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10.I (12")
Cat: SEM 10 I. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Donato Dozzy - "Rotary 3" (5:40)
  2. Mod21 - "The Smell Of Sand" (7:02)
  3. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Stockholm Syndrome" (5:14)
  4. Skirt - "Angracia" (7:30)
Review: What better way to highlight your standing within the music community you serve, than call on the great and the good to contribute to a series celebrating this service? That's the approach Enrique 'Svreca' Mena has taken with the arrival of Semantica's ten year anniversary, pulling together a frightening array of techno and electro talent to feature on a series of 12" releases spread across the rest of 2016. We could fill this space with the names of everyone that's pencilled in, with Regis, Surgeon and DJ Nobu just the tip of the iceberg!! Instead lets focus on those that feature on this inaugural 12", with opener "Rotary 3" finding Donato Dozzy doling out some reduced acid techno, which is well complemented by the slowly unfurling alien tundra "The Smell of Sand" from Semantica newcomer Mod21. Face down and the slightly perturbing mood remains on Stan Tolkachev's "Stockholm Syndrome", whilst the excellent DJ Skirt discards with the techno for the funereal ambience of "Angracia".
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Walk Along The Bottom
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Cat: SEM 076. Rel: 07 Sep 15
  1. Unknown & Untitled (6:49)
  2. In The Rays Of The Artificial Sun (6:26)
  3. Song About My Neighbours (7:13)
  4. Dig Them Later (7:21)
Review: Although he's been actively producing for over a decade, it was around 2012 that Stanislav Tolkachev experienced something of a meteoric rise. An appearance on a Modularz compilation that year with the track "Building Peaks" was soon followed by release on Dasha Rush's Fullpanda, the late Max Magrini's M_Rec and Mike Parker's Geophone before swiftly being swooped on by Svreca's ever-searching Semantica. The Ukrainian's music is a good fit for the Spanish label, and this third EP for Semantica once again demonstrates few can match Tolkachev's very Detroit sounding, but distinctly European style. The four-track Walk Along The Bottom provides yet more crazed synths, warehouse drums and the beatless "In The Rays Of The Artificial Sun".
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Hesitation EP
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Cat: RRR 007. Rel: 18 Jan 16
  1. Better Play With My Balls (4:57)
  2. Two Steps Back (4:13)
  3. Centre Of Mass (6:03)
  4. Take Your Time (6:41)
Review: The new master of hypnotic techno returns. Tolkachev presents us with four chapters of entrancing futurism on the Hesitation EP and the track titles are as baffling as always. Take "Better Play With My Balls" for instance, with its cyclical minimalism that bleeps away repetitively like something from Robert Hood's Minimal Nation: it's that good! "Two Steps Back" gets darker and serious; a tunnelling epic that introduces a peak time transition just perfectly. On the flip "Centre Of Mess" is classic Tolkachev, with its aggressively bouncing 808 kick and grating analogue synth arpeggios that lock you into a trance instantly. Finally and as always, there's the token experimental track on an S.T. Release and this time it's in the form of "Take Your Time" which squeals and squelches away hysterically with its analogue chime sounds, sounding like Jeff Mills if he wandered into Axis HQ on acid. Tip!
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Textures 4AM
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  1. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Acid Midnight Fox Bay" (6:29)
  2. Corcos - "Change Tomorow" (6:32)
  3. Society Of Silence - "Corners" (5:31)
  4. Antigone & Abdulla Rashim - "Mackandal" (6:34)
Review: Paris boat party turned label Concrete Music has clearly been giving some thought to its' textures series. This month, they're set to release a swathe of new split EPs, each themed around a time of day. There's 3pm, 7am and, here, 4am. As a result, much of the material here is dark, trippy and unrelenting, capturing the natural shift from peak time pump to more clandestine aural pastures. Each of the artists predictably catches the mood, which is perhaps best exemplified by the broken techno rhythms, melancholic pads and yearning mood of Antigone and Abdulla Rashim's "Mackandal". That said, Stanislav Tolkachev excels with the deliciously dark and intense "Acid Midnight For Bay", while Society of Silence's "Corners" is a metallic, percussive beast.
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Habitat Part III
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  1. Stanislav Tolkachev - "How To Deal With A Bad Trip" (7:30)
  2. I/Y - "IUD" (5:53)
  3. +Platfform - "Signal" (5:12)
  4. Stefan Vincent - "No Other Way But Down" (7:44)
Review: Buenos Aires-based techno label Krill Music started their Habitat series with a veritable bang, drawing for productions by Tom Dicicco, Charlton, Thomas Hessler and more on a double 12" pack that arrived in the summer of 2013. Fast forward a few years and a third Habitat offering is made by Krill, bringing together another weighty band of contemporary techno exponents led by Stanislav Tolkachev. The appropriately named "How To Deal With A Bad Trip" presents the Ukrainian at his most unhinged, channelling Jamal Moss levels of mind warping psychedelia whilst retaining that distinctive Tolkachev stomp. Berlin pair I/Y are in a similarly rampant mood on "IUD," whist Norse techno producer +Platfform offers a more driving and straight up production with "Signal". As for Stefan Vincent, "There is No Way But Down" for his deep closing contribution.
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Locus Of Control
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Cat: WCR 011. Rel: 21 Mar 16
  1. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Creeping Determinism" (4:38)
  2. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Cognitive Bias" (5:09)
  3. YYYY - "Khaliat" (5:47)
  4. YYYY - "Hath" (4:56)
Played by: JLG, Arnaud Le Texier
Review: London based imprint Weekend Circuit is back with a ferocious back to back effort by Ukrainian techno hero Stanislav Tolkachev and a mysterious newcomer. "Creeping Determinism" is a moment of Tolkachev at his particular finest: a pounding and broken peak time groove featuring all his trademark dystopian aesthetic and best of all, it's actually mixable. Likewise "Cognitive Bias" is surefire dancefloor artillery with its 4/4 onslaught powered by expertly executed series of chimes and bleeps, hypnotising you into submission. On the flip we've got "Khaliat" by the mysterious YYYY: a menacing, Berghain ready, peak time destroyer in the vein of Developer or anything on his famed Modularz imprint. His second offering "Hath" is equally suited to a heaving main room: a tough, surefire cyclical techno cut in the vein of Robert Hood, Phase or Rodhad with hypnotic beats and the mandatory claps on the kick, wicked!
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