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Edit Select: Points Of Contact EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 25 2017
Artist: Edit Select (@)
Title: Points Of Contact EP
Format: 12"
Label: Substrato (@)
Rated: *****
Despite its relatively short presence in the market, Italian label Substrato is already breaching the rockiest hearts of lovers of the genre. Even if Italian media are depicting mountains as terrible and nefarious places due to the earthquakes, large snow avalanches and harsh climatic events that are severely hitting central Italy, mountains are somehow magical places, and Substrato's concept got mostly based on the emphasis of its mysterious majesty and the rejuvenating power of its rocks. The fourth output by the label has the signature of a known name of the scene, the one by British producer Tony Scott, mostly known as Edit Select, his more famous moniker. His mastery in forging techno tunes, coming from many years of experience in the field (he's active since the 90ies), perfectly matches the stylistic path that Substrato is trying to trace, where the combination of the more "acoustic" sonorities of techno and deeper pulsations is aimed to render the meeting of subterranean and surfacing hard rocks of upland regions. Tony reached this goal by means of only three tracks: all of them features punching muffled beats and subtle electronic buzzing, but he adds more gurgling sonorities on "Faction 1" and harsher ones on the synth-driven serpentine of "Tangent" (close to some hybrids of chilling minimal techno and Detroit sound) before reaching the almost ethereal thin air of the deeply atmospheric "Faction 1.1", the highest peak of the whole release. Check it out.

Krishna: Ascend To Nothing

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 22 2017
Artist: Krishna (@)
Title: Ascend To Nothing
Format: CD
Label: Silken Tofu
Rated: *****
Some seconds of electronic lubrication - a sort of very quick auto-tune - and the 36 minutes lasting drone-like ascensional track by Krishna, a newly signed project by experimental techno maker Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre - and the bicephalous jazzy grind noisy duo Dead Neanderthals by Otto Kokke (saxophone) and Renè Aquarius (drums), turns its thrusters on. The intake by these Neandertals is somehow dead, as Aquarius just adds a 4/4 muffled beat while Kokke plays a single almost constant (effected) sax tone - he opens gain just after ten minutes, closes it back after further three minutes and plays this game till the end of the session -. The primary varying element is the electronic bleeps that Vincent makes boiling and bubbling over the whole drone - these gurgling input sometimes sound like the noise of those plastic calling cards, when they got beaten after a slight bending -. The final result of this almost static interaction is something in between a supposedly psychedelic session by Fuck Buttons and the first seconds of the cartoon theme song of the Italian version Great Mazinger (I admit that I repeated 'Mazingaaaaa' during the listening of "Ascend To Nothing"! Check it here, if you want to have an idea of what I'm talking about: !). After their propulsion reaches the acme around 32-33 minutes, the fuel starts getting lower and lower... that's how this ascension to nothing, recorded at the Extrapool studio in Nijmegen (the oldest city in the Netherlands) in July 2015, tragically finishes its enjoyable ride.

Garaliya: Ventricle Replicant

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 22 2017
Artist: Garaliya (@)
Title: Ventricle Replicant
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
If robots would ever "perfectly" emulate humans, they should be conveniently imperfect. For instance, they would get exposed to the risk of heart attack and other human diseases. Well, this brief releases including five tracks developed by Italian duo Garaliya (Andrea Belloni and Michelangelo Roberti are their names at the registry office) could get matched to imaginary significant cardiac diseases of a robot. The robotic atrial fibrillations of the opening "Ventricle", the decaying blips in the elastic electromechanical loops of "Z-Clones", the buzzing anomalies in the silicon glue of "Serpenter", the imperfect delay on the dystopian piercing tones of "The Roboteer" (close to some outputs by other past entries of Italian electro projects such as Monomorph or Dynamic Wave) or the chest-thumping alien race of the morbid synth sequences on the final "Replicant" could be the soundtrack for a non-existent branch of cardiology in a supposedly forthcoming cyber age. Another juicy sonic pill from the top-playing Ukrainian Wien-based label Kvitnu. Available on CDr as well.

Irk Yste: Wumpe / Stroppe

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 16 2017
Artist: Irk Yste (@)
Title: Wumpe / Stroppe
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: GiveUsYourGold (@)
Distributor: Finetunes
“Above all”, they claim, “Irk Yste make acid”; on the basis of this release, I’d take issue with that. This is deep techno and if you want filtered squelches, this might be a mis-sell. Nevertheless it’s still a release worth checking out though.

“Wumpe” is a steady groove that takes breakbeat patterns, arranges them with a dubstep sound palette, at a house music tempo. Long clean alternating bass notes and simple melancholic chords wash over the top, building and fading in slow moody fashion until around the five minute mark where things begin getting a little bit busier and brighter. It’s an exemplary demonstration of how to structure a very simple arrangement in a way that keeps things seriously interesting for seven minutes.

“Stroppe” is not dissimilar. It’s slower and a little more sparse, but also a little sonically lightweight. It’s not quite as strong as the first track. Like the first track though the final section is to be praised for hinting at another direction of travel, where too often tracks like this fade away or run out of steam rather than end satisfyingly.

Third track “Pamps” is a two-minute long epilogue, a sidechained drone-apella of sorts that feels like leftover stems from the track that didn’t make the cut.

Rainbow Lorikeet: False Awakening

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 12 2017
Artist: Rainbow Lorikeet
Title: False Awakening
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Fratto9
“False Awakening” is a half-hour-long collection consisting of five pieces of slow-walking-pace instrumental techno that blends up-to-date deep electronica production with some more analogue-flavoured ingredients into a well-mixed recipe. Elements progress steadily, which each track unfolding and evolving in a well-balanced way that keeps things consistently interesting over each six-minute journey. The careful way in which layers slowly change volume, discernibly yet somehow not, shows fantastic care and attention.

It’s also infused with a constant sense of disquiet that rarely becomes uncomfortable, except perhaps on the title track, where the relentless lead melody does become a little ingratiating over time.

Second track “Parasomnias” is one of the strongest, and it also has a full-length promo video on YouTube. The video frankly undersells the track; a montage of lo-fi degraded analogue and VHS telly where unfortunately even the retro approach itself now feels dated, but you get to hear the full piece there which is fairly representative of the EP as a whole.

“Imagery Rehearsal Therapy”, as the title suggests, is the most sinister track of the bunch- a heavier industrial rhythm pounds under a more skittish and distorted set of metallic patterns, with a gentle two-note melody sitting above it as though breathing is being artificially regulated.

Final track “Xhosa Dream Root” has a dash of non-authentic African musicality blended in, like a traditional tribal ceremonial dance being performed by a collection of Vitamin C-deficient Europeans and their robots in a dark room… but better than that. The slightly lighter and friendlier tone of that, and opener “In A Zone”, bookend things nicely like REM sleep might bookend deep sleep.

This is a very accomplished half-hour mini-album with a very distinct and consistent character that’s really easy to enjoy.

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