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Artist: Dj Rashad (@)
Title: Rollin EP
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
After having received support from many artists and musicians of the fierce clique assembled by Kode9, the convincing Chicago-based juke and ghettostyle pusher and producer Rashad Harden aka Dj Rashad revel with beats and styles by means of this enhanced sonic cartridge on Hyperdub, which seems well-intentioned in enhancing its incisiveness within footwork scene, and Rashad is a possible mentor due to his remarkable ability in equalizing and fading past and future levers. He decided to ignite this knick-knack with "Rollin", a springy track where meaningful R&B pitched vocal samples jerk on ringing hi-hats and 808 kicks, which attractively tickles eardrums before the machine gun of amen break trails the listener towards a nice memorabilia of old UK jungle and hardcore sonorities on "Let It Go", a skipped heartbeat for all those ones who still remembers that fervent historical moment of British urban style before the track turns into a shimmering footwork assay. In spite of the fact Dj Manny and Dj Rashad have just 4 hands and 20 fingers, they play like a giant octopus with many tentacles and an imaginary passion for drum machines on "Drums Please", an amazing spray of snares, tom and other percussive fits on Detroit-techno-like minor organ palpitating chords, whereas the soul-oriented vein by Dj Spinn pulsates more on the following "Broken Hearted", which, even though partially effaces Rashad's weaponry on beat, manages to emphasize his versatility.
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Artist: Ametsub (@)
Title: All Is Silence
Format: CD
Label: nothings66 (@)
Rated: *****
The fact that Tokyo-based surprising composer Ametsub managed to grab the tympanic attention of Master Ryuichi Sakamoto by means of his enchanting album "The Nothings Of The North", which was considered as the best disk in 2009 by Sakamoto himself, guarantees the remarkably high quality of the sound this electronic muscian squeezes from machines and the occurence that this brand new album "All Is Silence" goes under the aegis of Sakamoto again doesn't rock us as you just need to press play and listen to find a clear and convincing evidence of such an eminent certification. Some redolent reminiscences of Boards Of Canada are quite clear since the initial "Utmost Point" and resurfaces in many moments of the album together with some fine declensions of IDM by Benge or Monoceros such as the clapping bubble bath of the lovely melodic line by Brain Grainger in the enchanting "Rufouslow", the mildly hypnotical heavenly nebulization of "Blotted Out"'s tonal sequence, the daydreaming haze over balanced singed tape sputtering and tepid melancholy of the ravishing "Vestige for Wind Day", which evokes some crisp puffy tracks by Apparat, who shared some live stages with Ametsub in the bargain as well as many other notorious sonic sorcerers such as Alva Noto, Vladislav Delay, Atom TM, Cornelius, Moritz Von Oswalk, Plaid, Fennesz, Dj Krush, Tujiko Noriko, Oval and Jel (Anticon), the entangling cold glares of "Sun of Madrid" and the lovely mixture of jerking beats and plushy opalescent melodies of "Muffled Blue", but Ametsub manages to temper and highlight the outflow of pad-synth and related parabolic in-gradients by sizzling percussive ingredients. Other acmes of "All Is Silence" are the amazing cauterization and glitchy goads on melodic mantle of a piano which gradually turns into something close to a sort of effected shamisen on "Lucent", the favorite track by Sakamoto, the amazing instrumental obliquity of "Dimmur", whose piano strokes sound like gurgling and whirling into unexpected eddies, and the bizarre games on field recordings on modified tape of "Over 6633". "All is Silence" renders many interesting soundscapes by melting melancholy,abstractness, light and shade together with sonic precision mechanics.
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Artist: Gina X Performance
Title: Nice Mover
Format: 12"
Label: Medical Records
Rated: *****
Formed in Cologne, Germany, in 1978, the core of Gina X Performance was Gina Kikoine (vocals and lyrics) and writer-producer-musician Zeus B. Held. They produced four albums during the 1979-1984 period "Nice Mover", "X-Traordinaire", "Voyeur" and "Yinglish". Their debut album wasn't available on vinyl since 1980, so Medical Records decided it was time to reissue it and succeed into getting a license directly from Mr. Held (KGBeat Productions). Master recordings provided by Zeus B. Held and remastered by Lafayette Masters, Freiburg, the album is available on limited run of 1000 copies on high quality 180gram 'bone' colored vinyl. "Nice Mover" contains eight tracks of which "No G.D.M." and the main one were major hits on both sides of Atlantic. Mixing wave, italo disco and the characteristic vocals of Gina the album was able to shine into the musical scene of that period. She wasn't a great singer, but the word "Performance" of their band's name should make you think that they weren't based particularly on vocal's capabilities. On Gina X Performance's music, you can find cool synth lines, catchy melodies and a metro atmosphere that was reflected on the lyrics which talked about transgenderism, exhibitionism, and fetishism. See, for example, "Be A Boy', an energetic dancefloor song that illustrates the internal thought processes and daydreams of a female longing to become a male or the following "Exhibitionism", a sensual powerful mid tempo based on synth orchestrations and electric piano lines. "Nice Mover" alternates euro dance tracks a la Moroder and new wave intuitions and if you think that all this have been recorded on late 70s, you'll be astonished. This is your chance to get this gem on vinyl and this release includes a bonus insert with liner notes and interview by Kurt B. Reighley.
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Artist: Éric Normand
Title: Data (Lo-Fi Duets)
Format: CD
Label: MonotypeRec. (@)
Rated: *****
This may be a first for me. The release I'm reviewing, 'Data (Lo-Fi Duets)' by Eric Normand is somehow very hard to describe despite being a very simple, very raw (I don't mean quality-wise) record. It is a series of 7 completely improvised duets with 4 people that Eric has come across. Christine Sehnaoui Abdelnour graces two tracks providing alto sax treatments; Martin Tetreault provides 'pick-up, surfaces and rhythm'n sound for guitar' on two pieces; Sebastien Cirotteau contributes amplified trumpet to one piece and 'mic in the mouth' to another; and finally Mario Gauthier makes an appearance on the final track with 'analogic synth & objects.' And of course Eric utilizes homemade 'and domestic' electronics, electric bass and 'mics on fingers' throughout the disc. I really wasn't sure what to expect after reading the credits and the description that is actually part of the cover art, but I was excited to give it a spin nonetheless being a huge fan of improvisation, especially from such basic setups. I wasn't let down in the least. From start to finish 'Data' is a fine record, and a fine example of improve noise. It evolves through feedback and input crackling dancing fleetingly with that alto sax (that Abdelnour manages to somehow, at points make sound like a flute); to almost turntable like noises; to squealing rodent-esque sounds (undoubtedly from that 'mic in the mouth'); back to sax notes that parade around like noisy violins with Normand's echo-y and verbed out bass treatments providing and excellent space for them to cry and scream. The final piece is kind of beyond definition. It may be the most interesting, and probably my favorite of the lot. I failed to come up with a logical description of it, but I managed to scribble just three adjectives down on my notepad while I listened: static-y, blistering, perfect.
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Artist: Break/Eastcolors
Title: So True VIP/Watch Out (Enei Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
On this little kicking knick-knack, Symmetry Records serves the reshuffles of a couple of tracks, which got already released on the label-sampler "The Other Side" I already mentioned on the occasion of the chat with label-owner and composer Charlie Bierman aka Break. On side A, Break himself waxes the roaring engine of "Love So True" in order to make it more luscious by breading sonic golden plastic, tanned skin, elastic percussive slips and a relaxed bassline on original version without tampering with a certain tropical crispness, while talented Russian producer Aleksei Egorchenkov aka Enei nukes "Watch Out", the impressive debut track by Andrey Terekhov aka Eastcolors on Symmetry, by means of cutting extrusions, blown synth and crackling hats which mined the original pattern in an enjoyable manner. An alternative option for all those (many) djs who are massively playing original versions during their sets.
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