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Artist: Danny Howell
Title: Global Underground #027 - Miami
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
Global Underground keeps travelling the world looking for the essence of dance beat in the hottest clubs and Miami couldn't certainly be left out. In stores today, Howells' "#027 - Miami" is a collection of 29 tracks on two CDs (or three vinyls) ranging from obscure unknown bands to obscure known bands, such as the legendary industrial icon Throbbing Gristle. The set of tracks is a summary of the night long Halloween 2004 set at Miami's "Space" club, where Howells spinned from techno to house all the way to late hours of the morning. Danny is on tour all over the US until the end of April so you get a chance to catch his sound and breath in his fresh and multi-dimentional sonic personality.
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Artist: Ivilion (@)
Title: Terean
Format: CD
Label: Magnatune (@)
Distributor: Magnatune
Rated: *****
Imagine a peace-filled primitive world where the atmosphere is painted with swirling ambience, where intense tapestries of sound envelope and enrich every aspect of life. A world in which the air breathes and the wind has a mind and life of its own. A world where meditation is common and spiritual response is immediate and uplifting. This is a world of fantasy, a world of mystery, and a world of beauty. You can keep imagining this world, or you can pick up the new Ivilion release, Terean, and experience it for yourself in surround sound.

Terean is the culmination of Michael Weeks’ previous works with Ivilion, pulling in and adding to the structures started in his first release, Sartinal, and making use of the darkly melodic concepts from his unofficial release, What I see in the dark. I recently had the pleasure to review his other project, The Wretch, and I cannot enforce the difference between these two projects enough. While The Wretch takes listeners on a fast-paced trip through a schizotypal, A.D.H.D. crazed mind, Ivilion serves to take listeners on an intrinsic journey through their own psyche.

Terean is characterized by perpetual, evolving tribal beats, crafted on a base of dark, drifting ambience, and given life by the beautiful melodies throughout. Delicate, haunting string and piano arrangements visit songs, adding strength and body to the overall value of this work of art. While some ambient works are sparsely layered, change little, and drone into nothingness, Terean weaves its way into the listener’s mind, taking over the subconscious and inspiring 44 minutes and 44 seconds of thought and meditation.

If you don’t like tribal drums and ambience, I don’t have to tell you that you probably won’t enjoy this album. But if you have even a passing interest, I can promise Ivilion’s Terean is for you. The production on this release is impossibly flawless; the sound is amazing and inspiring. With Terean Michael Weeks shows an absolute command over his resources, turning what can be a dull and stale genre into a living masterpiece. I fully intend to dwell on this release for quite some time, and will be strongly suggesting it to anyone I meet.
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Artist: LETHARGY (@)
Title: In-Macula Remixes
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
We have here a long awaited follow-up CDEP of LETHARGY’s impressive debut "In-Macula", out somewhere at the fall of 2003. But to tell you the truth, and maybe you have heard or read about it in online forums: this EP will maybe never officially released because the band and their label Black Flames ended up all co-operations in some bad terms. The whole situation seems very unclear and difficult for outsiders, so I advise you to make your contact to the band, the management Hellcity or the German distributor E-Noxe who could help here. To the music: LETHARGY do present us here a long 10 track EP which features several remix works by more (both Alfa Matrix recording acts IMPLANT and NEIKKA RPM...) or less known names (ISENNGARD from Mexico, MORPH UNKOWN from the USA...). This release was designed to bring some more danceable attitudes to the usually more melancholic stuff of this band. Some of the presented remix works can easily used to keep the dancefloors of all dark halls burning ("The Golden Light" and "Emotion" remixed by LETHARGY themselves, "Future Time" remixed by IMPLANT...). Most outstanding piece is the remix work on "Nothing to Hide" done by the French Electronica act OIL 10. Clear and marvelous female vocal performances done by Mayte Cruz and a rich melodic musically content make an impressive effort both enjoyable at home as well as useable on the dancefloors. Strong diversity is present here through the musically very different directions of the chosen remix bands although the whole atmospheric content get lost. Impressive release of a talented band hailing from Spain. It is a pity that their situation is currently very difficult and I wish them the very best that they will soon find a way to be present with new stuff for the audience.
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Artist: LEGOWELT (@)
Title: Dark Days
Format: CD
Label: Strange Life Records (@)
Distributor: Phear
Rated: *****
If you don't own a turntable or if you don't use peer to peer programs to share music, is highly probable that you don't know Legowelt. Danny Wolfers released about ten E.P.s (mostly on Bunker Records) and only one CD titled "Classics 1998-2003: A Selection Of Tracks From The Bunker Archive" which gathers some of his tracks released for Bunker Records. Well, this time with DARK DAYS, you've got the opportunity to get into Legowelt's realm at a cheap price (Phear, who's in charge of the distribution sells it at 7 euros) even if you haven't got a turntable. Deeply influenced by Detroit techno and other thousands of electronic pulsations, Danny is taking off his hat fourteen old tracks, which he tought lost and gone. Fortunately the tracks, which span through the 1992 ÷ 1997 period (i.e. from the early days), are available for the first time for the listening pleasure of all the Legowelt fans and for all the curious who wants to discover the inspired music of one of the most appreciated guys into the techno/electro scene. Tracks like the opening "Lego resistance", "Nowhere track", the following "Techno madchen" or "Myst" are able to mix ambient sounds and rough synth sounds with melodic loops, creating in this way a particular blend of dance experimental music which isn't only at the dancefloor service but it's also out there for you to enjoy. If you already know Danny's releases, well don't wait for tracks like "Total pussy control" or "Dirty tango" because this album contains instrumental tracks just like the ones you can find on releases like "Tower Of The Gipsies". Don't lose the opportunity to get this stuff, it won't last for long time!
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Artist: VENETIAN SNARES
Title: Rossz Csillag Alatt Szullet
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Released before one year has passed from his latest Planet Mu release titled "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding", Aaron Funk is back with a total different album titled ROSSZ CSILLAG ALATT SZULETETT. While "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding" was based mainly on rhythms, this new one sees Venetian Snares dealing with ambient sounds and orchestral partitures. I'm totally unaware about the language of the titles (Hungarian, maybe?) but the music is enough to make me appreciate the geniality of this project. The album contains eleven tracks that form somehow a soundtrack of a drama. The only note we've got about the tracks is starting this way: "What if, for just a day, we could both be pigeons?" and after some rows "Ultimately, as quickly as our world blooms, our world is discordant, and our pigeons are wounded, and as our world dies, we die, and we are extinct. If only we could kill ourselves over and over until we get it right". Even if most of the tracks sound like modern classical music played by a real orchestra Aaron mix it with his particular breakcore style, creating something really functional and fresh. The strings give to the tracks a dramatic feeling that makes you think about the European cinema of the early twenties of the last century and it's amazing to see how the fast rhythms give to it more energy. I don't know if I was able to make you understand what's inside this album but I assure you that you should give it a try!
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