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Reviews

Jivaro
Rucksack Arkestra
K-Alexi
Gene Hunt
Sleeping Flies


Jivaro
"I would have wagered that "Jivaro" is the nom de plume of Derrick May or Carl Craig when I first heard his tracks, but a little googling reveals it to be label owner Henrik Dahl himself. The fact that I thought they originated with two of the giants of Detroit techno – and two of the most soulful artists of the genre – should reveal how great these two tracks are." Chain, 5 Magazine

Real Detroit Weekly"Rather than a barren wasteland of circling hard-drive sounds, Jivarodelia is a carefully constructed album of bass lines, samples, synth beats and, in rare cases, live instrumentation ("Jivaro Dub" is one example). Dahl’s strong point is his ability to keep both the organic and inorganic carefully in check (...) This isn’t your typical techno fare with hard beats and eerie, industrial meanderings; rather, Jivarodelia is the type of album one expects from an indie label – fresh, exciting and laid-back. Reason to Buy: You need something cool to go with your Ikea decor", Suzan Alteri, Real Detroit Weekly

"Pulsey electro somewhere between Richie Hawtin with personality or Green Velvet on Valium (...) The magic of jivarodelia is that what seem like dressed-up deep-house tracks are, in reality, slowly shifting soundscapes", Andrew Lentz, Alternative Press

"Henrik Dahl, a.k.a. Jivaro, has proved himself a master of "digital lo-fi" with his first full-length solo album "Jivarodelia", which is nothing short of an electronic masterpiece (...) Without being a carbon copy of his influential predecessors, Jivaro most closely resembles legendary techno-pop group Kraftwerk, with his stripped down synth-melodies and deep electronic beats. Jivaro rivals Kraftwerk by adding on new dimensions of ambient soundscapes, eclectic instrument selections and more open-minded sound." 5/5, Damon Peter Rallis, Privy Magazine

"Irresistible", Greg Clow, Grooves

Surface"Jivaro’s Jivarodelia (Kindercore) contains nine – count ‘em, nine – thumpin’ bass-heavy soundscapes for urban dancin’ fools whose minds are blown on crystal meth", Surface

"In what seems to be an adjunct to the psychedelia-inspired dance grooves he creates with Sleeping Flies, Henrik Dahl takes the dance theme up a notch with his Jivaro side project. On "Walking Bass", Jivaro delivers perhaps his most striking track, boasting solid percussion groove and addictive, middle-eastern-inspired keyboard stylings. If David Lynch were to have a belly-dance sequence in one of his films, this could be the piece he would use." Amy Leach, Splendid E-Zine

"Dahl proceeds to show his best side on spacey creations like "Solros" and the lovely "Jivaro Dub", where the dance beats compete with vocal snippets, found sounds and even nature noises in soothing, yet still involving mixes." Dan LeRoy, Graffiti Online

"Imagine an album which takes you from new wave electronica right thru to stoned hypnotic dub, never ever losing the clinical edge that is so definitive of music that has been precisely engineered. If I were to also mention that the country of origin was Sweden, a land of defined minimalism, then the picture, I think, would be almost complete." Freaky Bob, Sundaze


Rucksack Arkestra
"This is another stylish release on the quality 'Rucksack' label from Sweden. I have started playing this already and it will be used a lot in my DJ sets, worldwide and on my weekly radio show." 5/5, Dean Facer (CRMK 89,8 FM, DJmag Hype chart contributor), Download.com


K-Alexi
"'Nasty Drums' is clearly in the Beat Junkies vein akin to the releases on Nepenta and Ugly Music. Powerful kicks with percussion, jazz swing arrangement and the necessary amount of female moans the we DO love from K. Alexi!  Promising debut release for this new Swedish label out of Malmö. (4/5)" Klaus Boss (HiFly.dk)

"The hypersexualized Nasty Drums leads it off and beats it down hard with a simple but addictive disco-style loop and dirtygrrl vocal (...) This is definitely 2 a.m. high energy material." Chain, 5 Magazine

"An outstanding opener for the EP", Bern, Discogs.com on K-Alexi's Nasty Drums


Gene Hunt
DJmag"A lost treasure, a lost gem." Yogi Haughton, DJmag on Throwback 87 by Gene Hunt featuring Ron Hardy

"'Throwback 87' is unbelievably jacking." Nick Chacona, XLR8R

"Coming on like an early Derrick Carter after a night out in Detroit." 4/5, Jez Torrance, International DJ on Gene Hunt's Chilites

"I think you'd have to put it solidly in the upper tier of classic acid tracks, even if it came to us - by way of Sweden - twenty years later." Chain, 5 Magazine on Throwback 87 by Gene Hunt featuring Ron Hardy

"A bouncy groover that will have fans of that mid-'90s deep Chicago sound psyched." Nick Chacona, XLR8R on Gene Hunt's Chilites

""Chilites" is a piece that I'm going to put down in the elementary textbook of House Music Tracks 101: this is how you make an instrumental track (...) Learn from the master: Gene makes the instruments sing." Chain, 5 Magazine on Gene Hunt's Chilites

"Superbly infectious deep house groove that gets into your head and stays there. This will be around for quite a while. Full support from me. 9/10" Dean Facer (CRMK 89,8 FM, DJmag Hype chart contributor) on Gene Hunt's Chilites


Sleeping Flies
""Feel Like Movin’ On" could be Kindercore’s new theme song, with backwards percussion and tremolo-heavy guitar trembling over a bed of trip-hop beats that sounds like Moby’s take on the Electric Prunes’ "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" or some other blast of lysergia", Pulse! Tower’s Music Monthly

"Dahl/Jivaro is also one of the three core members of the Sleeping Flies. In fact, their album opens with a track called "Enter the Jivaro Dub", and as that title suggests, the ambient dub thread that runs through much of Jivarodelia is carried over to this album, coupled with a strong dose of neo-psychedelic electro-indie-rock (...) The result is one of the most mind-bending and groove-laden albums in recent memory", Greg Clow, Grooves

"A superior debut", Kenyon Hopkin, All Music Guide

Billboard"If clubkids were hippies, this is what they’d listen to. Blending the laid-back, low-fi feel of ‘60s psychedelia with the carefree, upbeat tempo of current electronic music – over a sophisticated variety of rhythms – Sleeping Flies create an unsusual mix that sounds organic. It’s also wholly original and difficult to resist." Wayne Hoffman, Billboard

"The Sleeping Flies’ You Are Superior is a well-executed exercise in rhythm retro-futurism. Wobbly, warm, hypnotic bass anchors the Flies’ repetitious explorations of funk, Krautrock and acid house", 8/10, Tony Ware, Mixer

"Specializing in a suave mix of beat-heavy dance music and dub, You Are Superior is so smooth, subtle, sanded at the edges and pristinely recorded (most of the recording was done at Sunshine Fixer Bill Doss’ place) that it’ll take a couple of songs for you to really notice how good the music is. Tracks like "Enter the Jivaro Dub", "Feel Like Movin on" and "Exit the New Heads" will lock you into their bass-heavy beat groove, while undertows of melodic bass guitar and meandering, higher notes keep the songs moving vigorously forward." Josh Kazman, Splendid E-Zine

"An album’s worth of brilliantly hypnotic dance music from The Sleeping Flies (...). There are enough hooks here to last lesser bands through an entire career, but Sleeping Flies thankfully refuse to settle with the immediately catchy, instead pushing the tracks ever forward, exploring the frameworks of the songs as they go along. Combining electronic and acoustic instruments, what is particularly appealing about the album is its organic presence and immediacy, perfectly capturing the seducing sound of a long summer night." Stein Haukland, Ink19

"The Sleeping Flies could become the soundtrack to diving deep inside your mind." Megan O’Karma, Privy Magazine



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