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Artist: Nils Ostendorf, Philip Zoubek, Philippe Lauzier
Title: subsurface
Format: CD
Label: Schraum (@)
Rated: *****
An excellent release of free improvisation by these three musicians: Nils Ostendorf, trumpet; Philip Zoubek, prepared piano; Philippe Lauzier, bass clarinet & saxophones. The first two tracks are quite good and if I hadn't known it beforehand I would have said they were actually electronic pieces. The prepared piano work gives us a wonderfully dense cloud of overtones that sounds quite cinematic at times. The other pieces are more obviously coming from acoustic instruments, but with a richer expression of sound, as the musicians use various techniques to pull quite surprising sounds out of their instruments. The results can be quite delicate and gentle at times and then quite abrasive and aggressive. I liked this very much.
Artist: Thorsten Soltau/Weiss
Title: rezykla
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Electroton (@)
Rated: *****
German sound artist Thorsten Soltau uses material by the German artist Weiss from his release 'Rephlex' to produce four new tracks. Weiss then takes the new tracks and remixes them again. Minimal in structure and sound, the pieces sometimes dance to the rhythm of a new primitivism and at the same time spit in glitchy electronic abandon, and then rests in pleasant slumber. The joy of pure sound and rhythm. Sometimes the sound could be a bit creepy, with granulated voices and conversations contemplating something malevolent. Sound falling apart but still musical. I liked this very much.
Artist: Corazzata Valdemone vs. Fukte (@)
Title: Manipulations
Format: CD
Label: Toxic Industries (@)
Rated: *****
Seven tracks of sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle layered noise and field recordings (and political manifestos on four tracks spoken in a growly voice like a bad horror movie), giving the 'Manipulations' title a double meaning. I'm not really interested in politics and don't think this will change anyone's mind (if you could understand what is being said in the first place, it's pretty distorted), but I do think it's well recorded and interesting as a noise/sound artifact.
Mar 08 2011
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Artist: EMBRYONIK
Title: Space Cadet
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Embryonik is back and after "Psycho disco" they are ready to rock the space dance floors with a new track titled "Space cadet". The song is an upbeat electro dance tune based on warm pads, great vocoder vocals and spacey atmosphere. George/Embryonik distributed a shorter version on Juno Download as appetizer just before the release of this EP. SPACE CADET contains fourteen versions of the original tune where you will find three different Embryonik remixes ("original", "instrumental" and the cool electro but not spacey "moonbeam") plus eleven other versions from eleven different producers. Here's a quick description of each of them. Noisebrigade decided to enhance the space experience by giving the track a psychedelic flavor with TR808 beats, pads and vocals. Pip Williams mixed retro electro with a bit of grime and house. Binalog Productions on their "Freestyle mix" kept only the main bass line just to play with the tune giving to it a... freestyle flavor. GFC version sounds mechanical and electro with 4/4 hard beats. The Discoballistic remix has different passages that play with minimal melodies and arpeggios exploding on some sections. Urban Midnight made it sound like a particular electro dub song. George Tsakiris made a robotic minimal song with hard beats, basic leads and pads here; Plus the sample tricks of the original vocals. Rambla's remix has part of the original synths mixed with dub grime bass lines and hard beats. Darksphere slowed down the track making of it a sort of minimal electro dub tune without the characteristic dub sounds. 80s Stallone, true to their name did a nice 80s dance version a la Moroder. Jowie Schulner is the last one to remix "Space cadet"; It is so lush with the 80s cinematic feel that I could imagine the closing titles of the compilation just like at the end of a Robocop movie.
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Artist: NOISEBRIGADE
Title: Plastic Fog
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Having grown up in the 80s, it's downright strange to see young kids today walking around rocking that era's fashion. A few weeks ago I saw a young lady walking downtown and I had to do a double-take; for a second there, I thought 1983 Madonna had come back in a time machine. My point? There was a lot of bad s--t that came out of the 80s, but amidst the waste there were a few gifts that have stayed to this day - one of them being the Italo sound.
The new release from Noisebrigade, PLASTIC FOG hit's all of the right buttons and simultaneously takes you to 1982 dirty rotten scoundrel cocaine drug clubs and modern-day dark bunkers in Rotterdam and Berlin. Bunkers where the crowd rides these rhythms in lockstep with Dj's spinning the platters. The cokes still there, but the new generation is getting off more on basslines.
The PLASTIC FOG EP mixes it up with the dancefloor Italo groovers of 'Soldiers' and the most excellent 'Hacking Your Brain', as well as the more abstract funk of 'Plastic Fog' and 'Bullets and Diodes' for the headphone phreaks.
Topping it off with some banging electro remixes from Darxid, Hyboid and Embryonik, this is a killer release from Italian producer Noisebrigade. Out now on Binalog Productions.
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