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Quentin Hiatus: Time Continuum/Gully

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 26 2015
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Artist: Quentin Hiatus
Title: Time Continuum/Gully
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Onset Audio (@)
Rated: *****
Quentin 'Hiatus' McFadden seems to be in tip-top A-one shape, as clearly demonstrated by the quantity and quality of releases he keeps on shaping. These two tracks seem to have been recorded time before their release, when Quentin decided to abandon stylistical standards in order to run over more unconventional paths or I'd rather say to orbit around distant planets, if I condsider the well-drwan cover artwork by Grym: my favorite track of this output is "Time Continuum", as Quentin seems to abandoned space junks in order to give new life by means of different dub, techno and breakbeat circuits and launch them over deep space that got evoked by a kind of buzzing pad-synth sound that got widely used by Moderat, but the other tune "Gully" features a similarly unpredictable stylistical crossbreed, even it sounds a little bit more anxious and diquieting than "Time Continuum". More tunes from Quentin's spaceship could land on this pages soon.

VV.AA.: Auto Fakery Two EP

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Nov 26 2015
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Auto Fakery Two EP
Format: 12"
Label: Autofake
Rated: *****
Autofake, the Vienna-based label which focuses on some of the most corrosive stuff by Scottish well-known techno maker and Sativa club co-founder Dave Tarrida, recently updated its catalogue of vibrators for dance-halls by means of the second volume of Autofakery compilation. It includes four industrial-techno shakers: "Big Bad Wolf", one of the most contagious tune of this fourtet of enjoyable torturing engines, could not but be signed by Dave Tarrida himself and features an highly danceable carnival of sticky bassline, viscous pulses, licked chips, acidulous spitting and occasional mechanical jamming, even if the sound that could get closer to the concept of torturing engine got inoculated by Tremors Recordings founder as well as appreciated dj and producer Martyn Hare, who stuffed an highly abrasive bassline by means of a wide set of drilling and grinding noises on "When The Fun Runs Out" (it does damages according to promotional text...), while German techno-maker Martin Bohm aka Housemeister seems to sharpen 8-bit-driven cutting bits and literally smacking sounds on his "Backpfeife" (a regional German word for slap) and Patrick Bolton seems to lubricate a rusty robot on his elecro tune "Long Fuse".
Nov 15 2015
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Artist: Rydberg
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
I've frankly never noticed that hot tap water could sound darker than cold one - maybe the sound of heater could be perceived as something sinister -, but I'll pay more attention to this obsrvation that someone wrote on the introductory words of this collaborative release by Berlin-based metamorphic sound artist and performer Nicholas Bussmann (aka Resistance, The Beige Oscillator and Nicholas Desamory, some of his aliases without quoting the plenty of collaborations he made...), who focused on the liminal areas between club music and experimentation, and Wien-based Werner Dafeldecker, whose electroacoustic-driven sound and realistic "environmentalism" crossed many different bodies of human knowledge such as architecture, physics (the name of this collaborative project seems to be a reference to Rydberg atom), photography and cinema. This release is a sort of tuning to the surltry days this couple experienced in Bussmann's recording studio in Kreuzberg during the particularly humid and hot summer of 2013 in Berlin, where weather conditions on the limit of what they can stand inevitably affected their sound, which seems to acquisce in the gloppy perspiration caused by the wet hot air, that got vividly rendered by the slow electronic patterns, the sliding friction of field recordings and the laborious attrition where electric glimmers and samples seem to plod through on the opening "Elevator" - where the field recordings of an elevator got suffocated by thich sonic steams - as well as by the sweaty dub and the amazing analog-driven meshes of the following "Gardening" and the final bath of sweat on the amazing post-techno suite "And The Science", whose sliding running of melting electronic and elements over a set of riding hi and low-hats defines the most fluid (and my favorite) moment of the release. Nice way to turn uncomfortable red-hot days into sound.

Seba: Nichoho/Sienna

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Nov 02 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Nichoho/Sienna
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
Almost at the same time of the launch of his new ep on his imprint Secret Operations, Seba released a couple of tracks for EHL's Texas-based dnb label Warm Communications in witness to the tip-top shape of his creative skills. This release follows the stylistical lay-out of the above-mentioned "Jungle Music" as besides the presence of the call of some mysterious bird (seemingly that sort of phoenix on the cover artwork of "Jungle Music"), one of the track, "Nichoho", features more junglist such as the chopped amen break that he injects after the opening break together with the phoenix's call, the voice of a moaning girl close to some orgasmic ecstatic voice and some flowing melodic entities, while the second track "Sienna" features Seba's known tricks to "warm" bouncing drum'n'bass typical progression by means of percussive vibrations, continuous mothernal bass tones and shaking melodic pulses that gradually pushes the whole tune to enjoyable heights.

Seba: Jungle Music

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Oct 30 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Jungle Music
Format: 12"
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
Brilliant Swedish drum'n'bass producer Sebastian Ahrenberg aka Seba extended the wingspan of his creative flair by means of a couple of good tracks on his own imprint Secret Operations. Seba lets his polychromatic plumage flow both on the seemingly definitive lemma of jungle on "Jungle Music", where in spite of the chopped amen break and ruffed percussive embellishments, that he masterfully manipulates, and samples that could surmise old glories of late 90ies such as Flat Liner, Chronicles or Endemic Void, the Mephistophelic voice seems to refer to the envorin/mental entities of a concrete jungle by repeating the sentence "his is jungle" (...and "this is jungle music"!), and on the lovely tune "Cloudless", where Seba seems to order to his winged entity to leave the ground by flying over the previously rendered jungle by means of sonic tricks that are more immediately recognizable by Seba fan-base. The flight, more than mere exercises of style, is what really matters...


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