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Artist: Chimpo (@)
Title: Frontline EP
Format: 12"
Label: Soul:R (@)
Rated: *****
If you know some Japanese loan words into slang idiom, you could snigger when I say that Chimpo got ensnared in the tangles of Manchester-based label Marcus Intalex's Soul:R. Gruesome slang-induced inferences aside, Soul:r cannot but pick something in plenty from the interesting Manchester underground scene and decided to rise the talented producer, mc and dj Chimpo from those abyssal realms to the overground, who suddenly stick the listener and switch off the light by the impressive title-track "Frontline", whose abyssal dim lights of scorched and cryptic sonorities, corrosive basslines, slapping claps, sinister echoes, stomping slow beats perfectly adhere to the raging toasting by Fox, talent mc who received the mic by Chimpo and sound good in the revamped remix by Calibre, who raised the level of bpm, kick drums and junglist appeal by a sonic solution which sounds liquid and obscure at the same time. On this amazing EP, you'll also find "All Over", whose initial chopped beats unfold a daydreaming and pensive song, which could bring listeners back to the age of more "mystical" moments of 90ies jungle and drumfunk, and "Buzzin", where Dub Phizix and Skeptical played a part in the assembling of an involving grime stepped time bomb, whose terser strokes, red-hot massive beat pressure, torn matsuri-like thuds are really captivating. Very good and well-welcomed resurface.
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Artist: Frigidaire Tango
Title: The Cock The Original Demotape 1980
Format: 12"
Label: Synthetic Shadows Records (@)
Rated: *****
Frigidaire Tango's starts in 1977 when Carlo Casale and Stefano Dal Col met in Liberta square in Bassano Del Grappa. Carlo just visited London with a black Shathesbury's guitar. Soon after, the duo with Maurizio Simeoni started to play and formed Outkids. With Alberto Gomiero on bass guitar they started to play live. After several line-up changes, in 1979, they changed name and became Thrash. Influenced by punk and Roxy Music, the band started to play live. In October 1980, Alessandro Chioatto joined them on sax and they recorded a 15 tracks demo tape. That tape would have been brought to London by Mrs Alex, the first Italian journalist to move to join the new wave but in November, the Italian label Young Records decided to offer them a record deal. That was the official born of Frigidaire Tango. In 1981 the band started the recordings of their first album, "The Cock", which hut the records stores on February 1982. The year after they released a self produced E.P.titled "Russian Dolls"and participated to "Body Section", the second compilation produced by the Italian magazine Rockerilla. After participating to other three compilations (two volumes of Rockgarage and "P.E.A.C.E."), the band had major line-up changes which mined their stability. On the positive side, they had the I.R.A. label that was interested into checking them and they did a lot of gigs but this wasn't enough. Different members started playing with other bands or producing other bands and the fact that I.R.A. didn't contacted them yet didn't helped and Frigidaire Tango split up. The story of the band didn't end here, because few years ago the reformed and recorded a new album changing musical style but this is another story. With this review I want to talk to you about the Synthetic Shadows Records release of eleven out of fifteen songs coming from those 1980 recordings. "The Cock The Original Demotape 1980" is a perfect way to discover a band that was able to mix punk and new wave in a fresh energetic wave and if you didn't purchase "The Freezer Box" the compilation CD box, back in 2006, this is your chance to listen to tracks like "Be Only", "Push", "Black Curtains"or "Anytime You Dress So Fine". On those tracks dissonance, melody and energy blend perfectly thanks to razor cut guitars, catchy sax lines, seducing synth sounds and the neurotic vocals of Charlie Out Cazale. Great release!
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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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