Coming from ‘nowhere’, the free compilation entitled « THE ELECTRO COMPENDIUM » did in 3 weeks & still doing a well deserved buzz, broadcasting the robotic music beyond its regular media exposure. Indeed, this attractive project has got the singularity to feature 116 tracks (Yep 116!) representing more than a quarter of the finest producers from the entire underground Electro niche reunited in order to say : the original electronica music is still here in 2012! (In a way, it will probably remind to the large audience what is behind the original name of Electro : Electro Bass, Electro Breaks, Electronica, Idm, Ambient, Hi-Tek…) This appreciated non-profit initiative is signed by the electro band VOLSOC. The entire listening in one-shot is of course not easy according to the 12 hours of music however the quality is maintained all the way. In addition, THE ELECTRO COMPENDIUM’s tracklist in its solid diversity could remind you the quality provided during the SATAMILE Records’ era! Everyone will easily make his own selection into these 116 tracks. THE ELECTRO COMPENDIUM is a real positive pace for electronica music. Recommended!
V.A – Electro Compendium – Compilation
Here’s a short & non exhaustive list of producers involved on this compilation :
JUSTIN MAXELL – SILICON SCALLY – 214 – THE WEE DJS – GALAXIAN – ARNOLD STEINER – VOLUM – MESAK – BEN MILSTEIN – MANASYT – RADIOACTIVEMAN vs DEXORCIST – ADJ – CLATTERBOX – DEZ WILLIAMS – SYNC 24 – PIP WILLIAMS – SCAPE ONE – CARLO FRIO – SHEMALE – DAZ QUAYLE – THE EXALTICS – SCANONE
[Release Date 09-11-12 – Digital]
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ROBERT HOOD – Motor City
ROBERT HOOD has just released the 3rd installment of Nighttime World Series on the Belgium imprint : Music Man Records. This album comes 12 years after the 2nd volume (on P-Lant – 2000) and 17 years after the 1st volume (on Cheap – 1995) therefore the Detroit-based master ROBERT HOOD has already passed through 3 decades of Minimal Techno production. « Motor : Nighttime World 3 » is a deep project connected to the previous via its straight touch related to the 1st and via its fine groove related to the 2nd. But this album has got also its own strong musical identity (more Acid than the others) and above all its own story. Indeed, about this post-dystopia album ROBERT HOOD has announced that he has been stimulated especially by the chaotic report of the JULIEN TEMPLE’s documentary entitled “Requiem For Detroit?” which is focused on the damage caused by industrialization of Detroit city. As everyone probably knows, at their beginning in 90’s UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (founded by MIKE BANKS, JEFF MILLS & ROBERT HOOD) have been very influenced by the committed philosophy from the Hip-Hop band PUBLIC ENEMY however despite the fact that MILLS & HOOD are still involved in/with Detroit, according to me, these 2 emancipated soldiers of UR look finally more related to the motto of an other rapper named…RAKIM : “the most important thing isn’t where you’re come from, but where you go”. That remains the real point of Art. Therefore ROBERT HOOD’s production don’t lock the audience up in the Detroit’s darkness but take you somewhere in the future where you will be able to reach a kind of hope.
As his usual, ROBERT HOOD produces his music with a real sincerity, the tracks are solid and the most part deserves easily to be mentioned as masterpieces. This album should speak to any kind of music lovers, even those who aren’t familiar with electronic, indeed this producer has the serious talent to keep a such deep musicality in his no non-sense & raw productions. It’s very fascinating to see & to listen a pioneer from the renowned 92′ Techno period who successes to maintain a such quality of music in 2012! Therefore thumb up, this installment is obviously the best release of this end of summer and also a new awesome piece to add to the timeless series. Highly Recommended!
ROBERT HOOD – Hate Transmissions
ROBERT HOOD – Exodos
[Release Date 09-17-12 – 3X12″ – CD & Digital]
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SHAMELESS TOADY is unquestionably a tasteful label, always looking for new talents & different ways to produce. Here’s their new signature named MICROSLAV, a Croatia-based producer, quite unknown. His second EP entitled “PWM Is The New Cutoff” is promising, indeed this package contains that creative thinking that we can require from the modern electro music (without be disconnected from the legacy of early electro). The tracks are intense due to a moody production built around some friendly modular effects & other bleeps. Let’s the music do the talk :
MICROSLAV – Deep Night Communications
[Release Date 07-28-12 – Digital]
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After a series of EP, the Netherlands based producer DELTA FUNKTIONEN has just released his anticipated debut album on the great label DELSIN Records. As the nice cover design reflects « Traces » album is built as a collection of random pieces, tracks are some sophisticated explorations with no necessary related directorship excepted to be very well produced. The result of the “random package” make a lovely & solid composing. Although DELTA FUNKTIONEN is more known as a techno producer, this hybrid album sounds more electronic combining electro, techno, acid & house influenced by the 90’s Detroit & Chicago productions, so it’s a big album dedicated to music lover. The great DELTA FUNKTIONEN productions don’t push necessary the boundaries however it stays pretty authentic. The sounds are Atmospheric, deep, groovy & freaky at the same time and this album has got that thing captivating that isn’t really easy to describe with words… so let’s the music do the talk. Hotly Recommended!
here’s the video clip of the track entitled : Onkalo
DELTA FUNKTIONEN – Traces – Album Preview
[Release Date 07-09-12 – 2X12″ & Digital]
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The UK electro pioneer SCAPE ONE has just released a new album entitled « Sensory Data » under his alias TAU SAGITTARII (It’s the original name of a star in the southern zodiac constellation of Sagittarius). This brand new identity represents his minimalist ambient production related to astronomy. Therefore if like us you was checking on every SCAPE ONE’s releases his great down tempo & spacey tunes, here is the project you are attending for. SCAPE ONE has token the leap with an entire album and the results is as expected. Very addictive!
The experimental «Sensory Data» album can be approached in 2 ways, you can re-build a story based on the titles & on the dreamlike sounds; the script would be an advanced humans’ trip in the heart of galaxy. However you can get this project in more abstract way and just let your mind float. The entire atmospheric track listing is really solid, and the time could acclaim this project as an underground masterpiece in its purist approach. We have to mention also it’s always a pleasure to listen SCAPE ONE behind a synthesizer. At the same occasion, this lovely album is a good introduction of the new Croatia based label MEHAИIKA run by HRVOJE [the half of UKV]. Hotly Recommended!
TAU SAGITTARII – Sensory Data – Preview Album
[Release Date 07-04-12 – Digital]
More on the MEHAИIKA website