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Artist: Yann Novak (@)
Title: Presence
Format: CD
Label: Hibernate (@)
Rated: *****
If you consider the approach this sound and video performer from Los Angeles (where he also manages his own imprint, Dragon's Eye Recordings, whose issues show an unconventional perspective on minimal and abstract composition) chose in order to build this 48-minutes lasting sonic sculpture, as the main source of original recordings has been grabbed through a mobile phone, you could get astonished by the miracle Yann Novak made on digital processors. Originally performed at the Torrance Art Musem in June 2010, whereas other artists interacted within the sonic nebula by which the performer filled the listening space, Presence could be considered a sort of transitional drone, as the three sonic elements circling around listener's head (a sort of electric noisy murmur, similar to the sound you hear when you place ear-drops to fight some acute form of catarrhal otitis, the nocturnal chattering from a field crowded with cicadas and crickets and a spectral breathe...all them giving the illusion of a sort of invisible presence hiding from your view) appear and disappear in different ways after bumping into filter and mixer's channel so that you can experience a wide range of different moods, all of them being equally dramatic. The preface of this emotional journey could sound quite gloomy, but you will notice a gradual crouched approaching to more auroral and luminous sonorities till the final amniotic floating after slow changes in the states of "matter".
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Artist: Diamondback Kid (@)
Title: Initiate Contact
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Diamondback Recordings
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
First of all let me make a statement: i'm a huge fan of Diamondback Kid, therefore it would be dishonest for me to say that i listened to his new EP without any (positive) prejudice ;) I mean the guy has the funk flowing in his blood and he proves it in every chance by dropping fresh electro tunes destined to rock every ghettoblaster. How can i resist?!
In this 4-tracker, first on his own brand new label Diamondback Recordings, DK seems to move to a darker sound, closer to the nu electro style than to oldschool electrofunk party sound which characterized his previous EP "Electro Superstar" (Binalog Productions). However fresh beats, funky basslines and vocoded rhymes are all still present, making this record another must-have DK offering.
"Soul on Fire" is such a great tune, i can't stop listen to it! The groove is hypnotic, the technoid little theme is a nice surprise and fits really nice to the track's mood, vocoder is flawless (as always). Love it! "Seek Carrier" seems to be a very interesting crossover between dark electro/techno and... new wave (yes, the synth melodies sound new wav-ish!) . After a few listens i can assure you that this track is highly addictive ;) The pace slows down on "The Hive", an imposing instrumental based in arpeggios and beautified by some fine atmospheric touches, while the release concludes with a remix of one of DK's finest moments (and a future electro classic in my opinion), "Humanize", which now sounds more tight than the original.
Overall this is a great release which you should definitely check out. It will be out digitally on Friday, October 28, via Junodownload and Diamondback Kid's Bandcamp page ( http://diamondbackkid.bandcamp.com/ ). There's also a teaser available on DK's Soundcoud page ( http://soundcloud.com/diamondback-kid ). Fresh!
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Artist: Baconhead
Title: Astro Sludge
Format: 12"
Label: Eat Concrete (@)
Distributor: Rush Hour Recordings
Rated: *****
On their facebook page Paul Bowyer (aka Autobee) and Ben Hudson (aka Ebola), british electronic producers based in Brighton and Devon respectively and the men under the moniker Baconhead, state that they make sci-fi beats that confuse our brain. Well i couldn't agree more, at least judging by this EP, their first release on Eat Concrete.
Abstract funk, that's what it's all about. The sound incorporates bits of hip-hop, breaks, R&B, dubstep, disco, p-funk and it is dominated by a strong video game aesthetic. Except of the 3rd track "Brainglue", which features Mindbender on rap (and, to be honest, i could easily live without it), the rest of tracks are instrumentals; the last two, "Black Cherry" and "Blaze Out", are the ones that make it for me, the first one being a phat spacey number, while the latter could be described as a lush p-funky cut; i couldn't help but imagine Clinton singing upon this super fresh gloryhallastoopid groove!
Extra kudos to EC's boss Pete Concrete for his stunning mastering; he achieved a 'crystal clear' sound that enhances the duo's arcade funkiness!
This nice release is also available digitally, but you should grab the 12inch for full sonic pleasure ;)
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Artist: MELT (@)
Title: Emissions of Hypocrisy
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****
Electrical winds, spark's buzzing of some snapped wire, the hiccups of a flooded engine, a sort of Mephistophelean voice-over belong to the relevant preface of "The World Is On Fire", the track raising this new musical siege by Melt, the raging industrial-rock freak by Sebastian Komor, whose important pedigree in the industrial scene, normally associated to his collaboration with Icon Of Coil, surfaces here and there all over the recording. Most of the songs are robust industrial rock-metal steamrollers which features distorted load-bearing guitar riffs (big shout to the guitarist Adrian White), electro-mechanical rhythmical barricades and lyrics imbued with brutal nihilism and agit-prop proclamations. They don't really put some cliches of the genre off, but Sebastian manages to blend all elements in a stylistical suite, which sounds really original and enthralling thanks to interesting songwriting as well; I'd go so far as to say that his personal attitude has been highlighted even when tracks such as "Worm" or the headbanging speeding up of "Everything Is Dead" and "Where Is Your God?" seem to brush up Komor Kommando's armoury through which Sebastian shows a personal vision of EBM off or when the above-mentioned voice-over looks like toading listeners reproposing overdeveloped themes. Nowadays crisis is asking new questions day by day and Melt seems to emphasize the most obsessive aspect of the apprehension about forthcoming future in his record, but he finally manages to force the listener to reflect on the role of technology in such a situation in the final track Digital Truth, whereas its sibylline syllabication offsets the lack of beats. Those're just some reasons explaining why "Emissions of Hypocrisy" could be considered a good release which is going to shake a scene, which recently sounds more stagnant than economy.
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Artist: Prototype/Morphogenetic (@)
Title: The 11th Hour
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio (@)
Rated: *****
Battery Park Studio's 19th release is yet another collaboration between two masters of the nu electro scene (and good friends of the signer), label's boss Marv Liegat (aka Prototype) and Santino Fernandez (aka Morphogenetic). Four tracks included here, two original and their remixes by well known electronic producers Alek Stark (Spain) and Max Durante (Italy).
"A New Dawn" is a groovy atmospheric track, based in some fine percussive beats, but it sounds a little uninspired as far as it concerns the melodies, especially compared with previous works of the duo. Stark's remix is a little more interesting, sounding dark and spacey. However things change dramatically on the flip-side (if this term is applicable for digital releases ;)). "The Last Stand" is an epic gem, driven by tough DMX beats and built around Santino's awesome synth work. Really great stuff! Durante's remix is excellent too, a rhythmic extravaganza full of speech samples (about the "electro punisher", Durante's alter-ego, who saves the planet and all that stuff) and co(s)mic references; feels like keepin' an eye to what's happening on a decadent earth while escaping with a spaceship to Mars!
Could be a fantastic single, as a 4-tracker it is just a very nice release which you definitely need to check out ( http://www.junodownload.com/products/the-11th-hour/1835404-02/ )
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