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Weird Swedish squelchy sounding techno from synthesiser trio Frak, aka Jan Svensson, Johan Sturesson and Björn Isgren. On stage, they wear strange gold masks (apparently their music is so weird they have to wear disguises or they get chased and beaten up). This offering comes on groovy double vinyl with a fetching hand-printed sleeve. ...view item »

Villa Abo
Magnetic Moves

Villa Åbo is now vinyl-able: the 2014 debut LP of this seldom-active pet project of Jan Svensson’s has found its way into waxy waters. Svensson has been active for decades under various names and as manager of the label Börft. The Villa Åbo project is all about exquisitely-produced minimal techno. The prod...view item »

Lane Escape EP

Frak's 'Lane Escape EP' is one of those great records that manages to combine dirty, understated acid with weirdly soulful Chicago house hooks, resulting in an exercise in propulsion and retro-minimalism. This irresistible four track release is a meeting of worlds, played out in four to the floor analogue harmony....view item »

Sudden Haircut EP

Frak have been making their distinctive no-wave synth jams for almost thirty years now, and with Sudden Haircut EP they show no signs of slowing down. The trio use analogue gear to make a raw and extremely melodic industrial techno; a uniquely Scandinavian machine-music built from icy synths and drum machines....view item »

Long Loophole / Meet Willie

Swedish analogue trio Frak share some unreleased heat from ‘91-’92 on the Portugal-based LAMA label in 2016 because why the hell not? This 12” introduces itself with “MEET WILLIE”, a barebones percussive cut that chugs right ahead into shimmering chords. “LONG LOOPHOLE” is much less grou...view item »

Frak / Heatsick
Live at Club 4 Reel, OCCII, Amsterdam

Both Frak’s synth weirdness and Heatsick’s off-kilter house experiments are best experienced live. The rough and loose arrangements, lurching drones and freeform percussion blend into a fantastically bizarre electronic soup. To capture that sound C4 Reels are releasing this recording...view item »

Upset About Lance EP

The press release, such as it is, i.e one sentence with misspellings all over the place describes this as a record of "analogue black acid magic". It sure is pulsy.  These Swedish veterans perform a deep dark slice of kraut-driven techno which is both emotive and hypnotic. Four tracks in all, dark as a coven.  ...view item »

Alice in Acidland

Alice In Acidland is a very different kind of child's story in which everyone is brought up on esoteric techno. Frak goes hard and relentless on this release, worshipping his old techno and rave heroes and offering no frills, no respite no love. Cold, dark and distorted cuts from a person who should not b...view item »


Swedish artist Jan Svensson has been releasing music as Frak since early cassette releases on his own Börft Records imprint back in 1987 but it's only recently that he seems to be getting the kudos he deserves for the project. Partly due I think to his Muzika Electronic LP for ...view item »

Muzika Electronic

When I picked this up off the review pile I genuinely wasn't sure if it was new or some kind of classic synth reissue, what with its sleeve so accurately echoing the graphic design of the '70s, and to be honest when you spin the record you'd be hard pressed to tell either (upon further i...view item »