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Bleeding Heart Narrative: Lung Mangled Bear

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 18 2009
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Artist: Bleeding Heart Narrative
Title: Lung Mangled Bear
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Tartaruga Records (@)
Rated: *****
Available for free at the Tartaruga Records website, LUNG MANGLED BEAR is the title of the Bleeding Heart Narrative remix album. To celebrate the release of Oliver Barrett's second album "Tongue Tangled Hair", Tartaruga Records asked to different artists to pick up one song from the latest album and to remix it. Every one reworked the tracks trying to carry Bleeding Heart Narrative's essence into theirs. Did they succeed? As usual this is up to your musical taste but if some of them (Brassica, Brometer, Max Bondi, Throwing Stones and Blinddate) decided to show the romantic shoegaze side of the project and others (The Exploits of Elaine, Talkingmakesnosense, Ala Muerte, DJ Topgear, Euhedral and Keyboard Choir) went for the experimental string/drone side, the remaining ones (Okkam, Ladyscraper, Destructo Swarmbots, JR Seaton and DJ Floorclearer) gave to Bleeding Heart Narrative tracks a new life by giving to them a total new sound using breakbeat, dub, techno influences, surprising me. Destructo Swarmbots, for example turned "The Cartographer" into an anxious ambient dub and Ladyscraper transformed "Port and Cigars" into a melancholic breakbeat/idm track song, where melody, upbeat tempos and a bit of craziness sound just fine. Try it, it's free...

SEVEN OCTAVES: Nativity Set

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Dec 18 2009
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Artist: SEVEN OCTAVES
Title: Nativity Set
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
I already talked about Seven Octaves some time ago when I reviewed their "Simple Work" CD and since their approach to electronic music is quite unconventional I didn't know what to expect from an E.P. of Christmas carols. Kenny MacKenzie on this digital release (which is on sale at 1.98 USD) presents four traditional X-mas songs "Coventry Carol", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Deck the Halls", "Si Me Dan Pasteles" and an original tune titled "Incarnate". The four traditional tracks have been filtered through Kenny's techno ambient touch and sound great. A bit of mystery have been added to the joyful themes and now it seems to listen to Kraftwerk play X-mas tunes going door to door looking for robot hearts to warm. Now "Deck the halls" seems ready to be used for the soundtrack of the next "Clockwork orange" like movie but just check if Santa has a knife when he will visit you and everything will be ok. "Incarnate" is the only original and it sounds like a ambient funk tune that recalls me Vangelis. Nice...

BRONSTIBOK: Wob Me

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Dec 09 2009
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Artist: BRONSTIBOK
Title: Wob Me
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk
Rated: *****
Mixing dub, grime and electro, Bronstibok are back with a new digital release on Basserk. WOB ME contains six new tracks to party with: "Kanja" opens the dance with its semi reggae flavor mixed with energetic fat bass lines followed by "Ooohh" where the syncopated rhythms duet with bass distortions. "Pony pony" mix the previous influences with electro attitude while "Staccato" and "That's good" go for a techno approach. The closing "Wob me" mix grime sounds with a bit of pop attitude on the vocals sounding like an electronic jungle dance anthem.

LEWSOR: No Error

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 06 2009
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Artist: LEWSOR (@)
Title: No Error
Format: CD
Label: Audio Trauma (@)
Rated: *****
Ex member of Extasick (band that recorded their album on D-Trash Records) Matthieu Gosselin started Lewsor in 2005 producing his debut album "Rather Die Than Hear That" for What A Fake! Records. That album gave him some exposure that lead him to the French label Audio Trauma. After some years of work, Matthieu can finally release his digital craziness packed into fourteen new tracks where digital punk, breakbeat and distortion hail the "sound hacker" as well as "the musical pirate" who is behind the Lewsor moniker. Sampling orchestras (check "Industrial brass band" and the following "Junkyard girl") and thousand other musical sources Lewsor offers an album where no prisoners are allowed. Naming Prodigy, Venetian Snares, Aphex Twin and Atari Teenage Riot as influences, Matthieu introduces us to a world of a buggy science fiction where velocity isn't the only way to express even if you'll be attacked by wall of distortions and fragmented rhythms as on many tracks we find also melodic threads to follow as well as song structured tracks (check the guitar driven "Backdoor process" or the semi hip-hop "Musical pirate"). There's so much going on into this album that you'll need more spins to check everything. Good one...
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Artist: Mind.Area
Title: Thenceforward EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Surprise, surprise, a German act has found its way to the Russian promotion group Alter-X. MIND.AREA is a side-project of the German Dark Electro act HUMAN DECAY and awakes musically reminiscences to acts like the legendary ABSCESS. This presented 6 tracks offer a wide ranging diversity with various drum patterns and high-skilled synth play abilities. "Thenceforward" doesn’t rely on the often in a same manner mentioned PUPPYan factor, but shows rather ways to develop out of this chosen path of musically expression. No Hellectro of course, we are talking here of authentic Dark Electro. This EP is definitely one of the best – if not the best – releases of the X-Line label. That the protagonists of MIND.AREA have decided to give this quality Electro stuff for free to their listeners by using the Alter-X Promotion platform is remarkable – and speaks definitely for the quality work of the leaders behind, Mr. Nullklever (FORNAX) and Mr. Denoizer (T_ERROR 404). The skillful programming abilities of MIND.AREA for instance are awesome enough, to let them choose a label of their choice – if the protagonists would decide to watch out for it. A must-download item!



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