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Artist: Deison (@)
Title: night session
Format: CD
Label: Silentes
Rated: *****
Many out there, probably can't remember Cristiano Deison played keyboards and samplers for Meathead, later he started his own solo carrier which among other things has brought him to cross his knobs with KK Null and to share a split with Thurston Moore. Does he need international credits to have more credibility? No way! Maybe it has probably helped him to reach a broader audience, above all his wonderful collaboration with KK Null, but as far as I concern Deison was a good musician from his early recordings and this cd (despite presenting a good amount of collaborations) testifies that again and again. He started as a dark ambient musician and he's slowly evolving his style, both his last collaboration and this new work shows he's experimenting to evolve his music. The majority of the tracks have a sort of quasi-electronic ecstatic feel. The sound definition is good, few sounds the reach the climax during the evolution of the track, drones, bleeps, guitar drones and synths have been used parsimoniously but with a hell of a taste. The atmosphere is melancholic but not depressive, it's one of those recordings that demands a relaxed night listening. Deison is probably reaching his full blossoming period.


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Artist: Amy Denio (@)
Title: tutto bene, canzoni sulla fisa
Format: CD
Label: Spoot music http://www.amydenio.com/body/Recording.htm
Rated: *****
Once I happened to meet Amy Denio at a Pan Sonic / Francisco Lopez gig in Milan and she was able to speak a really good italian, I think she is of italian origin and that probably justifies the title of the record and the funny lyrical game of the first track. This american musician has collaborated with a plethora of musician and has put out records for labels such as Tzadik, Cuneiform, Knitting Factory just to name a few, but her heterogeneousity brought her to deal with different styles of music. As the title itself says, this cd features a collection of tracks she's composed with a 'fisarmonica', somehow we're dealing with what many define as folk songs. Given the fact we're talking about Amy Denio, you've to consider here you'll hear recordings with different different bands and among the other names I couldn't but notice there're well-known musicians and names I've never heard before (but the result is equally outstanding). What I've just said means this recording has been composed and arranged in a more refined way if compared to many materials in the likes, we're talking about top class musician with varied experiences and that means a lot, believe me it you sense it from the very first listening. Beside the other instruments and the fisa, Amy sings wonderfully and gives the impression she's been inspired by some traditional materials, be it folk singing, traditional music, east european sadness but not just that. Some of the tracks have reminded me of Zahava Seewald and Psmin on Sub Rosa (hey am I the only one to remember that beautiful record?!), somewhere else the music is not that far from early Les Negresse Vertes in a less 'French pop' salsa, but I could many other parallels between this cd and other modern european folk bands dealing with quasi-traditional music. It's a great work and it also shows how you can write refined music without losing an intellectual classy edge and without leaving traditions back home. Also the first track reminded me of some early vocal compositions by Ennio Morricone, bravissima.


Jul 24 2011
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Artist: BINALOG FREQ
Title: The Chase
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
THE CHASE is the newest Binalog Freq single which functions as an appetizer for the new album that will be out soon. On this single, Evangelos, presents three new tunes: "The Chase (Run Human Being)", "Human Race Robot Kind" and "Hunter". All the three tracks have the distinctive Binalog Freq sound made of minimal synth lines and
syncopated rhythms (bass, drums and everything concerning it). Influenced by electro funk the Greek producer mixed fast moments where everything tend to give a sense of tension (this is good for tracks whose theme is the chase) to minimal parts where we have only bass and beats. Also stop and go are used to give the sense of movement while pads, movie samples and vocoder filtered vocals do the rest along with melodic leads parts. Nice single...
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Artist: OUROBOROS
Title: Opus Tartari
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
The new album from OUROBOROS, the musical project of Marco Grosso with the aid of guest musicians as Nona Luna and Sorath Isis, is an homage to hermetic and esoteric philosophies. Musically speaking, this is ethereal music where soprano voices sings above quiet drone soundscapes.
"Sigillum solis" opens the album with a quiet, but dark, soundscape and a solemn line of synth until the litanies spoken by Malice give a ritual blend to the whole construction. "Pavor nocturnus" is a small ritual based on vocal loop. "Acqua regia" is a dark ambient tune brightened by the voice of Nona Luna. "Artifex III" is an almost dancey interlude for the second part of this album. The title track is a sonic reconstruction of a ritual. "Pulvis solaris" is entirely centered on the wonderful voice of Nona Luna. "Corpus mundum" close this journey with oriental beats that stops only for the soprano voice over a quiet soundscape after whom the sound of an organ opens the way for the return of the beats.
This is an album that require careful listening to unveil his hidden beauty but it worth the effort. Nice.
Artist: YOSEPH
Title: Stardust
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
With ten years of activity on his back with releases out on Monkey Dub Records, Savory Audio and Mambo Records, Yoseph is now out with a new digital single on Vermin Street. STARDUST contains two original tracks ("Stardust" and "Sugarllama") and a remix of "Stardust" reworked by Ill-Esha. The original tune is a mid tempo with cool breaks, spacey pads and hard beats while the remix has a similar structure but Ill-Esha re-wrote the bass lines (which now have a grime sound) and added some dub vocal elements. "Sugarllama" is a sort of experiment with salsa music and dubstep. A funny one...
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