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ALEMO: Future Veterans

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 25 2009
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Artist: ALEMO
Title: Future Veterans
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Next (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Dutch producers Terrace & The Moderator and born initially as a one song project after a Veteran's day celebration in an East-Holland city, Alemo is now releasing their first E.P. titled FUTURE VETERANS. Their techno/trance style is driven by bouncing rhythms and melodic powerful bass lines. The E.P. contains three original instrumental songs "Liberation", "Starpath" and "Our anarchy" plus an Estroe remix of the opening one. Even if "Liberation" is a good tune that will catch the attention of techno lovers "Our anarchy" is the track I prefer because its Miami atmosphere with outstanding melodic layers coupled to a recitative filtered vocal create a great atmosphere. The closing tune, the Estroe remix of "Liberation", is a nice tune which offers a dilated version of the song.

MILANESE: Lockout

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Jul 27 2009
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Artist: MILANESE
Title: Lockout
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
With several releases on Warp Records, MG77, Combat, Arcola and Planet Mu, Steve Milanese for this second release on Planet Mu is refreshing his grime dubstep style and songs with the vocal help of Ben Sharpa and RQM & Oliver Grimball. The album contains twelve songs (the double 12" has only five of them) that sum his activities of the last period: there are a couple of mixes he did ("Take This Love" for Unique 3 and "Shake Wut Ya Mama Gave Ya" for Booty Cologne) plus a couple of versions of "B Sharpa", three of "The End" (the normal one, the untold and the off mix), a couple of "Disclosure" (the normal one and the instrumental) plus other three ("Fun with robots" is a short joke with him playing with vocal effects, "Baby blue - remix" and the following "Wonderful world" are cool dubstep upbeat tunes with grime bass lines/rhythms/vocals). Most of the album deals with the same style and some of them stand out (see the good dub, almost reggae, mid tempo version of "The end - untold remix") but being a collection of tracks and remixes I'd suggest to check it first if you aren't and hardcore fan of Milanese... Some tracks are on his myspace www.myspace.com/milanese1

LEGION OF TWO: Riffs

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 23 2009
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Artist: LEGION OF TWO
Title: Riffs
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Distributor: Good Fellas, Neuton, Import, La Baleine, Dot
Rated: *****
Slow, granitic and distorted are the adjectives that fit RIFFS the best, but this album is able to be also rhythmic and hypnotic at the same time. Born from the collaboration of Alan O'Boyle (also active as Decal with different releases on Satamile, Planet Mu and Rotters Golf Club as well as producer/remixer for Redneck Manifesto, Two Lone Swordsmen, Jape, Super Extra Bonus Party to name few) and David Lacey (Dublin based drummer and percussionist who's many collaborations at his active in the field of improvised music as well as being one of the driving forces behind the I+E Festival in Dublin), Legion Of Two, created nine cinematic tracks that blend blasting drumming, industrial/ambient sounds and fat bass lines. Tracks like "Turning point" or "Handling noise" will lead you through lands made of grinding sounds, drum improvisations and dub intuitions. You can check some clips at their myspace page www.myspace.com/thelegionoftwo

VV. AA.: Chronik I

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 21 2009
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Artist: VV. AA.
Title: Chronik I
Format: CD
Label: Trepok (@)
Rated: *****
First Trepok release I review, and it looks like we’re dealing with an electronic label from Swiss, in my book this one of those label that’s worth of a try if you’re in dear old soft, melodic and classy electronic music. IDM-ambient-dj materials with a really easy-listening feel or with a blatant pop-hook like in the case of Eiko, you’ve people from allover Europe since you’ve projects coming from Norway, Italy, Swiss, Portugal, France, etc. But given for granted we couldn’t care less about the geographical location of an artist unless he/she’s good and we’re dealing with a bunch of good songs here. I think you probably know some artists featured here like Philip Petit or Vitor Joaquim, but shame of me I didn’t know that much about the majority of the other musicians. The fact is beside some steady tempo tracks, among the soft experimental sound and the post-ambient, IDM influences you’ve something that starts right where samplers like Warp’s glorious "Artificial Intelligence" left off, the comparison is addressed to those of you that are into indie-tronica, or to those who miss the soft touch of Warp electronic-ambient heyday. As you already know I’ve never been that much into samplers, but this an homogenous and relaxing listening, that’s exactly what you probably look for when approaching a various artist compilation like this.


FUTURE BEAT ALLIANCE: Patience And Distance

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Jun 30 2009
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Artist: FUTURE BEAT ALLIANCE
Title: Patience And Distance
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Next (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 1996 Matthew Puffett is the guy behind the Future Beat Alliance moniker and PATIENCE AND DISTANCE is his third full length release. Available as digital download the album offers fourteen tracks influenced by ambient and Detroit techno. His lush sounds recalled me some atmospheres created by Marco Bernardi/Octogen (check the beautiful "Breath in your fear" where Matthew created a convincing mix of melody, upbeat rhythms using warm sounds) as well as some Miami atmospheres a la Gosub. Growing cyclic structures are used to create strong atmospheric moments where you are lost into fluctuating sounds and rich rhythmic textures. Some tracks need more than a listening to be fully appreciated because at first they sound a little naive melodically talking but with the listening I appreciated also the extemporaneous experimental attitude (check the semi random notes of "Calculated notes" or the strings arrangement on "Which direction").


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