX 001 – 2016)

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Ethnic music has served as a source of inspiration for many artists and when speaking about Arabic flavour in electronica, the most merited producer might have been late Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze. Radical both in his pro-Arabic views and sound writing, Jones contributed to the evolution of a particular subgenre without targeting too clearly the dance nation. Merging Oriental influences with synthetic beats is not a formula of success itself, because it requires creativeness and insight that is now available from Ian McDonnell aka Eomac, also known as one half of the Irish duo Lakker. The author of several notable tracks in recent years (my favourite is a remix […]

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REVIEW: Shifted – Drifting Over (Drifting Over DRFT001 – 2016)

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Previously I have covered a few Avian releases but surprisingly this is my first review of Shifted’s solo work. Long overdue for sure, because the label founder Guy Brewer, whose real identity was carefully protected for many years, belongs to the elect group of today’s techno producers and his tracks are an obvious choice for DJ sets. After feeling tempted to cover his previous twelve “Six Steps To Resurgence”, the first release on Brewer’s new label Drifting Over is a real deal when the UK artist is going to challenge prevailing techno patterns with the material written three years ago. Shifted’s four tracks at 130 BPM are straightforward […]

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REVIEW: Various – Inversions 001 (INV001 – 2016)

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For a moment, the world goes upside down in the first, various artists release from Inversions which is Power Vacuum’s new sublabel. What is expected to be another night out in the company of synthetic beat worshippers turns to a vintage-minded party to trigger enthusiastic exclamations from mature audiences and their sympathisers in music. And good so. Everything seems under the control during the first half of Cavern Of Anti-Matter’s “Bring The Hiss (Version)”. Although it’s not quite the parent label’s standard fare – such as acidic squeeze by EDMX or rowdy electro by Cylob – the track still opens as a retro techno hardware slammer from the 1990s […]

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