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DIEB: Modules Ep

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Dec 01 2009
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Artist: DIEB
Title: Modules Ep
Format: 12"
Label: False Industrie
Distributor: What People Play
Rated: *****
Dieb is the musical project of Berliner Til Kerlin. Since 2002 he is cooperating with performers and visual artists like Tomi Paasonen and Tom Neubauer. In 2004 he released his first release on the Italian label Citymorb. Five years later here is the MODULES E.P. The release contains two new tracks "Module 0" and "Module 4" plus two remixes of the same tracks reworked by Maps & Diagram (Tim Martin) and Israeli producer, Yair Etziony. The two original tunes are hypnotic minimal multi layered deep techno tunes where Til plays with rhythms and ambient atmospheres succeeding into diversifying the elements avoiding the "it seems always the same loop" effect. The two remixers are quite different from the original versions as Maps & Diagram created a digital experimental quiet tune a la Fennesz while Yair Etziony gave to "Module 4" a rarefied ambient dub touch. Personally I preferred the original ones but I appreciated the will to experiment of the two guests.

VV.AA: Dub Series Issue 6

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Nov 26 2009
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Dub Series Issue 6
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
On this sixth issue of Vermin Street's Vermin Street Dub Series, we have two Boston native acts: Vapah and Innnerfuze. The first tracks is Vapah's "Chestplate", a tune that mix dub atmosphere and breakbeat editing. The suspended atmosphere create a mysterious theme like on a soundtrack. A bit of melody and reverb, then, add the final touch making of this a nice one. Innerfuze's "Wiak" is a short three minute tune with broken rhythms, tiny techno variations, a bit of acid sounds (check its ending) and a nice robotic melody. Available through addictech.com, juno.co.uk, digital-tunes.net, itunes and amazon.

VV.AA.: Vermin Street Idm/Core Series: Issue 5

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Nov 25 2009
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vermin Street Idm/Core Series: Issue 5
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
Metal Kt opens this fifth volume of the Vermin Street's Idm/Core Series with "Expedition", a track that blend atmospheric synth pads, violin orchestrations, dubstep a some breakbeat patterns. There's a good alternation of relative calmness and energetic bursts. On the other side Encanti's "Chemical flaws" blend dubstep fat bass sounds with xylophone mellow melodies. The track little by little grows and we arrive to a syncopated relaxation just to pass to double time beats and distorted kicks after a while. It's like to listen to a lounge record gone mad. Nice... Available from the 24th November through Juno, Addictech, Digital-Tunes, iTunes and Amazon.

VV.AA.: Idm Core Series Issue4

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Nov 24 2009
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Idm Core Series Issue4
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
Vermin Street's fourth issue of IDM Core series sees NastyNasty delivering a great track made of syncopated drums, breakcore rhythms and a melancholic but also energetic melody that will stick in your ears. "Dancefloors and deathrattles" in only two minutes and half has so many good elements and moment that it's a pity that it is so short. You'll be devastated by short romantic violins breaks, 4/4 blasting kick drums, catchy vocal melodies, etc. On the other side we have a remix of an old DJ C track "Boston Bounce" by Encanti titled "I Represent Boston". It starts with a nice hip hop synth crescendo. After a couple of minutes we have a wall of crunchy synths empowering the tune and after another couple the rhythm pattern go crazy with breakbeats moments. Really good double A side digital release. As usual it is available at addictech.com, juno.co.uk, digital-tunes.net, itunes and amazon.

MIKKEL MEYER: Bacon

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Nov 18 2009
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Artist: MIKKEL MEYER
Title: Bacon
Format: CD
Label: Statler & Waldorf
Rated: *****
Like a menu based on Danish dishes, Mikkel Meyer named his tracks after his grandmother recipes. Forty years ago, before the 70's immigration, Danish cousin most important spices were: salt, pepper and bacon and from this we have the album's title. "Tatar" is the first course then followed by "Tunge" (feat. Non from Shadowhuntaz), "Dyreryg", "Kotelet", "Kokostosca" (feat. Chidi Benz from Tanzania), "Bananasplit" (feat. Lufu), "Ostetærte", "Flødebudding" and "Jordbærkage". Musically, Mikkel Meyer's ingredients are dub, ambient, dubstep, grime (I love those grinding synth bass lines) and hip hop (when he has guests on vocals). Sounding atmospheric the tracks are able to build a kinda mysterious halo where dubstep rhythms duet with layers of ambient distorted sounds. I enjoyed all the tracks and I just loved the Swahili vocals on "Kokostosca" and Lufu's vocals (he's also from Tanzania) on the following "Bananasplit".


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