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Artist: Joseph Auer
Title: Inner Galaxies
Format: CD
Label: Boltfish Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Spare, no-frills, 13-track space-music techno CD from this Tokyo-based artist comes on in retrograde, in the form of thudding, vintage-drum-machine-sound, early Rave done up in sad, melodious Ambience. Many of the treatments and sounds bring back fond memories of The Orb's U.F.Orb in particular, but these are no longer the glory days of '90s techno. Only track 2, "I Can Feel It Tonight," makes any effort to bend the boundaries of convention.

There's nothing really wrong, here, it's just that the pounding, tribal rhythm paired with the lush chimes, echoes, uniformly-chorded synth progressions and offbeat scales makes for a puzzlingly incongruous blend. If you happen to be a more forward-thinking member of the musical populace, as far as Inner Galaxies is concerned you may wish for there to be more to the story. On the other hand, although Auer's intentions may be otherwise, this CD could be the perfect soundtrack for the world's loneliest rave. But seriously, this is not to knock it, because it's the kind of universe any number of folks could enjoy getting lost in -- you never know.
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Artist: SARALUNDEN & ANDREY KIRITCHENKO (@)
Title: There Was No End
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Nexsound (@)
Rated: *****
Second CD release for Sara Lunden and Nexsound both. This time Sara is working with the label's boss Andrey Kiritchenko. The six tracks of the CD present a particular blend of electronic arrangements (almost glitch) mixed with light noises, electric guitars and the characteristic Sara's vocal approach which is in balance from melancholy and intimacy. These tracks recalled me one of the most melodic releases of Bpitch Control (Damero first album) but without the rhythmic research which here is substituted by the synth/noise multi layer approach. "Take your chance when you have it", instead, is a sort of alternative modern folk track with acoustic guitar and noises. This is the track I appreciated most along with "Erotic dreams", a track with a good mix of melody, rhythms (the other ones didn't have a rhythmic section) and electronic experimentation. This release is interesting as well the other was but they both tend to be focused on a calm melancholic approach which is ok in this case since we have six songs E.P.s. but which could tend to be a little repetitive in the case of a full length.
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Artist: SARALUNDEN.BJORKAS.MJOS (@)
Title: Dubious
Format: CD EP
Label: Nexsound (@)
Rated: *****
Founded in 2000 by Andrey Kiritchenko in Kharkiv/Ukraine, Nexsound is a label dedicated to unconventional sound. Their releases (they press proper CDs as well they release stuff as web label) have a characteristic experimental approach which on the pressed CD is less considered as on that format they are releasing the most "accessible" stuff. The first release of this series is a collaboration MCD which see songwriter/performer Sara Lunden composing with Kyrre Björkås (he plays with the Norwegian band Det är jag som är döden) . and Andreas Mjös (producer/musician, he plays with the Norwegian band "Jaga Jassist"). DUBIOUS contains five tracks which mix "pop" with electronic experimentations and melancholic soundscapes. The tracks are based on male/female vocal duets where the first two tracks "Dubious" and "You can come" see the musical structure based on acoustic instruments (mainly guitar and piano) being enriched by manipulation of electronic sounds. "Naked in my bed", "The sound it makes" and "Murder" (the song I appreciated most because of its dark atmosphere), instead haven't acoustic instruments into their structure as they have a minimal electronic background made of tiny synthetic sounds which couple well the intimate atmosphere created.
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Artist: Zentropia (@)
Title: Space Throne
Format: CD
Label: Crystaleyezed Fine Arts
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
You’ve just awoken from one strange dream to find yourself lost within another. Is this a stark nightmare or a wondrous fantasy? They’re one and the same when you find yourself wading through the murky territories of "Space Throne," the latest sonic excursion from Zentropia. The journey begins with the title track, and the listener is lifted off slowly into space, moving upward through clouds of blissful dub, slowly drifting into the star-lit heavens, the vibrations of 'Space Throne' echoing off of lonely planets. 'Azoth' refers to Mercury, but this stark ode seems to be tracing arcs in some colder and more distant part of the galaxy. Switching to a more upbeat groove, 'White Rhino Titan' brings the listener back to a somewhat warmer place, with fragmented sounds eventually blending into a melody that skips slowly and playfully atop the soft beat. A headlong dive into a black hole awaits in 'Terminal Brain Cloud,' as deep pools of reverberation envelope the senses in disoriented euphoria. This is a perfect lead-in to the last and most desolate track on the album, 'Khem.' Khem is the native name for Egypt and also the name of the Egyptian god of reproduction and fertility. This composition seems to allude to a journey into space-time during which a communion with this ancient deity occurs, and secret knowledge is shared in a language that is yet to be known to man. Equal parts relaxing and disturbing, this disc is sure to delight lovers of deep, dark, ambient drones and dub.
Artist: PROJECTOJIL
Title: Tale From The Native
Format: CD
Label: Electromagnetic Pulse Records
Rated: *****
Here is a new demo from Jill Aka Projectojil which from Portugal bring some minimal techno house to your speakers. On this new demo titled TALE FROM THE NATIVE, Jill, presents six new tunes and two different versions of "God bless the child" and "Boom". If the old CDs were sounding like easy listening Ibiza like lounge music, this new CD is more minimal and it has got less soul/r'n'b samples (they are concentrated on the first two tracks "Cinescope" and "Acrobat") and it's based on 4/4 rhythms with few jazz inserts (on "Supernova") and hypnotic/trance influences on "Skyscraper" (the one I liked most along with the following "Cosmic matter"). It seems that Jill is redefining his style a little and you can check his myspace page to be updated about it.
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