Ricardo Donoso – As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV061/2)

Since the vinyl debut „Progress Chance” on Digitalis two years ago, Ricardo Donoso has been the label’s highly acclaimed artist and now the Brazilian returns with the newest contribution “As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another”, which is a staggering mix of fragile layers, flaming arpeggios and shuddering bass. The master of synthetic harmonies keeps the one-album-per-year pace and the newest one, out on two separate EPs, exhibits the artist’s poetic and captivating approach to the machine-made music. Current work is his closest to dance canons, or could it be trance canons. Not comparable by BPM rate, the sound […]

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Ü – Great Dose Of Monotonous Techno (Digitalis Recordings ‎DIGIV055 – 2013)

All those old school ravers and racers complaining there is not enough monotonous techno are well served with a great dose by the late Swedish artist Ü aka Joel Brindefalk. As a long-time affiliate of the Börft clan, Brindefalk has filled the LP with the sound of rave-era tapes from the attic, expressing both excitement and homesickness of bygone times. The Ü project boards a seasoned but well-oiled vehicle for historical sightseeing in the lands of techno cropped to two long tracks. Analog setup with intense rhythms and panting synths makes a nod to oldtimer labels like Labworks, Ferox and […]

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DUST OFF: VOOV – It’s Anything You Want It To Be, And It’s A Gas (MFS 7016-5 – 1992)

During the reading of “Der Klang der Familie”, a book about the foundations of techno and party scene in Berlin, it was the right time to recall some classics from the beginning of 1990s. MFS, an acronym for Masterminded For Success, was an influential label back then, specialising on (hard) trance with acts like Effective Force, Cosmic Baby, Futurhythm, Microglobe and many others. After an overkill a few years later, trance became a style despised by many, but in my view MFS and its artists made a huge contribution to the evolution of the European electronic music. VOOV stands for Violation Of […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Frankfurt (DRY-2) – 1993

From Ebay an unofficial release from the archives of Mainhattan, as the locals call the financial center Germany, at the river Main and boasting American-size skyscrapers. Frankfurt has played a symbolic role in my music interest, as the birthplace of the Groove magazine, Omen club, PCP posse and the city still breaths techno and house.This oldie, 1993 record is branded as Frankfurt sound, but does not carry any special qualities. “303 Peak” by Evolution and “Freaks” by Dance 2 Trance (DJ Dag and Rolf Ellmer) are the best tracks here. The rest is commonplace German trance fare from the pre-Goa […]

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Nuel – Untitled (Aquaplano ltd 01) – 7/10

Five untitled tracks on a limited and stickered white-label release. A1 is an animal with teeth of steel: hammering minimal loops remind of earlier Sähkö and Sleeparchive and sweeping acid lines fly all over the place. It’s a hypnotic and massive start but the rest of the EP is easier to digest. Ambient enters the game on A2 where beatless and calm sound textures prevail and I can imagine seagulls nosediving at a secluded beach.Alarmingly, B1 kicks off as another irrelevant minimal house track, with occasional noises and clicks, but then darker bass appears to improve the situation. B2 gives […]

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Ed Solo / JFB – Age Of Dub / Resident Evil (Sludge 001) – 7/10

In the beginning of 1990’s Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia filled global dancefloors with a captivating trance hymn called “Age of Love”, produced under the moniker of same name. The number of different releases and reissues of this single competes already with some songs of The Beatles.The first release of the label Sludge awakes memories with a bass version of “Age of Love” on the A-side. Eddie Bickley takes all the credit for producing the piece without referring to two Italians. Even somebody having an object stuck in the ear would recognize that it’s a remix of the club classic, […]

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Mr Raoul K – Mystic Things (Baobab Secret 1002) – 8/10

Raoul K, hailing from Côte d’Ivoire and Hamburg, presents a new gem of his (sub-)label. While Baobab’s first, “Le Cercle Peul” from 2008, was a smooth and unpretentious tribal house then especially the A-side of current outing is a fierce voodoo. More industrial than house, reminding of Jamal Moss’s rougher productions. Title track that is co-produced by Lopazz hits you with lunatic synth drums, native instruments and eating basslines. It’s not admiring the beauty of the nature in a jungle, it’s Abidjan’s vibrant downtown.B-side’s “No Food No Groove” is a different story. At least the beginning that greets us with […]

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DUST OFF: Digital Justice – Theme From: Its All Gone Pearshaped (Fragile Records 14 – 1996)

A release from the year 1996 that gives a meaning to the name of Transmat sublabel – two fragile and long sound excursions that hover between ambient and trance. In fact, it’s pure and deep chord-driven Detroit techno like we know from John Beltran or Aril Brikha. With only one difference: drum machines were not taken into the recording studio, although four grown-up British fellows behind the Digital Justice project wouldn’t have any trouble to carry the gear. But they coped perfectly without beats and created a 34-minute record that would easily qualify as a LP. The title track was […]

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90ndate pakike Ebayst

Öeldakse, et Ebay algusaastatel võis sealt hea hinnaga leida üsna haruldasi asju, kuid nüüdseks on ostjate-müüjate teadlikkus tõusnus ja ajad muutunud. Kuid aeg-ajalt tasub sinna kiigata ning mõistliku raha eest mõned plaadid osta. Seega viis uut-vana vinüüli. Esimesena rändas nõela alla 90ndate algupoolel tegutsenud Šoti plaadifirma Limbo ühe põhiartisti Gypsy 12-tolline. “Funk De Fino” on leebem hilisõhtuse house‘i sugemetega rahulik pala, kuid teise poole “Varisuvia” rebib end maast lahti ning laseb valla acidi ning reipa progressiivse biidi. Järgmisena kaks plaati Berliini legendaarselt MFS-plaadifirmalt. Voov läks ajalukku “It’s A Gas” nimelise palaga ning plaadi “Extra Power & Enjoyment” tuleneski ootusest, et […]

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