Levon Vincent – Six Figures (Novel Sound 02) – 5/10

The title track is an endless one-groove house piece, short of any character and also the following “Bonus Beats” on the A-side does not turn things much better. You can draw some parallels with STL but the latter is a clear winner of this comparison. B-side rolls along in dub techno moods and alerts you more – despite of millions of alike-sounding productions. “1000 Miles From Home” concludes the story here and as a nice surprise sounds pretty good and flirts with an old organ. Well, the record, released in January 2009, is not a total waste but can’t imagine […]

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Cheap And Deep Productions – Words, Breaths And Pauses (Cheap and Deep 01) – 10/10

The snowbanks outside provide inspiration to compare this release with an avalanche. It’s as powerful and overwhelming but, unlike the unharnessed power of the nature, this experience is taking you over in slower motion – till you find yourself buried under it.The first, title track, has mechanic beats as well as Uta Adler’s breaths and pauses. You sit like on board of an icebreaker pushing through a frozen sea with engines under heavy pressure; vibration and chugging goes to the bone. Supremacy of the machines par excellence that we hear also on the B1-track “Tight” with ghostly echoes and voices. […]

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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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Nacho Patrol – The Africa Jet Band (M Division Recordings 04) – 9/10

For this occasion Danny Wolfers AKA Legowelt is king of the jungle, under the Nacho Patrol moniker. Dutchman’s fantasy in inventing cool artist names is boundless. More impressive is his ability to control all the music machines and produce tracks that are retro-sounding and contemporary same time. As Nacho Patrol he pours gallons of funk to the discomobile’s tank, steps on it and let’s the fun out. “El Fuego En Nosotros Todo” is a powerful start and my favourite here. Psychedelic and etherial mood set in the first track carries on throughout the release. In “Cheetahman” we encounter a chimpanzee […]

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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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Various – Voyeurhythm EP 1 (Voyeurhythm 001) – 9 /10

A confession to start with: the history of soul and funk, and this part of the music world in general, is something quite alien to me. It’s for the experts to say if this record is freshly squeezed tasty juice or just warmed-up bouillon of edits from the cellars. Anyway, I’m impressed about this greatly rolling piece of wax that fits to the home listening, as well as to the club floor.A-side belongs to Benjamin Sun and “When You Looked” that is a joyful and clamorous piece of old school funk. Megadon Betamax (what a name!) opens the happy proceedings […]

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Emptyset – Emptyset (Caravan Recordings CVAN010 – 2009)

There is a tunnel. And there is light at the end of it. Or is it the Black Hole when Emptyset takes us to the world of shades? Starting with hardly audible hum “Aleph”, the A-side is filled with evil growling of machines that accelerate slowly – pitching 33 RPM record up would help those who are in need of more speed. And am I the only one to perceive in “Gate 1” fragments from “Flash” by Fix and “Sharevari” by A Number of Names? “Beyond” is less depressed but still keeps the tensions alive with hypnotising determination. C1 or “Completely Gone” is […]

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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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Tobias Bernstrup – Midnight Blue (Falco Invernale Records 001) – 8/10

Swedish multi-artist carries the torch that was lit in the Apennine Peninsula in the 80’s. Three easy and waving italo tracks on blue vinyl, whereas the title track and “Behind The Wheel” sound like twins beacuse of shared refrain and only some synth variations. B2, “Into The Night”, is different and makes an EP out this release. Primitive lyrics (my hands are on the steering wheel, I hear the sound of crushing steel) follow the italo heritage. Background forces are worth a mention too: sound engineering by Mark Verbos; female vocals by two Scandinavian sirens, Saralunden and Miss Liz Wendelbo. […]

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STL – The Unseen Voyage (Something Vinyl Series 09) – 8/10

Stephan Laubner from Germany opens the record with a nicely ticking and smoothly grooving but somewhat unoriginal track, raising fears that he, too, suffers from complications of the minimal virus. Despite of a sci-fi-sounding title, “Space Warriors” is the most  laid-back cut of the EP but because of its length embraces the listener and the groove keeps haunting afterwards. Then “Radionoize” is a fragmented short-wave cacophony. B-side sends on a journey across the Atlantic as “Walk With Me” follows the footsteps of soulful Detroit house. A gentle but rhythmic track that harmonises well with the final “Me, Myself and I”. […]

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