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Review: Robert Hood – Alpha (James Ruskin Remix) / The Family

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM11


A: Alpha (James Ruskin Remix)

B: The Family

Both M-Plant and Blueprint has been revived in appreciation to both dj’s and fans, taking their traditional sounds and talent into the state of today. When it comes to the production, they invite new acts for remixes as well as releasing new material which is a perfect combination with labels held in such high regards.

For this release, Hood has invited James Ruskin to remix one of the best tracks from the ‘Alpha’ album-releases, in which Ruskin shakes the track up a little bit by transforming it’s hard and reduced state into a more fully edged techno track – though not so similar to his previous work, but similar enough to combine his and Hood’s sounds into a remix that feels rightly placed and will probably work many floors.

The gold is on the B-side though, where Hood’s new production ‘The Family’ brings hints from the early M-Plant releases, though sounding fresh enough to be placed amongst the excellent ‘Master to Prophet / Clash’ release as well as the ‘Superman / Range’ release (two of his best records in a really long time). ‘The Family’ showcases a very reduced but powerful enough production to contest into one of the best tracks this year.

M.PM11 is out 14th February.

Thanks to Addy and Robert Hood for this release.

Review: Skudge – Overture / Mirage

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 003


A: Overture

B: Mirage

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When Skudge releases their third release, they have not only proven that they maintain their quality sound over three EP’s, but they also manage to display a more hypnotic and less melancholic sound.

There’s a lot of thought and process behind every release; When Skudge’s working conditions aren’t optimal in the studio or not being met during day-time, they simply sit up all night working – the result might at first be something tangiable but yet to be completed, which means another all-night session the day after. Even though the results that does get a pressed release are worth it, there’s a lot of different ideas getting processed for every 12″. This means that the quality control is almost equal to the amount of time spent on creating each track, which also reflects on their capability and deliberate DIY-approach.

With ‘Overture’, there’s been a shift upon where the depth of their sound lies. Going from a very subtle and detailed sound, Skudge seem to have put forward one of their most raw tracks to date. The gritted and reel to reel treated track instantly kicks in into a state of hypnosis – especially during the progressions that remains detailed for the trained ear. The result feels very unique but at the same time as something you’d expect from the dancefloors it was made for.

Keeping the pace with ‘Mirage’, a track that shakes the walls (especially when experienced live) and keeps that boxed in feeling of well arranged and structured feelings of a 7 A.M. atmopshere, it just makes you want to let go. Enduring a night with ‘Mirage’ getting dropped in just the right moment, there is a unique atmosphere brought with it, in which Skudge proves they own the territory.

Review: Skudge – Melodrama / Ontic

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 002


A: Melodrama

B: Ontic

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Going for a more concrete direction, the ‘002’ from Skudge feels different from the first, creating an atmosphere that is subtle in a different way.

Kicking beats, haunting elements and a flow that is rare these days, ‘Melodrama’ keeps the pace with a lot of originality as well as the feeling from the ‘001’ – a knowing in the right sense. Small variations occour throughout, but they are very subtle and yet they seem to always present themselves in the right moment, which is even more clear on ‘Ontic’ featured on the B side. It’s hard to pin down what makes this record into what it is, it has so many different sides to it as well as a unique sound. Even though the structures of the tracks might be traditional in some sense, both of them feels as if they brought in something new – which is always appreciated.

‘Ontic’ is more of a deeper ride through the tunnels, where swirling percussion and a floating atmosphere binds the rhythm together – without losing track of itself and leaving the “dj tool” stamp far away. ‘Melodrama’ swings more steady, where the uncompromising beat tangles itself onto the vocal, creating a piece that seems essential today as well as in the future.

Review: Perc – Vertigo Part 1

Label: Perc Trax
Catalog#: TPT034


A2: BCG – Forward Strategy Group Refix

B1: BCG – Milton Bradley Critical Level Mix

B2: BCG – Milton Bradley Beyond The Silence Mix

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The ‘Vertigo – Part 1’ feels like a record that fits excellent in the sound of today, with artists pursuing a sound that binds them together. What strikes most interesting is the fact that when first reading the remixers on the vinyl, it might first seem a little bit obvious having FSG and Milton Bradley doing remixes, but they are in fact a good choice for this track.

‘BCG’ is a track that doesn’t follow Perc’s previous work, it’s more a take on what seems to influence him (and a lot of producers lately) the most. The first listen brings “a regular dj tool” into mind, but trying it out would actually give the track a setting it was made for, making it a good choice with it’s steady rhythm and driving structure.

Forward Strategy Group’s remix is more proper, kicking and fast paced, they show a fearless take on ‘BCG’, where slight hints of the original track can be made out. Which in a sense feels as a solid ground for a good remix. FSG display that they certainly know what they are doing.

With the B2, Milton Bradley’s ‘Critical Level Remix’ follow the path that FSG also took, where a straight forward beat is in focus, and what seems to be the same project as Bradley’s own ‘Minus 126 In Berlin’ (on the first Do Not Resist The Beat!), he combines the elements from his own vaults together with Perc’s original idea, creating a stunning and effective remix.

Milton Bradley’s ‘Beyond The Silence Remix’ is the one that concludes this EP, with a sound that feels very fresh and appreciative, especially because of the fast paced nature of the previous tracks. Here, a slower pace leaves room for a more intriguing atmosphere, combining a step-influence rather than hard hitting tracks. An excellent remix that makes this EP worthwhile.

Thanks to Perc Trax for this release.

Review: Robert Hood – Alpha / Omega (End Times)

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM6

A: Alpha

B: Omega (End Times)

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With the M-Plant rising from the dead with represses of its past, Robert Hood manages to fuse in his new inspiration into the label, with a sound that does not fully represent the old M-Plant in a way that one could expect, but in a way that the dance floor demands.

The excellent ‘Superman / Range’ release from last year gave me so much hope for the resurrection of M-Plant, a release that felt as one I’d been looking for a long time. This first release from the upcoming album, leaves what to expect from the rest of it in a even more gray area, where ‘Alpha’ leans toward a sound even more focused on keeping an atmosphere intact and direct.

‘Omega (End Times)’ feels a bit strange at first; it’s one of those tracks that has so much confidence it feels a bit threatening – the inspiration from ‘The Omega Man’ feels clear with this track, as the feeling of an endless progression towards something dark is more tangible than ‘Alpha’, or in my opinion a lot of Hood’s earlier releases. What is different with this release is also very positive, a forward thinking groove with elements not put in for keeping a groove intact, but to actually display an idea or thought in a very visual way.

One of the most direct releases this year.

Review: Dettmann – Dettmann Remixed

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: o-ton33

A1: Shift – Norman Nodge Remix

A2: Unrest – Norman Nodge Remix

B1: Vertigo – Wincent Kunth Remix

B2: Wound Up – Wincent Kunth Remix

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With the debut album of Marcel Dettmann coming up, a remix EP is released in conjunction with the album. As he previously did with the ‘MDR 02’; the original versions of these tracks will remain unreleased – nothing to worry about though, as these remixes feels as natural coming from two close friends of Marcel’s, as they would being released in their original mixes.

Following a highly conceptual sound, Norman Nodge is able to transform not only Dettmann’s work into something new, but staying true to his fundamental idea of techno – being persistent on letting all elements breathe, the tight groove feels “let loose”, which reflects on the purposes of his remixes. The ‘Shift’ remix feels steady, secure and very profound. Rightfully so, the intellectual sides of a vision trademarked by Norman, hasn’t been as clear as it is with this track for a long time. Nodge keeps the pace with the remix of ‘Unrest’, a title that suggests for a track moving in all directions, with a high intensity and a depth that reaches as high as the 18 meter ceiling of his residency – acidic elements and a knowledgeable sense ties this track together, which makes so much with its bare elements.

One thing that strikes as natural but also interesting, is the debut of Wincent Kunth. What would seem as a daring move for a EP that holds such a strong position, introducing a producer previously unknown, seems to be a creative move in the right direction – being a close friend to Dettmann living in Switzerland, the sound of Kunth is more floating and more focused on the melodic feelings which balances up the straight up grooves on the A-side.

Thanks to Marcel Dettmann for this release.

Henrik Bergqvist w/ Ståltrådsvägen #1 (For The Purists)

With the next The Office around the corner, featuring a live set by Mike Dehnert, Henrik who works with me and some other friends at The Office sent off a mix he did.

Being one of the most driven persons I know, his track selection and persistence is displayed in a friendly and super cool manner with this first mix output. After a lot of work with selecting records for his first mix, he decided to re-think his approach – making the track selection on the flow, keeping things dynamic and always on the edge. This technique and personal sonic spectrum shows his idea behind the music, as well as his unpredicted advancement throughout as a dj taking action.

1. Imax – 3.32 AM (LL)
2. DJ Joey Anderson – Three Analysis (Strength Music)
3. Baby Ford & The Ifach Collective – Sugarspoon (Klang)
4. Terrence Dixon – Below Radar (Children of Tomorrow)
5. TC Crew – Bad Edit (Rhythm Beat)
6. DB-X – Bleep (Accelerate)
7. Norman Nodge – Native Rhythm Electric (Ostgut Ton)
8. Stephan Laubner – ? (Perlon)
9. Robert Hood – Sleep is the Cousin of Death (M-Plant)
10. Tungston – Matra (Exalt)
11. S.B. Project – Track #18 (Cosmic)
12. Traktor 3000 – White Traktor (DIN)
13. Traxmen – Caution (Dance Mania)
14. Gallop & Poindexter – Blackholes (Musique)
15. Bluejean – This is the Sound of (Fourth Floor)
16. Micronism – The Quiet Mind (Nurture)

Review: Cio D’or – Die Faser Part Three

Label: Prologue
Catalog#: PRG010


A1: Organza – Milton Bradley Remix

A2: Organza – Transparet Dub

B1: Mohair – Pendle Coven Pantone Remix

B2: Organza – Samuli Kemppi Remix

With the new album on Prologue, Cio D’or and her ‘Die Faser’ release feels as a natural progression for a woman who certainly has established her own atmosphere and style.

Creating a steady stream of mesmerizing releases requires a feedback from producers and dj’s who, with not only their own support for the releases, also get a chance to display their own interpretations of these tracks. This feels very healthy for this style within techno, as well as natural as a tighter and more steady frame for this particular sound gets established.

As the third and final remix 12″ gets out, three of the most stunning and perhaps forward-thinking producers goes side by side Cio Do’r. With this wide spectrum, the remixers clearly put a lot of emotion and atmosphere into their contributions.

‘Die Faser Part Three’ gets out 26th February.

Thanks to Cio D’or and Philipp for this release.

Review: Skudge – Convolution / Contamination

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 001


A: Convolution

B: Contamination

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After a initial release on alphahouse, Skudge has been working hard on their new material – a direction into a more atmospheric and more focused sound. The emphasis on this release lies not so much on “what works”, but on the small details and things that gets people going.

With a more persistant pursuit of a original sound and affection, Skudge seem to only care about the music actually sounding as their own – even though a wide spectrum of musical influences seem to make it’s way into the final “product”. For this release, a more careful listen will reveal a more detailed sound with the same basics.

‘Convolution’ brings the alphahouse release to mind, where a taunting beat and persistent percussion work strikes into the same feeling and structure. The pace is completely different though, with a heavier and more raw sense to it – the track itself without keeping the first release to mind, feels a little bit as a embodied figure of what Skudge seem to look for. This makes in fact the track interesting in that sense, as well as the excellent momentum it creates.

Where ‘Convolution’ lifts off, ‘Contamination’ on the other side sounds as a peak moment for Skudge – a track that does not compromise at all. It is what it is, and it’s really good.

Thanks to Skudge for this release.

Review: SCB – SCB001

Label: SCB
Catalog#: SCB001


A: 20_4

B: 3_5

The remix series from Scuba’s album ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ first saw the alias SCB, as well as the well recieved mix on mnml ssgs, Scuba delivers the first SCB release on the same titled label. Fusing his very atmospheric and delicate brewing sound with his previously half-established four over four tradition (that got high recognition with the excellent ‘Houndreds & Thousands’ on Hotflush a year back).

A constant floating feeling is always there, the same feeling as with Scuba’s previous work. Letting small details fill the gaps of the beats works very well in a more broken structure – it all gets even more interesting though, when a high tempo 4/4 beat takes up more space and pushes the tempo-feeling into a more steady state.

’20_4′ transforms this sound even more. Swirling percussion fuses in together with the melody in a way that has never felt so natural. There’s this very tangible climbing sense of the beat, a way that suits Scuba’s more stepping tracks but goes into full capabilities with this one.

On the other side is the phenomenal ‘3_5’, which paces down a bit but goes into a lost feeling of techno. This track features a very special melodic sense to it, where the percussion and noise floats into a new state – a tradition that hasn’t been followed for quite some time now. SCB displays a wider sense to this four over four territory with this track, which hopefully will be appreciated once people realize the power of this track.

The ‘SCB001’ is out 14th February.

Thanks to Philipp and Scuba for this release.