Post Tagged with: "House"

D’Marc Cantu :: Hypnopompic (Endless Illusion)

After ten years Cantu’s sound has barely aged a day. The sweat and grime of Jak, the gnawing frustrations of house, the warming hopes and loss of techno; all present, swirled and compressed on Hypnopompic. I’ve been following D’Marc Cantu’s music since his first fury filled steps. Hissing house was the Ann Arbor artist’s forte, […]

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Neunaugen :: Dazzling Tongue (käfTen)

For a debut Dazzling Tongue is an impressive and well executed undertaking on an imprint that has something intriguing about it. Sweden. A country known for a few things. Volvos. IKEA. Electronic music? Less so. Machine funk isn’t one of the Scandinavian country’s most famous exports, yet the small nation does punch above its weight […]

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V/A :: Signs of Decay 2 (Solar One Music)

Signs of Decay 2 picks up where its predecessor left off with five tracks which all growl to their own different beat. As in Signs of Decay, the burning rancor of the TB303 is ever present, infecting each and every piece and sinking teeth into the dancefloor. I was at a party a few months […]

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DJ Overdose :: Don’t Get Burned (Computer Controlled)

Corrosive 303 bars are bubbled and boiled, reduced and simmered into a scorching syrup, one spiced even further by punishing percussion and a decent dollop of decay. Jeroen Warmenhoven is perhaps one of the lesser known disciples of the West Coast of the Netherlands, but he’s undeniably one of the most respected. His approach to […]

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V/A :: Echt Walle Traxx | Lem/Tobs :: Double Portrait (Drowned)

The crew of Drowned definitely lean towards the darker edges of the dancefloor. An elbow, followed by a shoulder and then a shove is how the Bremen lads meet the club, don’t forget a fair bit of thump in there too. An enviable seam of talent underpins the Bremen electronic scene. Drowned and ZCKR have […]

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V/A :: D´Du Du (030303)

No single style is at the heart of the EP, the column running through the three tracks is one made of acid. But there is also a depth coursing through the 12”, one that this trio of artists make sound effortless while it is anything but. D’Du Du brings together three artists of fair musical […]

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V/A :: Secret Rave 02 (Art-Aud)

A ragged rubble of broken rhythms are adopted by all involved on the 12”, each artist taking a different avenue down 90s retrospection. It’s the hottest September Madrid has had since god knows when; hitting 40C most days. Not a great time of year to be out and about collecting post. I had to go to […]

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Morah :: You’ll Never Understand (Lux Rec)

Greece is cultivating a new generation of artists with quite a unique sound; one with youthful iconoclastic vision without forgetting past wave pioneers. Morah is one of this generation and his latest audio message is one of abrasion, harshness and guttural intent. My first exploration of Greek electronic music came with the uncovering of Eirkti, […]

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Portable ‎:: Alan Abrahams (Studio !K7)

Abrahams continues to push on, as singer, songwriter, performer, and citizen of the world. That more people may encounter his music is for the better. Alan Abrahams, the singer and producer behind Portable and Bodycode moves his name from the credits to the cover on his !K7 debut, hinting at a personal reveal. With the […]

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Seixlack :: Bed Bug Bites (X-Kalay)

Raw, yet refined when he needs to be, this is an artist to expect things from; the unexpected. It can be hard to stand out as a record label, nowadays more than ever. Some go for big names. Others for strong visuals. X -Kalay has gone another direction; little known artists on white labels, each […]

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Drum Machine :: Space Suite (Lower Parts)

Subtle and soulful techno is shouldered by belligerent and bawdy bassline brutes. Lower Parts is carving out an enviable position for itself. True, within the sphere of electronic music there are other artists and labels exploring similar avenues: the blurred fault-lines between house and techno, gritty analogue jams, hazy drum patterns and silky melodies. But […]

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Dexter St. Jacques :: Ancient Way of Knowing (Sequencias)

Both offerings have an enviable live quality, as though done on the hoof and recorded in real time; although a couple more tracks would have been welcomed. It can be difficult to shine as an electronic musician. There are the favorites, the godfathers and the flavors of the month. There are DJ’s and their followers, […]

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XXX :: Noorder Scannen (Poverty Is Violence)

Percussion bends into bars, thump hammered into spiking synth as XXX pours hot oil on his choking sounds. Poverty Is Violence bellowed into existence with the no-nonsense, punch you in the throat, sound of Drvg Culture. It seems that this Berlin/London enterprise is set to continue in the same venomous vein, his time the offering […]

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DimDJ :: DimDJ TH04 (TH ± Tar Hallow)

True the ferocity of past releases is present, caustic chords and raucous rhythms, but there’s also a hint of something less vicious. Tender moments, respites from the desolation, show another side to this Greek machinist and a different side to the Tar Hallow sound. I’ve had the pleasure of covering DimDj’s growth. From Lower Parts, […]

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Endfest / Layup :: Double Review (Endless Illusion)

Looking over Endless Illusion’s back catalog it’s fair to say that the label took educated risks with its first vinyl outings. This latest pair, lesser known names, sees the Czechs roll the dice and come up trumps. Two releases of daring electronics from artists who deserve more vinyl attention, musicians coming out into the light. […]

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Anopolis :: Dimokritou EP (Lower Parts)

Drum machine programming is taken to a new level for Dimokritou. Anopolis’ Akropoleos is a record that I’ve practically worn out through overplay, and it’s only been out for two years! It’s a cracking record, one that brings together house, wave, dark and light for a 12” I’ve returned to again and again and again. […]

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Stephen Lopkin :: The Strategic Steam Reserve (Titanic City)

The style is retrospective, but no replication. This is a just cracking 12” from a new generation of future gazers. Warm and textured throughout, heady and intoxicating in places with an extra shot being applied when needed. Techno has always been a tricky one. I’m not saying that all genres of electronic music don’t have their […]

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Final Cut :: Deep Into The Cut (re-release) (We Can Elude Control)

Deep Into The Cut is an American reflection of what was happening in Europe, a mirror of the punk grime and electro terror of Europe. The album leaps out with its originality and rawness some twenty six years after it was first released. Despite the big name involved it’s more than passed the litmus test […]

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TX Connect :: Untimely Emotions (Computer Controlled)

Untimely Emotions builds on the sounds TX Connect explored on Replacing Memories; toughened tracks of menacing mechanics and sinister stabbing synth. TX Connect, Gavin Gurthrie, is building up a head of steam. True, the Texan has never really faded from the scene but following releases on Lower Parts and Hornwax it’s fair to say that […]

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Gavin Russom / Bruno Belluomini :: Double review (Lux Rec./MRT)

Lux is exploring some of the darker elements of electronic music at the moment. Moody Sunday misery, the anxieties of the unwanted, the raw horror of routine. These latest 12”s employ sounds of the past but are fresh and new in their audio commentary. Menacing music that will make a deep and worrying impression on […]

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WC0016 & Abono :: All Is Number (ALLISANDNOT)

My only worry would be that the pressure to pander, to move to easier DJ friendly sounds might elbow emotion, and a desire to express ideas differently, out of the way. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. When I first covered ALLISANDNOT and the partnership of WC0016 and Abono I tried to summarize their style with […]

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BITS & PIECES with Sebastian Mullaert

The first album you bought? It was a cassette with Edvard Grieg, I think it was his string quartet in G minor. I started to play organ and violin at an early age and I was always very inspired by classical music. My parents didn’t listen so much to this kind of music, my dad […]

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Searching for a Synthline in Singapore :: Midnight Shift

Midnght Shift is trying to push underground music in a land where the EDM is on the rise. Last March Lee Kuan Yew, aged 91, died. His death led to national morning. The first prime minister of the city state of Sigapore had passed away. He left behind a country described by the world bank […]

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TX Connect :: Replacing Memories (Lower Parts)

A grimy, distorted and oscillating four tracks offering for the Athens imprint. Continuing their global search for talent, Lower Parts is trekking all the way to Texas for their latest 12”. With releases on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, L.I.E.S. and an upcoming EP for Computer Controlled, TX Connect’s brand of gritty house is finding a […]

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Kat Channel :: Beauty of Sadness (aDepth Audio)

This latest offering from aDepth is definitely a break with the past. I’d come to associate the dutch imprint with clever techno and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Techno is a difficult animal. To torture a metaphor, techno needs to roam. I’m not saying it should necessarily be some wild and savage creature but when […]

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Stephen Lopkin / DimDJ :: Split EP (Endless Illusion)

An unlikely pairing of North and South, but a definite winner. Just before the new year was rang in Endless Illusion put out there third vinyl release. The Prague imprint impressed with CCO’s Space Race and is following the acid tainted line laid down by the Swiss man with a split 12”. Stephen Lopkin is […]

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V/A :: Various III (030303)

So what are you getting with this third compilation? You’re getting what 030303 have been doing since the doors opened, expanding the acid and braindance project. 030303 is a label that has laid out quite a specific mandate in its six year existence. I tried to pin down the Utrecht imprint when I first came […]

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Boneless One :: Hazard Bringer (ProForm Series)

Music to blister eardrums and break speakers; in other words proper dark and mean techno. I was surprised when Tabernacle Records announced its Ride the Gyroscope sub-label. The Glasgow/London imprint is no strangers to a side series. Head Front Panel run is a good example, but the choice of artist for this new endeavor did […]

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777 :: Breaking from the Bonds of Berlin (Interview & Mix)

Perhaps I was wrong about Berlin and survival of the fittest. New and exciting imprints, like Wilson’s, are flourishing. Maybe “THE capital” has enough shelve and platter space to go around. I’ve always felt that German electronic music somewhat suffered from its own success. Certain labels and artists, and the clubs they were, or are, […]

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