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Psi Vamp: Neckrolust

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 18 2006
Artist: Psi Vamp (@)
Title: Neckrolust
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Atlanta based Psi Vamp is back with another fiery Techno Goth release. Thick, sweet, tight, and so challenging with sharp production. All 14 tracks are so powerful that's so hard and aggressive to make you get up and dance. The tracks will even go great to a sci-fi movie, tv show, even Japanese anime. The sci-fi effects coming from the synths is totally sooo cool. The styling of the synth technology waves form, forceful high energy, and the programmed drums keep things deep and moving along. A couple of tracks have an industrial feel that reminded me some of the the music I heard on some of the cartoons on Cartoon Network that comes on late at night for mature adults. "Neckrolust" is a gateway cyberspace passage that will constantly suspend you endlessly on the dancefloor. The cd is dark, tough, heavy, and intense as techno goes. The tracks are full of stellar razor fast tempo. Synthesizers and samples streamlined remarkably futuristic with brightness and complexity. A cycling pattern just enough to enter Psi Vamp's matrix and take you on a galactic dance adventure. I was immediately hooked when I first put on the disc. And you will too after you give it a first spin. This is one brilliant excellent album! Definitely recommended to be played in bass stereo systems.

Tracklistings:

1. Prelude
2. The Ritualists
3. Sea Invasion
4. My Salvation
5. Seven Sisters
6. Neckrolust
7. La Fae Verte
8. The Dream
9. Hall Of Anubis
10. Gematria Domain
11. Crossroads
12. Asylum
13. Deceived
14. Invoked

MONOCEROS: Tales For Silent Nights

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 12 2006
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Artist: MONOCEROS (@)
Title: Tales For Silent Nights
Format: CD
Label: Imaginay Nonexistent Records
Rated: *****
TALES FOR SILENT NIGHTS is the second Monoceros album and it will be released by a join venture of Imaginary Nonexistent Records (Joan Male a.k.a. Monoceros self label) and Fueradeserie. They already released the previous Monoceros E.P. "Imaginary" and on January they will made available this new CD. As far as I can remember the previous "When I Was A Child I Wanted To Be An Astronaut" at a first listening TALES FOR SILENT NIGHTS contains a wider spectrum of emotions containing more orchestrations (as on the opening "The day we become one") or more melancholic melodies (like on "Depression and vortex at Jan Mayen" where the melodies are fluctuating like on space being echoed and reverbered making their space through glitch noises and rhythms). The following "Background birds" surprisingly contains also sounds of a light picked guitar blended with bleeps, pads and a relaxed background melody. As far as I can remember the previous work, on this one Joan did a great job by increasing melody and by building his tracks like if it was a wall: brick by brick and taking care of its solidity. If the melancholic atmosphere and the light noises/sounds used could make you think about a weak "songwriting" (even if we aren't talking about proper songs, let me use this term) in this case and fortunately, you are wrong. Take a trip though Monoceros' lands and you'll lose your way out...

MAX MOHR: Trickmixer's Revenge

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 12 2006
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Artist: MAX MOHR
Title: Trickmixer's Revenge
Format: CD
Label: Playhouse (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Max Mohr loves music. He started to play into a punk band when he was 17 and then moved his attention to the possibilities of the first computer based composition with Amiga 1000. He did different experiences (of a certain importance seems to be his six months period in New York back in the mid '90s) until 2000 when he released his first record on Playhouse. He released different 12"s until today when finally his first album TRICKMIXER'S REVENGE sees the light always for Playhouse. The long techno suites contained into the album show very well Max's concentric style: the tracks grow around a core, represented by a melody/rhythm thanks to the use of different layers of sounds that form a pulsating web. Focused on a sort of minimal techno style Mohr is capable of include different influences like on tracks as: "Lucky go wild" (where a certain electro dance attitude could be recognized), "Mellowmoon 2" (it is a different kind of techno because of its lounge attitude), "Schaben" or "On the run" (they are dark techno tunes really intense), while on "Old song" you can also feel a bit of '90s attitude. Interesting...

Torpedo Boyz: Headache Music

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 08 2006
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Artist: Torpedo Boyz
Title: Headache Music
Format: CD
Label: Sounds from the Roof (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Sounds From the Roof, the label run by the cool guys of Rooftop Promotions and Visions from the Roof licensing, is about to release (Feb 2007) a super groovy super cool all-live musicians dance record by the Berlin/Tokyo & Paris producers/DJs team Kentastic and Rollin Hard, who for the occasion have renamed themselves Torpedo Boyz. The funky grooves, the groovy bass lines, the fat beats, the funk guitars, the stabs, the flutes, the vibes and the vibes (that's not a type, if you catch my drift), make for your ideal soundtrack to movies like Ocean's Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen or Jackie Brown or stuff like that. Moving, huffing and puffing, getting down and dirty, dancefloor/movie music...
The 15 tracks of "Headache Music" feature a lot of collaborations (a 70 year old Bobby Hebb, composer of "Sunny", remixers Fort Knox Five and P.E.T. among others), foreign language vocals (Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and French among English and possibly others) and interesting/funny lyrics. The album is definitely entertaining but it seems like it can't quite keep up with the momentum created by such strong opening tracks such as "Gimme A Bassline!", "Start Being Nicer" and "Are You Talking to Me???" (definitely the good stuff here!). Luckily the three ending bonus track pick it up back up.
As I mentioned the entire album is played live, which is unusual, admirable and awesome in my book (as electronically-inclined as I am, as I producer I still appreciate musicianship more than computers-only). Thanks to their affiliation with the label's sister licensing company, Torpedo Boyz have already made their way into a Northern European Cheerios TV commercial and a Puma fashion ad on MTV, and chances are we'll hear more placements in TV/film. Keep an ear out for this. Good music, good vibes, great musicianship, great production.

HOUSEMEISTER: Enlarge Your Dose

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 05 2006
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Artist: HOUSEMEISTER (@)
Title: Enlarge Your Dose
Format: CD
Label: Boysnoize (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Housemeister is the project of a young fella coming from Berlin. He already released some stuff for BPitch Control but since he felt that his new tracks weren’t fitting that much the style of Allien’s label he decided to submit them to his friends at Boysnoize even if now he run his own label called Berlin Kraft. The first thing that got my attention was Housemeister attitude toward music and graphics as he seems to joke with every aspect of his creation. If the cover sees him flying between the city buildings the tracks are fresh techno tunes. While listening to the CD I picture him jumping around his gear with a playful joy while he decide to title his debut album ENLARGE YOUR DOSE. If the first tracks "Hello" and "Hello again" prepare the audience to the feast (the second track has a certain dark atmosphere with brass samples that seem to introduce a game at the Colosseum), "Forget your name" is finest dark techno with a minimal bass line and with no drum if not for a hit hat sound. Many tracks have a synthetic like female voice that make them sound particular and retro (like on the main track where on the simple minimal electro melody the voice suggest to enlarge the dose). "We need the retro" as well as the following "We need the kick" change the atmosphere and make you enter the dancehall with minimal distorted tunes. What sounds interesting about Housemeister’s music is the absolute sense of freedom that made his pass from semi experimental use of arrangements on the shortest tracks (like the closing "Das Rhodes und wir" where he uses a Rhodes distorted sound) to the kick asses crow shaking tunes passing through the ones with analogue bleeping sound ("Grand final" is one of them). The album closes with the sentence "The music is over, please restart your disc". I did it three times in a couple of days and I enjoyed it!


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