Friday, March 7, 2014
Slow-paced "Disperse" is built on grainy modular textures akin to Alva Noto and Mika Vainio while
"Slew Modified" tries more colorful palette with a bulk of rhythms and timbres leaving gradually a cacophonic impression.
De Mey's convincing skills appear on the EP's flip side, when the title track "Double Slit" sets off with subtle helicopter percussion and buoyant chords, complemented with mechanical ticking for slight industrial flair. The best for the end: "Excursions To Intersections" is a robomantic builder driven by interplanetary magnetic storms. Intelligent and deep excursions from the Belgian producer.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1. Love Cult Take Druss - Black Pines (Trensmat)
2. Eric Aldea & Ivan Chiossone - The Journey (0101)
3. Yves De Mey - Excursions To Intersections (Semantica)
4. Morphosis - Dismantle (Feat. Donato Dozzy) (Honest Jon’s)
5. Terrence Dixon – Pacers (Polytone Recordings)
6. NX1 - Black 01 B (NX1)
7. Jorge Bule – Motora (Apparent Horizon)
8. Guillam - Vortex (Reaktivate)
9. Yuka - Savdi Lim (Semantica)
10. Kaelan & Z.I.P.P.O(3KZ) - Oppression (Suburban Avenue)
11. Planetary Assault Systems – Riot In Silo (Mote-Evolver)
12. Most Significant Beat - SDE (Groof Deconstruction Mix) (Geometrik)
13. Erika - Gardeners (Israel Vines Remix) (Interdimensional Transmissions)
14. L'estasi Dell'oro - Kingdom For A Kiss (Unit Moebius Anonymous vs. Shitcluster Rmx) (Berceuse Heroique)
15. Blacknecks - Holzer Mane (Blacknecks)
16. E-Trax - Yo, Te Quiero (Dance Street)
17. Karlist – Hexagonal (Russian Torrent Versions)
18. Perceptrons – B1 Untitled (Switch Records)
19. Acid Junkies - Sector 9 (Djax-Up-Beats)
20. Lucindo - ACT 86 (3TH Records)
21. Paul Birken - Acid Youth Of Malibu (Earwiggle)
22. Blacknecks - To The Cosmos Lets Go (Blacknecks)
23. Earlene Bentley - I'm Living My Own Life (Record Shack Records/Going For A Song)
Friday, February 21, 2014
Clad in a picture sleeve appealing both to car-crazy fathers and their sons, the EP's title track is an euphoric number with catchy rhythm and flying synth riffs, followed by Frank Underwear's "Drama Dub" version. First tones of "Multiverse" remind of end-80s euro house before arpeggios and sweet strains take the control, followed by "Rush", which skillfully negotiates curves encouraged by blurred female sample.
Utterly energizing and melodic, "Spaziotempo" is looking at the bright side of the life. Notwithstanding the fact that real-life Mario Moretti, a former terrorist and kidnapper, belonged to Italian Red Brigades.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Friday, February 14, 2014
|Release date is in March 2014|
The beats of "Paris / Berlin" are now brought out as gatefold double LP. As the soundtrack of a retrospective film, the compilation features mostly previously released tracks from 1999 to 2012. However it's a telling snapshot of industrial techno's past and present, starting with nocturnal jab by Ancient Methods ("Fourth Method") while Regis goes by Downwards manual in "Baptism", a monotone banger with panicking vocal loop.
Rodz-Konez frontman Makaton drops bombastic rave villain "Coup De Grace" from a 2007 EP while Latvian artist Oyaarss fuses hardened electronica, brutal kicks and lyrically whispering elves in "Smaida Greizi Nākamība" ("Future Smile Soon"), the title track from the 2012 album on Ad Noiseam.
"Unknown" by DnA, a project of Ravalec and Dax J, is exclusive to this compilation and taps to the overall gloomy atmosphere. Adam X's EBM-inspired "Robot Rebellion in 2071" reflects the industrial past of the New York native and current Berlin resident. The hardest part arrives with the Swedes Archae & Grovskopa who demolish it like true disciples of PCP's special squad with thundering "Surface Tension". The final scalp is taken by Kareem, recalling the heyday of Zhark Recordings with militantly throbbing "Black September".
The compilation's BPM rates are mostly well above 130, partly hitting the realms of vintage hardcore slammers while keeping the groove for floor functionality.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
While Kondo deviates from techno's 4/4 fixation, Scalameriya's fiery remix of "Mouth Of Which" moves closer to linear DJ tools. Digital-only "Moon Phase Letterpress" is a crackling ambient drone, a compulsory part of many techno releases.
The new EP has much in common with Kondo's reworks of DJ Skirt and Sawf and recent own tracks on Inner Surface or Par Wax. "Cycles, Children & Islands EP" is pressed in grey and black marbled vinyl with the artwork by Russian photo artist Nadja Sveir.
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Monday, February 10, 2014
|Photo: Frontpage (July 1994)|
Instead on courting local or Midwest labels, those of Freddie Fresh or Woody McBride, Henk set up his own little shop to spread hazardous acid bacteria and Henk's rough cuts quickly hit the nerve of the underground. However he made one guest appearance on Fresh's Analog Records, with "Connect" for "Midwest Acid Harvest" compilation.
In 1994 Riley Reinhold aka Triple R from the German techno mag Frontpage interviewed Mike Henk about the label and his works. Here is a translation.
Mike Henk - the man from the mountains
We have not been used to such craziness from a Detroit label. From a place usually standing for roots and integrity, comes like from nowhere a new label praising acid. As fresh as on the day it was born, the 303 is thrown in like a concrete mixer to produce psychedelic cubes for our brain. Triple R spoke with Mike Henk, the owner of Pulsar Recordings.
FP: When did you start making music?
MH: I got my first piano when I was 12. I have experimented a lot with the music but in serious manner I have dealt with it for three years only.
FP: What did you inspire you to write first tracks?
MH: A bass drum
FP: What type of music did you listen in the past?
MH: 60s motown, R&B, rock, 70s disco, 80s new wave, punk, etc. Almost everything.
FP: Where do you live?
MH: I live in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA, two miles north from Detroit. The records are mastered at National Sound [Corporation] (Detroit) and pressed in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
FP: Your 303 tracks are very untypical in American circumstances. Many US labels have abandoned offensive 303 sound. Why do keep this style?
MH: I'm addicted to 303 and it makes me horny.
FP: Your cuts remind slightly of D.jungle Fever records from Germany. The 303 is programmed as madly and it's the central element of the tracks.
MH: I don't know D.jungle in person but whenever I see their record I will buy it. But for some reason these are hard to get.
FP: Are you in contact with other labels from Detroit?
MH: No, not in the moment.
FP: Do you have a concept for your label?
MH: To break even.
FP: Is there a competition between the labels?
MH: No, only a difference in attitude.
FP: Have you previously released anything on other labels?
MH: Yes, but I don't want to speak about that. I make all tracks myself and maybe in the future I will release something on other labels too.
FP: Do you DJ?
MH: Not yet but I would love to.
FP: Who is the one you would like to produce together?
MH: With Freddie Fresh and Laura Grabb.
FP: Your second release is definitely harder than the first one. Does it indicate a direction and how will be the next release?
MH: No, not necessarily. The next EP has four untitled cuts and will sound somewhat harder. The release date is 28 June 1994.
FP: Because there are only editions of 500 and you hardly earn anything with that, do you have another job?
MH: I work in a recording studio in Detroit. At home I work under the name Mike E. Clark as mixer and producer for hip hop and rap groups.
Mike Henk Top 10 / July 1994
1) Walker - Schrei nach Liebe (Force Inc.)
2) Walker - Jungle Fever 7" B-side (DJ.ungle Fever)
3) Spencer Kincy - At Play (Cajual)
4) Love Inc. - Look Of Love (Force Inc.)
5) Patrick Sjeren - Acid Indiction Vol 1 (Pig Fuck)
6) Freddie Fresh - Analogical Mind (Dj.ungle Fever)
7) DJ ESP - Bad Acid (Drop Bass Network)
8) Alkahest - Universal Constant (Post Contemporary)
9) Basic Channel 006
10) Mike Henk - Dox 003 (Pulsar Recordings)
Top 10 All Time
1) Mike Dred - Kosmik Kommando (Rephlex)
2) Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived (Industrial Strength)
3) Ritch Lee - Rock So Hard (white)
4) Jeff Mills - Step To Enchantment (Axis)
5) DBX - Electric Shock (Accelerate)
6) Jeff Mills - Berlin (Wild Pitch Mix) (Pow Wow)
7) Telepathic - PSI 004 (Telepathic)
8) Cybersonik - Technarchy (Plus 8)
9) Moby - Go (Instinct)
10) Moby - Help Me To Believe (Instinct)