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Germanovski: Promise/Confession

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 18 2015
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Artist: Germanovski
Title: Promise/Confession
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plush (@)
Rated: *****
Denver-based label Plush, which also developed a branch on the other side of the ocean in South London, a strategic position to grab and spread good tunes in the field of bass-driven music, expands his interesting catalogue by hiring Lithuanian producer Igor Komar aka Germanovski. Even if Plush has not labelled his couple of tracks as drum'n'bass, Igor packs a nice assay of minimal dnb up on "Promise", which got embellished by vaguely balearic breezing sounds, placidly rolling breaks and sparse vocals that could resemble the more chilling side of this branch of drum'n'bass. Breaks sound even more swabbed on the following "Confession", as just some sparse hi-hats as well as a gentle set of softly knocking wooden beats and tribal sounds crack the narcotic sonorities of the track. An awesome and somehow soothing strategy to repaint well-known liquid sonorities by means of some hooks to the fluttering sheets of junglist ghosts.

Ya Tosiba: Mollah The Machine Remixes

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Sep 17 2015
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Artist: Ya Tosiba
Title: Mollah The Machine Remixes
Format: 7"
Label: Pingipung (@)
Rated: *****
"Mollah The Machine", the first release by Ya Tosiba, the Berlin-based collaborative project between Finnish producer and pioneer of Swkee style Mesak and Azeri singer Zuzu Zakaria, was rapidly sold out soon after it got launched in summer 2014, so that Pingipung decided to release the downloadable edition. Some months after such a successfull debut, the label decided to release three nice remixes (two of them are availble on a 7inches vinyl as well): Natalie, Falk and Max of RSS Disco applied their acidulous mid-tempo house and synth--disco recipes to "Masin", whose remix is enjoyable, but it's nothing special to be honest. My favorite one on the vinylic version comes from Patric Catani's alter ego Candie Hank, who preserves the elasticity and the hilarious hook of the original version of "Mollah" by whacky synth-driven squawks and a catchy dubby movement. Likewise funny, the remix of the same track by Cologne-based electronica veteran Schlammpeitziger, who announced he was working on this remix when we interviewed him last February: you'll find his whimsically harmonious and charming make-up of "Mollah" on the digital version of the release.

ADMX-71: Coherent Abstractions

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 16 2015
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Artist: ADMX-71
Title: Coherent Abstractions
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: L.I.E.S.
Rated: *****
Adam X started his adventure in the musical world on early nineties, as founder, along with Frankie Bones, of Groove Records, which later became Sonic Groove Records, one of the main American techno shops. In the mid nineties he started his own label and he's still running it. As a musician, actually he has several solo side-projects: ADMX-71, Traversable Wormhole, X-Crashed & Mass-X-odus. My review is dealing with his ADMX-71 moniker, as, on mid October, L.I.E.S. Records will release its third album "Coherent Abstractions". Containing eleven new tracks, the album shows Adam's industrial techno downtempo side which is made of menacing atmospheres, electro intuitions and now obsessive and then minimal rhythmic patterns. If the opening "Virtuality Continuum" is a repetitive track with smooth industrial noise loops and drums, the following "Arrival Into Uncharted Territory", will please the lovers of Der Zyklus' most glacial side (like some tracks you can find on "Biometry"). Also lovers of early e.b.m. could find some satisfaction thanks to Adam's melodic loops mixed to pounding drum sequences. If I would have to find a small weakness, is that, besides having interesting sounds and structure, the overall atmosphere is the same. There are no hard tracks alternating dark/ambient ones and this, in my opinion, would have helped a lot appreciating even more the album which is a good one, anyway.

AAAA: Shiva Watts

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 27 2015
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Artist: AAAA
Title: Shiva Watts
Format: 12"
Label: Antime (@)
Rated: *****
It doesn't really matters the circumstances that "Voyager II", "SH Crush", "VCO mode" or the awesome title-track "Shiva Watts" could resemble some stuff by Richard James's acid techno act AFX as well as other EDM tunes of the late 90ies and similarly "Blackfish" could vaguely remind of some EBM outputs (even if a friend of mine thought it was a remix of Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" by Gridlok!), "Vocall 300" could be closer to some vocal daydreaming electro-hop that used to shake many headphones in the second half of the last decade, "Domo Geodesico" could lay in between contemporary Berlin electronics and 70'ies progressive electronic music - very interesting matching, indeed! -, "Pet Grief" could be confused as the remix of some Depeche Mode's unreleased melody by Beefcake or Proem, "Class of 1999" could sound like a robotic romance by Royksopp, which seems to get counterbalanced by the more lukeworm and softier sounds of "Bad Hair Day" and tracks like "Mixtape Alpha Dials" and other interplays could recall some clips by Boards OF Canada to some attentive listeners. Similarites are sometimes unavoidable, but the debut album by AAAA - a moniker, which sounds like a new format of batteries for electronic devices! -, the alias of Gabo Barranco, a Paris-born producer who raised in the suburbs of Mexico City, melts all these possible influences in a so roughly funny way that similaties become something to brag about! Previously released by Mexican imprint Maligna, Antime's founder Martin Steer thankfully decided to import it for the pleasure of Old Continent's listeners. Wise choice!

HenriFernand: The More I Learn

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 27 2015
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Artist: HenriFernand
Title: The More I Learn
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Future Relics (@)
Rated: *****
The man behind HenriFernad is Ludovic Bordas, an "Has-Been" of the 90ies electro-trance French scene as it was one of the secret recipes of "Pills" alongside Anthony Sandor, whose debut album "Foundation" is still considered a masterpiece of that scene by many nostalgic lovers of those sonorities. Pills keeps on existing as a one-man band as Ludovic left it just before the release of their second album "Electrocaine" - it seems that divergent views related to artistic direction of this album caused the breaking of the artistic marriage between Bordas and Sandor - after having shaken French scene - they also performed at the very first public rave party in France alongside big names like 808 State, William Orbit and Underground Resistance - and his occasional appearances on some dance releases don't give the possibility to trace what he did after Pills experience. The sound that he explores on this release by a couple of nice tracks, a somewhat gloomy vocal electro-pop (the refrain "The more I learn/the less I know" got easily stored in listener's memory as well as the sneaking electro song of "I Feel Free"), could meet the tastes of followers of sonorities close to Trevor Jackson aka Playgroup and Bomb The Bass. Even if I'm not a fan of house music, Julien Lenoir remix is a quite good way of chewing original sounds, but I prefer Agaric's nine minutes lasting overstretched one by far.


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