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Oct 18 2015
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Artist: Isolat Pattern
Title: Clinical Ambience
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
"Clinical Ambience" sounds like a guessed title for this output by one of the recent discoveries of Kotra's imprint Kvitnu, which came from the sonic wit of Berlin-based sound artist Benjamin Harris, which didn't received so many feedback despite the considerable quality of sounds and their layering. The wisely forged noises that Isolat Pattern pull out of his machines got inoculated in both spacey and claustrophobic pad-synth-rendered empty spaces: nervously whirling electronic trimming beats, artificial lacerations, piercing low frequencies or digital puffs come to life inside the narrow electric tunnels of "BLK.HSE", the cryptic whispers and the widely reverbered clashes of "Darkness Curves", the fascinating void of "Die Charmante Verlockung", the intermittent patterns of "Glitterer" , the abyssal recesses of "Purestate" and the industrial sikholes of "Twinning". It comes on a carefully designed artwork by Zavaloka, who wrapped this awesome release by means of exclusive glittered black cardboard and two inner prints made on metallic translucent and marbled papers.

Kotra: Freyr Hologram

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Oct 18 2015
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Artist: Kotra (@)
Title: Freyr Hologram
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Dmytro Fedorenko aka Kotra is the founder and the main mastermind behind the excellent Ukrainian label Kvitnu, which is keeping on spreading interesting specimen of experimental electronics by meansof a selection of stuff and superbly crafted pieces of music, which, according to label's own description, "concetrates on sound and ideas with a high blood pressure in it" and could withstand selection of more consolidated labels. The interesting sonic discoveries they manage to find inside and outside Ukraine benefits listeners, but I guess they benefit the creative vein of Dmytro and Kateryna Zavoloka, the other artistic column of the label, as we can testify by this tidbit that got recently released by Kvitnu. The elegant artwork by Zavoloka, who wrapped the package by means of those bright white/silver silk wallpaper, that I remember I saw on many walls in the 90ies, enclose a CD-r where Kotra put three abrasive tracks, which could be described as the rawest side of some outputs of artists like Kangding Ray or Senking, that I wouldn't really match to the soso-called rhythmik noise. in spite of a certain syncopated step by which Dmytro organized - so to say - a bunch of hisses, interferences and concrete noises on the opening "Spiv Zolota" and the closing title track "Freyr Hologram" - my fav -. A good appetizer for the other recent outputs from Kvitnu that I'll introduce in the days to come.

Container: LP

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Oct 14 2015
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Artist: Container (@)
Title: LP
Format: 12"
Label: Spectrum Spools
Rated: *****
A wise mover must take both the lubricants that facilitate the movement and possible friction into account and an experienced agitator like Ren Schofield aka Container certainly does. The seven movements on this "LP" sound like a perpetual challenge by frictionless and immediate rhythmical pre-sets (the rhythmical ignition of some tracks like "Remover" or "Peripheral" sound like slightly distorted pre-sets of cheap electronic devices) against a series of factors which rises attrition to levels that could broke hig engines: the opening "Eject" features that kind of trance-inducing grip of some folk dances, while most of the other engines drew lubricants, dust and stones from the most obsessive extrusions of Detroit techno and Japanese noisy industrial techno. The highly abrasive gears, that he sounds like putting under ferocious and controlled strain, manage to be enjoyable as their course is realy unpredictable and thrilling, even when his way of layering polyrhithms and mechanical grasps gets closer to saturation ("Peripheral", "Appliance" and other moments when listener could imagine that these outputs could come from a sadistic love of machines by their author). Nice and no/icy way of morphing and "grooving" noises.

Dead Man’s Chest: Nautilus EP

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Oct 13 2015
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Artist: Dead Man’s Chest
Title: Nautilus EP
Format: 12"
Label: Ingredients Records (@)
Rated: *****
A somehow nostalgic return to the source by many d'n'b producers, who are taking dust away from the classical amen break and well known sonci bullets that shaked the dawn of junglism, is a proved fact. It's not so usual that similar reprises manage to be original, but keeping the sole of stilistical feet on the street between a glorios past and a possible future could be an interesting solution in order to mix well-known ingredients up again. Eveson's new alter ego Dead Man's Chest sounds like a re-vamped revival of lte 90ies jungle, when amen break used to collide against UK rave sonorities, particularly on Side A: the disturbed electric connection, that ignites the initial "Liquid 94", brings listener back to those years and the amazing vocals could let you imagine a Flash-drawn cartoon about the fugue of a junglist hero from the firing guns of fashionist criminals, while the protagonist of this imaginary cartoon could be the amen break itself on the following "Throat Hardcore", where it seems to hide and resurface by means of the hackneyed trick on mixer's gain in order to render such an effect. The flashbacks on B side comes from the sole, which moves closer to the futuristic side: the mellow lunar tones of "Nautilus" - my fav - comes back to the melting of maen break with more chill-dub sonorities, while the oriental spots of "The Future" sounds like clasping the recent geographical boundaries reached by bass-driven music.

Cursa/Gamma: Egg Cup/Warthog

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Oct 05 2015
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Artist: Cursa/Gamma
Title: Egg Cup/Warthog
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
Another blessing on the expanding Plasma catalogue got thrown by Cursa, the London-based bicephalous project by Tim Ogilvie and Kit Maloney, whose declension of neurofunk keeps on matching together chrome-plated sonorities, dizzy drum rolling, bouncy hooks for junglists and gloomy robotic atmosphere on the hitting tune "Egg Cup", a crackling formula which is going to delight fans of quite known d'n'b entities such as Noisia, Lynx, Ed Rush'n'Optical or Survey and could let you imagine the scary white rabbit, who bedevils a troubled teen during a nap, could cross the boundaries between reality and fiction and materialize in the guise of an electricity-driven tormenting monster. Likewise tech-hey and slightly disquieting, the nettlesome plasma silicium that Hungarian producer Mark Gulacsi aka Gamma poured into chains of elastic bouncing bumps and screwing basslines on his tune "Warthog". Intended for the lovers of the twitchier side of bass-driven music.


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