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PROJECTOJIL: 1992/2007

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 11 2007
Artist: PROJECTOJIL (@)
Title: 1992/2007
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Rated: *****
Projectojil is the personal project of a Portuguese dj called Jill. I don't have any kind of information about him but this double CD-r compilation of his recordings contains good modern lounge music where Miami meets Lisbona. The 18 tracks of the compilation sound exotic, luxurious and funky and his version of Duran Duran's "Save a prayer" is a nice one where the original track is mixed with electro samples and it acquire a nice dancey ambient pitch. All the tracks are based on an easy listening approach but Jill make his music with taste and good intuitions. You can call it relaxing music for dance halls. P.s. Just a note: the tracks I preferred are the first eleven ones (the others have a certain ambient approach that is too soft for my tastes) but I can't say if they are the newest ones or not...

ICARUS: Sylt

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 11 2007
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Artist: ICARUS
Title: Sylt
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Icarus is a duo formed by Ollie Bown and Sam Britton, two guys who met in 1995 into a pirate station. After experimenting a while they decided to focus their efforts into samples and breakbeats. Soon Hydrogen Dukebox noticed them and became their first label. Since then they released seven albums for different labels. Recently they signed for Rump Recordings and they decided to issue for them their first album since 2004. SYLT contains seven tracks born from the conjunction of field recordings and live performances which have been later edited in studio. Since the first track I realized that this album was going to be the most experimental release of the Rump catalog. The two tracks "First inf(e)raence" and "Second inf(e)raence" are to long suites (almost twenty minutes each) where rhythms, samples, percussive sounds and instruments (a treated sax, maybe) are on the wild. You have a perception of the track structure only when the percussive element increase and leaves the place for a drum machine (this is the case of the first one). Most of the tracks sound like i.d.m./concrete music where percussive sounds give you the sensation of being listening to rolling pebbles on metal sheet. The track I appreciated most is "Second inf(e)raence", where the chaotic structure wasn't totally casual and there was a certain rhythmical alternation where the initial piano part slowly left for a session of "crazy rhythms" and a jazzy drum set. This is i.d.m. experimental music!

ARNE WEINBERG: Parabolum

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 11 2007
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Artist: ARNE WEINBERG (@)
Title: Parabolum
Format: 12"
Label: Arne Winberg (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Back on his own label, Arne Weinberg produces a new 12" that will be released at the end of September. This new 12" titled PARABOLUM contains three tracks, each one with a different style. The first track, the main title, is a convincing hypnotic techno dub track. The second one "Omega rising" has a lighter atmosphere, almost Latin, but with a certain Detroit pitch. The last one, "Microscopic", is the darkest of the lot, being more rarefied and minimal but without forgetting the beat. A good record that is making me wish to listen a full length by Arne, just to check his ability into dealing a whole track list.

OTX: A World In Red

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 19 2007
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Artist: OTX (@)
Title: A World In Red
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Funkwelten isn't a really active label, their past release was last year's Oil 10 album. Fortunately their releases are really good and I've been surprised by the sound and by the cinematic ambience created by their latest two releases. OTX, like Oil 10, is a project of a French guy (his name sounds so Italian as Stefano Piredda sounds coming from Sardinia, so I'm assuming he's French) which had at his active two other albums and an activity as graphic designer. Anyway, A WORLD IN RED contains 12 tracks and 2 remixes which will nail you to your chair because of their intensity. Being influenced by ambient and by techno, Stefano created tracks rich of sounds, rhythms and energy, where drums don't simply sound, but blast! On "Cyber murder" you can find his collaboration with Kenji Siratori (yes, again!) which duet with the apparent calmness of the choirs and guitars. When rhythm section starts, the track turns into a sort of new wave dreamy one with some industrial ambient inserts. If you love classic electronic music but you are also into techno and e.b.m. don't be afraid into checking this one. Great sounds and upbeat rhythms are waiting for you. Just loose yourself and follow the flow of sound...
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Artist: Pimentola
Title: Misantropolis
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this album reminds me of art music and I like the fact that this kind of performance music (strange they don´t do performances!) are released by cold meat!!!
The bizarre cabaret/musical style vocals seem to be very inspired by Mr Doctor of Devil Doll.

The Percussions are almost on all tracks the main instrument and they sometimes seem a bit weak when they flirt with triphop/trippjazz. Sometimes they are very good!
The industrial parts are also pretty lame. It´s really a shame as the sound and some of the ideas are really great. "On Tuoni Pauloo Tinkoin Sitein III" the dark ambience is and atmosphere is intruiging and very suggestive. Reminds me of bands like Lycia.
The song "Black Globe" is a five star track. Very haunting and driven into strange corners.
"Wish Upon a Fallen Star" sounds like wild opera (but the voice is failing and not as good as for an example Sibelian).

The whole album breath 30s and 40s and retro film music and that I really enjoy. If that good have been a more obvious red thread I would have given this release probably a 4,5 or 5 but the diversity (normally really good) kill this album.
"Wann Endet die Zeit" could been so good but the drums are lame and to be honest: bad!

It hurts me giving this crazy and well played album such a low grade. Sorry!
If you are into a strange mix of goth, industrial, darkwave, neo-classical, retro, tripjazz and dark ambient all at once (yes it´s crazy) you should check this album out. Do not expect to love all tracks because some are great and some suck.


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