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LITTL SHYNING MAN: Hart Of The Wud

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 15 2005
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Artist: LITTL SHYNING MAN
Title: Hart Of The Wud
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Sonic 360 (@)
Rated: *****
Extremely expressive and creative Littl Shyning Man's debut mini CD is an inspired moment of music. The six tracks of the CD move through folk elements well mixed with electro experimentalism and rhythmic paths. Chris Haworth created HART OF THE WUD taking inspiration from Russel Hoban's futuristic folk tale "Riddely Walker". Thirty minutes are enough for being hypnotized by the ever evolving movements of Littl Shyning Man. Most of the sounds born from guitar treatments and are enriched with hip hop rhythms, loops, jazzy solutions and much more. If you are interested in gloomy atmospheres and creative ways of making music, you could be interested in checking HART OF THE WUD. The EP is available online only as every Sonic 360 release.

DJKEYONE: bio.turn.mek device

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 14 2005
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Artist: DJKEYONE
Title: bio.turn.mek device
Format: CD
Label: Green (@)
Rated: *****
This italian label is probably best known as one of the pillars italian hard core music during the nineties. Djkeyone comes from another planet and we'll use the label "dj culture" if it still make any sense. That's not such a weird surprise since the history of "hip hop" and the "Dj culture" in Italy passed also through the squats and from the same alternative culture of the late 80s/early 90s that nourished the punk movement. The real "aficionados" of Green records probably know Giulio (the label master) has always loved some of the early hip hop (one of the first release of the label was a demo by the hip hop duo Sacco e Vanzetti) and we can say this release is not that far from these cartesian coordinates. To get deeper into the real essence of this cd don't think of any b-boy thing with "rapping" overwhelming every single second of music, Djkeyone belongs to that breakbeat, dj background that has been the cradle of Dj Shadow, Dj Krush, Mo Wax or Cold Cut's Ninja Tune label. A pulsing rhythm and a squared beat follows the tradition, between the samples I've also heard Dj Gruff's "Questione di stile" (god bless that guy) that shows this turntablist is into the old school thing and sometimes that's plain evident in the shape of the cuts. Dj Shadow and Dj Krush could have mystified your ideas since this record is absolutely far from sounding "chillout" or even "jazzy", here you got stoned dark melodies and 4/4 beats where the dj shows his scratching-talent. People into this style of music should get it above all those who can appreciate the technical side of it all.

Indicia: Identifying Marks

 Posted by Shaun Phelps (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 05 2005
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Artist: Indicia (@)
Title: Identifying Marks
Format: CD
Label: Kanpai Records (@)
Rated: *****
Indicia is the project of vocalist Betsy Lillery and programmer/drummer David Ward, both newcomers to the electronic scene. With that said, their debut album, Identifying Marks, comes as nothing short of a surprise. Ward’s sharp and outstanding keyboard melodies run in absolute harmony with Lillery’s rich vocals in a way that seems like they’ve been working together for countless years.

Identifying Marks is comprised of half-spoken, half-sang vocals over hypnotic and trip-hoppy atmospheres. Lillery’s vocals fall somewhere between the sensuality of Portishead and Collide, while occasionally also resembling those of Android Lust, Tori Amos, Meg Lee Chin, and others. The only thing more seductive than the vocals in this release is the awe-inspired programming and keyboard work. Ward’s intricate and crisp electronics flow flawlessly to create lush textures in perfect compliment to Lillery’s musings.

Accessible from the first listen, Indicia’s Identifying Marks is a compelling debut album that is sure to draw some attention. Indicia fuses the sounds of trip-hop, IDM, EBM, and darkwave in a unique and innovative way that becomes more apparent with every listen. Identifying Marks is a masterpiece in the making, with tracks well suited for home or the dance-floor, and almost crying out for remixing attention.

VORPAL: An Incomplete Guide To Vorpal Music

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 01 2005
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Artist: VORPAL (@)
Title: An Incomplete Guide To Vorpal Music
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Produced using Reason and Acid (the first software has got several/illimitate vitual instruments and a sequencer window to command each stuff. The latter software is manily used to work on loops) on a computer, AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE TO VORPAL MUSIC introduce us to the sonic realm of Andrew Kozloski. A realm that is similar to an hard disk that need a defragmentation. Even if the different sound sources changes really fast on the various tracks, the thirteen tracks are something more than a collage. It is true that chaos sometimes takes a hold, but the tracks create a good ambience and they have got something that make you identify each of them (see for example all the melodic line used on "Pinot noir film". Andrew, as other sound manipulators, had the good intuition to take everything he could reach just to work on it. For this reason you can find a portion of Edo Komoriuta on "Hip hop wabisabi", a reworked verion of Satie's "Gymnopédie" and a portion of the Brandeburg concerto n.2 in f major by J.S. Bach on "November-014". If you aren't worried of controlled chaos Vorpal has got something for you to be thrilled!

EXILE: Pro Agonist

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 30 2005
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Artist: EXILE (@)
Title: Pro Agonist
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Exile's first album sum the work of the last years of Tim Shaw: dj and producer coming from England. He worked with John B and MC Temper and he recorded tons of records for Moving Shadow, Beta, Renegade Hardware, Mosquito and Planet-Mu. His first CD PRO AGONIST gathers twelve tracks of inspired hc jungle sounds/rhythms which tend to surprise the listener with new solutions (choirs, melodic lines, classical music excerpts, etc). Two tracks are selected from his recent singles released by Evol Intent and Planet Mu and the remaining ones are new cuts which see also the collaboration of John B (on "Broken language - Exile mix") and Nick Douwma (which helped on the creation of the opening "Silicon chop"). If you don't know at all Tim's work, don't wait for fragmented sounds and hyper nervous rhythms which are impossible to follow. His style is various and angry but he has always got the sense of the track. For sure you could find many influences on his music but his tracks aren't a cut and paste of sounds. They are more likely sound scultpures with a high melodic sense. See how the short "Open mike" succeeds into painting different soundscapes in less than three minutes. Jungle isn't the only thing you'll find on these tracks, because Tim usually use a pad structure to help the rhythm hurricane. On tracks like "Sure you did" you could find also ambient moments as well as classic modern music elements on "Mushroom santa" or on the following "Spring cum air". A thing is for sure: listening to PRO AGONIST you won't find a weak moment and you'll always find interesting elements to follow. Dig the power!


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