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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Emad Parandian – Marangai Waikawa (Haknam 01) – 8/10

The name Parandian may sound Armenian but the artist here is a  Universität der Künste student from Berlin with a heritage of folk music and classics. A-side is a percussive, synth- and FX-filled voyage in a dark tunnel with barking echoes and a remote tribalistic chorus – here and there it makes you slightly shiver. Despite of being somewhat faster and closer to dub techno, in a DJ mix the track would sound well alongside Cheap and Deep Productions. B-side is an upbuilding ryhthm collage with reverbs and mystic voice processing. The track on the flip, “Scud“, serves anxiety: ghostly […]

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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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Mr Raoul K – Mystic Things (Baobab Secret 1002) – 8/10

Raoul K, hailing from Côte d’Ivoire and Hamburg, presents a new gem of his (sub-)label. While Baobab’s first, “Le Cercle Peul” from 2008, was a smooth and unpretentious tribal house then especially the A-side of current outing is a fierce voodoo. More industrial than house, reminding of Jamal Moss’s rougher productions. Title track that is co-produced by Lopazz hits you with lunatic synth drums, native instruments and eating basslines. It’s not admiring the beauty of the nature in a jungle, it’s Abidjan’s vibrant downtown.B-side’s “No Food No Groove” is a different story. At least the beginning that greets us with […]

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Jeff Mills – Untitled (Something In The Sky 002) – 9/10

SITS 002 is an extraordinary release. It’s the first Mills production in ten years that lands in my collection (the previous one was “Metropolis”), although his early catalogs of Axis, Purpose Maker and Tresor are well represented in the shelf. “The Purpose Maker EP” and “Waveform Transmissions Vol. 1” still give goosebumps. Secondly, the current one is, indeed, an exceptionally good release. Spins around a UFO theme that is part of the larger concept of this recently founded label. On the A-side you find very Millsian, perfectly calibrated jet techno that makes the aliens stretch the aerials and will be […]

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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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Emptyset – Emptyset (Caravan Recordings CVAN010 – 2009)

There is a tunnel. And there is light at the end of it. Or is it the Black Hole when Emptyset takes us to the world of shades? Starting with hardly audible hum “Aleph”, the A-side is filled with evil growling of machines that accelerate slowly – pitching 33 RPM record up would help those who are in need of more speed. And am I the only one to perceive in “Gate 1” fragments from “Flash” by Fix and “Sharevari” by A Number of Names? “Beyond” is less depressed but still keeps the tensions alive with hypnotising determination. C1 or “Completely Gone” is […]

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DUST OFF: Digital Justice – Theme From: Its All Gone Pearshaped (Fragile Records 14 – 1996)

A release from the year 1996 that gives a meaning to the name of Transmat sublabel – two fragile and long sound excursions that hover between ambient and trance. In fact, it’s pure and deep chord-driven Detroit techno like we know from John Beltran or Aril Brikha. With only one difference: drum machines were not taken into the recording studio, although four grown-up British fellows behind the Digital Justice project wouldn’t have any trouble to carry the gear. But they coped perfectly without beats and created a 34-minute record that would easily qualify as a LP. The title track was […]

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