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 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 29 2005
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Title: Split
Format: CD
Label: Authorised Version
Rated: *****
Germany's Incite/ present(s?) four tracks (+ intro and outro) of geometric microwave techno: frequencies, hisses and pin-like beats structured in algid rhythmic frames. Though it's obviously hard, if not impossible, to add anything to the style canonized by Noto, Ikeda, Pan Sonic and the likes, Incite/ is truly good at what he's (?) doing. Staplerfahrer comes from the Netherlands and explores the more radical and free-form side of the glitch aesthetic, with exercises on pure sine waves forms. His 6-track part of the split begins with pulses sounding like Morse code signals, and ends with noisier and harsher tracks. All very minimal, meaning that the initial sound pattern is maintained to the whole piece, without much variation or composition; so it's interesting but sometimes lacking depth.

CHABZ/KRIZO: Growgrow/Test lies

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 05 2005
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Title: Growgrow/Test lies
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sonic360
Rated: *****
Double mcd put together into a single release, strange since probably the whole music could have been put on a cd, but apart for the major cost (for the label) the format is interesting: everything remains related to its own round tiny piece of plastic. Chabz right after the intro starts pushing with a dark and groovy electronic beat, heavy pounding bass lines and hip hop drum beats. The tracks on Chabz cd reminded me of some great classics by Dj Krush, same relaxed rhythm, dark melodies, smoke in the face and a bit of rapping. The jazz style is great and here and there you have trumpet and pianos, but the "black groove sensation" and the mystque atmosphere it's quite close to the most visceral period of Massive Attack (Mezzanine). I've read somewhere that both Chabz and Krizo are coming from an alternative rock background, hard to believe it after you hear the "Growgrow" (that's the title of Chabz mcd), and the same could be said for Krizo's "Test lies". Same "dark at night" effects and same heavyweight bass as his split mate, but Krizo's drum beat is less "hip-hoppish" and more complex, but still far from being a "jungle". The style of the two cd is pretty similar despite some peculiarities, but the groovy jazz influenced flavor is almost the same. "Trip hop" and Ninja Tune lovers, here's some bread for the dinner.

VV.AA.: Coup De Grace

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 27 2005
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Coup De Grace
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
COUP DE GRACE is a new Invasion Wreck Chords compilation which include bands linked to Ambassador 21 (friends or collaborators). The twenty bands / tracks deal with power noise / techno grindcore / industrial bringing rhythm and noise to a new level. Try to imagine twenty years of industrial music all blended and brought to its extremes and you'll have someway how COUP DE GRACE is sounding like. There's also space for some hip-hop / grime mixed with techno industrial thanks to, to Boot-Sector-viruz and to Maladroit, for the industrial e.b.m. of CTRLer, the updated 80's industrial electronica of Rasputin and On/Off or the ambient industrial of Flint Grass, just to name few. When you review compilations like these it is difficult to give a general judgement, because there are always some tracks you love, some others that you liked and others that doesn't sound that new but COUP DE GRACE is a good way to know new names and to find old friends of the noise scene.

CHABZ / KRIZO: GrowGrow / Test Lies

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 24 2005
Artist: CHABZ / KRIZO (@)
Title: GrowGrow / Test Lies
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sonic 360 (@)
Rated: *****
Chabz and Krizo are two different projects linked because of the Hungarian collective Realistic Crew, which sees the partecipation of K. Vranic and Cs Kalotas (the two guys behind them). Sonic 360 release consists of a twin CD E.P. where each project present six tracks. Chabz's E.P. is titled GROWGROW and the six tracks contained are focused on hip hop rhythms and ambient sounds where East European flavours and sounds are dilated and melt into distorted basslines (dear to grime music). Scratches and feedback are mixed with synth pads and loops, creating a solid urban soundscape. Krizo's E.P. TEST LIES sounds a little more grime thanks to the different kind of rhymths used and thank to a more darkish atmosphere. Listening to "My empty things" seems to watch a noir movie of the future where jazz music turned into something sicker. "Delutan" is slighty more lounge thanks to the dilated piano lines and to the voice loops. "You" is a jazzy tune really dark and the vocal parts make it perfect for a Spillane book. With "Trashlife" the grime influences come back but mixed with experimental ambient parts. At a first listenind Krizo's E.P. is the one that I liked most but I have to admit that both of them are really good. England is not the only place good for this sounds, so check them out!

Leaf: Made Into Itself

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 12 2005
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Artist: Leaf (@)
Title: Made Into Itself
Format: CD
Label: Suspicious Records (division of Hive Records)
Distributor: Ad Noisem & Ant Zen
Rated: *****
This is definitely an unconventional record when compared to the rest of the Hive records roster, but that's probably why Hive decided to put it out under their new subdivision Suspicious Records. Leaf (whose other side projects include Nevrland, Biogliphic, & Blunt Force Crew) is a dark record that walks the paths of experimental hip-hop (mostly instrumental, but you'll get your fair share of rhymes as well) and stops at every intersection to mingle with the cross-roads of trip hop, orchestral arrangements, electronica etc. Leaf likes it lo-fi and raw around the edges, he experiments with samples (a lot of which come from movies) and he flips his shit around on top of sticky beats, hypnotic layers of sounds, minimal turntableism and british-sounding female singing voices opposed to black male voices dropping their lyrics into the mixture. If you like Everlast, Massive Attack, Dj Shadow, Dj Signify, Tricky etc you'll probably dig this. Leaf is currently touring with Def Jux recording artists Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Cage. That's whassup dog!

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