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LEGOWELT: Dark Days

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 29 2005
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Artist: LEGOWELT (@)
Title: Dark Days
Format: CD
Label: Strange Life Records (@)
Distributor: Phear
Rated: *****
If you don't own a turntable or if you don't use peer to peer programs to share music, is highly probable that you don't know Legowelt. Danny Wolfers released about ten E.P.s (mostly on Bunker Records) and only one CD titled "Classics 1998-2003: A Selection Of Tracks From The Bunker Archive" which gathers some of his tracks released for Bunker Records. Well, this time with DARK DAYS, you've got the opportunity to get into Legowelt's realm at a cheap price (Phear, who's in charge of the distribution sells it at 7 euros) even if you haven't got a turntable. Deeply influenced by Detroit techno and other thousands of electronic pulsations, Danny is taking off his hat fourteen old tracks, which he tought lost and gone. Fortunately the tracks, which span through the 1992 ÷ 1997 period (i.e. from the early days), are available for the first time for the listening pleasure of all the Legowelt fans and for all the curious who wants to discover the inspired music of one of the most appreciated guys into the techno/electro scene. Tracks like the opening "Lego resistance", "Nowhere track", the following "Techno madchen" or "Myst" are able to mix ambient sounds and rough synth sounds with melodic loops, creating in this way a particular blend of dance experimental music which isn't only at the dancefloor service but it's also out there for you to enjoy. If you already know Danny's releases, well don't wait for tracks like "Total pussy control" or "Dirty tango" because this album contains instrumental tracks just like the ones you can find on releases like "Tower Of The Gipsies". Don't lose the opportunity to get this stuff, it won't last for long time!

VENETIAN SNARES: Rossz Csillag Alatt Szullet

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Artist: VENETIAN SNARES
Title: Rossz Csillag Alatt Szullet
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Released before one year has passed from his latest Planet Mu release titled "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding", Aaron Funk is back with a total different album titled ROSSZ CSILLAG ALATT SZULETETT. While "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding" was based mainly on rhythms, this new one sees Venetian Snares dealing with ambient sounds and orchestral partitures. I'm totally unaware about the language of the titles (Hungarian, maybe?) but the music is enough to make me appreciate the geniality of this project. The album contains eleven tracks that form somehow a soundtrack of a drama. The only note we've got about the tracks is starting this way: "What if, for just a day, we could both be pigeons?" and after some rows "Ultimately, as quickly as our world blooms, our world is discordant, and our pigeons are wounded, and as our world dies, we die, and we are extinct. If only we could kill ourselves over and over until we get it right". Even if most of the tracks sound like modern classical music played by a real orchestra Aaron mix it with his particular breakcore style, creating something really functional and fresh. The strings give to the tracks a dramatic feeling that makes you think about the European cinema of the early twenties of the last century and it's amazing to see how the fast rhythms give to it more energy. I don't know if I was able to make you understand what's inside this album but I assure you that you should give it a try!

Sasha & John Digweed: Renaissance: the Mix Collection

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 26 2005
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Artist: Sasha & John Digweed
Title: Renaissance: the Mix Collection
Format: 3 x CD (triple CD)
Rated: *****
Those who were in the market for dance music in the mid ninetees will most certainly remember the tremendous impact that the release of this record had on the masses in 1994, almost single-handedly establishing the controversial new Mix CD culture and setting the blueprint and at the same time the cornerstone for the dance DJ/club scene. "Renaissance" went gold in the UK and after ten years still sells. To celebrate its anniversary Renaissance recordings re-releases the masterpiece as a limited edition triple CD luxury 7-panel folding digipack with revamped artwork by NY artist Vault49 (www.vault49.com). The 44 track historic masterpiece has been remastered by the author themselves with newly available technology and even though at times it does sound a little bit dated or maybe too commercial, it still sounds incredibly contemporary even 10 years later. Think of it as the "Appetite for Destruction" album of dance music, or something like that.

TERMINAL 11: Illegal Nervous Habits

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Mar 09 2005
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Artist: TERMINAL 11 (@)
Title: Illegal Nervous Habits
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
If you think that ILLEGAL NERVOUS HABITS is mainly a mix of sound cut ups it's amazing to notice how smooth it sounds. I mean, even if the nine tracks of the album for sure are part of the i.d.m./breakcore genre, Mike Castaneda's ability of play with melodies which are surrounded by thousands of rhythms, frenetic sounds and other experimentations make of them nine tracks which have got a sense of their own. You know, a lot of i.d.m. tracks could sound cold and unpersonal because of the digital sources used or because it's difficult to choose the right sounds. On this CD you can find funk, noises, classical instruments (like on "I'm in no mood for this"), Art Of Noise samples (on "Staple on smile" if I'm not wrong I heard a little treated part of their "Moments in love") and a lot of crazy rhymths. For sure you won't find yourself singing along to these tracks, but they have also their musicality. For me, the thumb is up!

Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 20 2005
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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
I've already reviewed this record back in June when I was sent the advance promo copy by their promoter MSO so I won't be repeating what I already said. You can read my review by clickin on the name Sasha at the top of the review (http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=1317). It's a great album, very intense, very true. Finally a different type of DJ album, where the DJ really is a musician and a producer and doesn't just label and market himself as such simply because he installed Reason on his computer. Sasha is a complete artist, one who takes his art beyond the mere act of mixing a bunch of records together in one continuous flow of music, one who re-works, possibly re-writes other people's songs, a symbiosis of a remixer, a mixer, a producer, an arranger, a writer, a Dj. Sasha is all of this and "Involver"'s re-elaborations of music by Unkle, Felix Da Housecat, Grand National, Spooky and Ulrich Schnauss prove it! What is really outstanding and worthy of mention and pretty much convinced me to review this album one more time is the art-work and packaging that the final release of "Inolver" comes in. I've never seen anything as beautiful and original. You'll have to see it yourself. The CD is packed in between a bunch of glossy postcard looking photos with notes about the song on the back (one photo for every song) plus cards for credits, back cover, front cover and more. All of these cards are shaped like a square with its outside edges bent inward. All of this is inserted inside an equally shaped soft plastic unfolding shell... Truly unique and magnificent... and what do you know, this review turned out longer than the original one ;-)


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