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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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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