FRAK – Project Digitalis [DP20]

FRAK are back on track with this dreamy album with deep dark hypnotic slow rhythmic tracks. This is experimental analog and haunting dancemusic at slow BPMs which gives you a glimpse of Swedish smalltown dystopia in all its glory. The A1 track might give the impression that this is a romantic record and the A side in general will make big city people feel the urge to move to small towns again, but on the B-side it just gets darker and weirder (the smalltown kinda reveals its ugly underbelly) and it all ends with a track that would make the taped nipples fake fetishists in techno city shiver. I could say you need a mask to play this out, but lets not take it that far.

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FRAK – Project Digitalis [DP20]

Obergman – Universal Hologram [BORFT151]

Another excursion for the genre independent Borft label. Celebrated artist Obergman delivers a six tracker record for fans of acid and electro. The release is initiated with the drexciyan styled electro track “Germination” with occasional strings that brings some light in the atmosphere of desolate landscapes, followed by the groovy electrotech melodic track “Unexpected Connection” The acid techno workout “Acid Healing” slowly builds with sweet melodic strings into floorfilling potential while the B-side begins with “Inflatable”. A Bass ridden driving acid techno track with ominous melodic stabs that works well when doing a build-up mix into more frenzy territory. The b2 track “Greenglow” explores rocking acid lines bonded by delicate smooth detroit styled strings. Last track of the record, “Universal Hologram”, is a strong beautiful electro track with great electric pulses, melancholic atmosphere and subtle strings.

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Obergman – Universal Hologram [BORFT151]

Villa Åbo – Straight Forward Acid & Low Bit Swing [BORFT150]

“Feeling numb from all the electronic dancemusic coming out?, moaning about how its become a bit samey, or are you just tired of your shitster friends saying its not like in the 90’s anymore. This record will shut everyone in the room up. A1 is a deeply psychotic acid death march into confusion, so minimal and primitive (kick, snare, acidsquelch) it will challenge every beard and armpit and might even hypnotize the dj to the point he cannot mix in the next one. A2 is a straight up Commodore 64 SID track with mongoloid data elephants tooting over a wobbly and tarded electroish beat. B1 is a dystopic dreamy rave stomper, starting out kinda datacuddly but gets more and more serious, with choirs of fable mooers taking you into that virtual bad trip you need. b2 continues as expected with more c64 SID madness, so snary I cant even determine if its in 115 or 230bpm. But it leaves you with the feeling your ears and mind just been wrestled, smacked and poked at, and thats the point. This is no record for the safing chickenshit DJ.”

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Villa Åbo – Straight Forward Acid & Low Bit Swing [BORFT150]

DJ Sotofett – Börft EP [BORFT140]

It’s astonishing to think that Frak’s Borft Records has now notched up three decades. The Swedish imprint remains as eccentric and essential as ever, as this label debut from inspired Norwegian oddball DJ Sotofett proves. By his standards, “Ol Pa Ibiza” and the stripped back “Ol Pa Klubb” are pretty straightforward, with the Sex Tags man laying ricocheting dub notes and percussion hits over a rock solid drum track and booming bassline. “Ol Pa SM-Art Bar” sees him channel the spirit of early British bleep techno and the darker end of Belgian new beat on a clandestine mid-tempo chugger, while “Drikkepause” is a quick-fire shot of ambience built around echoing bells. Finally, he heads for a dirty warehouse on the acid-laden, EBM informed sleaziness of “Nekta Ol Par City Club”.

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DJ Sotofett – Börft EP [BORFT140]

KORD and NEBULA – Pine Twigs Trax [BORFT138]

So far the most Punk release in the Borft catalog. This is the meeting between Johan Sturesson (KORD) and Petter Svensson (NEBULA). While Petter has his background as a punkrocker Johan has some years of experience in the Electronic vein this meeting result in a EBM/punk/technoEP dirtier than ever.

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KORD and NEBULA – Pine Twigs Trax [BORFT138]

Frak – Realismo [BORFT125]

Frak must be amongst the most consistent artists in techno. Realismo delivers three winding, twisting analogue techo tracks, kicking off with ten-minutes of mid tempo, acid-flecked, heads-down freakery, the brilliantly icy, but also strangely intense “Nerve Netting”. “Progressive Lattitude” is a little fuzzier and more distorted, but explores similar sonic territory. Things get more hectic on closer “Major Attack”, which is a typically wild interpretation of acid house with additional razor-sharp electronics.

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Frak – Realismo [BORFT125]

Daniel Andreasson – Pressure [BORFT120]

Swede Daniel Andreasson has been tickling our fancy with his particular brand of clandestine techno and world-weary electronica since 2009. Here he makes an appearance on Frak’s long-running Borft label. Pressure ticks a number of boxes. While there’s plenty of loopy, atmospheric techno – see the title track and the winding, woozy, slightly psychedelic “100 Hours” – the EP’s strongest moments are arguably those where he takes a slightly stranger path. Opener “Inside” – a kind of dark ambient piece interspersed with a distant bassline and occasional heavily filtered rhythms – is particularly special, while closer “Nov 41” is a near perfect chunk of slowed-down Detroit futurism.

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Daniel Andreasson – Pressure [BORFT120]

Frak – Ultrasaw [BORFT115]

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This 12″ contains some true oddities. Frak is not known for doing remixes but here is one of the few that exists. A nice acid remix of Dave ID – Soul reprise. Also they did a special track to finish off the 2013 tours and here’s the splendid studio version of … phase.

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Frak – Ultrasaw [BORFT115]

Frak – Börft EP [MANIA024]

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Sweden’s (almost) unknown techno veterans Börft Records we have played and seeded wizely through out the years – to be honest, we’ve hid their treasures for years too. Forget all you know about Swedish electronic music, this is Börft crew, the core underground of ”söta bror’s” techno history – here represented by Frak – a full out techno acid punch.  The EP is including a beautiful Dj Sotofett remix.

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Frak – Börft EP [MANIA024]