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SCAPE ONE: Potent Mutagen

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Apr 27 2011
Artist: SCAPE ONE
Title: Potent Mutagen
Format: 12"
Label: Cultivated Electronics (@)
Rated: *****
It's time for a new Cultivated Electronics vinyl release! For the first one of year 2011, Scape One has been selected. If you follow forums such as Electro Empire or Robots For Robots you should have noticed that Kurt Baggaley is reissuing (on his Bandcamp page) many old releases with tons of bonus tracks. POTENT MUTAGEN isn't a reissue and contains two new tracks (three if you purchase the digital download version) and two remixes. Side A opens with "Substorm", a tune featuring minimal fluctuating melodies filtered through cut off and different rhythm layers (using a 808 drum machine I think); It sounds like a space landing gone wrong. "Potent mutagen" is a mix of bass line arpeggio, spacey synth pads and upbeat syncopated beats. On this one Kurt adds and subtracts rhythm and bass lines giving to the tune a dizzying effect. The first remix is by Sync 24 and "Substorm" is the track they chose to undergo treatment. Philip Bolland, for this tune, used a solid upbeat rhythm pattern with an obsessive bass line. He used less melody and focused the remix on rhythm alternation and filters. It's different time that Dynarec don't have a release out. They released their latest album back in 2006 on the Italian label 'Nature Records' and now they are back with the remix of Scape One's "Time falls" (the digital bonus track). The track, which originally was a mid-tempo based on deep bass lines, has sparse synth chords and lead melodies and now it sounds like an electro hit. Dynarec used fast bass lines, frequencies noises, great rhythms and everything that is useful to make people dance and asking for more!
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Apr 21 2011
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: Red Or Blue? (Remixes)
Format: CD
Label: Meka Prods (@)
Rated: *****
RED OR BLUE is a remix album containing different versions of two Cruise [CTRL] songs coming from their latest album "How's Annie?": "Where is Alice? Alice who?" and "Pomona Road". The album opens with the beautiful cinematic version of Brain Leasure, who mix orchestral sounds with acoustic guitar, slide guitar and dark ambient effects. Sobria Ebrietas se.22 remix "Pomona Road" giving to it a dark e.b.m. flavor thanks to industrial noises and mysterious atmospheres/vocals. HIV+ remix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" mix harsh industrial and obsessive e.b.m.. R3 Mute go for a similar approach on their version of "Pomona Road" but their used more electronics and less noises. Lambwool recorded a convincing version of"Where is Alice? Alice who?" mixing melancholic orchestral melodies and sparse synth arpeggios/rhythms. People Theatre gave a nice electro e.b.m. flavor to "Pomona Road". Operation Of The Sun mix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" is a nice electro e.b.m. tune with hard beats and dreamy synth pads. Babylone Chaos mixed industrial e.b.m. to minimal electronic for "Pomona Road" while Laag for "Where is Alice? Alice who?", opted for a minimal approach with e.b.m. rhythms and samples. Bruit:Fantome did an hypnotic electronic version with acid attitude. Final Cut is the last band of the CD and they remixed "Pomonda Road" making it sound slow, nightmarish and obsessive. Most of the remixes focus their sound on the horrorish approach to atmosphere and played around the original ideas adding new sound layers but there are some of them that are outstanding.

THE EXALTICS: Irresistible

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Apr 21 2011
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Artist: THE EXALTICS
Title: Irresistible
Format: 12"
Label: Last Known Trajectory
Distributor: Interstellar Sound
Rated: *****
'Irresistible' is the newest EP from The Exaltics & is the second 12" that Robert Witschakowski has released on the Last Known Trajectory label. The EP contains seven new tracks which are perfect as the soundtrack to the alien invasion The Exaltics' music is about. The EP opens with "Uncontrollable Forces", a short introduction which, like a tribal drum mixed with an air raid siren, sounds like a warning. "Irresistible" has a fast syncopated bass/drum rhythm which, along with the hypnotic arpeggio, duet with alien hisses and noises creating a dark scenario. "Relentless" sounds like thousands robots marching commanded by a mad scientist who plays his organ to lead them toward the city; Acid sounds and synth echoes do the rest. "Calculate" plays with Detroit electro style thanks to its synth pads in conjunction with syncopated bass lines. "Negative Agency" sounds acid and robotic thanks to 8bit grinding bass lines and pads. "Apocaliptic" is a mid-tempo track which sounds like a medical ventilator while the artificial heart of a cyborg is about to stop. "Indescribable" is an outro that literally is a heartbeat coupled with echoing sounds and hisses. With this one you realize that there's no escape... As for all the Last Known Trajectory also 'Irresistable' has a plastified tin foiled cover and a poster. Cool release!
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FLECK E.S.C.: Electro Space Cookie

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Apr 20 2011
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Artist: FLECK E.S.C.
Title: Electro Space Cookie
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Just months after the album 'Bruxia', Fleck E.S.C. is back with a new album titled 'Electro Space Cookie'. Released on Binalog Productions, the new album contains ten new tracks. Fragmented rhythms, Detroit techno/electro atmospheres and a minimal approach to melody is the core of sound. Fast looping rhythms and melodies duet as if obsessed by a software bug, creating a constant flow of minimal bleeps and beats. Sometimes tracks (like "They Are Watching" or the following "Next Life") are enriched by vocals filtered by a vocoder but are generally composed focusing on rhythmic alternations and tiny melodic progressions. Franck Collin used many tiny sounds creating a rich web of sound which needs the attention of a casual listener. The tracks immediately catch the attention of the electro lover, but 'Electro Space Cookie' isn't exactly a pop album to whistle along with.
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R21: Minimum Remixes

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Apr 13 2011
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Artist: R21
Title: Minimum Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
MINIMUM REMIXES is the newest R21 release out on Binalog Productions. It has the original R21 tune (which was included into the double vinyl compilation "Advanced Funk Vol.1") plus nine new versions reworked by new electro producers. Mike Ash and DJ Xed didn't vary too much from the original structure, they preferred working on rhythm variation and stop and go's. Microslav did a great version enriched by new catchy melodic lines and robotic atmospheres. N-Ter's version plays with electro funk melodies and dark atmospheres. Mirage (the dj chosen to rock on the forthcoming Street Sounds UK Fresh Reunion) made a nasty version with hard beats and mid-Oriental melodies. The Grow remix sounds claustrophobic and robotic with warm pads, bleeping sounds and filtered vocals. Pip Williams enriched his upbeat mix with a raw bass sound, dub influences and spacey synth sounds. Binalog Freq focused his mix on obsessive 4/4 hard beats and nice techno acid influences. R21 closes the EP with a "Slow and low" version of their track, which now sounds like a nice electro ragamuffin tune.
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