Jerome Derradji – A Bump In Da Raw (stilove4music037 – 2013)

Release date is in October 2013 Stilove4music is an offshoot of Chicago’s Still Music and boasts a sizable catalog of black-label house releases. Now the first 12-inch in 2013 is announced for October, produced by the label owner Jerome Derradji and expectedly inspired by the Windy City’s musical heritage. “Getloose” is hectic party fare for fast hip movement, like influenced by the recent showcase of Sunset Records Inc. on the parent label. A merrily rolling track for the disco house ballroom. But the real treat comes with the B-side’s gigantic bomb “Raw Bump”, which is a fierce tribute to Dance Mania monsters […]

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Beau Wanzer / Svengalisghost – Untitled (Russian Torrent Versions CCCP 02 – 2013)

The plot is clear: First the hammer hits the head and then the sickle cuts the throat. Decorated with communist visual identity on the logo side, the Russian Torrent Versions add another level to the immense hype surrounding Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. when the label’s shooting stars are engaged in a new series that looks very limited, maybe it even is.Sporting phony cyrillic letters and playing with the stereotypes of Russian internet behavior, two pals from the L.I.E.S.’s Chicago camp like it noisy and dirty. Especially when Beau Wanzer fills the A-side with two bouncing Trax-rooted workouts. Drum machine showdown “Hey […]

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Portable – Albatross Remixes (Süd Electronic SÜD-013 – 2013)

A release that should not be overlooked. Cape Town native Alan Abrahams aka Portable emerged during the much-cursed minimal craze in the noughties, though being among most remarkable proponents that time.Since 2002 Portable has been running own imprint Süd Electronic that dropped this spring impressive “Albatross Remixes”, which is definitely not worn out and even goes better with every play.The original features Portable’s modern bard qualities on deep-sea bass resonance. Kowton lifts the track to the realms of complex tech house while the B-side gets a brusque treatment by Detroit’s legendary Anthony “Shake” Shakir. Buy vinyl from JunoBuy vinyl from […]

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BLACKNECKS 002 (Blacknecks BLKN002 – 2013)

It might well have been the weekend when the two UK garage heroes, after refusing to play only handbag and hardbag, were turned down by a West End banker wedding. Out of frustration they might have retreated to a Walthamstow flat to give birth to the second edition of Blacknecks, another sacrifice to the techno gods.The faint-hearted should seek cover when the noisy A-side opens with “Death Before Eastenders” a distorted fat bastard screaming and pumping like hell. “Life For Rent” is a squeaking jam pushed by acidic additives and childish gremlin vocal samples. But real volcanos erupt on the […]

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Stingray313 – NKKtwo_2 ([NakedLunch] NL 015 – 2013)

Supreme productions of Stingray313 aka Gerard Ingram in contemporary electro and his strong previous outing on [NakedLunch] were clearly good omens for a follow-up on the same label. The man with a mission to foster Detroit electro clearly lives up to expectations although might be perceived on a surprisingly melodic tip. The first tones of “NKKtwo_2” radiate the spirit of UR (“Dark Energy”) and slightly melancholic track seeks the depths of bass with flickering synth stabs on tribalistic percussion. He shows some more teeth in “NKKK4_2”, a futuristic jam which rides on ascending chords and loops towards the sea of […]

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Population One – The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form (‎REDUCTION ONE – 2013)

After vagabonding across the labels of the world Terrence Dixon’s search for a theorem of perfect minimalism has now led him to own personal imprint called Reduction, a move long overdue in the light of his prolific output in recent years. The label’s first EP “The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form”comes under the Population One moniker, whereas the deep blue center label reminds of the design of Dixon’s seminal “Minimalism” from 1995.Parallels are not limited to the artwork. By sound Dixon goes back to the beginnings of his career and applies bravely loop structures from the very heart […]

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Gaja – Patterns (Repitch RPTC01 – 2013)

Release date is in August 2013 Repitch is pushing forward to the highly dynamic techno by introducing new artist Gaja whose energetic debut EP works as a shrill wake-up call and reminds of the Downwards hegemony in the 1990’s. It’s all in flames when Gaja unlocks an evil sequence and distorted drum frenzy in the opener of “Patterns”. The monotone hammering of A2 escorts us through steelworks to the B-side which is rolled out with standard textures before overrun with distorted kicks and accentuated hi-hats. After the synth buzz in B2 the mind warp exercise is concluded with a straight […]

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Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival, Estonia (Sat August 3, 2013)

First mentioned in the Liber Census Daniae in 1241, the Kau Manor (Kõue mõis) in Estonia was originally a medieval vassal stronghold. The location dating back to the 13th century is an appropriate setting for a live performance by Ancient Methods, the lord of Berlin’s pitch black techno war funk. The place of action is an intimate but significant festival Kõue Heli, to be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at Kau Manor, about 50 kilometers South from Tallinn. Ancient Methods has managed to create unique sound combining harsh industrial riffs with complex rhythms for a devastating experience. As the […]

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Sawf – Menete Inc. Yuji Kondo Remix (Perc Trax TPT059 – 2013)

Attention, “Menete” goes off the beaten track of current techno productions by reaching back to EBM textures with a pinch of dark aggression. Sawf is flying across the cyberspace with a stoned vocal sample and fictious guitars, good for rocking with Ministry to issue a headbanger alert.Then “Toolio” is a perfect match to Perc Trax’s trademark heavyweight fare while the B-side hits with Yuji Kondo’s shredded apocalyptic pounder, of the same high quality like his recent remix for DJ Skirt’s twelve on Semantica. Closing the show is a rhythmic medium-paced builder “Diin”. Occasionally I have had difficulties to get into Sawf’s releases […]

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Donato Dozzy – 200 Ep (electronique.it ELE-R004 – 2013)

Donato Dozzy’s “200” selection for electronique.it, dedicated to the (historical) sound of electronic Rome with tracks by Goblin, Lory D, Leo Anibaldi and many others, has been a podcast highlight of the year. Now follows the EP of the same name that reaffirms the Dozzy’s exceptional touch for electronics.With slick and swaying drum work, “200.1” is like a snake winding its way through the most remote rainforest areas where savages are murmuring during their rites. A lean and mean conqueror with acid notes, “200.2” gives a mechanical manifesto for the life-or-death combats in the Colosseum and ten-minute mindf*** called “200.3” taps […]

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