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DVS NME: Neural Chain

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May 31 2018
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Artist: DVS NME
Title: Neural Chain
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ukonx Recordings
Rated: *****
Founded in 2011 in France by the electro producer Stephane Bastien which is also active under the moniker of Deemphasis, Ukonx Recordings, after four years of pause, is back on track with its ninth release. After releasing music by Fleck ESC, Micro Control Unit, Deemphasis itself plus a compilation, for its come back Ukonx Recordings picked up DVS NME. At Chain D.L.K. we already talked about the project of Johan Sebastian Bot and also for him this is a sort of come back, as in the latest four years he focused his efforts mainly on his weekly radio program Dark Science Electro broadcasted on Intergalactic FM. After releasing tracks on some compilations, "Neural Chain“ is his newest EP. Available at the Bandcamp page of the label, the EP is a collaborative project with Meta Complex, Franck Kartell and Deemphasis. The first three tracks born from the collaboration with the aforementioned projects and they all sound mysterious, robotic and inspired. The classic electro influences, which are going from Kratwerk to Detroit electro, are there, but they are really well dosed and you’ll find yourself wanting for more. After an appetiser of three tracks, as dessert, we have "Departure“, an original mid tempo tune composed by Johan alone. This track is a mixture of melancholy, mystery and it has a sort of "suspended in time“ feeling. You can check and purchase this really good EP at this link: https://ukonx.bandcamp.com/album/neural-chain

Simple Symmetry: Beginner's Guide To Magic

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 21 2018
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Artist: Simple Symmetry
Title: Beginner's Guide To Magic
Format: 12" vinyl + Download
Label: Disco Halal
The track titles are possibly the most out-there aspect of this three track bundle of steady house grooves with a variety of sampled and synthetic Eastern flavours meandering over the top, though they’re not without their musical quirkiness.

“Too Much Fun In The Temple Of Doom” is the most characterful of the set, with ghostly feminine vocal sounds phasing in and out over a spoken word incantation that prefaces a very bouncy upbeat peak section, it’s an unusual attempt to bring Indiana Jones-style cod-mysticism into a relatively simple danceable structure, and it works.

On the B side, “Dervish Euphoria” has a slightly rockier beat and a nice gradual build towards a bright arrangement of synth pads and sampled chanting that feels Summery and refreshingly positive, before “Exploding Toads Mystery” is a nice set-up of jungle environment atmos, looped soft tribal drum patterns and sparing use of electronics.

Not sounding as sinister as its artwork may imply, it’s a perky package that flirts with some cliché ideas but comes out with a not-too-familiar flavour.

Sex Judas feat. Ricky: Go Down Judas

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 18 2018
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Artist: Sex Judas feat. Ricky
Title: Go Down Judas
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Optimo Music
Initial impressions of “Go Down Judas” are reminiscent of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers- cartoon counter-culture heroes accompanied by stoner, laid-back country Americana sounds and low smoke-infused ramblings. But it quickly transpires that this is all just a front, and what’s behind the curtain is a Norwegian-produced funky vocal house album using the comic branding as a novelty theme rather than being truly immersed in it.

So from the second track “The Sorrows Of Young Walter” onwards, what we’ve got here is steady, circa 110bpm lounge house chock quite full of funk-driven synth bass grooves, wahwah guitar, lovely subtle string arrangements, and occasional husky vocal work.

Other influences are sprinkled on top in moderation as well- gentle African-flavoured percussion and vocal noises on “Sidikis Jam”, some lovely late 80’s-style acid and Chicago house style noises on “Candy Darling”, and what I think might be a cheeky Star Trek sample in the squelchy “Let The Power Go”- all of which is slotted into the jigsaw with great care and skill.

After hints of a darker dronier electronica during the intro track, final track “Moving Glaciers” is an extensive atmospheric outro that wraps things up in slightly unusual fashion.

This is high-production-value house music with an almost stereotypical Nordic attention to atmosphere, quality and detail. While it may not have the hook-driven radio hit that would set your heart alight or get onto mainstream radio, if you like your funky house to be of any the finest premium quality and utterly chilled out, take a look beyond the faintly cheesy comic branding and you’ll find a very enjoyable album here.

Moomin: Yesterday's Tomorrows

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 18 2018
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Artist: Moomin
Title: Yesterday's Tomorrows
Format: LP
Label: Wolf Music
Moomin’s third album is a collection of eight DJ-friendly tracks spread across two slices of vinyl. For the most part it’s laid-back and stripped-back house music, strolling along in the 120bpm region with simple patterns slowly shifting, rising and falling, jazzy laidback keys, soft and straightforward basslines and gentle beats with quite an organic feel to them. Opener “Daysdays” gives you a reasonable flavour of what to expect.

On the second side, “Shibuya Feelings” follows the same patterns but with the introduction of a much heavier kick that makes things feel much more post-sunset, before “Maybe Tomorrow” places more emphasis on crisp, higher-toned drum loops that bring the jazziness back in force.

In the second half, things start getting a bit more varied and take on a decidedly more retro ‘90s feel. On both sides, more jungle and drum & bass-flavoured tracks are paired up with trip-hoppy counterparts. “Move On God” uses some classic jungle drumloops under super-smooth pads for a lush, quite throwback-minded piece, before “949494” is a neat little slightly hip-hop workout. “Into The Woods” is a pretty sparse bit of jungle/drum & bass which lets the simple subbass shine with some very confident production touches, alongside the Rhodes-style chords that provide the sonic bridge between this and the earlier tracks, before “Fruits” rounds things off in a very smooth, quite Groove Armada-ish fashion.

There’s an almost nostalgic feel to this release in parts, but carried thanks to a lot of production polish and a consistent vision of Moomin’s sound. It’s not going to set dancefloors alright or set your heart ablaze, but it’s got a quite plush flavour that feels somehow quite premium- like sticking your bare feet on a super-soft carpet.

Desert Sound Colony: Lose My Rhythm

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 15 2018
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Artist: Desert Sound Colony
Title: Lose My Rhythm
Format: 12" vinyl + Download
Label: Snap Crackle & Pop
There’s no danger of losing this rhythm. Three tracks and a remix of crisp, warm house beats with soft acid electro basslines, funk guitar licks and poppy vocal mantras, this is modern house-meets-indie-pop and it works well.

The title track feels like it ought to be heard on a warm beach, while “Suffocation” has a slightly dingier and indoors affair which then leads on to the much heavier “The Blacksmith” that completes a gradual progression away from the dancefloor and into serious home-listening electropop.

Scott Fraser’s remix of the title track (mislabelled accidentally as “Lose Mr Rhythm”) strips away all but tiny snippets of the vocal and concentrates on the acid and bass elements for a neat, well-evolved eight minute workout with a nice progression that brings us full circle.

It’s a solid 12” pack that should appeal to both DJ’s and home listeners.


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