My first contact with I-Robots was a compilation with 1980’s italo smashes like “Spacer Woman”, “Penguin’s Invasion” and others, which well substituted  a painstakingly expensive mission of acquiring the originals on wax. Behind I-Robots and Opilec Music is the Italian Gianluca Pandullo whose mission is to unite sounds from differentRead More →

Although partying and club going was very limited in 2020, there were several tracks that would have worked on the floor or were just neat tunes for humming along. Distinctive in hindsight, to be remembered in a blind test in a few years time and ‘catchy’ in a good sense.Read More →

Further Reductions is a lovely outfit from Brooklyn, NYC that is welcomed back on the Dutch label Knekelhuis with deviant house hypnosis from the duo’s members Shawn O’Sullivan and Katie Rose. O’Sullivan, a versatile electronics trooper with equal interest in Planet Core oldies and cold wave, is engaged in swayingRead More →

Dutch synth anarchists Staatseinde are appearing on the label Lo Phi Forms that this year launched with “Danger EP”, an aptly titled slab of acid frenzy from Klankman. With this promising notion, the three-man group has invited a choir of fairies to jointly introduce the release with Wagnerian intro “Staatsanthem”Read More →

Billy Ray de la Haye, a studio artist with sketchy public CV, comes allegedly from Rotterdam and not from The Hague that was my initial guess, because of ‘la Haye’ of course. By sound, he could be unmistakingly located in the Dutch west coast, when disco riffs and vocoded lyricsRead More →

***** Bartosz Kruczyński – Baltic Beat II (Growing Bin Records GBR019 – 2019) The record sleeve promises agri ambient: scattered straw balls in a serene rural landscape under fluffy clouds, in a beautiful day at the harvest peak. This adorable view painting pictures from my childhood creates the first impressionRead More →

The first part of the 1998 in review can be found here.              Michael Knight – Knight Ryder (Devon Records) A recent aftermarket purchase and unconscious realisation of a teenage dream, because Ed DMX’s electro release is a tribute to the Foundation’s heroes with whomRead More →