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DAMERO: Happy In Grey

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 22 2007
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Artist: DAMERO
Title: Happy In Grey
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Damero is the project of Marit Posch, a gentle girl which works at BPC and HAPPY IN GREY is her first album. The album contains eleven tracks that fit very well the title as they give the idea of the sound you can find inside warm houses into a cold and grey winter. Marit's voice gently paints little melodic pop moments that are enriched by multi layered sound structures created with glitch sounds and little distortions and everything is in balance from i.d.m., techno and electro pop. Some tracks sees famous guests like Apparat, Nevis Peak, Zander VT or AGF helping out Marit (which did a good work already by herself). Generally the tracks have a similar melancholic atmosphere (thing that I found having a certain importance for the first listening) but if you listen to the album carefully you can hear a good amount of different sounds that will make you see the tracks under a different point of view. The tracks I preferred are "Right wrong", "Okay okay" and "Things gone" because they are a good example of upbeat songs with a little of melancholy.

HEAL: Starting Back

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Feb 18 2007
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Artist: HEAL
Title: Starting Back
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier don't know rest, he's always working to something new. It is amazing that he's running a label where every project of its roster is headed by Laurent himself. This time after seven years from the previous album "Extension" we have a new CD by Heal. STARTING BACK is the most melodic work to date made by Laurent and if the first Heal album was approaching to dub and ambient just like the Scorn of the first period did, the new album changes everything by introducing elements of jazz, 70s progressive rock (check "Chute d'oreiller" and its approach a la Goblin) and hip hop. Blending everything just to compose an ideal soundtrack for a futuristic noir movie, Heal did something new where the dub element is still present and you can hear it by listening to the bass lines but the new influences enrich the sound creating a new and fresh mixture. The fifteen instrumental tracks sound mysterious and if you check "Mainmise" you'll be seduced by its oriental melodies. Good one!

SYSTEM: Tempo E.P.

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Feb 18 2007
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Artist: SYSTEM
Title: Tempo E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
After five years from their latest album released by Scape, System is back with a new four E.P. released by Denmark Rump Recordings. Each member of the trio has been busy with their solo projects (Future 3, Opiate, Dub Tractor and Acustic) and with production work and I presume this has been the reason why it took a while to make something new. The new release sees the trio dealing with dub-step and two-step but filtered with their personal way, made of subtle melodies, razor blade sharped drums (the way the rhythms are filtered make them sound like metal) and fragmented structures. The multi layered track sound particular thanks to the presence of cold sounds along with the dub treatment and the semi jazz melodies. Starting from few loops the tracks soon grow thanks to new sounds that create a digital gentle avalanche.

MANDROID: Futurefunk

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Feb 15 2007
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Artist: MANDROID
Title: Futurefunk
Format: 12"
Label: Dominance Electricity (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from England, Mandroid is the project of Adrian D. Rataj. Memberof the Defcon 5 crew in Leeds, he's best known for his previous releases on Breakin Records that is run by Ed DMX (DMX Krew) and on the USA-based label FBI Recordings. After two albums and six 12" E.P.s, Mandroid has landed for the second time on Dominance Electricity (the first time has been for the compilation "Global Surveyor Phase 2") with a seven tracks E.P. that will satisfy your analog electro funky needs. King of the vocoder, Mandroid influences span from John Carpenter (do you remember the atmospheres of the Halloween soundtrack?) to Kraftwerk passing through Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby and obscure '80s synth heroes. The tunes are upbeat tracks with a dancey flavor and bleeping analog sounds with a certain dark catchy atmosphere. The main title is a short electro instrumental track that closes the 12" but before that you will for sure be delighted by the opening "Jupitor" or the intriguing atmospheres of the following "Population overdrive". Check also the beautiful cover where I think is pictured a robot version of Adrian surrounded by robot whores...
P.s. The release is available also as a promo CDr and as digital download.

T.RAUMSCHMIERE: Random Noize Sessions Vol. 01

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Jan 04 2007
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Artist: T.RAUMSCHMIERE
Title: Random Noize Sessions Vol. 01
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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If you already know the albums released by Marco Haas for Mute this new one will surprise you... I don't know if in a positive way or not, but it will. Just to clear up things this RANDOM NOIZE SESSIONS VOL.1 isn't a proper new album as it is a collection of unreleased and live tracks that Marco did in the 1996/2005 span of time. It sounds experimental to the bone but surely influenced by i.d.m. and techno. The different tracks sounds like laboratory experiments soundtracks as they create a sort of cold atmosphere always suspended between ambient sounds and glitches. The shorter ones create a sort of intermezzo between darker tracks like "In the ghetto" that separates "The actual vermona" from "So leis wie noch nie": two cool techno dark ambient tracks full of tension. At a first listening this album could sound difficult but if you are willing to dare a little you'll discover a new face of T.Raumschmiere, different from his techno punk of records like "Radio Blackout" or "Blitzkrieg Pop".


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