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POLYSPACE: Tactual Sense

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 29 2003
Title: Tactual Sense
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
Decent pseudo-Warp electronica from a collaboration between Polygon and For a Space. "Somewhere inside" inserts some Buddhist chants sample, "Latenz" has some breakbeat hint, "Grown out" and "Heaven" add some simple piano melody – but the core of it all is the usual, over-used rhythmic wallpaper electronica: nothing too jarring to the ear, but nothing memorable either. Anyway, better than other even more static Funkwelten releases. Boring layout.

VV.AA.: International DeeJay Gigolos 7

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 29 2003
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: International DeeJay Gigolos 7
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Gigolo records (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Compiled by internationally acclaimed Dj Hell, this is the 7th volume of the 2CD trend-setting compilation that features artists from all over the world: Freaks, Fat Truckers, Psychonauts, Yesandno (feat. Solvej), Fisherspooner, Dirty Criminals, Trevor Jackson, Mick Wills, Crack We are Rock, Experimental Products, Liquid Sky, Richard Bartz, David Carretta, linda Lamb, Pink Grease, Adriano Canzian, Mount Sims, Chris Korda, MU, Terranova, Steril feat. Sawako Murata, Marc Ayats & the Penelope(s), Silvo Manuel, Gina X, P.Diddy feat. Kelis, Dj Hell himself, Savas Pascalidis, Terence Fixmer, Crossover and Kim Peers. Hard to describe or categorize, this CD is actually pretty various in style and doesn't necessarily fall into the dancing category, like one would think. There's a lot of weird experimental pop, club-friendly yes, but not as dancefloor as I would have though, which of course isn't a bad thing, I am just noticing that... Electro-pop, synth-pop, freak-pop, dance, hip-hop etc... Release date was yesterday so hurry up if you are into the scene!

Deep Dish: Toronto #025

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 28 2003
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Artist: Deep Dish
Title: Toronto #025
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
The Deep Dish duo continues to travel the world and mix music for the dancing crowds. After their 2001 Moscow release, this double CD paints a picture of Canada's finest pumping underground music. Global house music lifestyle for the new millennium, sexy, passionate and dark. Sharam Tayebi and Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia take house to a less bumpy and more relaxed space, with funky low bass lines, real vocals, mostly lush and sensual, expanded dub soundscapes, layers of synths and electronica and pretty atmosphere of happiness and love. Check out the label's website for a list of the cut in the mixes.

Mark Farina: Air Farina

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 21 2003
Artist: Mark Farina (@)
Title: Air Farina
Format: CD
Label: OM records (@)
World acclaimed Dj Mark Farina has been world-trotting for years now but he seems to master the art of manufacturing time to produce his own music. His debut, "Air Farina", is a concept album, where the theme, transcontintenal flight, is portrayed with a number of samples from airports, air traffic control towers, flight assistants, pilots etc. Born and raised in Chicago, closely in touch with the Detroit scene and always into the San Fran vibe, Mark Farina masters a style of his own that fuses instrumental urban sounds, soulful acid jazz and funky house. Those of you who know Farina will certainly remember his cassette series Mushroom Jazz or stuff he recorded under different monikers, such as Urban Backcountry and Bernal Boogie. Guests on this album include Kaskade, People Under the Stairs, Sean Haynes and Lance Desardi. Available as CD and double vinyl.

the Azoic: Conflict

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 20 2003
Artist: the Azoic
Title: Conflict
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis, Amazon, A Different Drum, Isolation Tank, DSBP, Middle Pillar, Harvest Media, Projekt, CD Baby, Darkland Music, Unspun, Musicwerks

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After their "Forward..." release, the female fronted the Azoic duo is back with more danceable techno electronica. This eight track CD features eight different remix versions of the title track by Iris, Negative Format, Imperative Reaction, Massiv in Mensch, System, Syn, CombiChrist (Icon Coil side project). Altough you can definitely hear the EBM influence and there is a lot of synth-pop activity going on, this album is really more on the dancefloor side of things so if you are looking for a mixture of dance-techno and electro-pop to revive your alternative bootie-shakin' weekends you should try this out. I personally am not too big of a fan of the more commercial-friendly dance-club sounds (and this album is filled with those) but other people like them and might find the right balance with this album. By the way, the album also features a video clip in Quick Time and Windows Media formats of the same track with some live footage.

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