Review: Electric Mojo is on a mission to delve into the history of electronic music and serve up some of its best moments. This new one is just that - a classic b-boy DJ tool that's linked to the first wave of breakdancing, and will likely turn all who hear it into aspiring body-poppers. First up, "122BPM" is a crisp future-retro electro tune with bubbling leads and warm, smeared chords that oozes essential feels. "130BPM" has wobbly toms and crashing hits that make for perfect body music. In the right hands, these tasteful tunes will easily become weapons of mass dance floor destruction.
Review: Detroit electro legends Dopplereffekt return to Leisure System for their fourth release on the Berlin based imprint. Athanatos is named after the angel of the planet Mercury in ancient Greek mythology, but that isn't so much the theme. Here the duo again explore subjects related to genetic conditions and chromosomal influences that define mortality across the EP's five tracks. After the brooding sonic landscapes of the title track , it's classic Mitchell & Nhan all the way on the majestic electronic funk of "Hayflick Limit" while devilishly enchanting slow burners like "Telomere" or "Mitosisin" lock you in with their hypnotic grasp. Raster-Noton founders Carsten Nicolai (who did the artwork) and Olaf Bender are said to have collaborated with the pair on this release.
Review: By now, Dopplereffekt has released so much music that we feel almost guilty in having to introduce it to you. But, perhaps it's a good thing to highlight just what this project is about, and what it has achieved throughout all these years. Founded by Gerald Donald of Drexciya, and now sidekicked with the help of the lesser known Michaela To-Nhan Bertal, Dopplereffekt has been the only real electro outfit to push the genre beyond the confines of its 80s inception. While many other electro projects repeat the same tried and tested formulas on a weekly basis, these two minds have produced some of the most singular and explorative deviations of the style. This new album, Cellular Automata, comes through for Berlin's Leisure System at a time when the scene is in real need of a fresh perspective, and by that we mean the electronic sphere as a whole. These nine tracks cannot be classed as 'ambient' music, there is too much movement and energy amid its pensive waves but, at the same time, it would be difficult to class it as a dance album. There, right in at the core of it all, Dopplereffekt plant their energetic waves of electrifying bass into vast and desolate soundscapes that transport you into a strange and complex world. A planet we'd very much like to visit more often.
Review: Jack Pattern collective member Neu Verboten is transmitting sonic metadata from the interzone, between the secret Lustpoderosa headquarters (in Zurich) and the decentralised battlefields of today's resistance. Combine old synth machines with rusty surveillance tools and you get a quartet of rough and sludgy electroid mutations. From the slow burning retro boogie of opener "Arsenic Wish", to the dystopian future bass of "CET + 666" to the euphoric acid express of "Early Bab" and the oddball exotics of "We Trance Fair" - this is Certified Euro Terror.
Review: When you hear the crisp robo-electro of "Don't Stop The Rock" it immediately transports you back to the mid-eighties when these sounds were first emerging and blowing up the streets. A real favourite of cult Detroit DJ The Electrifying Mojo aka Jeff Mills, it will still have you doing back flips to this day with its jerking beats and serrated synth lines all looking to the future. On the flip, the urgent space crusade that is "It's Automatic" surges with galactic chords with robotic vocals that bring a brilliant retrofuture feeling. This is an essential little 7" that really packs a punch.
Review: In something of a dream pairing for Leisure System, this split disc spans the old guard of electro and those well versed in pushing it into new contortions. Dopplereffekt is of course one of the most lauded of all post-Drexciya projects, and new material comes few and far between. "Delta Wave" is a lavish, sweeping wonder of celestial voices and sci-fi mystery that satisfies all your desires without sounding like a re-hash of old material. On the flipside Objekt has risen to the occasion and delivered one of his most outright electro-infused belters to date, keeping the beat rigid but funky, and working similar amounts of drawn out pads into the mix while keeping the crafty edits and playful sounds as limber as ever.
Review: Dead Fader jumps from Kimochi Sound over to Tesuji with a rolling, dreamy, euphoric rendition of future electro. Essential, optimistic, forward-thinking. On the other side, Bassiani's HVL flips the beat on its head for more ominous perspective, complete with klaxon acid line and sinewy breakbeats.
Review: KANGAROO SKULL is the solo project of Rohan Rebeiro - drummer of renowned Australian trio MY DISCO. Heavily percussive and rhythmically complex, KANGAROO SKULL meticulously pieces together soundscapes within Max MSP, with an end result that conceals in its raw simplicity the intensity of the process. With multiple tours outside Australia already behind him, Australian dancefloors have been keenly awaiting a first release. PALACE OF NOTHING is his much-anticipated debut - four tracks that convey a sophistication far beyond what could be expected from such a new producer.
Review: The somewhat mysterious Dopplereffekt project founded by Drexciya's Gerald Donald ends their six year production hiatus with this Tetrahymena EP for Berlin label Leisure System. Established by Donald in the mid '90s, Dopplereffekt remain one of techno's most enigmatic propositions with their brand of cold, stark electro complemented by a bold, Cold War-indebted aesthetic and a general disregard for performing live or giving interviews. Though Donald has remained active production wise, developing the NRSB-11 project with DJ Stingray which recently saw the release of the politically loaded Commodified album, the Tetrahymena EP is a welcome return for Dopplereffekt and undoubtedly the most high profile release yet from Leisure System.
Review: Radioactive Man on Reinhardt! Lead track "White Light Monochrome" channels a mechanical rhythm, with a tip of the hat to electronic music founders Kraftwerk. Intensively building to the 3 minute plus mark, before haunting keys lead the way, descending into a cybernetic electro workout. "Future Driver Space Ranger" takes to the audio freeway, mainlined for Detroit. Imprinted with Tenniswood'S unmistakable style, finely honed snares layer up around distorted low end frequencies, coursing in a hypnotic expedition towards the outer districts. Channeling the tendencies of Bauhaus and Joy Division, the warping "Transponder" documents the ever prevalent post-punk influence within the output of Radioactive Man. In close pursuit EP closer "Mechanical Music Menace" levels the floor. Beaming into the stratosphere, live bass pulsates through the system as man and machine fuse, xylophone keys take front and centre taking us beyond the stars.