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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 14 2010
Title: Allah Hoo
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
Ex Paranoid Zen collective member Boston native Rob Vector has been exploring the electronica worldly sounds for quite awhile. Long time producer with Blues Guitar to his current explorations of the Tibetan Throat-Singing, Rob has a strong resume of assisting the organization of chill rooms and psychedelic vortexes in loft parties and larger events in New England and beyond. ALLAH HOO is his first release on Vermin Street and it contains the original version of the tune plus on the virtual B-side of the digital single a remix by DJ Melee. "Allah Hoo" is a mid tempo track which mix electronic sounds, Indian percussions and vocal samples. It sound like of a worldly version of old Prodigy. Known for being involved into Boston's Red Bull Music Academy Regional Rep and for his local label Monism (which features releases from the likes of Kid Blue, Simply Jeff, and Si Begg), Dj Melee took the Indian chants and melodies of the original tunes and added an upbeat techno bass line, a 4/4 beat and mysterious sounding filtered piano inserts. Nice one...


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 12 2010
Title: Skreamer
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Recently we listened to some new Petr Passive tracks on the latest Vermin Street digital releases but Basserk, the first label that issued his music, is now releasing the second Petr Passive album and we can check more new songs. Available as digital download SKREAMER contains eight great tracks where Petr Passive confirms himself master of the 8-bit sounds and digital distortion. Packed with energy and fun SKREAMER has no fill ins and convince immediately about its value. Catchy tunes, bouncing syncopated rhythms, bleeps, distorted fat bass sounds make of this album a perfect one to dance with as well as a great home listening. The key elements are the same of the first album "Fat Sauce": electro, grime, dub and a bit of techno. Don't miss it! Available at the usual digital stores and at Basserk's webstore.

Minus 8 : Slow Motion

 Posted by Royce Icon   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 11 2010
Artist: Minus 8 (@)
Title: Slow Motion
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Compost Records (@)
Rated: *****
For all intents and purposes "Slow Motion" by Minus 8 is a kind of jazz record, a new take on Lounge Jazz with elements of house, trip-hop, pop and other genres thrown in (including a reggae song!). There are a few different vocalists featured on this record, with some instrumental tracks thrown in as well.

The most featured vocalist here is Virág Keszthelyi, who is really great on each track, as she displays a very nice amount of range and diversity. The other vocalists are quite good as well, especially Rachel Montana. I prefer the vocal tracks here to the instrumental ones because while they make be immaculately produced, they just fall a bit flat and fade into the background without the vocals to keep the listener's attention.

All of the tracks here are good, but he highlights to me would be "Close Your Eyes", "Juy" and "Everyone's Gotta Learn Sometime".

All in all I think that "Slow Motion" is a nice record that should appeal to fans of trip-hop, chill out, smooth jazz and dramatic electro-pop music in general. If that is your cup of tea, check it out.

Alphatronic: Sonic Landscapes

 Posted by Royce Icon   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 11 2010
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Artist: Alphatronic (@)
Title: Sonic Landscapes
Format: CD
Label: Everest Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Sonic Landscapes" is a record from Swiss IDM project Alphatronic. There are a lot of very nice textures explored here, and I think that "Sonic Landscapes" is indeed a very apt title for the audio contained within.

There are many different styles explored here, but the general theme is lush analogue bleeps and pads accompanied by nice mid tempo beats and lots and lots of atmosphere. There is a definite emphasis on texture and experimentation via the various synth sounds, but there is also a sense of melody and rhythm that gives the tracks a balance of sorts.

It is most certainly complex ear candy, but it also does not betray your ears or your body. A true IDM record, you can simultaneously shake your head and scratch your beard to this stuff.

Every track on "Sonic Landscapes" is quite good, so it's hard to pick favorites. Standouts for me include "Lhuntse", "Trongsa" and "Autsho".
But they are all really good. If you dig acts like Richard Devine, Aphex Twin or Autechre, you will definitely like Alphatronic.

CACHEFLOWE - VINYL BLIGHT: Digital Dancehall Series: Issue 1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 27 2009
Title: Digital Dancehall Series: Issue 1
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
The new Digital Dancehall Series brings with its first issue CacheFlowe and Vinyl Blight. They mix ragga-jungle with dubstep using an experimental approach. Caring of the ambience created CacheFlowe on "Rahst" use deep drum'n'bass lines, raggamuffin melodies/vocals alternating atmospheric parts to vocal ones. CacheFlowe has releases out on Colorado label Plastic Sound Supply, remixes by Starkey and Machine Drum and currently flipping his all original Audio/Video performance all around Denver and beyond. The second track is brought you by Vinyl Blight and it is a remix of Bongo Chilli's "Everyday". Vinyl Blight is most known for his formulations of Digital Dancehall and Ragga Jungle and has forthcoming remixes of Kush Arora and MC Zulu. On this track reggae vocals catch immediately the listener's attention while distorted/deep bass lines ride free delineating the rhythm. Drums perform syncopated parts that enrich the whole result. I'm not into this genre, but this tune stands out! Available as usual through Addictech, Juno, Digital-Tunes, Amazon and iTunes.

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