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OIL 10: Beyond

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 20 2006
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Artist: OIL 10
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Label: Funk Welten (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing several albums during the last decade, Gilles Rossire with BEYOND releases his first full lenght for Funk Welten, the Black Rain sublabel focused on ambient and futuristic sounds. Influenced deeply by Kraftwerk, Vangelis and J. M. Jarre, Gilles takes the sound of European electronic music precursors just to re-process it into a modern blend of ambient, dance and techno, succeeding into the creation of a convincing mix. If the opening "Synchro 4 all" is a technoid dark ambient intro based on bleeps, pulsating rhythms and pads, the following one, "High adventure", is like a Kraftwerk ambient dance track. "Tele tone" is more electro and if "High adventure" was recalling the Kraftwerk for the use of vocoder, this one remember them for the use of scales made by those carachteristics synthetic tones (do you remember "Pocket calculator"?). "Grand illusion" expand even more the concept of ambient dance music, because it seems to listening to a dance version of early Biosphere. "Far & away" recall me the last Bartos album but shifted into a space scenario. "X fleet" is a little more techno / early e.b.m. but Gilles mix it with a sound that seems coming from the sci-fi movies of the '50s: something similar to a theremin but with a better control of melody. "Departure" recall J.M. Jarre way of using melody just like its following "Boarding pass" make the French way of playing electronic music revive. "Mach III" is a potential dance floor killer while the closing "My neighbor Hayao" is a beautiful electronic ballad that has a bitter taste that make you want to play the album from the start and nowadays this isn't a common thing! Great album, indeed!

ECHOLOGIST: Explorations vol.1

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 08 2006
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Artist: ECHOLOGIST (@)
Title: Explorations vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Mule Musiq (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Brendon Moeller (Mono Blanco, Beat Pharmacy, Alphamotive) in his « Exploration vol. 1 creates a special mixture of his past influences and listening like The Orb, Fela Kuti, Happy Mondays and De La Soul mixed with his deeper, psychedelic, dance-floor sound. His compositions go from dense soundscape lush with spaced-out subterranean dub (Hypnoteach), bottom-heavy deep house undercurrents (Moving on, For no good reason, Constant elevation) and narcotic dub (sculpture dub) to cosmic jazz fusion, tropical afro-latin rhythms (Midnight dub, Startrack) and adventurous left-field experimentations and irresistible grooves ideal for the dancefloor (Crispy, dreadscapes).
A very good work where dub and ethnic sound meet electronica.

VV.AA: Now 04

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 08 2006
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Now 04
Format: 12"
Label: Underscan (@)
Rated: *****
The fourth and final release in the "Now" compilation series By Underscan Records delivers tracks by Slemper, Lambert, 3tronik and Fibla. A mixture of contemporary electronica from abstract HipHop to dance oriented electro experiments (see under file Autechre, Aphex Twins and Matmos).SLEMPER open the game with a future dance-floor glitch techno tracks named "Dusdatikaf", focus himself on the discovery of new sounds and his compositions go from straight drum’n’bass to experimental electronica. Slemper is Maarten Meussen from DenHaag who just released his debut album "Mismatch" on the Belgian Aecletrick.LAMBERT (Akira Inagawa), with his track "Kaudyoe", focuses his research on samplers, computer and synthesizer, creating relaxed atmospheres, beautiful tones and melodies and leads us into a sort of lo-fi handmade hiphop stylebeats.Fabien Florin (Aka 3TRONIK), in his "Verwirrung" shows us the harder and wide side of electronic soundscapes. A deep and obscure sound with influences from Aphex Twins and Autechre to Matmos.FIBLA is well know in the world of todays electronica. Subtle rhythms patterns, lunar sound and melodies, deeply belonging to the nowadays diversified electronic scene. Influences? From Autechre’s isolationism and Beaumont Hannant’s deep ambient, to Orbital’s and Matmos’ stratified patterns.The complete series with all tracks from the four 12" records will be available on cd in autumn 2006 as a follow up to this release.

SLEPCY: We Are The Newest Battle Models

 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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Jul 03 2006
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Artist: SLEPCY
Title: We Are The Newest Battle Models
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by the Polish duo Piotr Kurek and Marcin Stefanski, Slepcy have been working on electronic music that had his proper sound. They released few stuff for DJ Scud’s Ambush records, Kool.Pop, and Suburban Trash Industries. Their new WE ARE THE NEWEST BATTLE MODEL mix in a clever and frenetic way low-fi electronic sources along with strange vocals coming from unknown sources. Their tracks span from hardcore electronics to junk electronic operas. The cut and paste style of dealing with rhythm is paired with a dramatic and cinematic sense. If you check "Laurence" the repetitive bass line along with the eerie main melody make me feel that something is going on. It's like they are representing someone’s life and I must say that there’s nothing funny going on. Fortunately the casual rhythm structure is present only in few tracks and most of them are built like weird soundtracks where electronica meet drama. I really appreciated the theatrical feelings I felt while listening to their music and it was something new for me. I hope that they will keep this quality of surprising the audience with violent crazy rhythms combined with particular orchestrations (and if you want a perfect example of this check the main track).

THE REMOTE: Too Low To Miss

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 03 2006
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Artist: THE REMOTE
Title: Too Low To Miss
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Formed by DJ Ashley Casselle, Ben Lost on vocals and with the help of Paul Rogers (Sasha's collaborator) and house producer Asad Risvi, The Remote on their first album TOO LOW TO MISS are able to blend 80s flavour electronic songs (check "She’s going out tonight") with house rhythms and electro techno catchy moments (like on "Big design"). Even if their style is mixing with the genres they are able to create a fresh mixture where the déjà vu is out of sight. Tracks like "Play it rosa" remind me of Paul Haig but The Remote produce tracks where pop melodies are surrounded by tiny bleeps, strong rhythms and thousand of other electronic sounds that layered make you lose your senses. Often you'll find yourself being attracted by the sounds while you were following the melody of a song. The 80s new wave influence is present in many tracks but if you want to check a catchy one, try the instrumental "Right meat" or the closing "Change your mind". If you look for electro punk, check the "Like you" guitars but if you want to try some electro ambient "Bream" is the one for you. This is a cool way of mixing genres and TOO LOW TO MISS is an album you’d want to check if you are into new wave and electro dance sounds.


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