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DTMIX100 – Electric Indigo [Vienna, AUSTRIA]

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Death Techno - Electric Indigo

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The 100th guest mix milestone is here with the soundtrack provided by the highly respected Electric Indigo from Vienna. Releasing music from 1993 and seeing it land on DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolos, to Kompakt, to Disko B. Having a few years living in Berlin and working at the legendary Hard Wax store, Susanne has been exposed to a wealth and unique depth of techno culture. In 1998, she founded a very important international database and network called “Female:Pressure” for female artists in electronic music and digital arts. Not only this, but she regularly lectures at educational institutions like the University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria. The mix is a wonderfully classy and well thought out masterpiece, from industrial harshness to deep and hypnotic layers. Tracks included from Dadub, Svreca, Adam X, Imugem Orihasam, Kuroi, Reeko, Monya and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX100 – Electric Indigo [Vienna, AUSTRIA] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. KLARA LEWIS : msuic 1 [Peder Mannerfelt Produktion 01]
02. ELECTRIC INDIGO : zero (Dadub Remix) [Suicide Circus Dark Series]
03. KUROI : climate [Aconito Digital Series]
04. SVRECA : ebisu [Semantica]
05. DONOR/TRUSS : ash 2 [M_Rec Ltd Grey Series]
06. ADAM X : catenary [Sonic Groove]
07. IMUGEM ORIHASAM : load [Exhibition Design]
08. ELLE : ayahuasca 1 [Black String]
09. KUROI : composure [Aconito Digital Series]
10. DEZ WILLIAMS : all that remains [Trust XV-II]
11. MAKATON : lead you astray [Token]
12. DEAD SOUND : forced (AnD Remix) [Decoy]
13. ASCION : ulm [Black Sun]
14. PAULA TEMPLE : gegen [Noise Manifesto]
15. DONOR : menace is mine [Prosthetic Pressings]
16. SAWF : kaseta [Prosthetic Pressings]
17. REEKO : to the sun [Modularz]
18. XHIN : blade moth [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
19. SCALAMERIYA : delegator [Genesa]
20. MONYA : rebelier [Corresponding Positions]
21. VAL_EX : metacognition [Solar One Music]

Q&A with Electric Indigo
by Stuart Ingram & Jack! Who? for deathtechno.com

> 01. Can you tell us about how your forthcoming album is progressing?
As it turns out, there are always more urgent projects. Right now, I am working on a new experimental live piece “109.47 degrees” that will premiere end of December in Vienna. Together with Mieko Suzuki, I am developing a sound installation for the next JULIUS show at the Paris Fashion Week and, together with Thomas Wagensommerer, I am working on a new A/V version of MORPHEME which will premiere at CTM Festival end of January.
My plan is to work on the album tracks in February and see how they evolve. I guess if I had a deadline for the album it would proceed much faster…

> 02. What or whom has inspired you to champion equality in the music industry and set up the “Female Pressure” database?
I started it because I was/am personally affected, out of a natural sense of fairness and political awareness. And, maybe above all, I had a very practical motive: I saw the need for an easily accessible source of information about female artists in my own field of activities.

> 03. Were there particular difficulties you found in developing yourself within a male dominated arena? Do you think things have changed?
I experienced both advantages and disadvantages because I am female. The biggest problem with this is that I wish sex and gender would not matter at all… The most common preconception about women in fields that have some sort of male connotation is a significantly higher level of scepticism. To confront scepticism can be a positive challenge but it has impeding effects most of the times.
Yes, things have changed. The topic is relatively popular now and there are more women visible in the music scene who release and perform at notable festivals.

> 04. Last we heard your label Indigo Inc was sleeping, have you made plans to bring it back?
No, at the moment I don’t have much interest in reviving it.

> 05. You are known for your intelligent and experimental/improvised take on electronic sound. What are the things influencing your direction right now?
Industrial sounding, broken beats and sinister, morphing, multifaceted soundscapes.

> 06. What pursuits do you enjoy outside of music and would you say these have crossed over to your sound?
Politics, philosophy, traveling, technology, arbitrary knowledge, fine arts and food. Actually, I feel that everything my mind deals with crosses over to the music I make and I play in one way or the other. But most important to me are personal relations with other people and minds. Social interactions have a very strong influence on me.

> 07. Who have been your favourite artists (not necessarily musicians) of 2014 and who will you be looking out for in 2015?
Orphx, Dadub, Robert Henke, Angelina Yershova, Paula Temple, Thomas Wagensommerer, Mika Vainio, Holly Herndon, Adriana Lopez, Pia Palme, Aiko Okamoto, Béla Borsodi, Mieko Suzuki, Christopher Nolan, Tarik Barri.
Looking forward to all of them and to: Cio D’Or, hiT͟Hərˈto͞o, Kuroi, Lower Order Ethics, Sonae, Aleja Sanchez, Hyperactivist.

> 08. We love your sound. Have you any stand out memories of gigs in the UK or do you have any in the pipeline?!
Oh, thank you!!! No, there’s no upcoming gig in the UK. I vividly remember Sativa in Edinburgh, must have been ’93 or ’94 – they had their famous drummers who would end the night mixing in with the DJ, competing and always winning.

> 09. What is one of your favourite tunes that you must take with you when DJing?
At the moment it’s Paula Temple’s “Gegen.”

> 10. Are there any new releases or other works you would like to mention?
My new release on Suicide Circus Records – Dark Series 007

Premiere of surround sound version of Morpheme at CTM Festival on January 31:
http://www.ctm-festival.de/festival-2015/programme-preview

DTR | TRP001 : The Deviant Octopus

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TRP001

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Label : Trip / трип
CAT# : TRP001
Artist : Various
Title : The Deviant Octopus
Released : 8 December 2014

01. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokampleme
02. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
03. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
04. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
05. Population One – Out Of Control
06. Population One – Bonus Beat
07. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
08. Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide

I first heard of Nina Kraviz in a magazine interview a number of years ago and was impressed with her story. Admittedly I was just getting into techno at that point, but her sound, outlook and background struck a chord with me. Since then, much fuss has been made rightly and wrongly about the lady and her music (it seems everything that surrounds it and some things that are nothing to do with it). Media hype occupies the same space in my life as negativity (i.e. ignored) and I’ve enjoyed her music in the past, so I was interested to hear the first output from her new label simply called Trip or stylised in Russian as “трип.”

The double EP includes tracks from Kraviz and a number of other artists. It’s a varied affair but with the common theme of exploring deep, hypnotic to trippy grooves in techno. All the tracks are good but there are some clear highlights inside the minimal, textured cover art.

B1, “IMPRV” by Nina Kraviz, contains the familiar liquid vocal sample with its breathy echo, but it’s the bouncing, demanding groove that grabs the attention here. The kicks are more forefront than many of her productions, and if you listen carefully you can hear a full and beautifully arranged melody way, way out in the background. Part way through, a skittering hihat introduces a pulsating, scribbling sample as the vocals drop an octave and the groove intensifies – this is aimed straight at the dancefloor and delivers on every level.

C2, “Bonus Beat” by Population One is a fantastic lesson in making icy and unnerving electronic music. Thin, echoing notes scale up and down over 8 bar periods in the background, sounding like the unfriendliest of solar winds and anchored only by the 808 kicks. The essential element of this track is the nagging, panning tom roll. This cycles around the inside of the head like a slow-mo wall of death and could easily consume hours of your day if you let it. The track is also punctuated with flat handclaps, giving a slightly tribal feel to the somewhat obscure arrangement.

Most intriguing perhaps is D2, “1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide” by Parrish Smith. Taking a much more experimental direction than the others, its inclusion shows that Kraviz is willing to explore with this label. Frenzied percussive notes provide a loose base for a sound that I find hard to describe, maybe like vibrations in a very long cable rising and falling in the wind. A half hidden (male?) vocal repeats alongside this and adds to the sense of unreality. Under it all there is an element of constancy provided by a kick drum with nearly all the bass frequency removed. A lot to figure out in this track and for that reason I enjoyed this one the most.

For the other tracks on offer, Exos provides some clinical hypnotising techno in the form of “Nuclear Red Guard,” cranking up the BPMs and showing absolutely no mercy. Steve Stoll turns out some deep rolling bass and unsettling synth on “Pop Song” and Bjarki adds an element of the schizophrenic with a delightful tapping/whistling sample in “Polygon Pink Toast”.

Overall, this EP provides a great introduction to Trip’s direction. There is clearly a desire to provide a platform for more established artists as well as up and coming ones, there is a definite sound emerging from most of these tracks. It will be interesting indeed to see what happens with future releases – this is a very promising start.

The Deviant Octopus is out now on digital and double vinyl.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DTR | AFK013 : Uncode – Cmtrn EP

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AFK013

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Label : Affekt Recordings
CAT# : AFK013
Artist : Uncode
Title : Cmtrn EP
Released : 7 January 2015

01. Uncode – Cmtrn
02. Uncode – Crater
03. Uncode – Falls
04. Uncode – Sweden

“It’s been a while since I have listened to good techno music.” Those were my first words, when I wrote my very first review for deathtechno.com. Now that is false and out-dated, because Techno is developing quite rapidly into a direction I desire. I have no idea what happened that such a shift has taken place. I have the privilege to cover a great EP called “Cmtrn EP” by Uncode on Alex Dolby‘s quality Italian imprint named Affekt Recordings.

The first track is quite mysterious and brings us a really reflective mood, which is pretty interesting, since most people think that dance music has no emotional value. Rhythmic sections are kept to a minimum, so you can focus on trippy call-response and there is another other aspect of the track making it special – harmony. How many times have I heard that techno consists of rhythmic sections only, and that it is quite ‘primitive.’ Well, correct me if I am wrong, but I think that this track proves everybody wrong. It is still techno, yet it has a full spectrum of organic sound.

My favourite track called “Crater.” Why is it my personal favourite? What we have is a driving, stompy and forceful techno with a kind of fidget characteristic. This track is my definition of techno, it is mechanic in a human way, it is like a communication between human and machine. The fidget is creating tension in a positive way, because it’s not a piece of music that could be easily absorbed by our ears, it is a sense of anticipation of what is going to happen. Such a minimalistic track, yet so powerful.

The third offering called “Falls” is really tribal. Take a listen and be amazed by all those polyrhythmic nuances. If you are going to state that it seems to be simple, well then it means that you have not grasped it fully. This track is quite complex and I wonder how many great percussive loops were used. Definitely a dancefloor smasher, because I just cannot stop moving when listening to this.

The final the track “Sweden” hits you and it hits you really hard. Great stompy kick that will sound amazing on a club soundsystem. I really like the bassline in this one, it’s quite hypnotic, but I am also impressed with the micro, glitch-like modulations that are almost unnoticeable, but believe me – they are working like a charm.

Variety. That is how I would describe “Cmtrn EP” in one word. Basically you have everything here: mystery, raw force and technicality. I should stress that it is still a dance music. Uncode has really created interesting pieces of music and I really hope that my home country will melt into this kind of techno completely, because it is intelligent, sophisticated and powerful at the same time.

– Reviewed by Filip Zwirek for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DTMIX099 – Virulent [North Carolina, USA]

DTMIX099

Death Techno - Virulent

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Virulent has been building a rock solid reputation for over 10 years, where his production works have been featured on fantastic labels such as Illegal Alien, Slap Jaxx, From 0-1, Ill Bomb and Dystopian Rhythm. Kevin is also taking his unique techno sound to Europe for some shows soon and will see a vinyl release on Rheostatus that’s in the pipeline for March 2015. His Exclusive mix is full of energy and dark explorations that leave a lasting impact, with tracks from Ledd, Owen Sands, Hans Bouffmyhre, Angel Alanis, Makaton, Bas Mooy and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX099 – Virulent [North Carolina, USA] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. YYYY : i could hear my own nerve cells [Illegal Alien Black Label]
02. ANNIE HALL : monde bruits [Blank Code]
03. LEDD / BRUNO LEDESMA : signal (Andres Gil Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
04. OWEN SANDS : mercury fold [Ill Bomb]
05. KOMPREZZOR : magik between two points (Maria Goetz Remix) [Chicago Jaxxx]
06. AHLIE BHERIE : be there be gone (Virulent Rework) [The Seed]
07. HANS BOUFFMYHRE : residual [MB Elektronics]
08. THE WELDERZ : order rand [A R T S Digital]
09. SINTOMA : erasing negative (Virulent Mix) [SecreTechno]
10. DAVE CLARKE : the storm (L.A.W. Mix) [CLR]
11. JAMIE CURNOCK : transportation (Truss Remix) [Onnset]
12. ANGEL ALANIS : the card [Unreleased]
13. MAKATON : night #1 [Token]
14. RED SQUARE : variable (Mono.xID’s Rectified Remix) [Shifted Soul]
15. JONAS KOPP : tau ceti [Tresor]
16. LAG : kontrola (Bas Mooy Remix) [MORD]
17. AXKAN : fear (Justin Schumacher Remix) [Reloading]
18. VIRULENT vs. MARIA GOETZ : a final solitaire [Unreleased]
19. NX1 : nx1 06 018 [NX1]
20. MAXIME DANGLES : cryptik (Johannes Heil Shaded Remix) [Skryptöm]

DTR | AD023 : Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions

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Label : A R T S Digital
CAT# : AD023
Artist : Rommek
Title : 1 View, 100 Versions
Released : 22 December 2014

01. Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
02. Rommek – Occult
03. Rommek – Rigor Mortis
04. Rommek – Statik

I was delighted to hear Rommek‘s productions and mixes for the first time this holiday season. This is his debut release on Emmanuel‘s quality imprint named A R T S Digital following previous releases on Weekend Circuit (the excellent ‘Thought Patterns’ 12″), Sonntag Morgen and Labrynth. He also broadcasts a new fortnightly show called “Erosion” on the well respected UK online channel Seance Radio.

The title track “1 View, 100 Versions” builds an eerie and menacing soundscape based around a half-note metallic tapping, half heard rattles and a repeated, delayed note that develops beautifully to the first drop. As it does so, the constant, rolling bass note opens up like a veil being lifted to introduce the main body of the track – subtle and powerful. Echoing stabs and the understated but foreground hihats are punctuated by some filtered cymbal hits and make this a fine piece of pacy, rolling techno.

Occult” contains some serious power and menace. A sibilant, open hi-hat sets the tone and a chattering counterpart marches out time to the bleeps, which cycle and vary oh so subtlely. The track gives the impression of travelling an ever decreasing circle to some unknown destination, and then suddenly an absolutely evil bassline creeps its way to the fore from the shadows. It sounds like a burbling hole in the universe and is masterfully built, receding back as the track continues but you know it’s there in the shadows still as the track fades in and out of echoing bleeps and industrial tweaks.

On the (virtual) flip side, “Rigor Mortis” is aptly titled. Rigid, accurate kicks and dominate from the fore but the true star of this track is the skittering, slightly schizophrenic percussion that pans around your head while the bassline and melody build. The track breaks clinically to a clean main section. A single high piano note like a water drop keeps time at the back while the melody reveals itself to be a simple yet euphoric note progression. This is perfect for late night, peak time dancefloors.

The release ends with “Statik” – the fastest paced one of the lot, but interestingly feels the most thoughtful too. Disorientating, 3/4 notes and static loops contrast with the pummeling 4/4 drums and keeps your head switching time signatures. I love it when a tune does that. The break reveals a hyperspeed, chugging bass which drops off as the loops filter out, then kicks back in for the main section. This starts stripped back and then gradually reintroduces the previous elements and adds a few more – for example a repeating, drawn out note that dopplers out beautifully. This is my pick of the release for its sheer interest.

“1 view, 100 versions” is available exclusively by A R T S Digital on Beatport only. You should definitely watch out for more from this man in 2015. I know I will.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DTMIX098 – DE vs. Troit [Berlin, GERMANY]

DTMIX098

Death Techno - DE vs. Troit

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Berlin based duo DE vs. Troit are ones to watch, having already released their productions on DMOM, Dunsciat and Trysh Alexander’s Vizion Division. They run an exclusive monthly podcast on Seance Radio in the UK and have delivered a pounding, high octane and energetic sound for Death Techno, filled with plenty of mixer tricks and a peak vibe throughout. Featuring tracks from P.E.A.R.L, Kwartz, Lewis Fautzi, Rebekah, Manni Dee, Ritzi Lee, David Meiser, Surgeon, AnD and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX098 – DE vs. Troit [Berlin, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. P.E.A.R.L : ordeal i [Planet Rhythm]
02. KWARTZ : form and void (Reeko Remix) [PoleGroup]
03. LEWIS FAUTZI : blocker [Figure]
04. REBEKAH : zero point [CLR]
05. MANNI DEE : relieve the routine [MLTred]
06. RITZI LEE : s.o.s. [Belief System]
07. DAVID MEISER : machines are alive [Subspecies]
08. RITZI LEE : detect signal [Belief System]
09. SURGEON : fixed action pattern [Token]
10. AnD : dusty artefacts [Repitch]
11. Ø [PHASE] : misaligned [Token]
12. INIGO KENNEDY : arcing [Token]
13. P.E.A.R.L : fervor [Newrhythmic]
14. MARK BROOM : twenty nine (Black Mix) [BPitch Control]

DTR | DEADCERT014 : Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)

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DEADCERT014

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Label : DEAD CERT. Records
CAT# : DEADCERT014
Artist : Bruno Ledesma / Ledd
Title : New Routes of Thought
Released : 22 December 2014

01. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes (Original Mix)
02. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Corrosive Thoughts (Original Mix)
03. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Melting Process (Original Mix)
04. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Melting Process (Subfractal Remix)

Ledd is the new alias of Bruno Ledesma, a recent addition to the DEAD CERT. roster and is well known on the techno scene in his native Argentina. He runs the Concepto Hipnotico label, which is an outlet for deep and hypnotic techno and a forum for his creative sound experimentation. We’ve been looking forward to this release since Bruno’s second mix for us earlier this year [DTMIX087] and he has delivered in spades!

The EP bolts out of the door with “New Routes” which features a chugging rolling bass note with a wide range and depth (listen for it in the opening bars) and some of the tightest kicks I’ve heard in a while. The track is fleshed out with a muted vocal sample and echoing industrial stabs and laser type noises. Similarly tight hihats wind up the tension and keep the funk. This is a cracking first track that has already been picked up by the mighty CLR’s Tommy Four Seven for example.

Corrosive Thoughts” retains enough similarity to be obviously the same producer with a tight kickdrum, the industrial samples, but takes an entirely different groove. The bass is stripped back, the kicks more restrained, and the focus is given to dramatic sweeps of static, cyclic samples and crackling machine sounds. It sounds like the heart of some futuristic workshop – really inventive and it’s great to hear sound experimentation of this type.

On to the third track – “Melting Process.” Slower and more brooding, this one unfolds as we go through with the sense of different layers being revealed. At its heart lies a pulsing, insistent groove that is teased in and out of the fore a number of times. There’s an absolutely devastating breakdown towards the end, reverb and echo liberally applied and then the groove cranked up for the end (those hihats again). The most thoughtful tune on the release and my pick.

The EP is rounded off with the Subfractal remix of Melting Process. The Canadian duo have nudged up the BPM and mutated the bassline into a growling monster and there is great use of percussive samples here. A lesson in variety and simplicity. Ethereal, high synth notes and a nagging vocal sample add tension as the track progresses and are sure to give some hands in the air moments. This is a proper, low slung dancefloor bomb.

The EP entitled “New Routes Of Thought” is available now from Beatport. Fantastic work from this ever growing artist.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)