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Komet: P.S.T.

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 06 2010
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Artist: Komet (@)
Title: P.S.T.
Format: 12"
Label: False Industries (@)
Distributor: Whay People Play
Rated: *****
The signature on the third release by the newborn label False Industries cannot be so highly esteemed like the one by Komet, musical alter-ego of the renowned co-founder of Raster Noton (formerly Rastermusic) Frank Bretschneider, one of the most talented innovator amidst the overcrowded minimal techno scene, bringing out another delicious pie of perfectly razor cut beats, growling punchy digital bass sequences and distinguashable mechanical hearth pulsations. Accordingly to minimalist approach, it seems that every looped sound has been added in the magmatic amalgama in order to let the listener appreciate the perfection of the forging process all over the session, where Dr.Frank seems amplifying the sounds of the breath and the cardiac beat of an engine by his personal stethoscope. Among the three auscultations, I particularly liked the first one, P.S.T09, where some delicate sounds introduces the track before the pasty begins tasting burned by smoked bass sequences, and the third one, Flights 09 for his slow minimal involving obscure progression, but also the remaining one, even if a little bit eccentric and not really addressed to dancefloors, entitled Clap 05 sounds really interesting.

Dr.Breitschneider is not greedy as well as he shares his auscultations with other well-versed beat forgers, including False Industries label-boss Yair Etziony, who adds some entrancing drones to Clap 05 (maybe the remix which preserved more original elements of the source code), among which there are some brilliant versions, in particular the "nostalgic" one of Clap 05 by Donnacha Costello under the moniker MSF, who tuned the track into a piece which seems coming from the primordial archives of 90s post-Detroit techno forgers such as Dietrich Schoenemann or Taylor Deupree featuring nice bubbly synths cauterizing and cymbal-propelled stomping beats, Lobeygram aka Gabe Morley's one (maybe the most defaced version of Clap 05, but not less interisting than the original track...) and the eccentric foggy dubstep make-up of Stream by the mysterious moniker Tramway V, maybe the most groundbreaking among the remixes included in this juicy release.

NARSTI: Stereo Nazi

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 01 2010
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Artist: NARSTI
Title: Stereo Nazi
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Influenced by the latest Prodigy, Narsti, from UK, landed on Basserk on the fourth volume of the Some Tunes CD compilation series and now they are ready to deliver their first EP titled STEREONAZI. Two out of four tracks are new ones as "Not as strong as the machines" was already on the fore mentioned compilation and the closing track is a remix of the main track (which now sounds like a dance tune for nuclear bombing). On this EP Narsti followed the rule "if you have to do it hard, do it harder" and brought hard beats, syncopated distortions and many layers of rhythm plus balanced doses of synth arpeggios. Their formula isn't new but work well and Nasti know where to hit!

RAWFARE: Floor Luv Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 01 2010
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Artist: RAWFARE
Title: Floor Luv Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Included into the fourth volume of the Some Tunes series compilation, Rawfare's "Floor luv" has now been released as remix EP where you can find an extended mix of the original tune (which sounds like a mix of house and dance with pistol pop distortions) plus four remixes: Keatch (they focused the remix on techno distortions with digital synth leads in evidence), Volatile (they de-structured the original tune using original vocal samples and focusing their sound on hard techno influences), Distrakt (acid, techno and 8bit distortions are the core of this remix) and Shock And Awe (they opted for a cinematic slow dub grime approach). If you are in need for 30 minutes of dance sounds, check this one...

CAPACOCHA: Follow Me Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 25 2010
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Artist: CAPACOCHA
Title: Follow Me Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
As the title suggests, FOLLOW ME REMIXES is a collection of remixes of Capacocha's "Follow me" song. On this release we have 13 version of the track and the peculiarity is that each remixer worked on the track of the previous one. I'll try to describe them. Ricky y Rulo made a great mix of electro and dance with stop and go. Petr Passive, did a mid tempo retro gaming version with distorted synth lines and filtered robotic vocals, focusing on melody and 4/4 rhythms. Rawfare, made a distorted syncopated dance track with raw vocals. Ray, focused on clean vocals (that recalled me LCD Soundsystem), upbeat dance rhythms and distorted bass lines. Sjammie the Money, after an intro made of synth chords and 80s dance atmospheres, turned the song into a nightmarish electro dance song just to switch between the two. Cepi, de-structured the song and made two different parts (the first almost techno with repeated vocal samples and the second a sort of grime techno mix). Fantastadon, remixed the tune making it turn into a great cinematic mix of ambient dub and grime. Ikki, focused their mix on an hypochondriac blend of synth wave and techno. Bronstibock, chose 4/4 distortions alternating grime, techno and dance. Aux Raus, mix sounds like a upbeat blend of gabber and synth wave. Jack Lomo, did a seducing mix using dance syncopated atmospheres and distorted bass lines with the original vocals on evidence. De Grote Vinnie, Donnie En Sjakie Show remixed the track keeping the essential and adding distorted filtered synth leads. Rufus Baxendale, kept the original vocals adding sweeping synths, distorted 8 bit bass lines and upbeat dry drum beats. Nice release!

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.


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