Review: The reinvigoration of the Borft label overseen by Swedish eccentrics Frak's has provided some of 2013's most exciting musical treats, and this record from Hakan Fridlund's Garonneman project is another hit. Better known under the FDASFDA moniker, it's 11 years since his Fridlund's last release, and sounds as bizarre yet timeless as anything else on the label. Seven tracks long, it covers just the kind of possessed machine music you'd expect, with the hyper neon melodies of "RnB" and odd mix of gabber rhythms and upbeat melodies of the brilliantly named "Saxon the Beast" standing out as particularly brilliant.
Review: Frak must be amongst the most consistent artists in techno. Some 26 years after launching their Borft Records imprint, they're still churning out bizarre 12" exercises in grotty Scandinavian techno, with very little sign of their notoriously high quality threshold slipping. Realismo delivers three more winding, twisting analogue treats, kicking off with ten-minutes of mid tempo, acid-flecked, heads-down freakery (the brilliantly icy, but also strangely intense "Nerve Netting"). "Progressive Lattitude" is a little fuzzier and more distorted, but explores similar sonic territory. Things get more hectic on closer "Major Attack", which is a typically wild interpretation of acid house with additional razor-sharp electronics.
Review: Frak man Jan Svensson has been busy of late, serving up solo singles under the Villa Abo alias for Kontra-Musik, Noise In My Head and Radio Lundberg. Here he heads home to the Borft Records imprint he set up way back in the '80s, in the process serving up two extended techno workouts. A-side "Madrid" is particularly potent, with zippy acid stabs, cyclical synth riffs and razor-sharp acid lines riding a heavy, funk-fuelled techno groove. He takes a markedly different approach on "Water Galaxy", which sounds like vintage Underground Resistance or Derrick May enjoying a breezy Swedish summer. It's much more fluid and positive than the more aggressive A-side, and arguably the pick of two top-notch cuts.
Review: Borft have been digging deep in the archives of much loved techno talent Crinina for some of his old unreleased works. What they have found is "Tropique Manique", a masterpiece from the 90s that pairs warm dub undercurrents with minimalist percussion and sleek synths. It all adds up to a perfect roller that will make any floor march. On the flip is another previously unreleased gem by VILLA ABO (a defunct project from Jan Svenson of FRAK fame). It's another sweet tendon groove, this time with busier synths and far sighted chords.
Review: It's astonishing to think that Frak's Borft Records has now notched up three decades. The Swedish imprint remains as eccentric and essential as ever, as this label debut from inspired Norwegian oddball DJ Sotofett proves. By his standards, "Ol Pa Ibiza" and the stripped back "Ol Pa Klubb" are pretty straightforward, with the Sex Tags man laying ricocheting dub notes and percussion hits over a rock solid drum track and booming bassline. "Ol Pa SM-Art Bar" sees him channel the spirit of early British bleep techno and the darker end of Belgian new beat on a clandestine mid-tempo chugger, while "Drikkepause" is a quick-fire shot of ambience built around echoing bells. Finally, he heads for a dirty warehouse on the acid-laden, EBM informed sleaziness of "Nekta Ol Par City Club".