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Audrey Katz: All In

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 17 2010
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Artist: Audrey Katz
Title: All In
Format: CD EP
Label: Leonizer
Distributor: Idol
The Parisienne Dj Audrey Katz is one of the most toughened female producer facing the electro-dance scene as well as one of the busiest and most courted dj in France - two recent important dates in her organizer being a dj-set at Cannes Festival and at the nice Panic Room, one of the nicest à la mode place in Paris -. After refining her djing skills, touring a lot of renowned clubs in Paris (Social Club, Showcase, NY Club, Batofar, Flèche d’Or and so on…) and in other cities all over the planet, sharing headphones and mixers with other famous male (Jim Connolly aka DJ JVC, the lustful duo Jesse & Crabbe, Kitsune, Ariel Wizman, Tepr, Dj Pone from the collective Birdy Nam Nam - implicated in this disco crime with a remix of Discolights - and many other ones… ) and female (Roxy Cottontail, Nadège Winter,…), this red-haired seducing many audiences with her wildly elegant style shows some electro-dance calisthenics on this Ep issued by Leonard de Leonard’s label Leonizer, including two energized tracks - Discolight and Drugs - , which are going to free the anchor on European most refined disco clubs, and some remixes - no one a part of the above-mentioned one by Dj Pone and Drugs’s Lazy Flow Goes Harder Remix is able to reach the peaks of boosting energy of the original tracks in my modest opinion -. Both of them release Audrey’s self confidence with sampling as well as her armory of percussion and sample-a-delic tricks any trained dj gradually learns on mixer (modified vocals samples, guessed pauses after breathtaking hard stepping, effects on snare drums, slips and slopes on pitch controller and so on). An All-in (or I’d better say a show-down, borrowing some certain terminology from poker dictionary!) proving Madamoiselle Katz knows how to rock da house!

ART BLEEK: Message To The Dreamer

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 16 2010
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Artist: ART BLEEK
Title: Message To The Dreamer
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Next (@)
Rated: *****
Mixing techno and house Art Bleek is back with a full length album titled MESSAGE TO THE DREAMER. Bringing in hypnotic and Miami house lushy atmospheres Arthur Pochon on the ten tracks of the album focused his efforts on the creation of a progressive atmosphere where the alternation of bass lines and rhythms are the main elements. Melody is at the service of the rhythm which is now syncopated and now 4/4. Sounds come and go while the main rhythm bounce and lead the whole track. Now obsessive and now dreamy Art Bleek will please the lover of house music...

VV.AA.: Vermin VS Noah23 EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 16 2010
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vermin VS Noah23 EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street (@)
Distributor: Additech
Rated: *****
Noah Brickley a.k.a. Noah 23 has almost 20 years of activity into the independent hip hop scene with ten albums on his back. The people at Vermin Street decided to celebrate with a collaborative E.P. where you can find Vinyl Blight (Vermint Street's Nick musical outlet) duetting with Noah on the original mix of "Blackstone" followed by five remixes of the tune. They are brought you by Mochipet (the Glitch Hop version is based on lead synths and man, he knows how to make those oscillators work!), Dsub, the man behind Boston's Glitch and Wonky Hop monthly "Lost In Bass" and partner of the Glitch.FM radio show of the same name, brings a less aggressive version which is still able to make you bounce while the synth pads create the atmosphere. Innerfuze's Itc Hop version keeps out the main melodies and replace them with reverbered drums and bass frequencies. ParanoidZen's Head Spin mix sounds like a two step/d'n'b dark psychedelic one. ArcRunner is the last one and turn the track into a grime industrial tune. Another great release that you'll find exclusively at Additech starting from May the 26th.

AUDDIE: Ein Bergamotte

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 14 2010
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Artist: AUDDIE
Title: Ein Bergamotte
Format: 12"
Label: Full Panda
Rated: *****
With fifteen years of activity into the electronic field, Auddie is releasing his latest 12" for the Full Panda label. The opening track "Bergamotte" is a eight minutes techno obsessive tune based on bass lines alternation. The second one, "Goldmund", is a bit more hypnotic with looping elements and light industrial rhythms here and there which couple the analog drum beats. The third and last one "Craz electron" is based on minimal rhythmical and melodic progressions with the add of treated vocal and guitar samples toward the third of the seven minutes. Nice one...

MUSIC BOX: November

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May 14 2010
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Artist: MUSIC BOX
Title: November
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Lydian Label
Rated: *****
Music Box is a collaboration between Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and Todd Baker and NOVEMBER is their first E.P. Mixing i.d.m. rhythms, kinda romantic or lounge jazzy piano melodies and great guitar lines the duo have created a particular music made of many layers. The complex structure characteristic of minimal techno music won't stop the occasional listener to relax digging the mood of the opening "November" or the following "King fisher". Try to imagine an i.d.m. version of King Of Convenience and you'll have pretty much an idea of Music Box's sound. Along with the three original tunes you'll find a cool remix of "King fisher" where all the instruments have been cut into tiny peaces and plaid creating a nice i.d.m. lounge track where the main piano chords duet with fractal sounds.


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