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VV.AA.: Diffraction of Sound EP

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May 10 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Diffraction of Sound EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Protect Audio (@)
Rated: *****
The sixth installment from Protect Audio seems to surface from the crust between tectonic plates of contemporary techno, neurofunk and harsher drum'n'bass. The most interesting aspect is the fact this label is trying to refresh and enhance the quality of sound so that many liusteners will easily fathom while listeneing to the four effluences on "Diffraction of Sound EP" since the initial "Treibgut" (German for "marine debris"), the surprising track by Berlin-based duo Survey, where Hardy and SolHo melt perfectly sharpened breaks, venomous tentacular bass frequencies, ticking clicks and suffocating sounds with the alternation of a sort of unnatural breath and temporary apneas, which could let you think about the awakening of some sea monster after it got hassled by isles of floating litter. The somehow creepy atmosphere, which introduces the following Homemade Weapons' "Slivers" by means of explosions and spurts, precedes avalanches of crackling beats which becomes more and more engaging and viscous, while Shiver seems to apply himself with a broken clockwork, which he tries to resuscite by means of pumping inflations on "Displaced". An old-school aftertaste and a sort of broken samba mark Marukomu's "Iridium" out, which is maybe the track, where some spores of the previous tracks coalesce and eddy into a really absorbing tune. As I've already highlighted, the quality of sounds is one the most remarkable aspect of this release besides the panache of stylistical crossbreeding.

Hibea: White Owl/The Form

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May 06 2013
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Artist: Hibea (@)
Title: White Owl/The Form
Format: 12"
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
I'll take upon myself the risk to sound repetitive, but I have to say French drum'n'bass label IM:Ltd is building a climbing frame to reach the empyrean realms of the genre by a series of releases this year, which are really remarkable on a quality level. This new record comes from Ukrainian talent Vladimir Prituliak aka Hibea, who emulates the explorative flight of the mysteriously charming long-eared bird, which gives the name to the track "White Owl", its hushed hunt in the dark, by means of clear-cut jungle-oriented breaks, icy puffs, a recurring sound which could vaguely resemble the call of a owl and a 3-note theme which engagingly emphasizes this imaginary night-flight, while compatriot producer Eugene Fade accentuates the jungle core of the original track by samples which resembles some proper jungle classics and a rising absorbing tone which evokes some stuff by Aphrodite on his remix, which is only available on the digital version as well as the original version of "The Form", an amazing 6-minutes lasting swirl of percussive popping, guided missiles, blasts of wind, shaking basslines and palpitating hums. On vinyl, you will find its hovering remix by Phil Tangent, which is maybe the plumiest track (not so different from some good uplifters on Hospital) of this appealing release by Hibea. Take wing and peer into darkest nights.

Chris Octane: Synthetics/Gaia's Dub

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May 02 2013
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Artist: Chris Octane (@)
Title: Synthetics/Gaia's Dub
Format: 12"
Label: CO:RE (@)
Rated: *****
After the widely acclaimed release "Method In The Madness" together with DLR, Chris Octane undertakes a personal route by launching his own imprint CO:RE and dropping the first self-signed release, which doesn't sound just like a persuading proof of concept, but a sort of spiritual groundwork as well. The first track "Synthetics" unrolls both amazing beats, crackling drums, an effected buzzing electric guitar, cryptically vanishing melodies, which chorally sounds like cogs of a wheel in perpetual motion and a voice which enunciates a pensive reflection about the mutated perspective of an artificial reality, which invites listeners to think about the role of synthesis in the perception of surrounding and often encapsulated world. Such a reflection on "artificiality" looks like the mirror image of the spinned thoughts by the following "Gaia's Dub", a possible decryption of a raped Mother Nature, whose unpredictable burst, eruptions and sizzles could be likewise considered as cogs of a self-regulating machine, whose response is commensurate with any different attempt of awkward sabotage. Chris' work on mid frequencies and reverbs are really compelling and succeeds in masking the layered structure of both tracks.

Gerwin: Against The Clock/See Thru My Eyes

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Apr 30 2013
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Artist: Gerwin (@)
Title: Against The Clock/See Thru My Eyes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
One of the top scorers of renowned hyperkinetic French dnb label IM:Ltd, Bordeaux-based dj and producer Gerwin, outdoes himself by signing another great release, which is arguably his cutting-edge at the moment together with the collaborative track "Lying Portraits". The atmospheric introduction, lying on trembling suspenseful sonorities, ends with a sharpened sine wave, which often recurs on this ideal fight against time on "Against the Clock" and ignites an engaging breakbeat-oriented stride, which got strengthened by a minblowing ultra-low-pitched sub-bass, metallic suctions, stretched clicks and a vocal sample, which will make you think about the strain of such a tiring struggle. On the flipside, "See Thru My Eyes" sounds equally winsome by means of hypnotical sliding bass tones, vocal fragments, cavernous effects, slamming hits and temporary "exotic" intervals, but it seems that Gerwin preferred to emphasize the cinematic aspect, which could you let think about the fighter of the previous track, who ask his imaginary opponent or maybe the listener to inspect his soul thereupon he absorbed all shocks of last-gasp fight. Did he win? Who knows! In the meanwhile, just enjoy this contagious last ditch effort. This release is just digital at the moment, but I could surmise that vinyl will follow.

Rekord 61: Kaskad EP

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Apr 16 2013
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Artist: Rekord 61 (@)
Title: Kaskad EP
Format: 12"
Label: Konstruktiv (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
Well begun is half done, as the saying goes, and Moscow-based Russian producer Alexander Babaev in the gise of his stage alias Rekord 61 must know that quote after this first brick of his newborn label Konstruktiv, whose name well summarise its underlying music policy. The release number 1 includes a couple of excellent tracks and a remix by renowned Berlin dj and producer Phon.o, which transpose some compositional techniques of IDM, based on the deconstruction of beat patterns, to make something which will make you think about the building of a monumental skyscraper. Softened hammering, muffled snare drum, bleeping ticktocks, a slowly rising synth-brass portrays an intense activity or a big construction site (or an imaginary electronic anthill) on the initial "Kaskad", whose source of inspiration came from monumental art and technical aesthatics of giant industrial constructions in the middle of the last century. It got wisely remixed by Phon.o, who rehashed pulleys, levers, cranes, concrete mixers and other tools by drier hits and effects on buzzing bass and synth-brass which accentuated the epic aura of the original version. The second track on B-side, "Prostor", lies on the catchy sound of a slapped bass, banging claps and joyful breaks, which gradually become stronger and stronger while rhythmical synths climb over unutterable heights.The foundations have just been laid.


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