Surgeon – Fixed Action Pattern (Token Records TOKEN46 – 2014)

As the title suggests it is about a pattern. Similar to Surgeon’s recent “As You Breathe Here Now” on Semantica, the new twelve is built on a simple but appealing groove, which keeps repeating in the mind as if a chart buster heard on the radio. The original dirty bass techno from the man equals the definition of immersive and to-the-point beat science.After pleasing the floor, the B-side’s dub version shows abstract notes of dark room electronics akin to British Murder Boys material, with drone layers and mutant unicorn whispers.Surgeon wisely keeping a relaxed release schedule, the Token single is his another […]

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Beau Wanzer – Power Outage (Nation ‎NAT 15 – 2014)

Four electronic grotesques in ten-inch format, pressed as short but concise 45 RPM tracks. The feast starts with the title “Power Outage”, which feels like a demonic shrink session during blackout, with Alan Vega type of manic recital on accelerated knocking-on-wood beat of Amii Stewart. Next one, “Fabrics”, features EBM-friendly synth theme while things take an odd turn in “Lotraf”, where offbeat-infected drum machine is dissed by deformed monologue, allegedly by the man himself in his younger years. Crushed by noise, “Thurston Moog” finishes it off as symbiosis of electric blues and folk After hanging out with NYC’s L.I.E.S. and […]

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Alone – Has God Left This City? (Underground Resistance ‎UR 084 – 2014)

It was only a matter of time when Underground Resistance would speak out about Motor City’s financial and social hardship that has found so much negative press lately. Now the task has been accomplished by an artist called Alone whose real identity is unknown. Although the UR camp has been less booming than in the mid-1990s, “Has God Left This City” is a strong reaffirmation of the vitality of techno’s real headquarters. Announced in 2013 as a white label going for inflated prices at Discogs marketplace, and supported by full-length teaser videos*, the actual release is a gem with all […]

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Florian Kupfer – Head (L.I.E.S. LIES-BLK-06 – 2014)

Musically, Florian Kupfer has experienced a lot in his young life. At eight he joined children’s church choir with rehearsals six times a week, he told in an interview for De:Bug. However it did not last forever when the fellow from Wiesbaden turned to hip hop in his teens, to fall under the spell of drum machines thereafter. After a successful promo to Ron Morelli via Soundcloud, Kupfer has become a L.I.E.S. regular and with “Head” he delivers four shots of rebel house for the label’s black series. Deformed synth chords introduce the bass-crazy title “Head” where the alarm clock […]

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Various – The Giant Monarch (Fifth Wall Records 5WALL013 – 2014)

Set up by Hound Scales and Divvorce, Brooklyn imprint Fifth Wall Records belongs to the bunch of US labels effectively averting current techno clichés. New mini compilation opens with post-witch house oddity by L’estasi Dell’oro, the man behind the labels Voodoo Down, Flaneur Audio and recently sighted on Berceuse Heroique. Inaugural Gothic drone and delirious moaning of “Der Hase” predict a dark ambient piece until a hi-hat driven tempest sweeps over boisterous bass. Incredibly groovy “Under Sharer” by debuting artist Loric possesses both technoid cadence and nonchalant house hedonism while Greg Z, another first-timer, reformulates DBX’s dry and slapping percussion in “Public Anomie”. […]

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Breaker 1 2 vs Ekman – Ratz In The Back (Berceuse Heroique ‎BH 005 – 2014)

This post is useless in promoting Berceuse Heroique’s fifth release as it sold out quickly. Featuring again politically charged liner notes, the BH 005 belongs to the best crop of Kemal’s London-based non-conceptual concept label. It’s a fierce affair produced by Grego Beato aka Breaker 1 2 and Ekman, where the L.I.E.S. operative penetrates the A-side’s „Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx)“ with immense ghetto whip and filtered nasty riffs. Raunchy and jacking „Fuck Your Rock And Jack Your Funk“ derives from Ekman’s electro acid cluster and faces fluorescent riffs placed over bursts of distortion. Physically challenging muscle tracks.

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Kareem – The Sky Is Gone But You Are Still Here (ZHARK 024 – 2014)

The resurgence continues: After some bits of new material in recent years, industrial techno’s iconic figure Kareem unearths his legendary Zhark imprint with a stunning four-tracker to reaffirm his talent in the field of harsh grooves and noisy frictions. Kareem’s tracks have a strong floor appeal and despite of ghastly undertones they stimulate the forward-looking side of the crowd. The title “The Sky Is Gone But You Are Still Here” serves this purpose as a properly whipping and slapping cut transforming to chaotic rumble and relentlessly revolving “Wildpitch, I Think I Loved You” comes like a strangled version of DJ […]

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Mono Junk – Untitled (Skudge White ‎SKUDGE-W06 – 2014)

There’s an obvious appeal in Kimmo Rapatti’s irregular release schedule, which means the man of experience from Finland prefers quality over quantity. After a three-year break, 2014 marks another active phase for the Finn with releases on Forbidden Planet and, before that, on Sweden’s appreciated Skudge White series, both under the classic Mono Junk moniker. The Skudge release consists of two partitions: On both sides the first tracks are off the leash and do serious damage on the floor. Voltage meter hits new heights in brazen acidic workout “Electric Chair” and in “Jupiter Acid” vortical interference continues with whopping claps and sharp-edged acid pulses. […]

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Valved – AnD / WHOK Remixes (Trensmat Records TR044 – 2014)

Early in 2014, not many might have noticed Valved’s “Blood On The Controls”, a limited-run cassette album on Trensmat’s sub-label Nute. Valved, dedicated to industrial disaster sci-fi techno, has now found a fertile ground for further body and mind manipulations when Trensmat drops a noisy 12-inch of remixes, featuring industrial techno stalwart AnD and the label’s maverick family friend Whirling Hall Of Knives.For a better perspective, the digital bonus tracks serve as a good starting point, both of them representing Valved’s original versions. Offbeat percussive hell in “Tipping Point” and distortion-torn synth bath in “Blood On The Controls” set the tone for […]

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Youngman & Landstrumm – Fry Up (Snork Enterprises Snork070 – 2014)

Release date is in May 2014 A new showing of veteran techno by two top acteurs active from the mid-1990s when Bill Youngman and Neil Landstrumm give with “Fry Up” a convincing proof of well-preserved skills.Collab tracks are found on the A-side and the EP gets a slamming start in “Cannon”, a synthesis of technoid italo riff and brisk sub-bass. “Venus” opens in psychedelic moods, reminding of Black Devil, but it’s a truly battering techno cut with hyperactive synth modulations on rock-solid bass.The B-side belongs to Landstrumm’s harsh funk when “Roulette” is carried by a fat synth line and “Wall” […]

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