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VENETIAN SNARES: Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 18 2004
Artist: VENETIAN SNARES
Title: Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
It's difficult to describe Venetian's Snare music and if you want to make it simple you could only name his bleeping sound with thousands light rhythms and melodies. Maybe the right way to approach HUGE CHROME CYLINDER BOX UNFOLDING is to stop questioning and to open the three panel cover in front of us (it represents a 3d futuristic digital paint) and let us slide within the slight melodies built by Aaron Funk. The construction of the fourteen tracks is based on wild rhythms which apparently seems to go nowhere and on long chords which like melodic seeds, leave their trace here and there. If you focus your attention on the tracks' structure you'll notice hundreds of micro sounds/rhythms which create an interesting web which at a first listening could provoke chaotic emotions into a superficial listener. This album desn't needs an altered state of mind to be appreciated and if you let yourself lose your senses, you'll discover a new world made of hidden melodies. Try it!

CrossTronic: Put On The Armor Of God

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 10 2004
Artist: CrossTronic (@)
Title: Put On The Armor Of God
Format: CD
Label: self-released
CrossTronic (aka James Patterson) is based out of Houston, Texas who makes Christian electronic techno music is talking about God, the Lord Father and Jesus Christ. Some of the tracks are remakes of old traditional hymns like "Rock Of Ages/Ages Of Rocks", "Amazing Grace/Modern Day Wretch" and "Holy". The other tracks on cd are originals that even have passages in the cd insert that describes what each of them means. CrossTronic mission is to save souls, not just make people dance. "Put On The Armor Of God" is a ful-filling message that will bring the unsaved to God and a new life will begin as John 3:16 says "God so loved the world that He gave His one only Son. Anyone who believes in Him, shall not die, but have eternal life.

VV.AA.: Children Of Mu

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 28 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Children Of Mu
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Started as a Virgin sublabel (they released the "Mealtime" compilation on Planet Mu/Hut Recordings back in 1995), Planet Mu soon after was judged too radical by the people who was used to sell pop and rock music and for this reason Mike Paradinas decided to took his "son" and to make of it one of the principal label dedicated to electronic experimentations. In its five years of activity the label released material which is covering a wide range of electronic musical genres. The most important thing is that each band is open to new experiences and for this reason on this second label compilation you'll find hip hop mixed with breakbeat, Ramones and bagpipes (like on Shitmat's "Shopliftin' Gabba"), experiments with pastoral choirs (The Gasman's opening track of the fist CD "Imodium"), classical IDM (Electronic Music Composer's "Suggested Surgery"), blues (like on the alternative version of Leafcutter John's "In A House Of Soul"), classic electronic mixed with techno (Nautilis' "J-3CVW" and Local's "They Are Local"), distorted electronic pop (Patrick Wolfe's "A Boy Like Me") and the guitar mellowness of WeaveR001 on "A Step Aside" just to name few. Only the Paradinas' projects aren't present on this double compilation but you've got the opportunity to check out twenty six tracks (unreleased and not) by twenty six Planet Mu artists and I assure you that it's worth it.

KID SPATULA: Meast

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 13 2004
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Artist: KID SPATULA (@)
Title: Meast
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Mike Paradinas is an experimenter of electronic delicatessen and he's active on different fronts of the electronic scene: with µ-ZIQ and with the Planet Mu label (he runs it and he's also the owner). This new double CD (his third one released as Kid Spatula on Planet Mu) contains material picked up from his 1994/1998 DAT archives. The thirty four tracks paint a wide range of ambients and atmospheres passing through ambient music (see the last tracks of the first CD), jungle music and jazzy interludes. It's like being at a melting pot of different genres where IDM meet ambient, electronica and jazz. All the tracks are instrumental and they are able to create a good atmosphere with melodic moments. Not every track is a good one, sometimes you've got the impression that something is missing, but fortunately most of them are good and interesting tracks where Mike add layers of intriguing sounds, melodies and rhythms (like on the beautiful "My Piano And Me") where you can discover something new at each listening. If you think that on these release you can find packed two hours and twenty minutes of cool electronic music and sounds, you'll find yourself forced to check this out!

PILOT BALLOON: Ghastly Good Cheer

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Apr 02 2004
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Artist: PILOT BALLOON (@)
Title: Ghastly Good Cheer
Format: CD
Label: 2nd Rec (@)
Rated: *****
GHASTLY GOOD CHEER is the first album for Pilot Ballon, creature of Jud and KaeoFLUX, members of the Komadose film & audio post production crew (www.komadose.com). The album brings to the attention of the audience twelve songs deeply infuenced by various genres: hip hop, jazz, electronica and post rock. The structure of the tracks is multi layered and it seems that for each layer they chose a different genre. Most of the rhythmical structures come from hip hop, vocals are from post rock or rap, electronic bleeps and analog effects take their inspiration from I.D.M., guitars comes from post rock or jazz, etc. The resulting effect creates an atmosphere of suspended tension that never reaches its critical point. In this way tracks like "Testimonial Match", "Hug Dusty" or "Throe Stasis" seems fragile because of their structure where sounds play little parts (the multi layered structure I metioned) but, in reality, they are like sharpened knives,shiny and dangerous, for how much they are intense. The first time I listened to this record I thought about Pilot Baloon like a Codeine and Portished conjunction but there's much more to discover into these twelve particular tracks. You know, it's like taking part to a multi ethnic menu where each dish has got a different history and a different taste. You've got to eat them slowly to discover the different flavors and for this GHASTLY GOOD CHEER it's the same. A hint: if you want to fall in love with a track at a first listening, try with "Vampire Tonic".


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