SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL – The Call From Below (Digitalis DIGIV045 – 2012)

Rephrasing a movie hero: Digitalis Recordings is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After excursions to synth, wave, doom or shoegaze it’s time to taste some Caribbean-rooted sweetness with SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL. Combining traditional sounds from the land of dreadlocks with urban bass and abstract effects, the group underscores its ambition to abstain from an ordinary dub album. And it’s easy to become addicted to the nine tracks: One can feel both the warmth of genuine roots’n’kulcha and the chill of metropolitan concrete jungle. Starting with dub-coated techno chords perceived in deeper spheres of the rebellious […]

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Bronze Age – Antiquated Futurism (Bed Of Nails NAIL 002 – 2012)

Those finding Dominick Fernow’s electronic crusades too byzantine might seek comfort in (or on) Bed Of Nails, a new label set up by the Vatican Shadow fellow. After inaugural “September Cell” by the label curator, clearly appealing to the out-of-box dancefloor, the second slot allocated to Bronze Age confirms the label’s ambitions to blend techno, industrial and experimental for some marvelous techno-boogie.Bronze Age is a new act by Kris Lapke, so far hiding behind the names Alberich and Louder Than Life, in addition contributing to nerve damages at Hospital Productions.His “Antiquated Futurism”, a three-tracker on 45 RPM, gets a jump […]

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Hauntologist’s new career as Modular Cowboy

Essential news about a fine techno producer. After a creative pit stop Jay Ahern pulls out several new tracks to launch a new imprint Modular Cowboy. Most recently the Irishman made his mark with the Hauntologist series of tripping electronic explorations and before that shook techno floors under the Add Noise guise.The debut release of Modular Cowboy reanimates Ahern’s another project, Cheap And Deep, with reworks of hypnotic monster “Words, Breaths And Pauses” by Berlin’s own Norman Nodge and by Swedish kontra musicians Jonsson & Alter. A special mention goes to “Beautiful”, acid-infected mind blast with female declamation. It’s not limited […]

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Blawan – Long Distance Open Water Worker (Black Sun Records BSR05 – 2012)

No-nonsense functional tool by the young and already prolific techno wizard, spraying a hefty dose of testosterone into the air. For the German imprint Black Sun, the Brit has constructed a hybrid of modulated voices and banging beats.The best for the start: Bouncing bass rampage makes “Scarborough Harbour” a techno track to beat in 2012. Alienated jabbering reminding of „Male Stripper“ and fast-forward tribal rattle are the ingredients for psyched-out moments on the floor. Hi-hats and fat bass push the compressor funk of “Breathe Them Knees In” and “Grafter Gets A Home“ bites with industrial-tainted programming on repetitive, but in the same dull […]

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EDMX – Cerberus (Power Vacuum Powvac002 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Ed DMX, the man who was singing I am a mouse, I like eating cheese on “Nu Romantix LP”, is now transformed into a brutal kind of species for a new release on Power Vacuum. Launching the onslaught under the EDMX disguise, he drops a violent acid banger with the title track “Cerberus”, where wall-shaking bass drum reminds of PCP’s school of hardcore. After being exposed to ruthless fire of machine guns, highly intellectually titled “I’m Rushing My Tits Off” feels almost downtempo, but the kick drum is not sleeping and suffocating electro with Polygon […]

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Population One – The Return (Chronicle EVENT0001 – 2012)

Thrilling anticipation every time when Terrence Dixon announces new releases, which are rarely disappointing by the artist I’m keenly following. While not seeking broad publicity, Dixon is among Detroit producers of trust and has got talent to provide techno masterpieces. Introducing Chronicle, a new sub-unit of the US label Thema, Dixon has dropped again an exceptional release, this time under the Population One moniker. Right from the start he follows the standards set in Population One’s groundbreaking 1995 release “Minimalism” on Utensil. Built on hollow bass drum, hiss and crackles, “Transition” is destined for drifting in Jupiter’s magnetosphere and sending […]

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Tolouse Low Trax – Jeidem Fall (Karaoke Kalk LP 66 – 2012)

“Jeidem Fall” has been on heavy rotation in recent months and in my view it’s a strong contender for the Album of the Year title in 2012. Detlef Weinrich, a member of Kreidler collective, has been operating for a while as Tolouse Low Trax, the project like a tribute to French post-impressionist painter Tolouse-Lautrec, and  “Jeidem Fall” is the fourth album, after macabre “Corridor Plateau” published last year on Apparent Extent. Combining modern and ancient, the new LP is an ode to percussion and processed human voice. With its rhythm-focused agenda it reminds of Harmonious Thelonious and shares some common […]

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Cassegrain & Tin Man – Carnal (KILLEKILL008 – 2012)

Red vinyl ordered directly from the label About a year ago, when at stocking up my vinyl collection at Hard Wax, I came across a Killekill release for the first time, by Bill Youngman. Since that have kept an eye on the label’s affairs and seen impressive releases, especially by Snuff Crew and Neil Landstrumm. Now the Berlin outlet presents a truly global connection with producers of Welsh/Greek and Turkish/Uyghur (Cassegrain) and Finnish/American (Tin Man) origin who have got together for trippy workouts. Although both acts have been in the limelight for a while the collaboration seems to be of […]

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Penik Ettek – Black Catalogue Ritual Acid LP (Panzerkreuz 1009 – 2012)

Greetings from Panzerkreuz, the doom department of Bunker Records. Penik Ettek is a true disciple of the padrones who once pulled the strings in Acid Planet and Unit Moebius and the acid project launched by Albert van Abbe and Paul van Gent gives full respect to the old school guys in organising a thunderstorm of acid lines.Penik Ettek does not run for the award of the most complex acid programming and instead opts for simple, but astonishingly functional power tracks. A lot of straightforward 303 and 909 action paired with loud bass, whereas the low frequencies in A2 seriously go […]

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Duplex – Below The Photic Zone (Harbour City Sorrow HCS993 – 2012)

Duplex is an essential European outpost for Detroit’s electronic music heritage. In their newest release for the Harbour City Sorrow imprint, Chris Aarse and John Matze have succeeded in producing a perfect set of Motor City influenced tracks showing the innovation one would expect from techno’s birthplace itself. Duplex has programmed a set of grooves for well-being, creating a delicious balance between techno, deep house and electro. Luminescent chords and sweet layers in “Below The Photic Zone” take to underwater travels to discover coral reefs. Deeper bass appears in “Electric Trees”, which is mostly carried by a fragile loop and […]

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