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Artist: ANDREA MARUTTI, FAUSTO BALBO
Title: Detrimental dialogue
Format: CD
Label: Boring Machine, Fratto 9 Under the Sky (@)
Rated: *****
This collaborative effort puts together ambient, dark ambient, electronic hero and Afe records head-chief Andrea Marutti and Fausto Balbo that maybe some of you remember for having played in a hardcore band called Jesus Went to Jerusalem and later in the electronic-metal duo Der Tod. During the last years Balbo has produced and played some electronic music made out of synths, samples, incredible self made kalimbas and a full load of great taste, so no surprise he musically tied the know with Marutti. Even if the length of the tracks may suggest an heavy influence of the ambient musician, I think many of the sounds crossing the scene will show how this collaboration is the result of a mutual work. The first synth driven suite start as an ambient piece to leave room to some unexpressive white noises and sounds and to se resurface a simple fragmented keyboard melody, as the rest of the music the track is hyper arranged and not so immediate. The second episode offers the same kind of cocktail you will sip for the whole length of the cd, but beside the ambient frameworks coming in and going and together with these sharp and/or fragmented electronic noises the used some bass lines, sometimes the impression is they put together some old IDM, Pan Sonic and cold experimental electronics, also thanks to its structure this track is my personal favorite. With the closing tracks the atmosphere of the release becomes more rarefied and abstract, bringing in the "space is the place" element to the music, so if you're into that "we're floating in the universe" feel you love these closing chapters, above all the last one where this dynamic duo hypnotizes and scares the shit out of the listener, avoiding dark or gothic influences which it's a result itself. An electronic post-ambient, post-kraut, cold but yet analog-sounding release...can you imagine that?! A listen may help above all If you consider this' definitely interesting and not a conventional output.


Urban Jedi: Pathfinder

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 10 2010
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Artist: Urban Jedi
Title: Pathfinder
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Rated: *****
PATHFINDER is the second single by Urban Jedi. On this download only release Mike presents two new tunes. The main one is a mix electronic sounds, harpsichord arpeggios, long synth sweeps and 4/4 syncopated hard beats. Sounding melancholic and cinematic this instrumental track has a deep atmosphere good for a modern version of Blade Runner. "Extraterrestrial discjockey" mix long synth pads, upbeat beats which sounds like a train, pulsing synth sounds and few female vocal samples ("Can you imagine an extraterrestrial discjockey, like listening to radio...?" [I didn't understand the last words]). Both tracks have saturated sounds which give to the whole mix a dreamy sensation. Nice one! Exclusively available here http://www.junodownload.com/products/pathfinder/1640473-02/?ref=dlk

Urban Jedi: Daybreakers

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 08 2010
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Artist: Urban Jedi
Title: Daybreakers
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Rated: *****
An Uban Jedi is a skilled person who master the art of surviving into big cities. I don't know if Mike Watson is one of them, but he picked up this moniker for producing his own music. Hailing from Co Durham in the UK, he started buying Old school Electro in 84 when he started breakdancing, and by the age of 17 he started playing Miami bass, Detroit electro and Hip Hop. He played at various free parties and gigs in Europe and make guest appearances on GFR playing old school and nu school electro. DAYBREAKERS is his first release and contains two mid tempo songs: "Daybreakers" and "Rogue robots". Both the tracks sound epic and cinematic thanks to a blend of robotic rhythms and anxious atmospheres. They mix electronica and a bit of 80s industrial influences (like a modern mix of early Human League and Cabaret Voltaire). A very nice debut available exclusively here http://www.junodownload.com/products/daybreakers/1611692-02/?ref=dlk

Binalog Freq: Funk Mechanic

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Oct 01 2010
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Artist: Binalog Freq
Title: Funk Mechanic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
Coming from Athens, Greece, Evangelos Zacharopoulos is the man behind Binalog Freq and the Binalog Productions label. In two years of activity he already produced two albums and fifteen singles/EP with his own moniker and his label already hit fifty five releases! Covering a wide array of electronic music which spans from techno, electro, idm to electro funk, Binalog Productions is releasing the latest single by Binalog Freq titled FUNK MECHANIC. The single contains two different versions of the main track ("Original" and "Hard & soft synth dub") and a remix reworked by R21 (the "Man machine remix"). The original tune is an instrumental upbeat tempo with 80s industrial/ebm influences (check the hard rhythms) and electro funk bass/lead lines which finds an even more industrial robotic rhythmic section (mitigated by soft ambient pads) into the "Hard & soft synth dub". R21, instead, revisited the tune giving to it an analog electro flavor with 4/4 syncopated rhythms, bouncing bass lines and spacey pads. Nice... P.s. Exclusively available at Juno, here http://www.junodownload.com/products/1622670-02.htm/?ref=dlk
Sep 28 2010
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Artist: Pip Williams
Title: Resistance Is Futile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE is the newest release by a Londoner guy called Pip Williams (his real name is Phil Ventre). On this EP released digitally by Binalog Productions, he delivers five new tracks in balance from old style electro, a bit of Detroit techno, Miami electro and spaced out atmospheres. Opening with the menacing self titled tune based on vocoder vocals, spacey synth sounds and syncopated electro rhythms, the EP follows with "Scanners" and "Ozone Layer", two upbeat electro tune in balance from old style electro and ambient atmospheres just to end with "Spiralled Out Of Control" and "Future Past", two tracks that thanks to their lush atmospheres make me think of Miami. Check this release at the Soundcloud Pip Williams' page and purchase it exclusively at Juno here http://www.junodownload.com/products/resistance-is-futile/1625971-02/?ref=dlk


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