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Artist: RUMPISTOL (@)
Title: Rumpistol
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
This CD has been a surprise: since the first track I've been wrapped by warm atmospheres, cool soudns (vinyl clicks and pops, sampled noises and synthesizers). Rumpistol (which means "spacegun" in Danish) is the personal project of a guy coming from Denmark: Jens Berents Christiansen. I'm amazed because in only few minutes Jens' music is able to catch you with subtle sounds and with well built rhythmical structures. The tracks make you feel like on an animation suspended state where you're fluctuating carried by the minimal strucuture of the tracks. Electronica, dub ("Nice Man"), experimental music are all blended to form fifty five minutes of voyage. The album has been reprinted adding a new track and a remix of "Sdr Fasankevj Kl. Ca 22.00" manipulated by the Danish artist Pondul. This could be the lounge music of the 22th Century: a music which isn't only made for entertain but also made to make you loose your senses.
P.s. The track "Tangoboy" has also been chosen by two famous djs of a show called "D'storemix" for their compilation released by Virgin Denmark.
Artist: INTO THE HOLE (@)
Title: Do You Want To Play With Me?
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Produced
Into The Hole has started as personal project of Alessandro Volpi in 1999. After some experiences with other bands, he decided to concentrate himself on his own music producing a couple of demos before this one. DO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH ME? is his personal effort into bringing something different into the electronic scene. Even if this CD is an advance copy of a CD he's still preparing, the four tracks succeed into catching my attention (you know, sometimes when you listen to certain CDs, the instinct of preservation makes you want to skip on the following track). The melodies and the atmospheres are personal and they balance well tension and powerful sounds. Tracks like "Done" would catch the attention of N.I.N. lovers as well as electro goth ones. Mind that this is a pre-release and Alessandro is still working on the tracks. The last track "To Learn (From Who?)" is the weakest of the lot (only guitar and voice which doesn't succeed that much to create the right atmosphere) but I'm confident that Alessandro is working on this one... For the moment the thumb is up! :)
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Artist: Can
Title: Out of Reach
Format: CD
Label: EFA Medien / Margina Talent (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Cologne-based Can is one of the most important and most influential bands ever and most certainly among the pioneers of what was called "kraut rock", the electronic and progressive musical scene originating in Germany in the seventies, in answer to the american prog-rock production and the british punk and post-punk explosion.All of Can's albums, except for this very one, have since been re-release on Can's own label Spoon records, therefore "Out Of Reach" had always been harder to get and to this day is still not available on CD in th US. Mixed by Conny Planck (Kraftwerk) and digitally re-mastered by Hofheim-based Dirk Buro of DB Ton-Studio in 2001, their 1978 "Out Of Reach" album (with Rosko Gee on vocals, replacing Holger Czukay, who had just left the band) has now been re-released by EFA Medien and Marginal Talents and is distributed by Caroline. It is available as a CD and a coloured vinyl LP and hit the street on August 12th. The CD also comes with extensive liner notes by guitarist/singer Geoff "Mad Dog" Horgan of Why Not that will give you some background info and his own personal review of the seven original tracks included in this record. The original artwork has also been maintained so whether you want to start to get to know Can or you are a fan and lover of their great progessive music, you should definitely consider buying this CD, or maybe even better get the color vinyl. For those of you heavily into rarities, check this out, the first pressing of the CD comes pressed on blue plastic and there's also a limited edition transparent vinyl LP with gold and blue printing on transparent rice-paper cover. That outta feel right to owe!
Artist: Dj Garon
Title: Mesh It Up
Format: 12"
Label: Urban Earth records
East Coast Dj Garon is one of those people who make of spinning drum'n'bass the art and the mission of their lives. His latest 12" vinyl features a remix of a Bukue One's track called "Mash It Up" and besides the classic drum'n'bass rhythmical drive, the frequency sweeps and all of that good stuff, it features MC-style rappin' vocals.Look for this powerful vinyl on the Urban Earth records shelves.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Enter
Format: CD
Label: Unschooled records (@)
An IT expert, a senior executive of various networking companies and a speaker and author on several aspects of the integration of technology and society; it's not a trick question, but the background of Howard Hecht, who after a life of doing all of the above has established a record label called Unschooled records and based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Enter" is the first release and a sampler of what is about to come, but it also represents a chance to put together some 12 talents from 5 countries and take a snapshot of what is happening in the world of experimental avant-garde found-sound glitch-music sonics. It really sounds like a sampler from Mute with some incursions from the people at Staalplaat but I'll let you decide when you dive in the wonderfully fancy world of "Enter". Much talked about American Aphex sounding "Doofgoblin" open the compilation with their track "Frazed" and soon Canadian Decomposure take over with their hot music made uniquely from sounds of wooden matches burning, scratchihg, falling etc (there's some real genius and sound manipulation chops there!). Other projects that will see the light on Unschooled quite soon include Howard's own project 1st Class Lounge and Scottish Plan 29. Also Canadian Cloudscapes (with their glitchy guitar muzak); American Shank (with their deep hammering power-electro industrial track), Carbon Based Life Form, Sonic Wallpaper (Boards of Canada meet Autechre), Mercurial (more dreamy ambient that meets franticly light beats and rave sounds), (Lost Within the Curves) Turbogeek (with their early morning spinning and syncopated tablas-enriched freak-jungle track) and Natu Visu (with their droning re-processed field recordings); Dutch Naton Rozenburg (with his minimal cheap-synth generated sleepy ambient textures) and A Bit Crusher (with their fantasticly frenetic Aphex Twin inspired anarco-drunk drum'n'bass) and last but not least British Powdermonkey (with their proto-drum'n'bass with more bass than drum) all contribute their crazy sounds to a compilation that has more than one memorable moment and certainly brings along high hopes for this label.
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