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NEONMAN: Gift Of The Gab Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 28 2006
Artist: NEONMAN (@)
Title: Gift Of The Gab Remixes
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Pale Music is always on the move thinking about new ways of presenting their music. For this reason on July a new series of 12" will face up. The series is called "Serial killer tracks" and the first release will be an E.P. of Neonman remixed tracks. Released recently, the Neonman "Gift of the gab" album already contained remixes as bonus tracks. Well, this GIFT OF THE BAG REMIXES is a sort of follow up to those tracks because you can find all of the ones of the CD ("Buy now, pay later - Shapemod Rmx", "Rich kids -Warren Suicide Rmx" and "Rich kids - The Scandals Rmx") with the add of a new one, a reworked version of "Bombs in the backdrop" by Punx Soundcheck. The Punx took the funk part of the track and they added a little bit of electronics with a beating synth bass creating another cool tune. At this point it’s normal to ask: why reissuing the bonus tracks from the first Neonman album? Well there are different reasons: the label was really pleased with the work that the remixers did, the E.P. is sounding really functional for the dancefloor and all this is could be also a good promotion for the album.

BN LOCO: Echo En Mexico

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 22 2006
Artist: BN LOCO
Title: Echo En Mexico
Format: CD
Label: Sonic 360
Rated: *****
Uriel Esquenazi is the man behind Bn Loco, a new project from Tijuana, Mexico. Uriel has toured around the world djing with Derrick May, Mark Farina, Jay J, Deep Dish, and Laurent Garnier. His newest release ECHO EN MEXICO is a blend of dub, minimal techno, jazz with Latin American influences (thanks to Titan, Sanchez & Ruiz and Sanchez Dub). Being a Sonic 360 release ECHO EN MEXICO is a download only release. It has thirteen tracks based on classic Latin American instruments like trumpet, percussions, etc mixed with electronic sounds. On tracks like "Hombre helado" there’s also space for some blues influences (see the vocals) which with the reggae rhythm of the guitar and the dub bass create a particular lounge atmosphere. The effect is particular and for this reason Sonic 360 decided to call this music "Bad ass border beats". The Mexican influences are evident on tracks like "Cancíon playera" where the beat of the drum machine duet with the bongos and with the vocals of a broken hearted man who sings his love troubles. The atmosphere turn into a jazzy thing with "Jazz joint" just to change with "Salu 2" where a guitar a la Santana duet with dub rhythms. The production is good and accurate and if you are into dub, jazz, latino and slick atmospheres with a little bit of experimentation, check this one.

KJ Sawka: Synchronized Decompression

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 21 2006