Expander & Thinkfreak – The End Of The World Vol. 2 [SONICULTUREUNLIMITED012]

Expander & Thinkfreak were so hyped up when the World was about to end that they produced three more tracks for the Big Crunch (in physical cosmology, the Big Crunch is one possible scenario for the ultimate fate of the universe). And here we have the final 3-tracker that was made to implode everything in a techno fashion. For those of you who do not want to hear the words of the apocalypse that are part of Sunburner, there is a dub version available on the EP. It’s true that we all survived, in a way. The big blue planet is still pinned to the galaxy, so the future should be bright with more productions of this dynamic duo to come forward. Let us pray.

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Expander & Thinkfreak – The End Of The World Vol. 2 [SONICULTUREUNLIMITED012]

VA – Fachwerk 30 [FW030]

The end of summer 2013 the Berlin based Fachwerk label clock up its 30th release. The EP features solo productions by all key members of the label family (boss Mike Dehnert and pals Sascha Rydell and Roman Lindau) as well one collaborative effort that also features vocals from Sophia. Vocals are not something normally associated with the dub-wise techno label but listen in to ‘Fachwerk 30’ and you will see how well this crew have made them work within their usual concrete funk template. Above rugged, frayed synths and mutant, mutating melodies, Sophia’s echoing, shadowy voice lurks and imbues the thing with an uneasy sense of paranoia as the machines gurgle all around. Elsewhere, Mike Dehnert turns in the hiccupping techno loops of ‘FK’ complete with searching wide screen and super grainy and grimy synths, whilst Roman Lindau’s ‘The Yeah Thing’ is a cantering techno number with pinging kick drums and gallivanting metallic synths that melt your mind into a molten mess. Finally, Sascha Rydell’s ‘Palinka Girl’ is a heads down groove run through with icy hi hat ringlets and a raw, chunky drum funk plus all the usual shadowy dub textures we have come to love from this most focused and excellent label.

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VA – Fachwerk 30 [FW030]

VA – Dead Architect Series: Portfolio One [MODULARZ012]

Cover art - Various Artists: Dead Architect Series - Portfolio One

The arrangements are compiled by a selected group of producers focusing mainly on rhythms made for building. We wanted to merge the idea along side true innovators of modern architecture and the thought process it took for reinvention during those times.

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VA – Dead Architect Series: Portfolio One [MODULARZ012]