Kahn, Commodo & Gantz – Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik MEDILP011 – 2015)

Dubstep and bass music has not caught much of my attention. Perhaps I missed the first wave of innovative productions and didn’t find excitement in later releases, when the genre moved closer to dance music’s mainstream. However, my ignorance has neither been deliberate nor total because since Goth-Trad EP, I’m having a crush on one label, Deep Medi Musik. Being one of the genre’s best outlets, it’s renowned for many artistic endeavours of unreal dub-tinged bass. Kahn has been ruling with recent delirious material like “Abattoir” and “Dread / Late Night Blues (Gorgon Sound Versions)” and has now joined fellow producers Commodo and Gantz for […]

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SHLTR – Konstrukt 001 (Konstrukt KON001 – 2015)

The debut release of the Dutch label Konstrukt arrived rather quietly, but SHLTR’s EP has the potential for a strong presence in the DJ charts. Because what we hear is a beautiful label start with ample soundscapes from techno’s sensible side. The magic of “Konstrukt 001” lies in sweet timbres that make to believe in the kindness of human race, without running the risk of looking pathetic. The aptly titled opener “When Protection Surrounds” is the cream of the crop, built on endless pads that have something in common with Parazide’s “Makin’ Love” or, of recent examples, Eduardo De La Calle’s delicate sounds. On the B-side, […]

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Syncom Data – Rumpukone (Syncom Data Records SD38 – 2015)

Looking back to a string of releases on Bunker and their own SD Records imprint, Syncom Data is having a remarkable year 2015. After issuing a warning with “Warehousing“, the Dutch act of Jan Katsma and Raoul De Vries keeps stimulating primitive urges with the new EP “Rumpukone”. With a rate at 128, both the vocal and instrumental version don’t compete in the BPM race, but they carry potential of a full mental blackout without any substances. For anybody despising all kind of mind poisons, “Rumpukone” is a perfect tool how to get high on music. Syncom Data’s action kit comes with hysterical recital by a lady called […]

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Mono Junk – FP-008 (Forbidden Planet FP008 – 2015)

The comeback story of an analog junkie continues. Everyone familiar with the 1990s techno knows how significant role Kimmo Rapatti and his DUM Records played and not only for the Finnish scene. Luckily we do not need past tense in telling this story because after several quiet years, Rapatti revived his Mono Junk alias and after two releases in 2014 keeps delivering. Along with an EP for Skudge White, Mono Junk returned to the Canadian imprint Forbidden Planet to follow up last year’s EP, doing it in a most enjoyable way. Hedonistic horns of the opener “Prince Of The Night” sound like the classic “Beyond The Darkness” has been propelled to […]

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Ultradyne – Resurrection: Return From The Abyss (Pi Gao Movement PGM011 – 2015)

The signals are loud and evident, when Ultradyne transmit on the assigned frequency from their interstellar refugium. Looking back to two decades in action – their tale started in 1995 with “E Coli EP” on Warp – the enigmatic producers from Detroit keep cruising in the extreme end of the electro universe with the new EP “Resurrection: Return from the Abyss”, out on their home label Pi Gao Movement. Ultradyne have well maintained the veil of secrecy, with their identities and even the group’s composition often disputed, but it is known that Dennis Richardson and Frank de Groodt are the faces […]

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DJ Stingray 313 ‎– Cognition (Lower Parts ‎LP07 – 2015)

This time, Detroit electro craftsman Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray 313 is reporting from Athens, Greece, having docked at the up-and-coming label Lower Parts. A trusted evangelist of immersive electro, Stingray puts up a convincing appearance across four tracks of the “Cognition EP”. Those familiar with Ingram’s productions, know his affection for the world of sciences, either engineering, physics, or neuroscience, which is the main theme in “Cognition”. Inaugural technoid kicks of “Acetylcholine” are radiating thermal energy and most obviously arousing dance instincts, but soon the track becomes more complex when atmospheric pads appear, with a touch of The Other People Place […]

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DJ Overdose – Master Control (Viewlexx V-026 – 2015)

For Viewlexx, a trusted offshoot of I-F’s empire, 2015 marks the 20th year in the business. The journey that once began with “Portrait Of A Dead Girl 1”, continues with DJ Overdose’s “Master Control”, a new EP by the master of robust electro funk. However, the opener deviates from the familiar line, when catchy italo hommage “Timewave Zero” sounds like DJ Overdose hanging out with Bordello A Parigi fellows. After negotiating some curves in the autostrada, “Errorless Computer” is hooked on the 1980ies in slick West Coast boogie for the Hollywood Wives pool party. Heavier blows emerge in darkish “Blacklight” and the title track “Master Control” has the honour to represent the Dutch hallmark […]

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Svreca – Narita (SEMANTICA 44 – 2015)

Svreca has been a frequent visitor to Japan, with performances at Dommune and various clubs, and therefore it may not be surprising that Narita, the site of Tokyo’s air hub, serves as source of inspiration for the Semantica boss. While the Madrid label keeps a steady pace of two monthly releases, for Svreca’s own productions 2014 meant some sort of sabbatical without any new solo material. Now the master of tripping tracks is back and opens the game with “Sleepless”, a jet lag-ridden monotonous stretch, where strident bells are running on steady bass to a long tunnel of exhaustion. At first glance almost annoyingly simple, the opener illustrates […]

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Device Control – The Manufacture Of Consent (Device Control Recordings DCR002 – 2015)

Colin Bain, the heart, mind and soul behind the Device Control alias and the self-titled label, clearly understands a thing about techno. After being quite impressed about the label’s potent debut in April last year, I find Device Control’s second four-tracker “The Manufacture Of Consent” even more appealing. The EP, which will be part of my next vinyl order, is a premium offering of hot-blooded techno, filled with eruptive sequences and brazen rhythms. Occasionally, it recalls the 1990s strongholds, but the tracks sound fresh and animating. The business starts when Hood-style steely swirl connects to furious kick drum in “First Bloc” and a wealth of bulldozing riffs give a strong rating to “Policies”. Bain […]

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Plant43 – Return To The Sentient City (SEMANTICA 69 – 2015)

Emile Facey has been missing the Sentient City lately, when the electro artist from London returns to the theme under the Plant43 moniker. It is also a reminder that genres endorsed by Semantica are not limited to techno, for which the Madrid label is mostly acknowledged, but it is open to a wider sound philosophy. Being the final part of the series, “Return To The Sentient City” contains a wealth of crisp and clear textures with a melancholic flair, without missing the bass-laden essence of genuine electro. All four tracks, driven by agile 808, gleaming layers and gentle strings, are equally strong, and evoke a picture of […]

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