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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House Mannequin – Can You Dig It ? (House Mannequin 1) – 7/10

Yes, I can on vastus. Järjekordne uus leibel, esimene väljaanne, infoks vaid tempel. “Can You Dig It?” täidab 45se kiirusega esimese poole, kandes endas disco ning easy listeningi hõngu, sisse on sämplitud jänkimaa trubaduuri (Burt Bacharach?) ning meeleolu viib mõtted Dallase ja Dünastia aegadesse.Teise poole “Space Police” on kuidagi väga tuttav – ah jaa, Black Devil teeb ju sarnast asja ning hulga kauem. Plagiaadikaebuseni päris ei lähe, disko jätkub. Viimane, “Good Caves” kannab arusaamatut pealkirja ning annab doosi eksootikat, kas võiks see olla bhangra cosmic või miski muu – igal juhul seda pidu peetakse Indias ning vürtsikalt.

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DUST OFF: 100% Acidiferous – Tank / 303 State (100%)

Acid assault from 1993 and Frankfurt. Not the most wanted of five releases by the 100% Acidiferous label. On the A-side “Tank” goes rushing and takes a deep bow to the fans of gabber as BPMs try to break the ceiling. Sounds better when pitched down, although meant for 45rpm. On the flip “303 State” comes and bites with 303-sound and slapping kickdrum but is not as rebellious as the “Tank” side. Playing with pitch control would add new nuances to both tracks. The sleeve carrying the slogan “Caution Acid” reminds of the invasion of a Dutch DJ gang I […]

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Ancient Methods / Various – The Whip / Eat Like Hawks (RSB 7 – 2009) – 10/10

A procession is dragging their feet in a cobbled street, squeezed between dark and ancient town walls. Hooded beings feel the fatigue in their feet and what is eating them? Are they still in a shock about the execution of a despotic landlord or are they ridden with fear after having learned that the entourage of inquisitors is approaching? Or are they just the believing men in-trance who obediently follow the beat of a mad drummer? On the A-side, Ancient Methods takes us back several centuries and uses medieval-like rhythm patterns that run through the filters of chugging techno. The result is hypnotic […]

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Roska – TWC EP (Roska Kicks & Snares 007) – 9/10

Roska has the debut album out on Rinse and for this special occasion a review from the archives of Masinamusa, from the fall 2009.In Finnish “roska” means “rubbish” but this first association is totally wrong in this respect. Because the release is pure gold. “Concrete Jungle” is a perfectly rolling production with a catchy rhythm and a perfect choice for an Indian Summer terrace party. Pure bliss goes on in the same vein with “Proverbs”. B-side tightens the grip, a female “ah-ah” vocal emerges and some funk and “Strings of Life” influences are thrown in. The last, “Without It (Bonus)” […]

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Unknown Artist – Shimmy Sham Sham (Shimmy Sham Sham 001) – 8/10

Who is the most prolific club artist? Who else than the “Unknown Artist” who is represented in the discogs.com zillion times, most of it nothing more than just plain boredom. By calling an artist “anonymous” some expect to lend a mysterious and alternative touch to the release but often it’s just a marketing trick. The artwork of such releases is quite basic – a paper sleeve, stamp on the label, etc. This 12-inch is exactly like this: anonymous (said to be produced by Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, unconfirmed). By hearsay from Berlin and the first release on a new […]

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Neil Landstrumm – Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast (Planet Mu 246) – 6/10

Kaks ketast täidetuna tehnoveterani, kuid viimasel ajal eksperimenteeriva ning biitidega mängiva Neil Landstrummi toodanguga. Plaadi nimi lubab oodata kummardust “Planet Rockiga” elektro ajalukku vajutunud Afrika Bambaataale, kuid tegelikkus on midagi muud. Rütmid kargavad siia-sinna, meenutades kohati Electronicati ja big beati artiste. B-poole esimene “How do you feel” sisaldab kõiki koostisaineid, mida dr Landstrumm oma laborist leidis ning ühte katseklaasi kokku segas – kõike liiga palju ning samas liiga vähe.Edasi läheb paremaks. B2 “Can’t See Me” juures on õnnekombel abiks vokalist Profisee, kes loob Landstrummi kaoses oma konkreetse riimiladumisega korda. C1 ehk “Say ‘N Do” ongi plaadi kulminatsioon vana kooli hõngulise […]

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Intergalactic FM

I-Fi veebiraadio CBS.nu sulgemine kuulus kindlasti läinud aasta kehvemate uudiste kilda. Kuid pole viga: juba mõni kuu on töötanud Intergalactic FM, mille kontseptsioon järgib CBSi, kuid veelgi “parem ja värskem”. Muusikat edastakase nüüd kolmest “saatjast”. Esimene pühendatud eelkõige Detroidi tehnole ja elektrole, kus vahevahel kõlab I-Fi ennast, Unit Moebiust, Convextioni, Theo Parrisht, Kraftwerki jne. Teine kanal laseb särada hiiglaslikel diskokeradel, rõhuga 70-80ndate kergetel rütmidel ja ekstaatilistel vokaalidel. Kolmandas on kõige veidram kraam, alates John Carpenteri õudusheliribadest, Krautrockist kuni kosmiliste suminate ja kriiksatusteni. Igaühele midagi.

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Motor City Drum Ensemble – Sun Sequence / Feel The Love (Four Roses Recordings 004) – 9/10

MCDE on nagu peibutusalias, et Motor City saundi fännid märkaksid artisti mp3- või plaadikuhilas. Kraam on aga aus, liikudes malbe, kuid samas hüpnootilise deep house‘i radadel. “Sun Sequence’i” loop ketrab hoolega ning hoiab tempot. “Feel The Love” on lausa müstiliselt mõnus oma manipuleeritud vokaalsämplite ja diskreetsete rütmipassaažidega. Pealtnäha vaoshoitud tempos, kuid gruuvib hoolega ja tekitab sõltuvust. Väga tugev plaat ning 2008. aasta üks parimaid sakslaselt Danilo Plessow’lt.

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