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Artist: Zentropia (@)
Title: Fables of the Celestial Night
Format: CD
Label: self-released
San Fran based duo Zentropia's sixth release (two EPs and four full lenght albums) "Fables of the Celestial Night" is an instrumental mayhem of illbient-dub-noise with a thick skin and a psychedelic approach. Everything is loose and the armospheres are expanded, dreamy, nightmarish, relaxing, epic, grand, ancient, gorgeous, chaos-friendly, rapturing and intense. All these adjectives apply because of the very nature of their compositions and the way employed sounds interact with each other in the given space. Timeless soundscapes with low rumbling drones, deep bass lines, distant distortions, huge delays, delayed percussions, disquieting noises, layered pads. Rarely they get side-tracked from the wide and dark open black holes their music makes you think of by a more (but not too much) standardized approach to dub with organ hits, minimal drumming etc. If it wasn't for those the album can be located somewhere between the powerful cold machine-generation sounds and the warm floating airy sonics. If we must recurr to names you'll have to deal with plenty and distinctively different ones (just to mention a few): bands such as Zoar, Vidna Obmana, Scorn, Bill Laswell, Terminal Sound System, Rhythm and Sound, Shakatura, Larvae, Koji Asano, Saafi Brothers, Freeform, Dream Into Dust, Show of Exxageration, Anaphylaxis, Hollydrift, Kava Project, The Devouring Element; and labels such as On-U Sound, Asphodel Cold Meat Industry, Nonplace, Different Drummer, Select Cuts/Echo Beach, Ant Zen, Musica Maxima Magnetica and there could be sooooooo many many many more... By the way, my hat goes off to one of the sweetest and most original CD jewel cases I have ever seen in my life: something like a UFO-looking circular outer-space-type peace-sign-like plastic case that rolls open like a full moon who quickly becomes a half moon... Amazing.
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Artist: Deep Dish
Title: Toronto #025
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
The Deep Dish duo continues to travel the world and mix music for the dancing crowds. After their 2001 Moscow release, this double CD paints a picture of Canada's finest pumping underground music. Global house music lifestyle for the new millennium, sexy, passionate and dark. Sharam Tayebi and Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia take house to a less bumpy and more relaxed space, with funky low bass lines, real vocals, mostly lush and sensual, expanded dub soundscapes, layers of synths and electronica and pretty atmosphere of happiness and love. Check out the label's website for a list of the cut in the mixes.
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Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
From the midi ghettos of the NorthWest (I like that!) arrive Cyanotic, a duo that experiments with power noise, electronics, industrial, ebm, guitar riffs, synth-core and occasionally even hardcore techno, almost gabber beats. I must say I am positively impressed with the quality of their music, their programming and their song-writing. Considering they're a young band and that this is their debut EP you wouldn't expect as much from them, but they really pulled of a well done EP. If you need comparisons think about Bile (with whom they have been touring) or 16 Volt and other bands like that. So if you are into industrial-ebm music (distorted vocals, strong guitar riffs and all of that) you should definitely check 'em out, 'cause they're good.
Nov 28 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Visual Niches 2
Format: DVD
Label: E:Motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline / EFA
MTV sucks! If you need proof of that you should read Naomi Klein's amazing book "No Logo", but if you already know that maybe you wanna dig into some really cool and really alternative music videos, like the ones contained in the "Visual Niches 2" DVD. Unfortunately I never got the first volume but this second chapter is really well done and interesting. It features video clips that are subversive, interesting, experimental, original, unconventional by famous artists as well as unknown newcomers. Every video has liner notes by Karl Koch and Oliver Tepel, who both worked for the German music channels Viva. Featured artists are: Dj Shadow, Deichkind, Roots Manuva (very funny!), Anti-Pop Consortium, LFO (the most claustrophobical!), Modeselektor, Amon Tobin, Basement Jaxx (this award winning clip is one of my two favourites in the batch! scary and hilarious! definitely must check this one out!), Laurent Garnier (cracks me up! really entertaining!), Turner, Rocko Shamoni (well done), The Notwist-member side project Console, Alter Ego, T.raumschmiere (nice!), Carsten Jost (this is my other favourite one - an amazing political video clip with previously un-seen footage from the anti-G8 demonstrations in Genoa, Italy, who saw the death of young protester Carlo Giuliani, shot in the head by an italian cop of the same ago who had just joined the forces and wanted to use his gun really bad! Fantastic video! Keep these coming! Make pigs pay!). Astonishing DVD jewel case packaging, great release! Go get it!
Artist: Dj Me Dj You
Title: People Together
Format: DVD
Label: Eenie Meenie records
Dj Me Dj You is a busy duo of producers that have worked with a number of people both in the music and the movie business writing soundtracks, music for commercial, doing remixes, producing artists etc. This DVD of them contains the video clip of the song "People Together", a dancey and funny outlook on pop-culture and flower-power attitude.
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