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Artist: KODI & PAUSA
Title: In one week and new toys to play
Format: CD
Label: Kormaplastic (@)
Rated: *****
Man, talking about freakiness, extravaganza or "music out of ordinary" the Kodi and Pausa project is a good example, nothing more and nothing less. I think the fact this cd can be good or bad is a detail, but I dare the average critic to label this cd as "the same ol' shit". Probably what I'm going to say has to do with the fact I've listened to Boredom's "Pop tatari" a couple of days ago, but I guess if ever pop music would have followed the path of these japanese kamikaze, this could have been the euro-pop answer to the demented genius of Yamatsuka Eye and friends. An improvisational cut and lot's of instruments to play may imply influences and ideas can move in this or in that direction, but it can also bring to a delirium where everything flows randomly leaving reminiscences of what lied buried in the subconscious coming out in the open with the consequent result you'll see fragments of subconscious scattered all over the place. Is Kodi and Pausa pure essence of chaos? Absolutely not, but here you've electronic music, free jazzy guitar incursions, shapeless cut ups/pastiches (Boswachter) as well as old electronic mixed with modern hi-frequencies computer sounds, this recording features also minimal keyboard experiments (that reminded me of the early and greatest Pram). What should I say about a defiant cartoon tune like "Flashy toilet"!?...this couple of musician probably has had problems during their childhood. Sometimes it's hard to judge the quality of a cd and when it's "In one week and new toys to play", the idea is that the "subject" is really beyond the boundaries of musical judgment...life is a nonsense.
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Artist: TROUM
Title: Objectlessness
Format: CD
Label: Mystery Sea
Rated: *****
This is the first Mystery Sea release selling out already on pre-order: I guess this speakes volumes for the underground cult that the German duo formed by Stefan Knappe (also mastermind of Drone Records) and Martin Gitschel has rightfully gained over the years. "Objectlessness" features two lengthy tracks of Troum's trademark mind-expanding guitar drones - for those familiar with their discography, they lie somewhere between the first and the second part of "Tjukurpa", i.e. their abstract, oceanic ambience and their more melodic side. What is peculiar about "(Pre)-symbolism" and "Echoes of a boundless existence" (respectively 38 and 30 minute long) is that, given their mammoth length and loose structure, they could well portray what the duo can create in an improvised session or live set. Some minor sound defects could have been erased by studio overdubs and re-working, but "Objectlessness" remains a faithful witness of Troum's evocative, mind-bending soundscapes. For those who have missed it, there could probably be some copies still floating around: try Drone or Self Abuse.
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Artist: THE SEVEN MILE JOURNEY
Title: The Journey Studies
Format: CD
Label: [fono'gram]
Rated: *****
Born a few years ago as a quartet, and recently expanded adding a fifth member, Danish Seven Mile Journey surely belong to the more emotional niche of so-called post rock. This debut album, which follows a demo recorded in 2002, features four lengthy tracks, or, better said, mini-suites of instrumental music, skilfully passing from intimistic, trance-inducing guitar plucking to epic crescendos. It's obviously all been done before (I was reminded of Explosions In The Sky, DoMakeSayThink, Mogwai, GSYBE and Giardini di Mirò, to name a few), but this doesn't mean much after all. Not all of the cd is memorable, but it remains a remarkable debut nonetheless - especially in a little masterpiece like "Passenger's Long, the Unity Fractions", with its majestic ebbs and flows. I'm sure that fans of the above mentioned bands would spin this quite often.
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Artist: Jamalski (@)
Title: Ruffneck Revenge
Format: CD
Label: Ozore Age / Play it Again Sam (@)
Distributor: Toolbox records
Rated: *****
If you were around and miss the live drum'n'bass NYC scene of the mid nineties, when pioneers like Jojo Mayer were doing their thing, changing the rules of the game forever, show after show, at places like Shine on West Broadway and Canal, you'll be pleased to know that you can get back to experiencing the same excitement with Jamalski's last record "Ruffneck Revenge", out on French label Vision Alternative/Ozore Records. He's been around since the early nineties, agitating crowds with his mixture of ragga, hip hop, drum'n'bass, jungle, funk, rave etc. This great NYC born MC is all about the fusion of all of the above. He rhymes at sonic speed and rocks the mic with his own vision of drum'n'bass and his own version of political lyrics (it's always nice to hear people sing against the war and against W, like he does in the "Peace and Love" interlude, but I love Jamalski's anti-fake-rappers "Stop" tune where he talks shit at fake hip hoppers all over and around the media). "Ruffneck Revenge" is a peacefully violent urban anthem against consumerism in society and bullshit on the media, it's fast-paced adrenaline at its best, it's sonic aggression packed in a drum'n'bass/jungle container of fast beats and deep bass lines, it's the ultimate union of original hip-hop rhymes, jamaican ragga singing/wording attitude and modern MC'ing.
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Artist: BIO-MECHANICAL DEGENERATION (@)
Title: Exoskeleton
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a side-project by the excellent French act E.S.R., consisting of both multi-talented artists Vince Puyol (E.S.R.) and Tommy T Rapisardi (label-owner DSBP, DIVERJE, IN-FUSED). Internet and so world-wide connection makes it possible to take easily the distance between France and the USA. Musically this project is focusing on several sci-fi themes, modern Electro sounds, experimental programmings and arrangements – not too surprising if you are already familiar with the sounds and music especially from E.S.R.. You will find a lot of similarities in style of composing, used sounds, also several tracks would do also well on a E.S.R. release ("Virus (Infected Mix)"). The influence of DIVERJE is reduced here, most recognizable on the tracks which feature Tommy’s lyrics and vocals like "Dead Inside", a track which receives here also a nice remix by the talented, but extremely underrated act TYPE001. The order of the track list also features an interesting concept, because after an instrumental track follows always a track with vocals. The colorful cover design done by Vince Puyol fits also well with the musically mood. This is a cold and very mechanized Electro/EBM album filled with a lot of impressive sounds above the average. For fans of E.S.R. and related a must-have, but also an impressive alternative besides the overrated styles – one of the finest pieces currently out there.
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