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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Play Word
Format: 7"
Label: Onomatopee
Rated: *****
This 7" vinyl, coming in a fold-out cover and limited to 275 numbered copies, marks the debut of a new Dutch label devoted to "poetry, typography and sound art". Four soundmakers (all Dutch if I'm not mistaken) worked on poems by one of the label founders, Freek Lomme, with varied results. Machinefabriek offers a piece of hard rhythmic electronica with unintelligible filtered vocals. Jan van den Dobbelsteen probably bows and scratches his guitar strings while reading Lomme's poem (he's the only one to actually include that in his contribution); on the flipside, the other guitarnoiser involved, Erwin van Looveren, pours out a wall of feedback with some guitar scrabbling buried in the mix. Finally, Freiband (Frans de Waard) works as usual in the minimal/glitch/noise grey area with a composition for scorching frequencies and a crescendo of microscopic glitches and pulses. This is unfortunately the only piece which really stands out, while the others are ok but not brilliant (Machinefabriek) or nondescript (the two guitar-based ones). I honestly find this is an interesting attempt, but the link between poems and soundworks is not particularly strong or engaging (i.e. not knowing this was inspired by poems, it would be mistaken for one more experimental noise sampler).
Artist: The Melody Kings (@)
Title: Lucid Dreams
Format: CD
Label: Amen-ta Production
Distributor: Amazon
Rated: *****
Chicago based producers The Melody Kings is the first to score an all electronica music to an all black film that was shot in Birmingham, Alabama. It's about time someone is doing that. The Lucid Dreams original motion picture soundtrack description is on the brink edge of British groups like Massiv Attack, Portishead, Morcheeba, Tricky and ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder project Recoil. The atmospheric mood is set on the scenes that is happening in the film. The soundtrack is a laidback free-flowing album of tones and textures. Brilliantly produced which inspires one being in self subconscious and lost in a dream. Can't even tell is it real or reality. Alot of dreamy feel tracks will take you away like "After The Storm", "Saul's Theme (Mellow Mix)", "Is That You", "94 Boom Bap", which have a beautiful piano accompaniment melody, and "Let's Live" have a 70's jazzy hip feel. Also feature a remix version of "Man Of Essence" by Kibibi Jones, a remix version of "Dream Reality" by MC Complet, and two remixes of "Seeing Red" by hip-hop trio EMC3ee; The Redrum Remix, and Voodoo Blue Remix. A smooth groovy film original soundtrack that have an ambient, dub, trip-hop, hip-hop soundscape dreamy appeal that will take you to another world..
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Artist: GIRL TALK (@)
Title: Night ripper
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Illegal Art (@)
Rated: *****
Bastard pop...an what if it was bastard hip-hop?. If there’s something you can't write about Girl Talk is that this cd is not damn well done...and another thing that's forbidden from the vocabulary when talking about them is their samples are not heterogeneous. Have you eve heard Verve, Madonna, Aerosmith, Gwen Stefani, Boredoms, 50 cent, Pixies, Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins (and that just a small portion of it all) sampled on the same record?. I wish they won't get famous otherwise I'm sure they should fight a legal war to protect themselves from copyright control and from all those greedy vampires (by the way fuck copyright, are we anarchists or are we mice?). Their rapping is really mainstream oriented therefore no kick ass approach a la Cannibal Ox but sure while the tissue is popular and soft the tailor is not so soft honey. This record is damn well done but what after the hip hop indie trend is gone? What's gonna happen when the bastard pop will disappear?. But honestly isn't the majority of pop nothing but the reinterpretation or nothing but a well done robbery to some rich Nottingham son of a bitch?. I'm not into Girl Talk but sure I've enjoyed trying to recognize every single sample...but unfortunately this' not a quiz otherwise I’d have become a millionaire. If you’re into the ironic, hip hop thing this probably could be an interesting listening.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sacred Symbols Of Mu
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
SACRED SYMBOLS OF MU is Planet Mu’s 100th release (postponed release as they are arrived already to 150) and the perfect way to celebrate it, was gathering twenty four tracks/bands showing what has been passed in the last three years since their last compilation "Children of Mu" thanks to old (Jega, Venetian Snares, µ-Ziq, Luke Vibert, Shitmat, Leafcutter John and Dykehouse) and new (Vex'd, Pinch, Distance, Boxcutter, Breakage, etc.) acts of their roster as well as new signings such as Tom Burbank, 0=0 and Mileece. If you are new to the label’s sounds it’s enough to say that Planet Mu explored every corner of dance sounds that have a heart. Jungle, i.d.m., breakbeat or grime, to name a few, have been covered but always with an eye opened on experimentation of new sounds/solutions. This brought the label to release other projects that aren’t properly related to dance but that use acoustic sounds along with particular rhythm solutions. If you are looking for something different try this double compilation that comes at a mid price!
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Artist: INFECTATOR.COM (@)
Title: Corupt
Format: CD
Label: FIR (@)
Rated: *****
Infectator.com new album is the fifth release by FIR, a small independent Romanian label which print cd-r performed by interesting Eastern bands dedicated to industrial/power electronic sounds. Infectator.com’s CORUPT contains nine tracks plus two remixes of "Deliberat" (reworked by Julian M, who made a ambient techno track out of it) and of "Conectat" (Satellite Empire remixed it turning it into an instrumental dark e.b.m. track). After the dark ambient intro of "Cybernet intro" we enter immediately into the band’s sound with "Coruptor", a track based on throbbing distorted rhythms, minimal melodies and whispering vocals. The following "Traseu periculos" recall the latest Clock DVA sounds but mixed with a certain disturbing dark ambient atmosphere (the same goes for "Keep") while "Deliberat" is more focused on industrial sounds/atmospheres dear to early Laibach (the whispered voice along with a certain approach to rhythm make me recall those sounds even if Infectator.com sound seems to be based mostly on samples). Also "Sabotaj Viral" and "Conectat" have a similar approach but even if the formula doesn’t change that much at the moment the CD has no weak moments as the tension don’t leave the listener for a second. The surprises comes with "Ce simti" and "Dark mission", two tracks based on a structure that reminds early industrial electronic sounds but with a sort of death metal vocals. CORUPT is an good CD that will interest the lovers of industrial electro dark atmospheres.
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