Paul Birken and Freddy Fresh – Midwest Whippersnappers EP -(Earwiggle EAR003 – 2012)

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Billions of dollars of income from the agriculture with thousands of jobs in the sector, this is US Midwest. Hundreds of no-nonsense techno releases by a bunch of artists, this is US Midwest – if we only think of Woody McBride, DJ Slip, Mike Henk and others. Now two influential 1990s quarterbacks have returned to the pitch and cheer up the raving community with a strong four-tracker on Sunil Sharpe’s Earwiggle imprint.Freddy Fresh and Paul Birken have not lost any skills over the time and introduce the EP with “The Fate Of Thirty Eight”, a gritty analog assault with plenty of […]

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MPIA3 – Your Orders (R&S Records RS1211 – 2012)

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Actually it was only a matter of time when the label with the horse meets up-and-coming acid techno advocate from London. From 1990 onwards R&S Records heavily contributed to the foundations of the European techno and therefore signing with MPIA3 an artist reanimating the sounds from that era is a lovely idea. So after two stunning EPs on Avian, MPIA3 drops six fierce tracks for the Belgian cult label, which has not experienced such a gallop since its revival. “Your Orders” is dedicated to distorted acid workouts and we go straight to the real business when the double pack is introduced with […]

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Terrence Dixon – From The Far Future Pt. 2 (Tresor 256 LP – 2012)

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Ever since 1995 when Terrence Dixon created the genre-defining “Minimalism” on Detroit’s Utensil Records I have closely followed his progression in the world of techno. After a timeout at the end of the last decade he is now operating in the full capacity. The year 2012 has been very prolific for Dixon with a number of new releases or reissues, on Harbour City Sorrow, Delsin, Chronicle and other labels, either under his own name or under Population One moniker.On top of that a new album is out on Tresor with the vinyl and CD versions being largely different having only […]

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Drexciya – Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller III (Clone Records C#CC024cd/lp – 2012)

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Release date is in January 2013 Clone Records becomes once again the center of the electro-loving world and drops the third instalment in the “Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller” series. For long, the seminal Detroit electro act Drexciya hasn’t needed any introduction and the upcoming package features again a number of excellent tracks signed by the master of underwater sonic journeys. Eerie intro “Smokey’s Illegitimate Report” from the “The Return of Drexciya” is a perfectly fitting opener for the release containing of mix of harder floor-oriented and dreamy tracks from Drexciya’s extensive back catalog. Covering both the rougher side, represented by “The Countdown […]

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Metasplice – Decant (Morphine Records doser015 – 2012)

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Hardly any daylight penetrates to an Antarctic ice station where experiments with hazardous substances of extragalactic origin are conducted in “Decant / Churn”, for another proof how Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records is obsessively exploring the fringes of electronics. This time under discharge is the second tankful by Philadelphia’s abstract techno crusaders Metasplice, already taking no prisoners in the debut EP “Topographical Interference”.Current brain-straining exercise is introduced with a machinery malfunction of worst kind in “Decant”. After minutes of deformed noise and tension-fueling claps, the valves are gradually opened to release the steam, guided by tin-dipped percussion for a mental build-up. In “Churn” all […]

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Altar Eagle – Nightrunners (Digitalis DIGIV047 – 2012)

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Altar Eagle. At first instance there was something uncanny in the name, good for a grim species overlooking humble crowd in a sanctuary, feeling very Gothic.The truth is the opposite when the duo consisting of Brad Rose and his wife Eden Hemming Rose have completed a beautiful pop album in the sidelines of running ever-surprising Digitalis label.The first impression of “Nightrunners” is that it’s made of the same fabric as Paco Sala’s recent debut LP on Digitalis: The same harmonic synth and smudged guitar setup combined with sultry female voice sounded very familiar. However Altar Eagle is operating on the next […]

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Matti Turunen – Elokuu EP (Muhk Music MK001 – 2012)

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Release date is in November 2012 Matti Turunen, one half of the electro duo Morphology, celebrates the launch of Muhk Music with a three-tracker which adds another contender to the ongoing challenge about Detroit’s outposts in Europe. Surely, the North can do it too, Turunen from Finland says with his new EP for the label run from Sweden. The man from Järvenpää uses hardware to record in one take, lending a genuine feel to the music. The title track “Elokuu”, which means August, is like about remnants of the summer, but even when leaves start falling from the trees these warm […]

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Ricardo Donoso – Assimilating The Shadow (Digitalis DIGIV046 – 2012)

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With the first album “Progress Chance” Ricardo Donoso, born in Rio de Janeiro and living in Boston, propelled into the consciousness of synth-crazy audience with anti-gravitational tunes for inner-self explorations. So after the splendid debut Donoso might have felt pressure in anticipation of “Assimilating The Shadow”.Adoring the debut, the second LP has been for me the most-awaited Digitalis release this year, and have to say that the result is astonishing again.Donoso continues to paint luminescent soundscapes, offering throughout “Assimilating The Shadow” meditative moments for a soundtrack of optic illusions. Actually no weak links on the vinyl double pack of 10 […]

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Ancient Methods vs. Kareem – Exstinctio Conscientia (Fondation Sonore 001 – 2012)

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Berlin duo Ancient Methods, purveyors of the pitch black techno war funk (Boomkat), join forces with Zhark mastermind Kareem for a dream-team of industrial techno. Ancient Methods have been a flagship of the genre for the last couple of years, but special shouts  go to Kareem – nice to see him back and well in form again. Expecting the post to deliver the vinyl soon, I’m pretty convinced “Exstinctio Conscientia” is a striking debut of the French label Fondation Sonore. A1 Zealots (Kareem Interpretation) 1-2 B1 Dämmerung der Parhelia (Ancient Methods Interpretation) 1-2Buy vinyl

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MPIA3 – Ely / Squatter’s Dog (Avian AVN005 – 2012)

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MPIA3 goes nasty again on the Avian imprint as it follows up the debut single “Wttp / Casual Welding“. Sulphur is in the air when the Londoner leads his acid techno assault with the A-side’s “Ely”, a prime example of kickdrum rage and poison ivy acid lines. After a brisk start it manages to build up the tension gradually, till the peak arrives after a dramatic break in the middle, with marauding 303 blast tightening the last remaining screws thereafter. The track also leaves room for fiddling on the pitch depending on the crowd’s speed limit.On the flip “Squatter’s Dog”, a purebred Cerberus, […]

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