DUST OFF: Olga+Jozef #07 (OJ-07 – 2000)

Olga and Jozef were not wedding musicians from the Carpathian Mountains, but a proper techno label from Bratislava. Slovak scene, with artists like Rumenige or Kre, teased the floors with banging tracks and made a contribution, when at the millennium switch the axis of European techno moved to the East – if we also recall Umek and other Slovenians.This is a strong release, which on the A-side offers tribal-fueled dense loops and on the B1 a real feast of repetitive beats, before a chillier conclusion.

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DUST OFF: Future Sound Of London – Kiss FM, London, 1992

A history lesson: Many thanks to Rico Passerini from Berlin for sharing a Future Sound of London show on Kiss FM, during Christmas 1992. A parade of breakbeats and analog sounds for your pleasure, starting with euro techno dinosaurs like Ramirez and Datura and going to deeper electronica. At 28 minutes Moody Boys come with a mix of ragga-infected acid house and at 43 min Rotterdam Termination Source’s love-or-hate-it track “Poing!” brings up memories of raving 1992. At 54 min The Holy Ghost Inc, later Tresor recording artist, offers raw and ugly techno. Plus FSOL’s own sounds, many familiar samples, […]

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Frente Cumbiero – Pitchito / Ananas Tornillo (NYCT-7005) – 9/10

Cumbia is hugely popular folk music in Colombia, an ever-present soundtrack for village parties and beyond. In the same, latin music is an immensely abused genre with different lousy and cheesy interpretations pounding in all those dance bars and BBQ joints across the globe.But this one plays in a league of its own. A cooperation of Bogotá soundwriter Mario Galeano and NYC label Names You Can Trust has peaked in a seven-inch filled with contemporary and stylish dance music that will speak also to those who necessarily do not stand “latin thing”. Drums are working, horns tooting and antique electric […]

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Harmonious Thelonious – On Stages EP (Diskant 02) – 8/10

You will be well boiled and cooked when listening to that. A cannibal feast is introduced with “Angewandte Muziek” where dry and fierce percussion accompanies the track. Crowd exclamations and synth drum wildfires leave no doubt that you have been stranded on a remote island somewhere in the Southern hemisphere – Planet of Drums and Raoul K would send greetings.  “On Stages” is based on a spiralling bassline and jack elements. With shouts and whistles it creates an impression of live performace – that explains the title as well. On the flip, “Makeshift” runs on a wooden xylophone groove and […]

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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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Various – Music From Mathematics Vol. 1 (Mathematics Recordings 030) – 8/10

Chicago v. 2.0 – this label of Poindexter and Moss carries proudly the flame that was lit in the 80’s in Windy City, and they excel both in yield and quality. Current compilation has again picked up various musical influences and starts with Sir KaTie and “Shout” that speaks to all Tears For Fears fans and brings up great memories. DM’s familiar chords are soon overrun by a disoriented jam session where we could hear pieces of “Robots”.  Marcello Napoletano’s “Space Voodoo” is dashing soundtrack for congregations of wild tribes, a stylish tribal piece guided by snare drum. On the […]

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Cottam – Untitled (Cottam 3 – 2009) – 8/10

Third record in the Cottam series, from the UK and this time with a green label. Intensive and tribal-minded track on the A-side reminds of Teknotika. Rhythm hits hard but the overall composition is rather dull. B-side is deeper and shows some evolution. Bass is charging and in the middle of the track a gentleman with African roots lets the vocal part out. It fits well into the tribal and funk feel of the B-side which is the winner here. Buy vinyl from Discogs

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The Durian Brothers – Clubs EP (Diskant 01) – 8/10

Drums in excess on the first release of Diskant, a label based in Düsseldorf, the birthplace of Kraftwerk. “Inside Palace” promises musique concrete and abstract noise but then percussion picks up, complemented by bubbling rhythms spiced with subtle strings. Dervishes are spinning, directed by one million sound layers, and signs of cacophony appear towards the end of this 10-minute piece. On the flip, “hamigokakiko” starts with a hiss and playful sequence, then percussion takes the control with some 1970’s feel, I mean Sun Ra and krautrock. “Planete Sauvage” drops the tempo to gives a bit distorted bass and bells in […]

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