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Artist: Imiafan, Martin Burlas, Ivan Strpka
Title: Krv Ciernobielych Fotografii
Format: 12"
Label: 4mg Records
Rated: *****
In the last years I reviewed different releases by Imiafan, Slovakian electronic musical project of Imrich Vegh and each time I listen to his music, I hear early Die Form influences and generally the atmosphere and attitude of early industrial/electronic wave bands. For this new release titled "Krv Ciernobielych Fotografii" ("Blood Of Black And White Photographs"), Imi used the lyrics of the Slovakian poet Ivan Strpka and asked to Martin Burlas to join him by adding some synth lines. The 12" contains seven new tracks of which one is a mix made by JBK. The LP opens with "Zaciatok (Vyssie)" ("The Beginning (Higher)"), a raw electronic industrial tune which mix detached vocals and a rich background made of synth analog sounds. "Neviditelna Vec"("Invisible Thing") is a bit more upbeat but the vocals are even more alienated and this effect is enhanced by the contrast with the rhythmic synthetic patterns. "Zamlka" ("Silent") is kinda minimal and mix a bass line loop with an upfront recitative vocal. Slowly the song thickens its atmosphere thanks to a distorted delayed guitar and dry drum machine sounds. "Frontalny Utok" ("Frontal Assault") is one of the most direct and melodic tracks along with the opening and mix catchy distorted lines to upbeat rhythms, alternating spontaneous improvised guitar "solos" to drum rolls. "Nocna Alchymia"remixed by the Slovakian guy Jan Boleslav Kladivo is a great minimal industrial synth tune. "Krv Ciernobielych Fotografii" ("Blood Of Black And White Photographs"), has upfront vocals with subtle synth sounds which create a particular effect that sounds like a spaced out Asian melody on dope. "Zaciatok (Nizsie)" ("The Beginning (Lower)" is the following of the opening track: a sort of second part. The album is pretty short and lasts about 22' but it's worth your attention as it has a fashion of its own but you can check it here https://4mgrecords.bandcamp.com/album/krv-iernobielych-fotografi
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Artist: Bill & Murray
Title: Rabbit Hole E.P.
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Other Voices
Rated: *****
Based in Tel-Aviv, Bill & Murray is a trio formed in 2013 by David Blau (guitar, vocals), Stella Gotshtein (keyboard, vocals) and Ran Jacobovitz (drums). In two years they already have on their back participations at international music festivals in North America and Europe, an East European tour and they opened for Gary Numan. "Rabbit Hole" is their first single from their forthcoming album 'A New Kind of High' that will be released this fall, as far as I understood. On this three tracks single the band is only formed by Stella and David and present a minimal approach to new wave and pop. The main song is a melancholic yet energetic tune that sometimes recall me Slowdive mixed with Kylie Minogue because of the dreamy and catchy approach. "What's There To Fear (live)" is a bit less pop but still dreamy and sees the band playing a minimal set with tribal drums, a basic synth line and a guitar. "Rabbit Hole (Sketch)" closes the single with a demo version of the main track which now sounds more intimate and minimal thanks to the use of two bass lines and male / female choruses. The single is downloadable for free here https://othervoicesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rabbit-hole-ep and the package includes a nice video for "Rabbit Hole".
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Artist: Fre4knc
Title: Chain of Command/Sinjek
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
The third release from Melbourne-based label Plasma Audio, which seems to focus on quality rather than quantity, got signed by brilliant Dutch dj and producer Bertran Van Den Hoff aka Fre4knc - he already signed many good tunes and breaks on renowned labels like Dispatch, Samurai and Noisia's imprint Invisible as well as a plenty of great parties in Groeningen and followed broadcast on jungletrain.net -. He shoot two banging tracks, whose style is in between the above-mentioned Noisia, Black Sun Empire and the darkest stuff from producers like Loxy and Icicle. The first seconds of "Chain of Command" could let you think the track will move towards atmospheric drum'n'bass before the pattern begins to roar like a cyber lion by means of roasting pinwheels of hi-hats and kick drums, electronic spit-up and fast stacks of churning stop'n'gos. Fre4knc's artillery fires got increasingly dark and curt on the following track "Sinjek", but it's likewise punchy in spite of a shabbiest list of recipes.
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Artist: Dexta (@)
Title: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: None60
Rated: *****
London-based producer Chris Royle, mostly known for his moniker Dexta and as one of the most active heads behind well-known label Diffrent Music, the label of the pink giraffe which became one of the most interesting in the overcrowded bass-driven music scene, recently landed on None60, the imprint by the excellent d'n'b duo Silent Dust, by means of a couple of good tracks, which swirl on the boundaries between electronic dub and drum'n'bass. Both the title and the heavily echoed vocal sample of "Tempest Dub" are the same of the track by which the brilliant Brighton-based duo SpectraSoul made their debut, but the sound of Dexta is quite diff(e)rent as youc an imagine if you followed some of his recent releases on his own imprint as distorted low-frequencies and puffy synths makes the dub stepping really viscous and catchy, while the speed significantly increases on the balanced dosage of hitting claps, blunt beats and bass worms of the following "Mukky Riddim".
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Artist: Yann Novak + Fabio Perletta (@)
Title: Liminality
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings/Farmacia901 (@)
Rated: *****
The aesthaetics of Yann Novak, mainly based on the transformation of field recordings into immersive ambient drones, got applied to a series of sonic stuff that young Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta grabbed at Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris on April 19th, 2013 for this entrancing 45-minutes lasting suite. Its title refers to the anthropological concept of liminality, the transitional moment when someone taking part to a ritual experiences the "rendering" of the cathartic effect, the in-between state of mind before the ritual itself and its ultimate achievement, when the connections between thoughts and beliefs of a pre-existing "order" disappear little by little. The breeze - you won't easily understand if it was an environmental element or the final result of the dilation during sound processing -, which blows over the sonic clues of the liminal place like a cemetery could be in fact, is a constant presence of this process and its circular convolution of delays, echoes and gentle saturations sounds like an amorphous soup where sonic connections to reality denatures till the moment when that wind turns into a sort of breathe and the first atomic collisions in the middle of the track begin to dig into the bowels of consciousness. They demonstrate that amorphousness doesn't have to be bereft of true substance.
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