PUPKULIES & REBECCA
The Way We

[Normoton, www.normoton.de]

CODEC & FLEXOR
Killermachine

[Kitty-Yo, www.kitty-yo.com]

TOLCHA
Gestalt

[Meta Polyp, www.metapolyp.de]

SASCHA BOOSE
Feel The Flow

[Masabe, www.masabe.de]

COSMIC SLAVE
The Spirit of Summer

[Masabe, www.masabe.de]

HEIDI MORTENSON
Wired Stuff

[Wired Records, www.nosnetrom.net]

Re-examining the burgeoning acid-techno-no wave-break-beat-electronica scene in Germany, one gets an impression that everyone is coming to the table from an entirely different source altogether.
Pupkulies & Rebecca debuts with "The Way We", an album full of restlessly mellow beats and suggestions of rhythms. The duo is actually made up of Janosch Blaul [half of the house duo Strassmann] and his partner Rebecca. Record is full of warmth imparted through beats that are akin to ambient dub and trance house. Bits and pieces of vocals we're fed are just enough to keep things interesting. What's more, the mood is starkly underplayed. On "The End?" Rebecca intones in almost bored voice tid-bits of vocals in the left speaker, while a reverberating echo fills the rest of the room. "C-Dub" turns out to be a successful experiment in dub-lite, which comes completed with severed rhythm and an awkward synth line. "The Way We" is just a first stop on a long journey ahead for this German duo.
Second album from German duo Codec & Flexor, "Killermachine" is a project of dark beats, relentlessly repetitive machinations and all around good fun. Let's be honest, their dark, ominous beats are more likely to inspire those that used to listen to Skinny Puppy during the 80's rather than those of us who enjoyed the fuck- em-all attitude of KLF's early 12". Whether the duo takes itself too seriously, I don't really know. I'm not here to be the judge of their final intent. With that said, the beats feel cold and the vocals are a throwback to what was happening two decades ago. The duo sounds as if they're bored to be playing this stuff. Either that or they simply have their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks for those who just don't get it. Then again, this is what the kids love nowadays, isn't it? Reinventing nothing, with the exception of a few tracks, "Killermachine" sadly feels like a failed experiment.
Berlin dub-meisters are at it again. Tolcha put out their debut in the form of "Gestalt" - 14 tracks of thick, juicy dub jams. When I say juicy, I mean thick, scorching dub. We're not talking about some fake plastic wanna be shit, no man. This is the real deal. These guys know how to rock the house solid. Call this minimal dub. Call it jungle-ambient freak-out music with a calming feel. Call it whatever you want. Tolcha know how to lay a thick groove and ride with it. With light touches of d'n'b and swooshy synths riding all over the place, the bass is deep, the percussion is real and the beats are effective and hard. Sampled record scratches, beat-box beats and electronic glitches appear too. There's this weird dub feel to all of this but it works. Music for those that appreciate the reality of the surroundings they're in, rather than those that like to turn out and turn off. Mysterious figure by the name of Sascha Boose breaks out with "Feel The Flow", a continuing 75 minute techno mix. Not necessarily hard stuff, this is the sort of minimal sounds you would expect to hear near the end of a rave, rather than during its ecstatic beginning. Mid tempo beats are repeated over and over and of course, over again, but that's the whole point. Without repetition, there wouldn't be much point to this stuff, would there? The best part comes near the end of the longish excursion. As the beats evaporate into more subdued, softer ones, the mood becomes calm and head nodding lazy. Perfect sounds for a chill out room.
Another mystery outfit, Mystery Slave deliver "The Spirit of Summer", an album that's much closer to ambient minimal state than any techno sub-category. Choosing less direct synths and more tranquil beats, the whole seems to work quite well. Make no mistake, this is clearly mind-altering music and it's best if it's taken that way. On "Cool Bigi Cool", a fluffy female vocal for a few brief moments entices us to take a journey into a sea of tranquil beats, while on "Cosmojazz" atmosphere retains a flavourful softer-shade-of-blue tinge. Muffled beats, tranquil moods and a world full of love. Here's your stress relief all wrapped up and ready to be served. On her debut "Wired Stuff", Danish [transplanted to Berlin] chanteuse Heidi Mortenson fuses power pop into her electronic landscapes. Imagine a hazy version of Karen Findlay wrapped up in laptop gook, surrounded by heavy sexual imagery and that about approximates this woman's potential. The beats are loose and majority of this stuff sounds like it's heavily processed through a crunchy industrial sledge-hammer. Geeky sounds and a frail, plastic voice from a record I just can't take seriously. Allow me to transform myself into an omni-sexual being from outer space for the span of the record and then I'll let you know what it's really all about. For now, I'll just stick to my Stars on 45 LPs, thank you.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Tony Conrad & Faust - Outside the Dream Syndicate. Alive
+ Ohkami No Jikan - Mort Nuit
+ Hati - Hati vs. Z'EV
+ Directing Hand - Bells for Augustin Lesage
+ Glenn Jones - This is the Wind that Blows It Out
+ Birgit Ulher - Scatter
+ Sascha Demand - Plakationa
+ David Chiesa - Phonemes
+ With Throats as Fine as Needles - With Throats as Fine as Needles
+ Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood - Goodbye
+ Slomo - The Creep
+ Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions Of New Jazz / Anthony Braxton - 8 Duets: Hamburg 1991 / Anthony Braxton and Richard Teitelbaum - Duet: Live at Merkin Hall, NYC / Anthony Braxton/Chris Dahlgren - ABCD
+ 050
+ Das Bierbeben - Alles Fallt
+ Couch - Figur 5
+ Crowdpleaser & St-Plomb - 2006
+ Cuts & Pieces
+ Boogy Bytes Vol. 2 - Mixed By Sascha Funke
+ Eddie Zarook & Casio Casino - 6Ft Dunder/Was
+ ISAN - Plans Drawn In Pencil
+ Elbee Bad - Realisty Check 4 All
+ The Gentleman Losers - The Gentleman Losers
+ Lump 200 - Dizzyland
+ Motor Soul Vol. 1
+ SCSI-9 - The Line Of Nine
+ Sinner DC - Mount Age
+ Soylent Green - La Forza Del Destino
+ Stop Disco Mafia - You Don't Wanna Know
+ Joanna Słowińska - Live in Alchemia
+ Transkapela - Sound & Shadows

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+ PUMICE - Yeahnahvienna / STAFRAENN HAKON - Ventill/Poki / WOODEN WAND - Harem of the Sundrum & The Witness Figg
+ BABYSHAMBLES - Down in Albion
+ VENOM - Metal Black
+ ROBERT PIOTROWICZ - Rurokura and the Final Warn
+ ÖLVIS - Ölvis
+ LOTUS - The Strength of Weak Ties
+ THE CONGOS & FRIENDS - Fisherman Style
+ LIZZY MERCIER DESCLOUX - Best Off
+ NO NECK BLUES BAND & EMBRYO - EmbryoNNCK
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Garden of Brokenness
+ PHILL NIBLOCK - Touch Three
+ PUB - Single - Legless
+ THE IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES - Tum
+ ORBIT SERVICE - Songs of Eta Carinae
+ GEORG GRAEWE / ERNST REIJSEGER / GERRY HEMINGWAY - Continuum
+ IZU - Going Salamander
+ SUNDAYRUNNERS - SundayRunners
+ AMPARANOIA - La Vida Te Da
+ CARL LUDWIG HUBSCH LONGRUN DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE - Is This Our Music? 2
+ PAUL BRADLEY - Memorias extranjeras
+ MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ - Live 1984-1985
+ SAO PAULO UNDERGROUND - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ BLOOD MUSIC - Sing a Song Fighter!
+ RICHARD YOUNGS - The Naive Shaman
+ ANOUAR BRAHEM - Le Voyage de Sahar
+ THE GREASEBALLS - Tombstone Wax
+ ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / ROBERT MONTOYA / MARCOS FERNANDES / RENT ROMUS - Reverberations from Spring Past
+ KAI FAGASCHINSKI & BERNARD GAL - Going Round in Serpentines
+ DANIELSON - Ships
+ ROBERT POLLARD - From a Compound Eye
+ CHAS SMITH - Descent
>> PUPKULIES & REBECCA - The Way We / CODEC & FLEXOR - Killermachine / TOLCHA - Gestalt / SASCHA BOOSE - Feel The Flow / COSMIC SLAVE - The Spirit of Summer / HEIDI MORTENSON - Wired Stuff

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