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VV.AA.: Mise En Place pt.2

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 09 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Mise En Place pt.2
Format: 12"
Label: Ingredients Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The second part of Mise en Place series of EP by relentless d'n'b label Ingredients includes another poker of high-quality stuff. The first to play his ace card is George Ovens aka Dub Phizix, who tempers his typically mettlesome staccato breaks with an uncommon touch of melancholy and meteoropathy on his winsome "Rainy City Music", which according to his own words, it immediately became his own favorite tune. Such an intensively pensive mood congeals on the shattering remix of Villem's "Splinter Your Mind" by Break, who wraps crazy metallic splinters and tonal chips into a sort of spicy rhythmical roulade with a foil of sizzling distorted bass. The following "Blue Eyes" by Skeptical is a master stroke which manages to combine sinister hisses excoriating rhythmical tumbles and female murmurs and to turn a dark minimal d'n'b tune into something really classy. The concoction between ascending pad synths, whipping rolls, roaring bass-stuffed bustle and warlike bangs marks the final explosive "No Return" by dRamatic and dbAudio out. This second course of Mise En Place stunning libation sounds so yummy that it kept on whetting my appetite...I'm just waiting for the third course.

VV.AA.: Hunted EP

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Mar 08 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Hunted EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Rated: *****
On the cover artwork of release number 40 by renowned label by Caine, which is hotly marking time and keeping abreast with the interesting stylistical niche of dark minimal drum'n'bass, there's a printed tyrannosaurus, but on the face of the persistent and fast beat rolling of the six amazing tracks on it, it could be some hybrid between that ravenous ginormous lizard and a velociraptor indeed. There's a constant sense of rush and escape from a threatening predator over this release, whose emphasis by the talented producers involved in this EP conveys a suspenseful tone. After the extremely basic hitting, anxious ticking and cavernous echoes of the initial title-track by St.Petersburg-based producers Andy Pain and Z Connection, a sinister murmur, frenzied tablas and grimy laser shooting on Fade's "Tribal Dancer" relocate the pursuing scene into an imaginary jungle. The wiry neurotech and the rhythmical stretches on sci-fi ghastly sonorities of "Lost & Found" by Kuantum, the clobbering catchy beats on "Fissure" by Mono, the reprise of tribal style by means of disquieting reverberations, slanting wicked pressure and infectious bass hits on the gorgeous "Achime" by Hungarian producer Giocator, the relentless ride which got deceptively masked by floating flutes of the final "Course" by talnted Ukrainian producer Disept quicken the break. "Hunted" definitively sounds like a prehistoric sonic adventure rendered by futuristic sounds, which overlaps to current wild crazy civilization, whose dynamic pressure is sometimes more monstrous than sharp chops of a giant-sized reptile.

Ellen Allien: Lism

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Mar 05 2013
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Artist: Ellen Allien
Title: Lism
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control
Rated: *****
"Lism" is the newest Ellen Allien album which has just been released the first of March. Three years have passed since her latest album "Dust" and if you felt her will to experiment on that one, with "Lism" you'll be astonished or confused. "Lism" born as soundtrack for "Drama Per Musica", a dance performance directed by Alexandre Roccoli and Sevarine Riame that took place on March 7th 2011 as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. After that event, Ellen let the music rest on her hard drive for a year and then in early 2012 she decided to rework those sounds and called Thomas Muller and the Berlin-based DJ and producer Bruno Pronsato, aka Steven Ford, to her studio in Berlin. The new version of "Lism" is a forty five minutes long track which is divided into different movement. For the first twelve minutes we have a sort of 70s krautrock mixed samples where slow guitar arpeggios are joined by dreamy synth sounds and later by Ellen's voice. The second movement is even more dreamy and is based on reversed sounds and xylophone sparse percussions. After few minutes electronic bleeps take the hold with a mix of bells, i.d.m. rhythms and synth drones. At the twentieth minute, reverbered trumpets slowly introduce an ambient synth intervallo just to turn into piano improvisations after five minutes. About other five minutes we have minimal dance atmospheres with bass and drum joined by synth noises and arpeggios and Ellen's voice repeating "I'm dreaming of you" like a mantra. The last part, is almost ambient with synth drones and on the very last minutes turns into something more rhythmic. I appreciated her will to find a new way of expression and "Lism" has nice moments where ambient atmoshperes and rhythmic inserts mix fine. The fact is that without the visual counterpart I feel that something is missing, maybe she opted for an approach a bit too minimal for a long suite and sometimes you feel that.

Arkaik: Cutting Edge EP

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Mar 04 2013
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Artist: Arkaik (@)
Title: Cutting Edge EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Diffrent (@)
Rated: *****
One year after his good digital release "Trauma EP", which included some interesting dnb tunes such as the title track and the sinister cuts of "Vertebrae", a collaboration with Bristol-based dj Jekyll, the young dnb producer and dj Peter "Arkaik" Goebel cranks another consirable release out in order to cut the edge. On the initial title-track, the "ticking" sound of an operating pendulum clock (or possibly a metronome), a deep heartbeat-like pulsation and melancholic pads before a mumbling distorted bass tone sneaks into the lines almost suggest a possible matching between escapism and escapement and a similar dynamics typifies the following tracks "Lost", a true candy on this EP, whose sinister underlying grumble get mitigated by lovely female vocals and an uplifting rhythmical pattern, "Game Changer", which features the vocal contribution by MCXL and a gristlier bass hit, which also marks the final track "Serrated", whose hitting pulsations sound more like a series of knocks against the mind box in the event that you could have been packed by Arkaik's tricky entwining of sonic and rhythmical tenses. Really mindblowing tunes.

Consequence: Atrium/Box Rituals

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Mar 04 2013
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Artist: Consequence (@)
Title: Atrium/Box Rituals
Format: 12"
Label: Pushing Red (@)
Rated: *****
Another musical treat from techno and dubstep focusing Texas-based label Pushing Red by Heath Looney sees the sign of Toronto-born Cameron McLaren, better known as Consequence, who vouches his reputation as a producer with a passion for experiments and sound engineering he gained after many notorious hits and a couple of slightly unconventional albums ("Live For Never" and "Test Dream") on dBridge's appreciated Exit Records, where he managed to melt impressively different styles such as dubstep, drum'n'bass, ambient and pure electronic music. On A side, the initial tuning by metallic pitapat which sounds like the adjustment of a clockwork, claps and other percussive elements evolves into a mellow tune by means of slightly distorted synths and high-pitched billowing harmonics on "Atrium"; the flipside-placed "Box Rituals" features a similar progression as it starts with a terse 4/4 kick and a sort of march before the appearance of melodic effluviums, which evoke an estranging sense of tragic beauty. Some listeners cannot but hope it's a sort of "teaser" which is ready to come.


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