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LUSINE: A Certain Distance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 08 2009
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Artist: LUSINE
Title: A Certain Distance
Format: CD
Label: Ghostly
Rated: *****
As reported by his bio: "Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for 10 years now". During these years he recorded for different labels (Hymen, Isophlux, U-Cover) before "landing" on Ghostly and he created different kind of electronic landscapes where rhythm and ambience were the main element. With his newest album A CERTAIN DISTANCE he moves his music a step ahead by adding to his fluffy rhythmical complicated texture beautiful melodies and vocals. Helped on "Two dots" and "Twilight" by Vilja Larjosto and by Caitlin SHerman on "Gravity" on vocals and lyrics, Lusine enriched its music widening the musical spectrum. If tracks like "Thick of it" or "Baffle" are already able to burst many feelings thanks to multi layered sounds and rhythms (loops and synths create an ever changing flow of different sounds), the tracks with vocals add that touch of soul that you wouldn't expect. It's so relaxing... it welcomes you into a comfortable place like you're laying on a fluffy cloud watching to a beautiful starry night.

Riverz End: Possible

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 07 2009
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Artist: Riverz End (@)
Title: Possible
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Rated: *****
A free download-only item available from the website of the Russian label Lagunamuch and even if the label warns the listener, not to try to understand the sense of this nickname, I am highly interested to know who stands behind this mysterious act. And regarding the nick-name: well, what’s wrong to name a band project after a title of the SKINNY PUPPY-album "Last Rites" (is that a fair interpretation, Mr. Daut?)? This project is a very well-done surprise – what do I say? – maybe the best free downloadable surprise since years! Cinematic and dark sounding Electronica in some way comparable to FLAGUE or ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ unites with a rhythmically outfit, which often draws relations to THE KLINIK – this marvelous soundtrack drives most of the latest Tympanik, Hands, Hymen/Ant-Zen – releases against the wall! Too bad, that this epic trip ends after only 35 minutes, but I’ve lately seldom heard anything else addictive. As for the highlights well-balanced through this available 9 tracks, there’s in the first instance to name the title track, since "Possible" is a pearl of an authentic Dark-Electro-tune with programming abilities very near to FIX8:SED8 or OBJECT. "Fresh Wound" or "Magenta Violence" impress with complex rhythm- and percussion-programming abilities by using multiple Hi-Q – constructions. Rather more scary and ominous sounding are tracks like "Huge Face" or "Other Dreams", which both concentrate to leave the listener breathless with its thrilling atmospheres. Last, but not least, the ultra-wide reverberating effects used on "To Forget World To Remember World" have something special, too. Well, what finally can go wrong, if also Athur Berent of ABSTRACT AVENUE is aboard by offering a decent cover art for this new Russian talent? Have I mentioned above, that this item is freely available? – this is a must-have download, get it!

MISS YETTI: Zuckerbrot Und Peitsche

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 04 2009
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Artist: MISS YETTI
Title: Zuckerbrot Und Peitsche
Format: CD
Label: Gold Und Liebe
Rated: *****
Released after two years after her previous album "Insights" (her second), Miss Yetti is back with ZUCKERBROT UND PEITSCHE (that is meaning "The carrot and the stick"). Henrietta Schemall helped by René Werner Bessel worked during these couple of years at the redefinition of her music thanks to a minimal approach to sound (often looped melodies and rhythms have been used) and thank also to the use of her voice. Electro tracks (see the nice "Why" or the particular instrumental "Auro aurora" which mix semi i.d.m. rhythms and synth melodic lines) are alternated with ones sounding more techno and hypnotic where vocals, if present, are used to enrich the sound (check "Nass" or "Lost"). The album sounds different from the previous ones and for sure Miss Yetti sound is like a work in progress and I appreciated also the bonus track/video of "Blasebalg" where she worked with D.A.F.'s Robert Gorl composing an instrumental track that unfortunately didn't amaze me because it seems to lack of original ideas (it sounds like a demo where a synth loop and a 4/4 bass drum are the core of the track where some noises are added here and there). ZUCKERBROT UND PEITSCHE sounds nice but you feel that something is still missing.

PLAYDOE: Sibot And Spoek Are Playdoe

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 28 2009
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Artist: PLAYDOE
Title: Sibot And Spoek Are Playdoe
Format: 12"
Label: Jarring Effects
Rated: *****
Coming from South Africa, Playdoe, as stated by their debut 12", are Sibot And Spoek. Living in the opposite side of Johannesburg, the duo were already active with different projects. Spoek Mathambo is original from Soweto and is descended from distant African royalty. He with with Mokgata is active as Sweat.X but he's also active as Bulgarian or DJ Edjotronicand. He also run a blog (sdotx.blogspot.com) where he track down the South African electro/hip hop sounds. Sibot a.k.a. DJ Fuck is the white man behind the electronic gears. He's been active with Max Normal, Constructus, Closet Snare, Knights of the Round and Real Estate Agents. Their MLP contains six great electro hip hop tunes (plus a great dance distorted remix of the opening tune) that sounds like a mix of 80's electro funk (see Professor X, Egyptian Lover and Newcleus), electro pop and a bit of breakbeat. Even if based on classic retro electro sounds (which I love) their mix sounds really fresh. Take for example "Metro" (a sort of upbeat nightly synthpop tune that wink the eye to Soft Cell) or the opening "It's that beat" (a great electro hip hop tune that features the catchy female voice of Chi Chi), both have catchy melodies and bouncing rhythms. Good to party with and to listen to when you need for an energy shot. Check some tunes at the label's website as well as at the band's myspace. Great release!

$JAMMIE THE MONEY: Get Paid

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 25 2009
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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY
Title: Get Paid
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
$Jammie The Money is back bringing to your ears some more bouncing rhythms, grime distortion and fun. The digital E.P. opens the dances with "Break even", a track that each The Prodigy lover should check. "Get paid" with its syncopate rhythms will drive you crazy thanks to its stop and go and to its dancey attitude. "Monkey in my brain" features MilkMoneyMaffia on vocals and it could be a great electro grime single. The filtered toy like vocals are fun and $Jammie great choice of rap'n'grime sounds/arrangements will make of this one your favorite tune of the week. The closing tracks "The money maker" is a mid tempo tune with many stops and go, crossing sounds, bleeps and energy. You can check each track of this E.P. at the Basserk website.


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