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The Bahnsteig 23 bumper car shunts on wildly this week with a label debut from Slow Motion boss Franz Scala. Though he's based in Berlin, the deep digger and expert DJ always holds it down for his homeland, and this choice EP reps Italy right from the off. Combining synth marimba, DX7 flute, swirling sequences and fusion bass, "Anacondas" is the type of Italian ethnic fusion jam you'd expect to find on a dusty copy of a Tony Esposito or Tulio De Piscopo record, only to discover it was a famous play for Baldelli or Beppe Loda. Esoteric, unconventional and downright groovy this is a total winner on the Balearic / cosmic tip. Next up, "Thai City" plays hard and loose with a pumping one note bassline, scuzzy synth sounds and proto house percussion, turning up the heat on the Balearic dancefloor. The synthwave/proto house hybrids continue on the flip with the boshing brilliance of "Shadow Dancer", and fx laced Italo pounder for all the renegade club kids of the world. Finally, the rough and tough percussion onslaught of "Rascals", a rhythmic e-e-e-lectro romp a la Jive's "Rhythm Trax" takes us to the heart of Miami 1987. Bravo! 

With a bang, crash, smash and wallop, Bahnsteig 23 return, blazing a trail from Bethnal Green to Bengal with Jonny 5 at the controls. From the firepower on offer here, I can assure that Jonny 5 is well and truly alive (fuck you WALL-E), and he's been rooting through Benjamin's records in search of a new groove. That's right folks, our mechanised mainman is here to fuse the 80's industrial / synthpop / wave vibes we're used to hearing on Bahnsteig with the exotic elements of Indian music. "Bengali Dub" kicks the set off with the kind of Stadium-sized 80's pop groove Kissing The Pink and Tears For Fears traded in, but spices that Balearic bass with synth sitar licks and echoing vocals. "Simha" jumps straight out the sleeve of a Trunk compilation to twat us round the turban with its winding exotica groove, soaring, swirling strings and gramaphone fidelity, suddenly breaking down and freaking out thanks to additional fx fuckery and some off the wall loop use. Flip it for the big, beefy and Bollywood electrodisco of "Tum Tum", a massive bit of late night drama that gives you more twists and turns than your average round of Bop It.

Boom boom Bahnsteig, back in the basement! Jonny 5 in full effect here, sweeping through cinematic stompers, oddball ethno-wave cuts and snarling synth tracks. Setting the DeLorean controls for about 1984, Jonny rifles through his cassette collection for a quartet of frisky cuts ripe for a rework. "Kaka Kaka" is all vox on a keyboard, pneumatic drum programs and dramatic rhythms, kind of like Yello doing a Bond theme. "Black Hole" follows along with pitched down vocal wails, aspirate pipe work, full bodied synth bass and a suitably smacky tempo. Flipping the disc, "Stoned" hits us with the rampant sequences, laser fire and endless intensity before "Horizons Change" rips up some NDW/coldwave into a leather clad dancer for late in the session.

If you're gonna go about making the weirdest, most warped psychedelic disco around, it only makes sense that you'll eventually run into Cherrystones. The only surprise is that it's taken this long for the deep digger to make his debut on Bahnsteig 23 - but what a debut it is! The set starts with the wrong speed, afro-cosmic sizzle of "Simba Dub", a percussion laced slow groover with waaaay out vocals and hot horns - must have tackle for me! "Belly King" transports us to the Middle East with spacey keys, jazzy rhythms and a tripped out cabaret aesthetic, before "ExOhSkeletons" gnarls things up nicely with plenty of punk aggression. Onto the flip and "Tropical Meat Wave" works your hips, lips and heels with a weird and warbled bit of sunkissed French folk funk - essential for fans of Good Plus I feel. "KonGkinG" keeps up the pace with some spangled disco rock monkey business before the buzzing scuzzing big beats of "BouncerC-nt With A Shit Tash" takes the medal for best track name and freakiest NDW punk funk jam of the week.

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Patrick says: Another week, another essential release from Bahnsteig 23. As ever, we're on a weirdo tip, but Cherrystones ups the oddball ante seriously here with some seriously spannered frequencies. Twisting Afro-funk, French pop, punk, Turkish tackle and NDW inside out, Godsy has done it again.

Bahnsteig bang the box once again with a super-sick six shooter from Toulouse head Caissard DJ. Taking a whole lot of inspiration from worm-based, sand-psych sci fi dynasty Dune, Caissard slices and dices his way through pagan futurism, minimal wave, fourth world abstraction, dub cosmic, EBM and taiko drumming. "Bright Dance" opens the set with fluttering synth tones and fusion funk bass, summoning just enough proto house percussion programming to create the perfect New Age groover. Next up "Market Anthem" turns out tapey drum boxes, DIY synth keys and New Order style bass, marrying all the ingredients necessary to create bedsit pop at its finest. The side closes with the fourth world art punk of "La X5", a metallic blast of white funk which could easily pass for Byrne & Eno or Material. Sticking to the Bahnsteig 23 manifesto, things get absolutely bonkers on the flip, starting with the midtempo synth chug of "Arrakis (Melange Dub)". As seriously wiggy fx wrap you in their disorienting swirl, proggy synth lines, robotic percussion and low tempo thrusters work their machine magic. The dark wired vibe continues with "Demo-cracy", a warped out fusion of wailing psych vocals (think Grace Slick impersonating Cosey Fanni Tuti) and sleazy EBM that should melt minds in the witching hour. "The God Emporer" closes the set with the rhythmic intensity of a South East Asian ceremony, treating us to the occasional snatch of spoken vocal over taiko drumming and incessant chimes.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Bahnsteig 23's unflinching commitment to club weirdness continues in earnest here with a six tracker from France's Caissard DJ. Hypnogogic dream dance, tape wave, fourth world experiments, churning EBM and one whacko rhythm tool lie in wait for the intrepid audio explorer.

Phwooaar! Bahnsteig 23 come correct here with some seriously futuristic musica from Moscow's Beard In Dust. "More Acid" opens with a serious intent - new-jack-acid-tropicalia; like Art Of Noise, Jeff Phelps and Acid Arab all drinking lysergic punch in the Russian tundra. It's colourful, welcoming but drunk, twisted and slightly carnal. In other words in f***ing ace! The rest of the EP ain't bad either, "Pulsation" adopting a similar palette as it rolls out a tantalizing space-disco hybrid that switches up the obvious Italo-theme for a more Russian sounding scale set. "Back Again" sees squelchy synths and epic strings converge for a moving, gigantic saga set in some majestic setting like Lake Baikal while "Flowers" concludes the journey, landing in some mountain paradise with pre-chilled cocktails awaiting us, the log fire on full and a dizzying array of local delicacies to get stuck into. Ahh, it was worth the effort after all...


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