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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 01 2008
Title: Musik
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
MilkMoneyMaffia is a project of a Greenland's guy called Jark Gurken and MUSIK is his first release. Available as download only the seven tracks mini is the second of the Basserk's AllDigital releases. If with Drifter TV Basserk explored the acid techno, with MilkMoneyMaffia we're back on the pure electro field. The first track "Smelly finger" is a mid tempo minimal electro song with a grime bass line, while "Caramel" recalls m,e since the first drum hits, the Egyptian Lover electro style. "Stinky stanky" and "The Peanutbutter song", instead, are good for a Gigolo Records compilation. "Cuba Pete" is a mix of salsa cut-ups with a techno bass line. With "Gone" everything changes and we have a nice slow ballad with electronic sounds and brass samples. "Milkmoney" closes the mini with a good catchy electro mid tempo. Jark made a good debut and you'll be convinced by his powerful sounds and by his double filtered vocals which create a funny effect. Check three songs on his myspace page.

DRIFTER TV: You Hear What Eye See

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 29 2008
Title: You Hear What Eye See
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Drifter TV is an audiovisual dance electronic act coming from Netherlands. YOU HEAR WHAT EYE SEE is a title that really fit their project, because the visual is really the counterpart to their music and sometimes I think that their visual art has more relevance compared to their music. The seven tracks of the digital only release shows the duo dealing with acid techno and techno electro in a nice way but after visiting their website and after checking their flash interactive creations you feel that the nice tracks contained into the release would be great if experienced along with those because most of the tracks tends to play around few loops where they are filtered, stretched, treated and mixed with samples and I have the feeling that also they created them thinking also to the acid effect created by their bizarre boyscout twins characters.

VV.AA.: Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of 9th Season

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 17 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of 9th Season
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cocoon
Rated: *****
THE SOUND OF THE NINTH SEASON by Cocoon is a sum of what happened during the nights at the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt. Mixed by the label's boss Sven Väth, the compilation is divided into two parts/CDs: "disco" and "invaders". In the first CD (the one I liked most) Sven is mixing ten label's minimal techno tracks which I appreciated for their capability of blending rhythm, melody and a certain hypnotic atmosphere. The one which stands out of the lot, in my opinion, is the opening "Symphony for the apocalypse" by Mathew Jonson. Techno with also a bit of house will entertain you creating cyclic tunes which growing little by little show a wide range of sounds. A CD not only to dance to. The second CD is the one I appreciated less, because is focused only on minimal house tracks that aren't enjoyable outside the dance floor, because there's no sense of melody. The tracks create a certain atmosphere and stick with it for about four/ten minutes without catching my attention that much. At this point I can say that this is pretty much dedicated to dance floor addicted who'd like to refresh those party nights at home.

1. Mathew Jonson - symphony for the apocalypse (new age revolution)
2. Styro 2000 - liver donor (bang goes remix)
3. Sasha - the mongoose
4. Ahmet Sisman - buiya
5. Timo Maas - subtellite
6. Alex Flatner feat. lopazz- perfect circles
7. Radio Slave feat. Danton Eeprom - grindhouse (dubfire remix)
8. Virtualismo - mismoplastico (serge santiago maxi edit)
9. Smith & Selway - total departure (cirez d rmx)
10. Väth vs Flügel - trashbindance

1. Anthony Collins - reeves
2. Kollektiv Turmstrasse - her aus holz mix
3. Sis - orgsa
4. Johnny D - orbitalife
5. Quenum - vault element
6. Reboot - vandong
7. Sven Tasnadi - waiting for you again
8. Pigon - promises
9. Microworld - this is my friend (disco version)
10. Robert Babicz - dark flower (joris voorn magnolia mix)
11. Luke Solomon - spirits (prins thomas disko-tek miks)

EXTRAWELT: Schöne Neue Extrawelt

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 08 2008
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Title: Schöne Neue Extrawelt
Format: CD
Label: Cocoon Records (@)
Distributor: Intergroove
Rated: *****
Formed by Hamburg born artists Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe, Extrawelt is releasing the first album SCHONE NEUE EXTRAWELT after three years passed releasing 12"s for labels such as Kompass Musik, Traum Schallplatten, Gemini Recordings, etc. Active since the early '90s in the dance scene Arne and Wayan started to release their own tracks on 1999 as Spirallianz and the year after also as Midimiliz. The duo started to work at the first Extrawelt album two years ago: they wanted to span through different genres of electro/techno/ambient and prepared 25 tracks but they soon realized that in the end that wasn't working for them so they experimented different tracks during their live show and then they re-worked them during that period. The twelve tracks of SCHONE NEUE EXTRAWELT (nine on the double album edition) deal with minimal techno music bringing to the audience different ways of interpreting it. Using a lot of melodic ambient subtle melodies on the opening "One three hill" and on the following "Darkside of my room" the duo created two fantastic tracks that are able to hypnotize with their dreamy like sound and at the same time energizing the listener with techno low frequencies rhythms. "Wippsteert" and "Messy machinery" change the approach by using less catchy melodies and sticking more on cyclic rhythms/melodies more usual to minimal techno. "Must attack" mix ambient to acid techno while "Trümmerfeld" has pure distorted techno bass lines mixed with treated/reverbered synth lines. "Wolkenbruch" mix house rhythms with acid/ambient sounds creating a particular effect. "Added Planet" mix ambient and techno with electro vocals while the one minute short "Kurt Curtain (Skit)" sounds almost like an experiment with rhythms. "Daten raten", "Lost In Willaura" and "Homing" mix ambient atmospheres with minimal techno and close this 77' long album which has a lot of good tracks and sounds but if you want my honest opinion at a first listening you'll fall in love with "One Tree Hill" and "Dark Side Of My Room" because they are able to create a great ambience with catchy melodies.

S.A.M.: Destruction Unit

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 03 2008
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Artist: S.A.M. (@)
Title: Destruction Unit
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
The German brother duo of SAM has been surely the biggest surprise of the ProNoize label during the last year. Their unexpected success with their self-titled debut and the still good call after them at the DJ’s made it possible that Joel and Daniel Meyer have reached a higher attention level internationally. "Destruction Unit" is their second album and picks up globally the chosen path of the debut. This album once again clocks over 70 minutes and smashes 12 original and 5 additional remix contributions into the arena. Once again a mouthwatering mixture between TBM, Tekkno, Industrial and Noise for the Hard-Tec-addicts, since the brothers Meyer (...without any relationship to Daniel Myer of DESTROID, by the way...) attract some tortured bodies with an ultimately speedy onslaught. "Pushing the masses to the dancefloors", that could be an additional sub-title for "Destruction Unit" and this even gets accomplished with the chosen remix contributors like C/A/T, SOMAN, REAPER, MODULATE and XOTOX. And comparable to their debut, the only point of criticism is once again the fact, that also "Destruction Unit" lacks of a musically more demanding piece. 70 minutes + of 4/4-on-the-floor harsh and snatching Industrial dance music can be strenuous, if you decide to sit still while trying to pick up the details of their arrangements. Sitting still? Huh? Nah, that’s quite impossible – but also the sense of this release. New food for some mad dance moves, this "Destruction Unit" destroys any moment of silence.

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