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Artist: Miles Tilmann / Larvae
Title: sub:702
Format: 7"
Label: Sub:Marine (@)
Sub:Marine records recently put out this nice little split disc featuring Chicago based Miles Tilmann on one side and Atlanta based duo Larvae on the other. Interestingly enough the two tracks have been written to complement each other as if one was a layer of the other track (hence they run at the same tempo). Windy city dude Miles' "Double" features mellow and harmonious electronica-ambient in warp style but with a personal touch, while the player duo's "Seclusion Dub" boosts cool sub frequencies and mid-range noise waveforms in line with Larvae's very own personal interpretation of dub-noise isolationism. The cute disc comes limited to 300 copies with hand-printed artwork and a lovely politically incorrect sticker by Slumber Inc. (www.slumberinc.com).
Artist: Toni Ramos & J Psycobeat
Title: v.1
Format: 12"
Label: Electronica records (@)
Virginia-based Electronica records released this slice of wax featuring two tracks by Toni Ramos and J Psycobeat. Both sides, "Vampire Waltz" and "Dark Side of Me" are driven by beats and complemented by sounds that seem to be seeking a fragile balance between a rave-friendly techno vibe and luminous ambient electronica moods. It's like if you are listening to a Warp artist tripping out for techno-rave music and using those reso-synth sounds and slighly more dancefloor-oriented rhythmical material to interact with the quieter atmospheres of his refined synthetic harmonies. If you too are in search of such balance definitely give this a chance.
Artist: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (@)
Title: Exquisit Noise
Format: CD
Label: Glass Tought Communications (@)
Exquisite and well-established Stockholm-based New York bass player Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is about to release his latest fatigue on his own label Glass Tought Communications records. Buckle up your seatbelt and get ready for some intense experimentation with noises and processed bass sounds (upright and electric). Dissonance, distortions, rumbles, drones and harmonies intermingling with each other in a symphony of abstract avanguardism and contemporary progressions of no-wave and musique concrete. This cat's talent goes beyond senseless noise and reaches new heights with an approach to noise-making that is quasi orchestral and quite grand in its nature. For example I like the fact that it's all so majestically reverberated and that you can actually hear where it all comes from (the electric or acoustic upright) and distinguish the origin of the sound, its sonic spectrum, its deep character and its palette of sounds. The different layers and parts interact with each other instead of simply adding dB's to your SPL. This whole thing is then taken to the next level by means of electronics, treating, processing, cutting, pasting, mixing etc. I am not a huge fan of noise-for-noise, but I believe this goes beyond and I must say I like this shit much better than a lot of other noise I've heard from the scene. He's got it all! If he only was a good looking tall blonde Swedish girl...
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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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