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Artist: Chemical Ally & Lady Flava/Fade
Title: Imagination of Yourself (Spirit remix)/Insider
Format: 12"
Label: Rooted Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Just like new buildings need solid foundations, Rooted Recordings, the newborn label by veteran Welsh producer and dj Chemical Ally, opts for a massive appetizer as a way of presenting itself to a scene, which cannot be but ready enough to similar stuff. According to Chemical Ally's words, he founded Rooted not only with the intent of producing sonic stuff he likes to spread out, but he's also taking account of it as a possible launching pad for his music, which you can taste on this release through "Imagination Of Yourself", a roaring track he co-signed with Lady Flava, long-time lasting fellow dj on Rude FM; they both got inspiration from the style of the evergreen and prolific Duncan Busto aka Spirit, a sort of miliar stone for tech-oriented and dancehall-igniting drum'n'bass, so that they immediately took the opportunity to give him the track for further retouch when they learnt about sich a chance. The final result perfectly suits recent dancehall tastes, which seems to turn darker and darker without dropping the possibility to jump, by means of eerie sounds, high speeds (they also included a sample of a racing car, which spins across catchy rhythmical patterns, distorted brasses and infective basses). On B side, there's a track, "Insider", by the young Ukranian prodigy Fade, which sounds quite simple and mannered, but highly effective, while digital release comes with a very catchy tune by Saint-Petersburg-based duo 2Sides (Jack Ivanov and Ivan Evdokimov), whose "True Skull" sound like combining some of the grimest influences by Upbeats-like "esoteric" dnb and highly energetic trancey breakbeat. Definitively a good way to be welcomed by many dnb djs and supporters!
Nov 10 2012
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Artist: Evanton (@)
Title: Evanton
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
EVANTON, is a brand new italo disco duo, that have just unleashed their majestic debut album: 'EVANTON', to the unsuspecting ears of the electronic music lovers, the world over.
The two members of the group Evan and Anton are both artists/producers each with their own 'sound' (Evan as 'Binalog Frequency' and Anton as 'Alta Toscana), one coming from an electrofunk background and the other from an italo disco background. Therefore, a combination of the two, could only result in something special.
I like to call their sound 'advanced italo', because, as it is evident throughout the album, they stay faithfully true to the early 80s italo/hi-nrg roots, they manage to take that sound a huge step ahead by very skillfully adding a heavy dose of electro and funky elements within the arrangements, with an explosive result, making their sound unique, instantly recognizable, and highly addictive!
All the tracks, though perfectly mixed and mastered, maintain an almost 'raw' quality, with little further production tricks/fx and that is a wise and conscious choice. This way their sound stands out, highlighting all the right elements making them almost irresistible. Huge basslines, sparkling chord stabs and new italo beats are the 'EVANTON' trademarks, and they will - surely - win you over! FRESH!
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Artist: TSTI (@)
Title: Evaluations
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: bandcamp
Rated: *****
TSTI, is the moniker of the electronic bedroom project by upstate New York artist, S. Smith''. He may be describing it as a 'bedroom project', himself, but trust me, it is anything but! Having released two excellent E.P.s, TSTI, is absolutely ready to leave his synth mark in the electronic music world, by releasing his debut album 'EVALUATIONS" on November 12th.
There are nine songs on the album (as it is often, coincidentally, the case with all the best albums). The main (and vital) characteristic of TSTI's music - for me - is that he uses his analogue synths and drum machines to produce an original new sound, that although it may be reminding us of 'a broken frame' era DM, at some points, he manages to explore and expand his electronic sound palette and come up with a completely individual style, of his own. His vocals are dark (without having to be low-pitched) and perfectly fitting to his - equally - dark compositions that enhance the beauty of his songs.
Through his multi - layered and skillfully constructed, arrangements, his powerful melodic lines, and his matching vocal delivery, he manages to push all the right buttons, and transport the listener to darker place, where his talent and musical skill, shine even brighter.
TSTI - EVALUATIONS, is an album of dark emotion, having it's roots planted in the 80's synth scene and it is guaranteed to satisfy your synth music needs. I have already placed my CD pre-order, on bandcamp, where you'll also find the digital version of the album.
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Artist: A New Life (@)
Title: Phase Two
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Romance Moderne (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The mastermind and driving force behind the 'NOISEBRIGADE' music project, is the same man, who has embarked on a new stronger and ambitious synth trip, creating the 'A NEW LIFE" project, making a new beginning, inspired by important and life-changing events in his life.
Having already released an E.P. he presents his brand new two-track single, titled 'PHASE TWO'.
The first song, "In These Troubled Times I Won't Dig My Own Grave", is an intense, yet emotional journey, with strong and memorable lead lines and melodic elements, that manages to stay true to the early 80s synth/new wave melancholy while advancing forward lyrically and musically. The analogue synths take centre stage showcasing the artist's talent for melody and arrangement.
His almost haunting vocal delivery is enhancing the dark vibe of the song even further, taking the song to another level.
The second song of the single, "End Of A Barrel", is an equally strong track, with analogue beats, catchy arpeggios and analogue synth 'details'.
The vocals remain dark and haunting, with an infectious chorus, that compliments the expertly executed synth-work of the song.
This two-track single, is a brilliant showcase of 'A New Life's new, dark, melancholic exploration of sounds and lyric themes, that combined with the complex arrangements of the songs and the immaculate production, will leave you wanting more! A high quality release from every aspect.
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Artist: Ital
Title: Dream On
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
The closest sonic connection to the critically acclaimed debut album "Hive Mind" by house adventurer Daniel Martin McCormick aka Italare maybe the initial "Despot", an amazing sample of offbeat electronic dance which lies on a pitched airy melody, sonic laser beams, trotting breaks and broken vocal sample, which makes me thought about a Miss Universe wannabe during an annoying cosmetic laser mole removal, and the nice following one, "Boi", whose sample from "Baby Boy" by Beyonce and Sean Paul could let you think about a sort of interference by Daniel on the mainstream. Then the grooves seems to turn more fractured and disjointed than his previous experiments and the sounds starts getting dirtier and more "sloping" just on the amazing "Eat Shit (Waterfalls Mix)" by a wise set of distorsions and estranging echoes, which injects the best emotional setting for the obscure ridge of the album, "Enrique", whose engine seems to be propelled on puffs from the darkest side of Detroit techno and bleeping screeches before it's blown by less "tight" gains. Echoes of the brightest side of Detroit techno (particularly some stuff by Kenny Larkin or Eddie Flashin Fowlkes) seems to exhale from the scrumptious interlude "Housecapella", where Daniel enjoyed stopping the track just when it begins to mouthwater the listener, while the almost beatless "What A Mess" - nicely introduced as a kind of "music rotting" by the label -, which could remind some aged insane ill-bient hybrids by The Orb, and the bizarre crossbreed between classical garage-house sounds and an harsh electric guitar drone on "Deep Cut" (temporarily) draw the curtain over the oneiric sonic stimuli of the weird declension of dance coming from this skilled lad.
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