Unlike seminal Vancouver EBM/industrialists Skinny Puppy, Digital Poodle had only a cult following in Toronto and some parts of the North American continent; a real shame considering their impressive body of work. However, tracks such as 1995's "Head Of Lenin" got some international airplay, not to mention being played at quite a few goth clubs back in the day (not that we'd know, of course!). Finally there's a a renewed enthusiasm around them among a new generation of fans and die-hard nostalgists alike. 1992's Soul Crush" gets a worthy reissue on local analogue freak Solvent's Suction imprint and gets a some pretty nifty reworks. Sonic Groove main man Adam X serves up a pounding, droning and hypnotic rendition that stands in stark contrast to the slow and steely funk groove of the original. Also worthy of mention is British legends Soviet France and their "Virtual Mix" to the original release which is 13 minutes of epic ambient house bliss.
Oliver Hafenbauer's Die Orakel label has been among one of the leftfield house and techno outlets to truly impress us over the last few years. While the range of artists on its catalogue is diverse and increasingly unpredictable, there is a fine thread that connects each and every release with a certain oddball flavour that we love. Giegling regular Edward feels like a perfect fit once again, and the deep house maverick has gone all-out to cater to Die Orakel's strange and wonderful fascination with the bizarre. "Shufflehead", as the name implies, is a mass of shady, stop-start percussion wrapped around a sea of curious, shape-shifting sonics that sound more like field recordings than synth sounds; "Dekta" and "Etern" provide yet more mysticism and hedonic marvel to an EP that can't quite decide on its own identity, a quality that renders it endlessly fascinating. Recommended!