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: 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: We had to double check that this was indeed the first time the mighty Luke Eargoggle had graced Jan Svensson's Borft label, such is their shared DIY ethos and heritage within Scandinavian electronics. But here we are with Train To Illusion, the Borft debut for Luke Eargoggle and a wonderful four track foray into the classic electro sound the Swede has become renowned for. "Deep Sea Reminder" is a delight that could easily snap on for a lot longer than its eight minute reminder, but the record doesn't stay on this hopeful note throughout. Indeed there is a ruff and ruggedness to "Optical Illusion" which will probably appeal to the Helena Hauff's of the world, whilst "Frau Bowie" could easily be mistaken for a Panzerkreuz b side.
Review: Having been coaxed into revisiting the Villa Abo project for a DJ tool heavy release on Paul Du Lac's Bio Rhythm label earlier this year, Frak main man Jan Svensson delivers more for his own Borft Empire. Love Surrender does however deviate from the precision tooled functionality of A Ruff Swing Below, adopting a more synth-focused approach that will resonate with Frak obsessives everywhere. The main thrust of this record is four different variants of "Love Surrender" which comes in Wrong Side, Baby Electro and Popper form as well as the original with the strident, fuzzy stomp of the latter perhaps the pick. They are complemented by two further "synthetic messages from Studio Styrka" with the collective results easily amongst some of the most compelling Borft material in recent times.
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.