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ERAST: Cyberpunk

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 08 2006
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Artist: ERAST
Title: Cyberpunk
Format: CD
Label: Laboratory Instinct (@)
Rated: *****

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After the release of two EPs on Laboratory Instinct, Erast release his first album titled CYBERPUNK for the same label. Behind a title that isn't that original there's something more than a mere exercise of technologic sounds/subjects. Nika Machaidze thought the different tracks as steps of a game. The rules/explanations are described into the opening track "Cyberpunk" where the guest narrator George Dzodzuashvili (aka Gogi.Ge.Org and Post Industrial Boys) explains how the game has been conceived while in the background there's a sort of main theme. "Het" opens the dances with its mixture of breakbeat and electro lounge where piano chords duet with vocal cut ups and frenetic rhythms. The following "Raindrops on my window" see strings that duet with synths and rhythms. "NLQ" is more relaxed and it creates a soft ambience. "Dimpiatauri" sounds jazzy and lounge blinking an eye to i.d.m. "Influtusa" mix gentle pizzicato strings with rhymths. The different tracks creatively mix orchestrations with multi layered rhythmic sections creating particular moments of intelligent electronic. Listening to the tracks there's a certain cinematic sensation: it's like they are part of an aural slide show that dynamically represent different moments of a common theme. A CD that deserve your attention and that needs your attention to be fully appreciated.

Hell: GroBenwahn - 1992 - 2005 / Monotonie Durch Automation - NY Muscle Interpretationen

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 06 2006
Artist: Hell
Title: GroBenwahn - 1992 - 2005 / Monotonie Durch Automation - NY Muscle Interpretationen
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Gigolo Records
Rated: *****
This is a double CD album from HELL. The first disc is a "best of" and the second disc is a "remix" CD. As this artist has been around for over a decade, this should be an exciting addition to your collection of electronic music. This double CD also features 9 unreleased versions of HELL's best anthems so it's not one of those put together a "best of" CD and make a quick buck type of release. This is actually worth buying.

Alcyone: The Stars Are Real

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 06 2006
Artist: Alcyone
Title: The Stars Are Real
Format: CD
Label: System Recordings
Rated: *****
Not bad for a debut. This is a mix of ambient, dub, trance, breaks, and deep house. Fans of Orbital, The Orb and William Orbit take note. The singing talent of Suzanne Sterling is superior. She has worked with other artists before but the only one I am familiar with was a band called SKYCLAD, which is a metal band but then again it could be a different band. Alex Newman's production skills is tremendous. This duo has worked with Medicine Drum before as keyboardist and lead vocalist. Alcyone is a group everyone into this type of music should look out for. This duo is destined to be great and I am looking forward to seeing them progress as time goes.

DJ Baby Anne & Jen Lasher: Assault & Battery

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 06 2006
Artist: DJ Baby Anne & Jen Lasher
Title: Assault & Battery
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: System Recordings
Rated: *****
On DJ Baby Anne's side of this disc is titled "Assault". Jen Lasher's side is titled "Battery". This double disc is very exciting. It sounds almost like drum n' bass but it's actually bass. Yes, there is a sub-genre of electronic music called "bass" and it's been around for a long time now yet this still sounds very fresh. No wonder why these duo are known as the "Queens of Bass". These duo have superior production skills and not to mention good looks.
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Artist: KODI & PAUSA
Title: In one week and new toys to play
Format: CD
Label: Kormaplastic (@)
Rated: *****
Man, talking about freakiness, extravaganza or "music out of ordinary" the Kodi and Pausa project is a good example, nothing more and nothing less. I think the fact this cd can be good or bad is a detail, but I dare the average critic to label this cd as "the same ol' shit". Probably what I'm going to say has to do with the fact I've listened to Boredom's "Pop tatari" a couple of days ago, but I guess if ever pop music would have followed the path of these japanese kamikaze, this could have been the euro-pop answer to the demented genius of Yamatsuka Eye and friends. An improvisational cut and lot's of instruments to play may imply influences and ideas can move in this or in that direction, but it can also bring to a delirium where everything flows randomly leaving reminiscences of what lied buried in the subconscious coming out in the open with the consequent result you'll see fragments of subconscious scattered all over the place. Is Kodi and Pausa pure essence of chaos? Absolutely not, but here you've electronic music, free jazzy guitar incursions, shapeless cut ups/pastiches (Boswachter) as well as old electronic mixed with modern hi-frequencies computer sounds, this recording features also minimal keyboard experiments (that reminded me of the early and greatest Pram). What should I say about a defiant cartoon tune like "Flashy toilet"!?...this couple of musician probably has had problems during their childhood. Sometimes it's hard to judge the quality of a cd and when it's "In one week and new toys to play", the idea is that the "subject" is really beyond the boundaries of musical judgment...life is a nonsense.


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