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SERO: Interception System

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Nov 25 2010
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Artist: SERO
Title: Interception System
Format: 12"
Label: X0X Records (@)
Rated: *****
After two years of silence (their previous release was Blastromen's "Blasteroid" EP), X0X Records is back with a new solo release by Sero, member of Sektoid. INTERCEPTION SYSTEM EP contains two versions of the original tune and three remixes done by Dj Overdose (he did two of them) and Morphology. The original track is an upbeat new electro tune with space atmosphere inserts that couple dark lead synths and vocals, creating, in this way, a mysterious atmosphere while syncopated 808 beats make no prisoners. Synth layers alternation, great sounds and fast rhythms will make fall in love the electro audience. "S.I.S." Dj Overdose remix, focus the sound on the a new rhythmic pattern (which recalls the original one), adding a mid tempo bass line and melodic synth lines. I liked the contrast created by the fast drum beats and the synth pads. The second remix by Dj Overdose is the "Poser remix". On this one we have an upbeat syncopated drum coupled to menacing lead breaks and few melodic parts. Mophology, for their remix, decided to go straight to the bone of the original tune and reworked it totally, keeping the vocals (that have been filtered) and adding a nice dry bass line (almost funky) and a new rhythm (it is always upbeat but it sounds more classic electro). After a while, pads and lead solo phrases enrich this cool mix. The closing track is a 2' short one and resume the original tune. I really liked the release, so I give my welcome back to X0X Records!

CAPACOCHA: Follow Me Remixes

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Nov 25 2010
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Artist: CAPACOCHA
Title: Follow Me Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
As the title suggests, FOLLOW ME REMIXES is a collection of remixes of Capacocha's "Follow me" song. On this release we have 13 version of the track and the peculiarity is that each remixer worked on the track of the previous one. I'll try to describe them. Ricky y Rulo made a great mix of electro and dance with stop and go. Petr Passive, did a mid tempo retro gaming version with distorted synth lines and filtered robotic vocals, focusing on melody and 4/4 rhythms. Rawfare, made a distorted syncopated dance track with raw vocals. Ray, focused on clean vocals (that recalled me LCD Soundsystem), upbeat dance rhythms and distorted bass lines. Sjammie the Money, after an intro made of synth chords and 80s dance atmospheres, turned the song into a nightmarish electro dance song just to switch between the two. Cepi, de-structured the song and made two different parts (the first almost techno with repeated vocal samples and the second a sort of grime techno mix). Fantastadon, remixed the tune making it turn into a great cinematic mix of ambient dub and grime. Ikki, focused their mix on an hypochondriac blend of synth wave and techno. Bronstibock, chose 4/4 distortions alternating grime, techno and dance. Aux Raus, mix sounds like a upbeat blend of gabber and synth wave. Jack Lomo, did a seducing mix using dance syncopated atmospheres and distorted bass lines with the original vocals on evidence. De Grote Vinnie, Donnie En Sjakie Show remixed the track keeping the essential and adding distorted filtered synth leads. Rufus Baxendale, kept the original vocals adding sweeping synths, distorted 8 bit bass lines and upbeat dry drum beats. Nice release!

BRONSTIBOCK: Sjafras

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Nov 22 2010
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Artist: BRONSTIBOCK
Title: Sjafras
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Baaserk (@)
Rated: *****
One year after "The Horn" EP, Bronstibock are back with their second release (which is more an album than an EP, since it has a length of 44 minutes). SJAFRAS contains nine new tracks that are in balance from melodic dance mid tempos characterized by grime bass lines and 4/4 rhythms (like the opening "Patta of gewoon" or "Bullerslug", songs that have two guests on vocals, Don de Baron and Aux Raus), a bit of dub and hip hip (check "Yabyamma"). Of the lot "Game on" (track that you can find also on "Some Tunes III"), "Beasty" (a great dance floor killer) and the closing "Hotter then hot" are the most immediate one, thanks also to the contrast between distorted sounds and clean vocals. The whole EP is nice. It don't bring on the table new ideas to the sound we already know but this isn't mean that you won't be able to enjoy it.

CROTAPHYTUS: The Bite Of The Reptiles 2

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Nov 19 2010
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Artist: CROTAPHYTUS (@)
Title: The Bite Of The Reptiles 2
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
One year after the Raw Mechanics / Crotaphytus split E.P., the duo formed by Robert and Nico (the Solar One Music's guys) is back with four new menacing tunes and a Mr Pauli remix of the opening "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus". The A side of the EP makes the listener understand, as usual, that Crotaphytus is taking no prisoners and that its search for food can't be stopped by humans. Sounding raw and cinematic "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus" opens with mid tempo rhythms where high frequency synth pads, like sirens, make the tension grow. "Plethodon Glutinosus" has a slow rhythm made out of metallic percussive sounds and a deep bass line that make your nerve tremble. "Don't Look Behind - Cycle Of Life" is a mid tempo based on alternation of percussive synth sounds and percussions with stops and go and filtered nightmarish vocal inserts. "Hydromantes Platycephalus" with its 4/4 distorted beats, sounds almost a retro experimental e.b.m. tune. Mr Pauli remix of "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus" sounds like Robert Smith remixed it, because that flanger on the bass guitars makes it sound so 80s (but Pauli kept also the main synth lines). "Coleonyx Variegatus" is a short closing track that make the horror atmosphere revive after the Pauli's remix. Is to notice that on most of the EP, melodic lines enrich the atmosphere creating with all the other cool synth instruments a great soundtrack for the Crotaphytus' meal. Act fast, this is limited to 200 copies!

BINALOG FREQ: Ments 2010

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Nov 19 2010
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Artist: BINALOG FREQ
Title: Ments 2010
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
MENTS 2010 is a nice collection of remixes and remasters of three songs coming from the very first Binalog Freq release. Celebrating the 60th Binalog Productions releases, MENTS 2010 opens with an electro house remastered and reworked version of "Elements" just to follow with the first remix of that tune by Pip Williams. Pip gave to the tune a particular flavor as it is a mix of dubstep and early electronica a la Vangelis (with nice synth sweeps and epic leads phrases). R21 is next to remix "Elements" and their "5th element remix" add to the house atmosphere of the original version a little more electro. Noisebrigade after the free download debut "Cathodic dreams", remixed the track turning it into a proper song, thanks to robotic atmospheres and voices ("I'm a bot made of chrome / I compute all alone / making wishes, making plans / I connect all the elements) and to melodic lead inserts. Prototype kinda de-structured the tune on the first part (with false starts and defragmented sounds) just to start the second with a electro monster bass line which leads the dances. Binalog's "Chill Pill" version slowed down the original one making it sounds like a bad dream. The EP is closed by the remastered versions of "Moodments" and "Movements", which now have enhanced their house, techno and nu-dance influences. As usual, the EP is available at the main digital download stores.


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