Ancient Methods / Various – The Whip / Eat Like Hawks (RSB 7 – 2009) – 10/10

A procession is dragging their feet in a cobbled street, squeezed between dark and ancient town walls. Hooded beings feel the fatigue in their feet and what is eating them? Are they still in a shock about the execution of a despotic landlord or are they ridden with fear after having learned that the entourage of inquisitors is approaching? Or are they just the believing men in-trance who obediently follow the beat of a mad drummer? On the A-side, Ancient Methods takes us back several centuries and uses medieval-like rhythm patterns that run through the filters of chugging techno. The result is hypnotic […]

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Intergalactic FM

I-Fi veebiraadio CBS.nu sulgemine kuulus kindlasti läinud aasta kehvemate uudiste kilda. Kuid pole viga: juba mõni kuu on töötanud Intergalactic FM, mille kontseptsioon järgib CBSi, kuid veelgi “parem ja värskem”. Muusikat edastakase nüüd kolmest “saatjast”. Esimene pühendatud eelkõige Detroidi tehnole ja elektrole, kus vahevahel kõlab I-Fi ennast, Unit Moebiust, Convextioni, Theo Parrisht, Kraftwerki jne. Teine kanal laseb särada hiiglaslikel diskokeradel, rõhuga 70-80ndate kergetel rütmidel ja ekstaatilistel vokaalidel. Kolmandas on kõige veidram kraam, alates John Carpenteri õudusheliribadest, Krautrockist kuni kosmiliste suminate ja kriiksatusteni. Igaühele midagi.

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Manager 111 – Penthouse Traxx #1.0 (Psycho Thrill PTNE2114 x-tra ltd.ed. – 2008) – 10/10

Psycho Thrill shows signs of life. A Cologne label that has been in business for a decade and attracted several great players from Detroit, for example Thomas Barnett and Optic Nerve. A new signing is Manager 111, or German Andreas Gehm, who has produced a remarkable record to remember from 2008. It’s not a revolution, because especially the A-side’s “My Psychothrill Babe”, obviously inspired by Daniel Bell aka DBX, is like a clone of “Losing Control” and “Baby Judy” with a harder edge. Bass drum kicks all over the record, more on the A-side, and acid sounds that characterize Gehm’s earlier output (as […]

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Bocca Grande – The Bremen Orchestra EP (Mathematics 020) – 8/10

Lugupeetud muusikasõbrad, Ameerika Ühendriikide plaadifirma Matemaatika on toonud teieni instrumentaalansambli Suur Suu uue teose pealkirjaga “Breemeni orkester”. Nimetatud Saksamaa Liitvabariigi sadamalinnast inspireeritud plaat sobib nii kollektiivseteks tantsuõhtuteks kui ka sektsioonkappi paigutatud koduse stereosüsteemiga kuulamiseks… Tänapäeva kõnepruuki naastes tuleb esiteks tõdeda, et tormakamate acidist nakatunud plaatidega tuntuks saanud Mathematics Recordings üllatab. Avapoole “Procedere” on justkui pikk intro Erik Satie valvsa pilgu all – tasapisi jõudu koguv silmatorkamatu biidiga klaveripala ei muutu siiski igavalt lounge’ilikuks. “Adlibitum” jätkab klaveriga, võttes sisse troopilisi salsa või cha-cha-cha elemente.B-poolel töötleb eelnevat Hieroglyphic Being ehk Jamal Moss ägedama loopi ning jackiga. Hoogsalt algav pala jätab mulje, et […]

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90ndate pakike Ebayst

Öeldakse, et Ebay algusaastatel võis sealt hea hinnaga leida üsna haruldasi asju, kuid nüüdseks on ostjate-müüjate teadlikkus tõusnus ja ajad muutunud. Kuid aeg-ajalt tasub sinna kiigata ning mõistliku raha eest mõned plaadid osta. Seega viis uut-vana vinüüli. Esimesena rändas nõela alla 90ndate algupoolel tegutsenud Šoti plaadifirma Limbo ühe põhiartisti Gypsy 12-tolline. “Funk De Fino” on leebem hilisõhtuse house‘i sugemetega rahulik pala, kuid teise poole “Varisuvia” rebib end maast lahti ning laseb valla acidi ning reipa progressiivse biidi. Järgmisena kaks plaati Berliini legendaarselt MFS-plaadifirmalt. Voov läks ajalukku “It’s A Gas” nimelise palaga ning plaadi “Extra Power & Enjoyment” tuleneski ootusest, et […]

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Unenägu

Silmatorkamatu majake Tallinna kesklinna läheduses, esimese korruse paaril aknal sildid “kasutatud riided” ja “20% soodsam”. Astun sisse: pisike ruum, täis hilpe, siin-seal näha kasutatud lokitange, mängunukke ja muud pudipadi, mis lääne majapidamistes üle jäänud ning nüüd teisel ringil. Ühes nurgas ripub rida mantleid ning nende alt paistab mingi kast. Astun lähemale: hmm, mingid plaadid. Kükitan maha ning hakkan igaks juhuks sobrama: kuigi esimesed silma hakkavad artistid on Billy Joel, Sabrina ja Manowar. Sõrmed liiguvad kiiresti, tundub mõttetu kast olevat. Ja järsku: etiketilt on lugeda DBX, Losing Control. Tõepoolest, Peacefrogi all ilmunud kuldne klassik ehtsa minimalismi isalt. Peaaegu ideaalses seisukorras, near […]

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DUST OFF: Frankfurt Trax Vol. 1 (PCP 004) 8/10

In the beginning of the 90’s a hardcore techno factory was based in Frankfurt am Main (FFM), a lot of brain-drilling trax, by dozens of artists hitting the floors from its conveyors. It was revealed only later that one man, Marc Trauner, was behind of most of the monikers and in addition to producing was utterly busy in inventing new and new label and artist names. PCP (Planet Core Productions) was the base of the hardcore. About same time a wave of hard trance swept across Germany, and although the PCP and Harthouse releases, for example, were different like day […]

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Syncom Data – Beyond The Stars (Remixes) (SD Records 05) – 7/10

SD Records, one of the luminaries in the new coming of dub techno with emphasis on the first part of the genre definition, with three remix treatments of “Beyond The Stars”. Speedy J, historical figure behind the floor hymn in praise of to the high-collar knitwear*, makes a powerful apperance on the A-side. He delivers a dark and deep voyage to subconciousness of machines with warped dub effects, clicks and slaps. Nine and a half minutes of the full-on track where BPMs not reach the skies. On B1, Syncom Data does not give much efforts to reinterpret the original but […]

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DUST OFF: Huren – Istropolitana EP (Qube Records 001 – 1999)

Go to google.de, type “Huren” and search for pictures. What you see might be exciting but not related to the real Huren or Dave Foster, a producer known for uncompromising attitude to the music. His greatest success came with the project Teste and the track “The Wipe” (Probe Records) that landed in many compilations and was reissued by Plus 8 some years ago. In the beginning of 1990’s, with fellow Canadian Himadri, Foster produced sci-fi acid and stripped-down minimalist trips (see Perceptrons). Later he moved closer to sinister techno, becoming associated with ultra-tech label Zhark and doing a highly pressurized […]

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