Martyn – Remixes by Ben Klock / Illum Sphere (3024-007) – 10/10

‘It’s brilliant’, have all smart guys have known since January 2010 when this release came out with two reworks of “Is This Insanity?”, the first track of Martyn’s album “Great Lengths”. And yes, this twelve is insane. First we find ourselves in a state of vacuum where clonking and creaking beats are the only companions till Spaceape enters the stage with suggestive voice to grab all attention. Spaceape’s qualities are just amazing and if nobody should say he’s mimicking Maxi Jazz of Faithless. Without the narration, the Ben Klock remix would have been a well-working but quite ordinary techno track. Now the best ingredients of the […]

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Uku Kuut – I Don’t Have To Cry / Vision Of Estonia (UQ 001) – 10/10

For a review about Uku Kuut’s album “Vision Of Estonia” (2012), please click here. The sounds of the seven-inch are going right under the skin and it might be easily vintage funk and soul, rooted in American cities like New York or Chicago. But Peoples Potential Unlimited (PPU), a label from Washington DC, has found an hidden gem produced in Sweden by two exiled Estonians in 1984, Uku Kuut* [oo-cooh cooth] and his mother, in 1984. The title track, “I Don’t Have To Cry”, is cozy synthesizer funk with smooth vocals and slight vocoder. Even more I like jazzy funk instrumental “Vision […]

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Mark Ernestus Vs. Konono N° 1 – Masikulu Dub (CNG 2) – 10/10

The first release of the label Congotronics was day and sun, this is night and moon. Much darker atmosphere here as Hard Wax head honcho Mark Ernestus has filtered original Congolese composition by Konono N° 1 into pulsating drum tracks.Psychedelic voices decorate the dub version on the A-side while the flip (“Masikulu Rhythm”) is reduced into dry and percussive loops. Dubbed out growling on knocking percussion paints a picture where sharp-eyed hunters of the tropical rain forests are at large to get your attention. This is a kindred spirit with “Wireless” by T++ and the work of Harmonious Thelonious. Warrior […]

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Marco Bernardi – Ist Das (Dirty Planet 003) – 10/10

Prepare yourself for a ride. “I Feel The Lies” flies with time machine to the days of acid house. True to best traditions of 80’s Chicago, the track spins around bubbling sounds and thumping beats, with the vocal part done by electro legend Keith Tucker. Cool, Aux 88 front man in a totally new role. Exium has mastered a remix of “Giro”, delivering thus the best techno track of 2010, in my humble opinion. Millsian jingles and darkly pounding four-to-the-floor arrangement is exceptionally good. Exium’s 2006 release “Unemotional” was my first encounter with the Spaniards – those who have not […]

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Stingray 313 – Sphere Of Influence/Sentiment [NakedLunch 006] – 9/10

Metaphers of oceanic fauna are very appropriate. “Sphere Of Influence” is a jellyfish floating calmly in the tropic floods of the Caribbean. Warm and even melancholic electro with hints of acid that, despite of certain softness, feels very deep and futuristic.“Sentiment” is a highlight of 2010 – hot-tempered stingray, who else, with burning electro impulses full of high voltage. The fusillade of powerful beats is smoothed by the vocal sample I love you and genuine jingling synths.A bit longing, but soulful and rough track in the same. Like for those who dress in black and wear masks but place a […]

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TV Victor – GRV Vol. 1 (NSP 08) – 9/10

Repetitio est mater studiorum, repetition is the mother of learning. The introductory lesson lasts 10 minutes 46 seconds and is titled “130509”. A blunt, even too blunt loop keeps going like Du**cell bunny, only the whole experience is not as soft and furry. It’s self-confident, sterile techno that advances in a majestic way, free of any rush. Hints of dub have been added, but the track bears only slight resemblance with Basic Channel or Chain Reaction releases. Darker feelings appear on the B1 or “010709”. It’s droning and thumping, more minimalist track from the hidden spheres of mind. The most […]

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Mensah – Untitled Future Funk EP (H.E.N.C.H. 017) – 8/10

Miami Vice meets seismic bass in “1986 Was The Future”. Bristol resident Mensah Anderson presents a brighter side of dubstep, combining 80’s sound aesthetics, buzzing effects and tension-raising breaks. In fact the first track is even closer to electro and old school influences can’t be overheard. A catchy melody lends anthem potential to “1986…” and lifts the mood along the simple bass lines and vibrating drums. Halo of bygone times is also on “Acid Dub”, the opening track of the AA-side, that pays homage to the beginning of the 90’s. Fierce hoover sound along with hectic vocals and piano passages […]

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Cologne Tape – Render (Magazine 001) – 9/10

Cologne Tape is an orchestra consisting of no less than eleven people. Including Jörg Burger who has worked under aliases like Bionaut, Modernist, to name a few, and gone a long way in making Cologne an electronic music power center. He has been joined by producers behind the projects like Ada, Popnoname, The Field and others. All tracks are just called “Render” and numbered from one to five. The intro-like opener is a crash of massive bass effects, hollow percussion experiments and haunting voices, all thrown into the same pot and alerting the listener for what’s coming. “Render 2 (Magazine […]

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T++ – Wireless (Honest Jon’s Records 49) – 10/10

Honestly, it’s a serious contender for the best release in 2010. Torsten Pröfrock, ein Berliner and Hard Wax associate, goes in the footsteps of great explorers like Captain Cook or Sir Livingstone, not being afraid of blazing new trails. “Wireless” is a hybrid of varied percussions and distorted sound snippets, from exotic areas where an average taxpayer would never venture to. “Wireless”, Pröfrock’s last production under the T++ moniker, is like an exploratory trip to encounter species of unknown origin and intentions.Chaotic and complex, this record gives not up for a second and charges you with a deep intensity not […]

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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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