25 July 2014

Florian Kupfer - Head (L.I.E.S. LIES-BLK-06 - 2014)

Musically, Florian Kupfer has experienced a lot in his young life. At eight he joined children's church choir with rehearsals six times a week, he told in an interview for De:Bug. However it did not last forever when the fellow from Wiesbaden turned to hip hop in his teens, to fall under the spell of drum machines thereafter. After a successful promo to Ron Morelli via Soundcloud, Kupfer has become a L.I.E.S. regular and with "Head" he delivers four shots of rebel house for the label's black series.
Deformed synth chords introduce the bass-crazy title "Head" where the alarm clock and bells provide much more efficient mental cure than seeing a shrink. "Problems" follows the suit of post-Chicago modulations, served with claps, hi-hats and freaky Hammond heard in Hieroglyphic Being's "Cosmic Bebop". Compared to the previous, "This Society (Betrayal Mix)" dwells in almost laid back spheres when sultry chords are arching over bleeps and scarred textures. For the end distorted and dissonant stomper "K" fires with exclamations by a robotic hard rhymer close to "Dominator".
If undecided which one to pick from L.I.E.S. ever-expanding catalogue, this is the one for jacking in a deserted warehouse.

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16 July 2014

Edanticonf - Human Body Movement (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series MRECLTDGS09 - 2014)

Release date is in July 2014
Four variations on the theme "Movement" by the Italian artist Edanticonf who has previously claimed a central spot in the roster of the Vancouver imprint Silent Season.
Usually we can smell dub techno in Edanticonf's productions and his approach on the EP for M_Rec Ltd's Grey Series is not hugely different. After being introduced with swirling arpeggios recalling the heyday of Berlin's MFS, the other tracks maintain the fidgety synth line, placed over a solid set of echoing textures and technoid pulses. The B1 track goes more atmospheric while the final one belongs to the league of most usual dub techno tracks.
Edanticonf is clearly referring to classic trance influences in his newest production, showing the joyful side of electronic music. Like other Grey Series releases, "Human Body Movement" is vinyl-only and comes with nicely daring artwork, here endorsed by literally teasing video.

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10 July 2014

Terminal 313 Juno Chart - July 2014: Beau Wanzer, Ekman, Robert Crash

This month's selection is topped by an odd four-tracker by Chicago's Beau Wanzer out soon on Nation Records. "Power Outage" is an experimental amalgamation of turbo disco, dark wave and viagra. Listening to Ekman's eerie new strike on Panzerkreuz one can understand all the fuss about the Dutch producer fond of dirty acid stuff. Robert Crash's inspiration lies in early Chicago acid of Phuture and likes but he adds unexpected twist to the tracks in "Friends To Friends".
"The Giant Monarch", an excellent mini compilation comes from New York's Fifth Wall Records with the artists L'estasi Dell'oro, Greg Z, Loric and Shawn O'Sullivan. Weighty package of industrial techno titled "Paris/Berlin: 20 Yeard Of Underground Techno", new material by Hadamard on Solar One Music and Metasplice on Morphine belong also to the upper half of the ranking.

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Varg - Gravrösens Bortglömda Band (Semantica Records ‎SEMANTICA 68 - 2014)

In "Gravrösens Bortglömda Band", released simultaneously with S100's "Genesis" in Semantica's recent Swedish round, Varg leaves the Northern Electronics hideaway for urban crowds targeted by the Madrid label.
After the ambient intro "Lossning I Dimma, Kallholmen 04.53", floor-minded "Västra Skogen" twins with ethereal fireballs produced by Abdulla Rashim, Varg's pal in the Ulwhednar project, while being exposed to thin acid rain we remember from "Misantropen" on NE.
Staying in steady motion, "Stupagreve Homuth" delves deeper into dubby spheres while electro-smelling and crawling "Norrlandsbrigad 69R" is the most wolfish cut of the selection that mostly feels like drinking from a crystal-clear source.

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03 July 2014

Fabrizio Lapiana - Antimatter 3 (Attic Music ATTIC003 - 2014)

It's the grande finale of Fabrizio Lapiana's three-EP series on Attic Music. It opens with "Antimatter", by name the trilogy's title theme, which is a bruised cut with loudest bass in the series. Suitable for dark big room action, it taps into recent escapades by Gaja or Device Control. The pounding, with more metallic touches, resumes in "Eisfabrik" and the same piece is reworked by renowned Italian duo Voices From The Lake. First and foremost it's driven by Donato Dozzy's chopper textures, before pushed to the noisier ends of synth programming.

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30 June 2014

Body Care Vol. 1 [Terminal 313 Podcast June 2014]

A new home session for your listening pleasure. Again, I could not resist the temptation to mix new material with some older tracks.

Tracklist with buy links:
Air Liquide - If There Was No Gravity (Jammin' Unit Remix) (Harvest)
Mace. - Support Structures (Attic Music)*
BMG & Derek Plaslaiko – The True Story Of A Detroit Groove (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Shawn O'Sullivan – Fumarin (Fifth Wall)
S100 – Genesis (Semantica)
Ghostek - 2.5 Miles Abyss (Deep Sound Channel)
Edanticonf - Movement 2 (M_Rec Ltd Grey Series)*
L'estasi Dell'oro - Der Hase (Fifth Wall)
i - L.T.B.C.Y.B. (Pod Communication/Recognition)
Genki  - Sixth School District (Torque)
Leiras  - Emisario (Ownlife)
Lex Gorrie - Mental Block (Dax J Remix) (Unknown Territory)*
Jeff Mills - Black Is The Number (Axis)
Oasis - Oasis #7 (FXHE)
Breaker 1 2 - Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx) (Berceuse Heroique)
Metasplice - Buoyant Slight (Morphine Records)
D. Carbone - Acid Futurism (Planet Rhythm UK)
Mono Junk - Jupiter Acid (Skudge White)
Robert Armani - Fingertips (ACV)
The 15 Dead Minutes - Your Belief Is Broken (Earwiggle)
AnD - Dusty (Repitch)*
DJ Hell vs Richard Bartz - Break The Rulez (Kurbel)
Eomac - DF4 (Stroboscopic Artefacts/Monad)

* Unreleased as of 30 June 2014

Various - The Giant Monarch (Fifth Wall Records 5WALL013 - 2014)

Set up by Hound Scales and Divvorce, Brooklyn imprint Fifth Wall Records belongs to the bunch of US labels effectively averting current techno clichés.
New mini compilation opens with post-witch house oddity by L'estasi Dell'oro, the man behind the labels Voodoo Down, Flaneur Audio and recently sighted on Berceuse Heroique. Inaugural Gothic drone and delirious moaning of "Der Hase" predict a dark ambient piece until a hi-hat driven tempest sweeps over boisterous bass.
Incredibly groovy "Under Sharer" by debuting artist Loric possesses both technoid cadence and nonchalant house hedonism while Greg Z, another first-timer, reformulates DBX's dry and slapping percussion in "Public Anomie".
Shawn O'Sullivan, Midwest native and today one of New York's most interesting techno producers, excels in "Fumarin" with snake charmer qualities when looping a tropical bird song on solid bass, to round up a set of true delights by Fifth Wall. Most recommended is also the label's recent charity compilation "No Person Is An Island".

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