01. Mr DNA x DOS4GW - Demon's World / Dos Castle Dos [Hirntrust Grind Media 038 Promo]
02. Plaster - Circular Mechanism [SONUOUS 003 Whitelabel Promo]
Deep Listening Music anyone? Somewhere between Broken Techno and Armchair Techno with a deeply hypnotizing twist that we all know and love from underground artists like Nommo Ogo or Carlito Verde the original cut is easily floating and drifting through coldest areas of space, located somewhere beyond any deep field photography and taking us to - not only literally - other worlds whilst the Substance Remix to be found on the flip provides an excursion into electronic UltraDub from a dark future that defo will be appreciated by Illbient headz and sci-fi freaks alike. Great.
03. Minor Rain - Excavator / Complexity [Sinous Records 022]
Actually it took eleven - sic!!! - long years until the second Sinuous Records release found its way into my collection after I-Rate's double A-sided "Game Over / Droppin' Like Flies" caught my attentention immediately when the whitelabel pressing popped up at the local record store - back in 2002. Same goes now for Minor Rain's razor sharp, hyper tight and stripped down approach of "Excavator" which surely brings back the dark'ish black tunnel funk of the "Wormhole"-era but adds some even more futuristic drum patterns which are meandering around the classic drum, snare, drum, snare focussed beat we're still feeling much love for. On the flip "Complexity" lives up to its name for sure, tricking dancefloors with well minimalistic but twisted and - guess? - complex beats riding a cold, sci-fi vibe with the occasional haunting sample and tense atmosphere popping up here and there. This one's for well advanced floors. Get.
04. Ten Years From Now: Still Doin' Our Thing #3 [Audiolith Promo
05. Frederic Mercier / Prins Thomas / Pierre Bachelet / Uncle O - Cosmic Machine [Because Music]
07. Expension Unit [UNIT 001 Whitelabel Promo]
"Cosmic Machine - A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980)" is the full title of the longplay compilation this two original tracks on this 12" are taken which are Frederic Mercier's "Spirit" and Pierre Bachelet's "Motel Show". An additional remix for the first mentioned track is provided by Prins Thomas and Uncle O is at the controls for a re-cut of the latter. Whilst side A caters a trip into the HiNRG infused side of DiscoCosmic - not: CosmicDisco! - with a lot of Moroderes'que synth basslines and epic, if not even kitschy, string layers we find the flip on a classic - as the track in itself is one known to even those who've never been into early SynthDance music - Cosmic tip with its stick-in-you-ear synth line of that kind you'll never ever dare to forget again. Recommended for this fact. And more.
06. Dusky - Careless EP [Aus Music Whitelabel Promo]
As I'm a sucker for Future Garage and related these days this one got an 8/10 review in FAZE Magazine
and whenever I put this record on I defo want to move my old white ass on the dancefloor. Bringing the best positive vibes that House music can provide fused with garage'y vibes from the 'ardcore continuum this one is an instant classic that'll never leave my box when I'm out playing that style. Huge.
A 9/10 whitelabel 12" that has already been reviewed in detail in FAZE Magazine
but is well worthy to be mentioned again. Not much information given on this copy but all three tracks do fuse electroid elements with Motor City flavors that are to be found regularly on great labels like Viewlexx, Ersatz Audio and the likes of. You know the score.
08. Basic Soul Unit [LAB.OUR 001 Whitelabel Promo]
Another one taken from the FAZE Magazine
promo box, rated 8/10 in their November print issue for a reason. The untitled A-side sees Basic Soul Unit branch out into raw uncut House with a jazzy sidekick whilst riding a UK Bass influenced, wobbly bassline that takes punters off on a ride. On the flip we'll find a quite abstract excursion into HighSpeed Electro realms driven by nuff analogue melancholia provided by old and longtime dusted synths as well as a dark'ish trip into the spooky basements of Underground House where pure energy and stoically marching hihats overrule any kind of polish whilst acidic modulations are digging deep into your melted brain.
09. Trentemøller - Lost (Instrumental Version) [In My Room Promo]
's latest longplay joint "Lost"
has been introduced and reviewed on these pages quite a while ago and is still as hot as your regular wiener taken off boiling water. For all of his fans who still can't do much with vocals a full on instrumental version of "Lost"
will be a available soon'ish as limited 2LP white vinyl pressing which is, to be honest, a pretty thrilling and well haunting affair as it not only naturally comes along in a totally different temper due to the lack of vocals but also is able to divulge way more of Trentemøller
's amazing studio skillz than the regular version. Massive!
10. General Vex / Plural Zero [SMGLTD001 Promo]
Reviewed and rated as an 8/10 in the November issue of the german FAZE Magazine
this white vinyl split pressing is making a statement for sure with its opening piece "No Fucks" - a stripped down but not necessarily minimalistic tune with explicit, ever modulating vocals that don't - guess what - about whether they cause mayhem on Techno or high octane House floors whilst reminiscing about Ghetto House and Green Velvet's Chicago Basement phase alike. Furthermore we'll find technoid antigrooves on a well reduced level that are flavored with a few 'troity tones, jumpy abstractions in between Techno and Electro causing serious movement amongst advanced dancers and club attendees - "Blank VHS" - and a gnarly, analogue jam alike excursion into deeper undergound Techno realms. Sweet.