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KUSH ARORA : Bhang Ragga : Dancehall, Bhangra, In Future Dub

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 06 2008
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Artist: KUSH ARORA (@)
Title: Bhang Ragga : Dancehall, Bhangra, In Future Dub
Format: CD
Label: Recordlabelrecords (@)
Rated: *****
Weird to review this cd here, not cause it’s bad, it’s just weird, I mean Chindlk covers a big ranges of genre but I’d never thought I would have reviewed a cd like that here. Kush Arora play something you may like if you’re into Panjabi MC or something in the likes, but not just that, infact with the minutes running on the display the best songs start approaching, too bad they’ve left the most quiet and interesting part of the release at the end of the recording. Being dub and being modern I couldn’t avoid to think to the most solar material by Laswell or to the lest in your face songs by Kevin Martin The Bug version, but sincerely the two styles are considerably far one from each other. Indian influences, Islamic singing some electronic beats, tablas and some strange instrument from Asia as you could have guessed by yourself. Honestly this not exactly my cup o’ tea and funny to say that for an experimentalist wonnabe like me, when talking about ethnic influenced music I’m quite reactionary, but some melodies are quite catchy and the song structure is generally good. Sometimes it also brought to my mind the most "normal" songs of Trevor Dunn’s Secret Chiefs 3, but if you heard this band you know they’re never that normal and it could be the a deceptive comparison. As I’ve said it’s weird to review this record but we’re a bunch of "freaks" somehow (never forget that "somehow" makes the difference) so why not?. When soft Kush Arora, according to my opinion, are more interesting... but you know we live and die with our own opinions.

TORPEDO BOYS: Cum On Fell The Boyz

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 03 2008
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Artist: TORPEDO BOYS
Title: Cum On Fell The Boyz
Format: CD
Label: Sounds From The Roof (@)
Rated: *****
Second full length for the Torpedo Boyz. On CUM ON FELL THE BOYZ their are capable of making your foot tap in no time with their unstoppable melodic funky rhythms with hip hop and break beat inserts. Just like early Beastie Boys, they are fighting for their right to party and they are doing it really well. "Don't say no to Bo", the Indian influenced "Around the corner" or the following Japanese sung "Curry rice" are really fun and irresistible. If you'll check this one (if you are into this genre of if you are willing to take some rest with good easy listening sounds) you'll realize why the Torpedo Boyz are gathering successes around the globe. Check to some sounds at www.myspace.com/torpedoboyz.

MISS KITTIN: Batbox

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 29 2008
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Artist: MISS KITTIN
Title: Batbox
Format: CD
Label: Nobody's Bizzness (@)
Rated: *****

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I knew Miss Kitten a.k.a. Caroline Herve since her collaboration with Felix Da Housecat and after that I discovered her stuff with Golden Boy and The Hacker. Some years later I happily saw her releasing an album for Mute and I really liked "I com" since the first listening. After four years without producing a studio album I was expecting her big comeback and at first I didn't know that Nobody's Bizzness was her own and new label. With a new label, new sound and new collaborator (she isn't helped out by The Hacker on this new adventure but by Pascal Gabriel, producer of ex Propaganda Claudia Brucken, Erasure, Debbie Harry, Dido, Natalie Imbruglia, etc) I didn't know what to expect from BATBOX. Well, at a first listening I must admit that I really miss The Hacker production and the quasi punk attitude of Miss Kittin previous releases. BATBOX is well produced but it seems lacking of ideas as the tracks kinda play around one riff with the enhancement of nice audio tricks. If on tracks like "Silver Screen Shower Screen" or "Frank Sinatra" her vocals were sounding sensual, the polished sounds of "Solidasarockstar" or "Wash'n'dry" make sound her voice like she was bored. Is this album so lame? No, I don't think this is the case but if we have good tracks like the single "Kittin is high" or "Sunset strip" we have also other ones like "Grace" or "Pollution of the mind" where you are like waiting for the blast to come but when the following song starts, you have a sour taste in your mouth. Just to make you understand what I mean, try to imagine to listen to "I com" for the 20th time in a month. After all those listening you will miss a little its initial effect. Well, this is what I felt the second time with BATBOX. Mind that if this will be your really first time you are listening to Miss Kittin, probably you'll like it since the first note. P.s. BATBOX's cover and graphics have been made by Rob Reger, creator of Emily The Strange character.

VV.AA.: Viewpoints Chapter 1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 26 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Viewpoints Chapter 1
Format: CD
Label: AW Recordings (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
VIEWPOINTS CHAPTER ONE is the first compilation for AW Recordings label and it will be released on March/April 2008 as double LP/CD. If you aren't a vinyl fetishist I suggest you to puchase the CD edition, because it contains three exclusive tracks by Deixis, Myon (I liked his "Odissey red", a track which is capable to create a good mixture of melodic ambient and minimal trance) and East Island ("The master of servir" is a nice particular ambient track based on pads and light orchestrations with a obsessive rhythm). The 13 tracks of the CD deal with the different flavors of dilated techno and various minimalism focusing their ambience on rhythmical stops and go. A good example of what this is Ovatow's "Visitation_v4": here the track has different moments where rhythm and synth melodies "switch position" (if on some moments a basic rhythm is enhanced by synth layers forming an ideal web of sounds on some others rhythm takes its "revenge" while the other sound are rarefied). Some tracks sound danceable and kinda "nervous", like the opening Louis Haiman's "Inner technology" or Obsolete Music Technology's "Evening star" while others, like the following by Derek Carr, are more dreamy sounding (and some of them are dreaming nightmares like Alex Lion's "Instant grey"). You can check the sound excerpts of each track on the label's website.

TELEPHERIQUE : Slowmotion

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 14 2008
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Artist: TELEPHERIQUE (@)
Title: Slowmotion
Format: CD
Label: Force of nature (@)
Rated: *****
I guess many of you have heard Telepherique cause of their large discography which among the other features some interesting collaborations with artists such as like Ultra Milkmaid and Maurizio Bianchi. This time what we've is another full record to supplement their eve increasing discography and the guest appearance for the occasion is Hue from Sparkle in Grey's fame, he remixed some original sounds coming from their past releases on Afe and didn't betrayed the original atmospheres. The fact is the whole recording is quite homogeneous in a really good way, there's also a nocturnal feel that's probably what we can consider one of Telepherique's main characteristics together with the fact they've an evolved eighties rhythmical electronics feel and this quasi-ambiental mood pushing underneath. I know many of you into the last trend of the day by reading: "eighties rhythmical electronics" are on the way to surrender to the obvious prejudice this one is the typical passatist release from some old hero unable to move on... the answer is: no fucking way!. Telepherique have evolved, what I mean is that they simply haven't betrayed their original spirit and their genome by adding some glitches or some white noise randomly. Some of these people had to do with Ant Zen and I'm tented to comment somehow that helps a lot to make a picture of how it sound like, sure that's not your average Ant Zen release (If there's an average release by that label) but you will agree with the fact there's a nocturnal, post-experimental, post-early-industrial, nordic feel that's mutual to many of their releases and that's the case too. Simple straight squared rhythmics combined with soft simple crepuscular melodies, it paints a cold but yet human scenario, add to this that despite the one hour length of the cd, it's really far from sounding repetitive, in my book it means thumbs up for me.


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