Simoncino is back with another full length album, Amazon Atlantis, on Creme Organization. His vintage sound is one full of real emotion, and that is the case with this new full length. Simoncio turns on his machines and makes music every day, just for pleasure. Every so often he feels the time is right to release a new collection of material, and that time is now. There is no objective or particular message behind the album, it was simply conjured up using the Akai S 900 and the Emu Emax I drum machines as well as a Roland JX8P, a Korg PolySix a Ensoniq ESQ1 and a Yamaha DX7. Made at different times over an extended period of time in his home studio in Perugia, Italy, the album features two collaborations. The first is with Legowelt, “who besides being one of my favourite artists is a close friend” and the other is with Vincent Floyd, “a true legend whose records ‘Cruising and ‘I Dream You’ have left their mark on my life.”
Who better to inaugurate your label than Andreas Gehm? Simple, no-one. Glasgow’s Schrodinger’s Cat is sinking claws and teeth into vinyl with five tracks of blistering TB303 goodness from the Cologne man. Mr Gehm is in fine form as he serves up a quintet of very different cuts. From the warbling wonderment of “Blind Eyes” to squawking darkness of “Jak the Floor”, this EP shows how talented this machine musician is. “Can You Hear Me Girl” is jilted lover, stalker house; beady eyes peering into misted windows material. The Elec Pt 1 hood is donned for the dirtiest track of the 12″. Grimy claps are further polluted by bending acid lines in a work overflowing with violence. Out of the leftfield comes the finale. “Systems Go” throbs with rumbling rhythms, a bleeped melody keeping time as drum machines overheat and circuitry melts.
Strong records by Asok with emotive techno tracks that are paying respect to the early Detroit techno releases.
All the tracks on I See Light are culled from the Forgotten tape released on Go! Finger last year with two Chupacabras cuts backed by remixes from Legowelt and Willie Burns. Those two names are probably reason enough for many to investigate but don’t make the mistake of glossing over the wonderfully strange original version of ”I See Light” from Chupacabras, which pairs strange wind instrument with an insistent raw techno groove.