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Artist: TOBIAS BERNSTRUP
Title: 1984 E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Active since the mid nineties, Swedish visual and performance artist Tobias Bernstrup is releasing a new E.P. for Enfant Terrible. Focusing the four tracks of this platter on the Orwellian 1984 theme, Bernstrup is able to conjugate a theme of people control and manipulation with catch and dancey 80s italo disco sounds. If you already know old Bernstrup releases like the 2002 "Re-Animate Me" album, you are already used to his good electro synthpop sound but this time "1984", "Light Years Apart", "Enemies Of The Earth (Space Mix)" and "Data Love" recall me the songs of people like P. Lion, Gazebo or Baltimora with those characteristic choruses and catchy melodies. I really enjoyed this release and you can dig Tobias' music as well his visual art by checking the two paintings of this 12" cover.
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Artist: slicnaton (@)
Title: basendrums
Format: CD
Label: Extemporate (@)
Distributor: iTunes
Rated: *****
A while back I favorably reviewed Nick Slaton’s last recording project, Trio Slicnaton. There were a few more players involved in it than there are here in this pared-down project, as this is just Slanton on basses and electronics and Ian Davis on drums and electronics. The music can be defined as electro-acoustic free improvisation, not far afield from avant-garde jazz. I suppose when you think Bass N’ Drums (or D N’ B, whichever you prefer) you think artist like Shapeshifter, Logistics, Goldie, J Majik, Dieselboy, Deep Blue, etc. Well, this isn’t anything like that really. Take all the clubby elements out, substitute live playing for programming, make the rhythm more arrhythmic and use acoustic bass and drum instruments along with gray-area electronics and you’ll get a better idea of what is going on here.

Opening track "Plong" sounds a bit like a couple of pairs of damp sneakers thumping around in a laundromat dryer while someone idly taps on the counter with a stick waiting for the footwear to dry. The brief track "Conjur" which follows is eerie electronic ambience with some brushing effects. "Speckled" is a series of noise tones coupled with percussive accents reminding me a bit of a muted Autechre. "Suite Life" has whale-like sounds amidst very busy percussive elements in a sonic blender underpinned by a lot of low-end. "Logs" is about the fastest BPM drum solo I’ve ever heard... with nearly as much processing and ambience as there are drums. It eventually morphs into something a lot less frenetic. "Shote" may be the most interesting track on the album with very nice off-kilter interplay between the drums, bass and buzzy electronics. "Wrecked" begins with a more overtly electronic ambience and the rain-spattering percussion (eventually picking up steam) enhances what might otherwise be just a new-agey drone session. Drums cease for a while then eventually return. This would seem to be as accessible to non-avant-garde ears as the music gets on basendrums’. "Lost" has a spacey kind of ambience with enhancement of cymbal effects. To me, this is the coolest track on the album, just because I really like this sort of thing. "Anism" incorporates a number of atonal electronic elements with sporadic drumming. Strangely fascinating. "Into the Box" submerges into dark ambient territory and very high quality dark ambient at that. The percussive elements are used to good effect where it hardly seems like percussion most of the time, save for the cymbal accents. "In the Bushes" I just found too nervous and busy to enjoy. "Pitch," the track that followed, was more to my liking with a number of interesting elements that worked well together. Final track "Perspective" returns to dark ambient territory with sounds you wouldn’t expect in dark ambient.

Overall, basendrums’ is a pretty good effort that may be appreciated by some more than others. The effort and skill put into it (a lot, I can tell) doesn’t always live up to the results, but in experimental music you take your chances, and aesthetics aside, you can’t please everyone all of the time. If you really like experimental music, I suggest you check this out. Certainly not like any Bass ’N’ Drums you’ve ever heard before.
Dec 13 2009
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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Samhain E.P.
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
SAMHAIN EP is the second released by Quartersized and it is available as digital download and CD-r. With the first E.P. Ian gave his version of electro funk music while this time he focused on electro but exploring themes usually covered by different musical genres. Esoteric and dark themes are the core of the four tracks you find on this release. For example the opening "This fog" is inspired by John Carpenter soundtrack while "Thine angel sings" is a tribute to William Blake. Musically "This Fog", "Sad Titan Way", "Phonecalls From The Dead" and "Thine Angel Sings" are based on electro sounds and solutions but Ian used an experimental approach that, in my opinion, enhance the experience. His way of dealing with melody, atmospheres and samples are unusual for standard electro acts (which are more influenced by 80s dance music) as I found more correlations with bands like Clock DVA. Anyway, I really enjoyed this release and I suggest you to check it!
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Artist: LAND:FIRE
Title: Shortwave Transmission
Format: CD
Label: Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
Side project of Frank Merten and Henry Emich of Herbst9, Land:Fire deliver on Power And Steel their latest album SHORTWAVE TRANSMISSION. The eight tracks of the album follow a common theme which is based on the use of radioactive weapons during the last decades wars. Iraqi and U.S. Army have spread radiological material into the environment contaminating lands and people and SHORTWAVE TRANSMISSION wants to be a sort of soundtrack to all this madness. "4.468.000.000", "Sixhundret Miles Away", "Most People Where Silent", "Shortwave Transmission", "Circulary Polarized", "Malfunction", "Circulary Polarized II" and"Now I Wait Again" offer to the audience a sonic voyage through apocalyptic atmospheres, desert sound-scapes where bleeping synth sounds, throbbing waves and filtered vocal samples form a complex web of sounds that blend minimalism to rich ambience. Tracks like the main title sum very well the overall atmosphere you find on this album as it has claustrophobic atmospheres, minimal catchy melodies and great sounds. You can check excerpts of five tracks on the main Loki Found webpage.
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Artist: KAMMARHEIT / PHELIOS
Title: Of Dawn And Of Ice
Format: 12"
Label: Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
Third chapter of the 12" split series and limited to 333 copies, OF DAWN AND OF ICE is gathering Kammarheit from Norway and Phelios from Germany. Each of them already did self released albums (in their early years) as well as albums for labels such as Cyclic Law for the first and Eternal Soul Records for the latter. On this 12" they bring to the attention of dark ambient lovers two tracks each that, as usual for Loki Foundation (and also thanks to the Andreas Wahnmann mastering), sound like sound sculptures. Kammarheit's "The Hierophant" and "Dreams And Seracs" are based on synth pads and sidereal sounds with hellish atmospheres. No rhythms involved. Phelios' "Cold Vision" and "White Ashes" sound more "open" and rich because of the use of minimal melodies and rhythms coupled to obscure atmospheres and a wider sound palette.
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