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Artist: Anile (@)
Title: All This Time/That Night
Format: 12"
Label: DeepKut/C.I.A.
Rated: *****
Skillful dnb producer Matthew Tapp, who already spread a number of variations of his 170bpm fast moving style over many spots in different dancing European stages as well over many top labels such as Commercial Suicide, Ingredients, Medschool, Proximity in 2012 under the guise of Anile and by means of many guessed collaborations (particularly those with Dakosa, Hybrid Minds and Foreign Concept), is going to propagate his music, which gained the support by notorious names of the scene such as total Science, Goldie, SPY, Marcus Intalex, Laurent Garnier and many others, on different memeber of dnb nobility. He dock on C.I.A.'s sister label Deepkut by a couple of high quality tracks, where his riveting accelerations move close to the banks of liquid declension of dnb in league with the softening female voices by Hannah Eve, who glides on the sonic hovercraft of wood clicks, dry kicks, vaguely melancholic piano-driven three-phased chord progression, expanding delays and sparkling sonorities of "All This Time", and Jess Brinham, whose warmer timbre and somehow clouded vocal interpretation perfectly brushes lovely lush piano melodies and the borderline feelings evoked by fast-rewinding nostalgic lumps on "That Night". A persuading proof of souldful classy rhythmical swirling.
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Artist: Ekman
Title: M.S.P.
Format: CD
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Ekman is the personal project of Roel Dijcks, guy coming from Holland who released on the last two years three 12"s for Panzerkreuz Records, Berceuse Heroique, Abstract Forms and a tape for Belaten. "M.S.P." is the first album and has been released on CDr as a deluxe edition limited to 100 timber box for Solar One Music. Personally I listened to his tape released for Belaten and I have to tell that "M.S.P." sound is less rough and more electro oriented. The album opens with "Coriolis Effect" an hypnotic tune with bouncing bass lines, several sidereal synth lines and 808 drum beats. "Cosmic Acceleration" add to the formula filtered vocals and stop and go and sometimes it recalls me old Luke Eargoggle tracks. In balance from dark electro and Detroit techno, Ekman succeeds into catching the attention of the lovers of Drexcyia and Dopplereffekt playing with looped melodies, wobbling sounds, hypnagogic atmospheres. The nightmarish sounds along with the paced rhythms create a contrast which works just fine and keeps the attention awake while your mind wanders through space and time. Each of the nine tracks is a winner and if you won't find one of the limited edition boxes, you can purchase the digital release. It's worth the purchase!
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Artist: Innode
Title: Gridshifter
Format: 12"
Label: Editions Mego (@)
Rated: *****
Have you ever thought that grid could be one of the apterrepresentation of the point of intersection between human and non-human, organic and inorganic, natural and artificial? We drive on grids of asphalt, we grab energy from electricity grid, we delimit properties (one of the most artificial and intrusive human inventions...) by grids, we are nothing but points on grid lines to the peeking eyes of a satellite, we adore our favorite actors and actresses over grids of pixels, we listen our favorite musics throughout grids, we live into grids of steel and reinforced concrete and so on. We even eat grids if you think about Belgian waffles! Jokes aside, grids could be considered as the visual display of ordering human-like principle and its almost unavoidable imperfections as its intrinsic phallacy. The above-mentioned bugs could be the conceptual framework, the nous or maybe the cognitive compass of this project by Radian and Lokai co-founder Stefan Nemeth, which blends silence and noise, electronic and acoustic, human and not-human together with the support Bernard Breuer (Elektro Guzzi, Tumido), whose mechanical drumming overlaps the geometrical drum machines and the sudden crackles by Nemeth on the two parts of "Dedispersion" and Steven Hess (Locrian, Pan-American, Cleared), who extemporizes impressive drumming sets by hitting objects within clumps of granular sounds and raw waveforms on B side. There's not a really audible discrepancy between instruments and electronics over the ten tracks of this wisely titled "Gridshifter" even when the sources are clearly distinguishable so that this elemental amalgamation of rhythm and noise, where the knitting of electronic and human seems to slacken the illusory rigidity of the grids, sounds cohesive and somehow intriguing, paricularly on tracks where this sort of sonic deixis and noisy epistrophe is more accentuated such as the above mentioned "Dedispersion I" and "Dedispersion II" (all titles are somehow related to navigation systems), "FS Revisited", "Gridshifter 05", the burnt hypnotic circling saturations of "Cumbre Vieja", the oblique glossy sonorities of "Skatterakt" and "Peano". Nemeth himself describes the idea behind Innode in his description of the cover artwork: "These arrays, or biochips, are samples of DNA laid out as a series of microscopic spots bound to a small glass slide. Corresponding images look highly organized, but show a lot of tiny imperfections at the same time...this fact makes them especially interesting for me". That's a quite fascinating way to contextualize Innode's catchy sonic dynamics.
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Artist: The Unkindness Of Ravens
Title: Virus
Format: CD
Label: Sonic Fire
Rated: *****
After releasing several singles, the duo formed by Ben Raine and Nina Wagner a.k.a. The Unkindness Of Ravens, released their debut album in May 2012 on digital format. Now, one year after, they are releasing that album titled "Virus" on CD thanks to a distribution deal with Pale Music International. Formed in 2009, the duo, decided since the early days to go minimal and to use only a bass and a drum machine as weapons to help the charismatic voice of Nina. Mixing garage rock and post wave, the nine tracks of the album recall bands of the likes of The Kills and The White Stripes without sounding like those. Having a sound formed by few elements, it's obvious that they had to find a way to fill the tracks with interesting elements and to catch such a target they used different way of filtering the bass guitar and used more than a melodic line here and there, pumped the drum beats (it sounds compressed and powerful), filled the tracks with catchy melodies and, last but not least, using Nina voice which is really expressing and sounds right for rock and blues atmospheres. The album sounds fine and powerful but I think that they may sound best live as on record the songs sound rich but I think that on a gig they could sound more dynamic.
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Artist: Huminoida
Title: Mystic Summer
Format: 10"
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After two years from the release of Huminoida's first album "Whiter Album", Kimmo Karjalainen is back with a new 10" EP titled "Mystic Summer". Available as a limited run of 200 10"/CDr set, the EP contains three new songs ("Waves", "She Said" and "The Boatman") plus a new version of the "Whiter Album" closing track "Time And Space" and a remix of the same re-worked by Flux Fin (you can find this one only on the CDr), project of Ville Brusi, guy who collaborated with Kimmo when he was in Neuroactive. The new version of "Time And Space" is pretty similar to the original one and the remix is sounding like a mix of synthpop and 90s e.b.m. (do you remember Apoptygma Berzerk?). It mixes dance attitude, melody and bouncing 4/4 rhythms, creating a nice contrast with Kimmo's deep vocals. "Waves" is the first unreleased song and it's a mid tempo electronic wave with in front vocals, drums and lead synths. "She Said", in my opinion, is the best track of the EP, thanks to it's early John Foxx atmospheres, its dark touch and the alternation of synth lines which underlines the catchy moments. "The Boatman" is a dark atmospheric tune with synth and piano and with its particular dissonant passages, seems a synthpop version of a John Carpenter's track. Eerie synthpop could be a nice new thing and Huminoida would be perfect for this! You can check all the tracks and purchase the set or the digital release at this page http://huminoida.bandcamp.com/album/mystic-summer-ep
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