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Artist: Access To Arasaka
Title: Oppidan
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio / Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This is an US-based newcomer-act, which has lately caused a lot of euphoric reactions through some breathtaking remix contributions for acts like ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ, TOTAKEKE or APHORISM. The long awaited official debut release for ACCESS TO ARASAKA is out now, and it features all good ingredients, an interested listener of modern IDM/Ambient/Electronica would like to expect. At first it does good to see, that intercontinental collaborations between two labels are possible – especially in this kind of music. "Oppidan" will be released as a mutual project by both, Tympanik Audio and the Greek Spectraliquid label and let’s hope the best, that this initiative will pay off for all involved. Musically, "Oppidan" is a high complex IDM/Electronica-album, which draws possible comparisons under the formula "GRIDLOCK meets HEQC". What sounds so simple with this courageous comparison, is by far lesser easy than expected. It is the sci-fi related mood pressed into the music, the pad- and sweep-sounds are cold as ice and fragile to the same time. This moody scenario gets crispy penetrated by the broken rhythm structures, which includes several clicks n’ cuts, breaks and interrupted beats. It’s hard to figure out the highlights of this fantastic soundtrip into a possible next future, I therefore recommend to check this album completely under a good pair of headphones. ACCESS TO ARASAKA are reaching a target, which only seldom can be reached by comparable acts out of this genre – this project sounds authentic. Congrats to both labels for this mutual release, but also to the artist for offering such a demanding, but highly attractive album.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Breaks Series: Issue 2
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
Vermin Street's second Issue of Breaks Series sees again Petr Passive at the desk bringing on the virtual side A of this digital download single a new tune titled "Hardtmuth1500". The track starts with vocals filtered with a vocoder and 8 bit sounds that will make you think about a retro electro song. Soon after hard distorted 140 bpm kick and 808 snare are added turning the track into a dancey electro acid Amiga game soundtrack gone wild. Next track is titled "There Is No Enemy" and it's brought to you by Vinyl Blight. It sounds like a blend of dubstep and breakbeat with a nice piano lead melody that make it good for a mystery movie soundtrack. Available the 8th of December through the usual digital marketplaces.
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Artist: LAZY LATE KIDZ
Title: 15h01
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk
Rated: *****
For their debut E.P. the French guys of Lazy Late Kidz prepared four new tunes that will please the lovers of electro music. The E.P., which is available only as digital download, opens with "15h01", a nice introduction to the world of the band where bouncing rhythms and distorted bass lines duet with synths. The following "Desert of Paran" and "Leit anthem" mix funky bass lines, syncopated synth distortions and a bit of melody. The closing "Steeve anthem" is a driving electro tune with filtered vocal samples that could work well on the dancefloors. Even if all the tracks are instrumentals I didn't feel they need any vocals, maybe a little more melody like the synth trumpet on "15h01" would help. Not bad as a debut E.P.
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Artist: STELLAMARA
Title: The Golden Thread
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie
Rated: *****
THE GOLDEN THREAD is the newest and third album for Stellamara. Released after four years from their previous album "The Seven Valleys" the new CD sees Stellamara detaching a bit from their previous Dead Can Dance like style to develop an intriguing set made of nine new tracks which take inspiration from ethnic music coming from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia. The band used traditional songs' music and lyrics (or only one of the two) of the countries I mentioned and created a charming album developed on the concept of the thread that Ariadne gave to Theseus, assisting him in his heroic journey into and out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. As the band explains: "The golden thread is a symbol of the inspiration, intuition, and guiding light that graces us throughout our lives. It is that which we follow, knowing that it will, in some mysterious way, guide us on our true paths in life. As we travel through literal and figurative labyrinths in our lives, the golden thread may easily go unnoticed, yet when it is recognized and followed, we may find that this archetypal strand of gold connects us to our true selves, to our beloveds, and to that which we discover to be home". Take a deep breath and follow the beautiful voice of Sonja Drakulich leading you through mysterious Eastern melodies.
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Artist: DIEB
Title: Modules Ep
Format: 12"
Label: False Industrie
Distributor: What People Play
Rated: *****
Dieb is the musical project of Berliner Til Kerlin. Since 2002 he is cooperating with performers and visual artists like Tomi Paasonen and Tom Neubauer. In 2004 he released his first release on the Italian label Citymorb. Five years later here is the MODULES E.P. The release contains two new tracks "Module 0" and "Module 4" plus two remixes of the same tracks reworked by Maps & Diagram (Tim Martin) and Israeli producer, Yair Etziony. The two original tunes are hypnotic minimal multi layered deep techno tunes where Til plays with rhythms and ambient atmospheres succeeding into diversifying the elements avoiding the "it seems always the same loop" effect. The two remixers are quite different from the original versions as Maps & Diagram created a digital experimental quiet tune a la Fennesz while Yair Etziony gave to "Module 4" a rarefied ambient dub touch. Personally I preferred the original ones but I appreciated the will to experiment of the two guests.
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