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Sabre: Yoga - Alix Perez remixes

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Feb 11 2016
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Artist: Sabre
Title: Yoga - Alix Perez remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
One of the first beating of wings by Melbourne-based label Plasma Audio was "Yoga", a track by which DJ Gove Kidao aka Sabre combined sinister catchy sonorities and bouncing wonky beats; the label recently decided to reprise it and include that tune in a release, which includes a couple of remixes of a young wizard of drum 'n' bass scene, the Noth-London-based Belgian DJ and producer Alix Depauw aka Alix Perez, who already collaborated with Sabre on some beat-driven sonic patterns. Both his Club mix and his Warped mix features a higher ratio of inertia as the elements of the original version sound more burdened with distortion, an aspect which got slightly mitigated by wider echo and reverberation as well as by some funny collisions of "bumps" against "swishes" on the first one, which I mostly prefer for shrewdly inoculated embellishments.

Starving Insect: The Great Nothing

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Feb 08 2016
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Artist: Starving Insect (@)
Title: The Great Nothing
Format: CD
Label: Dark. Descent. (@)
Rated: *****
You can guess a certain skill in approaching somehow old-fashioned sonorities of Stockholm-based producer Alexander Kassberg, the guy behind Starving Insect's torn curtains, since the opening "Overhead Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out", whose fuss lies on a typically thumping bass tone that was extensively used by gabber-techno makers in the glorious age of pink elephants, which rises together after getting down the shaft of claustrophobic industrial sonic entities in the first part of the track, where a menacing voice states that "all life is a waste of time" sets the slightly disquieting emotional ground. The knocking dry beats got intersected by the rubberlike "gabberesque" ones, squeaking chains, weak claps and morbid blowbacks on the following "Breeding The Threnodies", the first collaborative track with Robin "Omnicide" Alander as well as one of the most recently recorded by the insect, which keeps on digging mazes into previously fertile grounds on the more dark/EBM oriented "Sleep Is Death", over the agonizing roars of distorted bass of "There Are No Doors", the slaughtered bass-pumped procession of "IDDQD" - "something different" or "nothing at all" according to the sampled voices that Alexender inserted in the track -, the quasi-epic sinisterly fetid breezes of "Dormant Storm" - the atmosphere of a forthcoming tragedy got nicely emphasized by an alerting shout, warning of a coming storm - and the snarling hits of "Visions of the Blind Dead", which features an ill gothic dulcimer melody over the same old mincing of sharp hammers. The second collaborative track with Omnicide, which ends this release, titled "Allt Dor", is maybe the one where the above-described pre-apocalyptical poisonous fumes got their better shape, whose combination of dark nuances and wisely decelerated hardcore techno steps could let you imagine a rave-party for zombies (or maybe for a growing part of our plagued societies, which seems to be haunted by starving insects...?). The author suggests to play it loud...consider his suggestion!

The Untouchables & Resound: Separate Reality EP

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Jan 29 2016
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Artist: The Untouchables & Resound (@)
Title: Separate Reality EP
Format: 12"
Label: Translation Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Hot off the press - released today on vinyl by Washington DC-based label Translation Recordings -, this awesome tidbit by Brussels-based The Untouchables, the bicephalous project by Kate Mcgill aka Kay and Ajit Steyns aka Nitrox, who moved towards a catchy interbreeding of jungle sonorities, ragga movements and heavyweight dub, got ignited by a couple of great collaborative tracks, they made side by side another skilled producer orbiting around the label, the Finnish producer Ilpo Kärkkäinen aka Resound: a slideshow of chirping birds and other voices from a proper jungle got grasped both in the catchy "Separate Reality" and the following "Mystic Arts", even if they sound more heavily morphed into the latter track as if the second track is the revealing of the hidden side of those entities as a consequence of an augmented perception of surrounding reality. The wildly animalist/animistic script got likewise followed on "Devourer of World", the first tune by The Untouchables on the flipside, whee they inserted a sort of distorted barking on the carnival of sub-bass-driven electrically shocked dub movement, but there's a similar spiritual voltage in the following "The Beast" - very nice work over a set of tribal drums and woodstick-like hits - as well as in "City Of Thieves", coming as a bonus track for all those listeners who are going to grab the digital version on Translation's Bandcamp.

Fade: Lo-Fi/Taino

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Jan 29 2016
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Artist: Fade (@)
Title: Lo-Fi/Taino
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Boundless Beatz (@)
Rated: *****
I already spoke of Kiev-born producer Eugene Galushchenko, better known as Fade, as he is one the most interesting drum N bass maker at the moment. The Ukrainian mastermind recently re-appeared on German label Boundless Beatz by means of a couple of amazing tunes: an obscure electronic sparkling, which gradually fades into a sneaky low-frequency, hiccuping vocals and a minal quasi-melody over a lush arabesque of tribal drumming, features "Lo-Fi", the tune where Fade's blend of deeply darker sonorities and structured percussions is more recognisable, while "Taino" got inspired by ritual music and dances of Taino, the indigenous people who inhabited the Caribbean, and somehow mirrors their culture by a sneaky melody (according to Taino's religion - not so different from Maya's one -, the Sun was born from the union of two reptile divinities) and bouncy beats...you should know they used to play a sort of soccer for ceremonial purposes (called batey) by kicking a bouncy ball (supposedly made from a mixture of rubber and resins) in a rectangular field before bouncy balls begun to be used in European people, who credit themselves for inventing football! Check it out!

DVA: Allyallrecords

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Jan 12 2016
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Artist: DVA
Title: Allyallrecords
Format: 10"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
I'm not sure there are some available copies of the (transparent in spite of its richness in rhythmical chamaleonic tones) vinyl edition of this EP by Leon Smart aka DVA, the first since 2013, but the way how he juggles with bleeps and electronic drums deserves a check. Three of four tracks are intersectiosn with other artists, which moves over the same stylistical grounds where DVA left some trace. The footwork typical kicking style as well as a wide set of garage-oriented whiplashes are clearly audible in the lead track "Allyallrecords", which features Addison Groove, whose voice sound like blossoming in the second half of the track in the middle of a thorny garden of metallic cuts and digital punches. The soulful "pink22", the collaboration with Clara La San, sound like reprising the chords of "Let You Go", one of the most popular song by this talented singer, and runs on the same emotional frequencies (the sweetest heave-ho you could ever imagine!). A ping-pong sonic game - "Spoonbender" -, where the ball randomly draws a sort of computational polka, against Mickey Pierce, before sticking a ribbon on a set of thumping kicks, a cowbell, a refrain and a synth-driven melody for the taste of dancehalls...and that's allyall, folks!


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