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Artist: TOM SHELTON, RYO IKESHIRO (@)
Title: ry-om III
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Both Tom Shelton and Ryo Ikeshiro play guitar and laptop and both are using feedbacks loops, together with some of the latest releases on this portuguese label it's mostly electronic music, but seen the essence of this work this cd could have been out on Touch records. Abstract sounds and soft drones generated through guitars, it's just with the second track that we have the introduction of some melody thanks to a processed acoustic guitar, but don't worry it won't last too much. This not an extreme release but the music is laptop based with an atmosphere that's fucking dead serious. As somebody else has already wrote they reach 'idiomatic ends that wholly justify their means' but aside from their intellectual satisfaction this cd is by some means listenable. The recording as you can imagine is nothing but top notch to this you've to add the two musicians work in a really complementary way and you know why I can truly say this record is interesting. Space is the place.


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Artist: ROBERT VAN HEUMEN (@)
Title: Fury
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
With some of the last releases I can say Creative Sources has become some sort of electronic label. This cd won't deny what I've just wrote, infact despite its oddness "Fury" can be undoubtedly filed in the genre, it's a 5.1 work commissioned by Washington Sonic Circuit festival, is that enough?. The four tracks composing "Fury" even while changing a bit have been linked thanks to some vocal samples, the first and the third moves around some simple guitar arpeggios, the second and the fourth tracks instead are a bit more abstract and dealing with electronic sounds, ghostly atmospheres and soft noisy solutions. Talking about composition we're not speaking about one of those randomly chaotic works where things come in and out with no specifical reason, here you can sense there's a basic idea. "They would get angry sometimes" follows the same footsteps and in someway reminds the atmosphere of the four movements in which the first composition is divided.


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Artist: Yuko Oshima (@)
Title: Kefukefu/Signs
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Distributor: Metamkine
Rated: *****
This release on double cd by the eccentric Japanese drummer and percussionist Yuko Oshima, one of the two legs together with Eva Risser of Donkey Monkey and recent partner-in-art for the fuzzy improv-jazz combo Le Noeud Logique, reflects the two possible directions she's going to musically explore. According to her own words, the first has been the usage of improvisation to make pieces based on a concept, a process whose result, the cd entitled Kefukefu, sounds really astonishing: even if it's just one track, this 28-minutes lasting piece could be divided into four parts, being the first two a sort of introduction of the two reagents of the impending fusion between the imposing and bulky chubbiness of the tribal percussions - it seems a taiko but I'm not sure...even if I'm pretty sure it's wonderfully played by Yuko, who seems to adopt some sampling techniques during recording rhythmical patterns, which could remind the charm of Hachijodaiko style - and the delicate softness of vocal fluttering of the second part, the third an intriguing flicker of tinkling bells, acting as a preface to the creative process, which Yuko carries out in the fourth part, whereas the coexistence of opposite "polarities" has been associated to this bulging aspect of Japanese culture and way of thinking. The second cd, entitled Sings, is a collection of short improvisational ideas by Yuko, who manages to by-pass that undefined sense of pedantry through ten nice intermezzoes, each of them being eentitled with ideograms (no words!), which can be appreciated during your coffee break, highlighting the way Japanese people consider music, held in the word they use for music, ongaku, literally meaning "pleasure of sound".
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Artist: SOLOLUST / ARTIFECAL / KANIA TIEFFER / FAMILY JEWELS
Title: Total Loss / I Sell My Blood / Split
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are to talk about three new Enfant Terrible related 7"s releases. The first one is the debut of Sololust. TOTAL LOSS is the title of their first release which came after their participation to 'Kamp Holland'. On this single we have two tracks, on side A the main title is a great melancholic electro minimal with hypnotic sounds and melodic vocal lines. Side B, "Sight Shuffle" is a nice atmospheric instrumental with synth orchestral sounds and upbeat drum beats. The next two singles are out under the Hex Grammofoonplaten sublabel. The first one is titled I SELL MY BLOOD and is a four track EP by the Spanish band Artifecal. They play a sort of minimal synth music with 50s psychobilly / 60s psychedelia influences on "Many Different Faces", "Fly High" and "It's Not Too Late". Try to imagine a slow low-fi version of Hasil Adkins with synth sounds. The Kania Tieffer / Family Jewels split EP is next. With three short tracks for each project the 7" brings to the attention of low-fi experimental sounds the pop extravaganza of Kania Tieffer, who sounds like B-52s on acid thanks to the use of 8bit sounds, catchy guitar lines and post punk influences. Family Jewels sound like shoe-gaze pop played by alien kids with synth toys. You can check the snippets of these three nice releases directly at the label's website.
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Artist: DROP OUT ORCHESTRA FEAT KINEMA
Title: All The Time We Need
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
With many releases on their shoulders Drop Out Orchestra are signing to Mullet Records for a nice new single titled ALL THE TIME WE NEED. The release contains seven versions of the song which has on guest vocals Dominic Ashton of :Kinema: The original version of the tune has all the characteristic of the band's sound: funky guitars, slammin' basslines, warm synth pads and orchestral stabs. The first four versions of the song are the "Radio edit", the longest "Original version", the "Instrumental version" (this bunch don't differ too much only vocals and length are changing) and "All the dub we need" (a nice version with . On the remix side, we have front catchy synth lines and dub effects on vocals). On the remix side Casio Social Club shining their synth bass lines and hard beats giving a warm electronic 80s touch to the song. Faze Action is next and they cut the vocals to essential lines and turn the tune into a dancefloor hit with 4/4 drum beats and solid guitar riffs. Last but not least we have JD73 remixing the song adding more funk thanks to a great rich bouncing bass line and orchestration. Nice also the synth leads.
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