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Displacer: The Witching Hour

 Posted by Michael Grillo   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 26 2009
Artist: Displacer
Title: The Witching Hour
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
Displacer’s fourth release "The Witching Hour" is a very stylized album that utilizes a number of diverse elements such as old horror movie samples, trip hop rhythms, classic hip hop beats, and an array of new and vintage synthesizer sounds. All of these elements work together to form a very cohesive, relaxed, and stylish piece of work that achieves the dual effect of being sexy and campy (but in a good way that is satirical). And it is for this reason that "The Witching Hour" is my opinion an ideal after hours album, as it definitely an record that can take you home and set you right after a long night of clubbing and the excesses that often go along with it. Some of the album’s highlights include "Nag Champa," (with is an achievement in and of itself in that it is one of few tracks to actually use the classic synthesizer clap sound in a way that sounds good), "Squirm" which is just a beautiful and emotionally poignant piece of music, and the album’s title track which is very much reminiscent of the Thrill Kill Kult of old. All in all, I would highly recommend "The Witching Hour" to anyone who likes trip hop and alternative house. I also highly recommend it for those after hours parties where good music is so hard come by.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 24 2009
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Artist: LOSOUL
Title: Care
Format: CD
Label: Playhouse
Rated: *****
Active since 1996, Losoul is the creature of Peter Kremeier. Is newest album will be released on April for Playhouse, a sub-label of the Ongaku family. The ten tracks of the album show very well Peter's ability into creating rich soundscapes made of minimal techno/house rhythms and sounds. The album open with three great minimal techno tunes "Slightly" (this one contains jazzy samples and fragmented sounds used to enrich the rhythm structure are its main attraction), "The crush" (this one sounds like a creepy suspended minimal techno one where on the final part syth pads sounds duet with a great violin synth. This one will convince you for the way it grows) and "Up the beach" (a nice synthetic bass line meet pumping drums and stereo wind explosions). Also "The lords of sanity" is a nice one with a convincing tiny melodic final part. "Vacuum stance" is a nice track good for NY dark neighbors. With "Sunlite" the atmosphere changes and house music starts to influence deeply this tune and the following "Gridlock". "Deuce" leave house for a particular minimal atmosphere where house rhythms are coupled to an obsessive looped bass line and reversed synth sounds. House and techno are mixed on "To last" but there's always a dark atmosphere crawling. "Btw" is a 30" joke where a voice tells "oops, I forgot to say a metaphore... sucker!"

CLP: Homecourt/Dip Shorty E.P.

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 23 2009
Artist: CLP
Title: Homecourt/Dip Shorty E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Shitkatapult
Rated: *****
Chris De Luca musical history begins in 1995 with "Godzilla vs. Metalhead", the first 7" of Funkstörung. He along with Michael Fakesch released different records for various labels (their last one has been !K7) and remixed tons of other artists of the likes of Björk, Faust and Jean-Michel Jarre. After ending that adventure ten years after, Chris released a solo album in 2002, titled "Deadly Wiz Da Disko" and on this one he started to put hip-hop influences into his sound. CLP experience started in 2006 when Chris teamed up with Phon.o. They collaborated before, exactly when Funkstörung had still to do some gigs when Michael Fakesch already left: Phon.o helped out and the duo noticed that there was a good chemistry. CLP a.k.a. Chris de Luca vs Phon.o released their first album "Supercontinental " on October 2008 for Shitkatapult. This 12" contains two versions of two tracks coming from that album and on both of them we have the NYC rapper Kovas on vocals. Side A has the "CLP double dutch mix" and "Housemeister's eurodance mix" versions of Homecourt (the first one is a adrenaline hip-hop shot with brass sounds, choruses and stops and go while Housemeister is giving to it a techno 4/4 versions). Side B opens with the original mix of "Dip shorty" followed by the "Bugati force rabiata mix" of it. A distorted lo-fi version with 8 bit guitar samples and cool vocal mixes.

VV.AA.: Some Tunes II

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 17 2009
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Some Tunes II
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Almost three years after the first Basserk CD compilation, we are ready to dig another one. Presenting bands coming from the label's roster as well as other new acts, SOME TUNES II brings to the attention of electronic dance/electro/punk music lovers sixteen new exciting tracks. Mixing the rough bass distortions of grime, the atmospheres of dub and the rhythms of dance we have the opening "Steeve anthem" by Lazy Late Kidz, "Wuble" by Gtronic, "Purple Cactus" by Nobody Beats the Drum, "Skampa" by Fantastadon and "Don't front" by $jammie The Money. Punk electro with a bit of funk is represented by Capachoca's "Follow me" (they recalled me LCD Sound System). The remaining artists are proud members of the electro club: we can find under this genre many currents that goes from the funk electro of The Moi Non Plus remixed by 3-1, the extravagant electro mixed with break beat of Nobody Beats The Drum, the pure electro dancey mysterious "Predator re-edit" by Quick & Brite, the punky distortions of Three Cheers for Dirty feat. Blondin, the dance samples of Transformer di Roboter remixed by Zingone (if you like Daft Punk check this out), the retro electro sounds of Plemo and Rampue, the beautiful "Caramel" by MilkMoneyMaffia (already released on their download only EP I reviewed months ago), the minimal funk lo-fi electro pop of Monkey Maer, the horror punk electro of Vince the Prince's "Durty" and the closing "Lowmowerman" by Bronstibock. Groovy!