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Artist: BLACK ELECTRONICS
Title: Suited Scums + Rhythmic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Black Electronics are duo of producers that collaborate living in different countries: they are Greg Maierson (from Detroit) and Dieter Köpke (from Germany). SUITED SCUMS and RHYTHMIC are their debut releases which came out on digital format the first of December on Binalog Productions. Containing six and five tracks respectively, the EPs mix techno fragmented rhythms, electro bass lines and melodic flashes. Alternating mid and fast tempo rhythms the duo tend to build dancefloor alienated atmospheres which on the first release have been influenced also by ambient (check the opening "Insert & Play Now = False & Is Release" and "Bomboombooom Error#3") and by a bit of acid (on "Source Code: Unknown" and "Manic Cockroach#9"). I can't say that I fell in love with these tracks at the first listening but at third I started to get the point: the fact is that even if there are some melodic lines if you follow those ones you'll get nowhere because frequently they are like hints or fill ins, the key to enjoy Black Electronics' music is to let yourself go with the flow and then wait for an element that will pick you up to lead you through the rhythms and sounds.
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Artist: Tshaka (@)
Title: We
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: nonine (@)
Distributor: Kudos Records
Rated: *****
According to West African culture, a griot is one of the most prominent repository of the precious oral tradition and a key-figure of a community as he doesn't only hand down the most ancient cultural treasures and teachings of ancestors (sometimes fundamenteal for the preservation of some African countries past knowledge, if you consider the fact that many West-African countries, such as Senegal, Mali, Ghana or Nigeria, has no written documents of the glorious ancient ages...), but also have an influence on community's life as he normally combines its eloquence with singing skills for making satire or political comments, being quite close to the key-figure of the bard in European Middle Age historical memories. Even pop culture had sometimes celebrated griots, but the inspired spoken words of the talented Tshaka, whose work could be associated to the one made by arsonist trying to set even ashes on fire, could let you argue this could be a case of body possession by some ghost of a contemporary griot, turning the toaster's tongue into a sort of brush stroking fast-rolling images in listener's mind. Tshaka's acting ability, whose peak has been in reached in Spit in my opinion, whose passionate and heating fervor looking like the one of a captivating street preacher has been highlighted by the ascending funk-slapped rhythmical mantra embroidered by Me Raabenstein, and the musical mantle by the mentioned Mr.Raabenstein, whose deep knowledge of contemporary music is an important propellent to this 3-track delicious issue by his crossing of "jazzed-up" broken beats, afrobeat and electronic hiccups - a mixture which is going to be appreciated in particular by all those listeners appreciating stuff by Dj Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium or Dj Krush - lent in the past for some previous tshaka's albums (One" and "Bloodlines"), make this divertssment even more intense and engaging. And yes...the whirling wheel by Tshaka (whose wordy reincarnation's mounted like a jam in a ring in his full name Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell!) flings meaningful bullets out from the roads he crosses! Really inspiring!
Artist: IRON MOLAR (@)
Title: e poi piove
Format: CD
Label: Solitude Beast
Rated: *****
2 + 2 still equals 4?'¦sure, above all when a recording and a band is the sum of its parts and after having hear their latest solo works I dare you to deny that Massimo aka Iron Molar are not the algebraic sum of Iron doing most of the ambient/droning sounds and Jacopo aka Evil Purpose doing the most noise, crackling things. Freak brothers gone bad are back and holy shit the whole works moves like a bad acid trip, differently from some of their previous works Iron Molar are concentrating more on shorter tracks and it helps a lot since they stop right before getting boring, but not before pushing you there close to the limit of hypnosis. Differently from the past they're more and more oriented toward a freaky psychedelic sound and in someway left dark ambient behind their back and they're definitely gaining personality. If you listen to their last releases they put emphasis to the bastard noise, weird/odd noise influence which in their case means loops are more cyclical and floating ashore but at the same time avoiding easy drones which nowadays has become a sort of standard in many genres. Rhythm and sound definition have become central in their own evolution and probably recording and mixing with Bob at Alampo's helped developing every single idea and aspect. Everything has become clearer, more clean but not aseptic yet therefore this cd has nothing to do with those digital noise works..it's clean but in a really warm way!. Even when working with drones they did it in a really smart way and the closing suites are good example of it all, they're not so predictable but at the same time several different stops and go make the listening quite interesting. Dark music for dark people? Odd music for heavy freaks?...and why not dark references?...infact the title itself is probably referred to one of the most depressive songs from 90's roman hardcore heroes Concrete. Punk's not dead...but has become trippy.
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Artist: Architeuthis Walks on Land (@)
Title: Natura Naturans
Format: CD
Label: Carrier Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had never heard of this project, which is a collaboration between Amy Cimini (viola) and Katherine Young (bassoon). I have to agree with the press sheet that notes that 'viola and bassoon are two instruments rarely associated with free improvisation and noise.' I think that the bassoon is a great instrument, but in this disc, Young takes the instrument to places rarely heard with bassoon from the onset, laying down harsh drones that have a jagged waveform quality to them. On 'Inside/Outside I' it is Cimini's turn to try to push her instrument, plucking and grating on it. Yet others, like 'Glitterbird,' demonstrate that these are two well trained, skilled musicians rather than the standard assertion that free improvisation is the refuge of the unskilled musician. 'The Field' is a stunning piece of bassoon improvisation (now there's a phrase I never expected to write for ChainDLK), which begins with a spastic machine gun of notes, giving way to a languid melody with a nice use of silence and dynamics. Overall, this is an interesting disc and classical music enthusiasts who have an experimental bent would enjoy this. The best comparison I can give would be Kronos Quartet. File this under experimental classical. The disc weighs in at around 37 minutes.
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Artist: Custodian (@)
Title: Toil and Waste
Format: CD
Label: Syzmic Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this artist before I received this disc in the mail. Evidently, this artist hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has been putting out stuff since 2008, generally in CDR and cassette tapes ' this seems to be his first major CD release. The label describes this disc as 'Bleak, inhospitable works that flow and mutate between screeching japanese influenced noise, HNW density, and churning industrial loops.' All I know is that this is exactly the kind of noise music I like - straight up in your face wall of noise noise music. Everything is distorted beyond belief and overdriven to the point of sonic destruction. It's crunchy, it's static filled, it sounds like he is destroying everything in his path. Metal clanks and rumbling bass walls. Hell yeah! Out of the three discs Syzmic sent me, this is the one I would say is essential listening for noise aficionados ' no small feat considering he is up against long time noise artists like Inhalant. There are no pretentious titles here ' Just Toil and Waste, parts 1-9. You can get a sense of what you are in for at his website, but really - if you like noise and are looking for the next generation of noise artists, I get the sense that Custodian will be one to watch for. This disc weighs in at around 28 minutes.
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