Ed Solo / JFB – Age Of Dub / Resident Evil (Sludge 001) – 7/10

In the beginning of 1990’s Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia filled global dancefloors with a captivating trance hymn called “Age of Love”, produced under the moniker of same name. The number of different releases and reissues of this single competes already with some songs of The Beatles.The first release of the label Sludge awakes memories with a bass version of “Age of Love” on the A-side. Eddie Bickley takes all the credit for producing the piece without referring to two Italians. Even somebody having an object stuck in the ear would recognize that it’s a remix of the club classic, […]

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DUST OFF: Various – Privileged Frames For Reference (V/Vm Test Records 0002) – þ/10

Back off, keep off – this bunch has to be isolated from the society because it’s not music. It’s terror. And it’s error. V/Vm is like 100-watt light bulb that attracts all kinds of weird insects. Purgatorian parasites and bugs gone berserk crash your ear canals and paint their graffitis inside: “V/vm was here“. You get no sleep after listening to this mayhem. Alien Porno Midgets swing the hula hoop on „High Altitude Over Hawaii“ but then Japanese Industrial Agents give with a metal hop a pre-taste of what is coming. Oleg Satichenko’s „Emissions From Reactor Room 17“ is an […]

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Emad Parandian – Marangai Waikawa (Haknam 01) – 8/10

The name Parandian may sound Armenian but the artist here is a  Universität der Künste student from Berlin with a heritage of folk music and classics. A-side is a percussive, synth- and FX-filled voyage in a dark tunnel with barking echoes and a remote tribalistic chorus – here and there it makes you slightly shiver. Despite of being somewhat faster and closer to dub techno, in a DJ mix the track would sound well alongside Cheap and Deep Productions. B-side is an upbuilding ryhthm collage with reverbs and mystic voice processing. The track on the flip, “Scud“, serves anxiety: ghostly […]

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Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash (Dekmantel 002) – 8/10

Juju & Jordash are Gal Aner and Jordan Czamanski, two Amsterdam residents who met for the first time in Haifa at end-1990s, have produced their first longplayer that is colorful like a greengrocer’s stand at a Jewish market. The self-titled album kicks off with “Deep Blue Meanies“, an easy-going tune with hit potential walking down the house boulevard with a hint of bleep in the mind. Then comes “Jugdish” that seeks entry into a chill out room and showcases Middle East roots with folk instruments and occasional piano. After the B-side of melodic deep house for joyful late night clubbing, we get […]

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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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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 – Pomegranates (Finders Keepers 29 LP – 2009)

In Iran, the era of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi come to an end in 1979. In a word, with shah’s escape the party was literally over. Current compilation of the sixties and seventies Persian funk and pop by Finders Keepers, the label that has a nose for great tunes from dusty attics and murky cellars, tells what kind of party it was. On this release you should not expect the world’s wickedest psychedelic trips and space disco. Pop and moods music with exotic aura combined with Western prototypes are dominating here, although some better tunes move in more mysterious paths. The […]

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Jeff Mills – Untitled (Something In The Sky 002) – 9/10

SITS 002 is an extraordinary release. It’s the first Mills production in ten years that lands in my collection (the previous one was “Metropolis”), although his early catalogs of Axis, Purpose Maker and Tresor are well represented in the shelf. “The Purpose Maker EP” and “Waveform Transmissions Vol. 1” still give goosebumps. Secondly, the current one is, indeed, an exceptionally good release. Spins around a UFO theme that is part of the larger concept of this recently founded label. On the A-side you find very Millsian, perfectly calibrated jet techno that makes the aliens stretch the aerials and will be […]

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M. Pittman – Erase The Pain (Fit Sound FIT 001 – 2010)

In Detroit’s newer deep house scene, Marcellus Malik Pittman is one the great names, along with Kenny Dixon Jr, Rick Wilhite and Theo Parrish – you certainly know the score. However, the title track of Pittman’s “Erase The Pain” left me a bit puzzled: The further it goes, the more annoying and pain-filled it gets, with monotone and cumbersome grooves that are lacking the driving power. Introducing the B-side is “Sync”, a lot sharper track based on a metallic beat being in the same a somewhat lazy exercise that starts haunting you. “Illa 5 Ela” concludes the play with a smooth-smooth jazz […]

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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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