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Dieb: Modules Ep

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 25 2010
Artist: Dieb (@)
Title: Modules Ep
Format: 12"
Label: False Industries
Distributor: What People Play/PIAS
Rated: *****
The release number 1 (generally standing as a sort of framed definition of stylistical boundaries and possible directions... call it "concept" if you prefer!) of the new born (sex undefined) baby label from Tel Aviv, False Records, has been signed by the 31 yrs old sound-morpher Til Kerlin aka Dieb, whose production skills borrowed to visual art (he collaborated mainly with esteemed visual performers such as Tomi Paasonen and Tom Neubauer) and some vinyl releases on the Italian label Citymorb – ... and he gained a certain respect in the ultra-indipendent electronic scene through them even if almost uknown... - seem to have been refined further one so that you could appreciate on this ep everything but a playset on Traktor. There are just two "Modules", the first one (numbered 0) is a deep techno movement (very close to ambient), reminding to us a sort of dance-ization of a record by Origami Galaktica remixed by Robert Hood or Akufen (!), rich in subtones, diving basslines, reverbs having a different rate of viscosity with the percussive set so as you could easily compare sounds and rhythm acting like the liquids inside the glass missile-shaped capsule of a Lava Lamp!!! The second Module (numbered 4) hold more tickling and foggy sounds, silently swarming on a 4/4 (with irregular accents disappearing just by the end of the track... ) gummy basslines... it sounds almost scary, but really atmospheric as well. This 001 release is spiced by the presence of two remixes as well: one by the Israeli producer Yair Etziony – drawing a sort of electronic shadowy dub mixing clinging and liquid sounds with a peaceful set of "muted" drones and slow sordid drums – and one by the renowned Uk electronic musician Tim Martin aka Maps & Diagrams, which obtained a rainy and luminous aggregate of ambience frequencies disassembling Module 4, something you could appreciate after a fatiguing work day. There’s some abstract tones reminding to us the era of Staedtzisism (you’ll better understand what I’m speaking about if you remember some releases issued in the beginning of the century by labels such as ~scape... ), but this first release is a good way to start a pot-purri of brand new musical scents... Enjoy it!

Glitterbug: Dim Flares EP

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Feb 23 2010
Artist: Glitterbug (@)
Title: Dim Flares EP
Format: 12"
Label: C-Sides (@)
Distributor: Kompakt
After the peaks on tympanic clapometer reached thanks to its album Supershelter, the German (from Cologne – whose experimental techno scene has been strongly influenced by gay house music as well as by Chicago and Detroit emissions, inducing Glitterbug to introduce it to new notions and emotions... -, but with a solid base of supporters in Israel and Middle East) dj Glitterbug with the complicity of C-Series winks at listener’s ears with a series of 12" aiming to anticipate the issue of its brand new album (some rumours say it’s going to be a double cd) whose issue is expected to be on the forthcoming spring: Dim Flares is just the first of 3 loss leader EPs including some enchanting tracks Glitterbug has piled after the release of the above-mentioned album. This wedge opens with the dreamy flow of So Much More, a 9-minutes long track whose swelling pads, atmospheric sounds, thrilling claps and organic fills will set your mind on a bizarre melancholic euphoric state and let flow your hands on air while bubbling your thoughts, followed by the shading outlines of Deadpan, an intensively emotional dark-ambient miniature featuring some crammed LFOs. The B-side opens with the mesmerizing clappy deep-techno shapes of Daubed Beams, whose vintage style could remind some techno-ambient movements spread in the second part of the Nineties by legendary labels such as R&S or Warp Records as a logical derivation of freezing acids sprayed by 808 State and similar sound-marks, and closes with the "oecumenical" Be Content, whose mitigated arpeggios, shadowy bass lines and soft percussive sets will let you think about a never-ending eyed-off dance . Delicious!

Fernando Daxta: Drunvalo's Drums

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Feb 23 2010
Artist: Fernando Daxta
Title: Drunvalo's Drums
Format: 12"
Label: Sirius Pandi (@)
Distributor: Straight Distribution
Rated: *****
Another brick in the wall of releases briskly raised by Fernando Daxta, one of the freshest and soaky face of the new electronic techno scene, for its own label Sirius Pandi. Even if clearly influenced by the German tech-house scene as well as by some minimalistic branches of the English breakbeat one, he gained a certain respect not only for the support of renowned djs and producer such as Josh Wink and Alexi Delano, but also for its capability in inserting some slices of its personal historical roots in each trach (born in Spain, he lived for a lot of years in South America before moving to Belgium), he’s decided to print a track, Drunvalo’s Drums, he’d already tested on the occasion of some live sets - Finca in Stuttgart (Germany), Electrosonic Festival in Burgos (Spain)or Spartacus in Aix-en-provence (France) – which gained an enthusiastic reaction by hotheaded audiences -. There are two versions of the mentioned track: the first one, The Age of Consciousness mix, looks like a mantra with entrancing "mute" tribal drums texturing an hypnotic web on paddy synths and bumpy plastic bass hits which has been "eroticized" by possessed vocal wailings by the Colombian singer Natalia Davila during a session in Mexico City, the latter is a treatment proposed by Mr.Statik with rave-y and liquid fills on the percussive parts combined with some crescendo and cuts frequently used by skilled djs dealing with minimal electronic techno stompers in order to add exquisite fripperies to a track. Even if more anchored to classical minimalistic hooks (a tremolo on a synth-pad and a perfect shaping on bass sounds together with malicious bubbly vocal samples), you’ll also enjoy (and dance) Quien Anda Ahi on B2, a track which seems to be a transmission grabbed from eleventh dimension!

MISK: Nintendont E.P.

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 23 2010
Artist: MISK
Title: Nintendont E.P.
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street (@)
Rated: *****
With eight years of experience producing bass music, from D'n'B to dubstep and now glitch hop and with releases out on Terminal Dusk, Savory Audio, Code of Arms and Rogue Dubs, Misk stressed his Nintendo Gameboy to get some of its characteristic sounds and built around those two great dub'n'bass tunes. "Nintendont" and "Radio theatre" are two mid tempos with fat bass lines, catchy bleepy melodies and dubstep rhythms that will make you ask for more! On the E.P. there are also two remixes of the main track by NastyNasty and Petr Passive. They kept the whole sound ambience by tweaking a bit the melody but giving to the track a new life. Petr Passive made of it an upbeat syncopated tune ready for the dancefloor. Shake that booty!

Zebra Baby: W.A.R.

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Feb 20 2010
Artist: Zebra Baby
Title: W.A.R.
Format: CD EP
Label: ITD (@)
Rated: *****
Warning, nasty music’s aficionados! An over-excited Zebra Baby has escaped from its forced New York shutting up in order to crop all the grass of your musical kitchen garden; this mischievous pet has been conceived by a fiery musical liaison between Ali Ramos (what a wonderful name for a dj and producer coming from the criminal-junkied up Oakland, one of the most nice city in California and even of the city in the world having no south quarter laying on the lovely Lake Merritt) and the cheeky singer Char Johnson, whose sexy vocal skills have been spread in the electro-discoid glittering planet by the famous dance-hitter Hustler by the renowned electronic dance act Simian Mobile’s Disco, whose romantic set was Char’s apartments on Washington Heights. Much to my annoyance, you’re going to make a mistake if you’ll consider this project just another collection of eggy rumble-like buzzing noises and bleepy sounds or just a musical yawn pong, as Zebra Baby’s neighs are blended with breaks inherited from the tradition of the contemporary electronic hip-hop and some nice sound samples all over the play-plot; this Ep issued by the German independent label ITD includes three nice tracks showing ZB sound: the nasty +1 features licentious whinnies (warning: explicit recommendations for cuties denying the existence of sun&moon shines), a phat jumped brass &bass pattern, bizarre inserts of oriental choruses and a bewildering gamelan-ish xylophone, while the next (healthily provocative) track, Jumbo, has a more classical rhythmical riding nicely textured with laser-like sounds and a slight of vintage on heavy bass dubby lines. Propelled by a slice of offensive wantonness as usual, W.A.R. is surely the track I prefer for that abstract sense of balance between a certain vintage taste combined with some trigger-happy dj’s artillery on beat pattern, whose wicked make-up by Chris De Luca (one leg of Funkstorung) could stand as a body of evidence of the appeal of ZB sound with mixer’s possible divertssment! The Ep also includes a booty-breakin remix of +1 by the Bavarian Schlachthof Bronx (Man Recordings), pulverizing the original version and ideally checking pulsations of the pet with a funny trickery game on nice chirpy pulses, but don’t miss the more obscure dubstep-like Booty D’s remix of Jumbo (just on digital download version of the EP) as well as the bizarre way of performance Zebra baby’s going to set inspired by their nippo-Swiss friends Tim & Puma Mimi, based on the funny usage of Skype’s technology (a dj performs on "real" stage, while the singer performs through the wire by using Skype’s videochat!), you could enjoy on Zebra Baby’s myspace! What a wonderful world!

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