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Artist: BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
Title: The Scavenger Bride
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
Distributor: Audioglobe
This beautiful 8th release by Black Tape For A Blue Girl is dense with romantic and sacred atmospheres which recall the best works by Dead Can Dance. Sam Rosenthal is more and more deserving the sceptre of the best composer and player of ethereal music while Elisabeth Grant's singing reaches down to the deepest of the soul; the two are backed by a large number of great strings, flutes, cello, fiddles, dulcimer and drums players and add the right dose of keyboard and electronics. This album is definitely one of the best dark-ambient, romantic and impressionist works to tease our ears, an album such as we have long desired from our European bands with its fluent electronic layers, its traditional piano and drums, which lead the listener to a dreamlike, astral perception with thirteen decadent, in-looking love songs to listen to in a gently moonlit darkness.
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Artist: THE BUILD ZER (@)
Title: TO MILK A DUCK
Format: 12"
Label: CONTAINERZ RECORDS (@)
Distributor: N/A
the build zer comes from enna, sicily, and "TO MILK A DUCK" is the first "official" release the
performer decided to publish so far.
4 tracks of pure, amazing and original drum 'n bass enforced with a well-done production
and a pretty good layout and graphic.
the artist himself is a producer and skilled sound engineer and, while explaining his will and hope
for his future in music biz through the mini interview he had kindly granted to me, i realized that he really would like to elevate italian jungle scene in quality and in originality.
the vinyl make your body moves, do not think to be in front of the classic demotape recorded via
fastracker or shit like that.....every single sound is clear and melodies does its part int he
whole contest.
if you'd like to find out something wrong, well maybe song's lenght is not the best effort, 2 out of 4 go over 6 minutes....
starting with GREEN MOTE, a jungle beat mid tempo with nice noizes and sampling in the air,then you can taste the wonderful experiment of DETH IGNITION, an hard bass tempo which will make you jump all around or UNPLEACKED BREACKIN UP, maybe the most classic drum n' bass song of the four.
very close to some GROOVERIDER or KLUTE PRODUCTION'S releases,THE BUILD ZER is a name the most of electronic music listeners shall remember, since he got the chance to became a real and professional outsider for the italian electronic movement.

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Artist: Chris Fortier
Title: Bedrock "Compiled and Mixed"
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Bedrock (@)
Distributor: Pioneer Music
Hard-working and successful, internationally acclaimed and respected, pioneering but humble, Orlando-based spinner/remixer/producer and frequent traveller (airlines must love him) Chris Fortier is a leader in the progressive-house scene and an example to follow for many in the past and many to come (hopefully). I take my hat off for he is a great guy and an utterly active person (if more musicians, and I mean from every possible musical genre, would work the way he does, the music scene would be much stronger today!). He founded Fade records with Neil Kolo (they were the one who remixed the best-selling Sarah McLachlan single "Silence" by FLA's side-project Delerium; and they are also responsible for a Balligomingo remix - cmp review on these pages) as well as the internationally respected import DJ pool and promoter/booking agency Balance Promote Group together with Jimmy Van M (Eros Euphony/Freelance Icebreakers). Another huge name that has to be mentioned in conjunction with Fortier's is John Digweed, in fact this double mix CD comes out as the third chapter in his label's series "Compiled and Mixed". A selection of rare, exclusive, hard to find and even unreleased numbers by Universal Agents, Kolo, Dearboy, Steve Porter, Coco da Silva, Meat Katie, Angel Moraes, Jay Tripwire, BLH3 among others. Spacey yet solid avantguard house tunes with floating, soft, atmospheric and almost ethereal synth pads and reso lines, lots of vocal samples and snippets, progressive cutting-edge rhythmical repetitiveness, never commercial, always enjoyable. Relentless in his music as in his life. Great release. Came out a week ago (June 11th) in association with Pioneer records so hurry up.
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Artist: Saeed & Palash (@)
Title: Tide:Edit:07
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: *69 (@)
On June 4th Peter Rohaufer's Lower East Side (NYC) record label *69 put out the first double-set of mixes by these two talented American techno Dj's/producers and by doing so added the first all-starts-and-strips chapter to the Tide:Edit series started by London-based Tide recordings. The DC-based duo is well known in the house scene for remixes of Kylie Minogue, Peter Bailey, Celeda ("The Underground") and others and as a matter of fact they are also contributing to the global beatmix scene with their own Addictive label's LowLIT Series.
Each disc (one for each trendsetter) presents 11 mind-altering tech-house whirlpools that sure will ignite global dance floors along with their genre-fellows tastemakers Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and the like. The overall sound is slowly changing, low-profile but but high value... It's almost like calm almost spiritual meet beat-driven solid persistence. Tracks by Peter Bailey, Sub Project, Revolt, Steve Parry, Spartak, Lorient, Kenny Shifter, Swain Snell & Lucas, BlackWatch and many others.
Besides having a residency at Washington's Red the two signed for European booking agency Excession (same one that provides for Sasha) so you'll be sure to see more of them over there in case you missed them in the hottest US floors (NY's Twilo, SF's Release, Ibiza's Space, Montreal's Sona and so forth).
Of course this album will also be available as a double 12" for all you spinners out there.
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Artist: Devour Ensemble (@)
Title: The Moon's Bright 3rd
Format: CD EP
Label: Surreal Estate records
Distributor: Chaos Music
Straight from across the Pacific Ocean, in the sunny home of ossies and the hopping kangaroos, this 1998 Australian duo (supported by a number of other musicians) called Devour Ensemble offers a contemporary, fresh and beautiful blend of classical, doom, new wave, baroque, dark and folkish/celtic music. Educated influences such as Nick Cave, Philip Glass, David Sylvan, Artemiy Artemiev, Zoar, Tom Waits, My Dying Bride, Gabor Csupo and many others immediately populated my mind... The band also mentions composers Gustav Holst, Antonin Dvorak and Michael Nyman to help give you a vague an idea. The five polished tracks flow harmoniously, seeking a sophisticated balance somewhere between the 4AD-style musical paganism with violins, string orchestrations and other acoustic instruments and the darker and swampy atmospheres of distorted doom metal guitars, slow and grand rhythmical peace and avantgarde experimentalism, sometimes coupled by a weird, displaced and upsetting but not annoying 80es rock and even sporadic blues influence.
Also important aspect of the Bridges-Cook core is their attachment to modern poetry: adaptations of works by deconstructionist pioneer e.e. cummings, convicted murderer Charles Schmidt Jnr. and Siberian-born Lithuanian Eugenijus Ali-Anka are used as lyrics throughout the pieces (male vocals and some ethereal female falsetto chants).
Devour Ensemble have self-released this well-produced CD EP on their own somewhat fictitious label Surreal Estate and they are now in the process of recording their upcoming EP "Wolverine". In the meantime you can order "The Moon's Bright 3rd" from the Chaos Music link reported above.
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