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QUARTERSIZED: Party Political

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 22 2010
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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Party Political
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: MOMT
Rated: *****
The fourth CD-r/digital download E.P. by Quartesized is focused on the UK General Election (which were coinciding when he released it). The four tracks ideally are the most political ones he released because the opening "Known unknowns" and "Dub nation" have samples from the Donald Rumsfold's famous War on Terror speech (where he tries to play with words to convince people that war was right but the effect was hilarious) and from food critic and film maker Michael Winner (his speech is focused on banks that created the current crisis). The other two tracks "Kinder funk" and "Two fear parties" are focused on kid parties, when everything seemed so simple, for the first and to adult parties, when everything seems so hollow and you are forced to have fun. This time, musically, Ian opted for tracks rhythmically less aggressive (only the opening "Known unknowns" has a grime touch) but always influenced by dub and electronic extravaganza. Always interesting to check...

RHYTHM MONKS: Primal Beat

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 21 2010
Artist: RHYTHM MONKS
Title: Primal Beat
Format: 12"
Distributor: Zebralution
Rated: *****
Formed by a team of mysterious producers that live in the Berlin area, the Rhythm Monks will release a 12" titled PRIMAL BEAT, on July the 21th. It contains three versions of the main track which into its video edit version is based on a rhythm popular in the Siguiri, Kankan and Kouroussa regions in Africa which is used during disputes among the men of the villages. This preamble is to make people understand that the team wants to link their music to the tribal origin of music where rhythm was playing a basic part of life. The original tune has an involving rhythm, a simple bass line and fresh vocals thanks to their guest, Barbara Panther. The whole result is a nice dance electro pop summer song with tribal approach. The other two tracks are remixes by Timo Maas (he did a great techno electro tune with driving rhythms and saturated sounds) and Mutant Clan (their version of the song show their ability to make techno psychedelic sessions, as it seems kinda mixed during a live performance). In my opinion this single is a summer release that is kinda hiding what is next, because judging by the video posted on the Rhythm Monks website their are capable of much more. They have an innovative show make of screen projections and interactive midi music/images system. As remported on their website: "All-shaped drums with electronic pads, a robot built by robocross.de as well as unique projection techniques are part of the extraordinary show".

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

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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.


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