TECHNO *** Warlock – Stinger / Rush Rush (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion, PM+08)
Of many artists called Warlock, the current one is a true crusader from techno’s very beginnings. Having started DJing at the end of 1980’s, Jason Alexander still bursts of energy with two fast-paced cuts. The knitting machine beats that are scratching the chiptune hardstyle and Spiral Tribe, are not surprisingly released on Peder Mannerfelt’s label. Certain minimalism and tinny percussion of “Rush Rush” appeals to me.
DEEP HOUSE / TECHNO *** Red D – Re-Fantasized & Realized (We Play House US, WPHUS 6)
For remixing purposes, We Play House founder and owner Red D has granted to a few artists access to his recent album. Deep house is the theme of the A-side with reworks by Charles Webster and Kai Alce. After sultry grooves, Far Out Radio Systems pushes “Fantasize” through crunchy percussion, while San Soda’s swirling bass line carries a taste of DJ Skull and unleashes disco energy.
TECHNO/TRIBAL **** Nicolas Vogler – Dangerous Games (MALöR Records, MLRVNL00)
The month’s Purpose Maker award goes to Nicolas Vogler who has picked the classic tribalish grooves for crowd control. As a producer from Brazil, he’s raised with rhythms, and it feels in the five-track EP. The A-side rules with “Engine Room” and „Caliente“, the latter as hot as the title suggests, and the rest fills easily a sweaty room.
TECHNO **** Nabil Hayat – Wave Shaping (Form1 FM14)
The four-tracker by the Australian artist stands out from countless techno EPs. Dense loops with a healthy portion of funk carry the title track and persistent ace bass retains control throughout the release. “Def” would fit into Axis catalogue. All four tracks are on fire and deserve a place in DJ crate.
JAZZ/EXPERIMENTAL *** Asher Gamedze – Turbulence & Pulse LP (International Anthems, IARCLP57)
It could be a story about hip-hop in a jazz bar, when Asher Gamedze recites ‘turbulent times call for extreme measures’ in the opener “Turbulence’s Pulse”, but the rhymes dissolve and (free) jazz takes over. Drum and trumpet improvisations are filling dozens of minutes, my favorites being the swinging traditional “Alibama” and Live in Cairo bonus of “If It Rains. To Pursue Truth”.
TECHNO *** Olēka – Xenisation (Snork Enterprises, Snork113)
Snork has been consistently delivering since 2006 and the newest addition to the roster is Dragan Lakic from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Opening with shuffled T.Raumschmiere reminiscent “Xenisation”, mightily reverberating “Fjord” effectively cleans the table and the B-side keeps the noise level up. Of the label’s releases from previous years, an EP by Ultrastation and the album “Hedonism, What Else” by Matthias “Lido Hotel” Schaffhäuser are worth checking too.
TECHNO *** Ribé – El Camino EP (SEMANTICA 149)
A day in the races at Semantica, when Ribé delivers droning and no-regrets tracks for intense floor exercise. The six-tracker ranges from the badass dashes “El Camino” and “Frecuencias” to almost industrial “Séquito”. Ribé has previously released a digital album on Axis, which explains jumps to the sci-fi realms (“Obscuro”, “Las Sombras”).
TECHNO **** Blanka – Transversal EP (SK11X017)
Blazing floor fare reminds of Tresor compilations from the end of 1990’s. The Spanish artist possesses the talent for funk factor and though she doesn’t break any barriers, techno DJs will be grateful. Four functional tracks, “Astral Dimension” being a real tip.
HOUSE *** Caim – Lupatan (Deeptrax Records, DPTX-034)
Deeptrax continues a good run when Caim, DJ and producer from Amsterdam, debuts on the label with a smooth five-tracker. The strong B-side features blossoming pads and strings in “Eleco Coly”, while “Lupatan” aligns to the rhythms of Carl Craig’s 69 project and dubby “Kapura” comes with a hint of progressive house. From the label’s catalogue, I’ve preordered Tserg‘s “Dreadfully Distinct” and expecting to cover it soon.
TECHNO *** Various Artists – Actualize Part 2 (Rekids Special Projects RSPX50B)
The second instalment of the Radio Slave’s party pack, starting with ghetto gear (“F__K Em”) by the label boss himself. Slam is on a rush with “Beat Control” and Greg Gow (“Vengeance”) feels inspired by Chicago’s preacher man. Literally slicing cuts by Jeremy P. Caulfield (“Razor”) and Procombo (“Assault”), while Markus Suckut (“Flux”) goes airborne and Subradeon‘s soulful “The Love That We Have For Mother Earth” rounds well everything up.
TECHNO ** Ignacio Arfeli – No Machine (Volta Records VOLTA004)
Arfeli, an Argentinian in Berlin, is keen to introduce romantic notes to rough techno, like in “Light And Darkness” where pounding bass interacts with tender male vocals the EDM arena way. Lowering the BPM rate, “Talking To Whales” with trancey arps is the most interesting cut.
TECHNO *** Speedy & Steve – Speedy & Steve (Mote-Evolver MOTE065)
Sample ‘let your body learn’ would not be surprising in the industrial tinged “Reddo” that opens a collaboration effort by Speedy J and Steve Rachmad. After two solid techno cuts, hollow ‘house of god’ synth lead and minimalist sound palette add extra points for “Rotor”.
TECHNO/ACID **** Blazej Malinowski – Moods EP (Aquaregia Records AQR022)
Purring and tripping “Acid Theory” overshadows the rest of the EP by the Polish producer, while 747 remix adds dreamy notes and broken beats to the original. The A-side offers dubbed out and droning cuts from techno’s restrained end.
TECHNO *** Various – Actualize Part 1 (Rekids Special Projects RSPX50A)
Rekids have collected two dozens techno tracks, split between two digital releases. The highlights of the first part are from Mark Broom, his ‘come with me tonight’s the night’ sampled tool meant for poorly lit warehouses (“Late Night Rave Muncher”), and Gene Richards Jr , with a funky strike placed between Relief and Bonesbreaks (“Take Control”). DJ Sodeyama‘s upbuilding table tennis percussion (“Annahme”) pleases as well. Most of the bandwidth is dedicated stomping fare, with tracks from Dustin Zahn, FBK, Shinedoe and many more.
TECHNO *** Lee Ann Roberts – Alter Ego (NowNow Records NN10)
A techno bash from the South African-born Amsterdam resident Ms Roberts, the original „Alter Ego“ reproducing the feel of Belgium’s floor monsters from 1992 and matching tracks by Rebekah and Paula Temple. Tred’s nasty remix challenges digestible BPM rates with acid fumes and Spiral Tribe touch, while Milo Spykers‘ robust version comes with uplifting stabs. Don’t leave it behind for a fierce techno night.