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Tro, Håb Og Techno

January 19th, 2021 Comments off

It’s been a while, however is actually about music and all about music. It may be hard to believe, yet is what is left of Electronic Desert. It always has been an it will continue to be so. Normally (this is actually the first time that it happens ever, there’s a first time for everything right) that I write about a release that I don’t actually own. It’s never happened before.

I’m not a reviewer. I don’t write about things that I don’t like and music is not an exception. I don’t see the point in writing about things negatively or things that does not matter to me. Someone once told me: critics are the ones who failed in their own field. I concur. That would be design, art and architectural critics to begin with; the ones that do not in actuality produce anything at all and they’re closely related to: alla-kan-tralla*.

– Stop it, right now! Let’s get on with the business at hand will you not?

Max Kanding – Legebarn => The business end of things and no I’m not joking. Trust me… oh my Lord!

I really like this release for a number of reasons. It is filled with references including the Kandinsky inspired album cover that I assume is by the artist. This “attitude” and interaction with the World is refreshing and necessary. The album is excellent and filled with reference/inspiration. They’re so many. It reminds me of something that I have never heard.

When you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.

Wilson Mizner, 1953

This could be by all means a classic electronica album however it is not. Kanding uses four-to-the-floor in a way that I don’t think that I have ever heard before. The effect? It is not unheard of or unknown, however the combination? In my mind it is quite unique and that is what it sought after. I would have chosen a break, a rhythmic element. Max Kanding chooses the straight “big” drum and it is an excellent choice!

You can never escape the elders; like Autechre or Aphex, yet in our culture you can still create/make something new. Max Kanding has done exactly that. The “old” techno-infused loved/hated four-to-the-floor fused with classical electronica is nothing but brilliant! It is excellent music. Production, mixing, execution? Digitally abused in the form of reduction (bandcamp is nothing but the best but reduced bit rate is still reduction), towering tall and proud. Bass is intact to my ears.

That is: L’usine, Bauri, Bergman. Elblaus, Rotterdam, Detroit, UK, Lueder, Kennedy, Pawalski, Electronic Desert and then some. It’s incredible! I salute the’! Live to fight another day.

I love this album. Best track? Tro, håb og techno – it just makes me happy and do we not all need that? I would release this yesterday. It could be 2003, exact and warm embracing bass propagating for an externity. So, there is a future after all! Well done!

Is it a contender? For the best album of the year? Most definitely. That track and that title? I’m speechless. Come on!

* I did mention that I love you always? I miss you.

Tro, håb og techno = Faith, hope and techno

I’m Not Done

December 10th, 2020 Comments off

Wit’ D’n’B…

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The One Before Uncle Dugs

December 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Uncle Dugs always gives shouts to the one and only: A Guy Called Gerald!!!?

– So what?

– That man legend, he is a true champion of the sound! Why would that be at all surprising?

– It isn’t. That’s not it. It not the eclectic, uncompromising, and so many decades of experienced styles.

– What then?!!

– His show is the one before Dugs. I knew about A Guy Called Gerald a l ong time before I knew about Dugs. That being said I probably knew about Rinse.FM and A Guy Called Gerald about the same time (Sorry Dugs). Long before the internet.

– Date?

– I heard im’ long before, but in the name of d’n’b it has to be ‘Black Secret Technology’ it is classic.

– And…?

– Aha, you mean ‘Voodoo Ray’? That would be 1989? I do own my personal vinyl copy (the shiny black circular thingy).

– It is a hard act to follow, but Uncle Dugs can keep up, no doubt. That shout is mandatory. And maybe, just maybe there is a reason why Dugs often play year specific? 92′, 93′ and 94′? If your up? And A Guy Called Gerald had the slot before you? It seems like a (the only) strategy? All over the place and then some…

– 89′ huh? What? You mean like 1989?

– Actually it is much earlier than that. Don’t worry about that, just going to leave you with this thought… no one knows everything and remember that started out as pirate station on the air waves well before internet. The fact that A Guy Called Gerald plays/trashes before Uncle Dugs seems all righteous and excellent to me.

– Man, that is a hard act* to follow though. I’m not sure I would even want to try? That is not actually true… I can follow anyone and up or down doesn’t really matter, however inspiration is more important than anything! Would I be intimidated? A Guy Called Gerald? I would try not to…

A true originator. Whatever breaks music you like, used to like (WTF?) or finding out now? He will be involved. Proper breaks!

I have suggestion… I think it is a first. A Girl Called Geraldine? Carry the breaks fwd as we all want! What do you say?

* I didn’t know that! It’s true, I did not know that A Guy Called Gerald is actually holding the spot before Uncle Dugs on Fridays!

– Come on that is silly stupid!!!!

– No, honest! I did know that!

– An you call yourself a raver?!!

– Actually, I do n…

– Just shut your mouth!

– Honestly I missed out…

– Now I understand the shout. I must be getting really slow. I mean really slow. Good fun though. One thing about experience (getting older) it turns out to be OK. Good? No. OK. That one is one me! : ). It is by all accounts the most epic fail of all fails. I just have to live with it, I guess?

A Guy Called Gerald. One of the Giants! One fire for this one on, trust me he’s on fire:

How Excellent Can Something Get?

November 29th, 2020 Comments off

There can only be one…

– It is really?

– Yes. Unmistakeably so, that programming and the sub bass? There is no question, with out a doubt it is in fact the one and only: Roel Funcken! Even the run-out is great.

– Come on?

– I know this. I have never played this on out. Never. In the collection? What do you think? Is it really? If you listen a long time and you collect. Then you can/will hear it. No doubt.

– Are you sure? Yes, I am 100% sure, but so are you? No doubt it is him. New name? Come on? It really doesn’t matter. I know that you know that this is Funckarma. It doesn’t matter in the end? This is: Roel Funcken!

That is pure bass pressure. Looking, looking, looking for that perfect beat. I have never played this track out loud. The run-out is pure genius. Do you own the track? I do. It is: Cane ‎– Teknotest on Arcola. Roel Funcken doing his business. Futuristic stuff/styles.

Too me? None and I mean no one is better*. I do have musical ideas. But, R.Funcken is somewhat standing in my way. The man is a genius. The beats, the programming and mastering? It is impossible! I keep listening/collecting.

I mean even the run-out is excellent… he is truly an impossible man (musically, I mean.).

– The run-out?

– On a vinyl record there is an eternal loop; it is the run-out, I don’t really want to discuss that. I just don’t want to do that. However, it is not random. It is how the track never ends and it could be different.

Play the tune. Again. A musical genius. Somewhere, here: Funckarma, Part 5; a very early post, actually it is the last page and first post here on

There are others, but they’re not on-line (to my knowledge), they’re not reviews/text about releases and they belong to: Electronic Desert. So therefor they’re in the archives for now.

At the time (2002) I did not have a clue that what I was looking for and collecting actually had the exact same origin. No, I did not know that: Quench was Funckarma or that Android, Cane, Cenik, D’Enborage, Dif:use, Eaven, Legiac, Mystery Artist, Scone, Shadow Huntaz and now Styx (missed it in 2016)?!

It was a suspicion that grew (Quench, Funckarma and Cenik) special sound, experience and insight has made it easier. I still suspect that there are more releases under other aliases hidden/tucked away somewhere out there.

And the music is as good or even better today! The sub bass is unbelievable. Unbelievable. And he keeps pushing the sub bass for an eternity, alongside the complexity that is hard to surpass!

To me it is truly magical music. It is MAGIC!

* Wow, there Leslie! What about Jazz giants and so many of the rest? …I know that’s why normally refrain from talking about the best… there are to many to mention… Monk for one (what about Coltrane, Miles, Parker, Sun Ra, Craig, Mills, , Heard, Rogers, Martin, James, Brown and Booth or ? I don’t know? Maybe too obvious? What do you think?).

It Is Time

November 16th, 2020 Comments off

20 years? It took me a time to actually sign up… so I guess my: Joined on February 25, 2006 is somewhat of a late starter?

The aim was and has always have been the same to keep track of the collection, no actually it is the love for the music, formats, details and the stuff that drives non-collectors’ “normal” people mad/off-top-of-their-heads

Inside… flying the dust of some of on the 94’s today, some of the lesser known…

RINSE.FM 106.8FM* on po’n the dial!

94′ init’?, some you know, some you don’t know, in the words of name of the DT, 94 init’ today?!

Juicebox records Big Up! A Called Gerald the Clock remix om my Gosh! Killed me right there… I think I might actually own this track and that is one good reason why should never ever ever play with fire

* FM = Frequency Modulation. Rinse FM is an actual pirate radio station transmitting out of London. Pre-internet… they had to move the transmitter around London, because they did not have a permit to send/transmit music. It was and it is illegal to transmit anything on any frequency that is not sanctioned/paid for…

The mobile network are actually the same. I need to ride my bike… there is still time left.

Dancing, collection, Life and Will!

We are… We Are Viable. Hard pill to swallow? No matter this (again) to swallow the bitter pill (no punt intended). I confess! I am actually one and a half century old. Historically, 200 or 300 years ago? That would have been suspiciously old, like black magic old…

That is the essence of the music that I love and live for; the breaks… look forward and follow the eternal bass. Or as(s) it was once said. Release your mind ans your mind will follow.

Come on! We can do this! The Future is forward! It is unwritten… you need to believe in the future.

Today Of All Days?

October 17th, 2020 Comments off

It should be no comment. However, I can’t do that. That would be 1993 to you and me, WARP and I did buy it in period, the following year (if I remember correctly because I waited for Artificial Intelligence II to arrive to Stockholm from London more than 6 months…) when it was available.

They’re truly musical giants, and they’ve in fact defined decades of culture output. The impact? Impossible to say…

I want/forced to dedicate this post to my friends and everyone musically inclined; that I ever met along the way: friends and foes, be them fallen or not. With this reminder: plz don’t forget how to have fun, in life…

And no, you will never get passed them or him… ever; that is impossible.

We are the music makers…

He will push the tempest by…



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Breaks Eternal

October 16th, 2020 Comments off

Dark. Descent. (NL)? It is about time. This is the perfect time to do so for more than one reason. Complexity and banality; any human is a combination of both including many other things yet among all of them is still simple banality. That in it self creates complexity at the best of the times in the end.

Musically? There is not necessarily any connection what so ever. Yet, it is part of my heritage, that would be breaks, that not everyone may know of… the hardcore sounds. The harsh sounds that I’ve been trying to incorporate a long time, a long time love/hate relationship.

“- What ARE you LISTENING to (headphones)? – It’s Somatic Responses, breaks? – That is… unbelievably frightening (music).”

A part of the breaks’ exploration, but for anyone who would know anything about the eternal search for breaks and my out must admiration for example: Somatic Responses and Hymen and the rather harsher things of things shouldn’t be all that surprised.

Odd 20 years later… a bit noisy, isn’t it?

My younger self would probably not fully understand all of this! Now, I feel… liberated and that is a good thing. To expand or “Move your ass and your mind will follow!”. Hard, machine “funk” at work. It never died in Holland… will it be first in my cue? Probably not but it all makes sense to me now.

I like it; intense BIG drum (as it were, is…) and quite beautiful melodies. It’s a love song? Cull Destroy Poem (A song for Suki) by Mute.

It’s digital excellence clocking in at: 24:27. Nu times (it will not fit on a 12″ at 45 rpm).

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Lost In The Moment

September 27th, 2020 Comments off

What can I say? That is the spirit, that is the demeanour you should have, always? Just like that; hand-in-hand; as it were. Having lots of fun!

Come on! Then you somehow forget? Everyone seem to forget what is right/important? The title says it all and it sums up my life… You can run, but You can’t hide… ever, never, ever… Ras! …like in Rasta?; not to be confused with the other disastrous misconception.

I’m just trying to be clear…

And JD once told me… – There are one or two things that I would change. But, it really doesn’t need a hand. I don’t have time and you don’t have any money? If I change something now (with the production) then it will become my take/song/release? That is not what mastering is about. Just leave it as it is (Flannel Poet). It is ready for press…

– OK. Thank you! I will tell Ludo. The talent and respect? I’m truly speechless and humbled. Electronic Desert. Right about here. That would be: JL & Bell 03 to you.

The man (Ludo) is nothing short of being a genius. – Show me some love/suga’. Get’s a hug?! (Too my little sister none-the-less. Did it make an impression? Your guess…). Pure genius. Da doctor L. Elblaus.

One of my friends.

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Dom + Roland

September 27th, 2020 Comments off

And “Delta” is even better than “Hunter”… I just don’t know what to do with myself. Exact. And I’m supposed to be a grown up person/individual? The track is impossible and I am lost for words. It is… relentless. I can not describe it. The love. I’m broken for real now.

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September 26th, 2020 Comments off

The album is serious enough. Hard-hat may be needed. It is Dom & Roland. Then there’s “Hunter”? I am not even going to comment again.

If you know me? Then you will know the damage. If you know me… then you will know the utter destruction taking place, You will know the complete destruction when you hear it; “Hunter”?

That is destruction by breaks/bass. Destroyed, No. Destroyed. The pressure, the pure bass pressure. Decades of punishment. Dom & Roland. I… get up and dress… and dance… 25 years later. I wondered. I did… I don’t. Doubt. Ever.

Related; Is it?. The love of my life.

HK/Freedom of Speech.

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