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Prefuse 73 – “Every Color of Darkness” – [Temporary Residence Ltd.]



Prefuse 73′s 2015 release continues his journey to asynchronous glitchy electronica loops intermingled with voice manipulations and sudden jazz-inspired movements into the unknown sphere of musicality. This is hip hop and also not hip hop due to the spectrum of possibilities explored on this album, maybe this is psychedelic triphop just to make up another genre on the spot. The splitting of small pieces of loops forming a coherent yet unexpected result is the key to untangle Prefuse 73′s music. This EP size, close to an album size, is perfect for exploring this world without getting into filler space or repetitious pattern copying. The collection of parts forming unique structures combined with female voice mangling makes this release a trip to another sonic consciousness.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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  • Elektro4 – “Archaeometry” – [Heardrums Records]



    This is Elektro4′s (Mike Schofield) 2016 release full of psychedelic-soul instrumental hiphop tracks — kind of like The Avalanches on acid or if Orb would suddenly get inspired by the NYC scene. The beats create canvases with introverted movie-style scenarios and oddities appear and disappear between the speakers. This is the closest you could get to a pre-dawn hip hop party where alternate realities are explored. The fascination with other cultures make entrance on many tracks, including dubby side tours. Note the tracks melt into each other so you need to catch the transition from one song to the next. This one is a great include of underground hiphop into our library.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Die Partei – “La Freiheit Des Geistes” – [Bureau B.]

    Die Partei


    In 1981 Tim Dokoupil and Walter Dahn – members of the German underground music scene — decided to record a whole album with the concept band name Die Partei. The game plan was to record the whole album on a weekend, music should be electronic and danceable and sprinked with some film quotes. They restricted to using few instruments, mostly early day synthesizers and cheap guitars as well has have contrasts in the music. Even the album was mixed the same weekend including the album cover design. The result is a prime example of very early day underground dance electronica where some elements are surprisingly new sounding even if recorded 1981. The trademark German synth melodies appear and the carefully programmed sequences do their atomic belly dances.


  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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  • Tiga – “Sexor” – [PIAS]



    Tiga’s 2006 debut album is an exercise in pop meets electronica, or electropop, or man sings when angry bass lines rule and drum machines pound. There are highs and lows, high points are tracks where more playfulness, soul and acid creeps in. The rock bottom parts are where the lyrics deal with high school topics. The Talking Heads cover of Burning Down the House was intriguing but not radical. Who’s That is a good example of a track where this reviewer was happy, same with You Gonna Want Me with a soulful interpretation.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Yppah – “Eighty One” – [Ninja Tune Recordings]



    In this time and age it’s a sensory pleasure to listen and review Yppah’s Eighty One release from 2012, lushfull, playful and optimistic shoegaze dream pop similar to Lush, Coctau Twins and similar more feminine aspects of shoegaze. This recording has similar tonality as Ulrich Schnauss with plentiful of guitar soundscapes and female singing. Yppah is actually the texan Joe Corrales Jr. The first vinyl is more restrained and dreamy while starting with the C side the rhythms get more energetic with even some signature slow tempo drumNBass and hip hop elements mixed into the traditional live played guitar/bass/drums/synth setup. Anomie Belle sings in some tracks and her singing fits like a glow similar to Liz Frazer vocal lines. This is beautiful and playful music; sounds like someone had fun in the studio. Pure musical joy from beginning to end.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 28, 2016 at 11:12 am
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  • Fehlmann, Thomas – “Eye / Tree” – [Kompakt Schallplatten]



    This is the 2013 EP from veteran German lush techno producer Thomas Fehlman (also one of the on/off members of Orb.) A side, Tree: tribal techno with twists and turns, most colorful treatment than expected with syncopated chords patterns and sneaking-in bass lines. B side: Starts on a mellow ambience tone but twists into a a vintage funky tech house variation with the ambience emerging from time to time. This is high grade electronica.



  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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  • 2000 Hands [coll] – [Hands]



    Hands the record label was formed 1990 by Udo Wiessmann hand has been instrumental in discovering and releasing many new and diverse electronic music artists. This year 2000 collection showcases their breath of artist material at this particular point in history. Orphx tracks are noise in beat motions, Proyecto Mirage is similar noise/industrial music material, Wilterkalte’s music also has noise as an element building beat patterns towards the techno domain, MS Gentur is similar hard techno noise music, Needle sharing tracks have a surprising DrumNBass element combined with noise sculptures. NKVD sounds more ambient with noise textures, Typhoid tracks have a neurotic drum machine as basis with noise again use for DrumNBass tracks. Ah Cama-Sotz is dark ambience, Xabec is more introspective ambience and finally Schachtanlage Gegenort is pure noise experimentation. So there’s something for anyone.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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  • Die Vorkriegszeit – “Cystis” – [ZZO Recordings]



    This 1987 release was a precursor release to martial industrial music, pounding drums, march band horns, Lord of The Rings Battle scene string music and much more. It’s a combination of doomsday industrial music meets the battle-scene hardened troops marching towards glory and most likely doom. This dark electronica has touches of neo-classical tones, gothic undertones and dashes of drone. Their only CD — as far as I know — is an enigmatic puzzle especially based on the time this was released. It might lead to some battle fatigue due to the doomsday undertone.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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  • LA Collection: Chapter 1 [coll] – [Arcade]



    This 1994 release contains French underground dance club music from artists such as Shazz, St. Germain, Laurent Garnier and others, sometimes as acronyms or collaborations between various French producers from the nineties underground dance movement. This is not the Daft Punk compressed disco punk sound, rather clever takes on Acid and Tech House, Detroit Techno and (unfortunately) also on Progressive House and Trance styles. Where this collection shines are the more experimental and forward pushing tracks from Scan X, Orange, Choice. And Laurent Garnier’s Planet Sex is just one of those over-the-top songs begging to be played. Breathless is is another fun take on acid-meets-techno. This compilation is a prime example showcasing what 1990:ies music is interesting still today and what has been mangled to bits due to cliche patterns.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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  • Kompakt Total 14 [coll] – [Kompakt Schallplatten]



    Kompakt skipped 2013 with their total releases, hence no Total 13 so this 14th release came out 2014. It’s a mixture of proven dandy techno content and experimental beat fun, of which the vocal pop techno side is unfortunately too much present with its lyrical content and formulas and the known Kompakt sound is there with artist tracks from Maceo Plex, Blond:ish and Superpitcher. However, Sebastian Bouchet seems to be unable to make boring tracks, Thomas Fehlman pushes tribal techno to new directions, The Modernist sounds like UK funky techno and John Tejada’s remix of the Field track is elegant. And who knew that Voigt & Voigt would reinvent sixties surf pop. Pick and choose from the 20 tracks as each one has it’s own charm.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on September 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm
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  • Ital Tek – “Hollowed” – [Planet Mu]



    This 2016 Ital Tek release is very different from his earlier busy-creative pattern, evolutionary dual-tempo dubstep/DnB/anything electronic music. Here instead Brighton UK based Alan Myson took his new favorite guitar just purchased to the studio and recorded sixty minutes of more atmospheric and synthwave-like electronic music. The beat patterns sneak in here and there, but they are mostly used as nuances rather than in-your-face kick drums. And yes the bass lines also have their presence, but more toned than manifested via brutal speaker attacks. The instrumentation moves between modes and fascinating utterances of depth and insight. This is more of a listening album than a club record, as such it’s wonderful that a contemporary producer is mindful and moves into unexpected directions on his fifth record, using classical composing techniques such as dynamic passages and unexpected turns.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on August 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm
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  • Nagamatzu – “Above This Noise” – [Dark Entries]



    This vinyl release is a set of rare demos and takes from the cult electronica-post-punk band Nagamatzu. Nagamatzu was a British duo with Andrw Lagowski and Stephen Jarvis that was formed 1982. This was in the early days with explorations of the new music media using drum machines, sudden cheap Japanese synthesizers and old tape machines in combination with post-punk guitars similar to Joy Division, so these tracks reflect this era. These tracks are from their 1986 to 1991 experimentation. Musically this vinyl is a hit and miss adventure; I enjoyed the first and last tracks, but the rest tended to fall into the trap of ‘it’s an unreleased take and there’s a reason it was not released.’ However, you can experience the primal nerve of a duo experimenting with drum machines and other music toys with a cult-murky tape deck sound.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on August 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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  • Irikarah – “Programmed Illusions” – [Misanthrope Studio]



    This is one of Andreas Arndt’s many albums, released 2007 — the music is lo-fi industrial power angst music combined with heavy doses of pink noise and some non-drum beats sneak in here and there. The voices are manipulated with modulations and distortions and phone eq:ing so that the lyrics are mostly non-understandable statements about something where the title lyrics might give minuscule ideas what the intent of the track is. Some might enjoy this kind of power noise, it is indeed an acquired taste. But I missed any finesse and artistry amongst all the tracks, even with noise music you need artistic intent and the multitude of repetitious noise making has its limits.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on August 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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  • (Hypothetical) Prophets, The – “Around The World With” – [InFine']


    Bernard Szajner is a French producer with a style similar to the early day Eno productions. He does not even consider himself a musician, rather a visual music sculptor and has worked on a variety of projects including theatrical events and laser shows. He is also considered the inventor of the laser harp. On this 1983 album he was using the pseudonym The (Hypothetical) Prophets together with Karel Beer for a tour the force audio trip concerning field samples, electro psychedelic walls of sound, collage loops as arranged songs with a variety of singing material, drum machines and odd lyrics. The concept was to present themselves as Russian new wave pop stars acting as anti-nuclear movement artists, hence some of the tracks have Russian voicing.. Some of the productions sound very modern for today, half-way to contemporary techno productions, some tracks are in the vein of Cabaret Voltaire, some have Gong influences (Bernard did work with Gong), but some tracks are modulated into goofiness due to the silliness quota that is cranked up too high. All together, this is a rare album re-released due to its new wave electronica classic status — with occasional warts included.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on August 3, 2016 at 11:17 am
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  • Bezier – “Cosmologist EP” – [Honey Soundsystem]



    California producer Bezier from the Honey Soundsystem collective is a hardware synth fan so this 2016 EP has pretty much the soundscape of hardware synths with tentacles towards more modern synth disco without getting too deep into the Italo or Norwegian disco genres. We are talking about arpeggiators and synthesizer melody motifs, with influences from house, 8-bit music and simpler techno. Wish he was a even more adventurous but if doing progressive electronic disco you need to know the limits and as so this EP has moments of wonder. Last track even has parts of virtuous synthesizer jazz soloing which usually is rare with electronic music releases.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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  • Regler – “Regel #6 (techno)/Regel #7 (drone)” – [Quemada Records]



    Regel #6 and #7 are the continuation of Mattin and Anders Bryngelsson’s Regel project where the concept is to take the essence of a musical genre by distilling and mimic:ing it into the core meaning of it’s conceptual music, or the rule of the music style addressed. This time they attacked techno (on A side) and drone music (on B side.). Basically you take the intrinsic meaning of the style and follow it’s guiding principles with the bare minimum parts, as long as possible. It might sound academic, or even repeat-full boring, but at the same time it’s a fascinating attempt to create art of art itself into what is the meaning of it. To some degree, the listener might even get disoriented due to the repetitions with subtle changes that might be heard at the third listening.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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  • I.B.M. – “From The Land of Rape & Honey (The Suppressed Tapes) 1995 -” – [Interdimensional Transmissions]



    A double-album with restored tapes from Jamal Moss’ Insane Black Man (I.B.M) period of 1995-2005 — murky, murky industrial dance techno with continuous patterns swirling and swirling and less interest in developing tracks, where the beginning and endings are simple fade in/fade outs. Jamal himself describes his music as “post industrial angst in an urban environment.” It’s like Kraftwerk moved into the ghetto and took on a new muddy warehouse music persona. The machine-sounds compete with human angst and frictional pulses with half-manic aggression — chaos out of music and back into semi-temporal pulse patterns that throb on like a factory line. Technology noise transcending into oblivion. It’s human but it’s not pretty.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 13, 2016 at 11:43 am
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  • Friction – “Zone Tripper” – [Tzadik]



    This is Friction’s 1995 album release, Japanese pioneer and long-running alternative rockers meet seventies riff rock and throw in experimentation such as drumNBass and techno beats sometimes into the mix. The singing – mixed as half-manic singing eq:ed like a megaphone – works wonders on these tracks. The lyrics are a mixup of Japanese and English words with some logic but who knows. A lot of guitar riffs are actually loops which throws in a hip-hop like wrench into the mix. As such this 1995 release pioneered a lot of the concurrent guitar-trio techno sound that is happening. Most tracks are hard-edge noisy riff hook songs with an anarchic feel. Some tracks are here released as alternative, refreshing and experimental remixes. This album is a good example of the Friction sound of the nineties where the band has constantly evolved and released diverse material along its career.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 13, 2016 at 11:42 am
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  • Orion 70 – “Book of Rhythm” – [Deepblak]



    Orion is AYBEE’s (Armon Bazlie) moniker doing everything he loves about techno using this name. These tracks have beauty and mechanics, inter-dimensional tentacles and wonderment rippled inside the avant-garde productions. It borderlines with industrial techno, but is not sterile, neither future-shock centric. The drum machine beats take a back seat where the rhythms are created by generator-like synth pulses. The EP is a prime example of how techno as an electronic art is still thriving and developing in 2016, finding new avenues. This Oakland native now resides in Berlin where many techno artists end up — that’s their Silicon Valley.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 6, 2016 at 11:07 am
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  • Alaska By Laurent Garnier – “Returning Back to Sirius” – [F Communications]



    This 2003 EP release with the main track Returning Back To Sirius is considered one of Laurent Garnier’s best dance techno tracks ever. And it’s not hard to disagree, this track could be played next or after any of the tracks from bleeding edge UK techno labels such as Hypercolur and few would notice there’s a 13 year gap. Laurent Garnier (under his alias Alaska) is one of the most iconic French techno producers and DJs, spanning an incredible long career with lots of innovative releases. The B side track At Night also holds the standard up. The music here borrows a lot from Detroit melodic bass-line techno domain but still have a unique Garnier twist. Prime example where techno experimentation meets danceability.


  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on July 6, 2016 at 11:06 am
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