Helena Hauff – Return To Disorder (Panzerkreuz Records 1028 – 2014)

In recent times Hamburg’s Helena Hauff has been sighted twice on Bunker’s hawkish offshoot Panzerkreuz. As a member of Black Sites she appeared on a split EP with Ghettogem and now the Dutch label’s number 1028 features a ruff solo effort by Fräulein Hauff. The guys behind early Bunker tools have found a sister in arms when “Return To Disorder” is essentially about dirty ghetto drums and blistering acid lines. A six-tracker with total playtime of 35 minutes qualifies for a mini-album and offers great moments to those who know. The tracks span from rough sequencing of “Spirals Of Smoke […]

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Device Control – The Age Of Disinformation (Device Control Recordings DCR01 – 2014)

It’s a new label it’s a new dawn. Colin Bain, the artist behind Device Control, hails from Glasgow and launches the self-titled imprint with a sharp-cut EP. At closer listening “The Age Of Disinformation” sporadically sounds like a tribute to Neil Landstrumm’s similarly titled “Understanding Disinformation” from 1996, if only to think about “The Glasvegas Experience”. The opener is a standout techno track: “Business Separation” reflects volcanic emotions of proxy fights in a melting pot of raw bass and crushing loops. Punchy drums of the original “You And Others” make a bold reference to The Infiltrator’s “The Extraction” while Galaxian, electro-obsessed fellow […]

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Ø [Mika Vainio] – Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings SÄHKÖ-28 – 2014)

The artwork of “Konstellaatio” gives a clue to the foundations of Mika Vainio’s new album as Ø. It’s about summers in the Nordic countryside, grandma’s mythological tales from the memorable days between self-indulgence, when kids went picking wild strawberries under the burning sun, and suspense, when they were spying at a haunted house in the woods.Considering Vainio’s recent work, “Konstellaatio” is unsurprisingly of very different breed than Ø’s debut album “Metri” from 1994 or early EPs, which were in line with Sähkö’s rhythmic sci-fi fare of that time. Twenty years later Vainio comes with a constellation of life experiences, offering an inward-looking mix […]

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Rude 66 – The Kill (Bordello A Parigi ‎BAP016 – 2014)

A sleek hand with colored fingernails holding a shiny sharpened knife: The sleeve promises terror and suspense but well-versed Dutchman Ruud Lekx aka Rude 66 is on a surprisingly convivial trip. The grandmaster of The Hague’s electro acid discovers the fun factor of easy-going synth tracks, out on Bordello A Parigi imprint. The opener “The Kill” is a heavily vocoded electro disco and a glitzy number for jetset satisfaction, followed by slow synth jam “Answers Always Come In Dreams”. The real smash opens the B-side when hi-nrg explosion “Paranoia” sings hallelujah to tax evaders and money launderers on the run, the […]

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Various ‎– Paris / Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno (Fondation Sonore 03 – 2014)

Release date is in June 2014 “Paris / Berlin” descends to places where the strobe lumens are in stark contrast to surrounding darkness. This is techno underground, researched and explained in recent one-hour documentary “Paris / Berlin” by Amélie Ravalec, a French film maker and scene activist. She runs with Gregorio Sicurezza the label Fondation Sonore, a preservation society of harder sounds, launched with thundering split EP by Kareem and Ancient Methods.The beats of “Paris / Berlin” are now brought out as gatefold double LP. As the soundtrack of a retrospective film, the compilation features mostly previously released tracks from 1999 […]

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Blacknecks 004 (Blacknecks BLKN004 – 2014)

Harbingered by jolly good “Theme From Blacknecks” and “Fash” in the previous editions, the spirit of 1980s Italian club titans is even more present in highly energized bomb “All To The Cosmos, Let’s Go!”, the opener of the fourth Blacknecks installment. The track is an amalgamation of bold disco riffs and solid kick drum for an eloquent italo techno belter. Not sounding cheesy, the Blacknecks challenge Alden Tyrell to a friendly fixture and awake bittersweet memories of the ZYX generation. On the flip “Hot Legs” step on the techno floor with stomping bass and a pinch of hi-tech funk. For […]

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Erika – Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0 (Interdimensional Transmissions IT 32 – 2014)

From the mid-90s a lot was cooking on Interdimensional Transmissions (IT) when the Detroit label was spearheading the electro revival in many fronts. IT was praised for the weighty “From Beyond” series and became a significant platform for its founding collective Ectomorph and contemporaries like I-F and GD Luxxe.During last decade we have seen only occasional releases from IT, including the album “Hexagon Cloud” by Ectomorph member Erika Sherman. Of that the first batch of remixes emerged last year, by Marcellus Pittman, Orphx and BMG and now another edition comes with “Hexagon Cloud Rmxd 2.0”.It’s an impressive package without any weak […]

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 004 (HDL004 – 2014)

Haunting and anonymous figure of Headless Horseman reappears in convincing manner with a new batch of tracks. One can’t get closer to the destruction when the label’s fourth installment opens with “Legend”, which is a forcefully chopping cut sounding like symbiosis of the wildest exploits by Ancient Methods, Kareem and Perc.After that “Execution” makes its mark as a stepping and shuffling puncher, seeing a pierced and tattooed hangman shaking after hard day’s shift.No escape is allowed on the flip which features groaning and throat-slitting version of the “Legend” by none other than Ancient Methods, rounding up the label’s best release […]

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