Patrick Russel – The Bunker Remixes EP (The Bunker New York)
One of the unsung heroes of American underground, the Detroit-breed veteran, Patrick Russel makes techno that turns everything upside down.
The latest remixes EP is a broken-beat, bizarre musical experiment, which sounds as if you’re looking at a water flow through a crooked glass on a rainy day.
Russel has been around the scene for about 25 years, but played his first gig outside of US only last autumn, and now he’s worth watching, because he carries a stuffed luggage of serious oddities from the world of techno. Recommended.
Call super – Nervous Sex Traffic (Dekmantel)
Another one to the broken sound list – a Call Super two-track on Dekmantel. Relatively new, but favorited by many including RA, this Londoner based in Berlin has grabbed the hearts of everyone with the tenacious romance of his sounds, which at first seem to flirty, but a little into a track, make you dive and feel. A great one to have in your ears whenever you are feeling melancholic or even in love. One of his amazing mixes is available here
Spike Galarraga – Gateway to Nowhere (Assymetric)
To a more earthly sound, which will give your mind rest and let you dance around your room with headphones on – the new release by Spike Galarraga on Asymmetric recordings.
The crew favorite “Gateway to Nowhere” is exactly as described – perfect to dance with your eyes closed. The “1981” is a lot more bouncy, but still deep with it’s classic tech housy rhythm.
Blind Observatory – Way Over Yonder (Gravitational)
Somehow, we missed this record when it came out in March. Nevertheless, it’s worth writing about now. When Max Magrini aka Max_M was fighting cancer, he had a list of great unreleased material for his amazing label M_REC LTD, but he never released it, as he succumbed to illness in May 2015 and died.
Blind Observatory didn’t want to sell the music to other labels, but after long arguments with friends, he decided to release it, but on his new imprint – Gravitational.
The record is engraved with “In Loving Memory” on the B-Side, and though the material was recorded before Magrini’s death, the tracks sound so sad and emotional, as if they were an epitaph.
Highly recommended, but highly recommended not to listen to when you’re in a fragile state of mind. A heartbreaking record.