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QUARTERSIZED: Robotic Funk

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 03 2009
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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Robotic Funk
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Quartersized is the musical project of MOMT label's boss Ian Proudfoot and ROBOTIC FUNK is its debut EP. This release contains four tracks where Ian, influenced by twenty years of electronic music listening, is giving his personal vision of electronic funk music. "Robotic funk", "Tribal flux", "Subliminal" and "Clockwork noise crash" mix dub bass lines, ambient atmospheres and dark electro solutions (check the overall atmosphere on "Tribal flux"). Each track is built around one or two melodic lines and Ian then alternates sounds sources and rhythms giving to them spatiality. At a first listen I thought that their melodic minimality was their limit but after a couple of spins the tracks started to "grow" in my ear. If electro with a bit of experimental approach is your cup of tea check this out.

This Morn' Omina: Momentum Of Singular Clarity

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 24 2009
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Artist: This Morn' Omina
Title: Momentum Of Singular Clarity
Format: CD EP
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Wow! The return of the international renowned Industrial-musician Mika Goedrijk under his main project THIS MORN’ OMINA promises a lot, although this new release is only a 5-track-EP. Together with partner in crime Sal-Ocin (EMPUSAE, TZOLK’IN), he has decided to hire with Spike a third member for all future productions of this Belgian IDM/Industrial outfit. These five tracks are musically more based into the Dark Electro genre featuring a slight Tribal influence, instead of Noise, a quite surprising, but welcomed development. The main track is "Momentum", available in two versions, a hard and forward moving tune, which should be able to appeal the dancefloor-oriented people. No cheap Hellectro relations included, this piece is one of the few smooth pieces consumable at your home entertainment too. "Nuraghi" starts with some fine layer sounds which remind a lot on TZOLK’IN until the beat and some sparse inserted vocals dominating the scenario. Another highlight has to be named with pure instrumental tune "Ananda", which leaves completely out all floor-compatibility – it’s the dark mood well presented through tasty arrangements, which score here. Again – all I can say is "wow!" – this EP is a mouthwatering new sign of life of this Belgian collective. When to expect a new album... ?
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
New York-based Electronica-wizard Frank Mokros is back with a new double CD album. Disc 1 offers the new studio work of Frank, which continues with his futuristic IDM/Electronica music we could discover with his last year’s brilliant album "Elekatota: The Other Side Of The Tracks". The presented variety and diversity in his music arrangements somewhere based into genres like Ambient, IDM, Noise and Industrial can be heard very seldom – Frank has the abilities to write perfect film scores for Sci-Fi- and Cyberpunk-related movies yet not produced. Multiple layered, high complexities in the production of synth and drums/percussion – yes, Frank’s music is demanding – but the listener gets so much rewarded for his full attention, which is required to consume his masterpieces of music. TOTAKEKE is one of the very few founded flowers, which someone can be identifying with. Normally tend to I prefer the rather straight arranged tunes, which allow some Industrial dancefloor movements. Tracks like "Disconnected Inside", the harsh and nearly Powernoise-like "Anterograde Amnesia", and the extremely catchy title track services this greed well. But here are 2 additional pearls needed to be mention, "Permanent Note", reminding with its mighty basslines and the rather slow tempo on "Bio-Mechanic"-like FLA featuring more complexity, and the eerie "Patient HM" with its simple, but so damned effective piano sound inserts. But all of these good things don’t end here, because Tympanik Audio has decided to assign all free slots of your CD players with Disc 2. This second disc offers some new interpretations of "Pull The Plug" and "Ignorance" provided by Frank himself, some new amazing tracks ("Gone", "Can’t Feel Time" and "Buried Is... " – A-MUST-LISTEN-TO!) and several remix contributions by Frank’s highly-acclaimed label comrades. ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ ("Permanent Note"), the raw PNEUMATIC DETACH ("Anterograde Amnesia" – how could someone think, that Justin Brink would put his fingers on any additional tune? Nice cover art too, Mr. Brink!), AUTOCLAV 1.1 ("Lost And Falling" – can a remix score against an original? It can! Well done, Mr. Young!), LUCIDSTATIC ("The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes"), ACCESS TO ARASAKA ("Contusions" – that nervous hacking hi-q programming offers creativity – a new talent to follow!), FLINT GLASS ("Patient HM" – nice try, Gwenn, but that’s one of the most difficult remixes. Nothing can rival with the brilliant original) and the Slovakian heroes of DISHARMONY ("Memoria" - quality as usual, Ryby, we’ll come on your new tunes soon... ) are featured here. I could slander again through this whole album and will be surely find several additional gimmicks and attractive things to report of. It’s a matter of fact, that albums of TOTAKEKE won’t never get boring and the music offers so much new facets to discover, which I could easily use as an additional apology, why I’ve delayed the review that long. However, get this masterpiece!

POINT B: Suicide Beauty Spot

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 14 2009
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Artist: POINT B
Title: Suicide Beauty Spot
Format: CD
Label: Combat Recordings
Rated: *****
Active from different years now Merseyside born Richard Bultitude (now living in London) is delivering his latest Point B album SUICIDE BEAUTY POINT on London based label Combat Recordings. The fourteen tracks of the album create a good mix of ambient dub and grime/dubstep music. The ambient layers create a dreamy like atmosphere while the rhythm section delivers tons of syncopated bass frequencies. Focusing the sound on minimal sounds as well as on powerful bass lines, Point B, creates a rich mixture of sounds that balance ambience and energy needs. Also melody follows a minimal approach and between the intricate rhythm section you'll find tiny melodic sounds that will catch your attention. Check, to name few, "Minerals" or the cinematic "Alien language" and let yourself be hypnotized by a new sonic world.

VV.AA.: Vermin Street Dub Series: Issue 5

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Oct 09 2009
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vermin Street Dub Series: Issue 5
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street (@)
Rated: *****
Influenced by the old school Ragga-Jungle sound of the mid-nineties, Vinyl Blight opens the double A side digital download single of Vermin Street's Dub Series Issue 5 with "Falling empires", a mid tempo track with a leading fat bass line which like a snake makes its way through drum blasts, distorted synths, dub vocals and break intuitions. On the other virtual side you'll find Tremourz with "Take it personal", a dub mid tempo distorted tune with exotic melodies and late 90's dark D'n'B influences. Both tracks have a certain mysterious dark touch that will please also lovers of old Scorn sound. As the other releases this one is available through Addictech, Digital-tunes.net, Juno.co.uk, iTunes and Amazon.


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