Review: Acido Records is rightfully gaining something of a cult following akin to the Sex Tags crew it is vaguely affiliated with, though the Berlin based label has its own defined aesthetic approach thanks to the stewardship of founder Dynamo Dreesen. In a week where the label serves up some excellent new produce from the Dresvn pairing of Dynamo Dreesen and SVN, Acido also slip out a second round of their Soundtracks For No Film series. Heavily conceptual in tone and execution, 291out largely contributes this time with a hefty six productions of outer spatial electronics which at times sound befitting of a contemporary Kafka screen adaptation and other times eminently suitable for the dancefloor ("Automobil Club Lugano" in particular) Do check the flip which has Sequencias contributor Healing Force Project excelling with the suitably named "Opium".
Review: Any new 12" from Gerard Hanson is worthy of note, but there's something extra-exciting about this one. Fantastically, it sees him don the familiar Convextion alias - first used way by in 1995 - for the first time since 2007 for the latest 12" on Dynamo Dreesen's ever excellent Acido label. Boasting two long, slowly unfurling concoctions, Acido 22 is up there with his greatest work (and that's saying something). Thrillingly, it eschews the deep, spacey electro sound with which he made his name, instead turning to beat-less ambience; kind of Convextion does Pete Namlook, if you will. Both tracks are suitably sublime, with stretched-out chords, classical-style melodic movements, and memorable tunes that develop organically over the course of 11 or 12 minutes. Making great ambient music is hard, but Hanson knows exactly what he's doing.
Review: The Dreesvn pairing of Dynamo Dreesen and SVN have built a cult following off the back of a string of thrillingly eccentric, offbeat house and techno releases for Sex Tags Mania, Wania, and the Acido and SUED imprints they respectively run. The two combine once more for the 16th Acido release and the first of two from the label this week and it features an untitled voyage into ultra-deep house territory. And when we say ultra deep, we mean ultra-deep; it's little more than an undulating dub bassline, some tropical ambience and a barely audible rhythm. Despite its sparse minimalism, it's actually rather good, and certainly strangely addictive. Old pal Sotofett provides the obligatory flipside remix, one again revisiting the early days of jungle/breakbeat hardcore on an Amen-heavy version that ripples with nostalgic flavour.
Review: Acido is undoubtedly one of the more intriguing labels to releases music that - at a stretch - falls under the banner house and techno. Dynamo Dreesen and SVN, who make up the Dresvn combo, have been collaborating under this moniker since 2009 for labels Sex Tags, Wania and SUED - all of which are loosely connected. This EP is their fourth for Dreseen's Acido and it finds the duo in equally stellar and oddball form once again. Dripping poly-rhythms of tabla drums glop like thick glue over static snare hits in "Track 1", while a gloaming "Track 2" is downtempo and jazzy. "Track 3" accommodates something a little more straight forward; the vocal however, is a different story, which could be said about "Track 4" too, which blurs the line between ambient music and charming minimal house.
Review: The Acido crew at their best: raw, pure house rhythm jams recorded live to tape while touring out in Australia during 2018. Singular Berlin duo Dynamo Dreesen and SVN present 3 Trax with stunning opener "Shelly Beach" named after the famed coastal suburb in New South Wales (though it sounds more like Lakeshore Dr. Chicago circa 1989), followed by the tripped-out tribal dub of "Coles Farm" which is reminiscent of SVN's work with Porn Sword Tobacco on the Recording sessions. On the flip, closer "Brunswick" is a hypnotic minimal techno closer which channels that classic Robert Hood vibe of old. Nice one.
Review: After last gracing record stores in 2015 via a brilliantly peculiar techno missive on Honest Jon's, Sven Riegler and Andreas Krumm return to the latter's Acido Records imprint with a brand new Dresvn EP. The untitled A-side is a techno-tempo deep house shuffler built around looped-up organ stabs, jazz bass and restless cymbal lines, while flipside "Track 3" is a thrillingly weird and spacey ambient cut made up entirely of manipulated, effects-laden electronic noises. Sandwiched in between you'll find the EP's highlight, a dusty but dreamy collaboration with SW that's as deep and hypnotic as they come.
Review: Commonly found lurking around the murky underworld of Sex Tags alongside SVN, Dynamo Dreesen makes a forthright outing for his own Acido imprint, and wonderful weirdness abounds. With some assistance from Sotofett and P Gelberg on "Asis", a loping and muddied beat tries its best to support a hefty acid arpeggio after a few too many and just about holds firm. On "Tape 1" we seem to have been plunged to the bottom of the bottle, only to be determinedly clawing our way back out again with the stark techno construction of "Tape 2". "Tape 3" occupies a woozy dub space that moves like house music but sounds like a joyous experiment, and old buddy SVN steps up for a remix that maintains the weirdness but offsets it with a delicate choice of chord.
Review: Never a label to be afraid of bucking expectations, the 20th Acido releases sees founder Dynamo Dreesen collaborating with regular colluder SVN and, surprisingly, Dave 'A Made Up Sound' Huismans. Of the three untitled tracks, it's the A side where the production touch of A Made Up Sound is most discernible, thanks to the skipping, stripped back rhythmic kicks that propel the cut forwards. You can totally see Ben UFO getting plenty of mileage out of this one. It is the B side where the abstract inclinations of SVN and Dreesen come to the fore, with "Track 2" sinking meandering drums in a thick, foggy soup of sonics and delayed modular bleeps whilst the final track is jittering, minimal electronics at its most paranoid.
Review: The latest Acido release sees the full debut of Karl Lukas Pettersson, aka Gothenburg's premier electro exponent Lukas Karl Pettersson who previously featured on Dynamo Dreesen's label back in 2007 under his familiar Luke Eargoggle alias. As Karl Lukas Pettersson, the Swede is evidently looking to explore a sound less trodden with both "Paradise Island" and "Travel The World" crafty concoctions formed from various elements of primitive wave and Das Ding style electro that sound convincingly like they were exhumed from DAT tapes in the late '80s. If you are a fan of Acido, you'll no doubt be used to such stylistic deviations from the label, but Dark Entries and Minimal Wave fans should also check these cuts!
Review: Berlin purveyors of lo-tech soul Acido Records return with more quality material from PG Sounds aka Philip Gelberg with a bit of help from SUED's SVN, who he has previously released two brilliant EPs on. The A side's lush, untitled track relies on a deep and atmospheric arrangement filled with reduced tribal percussion, emotive pads and spangling synth leads all compressed under heavy tape saturation. On the flip, the second untitled offering goes for more of a lo-slung/hip-hop inspired groove, utilising some rusty, pitched down breaks, the same emotive pads as before and a deep rolling bass.. all to quite wonderful effect. We are always impressed by what these guys are doing and this is no exception; get it while you can!
Review: Having bubbled up with a couple of appearances on Atelier Records, Tase now pops up on Dynamo Dreesen's Acido Records with some appropriately leftfield tackle that would fit right in with fellow Acido operators such as DJ Sotofett and Madteo. "Track 1" eschews direct drum patterns in favour of varying intersections of arpeggiated sound coming from distorted sources that, combined together, make a strong case for techno without beats. "Track 2" has a more sturdy presence to it, i.e. a kick drum, while the musical matter comes from a looping bass lick and cyclical synth movements, but there's still an avant-garde force at work here intent on keeping this music in the hinterland of the brave and curious.