Music for free: Streaming is believing

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Legowelt’s recent stunt to offer free download of his album “Teac Life” seemed a compliment to his long-standing fans. It was as unexpected as was subsequent news of the same album being pressed on quadruple vinyl, seeming a silly kind of luxury after the content was, and still is, shared for free. Though, I don’t believe the vinyl freaks and Legowelt’s true fans will let the LP package gather dust. But it’s not only about Legowelt. It works as a good example where the music, ahem, industry is going to. An increasing number of artists, and not only those seeking […]

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DUST OFF: Surgeon Meets Vice – Creep EP (Ideal Trax 7/1997)

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You may assume that a meeting of Anthony Child and Jay Denham is a noisy and pounding affair, but not necessarily, because in “Creep EP” two techno masters pursue a quite low-key and stripped-down dialogue. The title track undulates and swings on minimal bell-like sounds. “Creeper” is even more reduced and keeps up the same, a bit ghastly feeling. Techno pal D-Knox had come to say hello in the studio and left behind an hallucinating vocal footstep to complement track’s hazy atmosphere. B-side’s “The Point” is a few degrees stronger and spins in a more metallic and technotic mood. A bit different and […]

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One can’t escape English

When I incidentally started the masinamusa.blogspot.com back in 2006, just to share my impressions on great electronic and club music I come across, then it was mainly writing for myself. Now I try to produce a brief review about any piece of music I obtain and sometimes pick up gems from my archives. In Estonian only and I intend to keep it like this. But as a side project I launch terminal313.blogspot.com, an English version of Masinamusa. Hope you can find something here.

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Le Cercle Peul – Le Cercle Peul (Baobab Music 001) – 7/10

Etnomaiguline klõbistamine, mis kannab endast lisaks tribalile ka dub house‘i meeleolusid. Original ja club mix on ühesuguses võtmes, viimane neist natuke hoogsam ja mitmekihilisem. Plaadi taga on Raoul K-nimeline tegelane, kellele langeb au tuua massidesse uue, Berliinist pärit leibeli Baobab Music esimene teos. Sobib klubis hingetõmbepassaažideks, sümpaatne ning kergelt suvine. Levitab Kompakt, kelle empee-poest digiversioon ka pärit.

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Rick Wade – Night Tactics (Yore Records 005) – 7/10

Rick Wade, kusagilt Detroidi ja Chicago vahepealt ja seda on kuulda. A-poole avalugu (“Lo Starts”) meisterdades võis Wade seada eesmärgiks luua maailma kõige tavalisema hausipala ning see tal ka õnnestus. “Theory of Varice” toob mängu souli ja jazzi, taustal pehmed bongod ning törts juhuslikku saksofoni. “World Voice” sarnaneb oma lõõgastunud meeleoluga A1-le, ainult et fankim. “Vanguard Cinema”, mis on EP kõige lustakam osa, annab au Robert Armanile ja Moodymannile ning rullib mõnusasti finišisse. Plaat, mille parimad küljed vajavad kindlasti rohkem kui korra kuulamist.

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Sven Weisemann – Cabana Fever (Mojuba 006) – 8/10

Aasta kuumimateks päevadeks poodidesse jõudnud suveplaat, mis pärit Berliinist. Kaks lugu, millest B-pool algab üsna kasinas dub-house‘i meeleolus, kuid osutub ahvist inimeseks, mitte vastupidi areneda. Lõunamaised akordid ja kerge rütmivaheldus teevad sellest lõpuks tubli tüki. Mojuba on eksklusiivsusele rõhuv, Hardwaxi poolt levitatav leibel, mille toodang kiiresti maha müüakse. Esimesed 150 eksemplari on mingi trikivinüül (läbipaistev, värviline vms), aga seekord tuli musta waxiga leppida. Tembeldatud paberümbrises. Omajagu hype, aga põhjust ka.

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