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Artist: Atone (@)
Title: Live and Love Your Life
Format: CD
Label: Sheebeen /Vitamin Records (@)
Rated: *****
As you press play, you could be grabbed by a sort of synaesthesia injected by the even-tempered chilled beats (if you enjoyed the soulful branch of electronic lounge and chill-out beats which were ubiquitous in the collection for modernist bars and clubs as they appeared on almost every selection issued after 2000, you will easily recognize some samples used by this Australian project) of Live & Love Your Life, the title-track of Atone's tribute release to Ali Bin Mohammed Omar Al Muscati, better known as Ali Omar (R.I.P., man'¦), one of the most respected and well-known producer in Sidney, who left a remarkable dental impression on the fast-growing Sidney club scene even after its recent decease due to its nonchalant musical mark and its witty personality, distinguished by a deep sense of humor and an acute attitude in music and life according to all musicians and common people which shared some moments when he was still alive. Both Ali and Andrew Fitzgerald (Atone's name at vital records office) come from Uk, but they got rooted in Sidney after they intuited the lively Australian capital was among the most fertile grounds of the planet for the birth of a renowned club music scene, so that Ali's studio, sweet-scented by burned straw (!), become a sort of lighthouse on that music scene and by listening this release you could perceive the airy breeze of the eventide, those dub/breaks tunes which slightly move the flames of the beacons on Sidney's seasides or adding that be-all recipe to the musical stylish food served in Sidney's clubs. I personally prefer those tracks when Andrew tacks nearby dubstep and reaggae coastlines as episodes such as the electronic muddy dubstep of Caffeine, the rocky Cold Sweat ' quite close to the funkin-up style of Salmonella Dub or Zion Train- , the Noran Re-mix of Look At The Stars ('international and sensational' by paraphrasing the whimsical Ali's words, partially evoking the stylish dub style pushed up by labels such Different Drummer some years ago'¦) or the delightful hip-hop haze of Free Yourself or the afro-tinged exotic gear circling in Let The Light Come In, but any listener will easily enjoy other juicy candies caromed in the list by Atone ranging from some sugary drops such as the above-mentioned title-track, the piano-toned Shine ' slake your tympanic thirst by Gina Mitchell's vocals as well'¦- or the exciting downtempo of I'm Back, You're Right to the gusts of melancholy in tracks like Lost You, from the catchy electro-pop step of Brown Rice to the emotional transmissions you'll find out in dazzling tracks like Paradise No2 . Ali will surely enjoy it hereafter!
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Artist: Kinetix vs Pylone
Title: Sonology
Format: CD
Label: Sound on Probation (@)
Kinetix a.k.a. Gianluca Becuzzi is an italian artist active since 1999, and after several releases during years debuts on France based Sound on Probation. I would call Becuzzi a sound designer, a pretty abstract sound designer concerned with experimentation on the synthetic side of the sound. Along the two long tracks (that seem pretty much connected into a single long work) Kinetix layers on extremely extended ambient backgrounds a pletora of recurring micronoise patterns that are probably the very interesting part. The recurrence of the same parts probably makes the composition a bit redundant anyway due also to their minimalism. The hard work on the composition is clearly intelligible, but not an easy listening at all.
This split is the third release for Pylone, as usual on Sound on Probation. We are still on the sound research side, still with a concern on minimalism and micronoises, but with a flowing shape given to the four composition, a flux as the bio states. It's a form that captures more deeply the listener comparing with Kinetix, due also to a wider variety of sounds manipulations involved, as well for the background drones that vary from still minimalistic shapes to some deeper capturing sound waves. The same concern on digital experimentation emerges from the cover artwork made by Véronique Weil.
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Artist: Synapsis
Title: Materia
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Zoharum is a nice label from Poland devoted to ambient/noise/industrial, and this is the second release in their internal IYHHH series after the Krzysztof Stanislawski CD. Synapsis come from Poland as well and feature members of Antibiotix, Multipoint Injector and more. I don't have any details about the concept under the title "Materia", but from the cover (an old engraving showing a blacksmith at work) and the titles (half of them in Polish) I guess it's a concept about (iron) substance going from a shapeless state to a final corroded one via human shaping (the blacksmith), but it's just a deduction that made the whole listening very interesting indeed. In fact on the long, expanded and noisy drones, a lot of sounds are layered as if they were coming directly from some ironworks. The whole mood is sombre, it gives the word "industrial" a proper sense moreover, and sticking to that the most interesting parts are the noisest ones and the ones that (at least) resemble real field recordings rather than the more synth ones, "iron on iron" rather than finger on key. A very appealing work that really sticks to the cd player.
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Artist: Binalog Freq
Title: Funk Mechanic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
Coming from Athens, Greece, Evangelos Zacharopoulos is the man behind Binalog Freq and the Binalog Productions label. In two years of activity he already produced two albums and fifteen singles/EP with his own moniker and his label already hit fifty five releases! Covering a wide array of electronic music which spans from techno, electro, idm to electro funk, Binalog Productions is releasing the latest single by Binalog Freq titled FUNK MECHANIC. The single contains two different versions of the main track ("Original" and "Hard & soft synth dub") and a remix reworked by R21 (the "Man machine remix"). The original tune is an instrumental upbeat tempo with 80s industrial/ebm influences (check the hard rhythms) and electro funk bass/lead lines which finds an even more industrial robotic rhythmic section (mitigated by soft ambient pads) into the "Hard & soft synth dub". R21, instead, revisited the tune giving to it an analog electro flavor with 4/4 syncopated rhythms, bouncing bass lines and spacey pads. Nice... P.s. Exclusively available at Juno, here http://www.junodownload.com/products/1622670-02.htm/?ref=dlk
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Artist: Pip Williams
Title: Resistance Is Futile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE is the newest release by a Londoner guy called Pip Williams (his real name is Phil Ventre). On this EP released digitally by Binalog Productions, he delivers five new tracks in balance from old style electro, a bit of Detroit techno, Miami electro and spaced out atmospheres. Opening with the menacing self titled tune based on vocoder vocals, spacey synth sounds and syncopated electro rhythms, the EP follows with "Scanners" and "Ozone Layer", two upbeat electro tune in balance from old style electro and ambient atmospheres just to end with "Spiralled Out Of Control" and "Future Past", two tracks that thanks to their lush atmospheres make me think of Miami. Check this release at the Soundcloud Pip Williams' page and purchase it exclusively at Juno here http://www.junodownload.com/products/resistance-is-futile/1625971-02/?ref=dlk
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