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BOXCUTTER: Oneiric

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 01 2006
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Artist: BOXCUTTER
Title: Oneiric
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****

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Coming from Ireland, Boxcutter present his album titled ONEIRIC, a double 12"/CD (the CD has four bonus tracks) released by Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu. Barry Lynn has chosen the right title for his album, because ONEIRIC is a blend of dub, i.d.m. and ambient where the reverb is the main effect used. The effect created is similar to certain isolationist records (some of the latest Scorn releases) but with the rhythmic attitude of break beat. Each track has a different flavour (for example see the jazzy "Mossy", the grime bass of the opening "Tauhid" or of "Hyloz" and the 60s soul r’n’b attitude of "Bad you do") and Boxcutter is able to switch through different genres with easiness giving to his first album a good balance for an hour of ambient danceable cuts where the bass is always pumping and the tension is always at the top!

VV.AA: Oxia - Picture Of Now

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May 29 2006
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Artist: VV.AA (@)
Title: Oxia - Picture Of Now
Format: CD
Label: Scandium Records (@)
Rated: *****
Even if Oxia released only one album "24 heures" back in 2004 (nine years after his first E.P. released for his own Ozone records) for the label that he founded along with The Hacker and Alexandre Reynaud he’s active since early 90s as dj. Olivier Raymond has always been fond on techno and now we’ve the opportunity to check his nowadays flavour about dance music. Scandium Records, after giving the opportunity to Delon & Delcan to compile the fist issue of the PICTURE OF NOW series, asked to Oxia to give life to his personal playlist. He took seventeen tracks of the purest acid techno without using this chance as a way of promoting his label (there are only a couple of tracks coming from Goodlife releases: Bastien Grine’s "The missing note" and The Hacker feat Mount Sims’ "Traces – Oxia remix") and created a strong mixed compilation to party with where the drum and the bass rule. The labels covered are: Tic Tac Toe, Systematic Recordings, Playhouse, Traffic Signs, Tsuba Records, Hundehauss Records, Get Physical Music, Bpitch Control, Cocoon Recordings to name few. Most of the tracks aren’t remixed versions and you can find: Trentemoller, Marc Romboy Vs Stephan Bodzin, Goldfish & Der Dulz, C-Rock Pres. Dubstar, Rex The Dog, Williams, Kiki, Väth Vs Rother, Zen-Kei, Gui Boratto, D'julz, Hugg & Pepp, Bastien Grine, Fairmont and The Hacker Feat Mount Sims. If rhythm is your thing and you don’t mind that much about melody and catchy vocals this compilation is for you.

VV.AA.: Lasergun Compilation 2

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May 24 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Lasergun Compilation 2
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Lasergun Records (@)
Rated: *****
Founded by Savas Pascalidis back in late 90s, Lasergun Records was at first a way to release his own stuff (previously he released his music for 909 Pervertions, Kurbel and Loriz Sounds). When his name became famous (thanks also to his albums released by International Gigolo Records) he started to produce other bands’ stuff. Ural 13 Diktators, Lab Insect, Håkan Lidbo and Water Lilly joined the label and since then almost forty records have been released. LASERGUN COMPILATION 2 is a double cd that works as a reminder of what it was and also it is a trace of what it will be, because it contains also a lot of tracks coming from next releases. The twenty four tracks of the double compilation expand the initial minimal dark techno/house genre produced by its initial roster with new sounds, more electro, produced by Ulysses (really catchy "Empty hallways" with its electro wave vocals), Remute ("The journey" seems a early 80s dance track played with 8 bit samples) or DFX ("Relax your body" is a dark techno anthem with a pop attitude). Here you can also find two remixes of Savas Pascalidis’ "Saigon nightmare" reworked by Frank Martiniq and Richard Bartz as well as "Haunted house – misc. mix". LASERGUN COMPILATION 2 is a classic not remixed compilation that will introduce you to the sound of a really interesting label.

TRAXX PRESENTS THE DIRTY CRIMINALS: Collision Between Us And The Damned

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May 15 2006
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Artist: TRAXX PRESENTS THE DIRTY CRIMINALS
Title: Collision Between Us And The Damned
Format: CD
Label: International Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Two years from their previous "Organized Confuzion" Dj Traxx and Deecoy come back to the criminal scene bringing with them ten new tracks of their project The Dirty Criminals. The project doesn’t involve only Traxx and Deecoy because the different tracks have different guests: Tadd Mullinix, Liasons Dangereuses, Matt Nee, Mount Sims and Danny Wolfers (best known as Legowelt). The aim of the duo is to revive the Detroit / Chicago house techno style using real synth and drums (they have a preference on Roland stuff for sure as they use an amazing set of different drum machines such as the 626, 707, 808, 909 along with the 303 bass synth and the Juno 106 keyboard). The tracks sound like wild evolving loops with sounds and rhythms that are like hits of a whip. "Dias cortas" with Liasons Dangereuses on production recall me somewhat the early DafDos tracks (maybe also because for the Spanish lyrics and the shouts). The whole effect created by the album sometimes is of an overwhelming lost of senses. The acid vibes surround the listener and make this album difficult to enjoy if not already used to the genre but it is also true that also the occasional listener could dig since the first try, vocal tracks like "Hurt yourself" (the track that features Mount Sims) or "Pulsecode modulation".

VV.AA.: American Gigolo II - Mixed Compiled By Abe Duque

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May 12 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: American Gigolo II - Mixed Compiled By Abe Duque
Format: CD
Label: Gigolo (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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After the first chapter of the American Gigolo series and after Tiga here it is volume two that contains twenty one tracks compiled, mixed and sometimes remixed by Abe Duque. Abe picked up tracks from the Gigolo catalogue spanning from #86 to #181 (only Jeff Mills’"Shifty disco" is older as it was included into Gigolo #2). He did a good work as he didn’t present them "as they are" because, where needed, he pumped a bass, added a vocal, etc. In this way he created a massive dj set with a great impact by focusing the first half selection on electro techno (Foremost Poets, Crack We Rock, Abe Duque, Psychonauts, Freaks to name few). With Felix Da Housecat remix of P.Diddy’s "Jack U" (the central section) the atmosphere changes from electro influenced tunes to pure acid/techno (with Terence Fixmer, Traxx & Deecoy, Jeff Mills and Richard Bartz). The effect created by this radical change is of a sudden lack of melody. The atmosphere changes again with David Carretta just to close with an 80’s electro house track thanks to The Dominatrix. I found the first half of AMERICAN GIGOLO II really solid and intriguing but on the second half the acid took an hold all in a sudden and this ruined the tracklist that was running smoothly. This compilation is worth a listening and no one can stop you by listening to the two sections separately and digging the CD anyway...


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