Ricardo Donoso – Progress Chance (Digitalis DIGIV006)

Rating: 9/10 Senhor Ricardo has spent quality time in his studio (or bedroom?) with companions like Korg MS2000R, Yamaha DX7 and others to explain us how the emerald stones sound. Yes, he’s is originally from Brazil, now living and working in Boston, but I would not fiddle on his background to seek associations with rainforests or Amazon. Because this is universal music where some of inspiration might have come from historical synth wizards but this is definitely much more than another new age-minded synth record. Still entire LP would work as efficient music therapy for strained minds and bodies. Already the introductory […]

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Various – 14 Tracks Of Psychotic Repetition (Boomkat bundle_178)

Rating: 9/10 Boomkat continues the 14 Tracks series with a digital bundle that could easily be the compilation of the year, especially for those who value venturous electronic sounds. I hardly buy any digital releases but seeing a number of exciting artists here, I did not hesitate a moment. The entire thing is like 21th Century Woodstock with electronic reincarnations of Jimi Hendrix and Grateful Dead. A colorful  hippie camp emits intoxicating lo-fi sound layers and stir up the surroundings. A parallel with Woodstock is not far-fetched as the compilation might be easily titled “The Power of New American Sound”, […]

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Regis – In A Syrian Tongue EP (Blackest Ever Black 004 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 The summer of 2011 in the screens of BBC and CNN: combats, clashes and coups, plus collapses in the stock markets. By tonality the EP with pitch-black textures works as a backdrop for depressive times and Blackest Ever Black is a very expected platform for this type of output. I only wonder if global affairs had impact on the production process, when the release is called “In A Syrian Tongue”. Regis, a close friend of inexhaustible drum machines, enters curfew zone with tense and monotone percussion in “Blood Witness”. A powerful and multi-layered cut that on the flip […]

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KPLR – TEK NO MUZIK (Crazy Iris CIR-001)

Rating: 9/10 The guys behind KPLR do not have any clue what’s trending. Although Santa Cruz, California, is not supposed to be off-road terrain without any modern means of communication to catch up with the rest of the world. Because it was Santa Cruz where two pals, Dexter Brightman and Jair Espinoza, did this piece of wax, after a couple of cassette-only releases. Only them and gorgeous analog(-sounding) gear, for unpolished electronics that does not copy hip things in the world of electronic music today.Titled like a creation of the rave years,  “TEK NO MUZIK” smells underground. Starting from the […]

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Shitcluster / Unit Moebius Anonymous – Untitled (Chan’s 1)

Rating: 9/10 Sounds from the far side where mud people eat stones and are hunted by last remaining pterosaurs. On the A-side it’s not even mud, it’s the act oddly called Shitcluster that runs its own thing, sharing a bad dream filled with eerie sounds from the caves. City is dying proclaims dystopian voice, accompanying crawling bass for the last rites before the demise. Shitcluster’s debut on Bunker some years ago was sheer madness and, fortunately, their state of mind has not showed any signs of improvement since that.Unit Moebius has been around with re-releases, called the Golden Years series, […]

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Nuel – Aquaplano Ltd 03

Rating: 10/10 What I see on the label are the portholes of a flying saucer. What I hear is a stratospheric soundtrack, on the third release of the Aquaplano Ltd series. After droning and hollow techno journeys by Nuel and Mike Parker, it’s again the Italian Manuel Fogliata who, instead of going with the flow of darker dubs, opens a new direction for the label and steps into electro fields. Four untitled pulsating transmissions, more uptempo on the A-side where the play is opened with a functional track, reminding of  DJ Stingray’s recent “Sentiment” on [Naked Lunch]. Follows an energetic […]

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Levon Vincent – Man Or Mistress (Novel Sound NS-05)

Rating: 9/10 The heat is on in New York and radiating all over the world when Levon V. hits with the fifth release on his Novel Sound imprint.Three tracks of sublime madness between house and techno start with equivocally named title cut “Man Or Mistress”. After leading in with ample bass line, the track spins around like a dervish. Sleazy synth hooks make it a perfect match for watching Russ Meyer’s “Mondo Topless” on mute. In a later phase hysteric horns break in to carry the track towards padded end.On the B-side, “Making Headway” slams big time with metallic percussion […]

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Lory D – Strange Days Vol. 1 (Numbers 13 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 Acid is in the house when plenty of producers cherish the genre’s history and reproduce bubbling tracks that smell after warehouse parties. In the same new releases sometimes try to reinvent something reinvented a while ago and but there are exceptions, such as Lory D’s first record on Numbers. Twenty years after his debut, the Italian is still in possession of grandmaster touch and drops two impressive acid cuts. Both “Acidronix” and “Acid Prastix” show a broad grin of smileys.  Although too short, “Acidronix” is a bold mover for those who are feeling homesickness for old school raves. Silver box conveys its message, sawtooth bass […]

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Milton Bradley – A Sky Full Of Numbers (Do Not Resist The Beat! 06)

Rating: 9/10 No way, I have never resisted the beat and neither will here. Ultra-low bass hum in “A Sky Full Of Numbers” on the A-side would be good to test how tolerant your neighbors are. Somewhat bulky metallurgic ambiance is surrounded by bleeps, echoes and well-preserved sounds extorted from a wrecked Roswell spaceship, making this medium-paced track an intense experience.On the B-side, spooky stinging loops in “The Path To Mathematical Truth” mean that we are in the eye of the currently omnipresent droning techno storm. Fretting sequences seize the control and the track would work well in the spectacular […]

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Iori – Lapis EP (Prologue PRG019 – 2011)

Rating: 9/10 It alerts your mind without getting emotional. Japanese producer Iori drops two bass-heavy and linear tracks for travels between the Earth and space, as manifested on the label picture. Already first moments of the A-side tell that heavy black vinyl is well exploited to capture thundering feel of this production. Destructive bass and hi-hats introduce “Lapis 1” that is gradually blended with morphed acid lines and working its way through the tunnels filled with fumes from a steel processing factory. However the second half of the track is quite uneventful, pumping along in a monotone way. Without abandoning […]

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