EBM/ITALO **** SDH – Maybe A Body (Avant! AV!077)
Spanish duo with the full name Semiotics Department Of Heteronyms is becoming a flagship act on Avant!, a post-punk and wave label from Italy. The title song offers SDH’s trademark dark romantics driven by fiery synths, though Phase Fatale’s hardened version tends to steal the show. Surprisingly, with “All Of That” they drop a neat italo tune, which gets bonus bass treatment in Pablo Bozzi’s remix. Worth checking is also “Time Traitor”, an album by M!R!M on Avant!.
TECHNO **** Mark Broom – 100% Juice Album Sampler (REKIDS198)
Less than a year has passed since “Fünfzig”, an album that celebrated Mark Broom’s 50th birthday, and now the artist is back on Rekids with another long format. A four-track advance sampler excels with the B-side: Detroit-themed “Nod To The D” and especially “Spiked”, an explosive tech-swing track, which feels like teamwork with The Williams Fairey Brass Band. At first listen, the album is a classic and convincing techno pack for sweaty club nights.
SYNTH/POP/BREAKS *** Mika Forsling – Rollercoaster (Paltunes)
Starting and ending with placid analog vignettes, the second album by Mika Forsling on Malmö’s Paltunes makes a few U-turns, like with bleepy breaks and 808 riffs in “Bending Momentum” or minimalist chirps in “Reversing Waves”. On the uptempo side, “333 Spheres” is a friend of Fischerspooner, Man2Man and euro house. Obviously ‘rollercoaster’ is an apt tagline here.
ACID HOUSE/ELECTRO/TECHNO **** Maelstrom / Locked Club & RLGN (Acid Avengers 021)
Electro is the central theme of the Maelstrom side, either in company of acid-tinged breaks in Khan & Jammin’ Unit style (“Acid Zdoch”) or modular tweaks orgy (“La Nuit Est A Toi”), while the A2 track goes techno with an EBM push. On the deranged B-side opener by Locked Club and RLGN, “Captain Industrial” slams with naughty acid house and B-boy rhymes, and then “Kill Me” rolls on with a stern bass line.
ELECTRO/IDM *** Qualia – Qualia EP (U-TRAX 28 UTR QDM20)
A debut of three teleworking Italian producers offers moody, acid-sprayed electro (“Perception”) and experimental mechanics (“Qualia”, “Until I Break Apart”), which occasionally reminds of early Passarani. The best part is “VV Cephei A”, where a floral intro leads to colliding drone pulses.
TECHNO/ELECTRO **** Kerrie – Raw Regimen E.P (Blueprint BP063)
After doing wonders on Cultivated Electronics, Kerrie opens the new EP as one can expect on Ruskin’s Blueprint, when the title cut’s loops are tracing the legacy of young Mills and Hood. In the darkish electro compartment, check haunting sinusoids of “Poly Pressure” and sturdy synth moves of “Turning Point”.
TECHNO/ACID *** Kareem El Morr – Super Illegal Revolution Trax (RFR-Records RFR021)
Leaving aside the EP’s banal title, Munich resident El Morr is fit for the floor again. Acidic crumbles drive the practical advice “How To Bring Down Your Government (Rakim´s Stay in Bed Mix)” and “Sidequest” moves in 90’s techno’s ethereal side with O.T. Quartet stabs and breakbeats.
ACID **** Butane – Exploitation (Extrasketch EX 35)
US producer drops two tense acid soakers on his own label. “Infoslut” reminds me of Cassegrain and Rudolf C material, among many. A peak hour slot will be reserved for “Touch”, the female vocals adding Latin and soul dynamics to the track.
TECHNO/INDUSTRIAL **** Rubén Seoane – Disinformation (Persephonic Sirens 012)
Ancient Methods’ label sticks to the tradition of dropping two vinyls at once and it’s the turn of Znzl (Paris) and Rubén Seoane (Barcelona). The latter’s four-tracker combines bulldozer beats with floor-compatible grooves, squeezed between excessive reverbs and boiling acidity. Seoane’s B-side tracks are especially strong.
TECHNO **** Oxygeno – Space Panorama (AXIS- The Escape Velocity ASD056)
True-blue Axis sound, marked by the opening interstellar floater “Rings Of Saturn” and several spot-on techno weapons (“Gravitational Collapse”, “Strange Orbits”), written by Diego Amido Teijeiro aka Oxygeno.
TECHNO/ELECTRO ** CementO – Entrance & Exit (DEFMAIN 33)
Another set of fierce tracks on the Canadian digital imprint, this time from a Chilean newcomer. Floor-focused with a touch of broken beats, the opener “Keene Act” not taking any prisoners and “Main Exit” being the grooviest.
ELECTRO/EBM *** Credit 00 – Data Phobia (Mechatronica White – MTRONW010)
Sound farmer from fertile grounds of Uncanny Valley has amassed plenty of vintage influences from darkish electro to EBM burners, “Fatty Acid” being the one to spearhead a floor assault.