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Artist: Monty Adkins
Title: Residual Forms
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Crónica (@)
Rated: *****
Inspired by the psychogeographic method of exploration based on the so-called "drift" - an aimless wondering aroudn the city, exploring its hidden resonances, which lay just beneath the surface -, which got mainly applied to his fascinating wandering in the meander of London by Welsh writer Iain Sinclair, this one-track record by Dr.Monty Adkins delivers a very fascinating musical journey. Delicate and placid piano tones, which renders the sequence of emotions and memories evoked during a running in an undefined urban setting, seems to cover any glimpse where the runner directs his glance with a veil and cover any perspective like a flimsly layer of hoarfrost. There are many listenable cues or urban life, but they sound like phantasmal entities while such an insight intertwines melodic web whose opening volatility limbers listener up for the following emotional outburst, which signals the moment when all the parts of some broken dream got finally pasted together and keep on shining brightly. "Residual Forms" is available as a free download on Cronica website...an extra reason to join the musical explorations by Atkins, even if it could be moreish!
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Artist: LektroiD (@)
Title: Quantum Theory
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: LEK Productions
Rated: *****
Active since early 80s as producer and DJ, Richard Elliott has released music under the Energy Principle, Brainstormer, Logical Breaks, Brainstorm Crew, Sola, Solaris, Wise Ones, LektroiD monikers and under his own name. I had the chance to ckech some of his tracks as Lektroid on the Binalog Productions and Dominance Electricity compilations I reviewed as well as on a couple I purchased ("Nu Electro" volume 2 and 3). RIchard started to play as a self taught pianist at age 11 and has been producing his own breakbeat, ambient and electro since the 1980s, starting on his trusted Commodore 64 and analogue hardware. First getting his music played in a club called 'Tekno Dreem' in Peterborough, UK back in 1989, soon after he teamed up with various other artists as a producer, forming groups such as Digital Kaos, Mysticism and the better known Brainstorm Crew. After leaving the Brainstorm Crew, Richard teamed back up with the other member of Digital Kaos for another release, which was also on F-Project. After producing and remixing for several other dance-floor related genres through the '90s, Richard had further involvement in the breakbeat scene under the moniker Brainstormer. After that, he started to produce music under the LektroiD moniker and released tracks for Street Sounds, Binalog Productions, and Dominance Electricity. He started his own label Lek Productions and released four single and two albums since. The latest one, is titled "Quantum Theory" and contains fifteen new tracks which are in balance from 80s electro, 90s techno, space atmospheres, a little bit of acid (on "Synthone 1000") and breakbeat (the closing "Bar Groove"). LektroiD's sound is powerful and rich thanks to Richard's decades experience and also thanks to the fact that he builds some of his machines, giving in this way, a personal touch to the lot. Mixing 808 and 909 drum sounds with bleeping dry sounds, warm pads and a bit of filtered vocals, LektroiD's music tend to be upbeat and dancey but without forgetting the importance of melody and a complex rhythmical texture. Check for example "Macrocosm": it sounds like an early 80s electro version of Jean Michael Jarre with catchy synth phrases. You can check and purchase the album at this link http://lektroid.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-theory
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Artist: Rafał Kołacki
Title: Ninkyo Dantai
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This release is presented as 'the first full solo album by RafaÅ KoÅacki' but, in fact is the first with a reasonable distribution (Panoptikon was reviewed by myself some time ago and is a Zoharum merit) and a marketing effort. This new release was 'created mainly on the basis of field recordings' but it's not a soundscape album as the mix is so dense or processed to develop a personal musical language.
Oddly enough, in the cd edition, the tracks have no title so I will treat this a release as a long composition in six movement (the digital edition has track title but they are greek letters so it's not something adding a reading path to the album) as this makes sense. The first movement is an introduction based on a drone and some sparse metallic notes. The spoken words of the second movement introduces the listener in a soundscape where layers of drones try to induce a sense of calm and tension to the listener. This structural elements are repeated in the third movement but in a noisier way as the musical journey is from a quieter landscape to a more menacing one. The fourth movement is the longest and the most contradictory one as it's an hypnotic one but seems too static and based on a single loop. The fifth movement returns to depict brighter images and the last one is a stunning exercise in the development of resonances.
This release is not simple to listen and enjoy but it's an example that, even in a field that could seem decoded, there's some paths that have to be discovered. Another good release from this artist.
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Artist: Digital
Title: Shaka Zulu/Archive
Format: 12"
Label: Ingredients (@)
Rated: *****
Formerly Ipswich-based producer Steve "Digital" Carr doesn't really need no introduction as he durably entrenched into the hearts and the eardrums of many lovers of more "dubbed" declensions of drum'n'bass by means of a plethora of tip-top banging tracks which have been scattered in many eminent catalogues such as the ones of Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, Reinforced, Timeless and 31 Records. He comes back on Clive's Ingredients with a couple of master strokes: "Shaka Zulu" sounds like an invitation to join some circle of fire with its malicious distorted brass, clappy whiplashes, blowing barrages, tribal ornaments and frightful dub-like synths, while Digital sounds like having picked some bleeping bass bumps, cherubic choirs, charming claps, kick drums and Tramen break from his sound bank for "Archive", the "vintaged" track on the flipside for listener's pleasure!
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Artist: Fragment King
Title: Angel Position
Format: CD
Label: MHz (@)
Distributor: ant-zen
Rated: *****
It's the first time I personally listened to a full-length by Fragment King, the harsh brainchild by Mark Kammerbauer, out of his personal imprint Nexialist, and even if some features of his style, which combines ferociously hammered breakcore patterns with armour-piercing dark-industrial sonorities and some listenable sludge-metal and power electronics marks as well as sensibly vitriolic lyrics, is somehow recognasible, the sonic architecture sounds less naff than some past releases. Both its musical language and lyrics are definitively more focused on a precise target, which could be indolence, lassitude and defective human nature: you could almost imagine that an unsually bloody furious Metatron and some other cherubic mouthpiece, as this well-done release has been titled "Angel Position" I cannot but take an angel to discuss about it, came into possession of some electrically overcharged engine in order to remostrate against its half-assed user and enduring human pusillanimity, where roaring clanks and sometimes martial drumming seem to channel such a biomechanical clear-cut fury. Some songs ("Constellations", "Nullifier" or "Greater Than Man") sounds like absorbed by the same coruscating bruised frequency, while other ones ("Nullifier", "Statute" or "The squealing of the pigs") shows terser sonorities before Fragment King (or the above-mentioned Metatron) begins to kindle and melt the sonic blocks by meaningful lyrics and while the temperature inside FK's combustion chambers reaches its bursting point, the record sounds like blossoming on the final tracks ("Angel Position" and the entrancing "Kingdom") as if the seemingly exterminating angel wants to foster, all things considered, benevolent purposes. The cherry on top is the final "warhead Remix" of "Nullifier" by headbanging hardcore and d'n'b German producer Ralf "Bazooka" Ferley, who hijacked the original track towards contaminated neurotek and dubstep territories.
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