DUST OFF: Regis – Gymnastics (Downwards DNLP2)

As Birmingham warhorses like Regis, Surgeon and Female are back in business, it’s time for a flashback. Gymnastics, a LP by Regis issued in 1996, is a perfect tool to fight obesity. Tight and banging tracks that are based on a metallic loop, serve well for intensive body exercise and guaranteed killing of excess calories. Will not spend any more words on this definition of minimalist hard techno.

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Speedy J / Monoloc – Armstrong / Pumpkin (CLR 031) – 8 and 3/10

Chris Liebing’s label has arrived to the 31st release but this is the very first in my collection. B-side is clearly the downside of this 10-inch: Monoloc serves us a “Pumpkin” that does not taste at all. It’s a common-sounding and dull techno track that’s going nowhere, despite of having a certain portion of metallic funk in it. On the flip, the upside that delivers naked and purist techno by grandmaster Speedy J himself. “Armstrong” is a menacing and deep track with fat basses pumping with confidence. Clearly an achiever, like Neil, the first-man-on-the moon, or Lance, the-man-living-in-the-saddle- whichever Armstrong […]

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Nuel – Untitled (Aquaplano ltd 01) – 7/10

Five untitled tracks on a limited and stickered white-label release. A1 is an animal with teeth of steel: hammering minimal loops remind of earlier Sähkö and Sleeparchive and sweeping acid lines fly all over the place. It’s a hypnotic and massive start but the rest of the EP is easier to digest. Ambient enters the game on A2 where beatless and calm sound textures prevail and I can imagine seagulls nosediving at a secluded beach.Alarmingly, B1 kicks off as another irrelevant minimal house track, with occasional noises and clicks, but then darker bass appears to improve the situation. B2 gives […]

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DUST OFF: The Possessed – Black Blood (PCP 009 – 1992)

Skulls at large again. Planet Core Productions’ (PCP) hardcore machinery plays with breakbeats but manages to create even darker and gloomier atmosphere than in their usual kickdrum-infected rave monsters. The tracks do not suffer under self-imposed speed limit and relative slowness makes them even harder.“Black Blood” is massive: starts with obscure rubbing sequence, followed by fierce breakbeats, symphonic strings and evil voice samples. “Manipulator” quotes a horror movie dubbed in German and then the mass of breakbeats and hoover sounds makes it another intensive trip. On the flip “The Lord Is My Avenger” begins like a meeting of Middle Eastern […]

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Tony Rohr + Dietrich Schoenemann – Stovepipe EP (Nachtstrom Schallplatten 017) – 8/10

A drop-dead serious session by Rohr and Schoenemann, and by their remixing friends. It’s music of November, sounding like the moments when you have stayed inside and hear whirlwind trying to unroof your den. And the weather forecast tells it will not be any better.The original is a creeping and slowly pulsating wall of sound that is built around one central sequence. Metalogic’s dark and trippy remix reminds in some parts of “Times Fade” by Phuture The Next Generation. On the B1 a remix by Alland Byallo who raises the tempo in a version with unoriginal dub techno sounds that […]

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Robert Hood – Alpha / Omega (End Times) (M-Plant M.PM6) – 7/10

Good to have here somebody from the 313 area again. Hood made the comeback of the year in 2009 and is still busy, preparing a new album and current 12-inch gives a preview of what is coming. “Alpha” is a functional techno track but too common-sounding and too long. I would not give more than 5 points of 10.But “Omega” is a killer. Starts with a metallic sequence and then charging drums take the control. It’s a massive monster reminding of classic Detroit and Berlin releases and sucks you in like a vortex. Impressive and makes to wait for his […]

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Lucy & Ercolino – Remixes (Stroboscopic Artefacts 004) – 9/10

Luke Slater, techno man in business for almost 20 years, puts his remixing hands on the track called “Gmork” and does it with passion. Definitely he returns to his roots here with a solid floor stuff and we can forgive him diversions to average-sounding breaks and electro productions (“Wireless”, 1999). Slater is back and delivers an impressive remix where he sends furious ravens to scream around a deserted factory. The track is so many-faceted, like a medley that recalls best sounds of Slater’s career and adds some new. Dadub’s version of “So The Nothing Grows Stronger” is dubby and energetic […]

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DJ Jus-Ed vs. DJ Qu – Real House Music… (Underground Quality 027) – 8/10

Not much innovation was used when this release was titled, the same can be said about the label name, Underground Quality.But here we have a decent four-track EP full of percussive deep house. Qu did the A-side and kicks off with technoid feel in “Runwitit”, a slo-mo and minimal drum composition that reminds of recently reviewed Traversable Wormhole remix of a To Rococo Rot’s “Forwardness“. The next one, “All Across The Floor”,  is a perfectly produced fabric that does not need any ironing and where cool vocal inserts are complemented by catchy keys and horns. Deep house at its best […]

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Cub – C U 1 (CUB 01) – 7/10

A sinister piece that chops your mind like a guillotine. It’s a definition of hardcore techno in 2010: the BPMs do not rush but the atmosphere is utterly dark and impelling. “C U 1” on the A-side is a Spartan journey with straightforward metallic beats and all kind of inhuman sounds. Clinks and clonks are surrounded by impenetrable fog of echoes and buzz that is all over the place. On the flip a remix by UST (Ugandan Speed Trials, I bet) that is not any more digestible and does not let any daylight in either. You get hollow drums as […]

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Ed Solo / JFB – Age Of Dub / Resident Evil (Sludge 001) – 7/10

In the beginning of 1990’s Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia filled global dancefloors with a captivating trance hymn called “Age of Love”, produced under the moniker of same name. The number of different releases and reissues of this single competes already with some songs of The Beatles.The first release of the label Sludge awakes memories with a bass version of “Age of Love” on the A-side. Eddie Bickley takes all the credit for producing the piece without referring to two Italians. Even somebody having an object stuck in the ear would recognize that it’s a remix of the club classic, […]

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