“It’s with a pride filled, yet heavy, heart that Schrödinger’s Box bid a welcoming return to the uncrowned King of Acid, Andreas Gehm. After Cosmic Interrail come four tracks of acid scorn, corrosive jack and twisted spite. Under his own name, and the time honoured mantle of Elec Pt 1, Cologne’s 303 contortionist serves three works dripping in bitter bars and skewered by claps and snares. “Captain Future” sits outside of the quartet, a carnival outake of whirling lights and crashing cymbals. Pure quality from the Acid King.”
“Solar One Music is proud to announce this special record. Andreas left us suddenly at June 20th in 2016 after long health problems. Around that time we finished with him “The Worst Of Gehm” release. He was so happy about this project!!! Even one week later we got the terrible message that he died. We put alot of love and effort in this project to give him his last big monument! Special thanks to all his friends and labels like Mathematics Recordings, Abstract Acid, Creme Organization, Psycho Thrill and of course Bunker. RIP in Andreas! We will never forget you!”
Cologne based acid maverick Andreas Gehm dons his Elec Pt1 guise for his debut 12″ on Bristol’s Happy Skull. The A-Side see’s the German producer take us deep in to jak-beat territory with ‘Yes or No’, a riotous fusion of scatter bomb 707’s, hard hitting claps and undulating acid lines. ‘Summer Time in Coloniae’ lightens the mood slightly, a misty eyed homage to his hometown complete with melancholic synths and yearning melodies. Rounding off the 12″ is ‘Going By’, possibly the most adventurous cut of the three. A dense pulp of saturated drum machine noise, destined for only the wildest of dance floors.
Six nu-jack/acid trax by the Gehm. Voodoo Wolf features a sextet of stripped-back machine jams, which range from the spooky acid house of “Warming To The Galaxy” and ragging, Steve Poindexter-meets-Phuture wildness of “If I Was”, to the riotous, Dancemania-ish ghetto-house revelry of “Clap Your Hands” and the Larry Heard-ish melancholia of “77-88”.
Anopolis are a collective of four Thessaloniki based producers (Dimitris Evagelopoulos aka DimDJ, Drum Machinee, Lowjac, Oldman Talkin’) coming together for their first release on Lower Parts. The EP starts with Anopolis 2, a long, disco flavored track, built up gradually with phasing pads , lead melodies and an arpeggiated square bass line. The hypnotic feeling of Anopolis 5 is up next taking things deeper and textural while Anopolis 11 stands strong with it’s relentless acid loop juxtaposed with sharp drums washed in reverb. The final track of the EP arrives in the form of a remix of Anopolis 2 by Elec Pt.1 creating a mysterious and sinister atmosphere.
Snuff Trax celebrates magic record release number 010: Happy Jackin Birthday! For this little anniversary we asked four great artists to rework chosen tracks from the labels back catalogue. Leading us off, Mr White (you know him from his collaboration with Larry Heard) made an edit of Snuff Crews *Are You House*. Followed by Humandrone from Tokyo remixing Perseus Traxx – *Dont Feel Alone*. On the flipside you hear a remix treatment for Raiders of the lost ARP – *Stealing My Love* made by our man Takeshi Kouzuki of Kobe/Japan. And last but not least DimDJ from Thessaloniki created his own version of *Galaxian Journey* by Elec Pt.1.
Rebel Intelligence was never the most prolific of labels, with its’ first three releases – a trio of excellent analogue workouts from Matt Whitehead – coming out over a two-year period. This fourth 12″ – the imprints first since 2011 – sees a new wave of artists bringing their synthesizers and drum machines to the party. JTC’s “Habit” opens proceedings, sounding not unlike a cross between classic EBM, sparse analogue deep house and pitched-down early Detroit techno. Automatic Tasty impresses with “Winters Evening”, a deliciously melodic chunk of Claro Intelecto style electro, before Elec Pt1 charges off on an intoxicating 303 acid tip (“Daytime Acid”). Finally, Abraham Cowley flies off into space with “Shifting Seasons”, a wonderfully evocative fusion of constantly building analogue beats, melancholic chords and eyes-wide-shut melodies.
A relentless 12inch combining the teuton talents of Elect Pt.1 aka Andreas Gehm and Baden-Wurttemberg’s finest Mick Wills. No need for superlatives, three straight up acid tracks that hit you like a 200kph night drive up the Bundesautobahn – ohne Scheinwerfer.
Here is the third and final part of my 2013 review, featuring my favorite albums released last year. In the first part of the review, the preferences of hipodrome followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year.
Now here it comes the serious business. Because there are so many good albums and different genders, I took the same approach as in the 2012’s review.
The list is covering all the genders that I like and post on The Hipodrome Of Music, so I came up with no more than 20 gender lists, going from house to techno, disco and funk to electro and new wave …
Andreas Gehm returns to Abstract Acid with another series of dark and demented basement jams. A Groove EP features six tracks of his signature style so you know what to expect its no frills, no nonsense, straight up jack your body business, made for those who still love the sound of that little silver box.
The second comp on Holland’s 030303 shows the beauty, depth and variety of the Roland TB-303 more than ever in the history of the label. Moving away from IDM and braindance this time, all that’s presented to you is gorgeous dancefloor mayhem with great personality. Contributions by Elec Pt.1, Jonny 3 Snares, Automatic Tasty, Cosmic Force and Dexter all have a classic yet leftfield feel to it. About half of the 10 tracks diverge a little from this excellent recipe. Roy of the Ravers’ track ‘Acid Hors d’Oevre’ stands out for it melodic raving ecstacy; the track may well be the main hit of the Bangface-style rave community this year. Further down the line, Kid Machine’s ‘Mirage’ brings impressive synth-wave-disco madness on a distinctive 80s tip – this one is for fans of Legowelt. Then Jared Wilson’s cut – amazingly – brings us back to the time we first heard Choice’s ‘Acid Eiffel’: classic stuff that will never bore the ones who feel it. Another BIG one is for Drvg Cvltvre who delivers some down-to-midtempo sickness, distantly reminiscing of 33 1/3’s ‘Searchin”, but then on acid.
New and improved Bunker / Panzerkreuz Records! A4 inlay with artwork by Elec PT.1 himself + red Bunker stamp! Deutschland keeps on pushing it with some more macabre acidic industrial techno, dark and psychotic as the Lord has intended, ‘das beste Stahl’!
Adventurous electro project featuring a what might be regarded as a who’s-who in the current electro scene, reeling-in names such as DJ Stingray, DMX Krew, Ian Martin, Shemale, Elec Pt.1; with perhaps lesser known talents such as Linear Synthesis, Federico Leocata, Koova and Das Muster. A fine selection of tracks which successfully presents fresh sounds by tried-and-tested names, while simultaneously introducing upcoming and arguably lesser known, but by no means any less talented artists.