With just a few days from the current year left, I’ve compiled a list of 20 albums from 2018 that I enjoyed this year. Among these I have to highlight the much anticipated Mutant Beat Dance debut album, the first ever album from Gerard Hanson under the E.R.P. project, a new Gerald Donald project and a compilation of unreleased Heinrich Mueller remixes, a Silent Servant follow-up on Hospital Productions, a very interesting Fred Ventura compilation of unreleased house tracks, a new Lebanon Hanover, the beautiful debut album of Curses, the impressive Eindkrak album and the debut album of the Romanian producer Șerb.
The list is compiled in chronological order.
Eindkrak – Brullend Staal [Unknown Precept]
On his new album “R.U.R.” the Berlin producer Djedjotronic lets the cold machines have warm heartbeats, and vice versa. Recorded in a basement in southern France Owns “r.u.r.” A collection of techno-futuristic themes on modern isolation, robotics, simulation and cyborgs. The most aggressive dancefloor moment is undoubtedly “Take Me Down” featuring Douglas Mccarthy (Nitzer Ebb) on vocals, an industrial arpeggio monster track.
“6th Element,” Jensen Interceptor’s newest release with frequent collaborator Assembler Code brings this aesthetic in a darker, more focused, more serious direction without losing the grit and grain that colors his work. The result is 4 tracks of club ready, weaponized techno heavy on EBM and industrial influence with an agenda to menace.
Black Merlin continues to push his retro-aggressive style forward to now- his new EP ‘Control’ for Boysnoize Records. Power, discipline, CONTROL- the word itself is inseparable from the aesthetic mythos of industrial music, channeled so adeptly by Black Merlin across the 4 track release. The first two cuts, ‘Control’ and ‘Secondo,’ capture the neurotic, mechanical energy of a fantasy after-hours in a weapons factory- the kind of sci-fi meets political unrest wet dream that was Amiga-tracked through every undercut, black booted teenager’s imagination in the late 80’s. Production evoking the most dancefloor forward moments of Front 242, a sound both retro and contemporary but firmly planted in dark and aggressive EBM… Sound familiar for a BNR release these days We hope so.
Cardopusher delivers his first album for the Boysnoize label entitled ‘Manipulator’. The album is a 10 track hardware composed record inspired by early rave, 90s EBM/industrial and lo-fi acid house/techno blended together with modern production touches. Perfect for peak times or late hours this record pays homage to underground music.