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The Micronaut: Friedfisch

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 22 2012
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Artist: The Micronaut (@)
Title: Friedfisch
Format: CD
Label: Acker Records (@)
Distributor: Kompakt
Rated: *****
If you dwell upon some details of debut release by German guitarist Stefan Streck, also known as Dj Sterngucker, the nice moniker he used for his appearances in German dnb scene, such as the way he titled tracks taken from freshwater inhabitants (daces, rudds, carps, tenches, gudgeons, minnows, crucians, barbels and so on), you could assume Micronaut's creator is a fanatic for aquariums or recreational fishing, but other marks, including that gudgeon (or at least it seems a gudgeon...) while swallows some unidentified fish on the cover artwork, might shake such an assumption, which could appear belittling or close to a reductive shot cut if you begin to discerning a metaphorical language, based on the "big fish eating little fish" vision of such a broken social scene, where economical impasse as well as some political decisions which are hitting welfare policies and competitional mechanism, basis of Capitalism, look like awakening primordial atavistic predatory instincts fostering a battle arena-like vision of society more than a cooperative one. If you try to solve such a dilemma by an auricular analysis of musical clues, ambiguity could remain (and be even increased if you try to find an association between tinches and Bulgarian folk choirs, suggested in the lovely entrancing track "Schleie"!): whereas there are tracks which evoke wondering in deep contemplation of river's or just pound's life through sonic splashes, spurting, darts, soft xylophone's trills, clappy rhythmical stepping and sweetly effected guitar arpeggios (I particularly enjoyed "Grundling", "Hasel" - featuring very nice vocal games - and "Karpfen") there's that feeling of dramatic urgency and underskin tension, that kind of electric defibrillation close to the one applied by Apparat to his songs, amalgamating such a bucolic musical poem with more pensive weighs in mind. Every track has been carefully assembled and performed anyway and the release includes two appetizers for clubbers and djs as well, two dubby/electropop remixes by Ronny Mollenhauer aka Mollono.Bass (I liked more the one of "Barbe" than the treatment he reserved to "Schleie", maybe cause original version of the track was good enough).

Static Sky: They Look To The Sky

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 05 2012
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Artist: Static Sky (@)
Title: They Look To The Sky
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
One of the latest new signings of Denver's Vendetta Music label, whose musically formula can be reduced on the simple 'S.A.M. meets [In]Toxin' comment. Static Sky operates in the wide and often copied field of TBM and I tend to say, that this project deals with a higher Techno-/Trance-influence than it can draw nearer relations to anything what has my understanding of EBM or Industrial Dance music. This stuff features pure Adrenalin-driven Techno mass-production music and it unfortunately misses anything what can be compared to terms like innovation or authenticity. Of course it works excellent to warm the leg muscles of the crowds on the dancefloors. But that's it: no stuff at all to consume at your home entertainment, it rather more starts to bore after the second spinning. The tracks are missing musically depth and are following a foreseeable pattern arrangement without variations. This stuff is repetitive and exchangeable, for instance with stuff of the above comparable projects, who have been proved before to be more inspiring than Static Sky. Good reactions of the club audience and DJ's worldwide are only one side of the medal, maybe the better and financially wiser one, but finally this isn't that stuff for people searching for the more and better content behind.

PARTY CATANI: Lowfistication

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 28 2011
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Artist: PARTY CATANI
Title: Lowfistication
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco
After releasing a year ago an album with Driver & Driver, Patric Catani is back with his own name project (this time turned into Party Catani) with an album released by Cock Rock Disco titled LOWFISTICATION. His new album contains twelve episodes of party extravaganza where weird bleeping synth noises are mixed with hard beats, movie samples, techno alienated intuitions and various no sense craziness. At a first listening tracks like "Boss", "Nasty Girl" or the obsessive "Fat Gal" seem to be recorded during a Love Parade where something went wrong with the drugs. The synths sound like broken toys and the syncopated rhythms make them sound like broken records. Hard techno, acid or 8 bit sounds (like the ones on "Unchain My Tips") are the core of the album, which seems a work of a Mad Hatter playing techno music at his tea party. Personally I find this one too extreme to be enjoyed and you have to love party music lot to appreciate fully its crazy side.

THE MICRONAUT: Friedfisch

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 25 2011
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Artist: THE MICRONAUT
Title: Friedfisch
Format: CD
Label: Acker Records
Rated: *****
Out on Acker Records at the end of January 2012, FRIEDFISCH is the first album for The Micronaut. Actually I don't know who's behind this moniker but the thirteen tracks of the album shows a different way to approaching electronic sounds as he, supposing that there's only one person behind these sounds, uses samples and synth sounds to create a moving/emotional music background that then it's enriched by acoustic sounds. Take, for example, "Karausche": it has a sort of dubstep midtempo rhythm core with acoustic guitar parts, piano inserts and synth samples. Everything is mixed to for a gentle atmosphere where the use of melody is well balanced. "Schleie", instead, mix ambient recordings with samples taken from the Misteres Des Voix Bulgares records, electro beats and acoustic guitar arpeggios. All the tracks tend to mix different elements that go from strings to concrete noises (like on "Asche") passing from deep synth bass sounds or glitches (like on "Mairenke"). The link between all the tracks is the overall atmospheres which is gentle and soft but including also upbeat rhythms.
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Artist: Blame (@)
Title: Convergent Fields
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ionium Records (@)
Rated: *****
Unbelievable, that the needs and his job at the gaming industry would at least offer Boris Posavec a free time-window, to work on this very detailed follow-up album 'Convergent Fields', after his official and highly praised debut release 'Water'. 'Water' has seen the light of a release in 2007 on the unfortunately too early gone German label Klangdynamik, which has set one or another milestone against the still continuing Hellectro-rush with fabulous releases of bands like Fection Fekler, Nordschlacht ('¦which have nowadays renamed into Pyrolline'¦), Collapse Project, of just Blame. And Boris proves that 'Water' wasn't at all a one-hit wonder album. Compared to 'Water', this new album can be called the hoped for development, which more than before places Boris to be a fine producing Electro-/Industrial musician, whose talent isn't reduced on a simple preset sound or stolen rhythm pattern. Although pretty much dancefloor-oriented, you'll find several niches and details in the sound-environment of Boris, which will bind you under your pair of headphones. The opener 'Progeny' for instance offer some interesting vocal fx-manipulations and multiple percussion patterns. 'Logical' follows with bass-line programming, which sounds quite related to Fix8:Sed8 ' has Mr. Sane had his fingers on this track? Also the fast pacing title track has my preference with its homogenous changes between verses and chorus and the different vocal fx-treatment. The cold 'Begotten' turns out to be a classic Dark Electro pearl worth to mention too. Friends of a valuable synthesizer programming featuring opulent sweeps and pads have to take a listen to 'Protozoa' and the hidden, not-listed last track. Diversity and the art to integrate this big word tatstefully, that is something, Boris is well capable to deal with, Let's keep the fingers crossed, that this project won't take again such a long pause between two albums. Good and well produced Electronica music!


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