Review: Clone's always epic West Coast Series surfaces for a third time in 2021 with PRZ's badass & intergalactic Wishmaker EP. Pushing hardcore acid in "Hotspot", the newly minted Chateu Royal boss delivers some melodic overdrive and gnarly electro sequences in its pulsating lead track. Throwing down a gauntlet of Detroit electro, techno and Italo disco sounds, its numbers like "The Zone" that will make any DJ who plays it want to mask up and drop the mic DJ Stingray style, next to the ghostly strings of "You Don't Exist" and "Ok Electronic". A piping hot EP from an artist that's now up there with the likes of The Exaltics, Gen-y and CRISPR.
Review: This collaboration between The Exaltics and Paris The Black Fu is supposedly 'a post apocalyptic electronic soundtrack'. Another way of looking at it is a collection of kicking electro cuts. The title track features Paris' moody vocals married to an angular rhythm, while on "10 0seco ndstil lmidn ight" a more visceral, raw take on peak time electro prevails. The relentless saw-tooth bass and eerie synths of "thre atmul tiplier" calls to mind the more extreme end of the Drexciya/Arpanet canon - Paris' vocals only add to this sensibility - while on the Lorenz.Orx remix of "10 0seco..." a straighter rhythm and drum pattern prevails and is sure to appeal to techno DJs.
Review: In the Exaltics we trust for uncompromising electro. This this time for Clone's dope ass West Coast Series the Jena-based producer arrives with a set of remixes to new or otherwise unheard productions that paves the way for Legowelt, D.I.E (Detroit in Effect) and Animal Ballistics remixes. The Exaltics lead track sends in a cruising, lowly lit number of shady atmospheres and patrolling, electro-gaming basslines. Legowelt's remix to Skyway Chase keeps it lo-fi and serious with sequences of acid constantly threaded through its entirety while melancholic underwater Drexciya vibes come from D.I.E's killer remix to "8000 Miles Deep". The Animalistic Beliefs duo out of Reottrdam opts for something a little more Dopplereffekt inspired with a throbbing, deep and dark number, "Another World Belief". Clone West Coast Series still keeping it real
Review: Clone does the electro-loving public another massive service with this release. Like the Detroit Party Train release from earlier this year, Move Yo Body brings together racks from ultra-rare releases on the M.A.P imprint from the earlier part of this decade. There's the jittery funk and cold futuristic synths on the title track, while "In Yo Face" marries Kraftwerk-style drums with a fat, splurging bass. "Shake A Lil Faster" sees the pair deliver a more melodic take on ghetto, replete with vocodered vocals, while on "Turn It Out", the pair revert to a more stripped back style, characterised by hiccuping vocals, rolling snares and a murky Motor City bass.
Symbionts Came Through The Green Lights - (4:00) 120 BPM
Skyway Chase - (4:20) 137 BPM
Day By Day - (1:04) 136 BPM
Missing Places - (2:57) 133 BPM
439 - (3:42) 125 BPM
The Hunt Is On - (4:01) 136 BPM
Another World Underneath - (3:40) 131 BPM
8000 Miles High - (4:18) 133 BPM
Review: Following on from last year's Das Heise Experiment long player, Robert Witschakowski aka The Exaltics drops more futuristic electro. Tracks like "Fallen Star" and "Tunnel Chase" focus on gritty rhythms and splurging bass, as the German producer conjures up a truly dystopian soundtrack. Meanwhile, the steely groove of "Symbionts Came Through The Green Lights" and the ominous, breaking "Skyway Chase" push Drexciya's more militant tendencies forward. This underlying mood continues, albeit with a more understated approach, on tracks such as the menacing, bass-heavy "The Others" and the bleak synths and breathy vocals of "One" - but overall 2 Worlds is a master class in electronic menace.
Review: Hot on the heels of the D.I.E. reissue comes this new series dedicated to showcasing the output of Cosmic Force's now dormant Marguerita imprint. This four-tracker is as purist as electro gets, with
Edo Edens' E8 project delivering two stripped back, spaced out jams in the shape of "Cruise Control" and "Micropacer 2". Working as Double Dutch, Cosmic Force himself hooks up with Edens to deliver the stuttering drums and pulsating, rave-y bass of "Plan Of Action", while the label owner also makes an appearance as Proskool to deliver the low-slung, visceral tones of " "Q's But No A's". With more Marguerita instalments due to be available soon, this is just the start of an invaluable reissue project.
Review: Legendary Dutch producer from the Hague Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt returns, with his latest offering which is inspired by myth, legend and sci-fi. The Bunker and Creme Organization staple conjures up four ancient mysticism and space odyssey themed tracks on the Omnibus Babylon EP, which 'will take you on another journey through psychedelic space!' This is best exemplified on the evocative title track which revisits the classic sound of first wave techno, the deep and lo-slung acid express of "Learning To Fly" (which showcases Wolfer's signature lo-fi sounds) or for something darker - you could try "Miskatonic Trimester" with its druggy and tunnelling vibe perfect for going deeper down the spiral.
Review: Solar One Music founder Robert Witschakowski joining the Clone West Coast series for a triptych of releases as The Exaltics makes perfect sense in the context of his music and the labels he's previously featured on. The Jena-based producer has racked up a healthy discography of albums and 12? releases for a wide variety of underground labels including Bunker, Creme Organization, Panzerkreuz, Abstract Forms, Modal Analysis and Last Known Trajectory. The first six-track installment of the Some Other Place series finds The Exaltics in a more introspective mood than some of his recent dank squat party electro. Cuts such as "It Still Remains" and "Walking Through The Stratosphere" are filled with a sense of hope, though there is still plenty of dancefloor material here - see the delightfully bouncy "Places".
Review: Versalife producer Boris Bunnik has long been part of Holland's vibrant 808 electro scene, releasing decidedly angular electronic rhythms under a myriad of pseudonyms. Here, he continues his journey into Drexciyan territory with a formidably spooky first full-length under the Versalife moniker. His formula is simple; deep, otherworldly electronic atmospherics and industrial strength drum machine rhythms. Occasionally, he goes deeper still - see the intergalactic ambience of "Further Connections" and the slo-mo delight of "Dawn of A New Day" - ensuring that Vantage Point has panoramic appeal.
Review: Boris Bunnik reveals the second edition of his Night Time Activities as Versalife which demonstrates further withdrawal away from the sanctity of bog standard techno - a manoeuvre we wholeheartedly endorse. Fans of the Martian techno paranoia Mills has been dabbling in with the Something In The Sky series will flock towards "Unclear Matters" which has a multiplicity of strange and menacing rhythms radiating from the sonic mist. Proceedings continue in this fashion on the spectral electro flex of "Electronic Suspect" and the Utopian Drexciya stylings of "Night Time In The Computer Labs", both of which really demonstrate Bunnik's prowess with analogue machinery.