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Artist: LOSOUL
Title: Care
Format: CD
Label: Playhouse
Rated: *****
Active since 1996, Losoul is the creature of Peter Kremeier. Is newest album will be released on April for Playhouse, a sub-label of the Ongaku family. The ten tracks of the album show very well Peter's ability into creating rich soundscapes made of minimal techno/house rhythms and sounds. The album open with three great minimal techno tunes "Slightly" (this one contains jazzy samples and fragmented sounds used to enrich the rhythm structure are its main attraction), "The crush" (this one sounds like a creepy suspended minimal techno one where on the final part syth pads sounds duet with a great violin synth. This one will convince you for the way it grows) and "Up the beach" (a nice synthetic bass line meet pumping drums and stereo wind explosions). Also "The lords of sanity" is a nice one with a convincing tiny melodic final part. "Vacuum stance" is a nice track good for NY dark neighbors. With "Sunlite" the atmosphere changes and house music starts to influence deeply this tune and the following "Gridlock". "Deuce" leave house for a particular minimal atmosphere where house rhythms are coupled to an obsessive looped bass line and reversed synth sounds. House and techno are mixed on "To last" but there's always a dark atmosphere crawling. "Btw" is a 30" joke where a voice tells "oops, I forgot to say a metaphore... sucker!"
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Artist: Ethan Rose (@)
Title: oaks
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru
Rated: *****
Baskaru keeps on putting out some heartfelt classy post-ambient music like in the case of american artist Ethan Rose. This guy has several releases out on japanese Locust music-Headz label and yes, the aesthetic nature of his compositions by some means reflects this japanese electronic influence, above all if you think to those electronic ambient artist from Japan dealing with soft ethereal music with some soft digital sounds, I think this may help you to identify the global sound of this work. "Oaks" is really relaxing and luminous, from what I can read in the inner notes Rose has adopted as a primary source a bunch of sounds coming out from a 1926 Wurlitzer organ and then manipulated it all with computer and electronics, if I wouldn't have read it inside the notes I doubt I would have ever recognized the primary source of sound. The music definition is great and despite the analog source the global sound has a digital aura, but yet warm and self assuring. In tracks like "the floor released" this cd reaches a great atmosphere by tying the knot between soft high pitched melodies and a warm bass framework. As I've been repeating from the beginning of the review this cd can be easily filed under ambient-electronic music and is not one of those work where the artist looks desperately for a strange or extraordinary revolutionary solution, it's a simple (but not simplicistic) release where Ethan Rose has embroided some delicious, relaxing and easy listening solutions. The production is good and the majority of the melodies strike deep inside where you heart aches, if that's still a good reason to put out and buy a cd here is a warm embrace to celebrate the spring that's approaching.