Monday, October 16, 2017

Lauer - TycoTyco - Lauer (Futureboogie)

Space Station EP - Terrence Dixon, M.R.E.U.X (Blumoog Music)



Title: Space Station EP
Artist: Terrence Dixon/ M.R.E.U.X
Label: Blumoog Music
Cat Number: BLUG005
Genre: Techno

A1: Resonator – Terrence Dixon
A2: Space Visitor – Terrence Dixon
B1: Black Hole – M.R.E.U.X
B2: Shabo – M.R.E.U.X

Terrence Dixon is one of the most original voices in techno, having forged a path which combines the offbeat, discordant and minimal into his own inimitable formula. ‘Resonator’ sounds, like an acoustic jam in a junkyard courtesy of a jug band beamed into the future from a parallel 1920s rust belt. ‘Space Vision’ couldn’t be more different; a jagged insistent sinister drone, the only thing to relate it to ‘Resonator’ being the monotonous kick underpinning it. Label boss M.R.E.U.X comes up with a something similar to ‘Space Visitor’ with ‘Black Hole’ but it’s much funkier. ‘Shabo’ also delivers, having a more than generous portion of insect menace, something which this tone of techno can’t do without.


The Old World EP - Gotshell (EPM Music)




Title: The Old World EP
Artist: Gotshell
Label: EPM Music
Cat Number: EPM56
Genre: Techno

1: Aswan
2: Fayum
3: Coptos

‘The Old World’ could be a reference to just about anything I suppose. Whether it’s a backwards-looking nod to the way techno has, to an extent, always come across is open to question. Also, being pigeonholed as an artist who delivers “simple, straightforward, stripped down, cavernous techno without hype or fanfare” on your press release immediately sets limits. Unfortunately the music, well produced as it is, does little to dispel expectations. It’s reasonably anonymous with little to distinguish it. ‘Coptos’ is the most subtle of the three tracks here, and I’ve always got a soft spot for the type of demonic accordion playing featured on ‘Aswan’. It’ll easily find its niche on the dance floor, so maybe I shouldn’t be over analytical.


Monday, October 09, 2017

October 2017 Mix



Bushido – Anbau (Aspecto Humano)
Space Future - Dany Dorado (Adult Contemporary)
Turquoise – Zombies In Miami (Bordello A Parigi)
The Greek Magical Papyri – Cosmic Force (Blind Allies)
Check Mate – Elecktroids (Warp)
Staring Into The Pond – Joey Anderson (Inimeg)
Telepath – Geinst (Arts Transparent)
Need Ur Love (Stalagmite Mix) – Callisto (Guidance)
The Beauty Of Not Knowing – Sublee (Baumbaum)
Journey To The Centre Of The Sun – Sombrero Galaxy (ESP Institute)
W1 – Waage (Thule)
Pulse – JS Zeiter (MCMLXV)
A Game Of Two Halves – Point Blank (Phono)
Within, Without – Bobby O’Donnell (Mosaic)
Movement – DMO (Infrastructure)

3389 – Derek Carr (Firescope)

Der Geist in der Muschel - We Can Do It (We Can Do It)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Artificial - Bendikt Frey (ESP Institiute)



Title: Artificial
Artist: Benedikt Frey
Label: ESP Institute
Cat Number: ESP048
Genre: Introspcective

Diver
Controversial
H For Hysteria
Road Of Jazz
Keygrind
Push
Running Away
Dissolved Girl
Private Crimes
Patcher
Hang Loose
Pol 326
Harbour


It feels very apt that Benedikt Frey’s debut album has appeared on Loveringers’ ESP Institute. The holistic throb and ambience feel at one with the subconscious landscape that the label occupies from time to time. An etheric, hallucinogenic collection which modulates according to the listener’s abstract eye, the album chugs through a drone montage, entering intermittent states of trance induction, never overstating itself and, as a consequence, occasionally managing to sound both primitive and progressive. A controlled sonic stream of consciousness which flits beneath the eyelids and recalls dusty interior monologues.

Monday, September 18, 2017

NRMND001 - Ka One & St-Sene (Normandy Records)






Title: NRMND001
Artist: Ka One & St-Sene
Label: Normandy Records
Cat Number: NRMND001
Genre: House

1: I Want
2: Motion
3: Take Me Back
4: The Way


Ka One & St-Sene recently rose to underground prominence by putting out a slew of releases, mostly on their own Flyance label, which synthesised groove, beats and a touch of trance, hitting upon a warm throb in the process. Of the four tracks here, it’s ‘Motion’, and to a slightly lesser extent ‘I Want’ hearken back to that formula. The use of vocal samples is clever throughout the release and, along with the tough percussion, serves to give the release a very warehouse feel. On the one hand functional, on the other slightly sophisticated, it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but it’s delivered with a dance floor gravitas which demands a response.