Artists: Mike Shannon Title: East Side Slip Ep Format: Vinyl Only Label: Half Baked Records Cat.: HB002 Release: 27-May-2013
Credits: After its first installment, Half Baked Records is back with a stellar Ep where two milestones of the underground electronic music scene collide: Mike Shannon and Thomas Melchior. The original cut, crafted by Mr. Shannon, label head of Cynosure and Haunt, carries his typical sound signature; crisp swingy drums, hypnotic stabs and a haunting modulated bassline. However, this time, we venture into deep house territories rather than techno, with a jazzy delayed chord progression that will no doubt cause ruckus on the dancefloor.
On the flipside, Thomas Melchior, under his “Melchior Productions Ltd.” moniker, delivers his interpretation stripping it down to the essential. A 12 minutes minimal trippy monster that effortlessly locks you in the groove. Needless say more with these two, let the music speak.
Artists & Title: Third Side – Unified Fields Label: Restoration Catalogue#:RST-LP001 Date:Oct. 2012 Format: 2 x 12″ Vinyl Country: Berlin
Tracklist: 1. Third Side – The Absolute
2. Third Side – Jackie (with nd_baumecker)
3. Third Side – The Base Of All Matters
4. Third Side – Gauge Fields
5. Third Side – Unity
6. Third Side – Subsequent Stages
7. Third Side – Fundamental Forces
8. Third Side – Shit On Me (with Virginia)
Credits: It’s easy to come across many techno albums which contain neither a true vision nor a concept these days. However, throughout the last three years, the Berlin sound has witnessed a revival in both method and sound aesthetic. This is largely thanks to the work of a specific cohort of artists which have recalled on past principles and methods to push things forward in the aim of creating new and original frameworks for electronic dance music. At the centre of this limited group are the hardware radicalists known as the Analogue Cops and Steffi, the passionate heart behind Dolly and Klakson. Their unification in the studio has given us some of the best productions of the past year and this latest LP serves as both a proclamation of their shared love for the analogue sound and as a breath of fresh air for techno.