Various Artists, jip [Jiprecords!/Eat This Records – JIP02/ETR7.1, 2002]

Excellent six-track EP listed as Jip02 and Etr7.1, where Etr would stand for Eat This Records, the profilic Dutch label that already brought us goodies such as the equally excellent Kaihosha vinyl series. Apparently Jip01 is a now long-time deleted 100 issues CD consisting of lullabies made for a newly born in the etr camp.… Continue reading Various Artists, jip [Jiprecords!/Eat This Records – JIP02/ETR7.1, 2002]

EOG, Part 3 [DUB Recordings – DUB 27, 2002]

Tracks made up by relentless beats being at the same time, complex and minimal, complex because of the irregularities and minimal because they practically consist entirely of percussive elements. The first track is quite amazing apart from a short intro the beats are majestically in charge of the sonic picture apart from haunting soundscapes drowning… Continue reading EOG, Part 3 [DUB Recordings – DUB 27, 2002]

Various Artists, Kaihoisa pt3 [Eat This Records – ETR6C/D, 2002]

The third and last part in Eat This brilliant “Kaihoisa” series is a four-track 12-inch. The two previous releases were a 7-inch single and a 10-inch single and apparently all of the tracks are supposed to be interpretations of the word “Kaihoisa”. L’Usine’s “upcgriqr” was one of last year’s best tracks with nice intro and… Continue reading Various Artists, Kaihoisa pt3 [Eat This Records – ETR6C/D, 2002]

Mitchell Akiyama, Meridial [Eat This Records – ETR10, 2002]

This three track 12-inch from Eat This Records starts off with “Meridial” a fully-fledged dubbed out glitch extravaganza. It is followed by “Spiral Jetty” considerably more sinister and somewhat disturbing track. The flip side’s “Wardenclyfte” is a track that stretches for miles and it isn’t made for the ones in a hurry… down-tempo to say… Continue reading Mitchell Akiyama, Meridial [Eat This Records – ETR10, 2002]

Funckarma vs. Boom Operators, Focus [DUB Recordings – DUB 26, 2002]

Making a good hip hop track is not as easy as it may seem as this DUB release demonstrates. A good hip hop track is more than beats and lyrics, you also need a capable lyricist, however Funckarma makes the best of the situation on this 12-inch which is structured in a classical manner: original-,… Continue reading Funckarma vs. Boom Operators, Focus [DUB Recordings – DUB 26, 2002]

Vessel, Dreaming in Pairs [Expanding Records – ECD10:02, 2003]

If you got a copy of last year’s expanding compilation “The Condition of Muzak” and you enjoyed the track entitled “Tiny” then you’ve probably been waiting for this album! “Dreaming in Pairs” is the debut album for “vessel” who’s first ever released expanding track was none other than the above-mentioned “Tiny”.This beautifully packaged album is… Continue reading Vessel, Dreaming in Pairs [Expanding Records – ECD10:02, 2003]

Inigo Kennedy, Digging Deeper [Cutting Pleasure – CP004, 2002]

Deep, deeper, deepest, the fourth offering from Cutting Pleasure is a three track 12″ aptly named “Digging Deeper”. It features Inigo Kennedy and make no mistake about it we’re talking about techno here. “Momentum” is classic vein techno rewired with strings floating in the background coupled with relentlessly forward moving beats and bass stabs. “Together… Continue reading Inigo Kennedy, Digging Deeper [Cutting Pleasure – CP004, 2002]

End, Science/Fiction [Hymen – ¥725, 2002]

“Science/Fiction” is the debut album for “end” who’s released three tracks previously: “global media engine” for Hymen’s Masonic “tea” (with speedranch) for Planet Mu’s the Cosmic Forces of Mu and “are you normal enough?” remix for Snog’s Relax into the Abyss also on Hymen. Starting of with string arrangements and fast paced beats of “Eclipse… Continue reading End, Science/Fiction [Hymen – ¥725, 2002]

Ola Bergman, The Great Family Hotel [New Speak – NSPK001, 2002]

The first release on New Speak Records is the 12″ “The Great Family Hotel” by talented Ola Bergman. With one previous release under his belt, the acclaimed Geiom split 05/06 12″ on Smak his latest released work shows great maturity. There’re blissful melodies and straightforward drum programming throughout the six track EP. Noticeable are the… Continue reading Ola Bergman, The Great Family Hotel [New Speak – NSPK001, 2002]