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DTR | TRP002 : De Niro Is Concerned

TRP002

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Label : Trip / трип Recordings
CAT# : TRP002
Artist : Various
Title : De Niro Is Concerned
Released : 18 May 2015

A1. Bjarki – Revolution
A2. Deniro – Dumans
B1. Barcode Population – Untitled
B2. Kraviz & Exos – No Criminals
C1. Parrish Smith – L’importance de Doute
C2. Steve Stoll – D.U.M.B.O
D1. Nikita Zabelin – Rush
D2. Deniro – Organezized

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Trip (трип) is the feisty new label from Nina Kraviz that made a head turning start back in December with “The Deviant Octopus” that showcased some artists that look to be regulars in a wide ranging, often druggy collection of tracks, with a surprising variety on close listening. The second double pack adds to this with an extremely high quality selection of tracks from some of the aforementioned artists and that absolute missile of a tune from Barcode Population. Many of the tracks are live recordings and this gives the release a feeling of immediacy and intimacy.

The musical highlights:



A1. Bjarki – Revolution

I love the subtlety of this production. A chattering percussion line and muted but powerful kick lay down the road, but travelling centre stage along it is the nagging, repetitive percussion taken straight from a voodo rhythm. This gives the tune a tribal and hypnotic feel, which is only added too by the pulsating, reverberating note running under everything. The breakdown is beautifully handled with a subtle drum fills, offbeat clapping hihats and a large dash of sheer musicality. Excellent work, one to really dive into.



B1. Barcode Population – Untitled

What is there to say about this track – a huge classic from 1996 and props to Nina for getting it on a release and out to a wider audience. The track was originally A1 on a highly sought after run of 300 called “All Aboard The USS Severe” and including it here isn’t just about unearthing an old gem, it 100% fits with the other tunes on the release. Instantly captivating with its punishing, high bpm kicks, chugging bassline, hat/clap/shaker combo and surgical acid line. The percussion reels you in and lets you drop, cranking up the energy to a frenetic euphoric break from which there is no escape, before introducing a second, popping melody and bringing forward the bassline to play out on. Major classic. Special mention on the Trip youtube video which captures perfectly what clubbing should be in my opinion – no rules, no egos, happy faces and room about freedom to express yourself to the music.



C1. Parrish Smith – L’importance de Doute

Both a threatening statement and a trance like journey, this track adds yet another dimension to the release whilst again fitting snugly with the overall feel. There is such variety in this tune. Industiral knocks and claps. Breakbeats and 4/4, old school style. Floating, ethereal synth. Popping, trancey acid. Unnerving, deep melodies. But it’s so well arranged that none of that is hard work; it flows, develops and intermingles and makes total sense – epic and intense.



C2. Steve Stoll – D.U.M.B.O

Is a dense, brooding acid workout worthy of classic status. A solid, fast 808 and bassline pulls the track along like a freight train, whilst behind the main acid pattern (we’ll come to that) there are lots of other elements of interest. Most notable among these is a repetitive ethereal note, threatening to burst from the shadows for most of the track as it weaves in and out of the other elements. An abrasive, acid tinged squiggle that slowly creeps up and nabs your attention just before/around the first crescendo (yes it’s been there all along). On the acid – like all classic patterns this starts off regular and morphs and builds, adding extra notes, varying emphasis and cleverly using reverb and delay without losing it’s signature sound.

TRP002 is out now on vinyl and digital from the normal retailers – but if you want the Barcode Population track be quick as it’s only on the wax. Trip is most definitely high on the watch list for future releases – well done to Nina for showing her committment to underground sounds old and new along with developing a unique form and direction for the label. Who knows what she’s got up her sleeve next?

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

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DTMIX103 – Jan Underwood [Hannover, GERMANY]

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Death Techno - Jan Underwood

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An upcoming artist making the right moves on the darker side of techno, Jan Underwood has releases on Mike Wall’s Wall Music, Hefty’s Darker Sounds to Bruno Ledesma’s Concepto Hipnotico. His mix takes on some majorly powerful, driving and freaky tracks that will no doubt surprise your tastebuds whilst taking you on stomping journey. You can check out works by GO!DIVA, Octave, Andres Gil, Alessan Main, Rraph, Stevie Wilson, Lodbrok and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX103 – Jan Underwood [Hannover, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. GO!DIVA & OVI M : cavala [Brood Audio]
02. OCTAVE : nervous breakdown [Silent Steps]
03. BRUNO LEDESMA / LEDD : signal (Andres Gil Refluxed Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
04. ROBIN HIRTE & MIKE VÄTH : loft [Nachtstrom Schallplatten]
05. BRUNO LEDESMA / LEDD : signal (Sebastian Cohen Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
06. ALESSAN MAIN : 7seven [NuLabel]
07. MEASURE DIVIDE : md4 [Brood Audio]
08. RRAPH : kwadro [Gynoid Audio]
09. ANDRES GIL : broken square (Dani Sbert Remix) [Naked Lunch]
10. SYNC THERAPY : fanatical [Audio Stimulation]
11. STEVIE WILSON : office politics [069 Techno]
12. MIKE MAASS Feat. GRACIE : your life [Black Circus]
13. YYYY : modest [Concepto Hipnotico]
14. GROUND LOOP : begin (Lodbrok Remix) [Gynoid Audio]


DTMIX102 – Wirrwarr [Milan, ITALY]

DTMIX102

Death Techno - Wirrwarr

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Milan based production and DJ duo Wirrwarr, also known as Andrea Casiraghi and Gabriele Frigerio have within a short period of the project made great waves. Residents at Magazzini Generali, one of the biggest techno clubs in Italy, they have performed with the quality artists like Gary Beck, Marcel Fengler, Alan Fitzpatrick and Terence Fixmer amongst others. You can find their music on Rebekah’s Decoy and DJ Emerson’s Micro.fon amongst others. The set is a deep, tripped out and turbulent ride that shows their dancefloor knowledge and pedigree. Tracks featured by FNR, 2000 And One, Xhin, Moteka, Woo York, Ritzi Lee and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX102 – Wirrwarr [Milan, ITALY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. NYMA & CARRENO is LB : mercurio [Items & Things]
02. FNR : above the line [Innatural]
03. 2000 AND ONE : plant 1 [100% Pure]
04. XHIN : blade moth [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
05. ALEX DOLBY : morphosis (DJ Emerson Remix) [Affekt]
06. BASTINOV : pentagon (Luca Agnelli Remix) [Etruria Beat]
07. REBEKAH : blood in the water [Elements]
08. MOTEKA : crypto x [Flash]
09. LAG : trema (Clouds Remix) [MORD]
10. WOO YORK : farewell old friend [PoleGroup]
11. RITZI LEE : deflected [Belief System]
12. SOJ : omj [SOJ]
13. MARCO SHUTTLE : sing like a bird [Time To Express]
14. &ME : after dark [Keinemusik]


DTMIXS21 – Relapso LIVE [Lisbon, PORTUGAL]

DTMIXS21

Death Techno - Relapso

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David Henriques has been on the DT radar for a couple of years with his highly impressive productions. His latest project and guise as Relapso is on a steady route to be very special. Already seeing artists like Mike Parker, Mark Morris, Samuli Kemppi, Go Hiyama, Brendon Moeller/Echologist on remix duty, it goes to show he likes a tripped out, hypnotic and atmospheric vibe, but with just the right amount of drive and craziness. This Exclusive is a live recording and showcases many of his own works that are in the pipeline…


Death Techno – DTMIXS21 – Relapso LIVE [Lisbon, PORTUGAL] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

SORRY! No tracklist… L I V E Recording


DTMIX101 – Frank Savio [Frankfurt, GERMANY]

DTMIX101

Death Techno - Frank Savio

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Frank is as consistent a DJ as you will ever hear. His sets are honed with skill, experience and a major understanding of how to work a dancefloor. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is a resident at two successful club nights called MOVE and Lost in his native Frankfurt in Germany. Add his DJ expertise to his quality productions, releasing works on Sutter Cane’s Driving Forces, Erphun’s Brood Audio and Harthouse for example, he likes big rollers and relentless, powerful tracks. Inside his Exclusive DT set, you will find tracks from Cari Lekebusch, Kostas Maskalides, A.Paul, Kwartz, Alex Bau and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX101 – Frank Savio [Frankfurt, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. ALEX DI STEFANO, BALTHAZAR & JACKROCK : bul-it code (Simo Lorenz Remix) [Renesanz]
02. CARI LEKEBUSCH : element orange [GSR]
03. KOSTAS MASKALIDES : friction [Sub:Merged]
04. RENATO COHEN : tuff guitar (Roberto Capuano Remix) [The Triangle]
05. A.PAUL : mindgame [Onh.Cet]
06. KWARTZ : breakage [PoleGroup]
07. MIKAEL JONASSON : the arches (Alex Bau Remix) [Driving Forces]
08. GABRIELA PENN : kapot [Renesanz]
09. CISCO ARIAS : ultraviolet (Krenzlin & Diego Hostettler Remix) [Driving Forces]
10. PHUTEK : organisation [Deep Water]
11. PEAT NOISE : trumpf (Darmec Remix) [Hybrid Confusion]


DTR | TRP001 : The Deviant Octopus

TRP002

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Label : Trip / трип
CAT# : TRP001
Artist : Various
Title : The Deviant Octopus
Released : 8 December 2014

01. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokampleme
02. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
03. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
04. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
05. Population One – Out Of Control
06. Population One – Bonus Beat
07. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
08. Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide

I first heard of Nina Kraviz in a magazine interview a number of years ago and was impressed with her story. Admittedly I was just getting into techno at that point, but her sound, outlook and background struck a chord with me. Since then, much fuss has been made rightly and wrongly about the lady and her music (it seems everything that surrounds it and some things that are nothing to do with it). Media hype occupies the same space in my life as negativity (i.e. ignored) and I’ve enjoyed her music in the past, so I was interested to hear the first output from her new label simply called Trip or stylised in Russian as “трип.”

The double EP includes tracks from Kraviz and a number of other artists. It’s a varied affair but with the common theme of exploring deep, hypnotic to trippy grooves in techno. All the tracks are good but there are some clear highlights inside the minimal, textured cover art.

B1, “IMPRV” by Nina Kraviz, contains the familiar liquid vocal sample with its breathy echo, but it’s the bouncing, demanding groove that grabs the attention here. The kicks are more forefront than many of her productions, and if you listen carefully you can hear a full and beautifully arranged melody way, way out in the background. Part way through, a skittering hihat introduces a pulsating, scribbling sample as the vocals drop an octave and the groove intensifies – this is aimed straight at the dancefloor and delivers on every level.

C2, “Bonus Beat” by Population One is a fantastic lesson in making icy and unnerving electronic music. Thin, echoing notes scale up and down over 8 bar periods in the background, sounding like the unfriendliest of solar winds and anchored only by the 808 kicks. The essential element of this track is the nagging, panning tom roll. This cycles around the inside of the head like a slow-mo wall of death and could easily consume hours of your day if you let it. The track is also punctuated with flat handclaps, giving a slightly tribal feel to the somewhat obscure arrangement.

Most intriguing perhaps is D2, “1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide” by Parrish Smith. Taking a much more experimental direction than the others, its inclusion shows that Kraviz is willing to explore with this label. Frenzied percussive notes provide a loose base for a sound that I find hard to describe, maybe like vibrations in a very long cable rising and falling in the wind. A half hidden (male?) vocal repeats alongside this and adds to the sense of unreality. Under it all there is an element of constancy provided by a kick drum with nearly all the bass frequency removed. A lot to figure out in this track and for that reason I enjoyed this one the most.

For the other tracks on offer, Exos provides some clinical hypnotising techno in the form of “Nuclear Red Guard,” cranking up the BPMs and showing absolutely no mercy. Steve Stoll turns out some deep rolling bass and unsettling synth on “Pop Song” and Bjarki adds an element of the schizophrenic with a delightful tapping/whistling sample in “Polygon Pink Toast”.

Overall, this EP provides a great introduction to Trip’s direction. There is clearly a desire to provide a platform for more established artists as well as up and coming ones, there is a definite sound emerging from most of these tracks. It will be interesting indeed to see what happens with future releases – this is a very promising start.

The Deviant Octopus is out now on digital and double vinyl.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



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