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Artist: Marvin Ayres (@)
Title: Scape
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Rated: *****
This is a CD release of a British Avant-garde performer providing deep layered Ambient-inspired tunes, mainly inspired and dedicated out of a Classic music background. "Ambient orchestral surround sound dub" – so the self-chosen description of the sound works of Marvin, but behind this stands one of the most renowned Ambient producers worldwide. He has made himself a good name by being a contributor to some well-known acts like Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood or Simply Red. With his signing to the Avant-garde label Mille Plateaux in 1999 and the release of two highly acclaimed albums he could reach his current status. This "Scape" release therefor features 9 different "Scape" tunes and 11 different "Clusters" tunes providing string-based experimental-minded soundscapes created through Marvin’s fabulous violins performance. This experimental layers get penetrated through the use of reverberation and FX effects into a new kind and never-heard before of sound. Marvin is by the way a classical trained musician who could develop by merging his instruments into electronic-based treatments – a pioneering kind of work indeed. "Scape" was designed to underlay the same-titled DVD film, well – and so it sounds. It’s a very cinematic sounding output which breaks through the known scores and conventions – music, which definitively can cause an effect on you under a good pair of headphones.
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Artist: PYLONE (@)
Title: Black Grains
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Created using processed natural sounds, BLACK GRAINS is the first album by Laurent Perrier’s Pylóne. The album is divided into five movements: "Equation Part 1", "Look Part 3", "Transmission" (the longest one, during 25’), "Line 4" and "Echo". The intangible meaning of the different parts let us concentrate on sound and if I think about BLACK GRAINS’ tracks, the first word that comes up into my mind is: disturbing. The minimal approach makes of this album an industrial experiment based on the process of adding and subtracting sound. "Transmission" for example sounds like a raw digitalization of a collapsing mountain while "Line 4" seems a re-process of the tone of a phone line but filtered, de-constructed and echoed. The closing "Echo" is digital chaos it seems the sum of the other track with further processing. Only for fans of extreme industrial experimentations.
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Artist: LAURENT PERRIER (@)
Title: Downfall / Disperse
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier is the man behind Sound Probation records, label that he founded after ten years of activity of Odd Size records (it was also a record shop and a mailorder). With his new label he’s active with different projects (Pylône, Zonk’t and Heal along with his self named project, to name few) but it’s the first time that he releases something under his real name. The double CD DOWNFALL/DISPERSE contains two long magmatic suites about 50 minutes long where ambient droning sounds meet idm like click and pops following cyclic structures. "Downfall" starts quietly and little by little sounds are added creating an avalanche effect just to end with a sort of electronic distorted buzz. "Disperse" is more quiet and since its beginning the structure is defined and it mutates during its whole length. The two tracks are part of the soundtracks of an Alban Richard – Ensemble dance theatrical piece and this double CD is a sort of documentation. The tracks could also work without the theatrical counterpart if you are used to long experimental suites, if not, you have been warned...
Artist: Slayv Axis (@)
Title: Promo Dysk sampler
Format: CD
Label: Mechanizms
Rated: *****
Brain-pounding, plodding Hardcore Industrial Techno, this 5-track feeler sent out by Slayv Axis betrays little in the way of subtlety, nuance, and imagination. Nurturing nothing but a distorted, burning hunger for the dancefloor, this one-man Gabber/Trance/PowerNoise act (name of Damien Lohr) bludgeons you with cuts from his prior releases Empyrie and Remixez V.1. The last, "Suicide," is from his newest CD slated for release this very month, and it is the best of the bunch: a verse is lightly sung by a waif-sounding female (name of Jeska), and the track's beat pattern changes up a couple of times before drowning in a sea of static. Otherwise, Slayv Axis, whose MySpace manifesto bills itself as "the HateCrime SuperHero here to save you from Flower Power pascifist [sic] hippies," subjects you to questionable taste (yes, as a matter of fact "Zieg Heil" is bracketed by samples of Nazi salutes), all the goofy, intentional misspellings ("Vampyrie," "Vuxnut," "Axis of Eevil"), and relentless distortion. But the new disc, Suicide Faktory, could be just what you miserable "slayv" worms need. This is your only warning.
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Artist: IMIAFAN (@)
Title: Collaborations
Format: CD
Label: Red Star Budapest (@)
Rated: *****
COLLABORATIONS, along with the split 7" I’ll review later, is the newest ImiAFan release and it contains nine remix, re-processed tracks produced during the 2001÷2005 period thanks to John Merral, Cabaret, ImiAFan & DNC, Karaoke Tundra, Michael Harding, Martin Burlas, Marek Zubko (aka DNC), Cjjbrozt and Yosuke Kawamura (aka Lozi). The oroginal tracks are coming from the previous band’s releases "Péntek este EP" and "Legy a falon" 12" and four of them seems to be unreleased, because I haven’t seen them listed anywhere else (they are "Inner voices", the two versions of "Naomi" and "Prechádzka"). These nine tracks differs a lot from the electronic instrumental analog sounding style of the Imrich Végh project and they span from the analog melodic glitch breakbeat of "Toys (Hyobitech 3 remix)" to the ambient idm of "Time (Lozi remix)", passing through techno ("Inner voices – Cabaret road trip mix"), minimal experimentations ("Légy A Falon - Do16! Remix"), electro lounge ("Toys! - The Only Michael Remix") or minimal ambient wave ("Naomi - Redefined By DNC"). This release as well as all the Red Star Budapest releases are free of charge as they are released under the "The Free Music Philosophy" (check http://www.ram.org/ramblings/philosophy/fmp.html). The last thing I could say is: support this initiative as the sounds are good and the philosophy is great!
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