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Sep 12 2011
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Artist: Obtane, Giorgio Gigli, Milton Bradley (@)
Title: The Dark Thoughts Of Fate's Manufacturer
Format: 12"
Label: Zooloft (@)
Distributor: Rubadub
Rated: *****
A record entitled The Dark Thoughts of Fate's Manufacturer should necessarily feature a sinister and obscure sound, but this act by Giorgio Gigli and Obtane displays more than just some gloomy sonic shoddy goods. The narrative set evoked by the title could properly stimulate the imagination of some listener who believes in conspirational theories, but manages to sprinkle this release with magic powder, which give the possibility to contextualize it better. The usage of subterranean industrial sounds (giving the illusion of walking inside a thermal nuclear implant) blindstiched to a sort of visceral rumbling by some perfect bass cuts and a propelling step in the initial "You Can't Hide Yourself" and the disquieting ambient Zooloft guys assembled while remixing a track by Milton Bradley (not the famous toy industrialist, but one man behing the small but interesting label Do Not Resist The Beat, together with Dj Zeal, as well as autheor of the project The End Of All Existence), entitled Escaped From The Dark, reminded to me a sort of mixture between the seminal techno-industrial by Riou Tomita, the most experimental side of acid techno and detroit style, with some other casual cross-reference marks, such as that sort of laser beam/siren in the above-mentioned remix, who's quite close to the one Future Sound Of London used in Accelerator. Good musical food for dystopian stomachs and ears.

Terence Fixmer: Le Terrible EP

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Sep 09 2011
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Artist: Terence Fixmer (@)
Title: Le Terrible EP
Format: 12"
Label: Electric Deluxe (@)
Distributor: wordandsound
Rated: *****
Another musical knick-knack coming from Electro Deluxe label is this intriguing EP signed by the notorious Terence Fixmer, a master in injecting that acoustic dose inducing cardiopalmus in the listener. It's very difficult that someone cannot act the part of an escaping prey running away from its pitiless hunter or alternatively the one of a hunter pursuing its dangerous quarry (or as the advertising clip seems to suggest the part of a sexy bomb disposal expert, employed for the defusing of a clocking time bomb), in particular for this kind of releases, consistantly different from Comedy of Menace (especially the second part), whereas Terence's style sounded a little bit smoother than before, maybe for seducing different kind of dancers (even if in my opinion he never felt this necessity). The title-track, Le Terrible, is what I really expected Terence Fixmer should keep on sounding, a series of cutting and clicking storms, able to immediately increase level of adrenaline in your dancing body, which is going to move like haunted by some voodoo necromancer on the catching dynamics. The first track on flipside, Concept C, has been marked by some of his fingerprints, in particular his distinctive distorted bass pulses and the hypnotical transmigration from one side to the other of the sonic space of percussive elements, but he prefers to build a sort of drone-like tunnel, unveiling a more experimental side. The remix of Dance Like Paranoid by Marcell Dettmann has been carefully built, especially the rhythmical pattern and the melody, but sounds nothing but a landslip of the original track. On the digital release, you will always find a more skeletal version of Le Terrible, including just the essential sound scapes (without percussive elements) intended for making easier the mixing during dj sets.
Sep 09 2011
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Artist: Obtane, Giorgio Gigli, Tin Man (@)
Title: Analysis of a Nihilist Who Wants to Become Famous
Format: 12"
Label: Zooloft (@)
Distributor: Rubadub
Rated: *****
I'm pretty sure you could have arrived to this review for the magnetic attraction exerted by the title of this release. Well, it doesn't concern an essay of Kroker bros, a raving Discordianism sacred text or a philosophical libel by some post-modernist thinker or agit-prop, even if this release on the nice label Zooloft could be fitted for similar readings. I could certainly be influenced by the verbose titles as well as their foggy apocalyptic taxonomy, but the first musical term of comparison coming up to my mind is a possible one with Black Lung, the project of David Thrussel, as he coined similar titles to properly frame from the conceptual viewpoints his obscure rhythmical driving, inbued with dystopian "fictional" themes. The matter is that all the perceptions evoked by the tracks of this project signed by Obtane and Giorgio Gigli and featuring a track by the Austrian producer Tin Man are not so fictional nowadays. The first track entitled Social Distruction sounds to be the first nightmare of a nihilist who wants to become famous, picturing a society suffering from a sort of cannibalism whereas it prevails the sadistic pleasure to see other people's mishaps - even if the consideration according to which this is a peculiarity of our age could be criticised on the basis of the evidence, for instance, mishaps or bad luck has always been one of the columns of comedies since ancient times...maybe an evidence human genre is basically cruel... - and its obscure stepping over the ticking 12-minutes lasting with muted acid sounds and a sort of suffocated didgeridoo reminding parts of the weaponry of the mentioned sound-artist. Just turn the vynil on the other side to keep on feeding paranoid thoughts: the first track is the one assembled by Tin Man, a sort of slow motion dub-techno, which gradually insinuates while bringing the listener into a vortex of intimate thoughts wheras every beat could sound like a drop over the icy surface of the consistency of the most automatic side of the world we're living in. A disquieting bassline on a nervously mechanical set of sounds and what looks like beetles' droning or snakes' hissing prevails over the whole progress of the final appalling track, wisely entitled Individual Submission To The System, evoking the awareness about the dramatically unescapable swallowing of decadent fate. It could sound a little bit paranoid, but it cannot be but the result of the impression anyone had about our society, often suffocating what was known as human feeling.

Speedy J: Shoegaze EP

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Sep 09 2011
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Artist: Speedy J (@)
Title: Shoegaze EP
Format: 12"
Label: Electric Deluxe
Distributor: wordandsound
Rated: *****
It's a long time I don't hear something by the legendary Dutch producer Speedy J, maybe cause I got uncosciously traumatised by some of his smashing hits, so that I've been sublimanally induced to stay away from his stuff for a while, but when I had to pick up a listening froma blend of promos, this EP signed by him was one of the first I choosed. The title, one of the first aspect you notice of any release, was crucial for my choice as I've always thought Speedy J's (and other techno makers or sound forgers close to him) sound has something in common with Brit shoegazing, especially for what concerns the maniacal reasearch of pure sound and Carthusian work on frequencies, but electronic composers have an advantage if compared to the possibilities of Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, Slowdive, Curve and so on, which mainly worked on the notorious Larsen effect: electronics! Speedy J knows it well and in this little goody he doesn't behave out of character in particular with his skills (in my opinion the best exaple of its "art" is still "A Shocking Hobby", issued by Nova Mute maybe ten years ago) in assembling sort of techno anthems, which concretize the illusion of something rising from within beat by beat. On A side, the Out of Focus Dub version is the one who arguably will collect more applauses as it's accentuated the contrast between concrete and abstract sounds whereas the following one on B side, Edit Selects Dub, sounds more as a stomper who can causes seriously lasting damages to the dancefloor (and loudspeakers above all for frequencies going easily over peaks!). Both of them look like the musical description of an enzymatic catalysis, where sounds instead of getting clearer and cleare are going to become dirtier and dirtier, so that you can imagine Speedy J injecting drops of acid on hi-hats and machines in order to make them sound in a more corrosive and hypnotical way. On the digital release, you'll also find two other versions of Shoegaze: the first one looks like a shuffled version of B-side, as it starts in an atmospheric way and then becomes harsher over a steaming lopcomotive of bass pulses who are going to grab dancefloor's souls, the second version is a sort of distillation of Shoegaze in order to give the possibility to retreat on mixer to the most talented djs.

Metope: Atlantic EP

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Sep 08 2011
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Artist: Metope (@)
Title: Atlantic EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Factor City (@)
Distributor: Decoder Muzique
Rated: *****
Interesting debut on the young Factor City label by the hectic Michael Schwanen aka Metope - the Berlin based producer is also active member of the promotional agency Omega Oz and of the known trio leading Beachcoma Recording, completed by his Canadian friends Pan/Tone (who also played live with Metope's Cereal Killers) and Fairmont, performing some appreciated lives -. His "love for digital" as well as his skills on NI machines, which are intensively used during his dj-sets, surfaces from the very first bits of the title-track of this tech-housey bauble: the bumpy metronome doesn't stop even during temporary "melodic" medleys and your imagination could easily get influenced by the title, Atlantic, so that the continuous rhythmical stream could keep the course of it over the wide ruffling of oceanic waves whereas the following track partizan could keep on blowing on canvas with his chirruping sounds, finger snaps and gummy bass-tones. Good tracks even if my favorite one is Ghost, the third sketch included in this EP, mainly for the appreciable intrigue on filter knobs as well the most stressed evanescence (or I'd better say abstractness) of its sound. The release has been enriched by three remixes: to be honest, the first one of Atlantic by Dave Dk sounds nothing special, looking more like a sort of card shuffling, while the same track remixed by Undo is definitively more interesting for the way the Spanish producer re-assembled it mirroring his unique style, based on the progressive combination of elements gradually combined on a monotonal stream, flowing like paper boats on the water of a river on the point of flooding. By the way the most convincing remix is the one of Ghost by John Daly, a sort of dub-housey structure featuring a good use of effects on synth lines of the original samples.


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