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Artist: Newton 2060 (@)
Title: Shot
Format: 12"
Label: fRatto9 uNder tHE sky records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis | The Shop
Rated: *****
Newtone 2060 is an Italian trio consisting of Marco Albert (voice and electronic effects), Cristiano Calcagnile (drums, objects, table-guitar), and Salvatore (old vinyls and old turntables). 'Shot' come in LP form limited to 100 copies, but mine was a promo CD, probably one of only a handful made. I suppose you could call what they do avant-garde jazz, or just plain weird, which it really is. It started out sounding like a Tuxedo Moon improv, and only got weirder as it progressed. The effect is deconstructed cut-up old jazz records and other musical snippets with freestyle jazz drumming and freestyle vocals, and a lot of unusual effects. Granted these 8 tracks are rich with all sorts of unusual elements, at times a hodge-podge collage of many disparate music elements- ostinato guitar chords, banging and clatter, a wailing operatic voice, broken piano melodies, pink noise sweeps, jazz horns, processed breathing, spacey guitar effects, analogue electronics, effected scat and freestyle vocals with abstract, nonsensical lyrics, and other strange sonic effluvia. Somewhere in this stuff extracts of Charles Bukowski's poetic works are interwoven into the fabric of the music. Lost on me though as I'm no fan of Bukowski. Newtone 2060's version of 'Goodbye Porkpie Hat' would have Mingus rolling over in his grave. Sparse cut-up snippets of piano on vinyl, electronic drone tones, low moaning drawn out vocals on the lyrics, the crackling of a scratchy record, and not a whole lot else makes this pretty abysmal. The last track, 'Every Time She Calls You,' with its military drill samples did absolutely nothing for me. I didn't even care what the singer was prattling on about ('how many cigarettes') over it. Some people might call this stuff great eclectic avant-garde or even art. I call it sonic garbage.
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Artist: Pascal Savy
Title: Liminal
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Feedback Loop (@)
Rated: *****
More than just a title, Liminal looks like the brief and thorough description of the main property of Pascal Savy's last exploration, a sort of metalinguistic digression about liminality, that psychological and neurological state of being or feeling on the threshold, on the limen in between two existential phases, two different perspectives or states of consciousness. A liminal being according to an interesting essay doesn't avoid to choose between yes or no, but simply denies any positive responses considering it negative and viceversa, a state close to the garrison on a narrow line gradually turning its settlers in the line itself and partially reflected by the narrow tonal range inside which the composer let its creature oscillates as well as in the grey filter he lays over his shots. This Uk producer packs together four different stages of such an exploration of this concept by giving priority to eye, ear and imagination (as there're some short hermetic little poems by Leonardo Rosado "attached" to each track of this ep) and it's astonishing to notice that each vision, phrase or blend of frequencies interrupted by field recordings, crackling vibrations could be thought as perspectives from some boundary line which ideally detaches what can be perceptible or intelligible from whatever looks normally hidden from consciousness or perception till the moment when there's a kind of osmotic process, extraordinarily expressed by a line of the first poem attached to Falling Inward, the initial as well as the less contaminated track, saying "Dreams imitate reality/Opaque/Empty/My body crushed", which seems to establish the interchange between concreteness and abstractness, tangible and intangible, illusory and authentic. The other three movements have similar structure, based on the inoculation of different audible elements into a stream of slow-pitched semitonal transitions, gradually getting darker and darker, till the final Lying/Drifting whereas the process of disgregation of the two dimensions before and over that threshold appears to be completed, as suggested by the related poem: "Vertical building/Comatose/In my naked escape/My peripheral dreams turn into ashes". If you want to buy the physical copy of this release on 3", you've to hurry up as the label just issued 60 copies.

OCTAVIUS: Laws

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 06 2011
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Artist: OCTAVIUS
Title: Laws
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin (@)
Rated: *****
Released the last year on Octavius' Bandcamp page, his second album LAWS is now being reissued by Mannequin on vinyl. Produced, mixed and engineered by Barbeau and William Marshall (the real Octavius' name) in Los Angeles, with additional mix assistance by Justin Sullivan, LAWS contains nine tracks in balance from glacial vocal experimentalism (check the reversed vocals on "Of Masks And Money" or the alien whispers on the opening "Apartments"), echoes of early Tricky (like on "Liars & Thieves"), ambient intuitions (check "331 155") or Bowie references teared to their extremes into a noisy "Breaking Glass" (which it's impossible to understand if it is a Bowie cover or an original devastating song which has the same title of that song coming from "Low" and by the way, it substitutes "The Gun In White Silhouette (Warning)" which is only on the digital edition). Octavius' sound is minimal and textured at the same time and he seems to have found a meeting point between industrial wave and hip hop. The sounds are always treated, filtered and raped and they are there like naked, ready to meet Octavius' icy atmospheres which create an imaginary place made of fog, dreamy ambiences where reverbs filter clanging sounds or synth waves. Experimental, daring and someway cosy, LAWS is there with its force for you to check. Digital version includes one bonus track and three remixes.
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Artist: ELIJAH COLLINS
Title: J Funk
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Elijah Collins is back with a cool two tracker on Mullet Records. The main tune is "J Funk", a powerful 80s funk tune with the great Mr 'Tee-J' Sutherland vocals. The song sound old school and inspired with piano stabs, blows inserts and multiple vocal tracks that reproduce the sound of the streets. "Holy Smoke" is the second track and is based on powerful 808 drum beats, slapped bass, jumping synth leads and soul vocals. It sounds passionate and inspired. Really nice single that it you feet won't ignore... it's impossible to avoid beating the rhythm or dancing around the room!
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Artist: THE EXALTICS
Title: We are not your Friends (Annihilate The Planet)
Format: 12"
Label: Last Known Trajectory
Rated: *****
The Exaltics return to the place of "murder" remixing their own track "The Hunch" coming from their first Last Known Trajectory 12" "We're Not Your Friends". The limited single sided 12" contains two tracks. The fist is the "Annihilate The Planet" version which sees Robert reworking the original tune turning it into a fast acid electro track based on syncopated rhythms, fast bass arpeggios, his charachteristic synth orchestrations. If at the beginnig the remix play with mysterious atmospheres and electro elements, after a couple of minutes the acid sounds come in giving to the sound an evil twist. The second track sees Hadamard with his "Ravage Of The Planet" remix. On this one we have dark atmospheres, ambient drones, electro drum beats and melodic fluctuating pads. It sounds menacing and cool. This nice 12" is a limited edition promo only release which includes special photo print insert featuring a design by The Exaltics.
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