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Artist: The Infant Cycle/ARC
Title: Unrelated Work tapes/Raw Circle
Format: CD EP
Label: The Ceiling (@)
The Infant Cycle – Unrelated Work Tapespointillistic evolutionary waves of iconic life forms – new realms of auditory generation – joyful embraces – jagged children incensed by time – a bidding and biding – the path of patient distress is followed – ARC – Raw Circlehesitant ambience – on the verge without fear – point of fact point of view – square seven – phonetic flight of fancy – arrival of the fittest – winged meme
Artist: Stan Reed, Gregor Jabs, Frank Rowenta
Title: Apoplexia 1973
Format: CD
Label: Jeans Records, Psychform Records (@)
Distributor: psychform@hotmail.com
1. 02:18continental ideographic phoneme2. 06:28finding the words – tragic traffic and trance – sonic font of Faustian proportions – hovering primal warfare - a surface tension - the patina of blood and soil3. 04:28southern ideographic phoneme – wall of rounded wave bullets swimming in the ether 4. 05:09mime the light fantastic – lightly spin the glow – mind the outlet and ignore the pun – rather a fin than a claw5. 03:19do funny things! – run amok and mud – spell the spell – a portion of potion for the mind – climb the hill and see the end – chaos as fashion – fall apart6. 03:39insect Muse – fortean dreamer – past tense life7. 00:59rhythm – sound – other mind8. 03:56data overflow – attitudinal cascade – cupidity – solemnity – parsimonious flaw 9. 12:06rim rhyme Rimbaud – circle of black – the oscillation of indecision – structural interjection – blow blue absurdity – sequential masks of burning glass – semitransparent – photogenetic eyes of rind
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Artist: POLVERE (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Right after having reviewed End Of The Summer, Coletti and Iriondo are back with Polvere and this time it's a full length that's following a good debut 3" mcd. Xabier Iriondo really learned how to make it all sound since like I've been repeating before every sound is forged and shaped and consequentially recorded with a great sound engineering ability. Polvere by some means is the avant/kraut folk project of this couple of musicians and beside the experimental/post-psychedelic characteristics of the cd it shows their melodical/acoustic virtues. Weird samples, electro-acoustic pastiches and acoustic instruments marry acoustic or non distorted guitars with their usual seventy-cut but in a truly melodious style. Imagine Gastre Del Sol playing with Cul De Sac or Fahey and jamming together with undistorted/softest Faust or even Can, well... you’re probably on the right way to identify this unconventional object. The plastic cover itself is a real piece of heart and together with the top notch recording makes this object valuable of you money. High quality as one can expect and if you're into the majority of projects connecting Coletti and Iriondo you'll almost certainly like it. Polvere’ sound probably works better on briefer length but some episodes are definitely interesting.
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Artist: N.PHECT & DIZPLAY
Title: Beautiful Bytes
Format: CD
Label: Basswerk (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****

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N. Phect & Dizplay are two brothers coming from Cologne which decided back in 2002 to collaborate as a drum’n’bass production team. After working in other different bands (sometimes also together) they released for Basswerk their first album titled "Beautiful bytes". The thirteen tracks of the CD gathers their newest releases, revisitations (their big hit "Velvet morning" here’s remixed as "My velvet morning" and "Tsunami" along with "Inside the hive" are here present as in their "2006 VIP rmx"), collaborations ("Deep throat" see dj Phace working with them) and remixes (here you can find their version of The Green Man’s "Damn wire" and the r’n’b influenced Starke & Gorterer’s "You can go on"). There are also a couple of tracks by Dizplay alone, "Shining through" and "Don’t you see" (two tracks that have also a certain pop influence with catchy vocal inserts along with the drum’n’bass/breakbeat solid structure) as well one by N.phect alone ("Enjoy the madness" has also ambient influences along with powerful orchestra samples). Even if the album is a collection of tracks it sounds homogeneous and it will give you the opportunity to enjoy the energetic brothers’ style called "neurofunk".
Artist: VV.AA (@)
Title: Lucid Motion Picture Soundtrack
Format: CD
Label: Amen-ta
Distributor: Amazon
Rated: *****
I have never heard a music soundtrack that feature different artists who contribute a song that fit perfectly well for a movie until I heard this one. This was a very big surprise to me. The movie was shot here in my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. Alot of good stuff on here that depicts certain scenes in the film and you can visualize and dramatize what's happening. Most tracks on cd have a laid back type of vibe feel. Kind of arrange in electronica genre. From hip-hop, trip-hop, dub, ambient, and to spoken word that have a jazzy, funk, and experimental feel. Majority of the artists on cd are from Birmingham, Alabama, while Natalie Osborne is held out of Chicago, Illinois. Rapper Masta D, who made his guest appearance in the film by having a small part kicks the disc off with his fast hip-hop track "The War Is On". Emc3ee contributes two songs "Seeing Red", which they shot a video for the promotion for the movie and also feature on the dvd, and their second track "Work It Out" is on the line of the hip-hop group from the 1990's, A Tribe Called Quest. A totally jazzy vibe with a hip-hop beat and their rapping forte sense of humor style. Little fine diva Ms. Kibibi Jones, a regular poet and singer @ the On Stage poetry night in B'ham shows off her vocals in the r&b jazzy tune "Man Of Essence". Spoken word artists Yogi, a tall female who I also see all the time as a regular poet @ the On Stage poetry night @ the Carver Theatre, lets out her tension and aggression in "Unleashed"; Elaine Lindsey who plays the character Angie in the film will put you in a dream like love state with her poetry "Under"; Charles Wheeler is taken by storm by a girl in "It's True"; while Natalie Osborne uplifting a troubled young man who is rejected by others in her hip-hop & funky bassline track on poem "Special". Rapper MC Complet is trying to keep his dreams to himself so he won't hurt his girlfriend who ask to hear about his dream. The instrumental "Impossible", which is an original score for the film have an ambient dreamy feel with a bassline that will make you bob your head and the beat is so tight, it will make you do the tango. "Lucid" Soundtrack is a blending of classic styles that shows off serious talents who really put effort in making the album come alive, which is also heard in the film. The soundtrack itself and movie sums up the feel of the atmosphere. Indeed, a beautiful dreamscape to slip into as your mind falls unconscious while you're listening to the soundtrack.
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