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Artist: Zenial
Title: Reworked
Format: CD
Label: Vivo (@)
"Reworked" by Polish sound experimentator Zenial is a collection of remixes (or 'reworked' tracks) by artists that are well known to the scenesters because of their long and dedicated work. People like K. Null, Andrew Lagowski, Vidna Obmana, Tetsuo Furudate and Zbigniew Karkowski (cmp review of his Electroshock records album elsewhere on these pages) are just some of the most well established names who appear and lended a hand for the creation of this project. Fourteen tracks ranging from exploding power-noise (guess who else if not K. Null!) to glitch electronics, ambient, experimental noise etc etc. Other artists include Kasper T., Maciek Szymczuk, Andrew Duke, label mate Amir Baghiri, Jason Wietlespach & Jon Mueller and of course Zenial himself. A multifolded release that contains pleasant surprises and interesting moments.
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Artist: SUBINTERIOR (@)
Title: Outfall
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Subinterior is a solo creature of Andrea Freschi's, also in Weltschmerz and in Coma Divine. Actually, these tracks were originally created for Coma Divine, but later became a project of their own - I'm pretty glad of it, because, in all truth, I liked this better than Coma Divine's cdr (quite good in itself). The press sheet says that the main source are digitally manipulated environmental sounds, and I'd say they have been HEAVILY treated, since you can hardly recognize but a few (dripping water, etc.). While this strategy can remind of Nihil Est Excellence, I think the best possible comparison is Robert Hampson/Main (and this is a HUGE compliment for me!) in his most abstract moments. Deep drones, slowly crawling bass frequencies, and minimal electronic disturbances - yeah, isolationist ambient to the max. There can be hardly any innovation in this field, but Subinterior manages to create some genuinely disturbing and mind-altering pieces, so I guess the mission was accomplished. There are 6 tracks clockin' in at 31', which is a very reasonable length to avoid attention-slipping. I'd really recommend you this cdr if you like your ambient solipsistic and obsessive.
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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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