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Artist: WILD SHORES
Title: Illusion Of Movement
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Wild Shores is a French collective existing since the early nineties that's active into video art, installation, performance field as well as festival organizations (they organize and promote the Artooz Festival in Limoges since 1996) and ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT is their latest album. The new eight tracks have been recorded live during the 1996-1998 period and then mastered in 2007, so in this case we could talk about a lost album. Presenting synth ambient atmospheres mixed with ethnic vocal samples, hard mid tempos, sub bass lines and whispered vocals, the band hasn't the typical approach to electronic music: they tend to have a spontaneous approach to machines as they want to keep the primitive spark into their sound (only the closing "Tom Horn song" is a bit different as it sounds like an electronic psychedelic blues song). Probably is for that reason that the tracks sound like a mantra that slowly grows. Their label call them "hypnotic songs with a shamanic feeling" and I agree with them. They sound kinda haunting, repetitive, minimal and create the love or hate them effect. On the CD you'll find also a multimedia track called "Substrate". It is a sonographic module created by Servovalve with sounds created by the band. A good example of their visual art...
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Artist: NUMAADS
Title: Now
Format: 12"
Label: Project Moon Circle (@)
Rated: *****
Esperanzah is a versatile singer: she could sing jazz, house, rock with no problem. Numaads mix jazz, soul a bit of hip hop and lounge music creating a good mixture which is well arranged thanks to a great balance of different elements. Vinyl samples, rhodes keyboards, fat bass guitar, few electronic sounds and syncopated drums are there waiting for Esperanzah's voice for giving them the vital breath. Sinuous, deep and passionate, she will convince the audience in no time and if you want to check a nice experimental version of the main track, check the Robot Koch version as he made a sort of experimental ambient two step version of it.
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Artist: Haruki
Title: Snowed In Food Shelter
Format: CD EP
Label: Klanggold (@)
Rated: *****
Haruki is one of the artist who are trying to mix acoustic and digital sound sources. His music is constructed using two lines: one line is a soundscape (noisy or drone), the other is the resonance of an acoustic instrument. This could sound simple but, because he doesn't juxtapose, when the resonance sink into the soundscape, the music has its charme.
The album has five songs "Animals all over the table" where sharp guitar notes color large grains of noise; "a chair is for reaching out" with a clarinet and a calmer sounscape introuduces us to a quieter listening experience. The album ends with "how to bend over in 5 movements" with softly nuances of resonance. "Your flowers are dripping" and "There are things we should have talked about" are doomy pieces based on piano resonance which act as a bridge to the various atmospheres of the record.
This is, unfortunately, a brief album, just half an hour, but a good pick if you like calm records to relax after a working day.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sound On Probation 2010
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Given away for free with the next issue of Sound Projector magazine and with every purchase you do directly from the label, SOUND ON PROBATION 2010 is the first label compilation that gathers tracks from the past and future releases. The ten tracks of the CD cover every Laurent Perrier's musical project so, basically, this compilation is also a good way to getting to know his multi faceted musical world. You'll find Zonk't with its electronic experimentations, the dub metal guitarism of Cape Fear, the minimal experimental variations of what he does under his own name (here there's also a track from the forthcoming collaboration with Laurent Pernice), the dub ambient jazzy tunes of Heal and the crackling sounds with the add of sub/low frequencies of Pylone (here with a track born from a collaboration with Kinetix). We pass from minimal experimental sounds to rhythm based tracks in no time and we could appreciate in full the Sound On Probation catalog.
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Artist: Filewile (@)
Title: On The Run
Format: 7"
Label: Mouthwatering (@)
Distributor: OUR Distribution
Rated: *****
When we had a chat with the Filewile guys last December ' one of the wisest Swiss collective shaking the electronic dub scene whose leaves point toward digital skies even if their roots are firmly attached to the reaggae soil! -, they pre-announced their forthcoming South-African tour'¦Well, this recording could be considered a sort of musical report of their experience outside European boundaries, a sort of on-the-spot investigation in the country that is going to host next World Football Championship, seen from the viewpoint of a group of wise dubsters. They had nice time feeling like at home during the dancehalls they took part at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maputo and Dar Es Salaam as well as on the sun-drenched beaches presumably, but they tried to speak about the social scene of that seemingly happy island of the tormented Black Continent. On The Run, the follow up of the single Numer One Kid, consciously speaks about broken hearts and broken homes during these troubled times from inside the warming cave of the soul, its tune evokes the best tradition of electronic dub with delayed percussions, deep bass lines, synth-trumpets and troubled lyrics in the tradition. The velvety voice by Pedro Da Silva Pinto, frontman of the band 340ml from Mozambique, they met during their tour in Mandela's dreamland, echoed by the charming one by Joy Frempong, adding some backing vocals floating like a feather on the spacey flowery sounds, perfectly fits to Filewile's enticing musical formula, slightly burdened with lo-frequency sub-tones in the stomping Dub Version on the flipside. A dub-side emotional perspective on the forthcoming televised set for the umpteenth sponsored ecumenical show.
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