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BRONSTIBOCK: Sjafras

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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.

DIGITIZER: Computer Controlled

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Nov 16 2010
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Artist: DIGITIZER
Title: Computer Controlled
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Auditory Cortex Records
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Christian Askvig is a guy coming from Norway and he just loves analog synthesizers. He's active with different projects (his latest one is a techno influenced project called Polymorph) but this time we are here to talk about his electro outfit called Digitizer. Mixing classic electronic robotic sound with electro, genre explored by bands such as The Consumer or Der Zyklus, Christian composed five killer tracks where alternating bleeping sounds, hi-freq pads and syncopated rhythms paint sidereal atmospheres with a dance attitude, played by programmed androids. Using vocoder filtered vocals here and there, a bit of delay and "well-trained" arpeggiators, Digitizer is offering an E.P. that you won't miss if you love Kraftwerk, Luke Eargoggle and the fore mentioned bands. Available only as digital download at the major stores listed at Auditory Cortex Records' release page.

Lazy Late Kids: Francis And Friends

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Oct 31 2010
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Artist: Lazy Late Kids
Title: Francis And Friends
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
After almost a year from their debut, Lazy Late Kids are back with a new EP titled FRANCIS AND FRIENDS. Coming from the fourth chapter of the Some Tunes compilation series, "Francis" has been remixed by four label's mates: Bronstibok, helped by Mc Complex, created a dance grinding track with catchy vocals, Aerotronic opted for stop and go formula with lfo filters on the wild, Klipar focused on a dubstep/pistolpop approach and Jey Key for sudden stops with reverbs, long pauses and exaltation of the key melodies. The release doesn't have only remixes, you can find also two original instrumental tunes: "Revenge" sounds as Lazy Late Kids were remixing themselves, because it recalls a bit the structure of "Francis", "Crusader", instead, has classic grinding bass lines along with cinematic strings/cembalo section and it sounds like a distorted dance version of a Morricone track.

Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 29 2010
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Artist: Gold Panda (@)
Title: Lucky Shiner
Format: CD
Label: Ghostly Int. (@)
Distributor: K7 Partners
Rated: *****
Every reliable source foretelling glitch approach should have caught on many musical grounds keeps on being enhanced by interesting directions and paths opened by musicians such as Gold Panda, an English whimsical producer that after a plenty of remixes for the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, The Field (one of the most relevant source for inspiration in my opinion), Little Boots, Bloc Party and so on and some juicy releases, including the critically acclaimed Quitters Raga on Make Mine, whose bizarre bridging with Indian Raga tradition has been partially reprised on India Lately (one of the most brilliant mosaic embellishing Lucky Shiner!) here ' even some Indian spices give off their distinctive scent in different tracks'¦-, finally signs his first full-length album on Ghostly Int., coming after You EP, featuring remixes from Seams, Dam Mantle, Osborne and Minotaur Shock (one of the musical gardeners, which could be considered among the most adjoining to the brimful gardens where this specie of Panda healthily grows up!).

Helped by Simian Mobile Disco's James Shaw for mixing and recorded in two session in the lovely Essex countryside, where his uncle and aunt live and whose surroundings idyllically reverberates in some quiet moments of the record such as Parents ' a track featuring Gold Panda's mum whose voice introduces the guitar soft melody, playing as a golden setting into a natural soundscape, rendered by some chirping birds -, I'm With You But I'm Lonely ' whose abstract daydreaming melancholic sound setting and trembling childplay chimes have nicely been mortised with funny acoustic percussions which could remind the first drumming exercises of a child with crockery, pots and pans ' and sometimes turning into flickering psychedelic breezes such as Same Dream China (I imagined while listening to this track, reminding a little bit the reveries by Caribou aka Manitoba, Gold Panda getting inspiration from moments when he had fun with Chinese balloons'¦) or Marriage, a track that seems fitted to the glancing through a scrap book with images from a wedding celebration celebrated in the countryside!

Exploring his musical imaginary insufflated by a pastoral view of English countryside and musically pricked by Golden Panda's two years Japanese experience where he studied Japanese culture, language and history at the School of Oriental and Asian studies is like watching the sounding translation of his personal diary as suggested by the title of the album itself as Lucky Shiner is GP's grandmother's name and the pitched tear-eyed chords, the static beats and the gentle operation of bit-crushing synths propelling tracks such as Vanilla Minus, After We Talk ' showing a way of deconstructing hip-hop for the likes of Four Tet and Prefuse 73's listeners ' and above all You (the opening and the closing track of the album, whose vocal sample is more recognizable in the latter one while in the first it looks like filtered by the consciousness of a child!). Personal emotional worlds, but so well forged that it looks like Golden Panda's inviting the listener to pour it into his/her intimate dimension!

Lovely shining stuff!

Redrum Alone: My First Kernel Panic

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Oct 26 2010
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Artist: Redrum Alone (@)
Title: My First Kernel Panic
Format: CD EP
Label: Ufo Solar
Rated: *****
Redrum Alone is an Italian duo active since 2006, formed by Tommaso "Qzerty" Danisi e Piero "Peet"Pappalettere. MY FIRST KERNEL PANIC is their second EP which follows their first one "Patchcord", released in 2007. The four original tunes of the EP take as reference dance electro and techno music, focusing the mid tempo tunes on catchy melodies, vocorder filtered and clean vocals, bouncing bass lines and 4/4 rhythms. The MCD is opened by "Fractured reality", a convincing song which with the following "Oniricact Part 3", recalled me someway The Presets, a bit of Tomcraft and a bit of Tiga. "Using interface" is nice but is missing something (the vocals don't convince me too much). "Oniricact Part 2" is a nice electro techno atmospheric tune with stops and go and good dance beats. The EP is closed by a remix of "Oniricat Part 3" reworked by Digitalica: they turned the original track into a dance cinematic electro tune thanks to syncopated bass line arpeggios and subtle synth melodies. A nice EP which is available on the major digital tune shops or as CDr directly from the label for 3 euros only.


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