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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.

ALEMO: Future Veterans

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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


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