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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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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