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Patrick Bateman: Club Queen

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Feb 10 2014
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Artist: Patrick Bateman (@)
Title: Club Queen
Format: 12"
Label: Tic Tac Toe (@)
Rated: *****
After a couple of years with no releases on his own label, Tic Tac Toe boss, the Danish producer and DJ Kenneth Broxgaard, who grabbed the name of the notorious fictional anti-hero of Breat Easton Ellis' novel "American Psycho" to sign his own outputs, glides along fluffy deep-techno sonorities, appealingly knotted chords, mellow rhythmical patterns and dulcet nuances overall on "Club Queen". Patrick Bateman's single includes a couple of nice remixes as well: the first one got signed by A'dam's rising star Frank Haag, who puts on a sort of noir show by means of urban found sounds, dull atmospheres and icy filtering of vocal musings by French photographer and singer Julie Montal, while the second one passed through the wind tunnel by American producer Billy Johnston, whose releases for a plenty of labels like Blu Fin, Black nation and Sleaze got supported by techno veterans such as Dj Hell and Richie Hawtin, and Gennaro Mastrantonio aka Undeep, where the somehow steretypical sonorities of the genre have been balanced by a wise use of effects.

Attemporal: Att 9

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Feb 09 2014
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Artist: Attemporal
Title: Att 9
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: ATT series
Rated: *****
Attemporal is one of the most interesting act from Spanish techno scene and the mastery of the heads behind this project, Salva Cotanda and David Sierra, seems to be confirmed by the elongated chain of their Att series, which achieves the ninth ringlet. This new drop into their gurgling dark pond drags up old hard-techno sonorities again by means of straight rhythmical inflations, kicking heels, thin electronic tremors and aquatic nuances, whose conciseness justifies its forcefulness. This release includes a couple of remixes as well: the first one got signed by Melbourne-based producer and dj Craig McWhinney, who preserved the concision of rhythmical gearwheels and highlights the electronic dub constituents of the original version into his progressive incendiary flow, while the second remix comes from French producer Damien Lapena aka The Plant Worker and snap at eardrums by siphoning "Att 9" into acid murky solutions.

Arctic Anorectic: 001

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Feb 04 2014
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Artist: Arctic Anorectic
Title: 001
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Arctic Anorectic
Distributor: Baseware Distribution
Rated: *****
Another interesting label which makes its first appearance on the packed techno scene is Tel Aviv-based Arctic Anorectic, whose stylistical crossbreeding whets listener's appetite instead of suppressing it in contrast with the name that its founder Yiftach Giladi, co-founder of the "100 Meters Underground" collective and sparkling head behind the M1 techno parties, gave to the label. He suffused mild deep techno grooves by echoed mantric taps, sonic glares, eerily adventurous melodies and faint electro buzz which renders a sort of aqualung which hits the mark when the rhythmical pattern sound more "unfastened" as it occurs on "Jeffry", but it sounds likewise tempting when the pattern itself got plunged into bubbly electronic microsound ("The Jogger"), more wheezing atmospheres ("While Driving") or when sonic diving has been slowed down ("Abe's Live").

Nerk/Kirn: Remnant Hugo

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Jan 25 2014
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Artist: Nerk/Kirn
Title: Remnant Hugo
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: V-Records (@)
Rated: *****
First collaborative release by a couple of Berlin-based techno-lovers who spill their passion on the stained tablecloth of music zines and on sonic technological devices as one half of Nerk/Krin is German-born Benjamin Weiss aka Nerk, a veteran of dance music scene as well as a founding member of the notorious German mag De:bug, while the other half is Kentucky-based classically trained producer Peter Kirn, founding editor of CreateDigitalMusic. They dropped a couple of good tracks by forging digitally-edited analog sonorities which draw fully from rich sources of underground Berlin after-parties: on "Hugo", they have fun by sand an innervated MS-20-driven drone by means of light distortions, micro-taps, plastic slithering and clanging spurts, while "Remnant" bounces fingersnaps, dry kicks, claps off the sides of a cavern before they let an arpeggio and some crunchy sonorities out of a Juno-106.

P.E.A.R.L.: Order/Decay

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Jan 23 2014
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Artist: P.E.A.R.L.
Title: Order/Decay
Format: 12"
Label: Falling Ethics (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
On the face of upcoming or newborn techno labels, those Detroit-esque Berlin-based obscure techno sonorities, which shaked the scene in the first decade of new millenium, are living a blaze of glory again. Beyond the almost axiomatic apocalyptical nuances that a name like Falling Ethics could impulsively evoke, the debut of the new imprint by young Cantabrian producer P.E.A.R.L. validates such an impression: the three parts of "Order/Decay" sounds like following a graduated ascent, a sort of reversed gravity wave where the nitrogen level increases in the sonic stream of each track as it approaches the exit of the reactor, where the last of the three part, needless to say, is the most stifling one by means of more clearly audible industrial influences. In order to have an idea of what you're going to listen, just imagine a crossbreed between the stuff that industrial-oriented techno grandmasters like Riou Tomita and the syncopated regularity of producers like Ascion, Monolake or Fumiya Tanaka added and keep on adding to their artifacts.


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