REVIEW: /DL/MS/ – Rogue Intent (TRUST29 – 2017)

TRUST from Vienna calling with “Rogue Intent” when Dan Lodig, who was behind last year’s Lok44 EP, returns to the label with Martin Sovinz under the project name /DL/MS/. TRUST is regarded as electro outlet and while the duo is not going to dispute its style preferences, their peculiar view on combining mechanical beats and voice samples offers a few surprising, quality moments. Inheriting some elements from IDM, the rather lingering opener “Indisciplinado” is difficult to categorise when it travels from artsy surroundings to sticky bars with hardly audible background voices. The next track “Yep” starts with hollow medieval drumming and Oriental strings […]

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Mika Vainio (1963-2017)

Devastated about Mika Vainio’s accidental passing at a too young age of 53. It goes without saying that his and Sähkö crew’s footprint in the electronic music has been immense. My first Mika Vainio experience was of mystic kind. In the beginning of 1993, I was studying in Tartu, Southern Estonia, which was all fine except it was clearly outside the coverage area of Finnish FM stations that were actually my preferred source for new music when living in the Northern part of Estonia. There was no chance to receive the broadcast of Radiomafia, a station for pop, rock and […]

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REVIEW: Galaxian – Blowback (Foul-Up DOWN3 – 2017)

This has been waiting to happen, a truly remarkable release on Foul-Up, a Danish-run label from Berlin that launched in 2016 with “Limerence EP” by Misantrop, a project by the label founder Nicolai Vesterkær Krog. After a LP from Metalized Man earlier this year, the third release of the label keen to explore the electronic fringes enters the electro cluster with an eight-tracker from Galaxian, which is a mask-wearing alter ego of the UK producer Mark Kastner. Galaxian’s proven industrial take on the genre is reflected in the convulsive opener “Truth Seizure” and in abstract thrusts of “Parasitic Seduction”, sounding like a […]

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Techno promos: black., Konstrukt, Subapical, Taapion

J. Lydén – 4.44 (black008 – 2017) A strong release from black., a label run by Albert Williams who drops a remix for the EP by J.Lydén, a Finnish newcomer with a sound close to fellow hardliners Tuomas Rantanen and Boner M. In “4.44”, the highlight is Judas’s supercharged dash with stinging stabs hinting to Mike Parker.     Svreca & Retina.it / Nuel – KONSTRUKT 005 (KON005 – 2017) Spanish-Italian connection on the Dutch imprint Konstrukt where Svreca’s and Retina.it’s collabs offer simple, ethereal functionality with machine whispers. On the other side, Nuel’s “Luna” is a more granular affair touched […]

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DUST OFF: Technoraid (March 31, 1992) by Deka & Free

T99’s “Anasthasia” was one of tracks played when Deka & Free, a two-man operation of tape-jockeys, debuted on March 31, 1992 in the club of the University of Tartu, Estonia. I was ‘Deka’, not Terminal 313 yet, and with Free our mission was to introduce new sounds to the crowd in the student club basement, to offer something different from the chartbreakers and oldies mostly played at the venue. ‘Techno’ was the keyword but our understanding about the thing was quite vague, as we hadn’t heard even anything about Cybotron, Juan Atkins or Phuture yet. In this respect, the present day […]

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REVIEW: Yuji Kondo – Faces Past (10 Label TEN005 – 2017)

In this decade, Yuji Kondo has been one of Japanese techno illuminates, operating either under his own name, as Ducerey Ada Nexino or taking part in various collaborations, including Steven Porter – Kondo’s project with fellow countryman Katsunori Sawa, and not an actual person as I thought a while ago. To the present day we had to wait for Kondo’s first album that has now appeared on his and Sawa’s imprint 10 Label. Kondo’s LP is crafted with skill and intuition for sounds that are feeding the imagination. Entire album is placed under the veil of surrealism with only a few 4/4 […]

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REVIEW: DJ SCSI – Tech 4 Life – Face Da Nation (Hard Beach Entertainment HBE005 – 2017)

Another gem has landed on Hard Beach Entertainment, with the label’s second EP from DJ SCSI who is making a leap from relative anonymity to deep appreciation in electro community. Initially regarded as ‘new’ artist, DJ SCSI actually debuted in 1997 for the Detroit label D-Bass but thereafter the alias holder Gari Romalis virtually remained silent – up to the beginning of this decade when he returned with a number of techno and house EPs, as I just found out. “Tech 4 Life – Face Da Nation” is a perfect showcase of Romalis’ talent and opens with “Communication”, a ‘+6%’ […]

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REVIEW: Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks (Mote-Evolver MOTELP03 – 2017)

Dating back to the early 1990s, Planetary Assault Systems has been Luke Slater‘s project for functional tracks ever since. In “The Light Years Reworks” acclaimed techno troopers are overhauling several P.A.S. goodies from the past, the seminal “Planetary Funk” that appeared on Peacefrog from 1993 to 1999 being a central source for remix interventions. The triple pack released on Slater’s own Mote-Evolver imprint is far from being just another rehash of old school era. Slater himself comes up with three live edit or reworks of which “Surface Noise”, the original being vintage of 1996, is hardly leaving anybody unharmed. Tense, […]

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REVIEW: Kovyazin D & Moralez – The Night Watch (Eidetic EIDE02 – 2017)

In recent years, Brokntoys has been a trusted platform for inspirational electro, often in its melodic form, and now the label expands the horizon with a techno-inclined offshoot called Eidetic. The sublabel’s first physically available release is the second by the catalogue numbers and comes from Russian producers Kovyazin D, who has previously been part of M>O>S and Chiwax roster, and Moralez, co-founder of the St Petersburg based label Mosaique and co-operator of a club of the same name. The duo has succeeded in creating a stimulating four-tracker that is linked to Chicago-bred acid house and The Hague’s synth mania […]

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REVIEW: Black Merlin – Proto World EP (Berceuse Heroique BH036 – 2017)

In its beginnings, Berceuse Heroique (BH) looked like an adolescent rebel aimed at shocking everyone around. In addition to sowing disorder with harsh, nonconformist sounds the London label was notorious for provocative visuals that went beyond any taste. Still it feels quite the same when – after a break since Marco Bernardi’s hypnotic “The Dancing Clowns” – I’ve added two new BH releases to my collection. The sleeve art of Black Merlin’s “Proto World” – a long EP with over 25 minutes of playtime – sets the tone for the opening title track, which is ghastly enough to imagine a […]

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