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Artist: Ambient Fabric
Title: In Space
Format: CD
Label: Auraltone Music (@)
Rated: *****
The very first time I heard about Ambient Fabric, the ambient project by the skilled plasmatic Norwegian moulder Oystein Jorgensen, was on the occasion of the absolutely fortuitous listening of a collaborativbe project together with the delicate Austrian musician Susanne MaCu, entitled Melancholia, under Creative Common license (...one of the best invention to explore into vast and deep experimental music oceans!) and I had a good impression on it, even if you don't know the individual style of the signle collaborators, it's quite difficult to isolate the mutual supply to the sound. This new release by Ambient Fabric gave the possibility to me to appreciate more his style and it aroused my curiosity about his previous issues (most of them can be downloaded for free). In Space belongs to that kind of stuff you'd better listen with high quality headphones or (real) hi-fi system in order to grab all nuances so that swimming in the weirdy virtual sensorial pool Oystein is going to catapult the listener into. As you can easily imagine, this album has been described by its creator as a cosmic outing whose starting point cannot be but your terrestrial location. Track by track, your mental journey starting with a track called Starship (a lot of people who accidentally came into my listening room guessed it just after dwelling upon some sonic clues...) could reach some emotional and imaginative peaks throughout a gradual levitational ascension and supposedly some of you could even experience OOBE...I couldn't know if you're skilled enough into astral aural journeys! You could enjoy the dazzling echoes as well as the entrancing dilatations of sound waves of tracks such as The Outer Limit or Cosmos, the symphonic suite of Sphere II, the isolationist sense of flowing peace of Beyond (whereas you'll just hear the buzz of your Spaceship's engine together with some suspensive puffy sounds) or the mute tumbles and the intrusion of the disquieting cry of some mysterious creature living betond solar system of the final Empty Darkness (a track which reminded to me some recordings by Robert Rich oir Tylervision) just closing your eyes, but I can reccomend it's equally enjoyable if you listen to it while virtually jogging over the orbital routes traced on some Solar System "realistic" simulator. Just like I did!
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Artist: COMPUTO
Title: Banana Tits
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vermin Street
Distributor: Addictech
Rated: *****
Active since mid '00s with releases on Xeriscape Records or Ill Pill Records, Computo is also beta tester for NI Reaktor and Maschine and did different tutorials on YouTube on how to make wabbling bass sounds using Massive. BANANA TITS is the first Computo release for Vermin Street and it contains two original tracks and one remix for each of them made by Encanti and DLX. "Banana tits" is a fun track which sounds like dubstep coming from a Donjey Kong game with timpani drum, melodic wobbling sounds and nice vocal samples. Encanti on their remix substituted the jungle atmosphere with a sort of citizen frenzy, making it sound kinda insane if you know what I mean. "Sweet death" is the second original tune and it has a main funky lead sound which toward the middle of the track get overwhelmed by the bass and by the dubstep rhythm which change totally the atmosphere in a wicked way. The DLX remix, plays around the original concept changing a bit the elements with that funky lead that goes in and out. You can check the tracks excerpts on the label's website.
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Artist: T_error 404 (@)
Title: Modify
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line (@)
Rated: *****
Already some months before released, the latest full-length and still freely downloadable album of the Russian one-man project T_ERROR 404 gives us an update about the musically coarse of the second owner of the Alter-X promotion group, Mr. Denoizer. With 'Modify' he could create a detailed follow-up to the last release 'Million Thoughts', as this one turns out to offer a playing time of more than 90 minutes. Generally Denoizer continues his path, to offer straight and speedy Electro/Industrial tunes, which tend to integrate a colorful fusion between different music styles like Dark Electro, TBM, Synthpop or Powernoise-like inserts. There's is enough stuff to share some wild-Pogo-like dancefloor movements ('TransCommunication', 'Modify'), while those energizing tracks like 'Angel (Cloned)' offer a good Powernoise-entertainment. But personal favorites to me are the more clearer, more classical arranged Dark Electro tunes like 'Exhalation' (good Russian voice samples, good synth-pads and interesting, temporary break-beats), or 'Out Of Body' (eardrum-cutting Hi-Q sounds, nice effect-processing on the vocals...). Not to forget the 3 remix contributions by the Belarusian up and coming Harsh-EBM-talent DIVERSANT: 13, ZWEIFELHAFT and a collaboration with project of DJ Jana Dark, DARK RAD, on the track 'Shade'. All of them offer a still danceable, but of course different sounding interpretation of the T_ERROR 404 recordings. That there's also hidden a bit humor behind this project, proves the cover version on a Mark Oh track 'Tears Don't Lie', which concludes this long clocking and very diverse produced release. I'm not that sure if I should prefer this one compared to the predecessor or vice versa - no musically direction or a planned float of an album seems to be foreseeable on 'Modify', which makes it a bit difficult and demanding to follow all tracks after another. It does good to hear, that Mr. Denoizer doesn't like to fall too deep into any death valley, which Electronica can always offer ' on the other hand, some tracks would come out a bit better, if they would be polished and sorted in the track list a bit better.

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Artist: Access To Arasaka
Title: Void [];
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Welcome in the world of bits and bites, or better said, the nearly unexplainable musically outer-space-dimension of Rochester-based Rob Lioy. A new full-length album after the previous released masterpiece 'The Lesser Oppidan' for all of you hungry IDM-genre fans, and Rob continues as expected his march to explore undiscovered spaces of Electronica/IDM music. There's a track list, yes, while the titles itself are seemingly generated by computerized codes happened by chance (examples? '', 'config.syn_seq''¦). Rob could also easily avoid it to invent such a complex sounding track-list, as this album doesn't offer a recognizable pause between his compositions, as this is seemingly indented too. 'Void []; to me offers the best moments, when Rob decides not completely to trust into his terrific abilities to program tricky Glitch/IDM-like rhythm patterns ' the more atmospheric side of his work filled with precise reverberating fx and multiple synth-layers, like with euphoria listened in 'term/echo' for instance, is to me the better one ' although especially this kind always evokes those tireless comparisons to GRIDLOCK. Rob may can find some comparable elements in the works of the too early gone IDM-heroes Cadoo/Wells, but to me 'Void[];' is a step further to depart from this. 'The Lesser Oppidan' may has been a bit easier to consume, especially if the listener is relative ingenuous and unfamiliar with Rob's recordings, while with this new one he definitely grows artistically. You'll get another fine worked-out masterpiece full of abstract IDM/Electronica music worth to sink in and to be checked out under a good pair of headphones. Get it!
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: On The First Of November
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
It has again taken longer with me to review the newest effort of Tympanik Audio's most iconic artist TOTAKEKE a.k.a. Frank Mokros ' much longer than the first of November I must admit. However, here are another 10 reasons to concentrate and to sink in completely into the sonic and fictional-driven music-outfit of this highly talented artist. This new album differs in a few aspects to the predecessors of Frank. 'On The First Of November' isn't at all that easy to consume and this album doesn't offer a track-list. 10 untitled tracks, as well as the photographic art provided by Salt mainly consisting of frozen leaves, rather remind on a conceptual release. Also musically, Frank has already offered more accessible works, although this can't be seen as flaw, at least not in the case of TOTAKEKE. All tracks are once again skillful arranged and are filled with uncountable pads, layers and massive atmospheres. The diversity in his complex arranged beat-work and drum-patterns searches another time for a constant rival still to be discovered. So it can't be generally a flaw to concentrate with TOTAKEKE on a more Experimental-minded outfit, instead to offer once again an album filled with Industrial-Dance-tunes, as here could hide a musically death valley of repetition. New is also the fact, that Frank has installed a kind of a guest 'vocalist', Mr. Redils, who offers his rather ominous sounding speech-singing on the track 1, 6, and 9. Frank Mokros shares musically formulated art with us, his listeners, and I really am unable to point out an all-time-favorite track out of these 10 tunes. Each of them has ist own attraction itself, so this album is another fine example to take some free time and to sink into this more than 70 minutes clocking sound experience, which lefts the listener breathless and endlessly fascinated. 'On The First Of November' sets the standard of modern and skill arranged IDM/Modern Ambient-Electronica music on a high, nearly unreachable level.
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