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THE SCANDALS: My Life Nightlife

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Jul 02 2006
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Artist: THE SCANDALS
Title: My Life Nightlife
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
After remixing and giving their punk attitude to tons of records from well known electro acts of the likes of Miss Yetti, Pink Grease, Beroshima, Boy George, Atomizer, Bruder und Kronstädta Feat. Nina Hagen, Lola Angst, etc. The Scandals are about to release their first album really soon. Just before the release of their CD, Pale Music decided to produce a Scandals 12" for the SERIAL KILLER TRACKS series. The 12" contains three versions of "My life nightlife": the first version is the "Original track" and it is a dancey punk tune mid tempo with clean guitars and '80s bassline and synths. The second one is the "Weaver's dub" version: it slows down a little bit the original one expanding the vocal parts and removing the guitar but pumping the bass part. The third tune is the "Pitsui Rmx" and in this version the track changes it's skin a lot, really. From punk rock it turns into an orchestral dramatic soundtrack with picked strings and drums in evidence. There's also a part where a bass is added and the drums upbeat part give strength to the dark one played by the strings. The effect is really catchy and particular and this just proves that SERIAL KILLER TRACKS was a good idea!

BODYCODE: The Conservation Of Electric Charge

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Jun 29 2006
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Artist: BODYCODE
Title: The Conservation Of Electric Charge
Format: CD
Label: Spectral Sound (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Already known for his releases as Portable, Alan Abrahams decided to form another project focused on a more dance floor oriented electronica. With Portable he is well known for his way of blending tribal rhythms and micro-house sounds. With Bodycode he didn’t wipe off his style completely because on different tracks of THE CONSERVATION OF ELECTRIC CHARGE you can hear tribal rhythms or salsa rhythms and instruments with ambient layers (like on on "Gene patch"). There’s also space for classic techno on "I, data" (one of the tracks I appreciate the most), i.d.m. treatments on the opening "Nanotechnology" and ambient techno on "Local traffic". Some tracks (few of them, fortunately), tend to loop too much and this produce an effect similar to "cool if I’m on acid". Nice for a dance floor use but not fully enjoyable at home even if the change of styles is a good thing.

NEONMAN: Gift Of The Gab Remixes

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Jun 28 2006
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Artist: NEONMAN (@)
Title: Gift Of The Gab Remixes
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Pale Music is always on the move thinking about new ways of presenting their music. For this reason on July a new series of 12" will face up. The series is called "Serial killer tracks" and the first release will be an E.P. of Neonman remixed tracks. Released recently, the Neonman "Gift of the gab" album already contained remixes as bonus tracks. Well, this GIFT OF THE BAG REMIXES is a sort of follow up to those tracks because you can find all of the ones of the CD ("Buy now, pay later - Shapemod Rmx", "Rich kids -Warren Suicide Rmx" and "Rich kids - The Scandals Rmx") with the add of a new one, a reworked version of "Bombs in the backdrop" by Punx Soundcheck. The Punx took the funk part of the track and they added a little bit of electronics with a beating synth bass creating another cool tune. At this point it’s normal to ask: why reissuing the bonus tracks from the first Neonman album? Well there are different reasons: the label was really pleased with the work that the remixers did, the E.P. is sounding really functional for the dancefloor and all this is could be also a good promotion for the album.

BN LOCO: Echo En Mexico

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Jun 22 2006
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Artist: BN LOCO
Title: Echo En Mexico
Format: CD
Label: Sonic 360
Rated: *****
Uriel Esquenazi is the man behind Bn Loco, a new project from Tijuana, Mexico. Uriel has toured around the world djing with Derrick May, Mark Farina, Jay J, Deep Dish, and Laurent Garnier. His newest release ECHO EN MEXICO is a blend of dub, minimal techno, jazz with Latin American influences (thanks to Titan, Sanchez & Ruiz and Sanchez Dub). Being a Sonic 360 release ECHO EN MEXICO is a download only release. It has thirteen tracks based on classic Latin American instruments like trumpet, percussions, etc mixed with electronic sounds. On tracks like "Hombre helado" there’s also space for some blues influences (see the vocals) which with the reggae rhythm of the guitar and the dub bass create a particular lounge atmosphere. The effect is particular and for this reason Sonic 360 decided to call this music "Bad ass border beats". The Mexican influences are evident on tracks like "Cancíon playera" where the beat of the drum machine duet with the bongos and with the vocals of a broken hearted man who sings his love troubles. The atmosphere turn into a jazzy thing with "Jazz joint" just to change with "Salu 2" where a guitar a la Santana duet with dub rhythms. The production is good and accurate and if you are into dub, jazz, latino and slick atmospheres with a little bit of experimentation, check this one.

KJ Sawka: Synchronized Decompression

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Jun 21 2006
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Artist: KJ Sawka
Title: Synchronized Decompression
Format: CD
Label: Wax Orchard
Rated: *****
Kevin Sawka is to the west coast what Jojo Mayer is to the east coast: live drum'n'bass at its best. Based in Seattle, KJ Sawka started out in the mid ninetees and gained popularity playing with Siamese, but today he runs his own show and keeps pushing the envelope with sweaty jaw-dropping club performances and collaborations with the like of Bill Frisell, Amon Tobin, Reggie Watts of Maktub, Michael Shrieve of Santana (who took him under his wing), DJ Logic and many others. "Synchronized Decompressions" is twelve tracks (plus a ROM track with three bonus tracks) of drum'n'bass and jungle breakbeats with samples and electronic sounds and occasional female vocals. The album flows pretty well although it should probably be a DVD. What I mean by that, is that watching a live drummer tangle together insanely complex breaks and tying them up with super fast beats is really exciting, but whether "Synchronized Decompression" can stand on its on feet is a whole other story. I am not implying it doesn't, but it just ain't quite as exciting as a live show or as some other better drum'n'bass records out there. For one, KJ Sawka's attempt at d'n'b songwriting grandness is lacking some of those solid sun-sonic bass lines that we love and that make the room tremble. On the other hand he often chooses the more atmospheric and electronic path over the strictly mid-'90es d'n'b, which gives it that experimental aura that sets him apart from all the others doing the strict thing, which is cool. The introduction of the vocal parts also gives into that new perspective and makes the album equally approachable for fans of Delerium as well as (of course) fans of Jojo Mayer, M'Lumbo, Amon Tobin, Jamalski, LTJ Bukem, Al-Haca Soundsystem, Censor, Squarepusher, Laurent Brondel, Dieselboy, Rony Size and so forth... Definitely worth checking out.


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