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Joseph Auer: Inner Galaxies

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 04 2008
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Artist: Joseph Auer
Title: Inner Galaxies
Format: CD
Label: Boltfish Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Spare, no-frills, 13-track space-music techno CD from this Tokyo-based artist comes on in retrograde, in the form of thudding, vintage-drum-machine-sound, early Rave done up in sad, melodious Ambience. Many of the treatments and sounds bring back fond memories of The Orb's U.F.Orb in particular, but these are no longer the glory days of '90s techno. Only track 2, "I Can Feel It Tonight," makes any effort to bend the boundaries of convention.

There's nothing really wrong, here, it's just that the pounding, tribal rhythm paired with the lush chimes, echoes, uniformly-chorded synth progressions and offbeat scales makes for a puzzlingly incongruous blend. If you happen to be a more forward-thinking member of the musical populace, as far as Inner Galaxies is concerned you may wish for there to be more to the story. On the other hand, although Auer's intentions may be otherwise, this CD could be the perfect soundtrack for the world's loneliest rave. But seriously, this is not to knock it, because it's the kind of universe any number of folks could enjoy getting lost in -- you never know.

PROJECTOJIL: Tale From The Native

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 03 2008
Artist: PROJECTOJIL
Title: Tale From The Native
Format: CD
Label: Electromagnetic Pulse Records
Rated: *****
Here is a new demo from Jill Aka Projectojil which from Portugal bring some minimal techno house to your speakers. On this new demo titled TALE FROM THE NATIVE, Jill, presents six new tunes and two different versions of "God bless the child" and "Boom". If the old CDs were sounding like easy listening Ibiza like lounge music, this new CD is more minimal and it has got less soul/r'n'b samples (they are concentrated on the first two tracks "Cinescope" and "Acrobat") and it's based on 4/4 rhythms with few jazz inserts (on "Supernova") and hypnotic/trance influences on "Skyscraper" (the one I liked most along with the following "Cosmic matter"). It seems that Jill is redefining his style a little and you can check his myspace page to be updated about it.

XP_DEVICES : starrust & ballast

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 29 2008
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Artist: XP_DEVICES (@)
Title: starrust & ballast
Format: CD
Label: DeVega
Rated: *****
Hailing from Genoa Xp_devices join the ranks of danceable melodic electronic music together with their town fellas Port Royal. Despite the fact they're coming from the same town and they both play melodic-electronic music they have nothing more to share with the Royals, these guys are way more french-electronics oriented. What does french electronics mean then? No old fart, no Metal Urbain and not even Plastic Bertrand... we're talking about Daft Punk, Air (even if their not as ethereal), Cassius, Luke Vibert, a little bit of Chemical Brothers and sure a spruce of Lcd Soundsystem. It all means you have the dance flavor, the analog keyboard sound a-la-eighties and a popular disco approach that's why I'm tented to add this cd features also an Italo-disco aftertaste a la Planet Funk, sure they're considerably different but I hope you get what I mean (and above all tip of hat to Planet Funk for having written a couple of chart-climber hits that were real killers). Well produced and with many guest-vocals even if the male singer in the most of the episodes is "Genoa's own funkster" Bobby Soul that many italian readers may remember for his past experiences with Blindosbarra. At the very first listenings I wasn't completely convinced but several plays later, thought it has its ups and downs, I've to say after all is a good product it just lacks of a that hyper-production like that which makes Daft Punk and all those bands we mentioned before major product. Anyhow "starrust & ballast" is a debut therefore I wouldn't be surprised if they could make it on a major as well the just have to refine the material here and there.

Animassacre: Evolve

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 25 2008
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Artist: Animassacre (@)
Title: Evolve
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Rupal Records
Rated: *****
Rupal Records have signed on a duo hailing out of Bulgaria and this is to me the first act hailing out of this small Eastern European country. Consisting of Simeon Dotkov and his better-half and sexy looking female band member Diana, ANIMASSACRE offer musically a quite colorful outfit by taking influences out of all harder genres of electronic-based music. Be it Harsh EBM, Industrial, rhythmical Powernoise, Techno and Hardfloor/Gabber (!!!), the music of ANIMASSACRE likes to keep it diverse and offers therefore a more authentic kind than the usual army of Cybertech-Hellectro zombies. Also Simeon’s vocal performance ranges between nightmarish and harder-as-thinkable, but at least some refining and polishing on this part of production should be considered. Although ANIMASSACRE have released some stuff mostly online and free downloadable with some other net-labels like Deadskin for instance, "Evolve" is the first and official debut release. And I have to congratulate the responsible people at Rupal Records for picking up one of the most underrated talents unsigned out there. Sure, not everything seems to be perfect regarding sound quality and mixing, but maybe just this fact results in that raw feeling this release has to offer. Besides all of this ANIMASSACRE take a strong influence out the Asiatic culture like Cyberpunk-anime-movies. So you’ll shouldn’t wonder to listen to some insane voice samples asides the too often used "Full-Metal-Jacket/Blade-Runner" sample quells. Also the track list therefore takes influence with such sort of fantasy-like names "Gasmask Demons", "Noise Of Doom" or "Doomed A Birth". Tracks like the mid-tempo piece "Evolve", "Backfire" or "Apathy" seem to be the most appreciated works to satisfy the short-haired Hellectro freak, all of them receive here some more or less drastically remix works by WYNARDTAGE, ACYLUM, SHEMALE ZERO, STIN SCATZOR and LA MAGRA. As an addition. However and even, if the sound quality here and there doesn’t satisfy, I’m quite sure that a bunch of ideas count more than a high-end production. A remarkable newcomer to follow!

THE DOUBTFUL GUEST: Acid Sauna

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 20 2008
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Artist: THE DOUBTFUL GUEST (@)
Title: Acid Sauna
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Distributor: Good Fellas
Rated: *****
Mixing acid house, drones, reggae, ambient and breakbeat, Libby Floyd's The Doubtful Guest is releasing its first full length. Presenting seven new tracks, ACID SAUNA, contains fifty minutes of obsessive rhythms, hypnotic loops, Rebirth like sounds (it is the Propellerheads' software which emulate different Roland gear famous to be used to play early techno/house music and now it is downloadable for free) and ambient intuitions. The album opens with the eleven minutes of "Slaves", a track which gathers TR-909, TR-808, TR-303 sounds and other synths just to form a sort of suite where we have the alternation of different moments (techno, acid, etc). The following "Tubby", mixes 2-step, ska and breakbeat melting everything into a ambient hypnotic blob. "Neighborhood" is the most "extreme" of the lot because of its controlled chaos, but the track I appreciated since the first listening is "Brulush" because on this one Libby uses different sounds which aren't linked to a specific instrument and it also has a subtle structure made of techno energy, ambient intuitions and dark ambience. The album is closed by L.H.S. mix of "Ruffpet", a track which blend gabber and acid house into a whirl of sound.


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