30 May 2012
24 May 2012
|Release date is June 2012|
The end is the beginning: ambient-minded introduction "Time To Die" is for meditative moments in Arizona wasteland, but thereafter black Dr. Martens are worn in "Espora", a mix of electro, IDM and EBM influences, which might track back to Aracanoid's beginning at the end of 1980's. "Force Of Gravity" continues in electro mood, but the B-side is different again. "Interzone" would be classified as tech-house and would be a good suggestion for summer parties in the sun. For the most ecstatic track of the EP synth worms are unleashed in "Zero G", which is not far from MFS trance. All in all a release with many faces and a functional tool for DJ cases.
23 May 2012
|Release date is June 2012|
Gospel and rhythm in the blood, the kings and queens of the scene stimulate a hedonistic party in "122 BPM" with sexed-up grooves from the jack's adolescence. Some tracks have felt the rotation like "Fantasy" by Z-Factor Feat. Jesse Saunders or "I Can't Forget" by Mr Lee, but there is plenty to discover in Libra Libra, Dezz & Grant, Risque Rythum Team, McGhee, etc.
Most often Chicago house means producers like Mr Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Lil Louis, found on numerous compilations on the theme. "122 BPM" offers many interesting discoveries from a different angle with a triple-CD or double-LP, plus a single featuring Frankie Knuckles' project Unfinished Business with "Out Of My Hands".
17 May 2012
|Release date is June 2012|
16 May 2012
Still remember Dressel's "Mons Testaceum" on Legowelt's Strage Life Records, which sounded like a sonic testament of gladiators perished in the arena of Colosseum. Now he comes with a mini-LP where the title track "Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves" surprises with italo-inspired synthwave jolliness. In fact entire release is rather floor-minded and shuns macabre feelings, although the title would predict something else. Uptempo synthetic grooves are in the main role in "The Black Radiant Sky", "The Fifty Days of Mighty Lunacy" and "Afterlife Was Writ In Water", while more cosmic-minded "Nestled Against the Aurelian Walls" adds some dramatic notes. Programmed with skill and wit, Dressel presents a highlight of the genre in 2012.
Especially the first composition, "Ange", is a lucid minimalistic drone for believers, under protective wings of holographic angels. For visual support just imagine medieval paintings with biblical motives. "La mer à l’aube" continues with vibrations of computer music, in a more complex composition with ebbs and tides of synth waves and touches of musique concrète. Moving in the backwash of the end-1970's disco craze,"Rouge" is the most rhythmic part of the album, where a staccato of synth sequences gradually transforms into floating layers. The title track "Heliograms" makes a return to the cathedral, for introspective moments with digitized organ and piano
Thirty years have passed since the first release of "Heliograms". Canadian composer Piché recorded the album between the years 1977-1980 during his time in Vancouver and created a fine collage of synthesizer sounds, compositions like art installation and reflections of inner-self. The album contains deep undercurrents for a profound listening experience, brought to you soon by Digitalis Recordings.
14 May 2012
Found among old flyers a 1996 issue of Energy Flash, a lo-fi zine from Detroit. It invited readers for a Q&A session with Drexciya before the release of UR-037, "The Return Of Drexciya". So anything you wanted to know about the aquatic electro act, or maybe not ...
11 May 2012
VOOV stands for Violation Of Ordinary Values and was a project by Christian Graupner, who was also a member of Futurhythm. "... And It's A Gas" sounds like a manifest and is still in the very top of record titles till today. The CD version contains five interpretations of the theme. The intoxicating intro of "Smoke Machine" invites to an ecstatic trip, to the world of mutated sound samples and rolling arpeggios, and "Strobe Light" adds a staccato of helium-treated voices. All valves are opened in "Oxygen Mask" and energetic substance flows and flows, developing to a bleepy and sweaty workout with UK hardcore influences. As a CD bonus, "3-D Trance" is overrun by a menacing and endless synth avalanche, which stretches the track to almost nine minutes. All that is just pure fun.
09 May 2012
Exiled with his mother Maryn Coote (Marju Kuut) from the Soviet Union, Kuut recorded most of the tracks in the home studios in Santa Monica and Stockholm. He also produced for Maryn and used for a while in Herbie Hancock's studio, though not having a chance to meet the master of funk himself, Kuut told to Eesti Ekspress newspaper.
There are no weaker links in the LP and because of its integrity it feels like being produced as an album right from the start. Two versions of the title track "Vision Of Estonia" are blue funk tunes with velvet percussion, for feeling the Northern breeze at Estonian seaside. "Mayday" is clearly a track destined for floor action, featuring awesome boogie spirit with Maryn's and Uku's vocal contribution. "Dream Lover" sounds like not fully cooked, showing the unrefined and hectic side of funk. "Stevie Bossa" would work as a tribute to Stevie Wonder, while "Soft Fashion" and "I Ask U Now" represent delicate side of the LP. For the end, in big city dilemma "Right Or Wrong" the man himself does the vocals.
On this very album Kuut, now 47 and living on the island Saaremaa, proves that white guys born at the 60th parallel North can funk too. "Vision Of Estonia" is like a good wine without any real expiry date.
For sound clips and vinyl purchase go to PPU or Rush Hour, for a CD. Also thanks to Biit for delivering a copy to myself plus a few dozen people in Estonia.
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04 May 2012
Two tracks from the label's back catalog have been picked for reworks: Beaini's own "Spacepops" is deformed by Donato Dozzy into effervescent acid psychedelia with Dynamo Dreesen's alienated voice. Hieroglyphic Being's bold-bass version of Madteo's "Freak Inspector" comes with his trademark abstract jacking undertones and Sensational's abraded voice, all that resulting in otherworldly experience. Alice in Wonderland would dig it.
Spacepops (Donato Dozzy Remix)
02 May 2012
Full props to L-Vis 1990 having embarked on a mission to give a new life to Chicago heritage. While acid house has been around all the time, ghetto has stayed in the background since DJ Assault on Electrofunk. Now a restart is on, which also brings Night Slugs back to my radar.
L-Vis 1990 - Club Constructions Vol. 1