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Artist: Ueno Masaaki
Title: Ununseptium/ Vortices
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
Four years after the discovery by Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian, a group of American and Russian researches and nuclear physics of the 117th element by means of the fusion of Calcium and transuranic radioactive chemical element Berkelium at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Raster-Noton discovered its 117th element for unun series, the notorious series of releases, named after the family of transuranic or superheavy elements. Its scientific connection got emphasized by Japanese sound-artist Ueno Masaaki, whose four tracks for the seventh ring of this chain are aimed to be a sort of reconstruction of natural laws and forces by means of complex polymeric grooves, clipped rhythimcal cuts, clusters of chopped metallic hits and overclocked suctions of piercing bass pulsations, which could be vaguely described as a possible groovy declension of Autechre or Emptyset stuff. It might sound repetitive only to absent-minded listeners, as more attentive listeners will easily appreciate the rich assets of sonic detailes of this zipped stuff.

Mr.Mitch: Don't Leave

 Posted by Paul Muhller   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 19 2014
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Artist: Mr.Mitch (@)
Title: Don't Leave
Format: 12"
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Belonging to a group of rare producers who are managing to find new creative pathways to so-called grime, Mr.Mitch finally got signed by Planet Mu after he gained some visibility by means of Boxed 'Instrumental Grime' night and excellent releases on his own Gobstopper label, and if you have never listened to anything by this guy, many listeners who like this genre (and surrounding ones) will immediately suss his talent out by listening to this appetizer which precedes his forthcoming album "Parallel Memories". That sort of supplication on the opening "Don't Leave" (me down...to complete the looping refrain) whose synth chords and floating drums sound like mirroring tears give you an idea of the unusual emotional alveoli that Mr.Mitch's grime airs out and such an intense ventilation gets closer to harrowing sentimentalism of Sebastian Tellier or Trentemoller on "Padded" after turning into a proper bordline poem Ruffneck's notorious refrain "everybody wants to be somebody" on "Be Somebody" and before getting closer to the typical mood of the genre on the final "Oh", whose mellow marimba, bouncy bumps and syllabic interjections. Really tasteful grime!

Mistake Made: Vault Series 15.0

 Posted by Paul Muhller   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 18 2014
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Artist: Mistake Made
Title: Vault Series 15.0
Format: 12"
Label: Vault Series (@)
Distributor: Decks.de
Rated: *****
In spite of the fact there are no previous traces of Mistake Made - no releases, no tracks in compilations/selections, no white labelled vynils have been recorded in any public archives -, the stylistical proximity to the stuff coming from appreciated Vault Series, one of the Berlin-based labels that spreads an interesting "industrial" variation of Berlin minimal techno out, persuaded Subjected, its faceless owner, to lock their tracks up in the vault. A slap on the "Wrist", the first of the three tracks of the 15th ring of this technoid chain, features a seized industrial-techno engine, which sounds a little bit more oiled on the following track "Ricochet", whose claps over hypnotical basslines sound like whiplashes, while menacing nodules of low frequencies, alarm bells and resounding rattles slides on dry kicks and subterranean clashes on the assembly line of "Indec".

Digital: Africa

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Oct 17 2014
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Artist: Digital
Title: Africa
Format: 12"
Label: Tempo
Rated: *****
Hot on the heels of the recent coming back of Pete "Voyager" Parsons, Dutch dj and producer Fusion, label owner of Tempo Records, encouraged the return of another influential and groundbreaking producer, Ipswich-based producer Steve Carr aka Digital, who recently appeared on a nice tidbit from Metalheadz after a relatively long period of likewise relative silence. MY favorite track of these three Amen bullets is "Africa", the first on AA side, as he wisely managed to adorn Amen break by a warm dub bassline and Afro-electro pinches, but the same side shines for "Fire", the most "minimal" track I've ever heard from this producer. Both of these tracks feature amazing dynamics as well as an evocative subtle sense of anxiety, while "Logged In", the little computational pearl on A side is likewise unusual as besides some hooks to old-fashioned jungle sonorities, Digital inoculates a slithering bleeping sequence and atmospheric sci-fi pads, which seems to launch Amen break into deep space as if it is a sort of an S.O.S. message in the bottle related to a zombie invasion on Earth that some close-to-the-divine entities would hopefully receive and take in consideration.

Boston feat.Solis: Go With Me / The Little Things

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Oct 17 2014
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Artist: Boston feat.Solis (@)
Title: Go With Me / The Little Things
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The very first tunes by 20-years old Cardiff-based producer and dj resident at Aperture - one of the best dnb clubs in UK and miliar stone of Cardiff dnb scene - Jack Boston made me guess he was going to become a possible next big thing on drum'n'bass scene and Symmetry label owner and hyperskilled producer Break could have felt the same as he decided to embrace his official debut release and picked it up his renowned imprint. Even if the tantalizing lyrics by mellow songwriter and singer Solis makes me ween that it could fit like a glove to an advertisiment by a sexy holistic masseuse, "Go With Me" distills a catchy junglish groove by haunting liquid keyboards and space-rock-like diluted guitar riffs so that the soothing and evocative spell of Solis' voice and Boston's music got reciprocally intensified. A more bluesy guitar as well as entrancing pads, ecstatic guiding voices, a warm trumpet got blended by a well balanced dosage of groundshaking breaks and a resounding bassline on "The Little Things", which could make listener focus on Boston's sound if your aural perception got temporarily eclipsed by Solis-induced sensual reveries of the previous track.


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