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Sendo: Absent EP

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Jun 30 2015
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Artist: Sendo
Title: Absent EP
Format: 12"
Label: Sino (@)
Rated: *****
Spanish producer and remixer Marc Ramirez aka Dosem recently launched the moniker Sendo like a shuttle by which he would like to translate his passion for sci-fi into sounds. I'm not really sure of the fact that a listener could match the three tunes of this debut on Honk Kong's imprint Sino, parent label of Technasia Records, to sci-fi themes, except for the title track, whose peacefully mechanical sliding could let you think to the epic rotation of toroidal space stations like the one that Kubrick took from an idea of Werner Von Braun's idea for "2001: Space Odissey" or Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, but all tracks (including the more trance-oriented "Rising" and vaguely tribal "Legacy") could be useful for many techno djs for the opening of a set. Apart from this point and the fact is a quite good deep-techno/techey house item, the working on rhythical patterns is nothing out of the ordinary, to be honest.

Mutamassik: Symbols Follow

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Jun 28 2015
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Artist: Mutamassik (@)
Title: Symbols Follow
Format: 12"
Label: Discrepant (@)
Rated: *****
After having gained a reputation as a skilled turntablist, Italo-egyptian composer Giulia Loli aka Mutamassik blows out in the tube of thought-provoking and heart-rending listening by an impressive sonic fan, which cannot be disjointed by the turbulent period as well as the hypocrist and duplicity of western governments about the difficult situation in Islamic countries. Her aware and smart smorgasbord of tribal rhythmical patterns, shaking breaks (she handled both of them at her best on wonderful tracks like "Rhythms Rattle on Death Pawns" or the initial Ke Nin Kai"), mental primers which seem to render the thoughts of the character portrayed on the cover artwork by means of catchy Arabian scented textures ("Hearts Blink their Morse Code", "Long Beards"), muffled rackets, vocal cutting, occasional raids typical turntablist techniques (such as the amazing use of scratches on "On(e) Foot (in), On(e) Foot (out)"), dusty vynil hissing (like the one she used on "Camus", which manages to render the agonizing description of "The Plague") and clips that sound like having being torn through memories of ancient and fogotten rites or Arabian nights get more and more synesthetic; Mutamassik's creativity intertwines with evocative spiritual visions that result in sonic streams where a selection of a few sounds comes alive by means of masterfully crafted textures. Masterfully mastered by ubiquitous Rashad Becker, it comes on just 500 vinyl copies that got released by excellent Discrepant.

Justin Berkovi: What Will We Become?

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Jun 28 2015
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Artist: Justin Berkovi (@)
Title: What Will We Become?
Format: 12"
Label: Lucidflow (@)
Rated: *****
Klartraum's label Lucidflow hired a proper veteran of techno scene for the second physical release of current year: after many releases on well-known labels like Music Man, Djax-Up-Beats, Force Inc, Perc Trax and Solid, British techno maverick Justin Berkovi just featured many B-sides of some EP and one album on Triple R's Trapez in 2012, so that this release could be considered a sort of new beginning for London-based founder of Predicaments imprint. According to his own words: "I've always produced deeper music, more often than not even years ago was always pushed to B sides of EPs or remixes but now it's the main thing I want to do, techno with soul. After releasing a lot of more melodic material on labels such as eevonext and an album for Trapez a few years ago I want to return to solely concentrating ont his style for my music and live sets". This release is a good assay of the style that Justin defines "techno with soul": the closest to Lucidflow's style is "Something Together", whose vocal snippets, straight hits and fluffy progdub chords sound like coming from the gummy ventricles of a mechanical beating heart, while some shadows of Detroit style (particularly of those proggy declensions by he above-mentioned Music Man) overspread on the string-driven aquatic disturbances of the initial "Prelude" and the title-track "What Will We Become?", whose demanding/commanding male voice placing the spotlight on the somehow urgent matter of the future over Kevin's little psych-out on delayed percussions and flapping sounds. The fourth track "Dusk and Beyond" claims connection with Balil's sound, but the slapping bass resembles italo-house and its airy sonorities could resemble some stuff by Humate as well as some old entries on Rising High.

Population One: Time Will Tell EP

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Jun 23 2015
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Artist: Population One
Title: Time Will Tell EP
Format: 12"
Label: 30drop (@)
Distributor: Decks.de
Rated: *****
Terrence Dixon aka Population One, one of the bravest producer and dj of Detroit scene for his stylistical deviations, which have marked his distinctive sound, lands on Spanish label 30Drop by an interesting collection of four recordings taken from his personal archive, which marks the start of experimental techno-focused ExoPlanets series. Each track got titled from the moment it was recorded so that both the remarkable differences between some tracks and the similarities to some workouts by Dixon are fully justified: the first two recordings - the hypnotic minimal "3.26.2013@11.40pm" and the swirling harmonic "11.18.2013@1:41am" - are close to some good stuff he dropped on "Badge OF Honor" (Surface) and the second part of "From The Far Future" (Tresor), whose vaguely psychotic sci-fi sound partially got mirrored by the third recording "5.26.2012@5.59pm", while the cosmic arp-driven reverie of "12.1.2008@5.48pm" locks onto the sonorities of his "Train Of Thought" (Yore Records) and some occasional stuff he released on other labels between 2007 and 2009. Not only intended for Detroit enthused collectors.

JC Laurent: Southside EP

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Jun 23 2015
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Artist: JC Laurent
Title: Southside EP
Format: 12"
Label: Hidden (@)
Rated: *****
The way by which young Nice-born (you have a possible explanation of the title of this four tracker as he comes from Southern France...) producer Jc Laurent blurs basslines, which sounds like coming from deep waters, and erode metallic hits on the opening title-track of this release could remind you the attack of biggest sharks against the protective cage for scared scuba divers of a famous videogame, but besides this imaginative matching, "Southside" is an awesome connection between Berlin deep-techno and Detroit style that marks the style of Monsieur Laurent, while the gently delayed chords over a shaking platform of claps and sneaking hits of "Witness", whose subterranean pumping bass seems to explode on the ominously obsessive "Hoax", is the softest stuff of this new ring of Hidden Recordings' chain. Uk producer Tom De Cicco injects administers anabolic steroids to the above-imagined shark for his remix of "Southside" by means of stumping electronic grid, where the temporary slowdown after 4 minutes of playing is deceptive, as the groove suddenly speeds up till the end.


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