Accentbuster & Mike Volt – Under The Elbe

Accentbuster & Mike Volt in StudioWith this impressive acid techno release, two constant figures of the scoped acid techno scene began their new collaboration project. Mike Volt from Enschede (Netherlands) visited Accentbuster’s house, not only for some sightseeing in Hamburg, but also in his studio. Having a great time together the result of it is also a 4-tracker filled with solid proper and uncompromised acid techno tunes. While been in technoide activity since the early 90s solo and in different combos both – in that spirit – brought their individual parts and influence into these timeless acid techno tracks.

Mike Volt in Fogmountain Studio HamburgStrongly impressed by the Hamburg harbour – the ‘gateway to the world’ – and especially the old elbe tunnel they formed out wavescapes that strongly underline the ambience of being underwater. This comes twisted with the well-known hypnotic and subtle psychedelic effect of two 303 basslines singing together (as they said: ‘one original from the 80s and one with 21st century transistors’). No less than Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Hypnohouse Trax label group from John Rowe decided for the signing, in tradition for numerous impressive hypnotic acid releases, also already by Accentbuster or Mike Volt themselves.

Various Artists – Retrotekt Flavours (HHertzSignal 007)

Release No 007 on Hamburg based Label HHertzSignal will be released soon and is another various artists EP. It features tracks by Diegel & Kallemann, TrRaxxter, Accentbuster, Step Response and last but not least myself Florian Breidebach.

Lots of different artists with different styles and tracks from different decades. I don’t know about the other tracks but “Ruettler” by Accentbuster is from 2002 or 2003 if I’m not mistaken while my track “Schaltschrank” is from just last month. Make sure to check out the previews below.

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Petrichor – Cloud Chamber EP

PetrichorSimon Stokes aka Petrichor makes a more than welcome return to his home label Soma with the beautifully crafted Cloud Chamber EP. After a series of well received singles and a stunning debut album under his belt at Soma, Petrichor cemented his name within the label’s ranks with his profound and delicate production style. This newest EP continues to see the talented producer go beyond the norm in his approach to his music.

Petrichor Cloud Chamber EP

Title track Cloud Chamber opens the EP in a typically stylistic way. Simon’s clean, grooving drum patterns are joined by ethereal pads that sweep effortlessly into existence, each layer adding is own particular nuance to the track all designed to deliver a unique emotive piece. Keeping the organic, beat driven feel, Rah-Koh delves even deeper. Animated percussive elements provide a background for yet more stirring synth work from Petrichor who uses spacial, dubbed out sections creating a subtle and mesmerising track. Completing the EP, Petrichor reworks the previous track creating Koh-Rah a perfect trip into the ambient stratosphere where he creates an evolving and modulating soundscape built around glistening pads and processed sound fields.

VA – Hypnohigh EP

Did I mention I am the proud owner of one (of only 10) vinyl test pressings of the upcoming release nr 1 on Hypnotech Records? Frank Wirth aka Accentbuster was so kind to hook me up with a copy, thanks for that again by the way!

Hypnotech Records is the new vinyl label by Hypnohouse mastermind John Rowe who already released lots of Accentbuster stuff and our collab EP Destination 313 recently. So here we go with the first release which features John’s track Hypnohigh originally released on Chris Liberator’s Superconductor Records back in 2012. The A2 track is a 2017 re-work by Gendefekt while the b-side features two original tracks. B1 is “Huhh!” by Healium and B2 is “Operation Gladio” by Accentbuster originally released digitally on Hypnohouse Tracks 007 back in 2012.

So here we are some 20 years later than I expected but here we finally have Frank’s first vinyl to be released soon. Congrats my friend! I hadn’t thought it would be an Acid Tune by Accentbuster but as you all know: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

Preorder your copy and check out the previews in the vinyl mailorder links below.

Darren Emerson – Deadlock EP

Darren Emerson as a former member of Underworld needs no introduction. He has collaborated with likes of Depeche Mode, Sasha, Björk & The Chemical Brothers and headlined festivals and been on the front cover of most electronic music magazines.

He just released an EP on Carl Cox’s label Intec Digital. That’s what I call techno:

2 of the 3 tracks are in my latest podcast by the way ;-)

DEAS & Van Czar – Acid From My Tape EP

Karol Mozgawa, known as DEAS, continues to cooperate with the DJ & Producer from Brussels – Van Czar for KMS Records. This time the guys present 3 acid tracks – two originals from Deas and one from Van Czar. The title track, Acid From My Tape is a piece of purely acidic song with a distinctive aggressive bass line and raw, simple beat. The next track from this EP, the remix of Van Czar has a modern variation, which may surprise no one listener.

Touch & Feel, the last track from this EP, is a song that you just touch and feel, it is multi-dimensional record, very atmospheric and spacious with huge energy and a big kick. This seems to be a powerplay of EP.

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