Post Tagged with: "House"

Tendts :: It’s Everything (Lower Parts)

Hailed in the pressed release as “brothers that make music you can dance to, or not,” this pair have managed to create an invigorating LP, one brimming with interesting ideas and an overarching sense of fun. There’s enough time given over to the black t-shirted techno brigade, what about giving some over to this multi-colored […]

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V/A :: When The Rich Wage War, It’s The Poor Who Die (Poverty Is Violence)

A heady range of sounds are explored on a compilation that grits teeth, journeys into the machine, seeks out the shadows and will go in directions few would have expected (myself included.) It’s interesting to see two separate labels follow a particular path. You’d be forgiven for thinking Charlton and Nick Dunton’s Poverty Is Violence […]

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Piotr Cisak :: Venus Express EP (Tutamen)

Four completely varied stories with unique characters proving that unpredictability can be something very useful and effective. Unpredictability, in a good sense, sometimes lacks in a way modern labels operate. A constant rush for highly specific sound as a trademark can lead to boredom, however, that is not the case with Bristol imprint Tutamen. Exploring […]

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9300 Records :: 31 Km Northwest of Brussels

There’s something that bit more intriguing when something is being attempted away from the bright lights of the bigger cities. From a mutual affinity for machine music, friends coming together over their favorite records, 9300 Records was born. I try to keep my ear to the ground, I try to cover new artists and labels […]

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Andreas Gehm :: The Worst Of Andreas Gehm (Solar One Music)

Posthumous releases are a curious thing, and Andreas Gehm has already had a handful. The Worst of Andreas Gehm is more than just a release, it’s a tribute to a man who made some cracking music and came sad end, a tribute from the labels and friends he worked with, the completing of a promise. […]

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Aquarium to Warren Raww :: The many habitats of Natural Sciences (Interview & Mix)

Then you meet those who refuse to adhere (to the spiral staircase of genres), who defy the norms and set their own standards. Manchester’s Natural Sciences would come under this banner. I’ve always used labels as a reference point to get a handle on electronic music. True, that guide rail isn’t as important as when […]

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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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