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PATRICK PULSINGER: Impassive Sky

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Jun 11 2010
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Artist: PATRICK PULSINGER
Title: Impassive Sky
Format: CD
Label: Disko B
Rated: *****
Active since early nineties, Patrick Pulsinger is releasing this month his fourth album IMPASSIVE SKIES. On this new album Patrick succeeded into conjugate different musical influences under the flag of techno music. Jazz, glitch, electro and techno could seem really difficult to get along but he, helped by friends like Fennesz, Franz Hauntizinger, Abe Duque, ElektroGuzzi, G Rizo and Teresa Rotschopf, composed eight tracks where jazz improvisations duet with electronic sounds. The result is really intriguing and we pass from the syncopated techno with trumpet solos of the opening "Grey gardens" to the dance dark electro with Detroit flavor of "A to Z" (where Teresa Rotschopf vocal performance help is making of this a killer song), passing from the piano rhodes inserts of "Future back" and the funky guitar of "Blame it" (tracks featuring Abe Duque). IMPASSIVE SKIES is a multifaceted album that will reveal its essence only after some listening sessions but you'll be satisfied to find yourself discovering a new bit each time.

ITAL TEK: Midnight Colour

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Jun 04 2010
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Artist: ITAL TEK
Title: Midnight Colour
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Second album on Planet Mu for Ital Tek, MIDNIGHT COLOUR contains thirteen new tracks that are slightly different from the ones of the 2008 album "Cyclical". Alan Myson's debut album was mixing dubstep sounds to cinematic atmospheres keeping high the level of distorted square waves. MIDNIGHT COLOUR, instead, has vocal guests or samples vocals (the closing "Restless Tundra" features Anneka and it sounds sensual and nightly), house influences and rarefied atmospheres that weren't present on the previous album. The raw sounds have been sedated (they haven't been removed from the new tracks) and now Ital Tek sound spectrum has widen thanks to soft synth pads and a richer drum sounds palette. Doing a paragon, if "Cyclical" ideally incarnates the energies of a party that has just begun, MIDNIGHT COLOUR is the sound of its end, when you drive back home while the streetlights paint colored stripes on your windshield...

NUMAADS: Now

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Jun 02 2010
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Artist: NUMAADS
Title: Now
Format: 12"
Label: Project Moon Circle (@)
Rated: *****
Esperanzah is a versatile singer: she could sing jazz, house, rock with no problem. Numaads mix jazz, soul a bit of hip hop and lounge music creating a good mixture which is well arranged thanks to a great balance of different elements. Vinyl samples, rhodes keyboards, fat bass guitar, few electronic sounds and syncopated drums are there waiting for Esperanzah's voice for giving them the vital breath. Sinuous, deep and passionate, she will convince the audience in no time and if you want to check a nice experimental version of the main track, check the Robot Koch version as he made a sort of experimental ambient two step version of it.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sound On Probation 2010
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Given away for free with the next issue of Sound Projector magazine and with every purchase you do directly from the label, SOUND ON PROBATION 2010 is the first label compilation that gathers tracks from the past and future releases. The ten tracks of the CD cover every Laurent Perrier's musical project so, basically, this compilation is also a good way to getting to know his multi faceted musical world. You'll find Zonk't with its electronic experimentations, the dub metal guitarism of Cape Fear, the minimal experimental variations of what he does under his own name (here there's also a track from the forthcoming collaboration with Laurent Pernice), the dub ambient jazzy tunes of Heal and the crackling sounds with the add of sub/low frequencies of Pylone (here with a track born from a collaboration with Kinetix). We pass from minimal experimental sounds to rhythm based tracks in no time and we could appreciate in full the Sound On Probation catalog.

9 ELMA: Coeur Liquide

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May 26 2010
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Artist: 9 ELMA
Title: Coeur Liquide
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Rated: *****
First appeared on a release in 1995 on the "Elektrauma 2" compilation, 9 Elma fifteen years after present their debut album COEUR LIQUIDE. Composed by Grazia Dell'Oglio and Stephane Tremel (sound designers), with the "machines" control of Laurent Le Fers (boss of the M-Tronic label) plus the live help of Cecile Fayolie, who is in charge of the live arts, COEUR LIQUIDE is a multi faceted album which contains elements of techno, industrial and a bit of retro electro (check the final part of "The call of Elara"). "Uranium 238" is the perfect track to check first because gathers them all: it starts with a robotic voice, electronic industrial beats and a techno acid pulsating bass line just to follow with a male/female duet followed by an electro techno beating tune. Analog drums and electronic beats continue to lead the track while synth arpeggios come and go. The following "Square dance" is an upbeat instrumental tune that has acid techno, ambient and industrial elements. The style changes again with "Sphere" thanks to distant electronic percussive noises which function as a background to a melancholic piano/synth pad melody. Sidereal atmospheres, techno/electro and industrial percussive sounds make of this album a release you shall not miss. The album is also enriched by four good mixes performed by Lyynk ("View from the sky" is the track they chose and they made it turn into a dark Middle Eastern slow industrial e.b.m. tune), Displacer ("Shaman" is the song they picked up and now it sounds like cinematic breakbeat tune), Architect ("Square dance" has been turned into a slow industrial two step tune) and Millimetric (now "Uranium" sounds like retro techno tune).


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