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OCTEX: Variations

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 27 2005
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Artist: OCTEX (@)
Title: Variations
Format: CD
Label: Rx : Tx (@)
Rated: *****
Jernej Marusic is back. He released his first album "Idei Lahesna" back in 2002 for Technika and three years after, VARIATIONS sees its release for the new label Rx : Tx. Divided into eleven different movements VARIATIONS is a blend of ambient dub, techno and even hip hop music (even if the influence is really light), where asymmetric rhythms duet with long pad sounds. The base idea behind VARIATIONS is that in nature there aren't two identical things. Applicated to music the concept create a flux of sounds and rhythms that change continually: is like creating a living creature out of synthetic instruments and recording his breath. Musically the album could be hard to be enjoyed by an occasional listener because of its experimental nature but if you are into the genre, you could dig the magmatic glitch effect of Jernej's music.

MIMETIC TALE: Personal plot

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 20 2005
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Artist: MIMETIC TALE
Title: Personal plot
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Thisco
Rated: *****
A pretty nice 3" ep from Swiss project Mimetic, here with his n-th alias Mimetic Tale. Except for the ambient drone of the initial "Smooth feeling", the three tracks (two bein remixes of - or by? - Zonk'p and Mimetic Kino) fit with the more rhythmic side of the Thisco roster, like Sci-Fi Industries: a hyper-kinetic, and quite paranoid, mix of d'n'b breakbeat and technoid beats, with just some slower dubbish influences ("Le Spectre"). I'm definitely not a fan, and much less and expert, of the genre, but I think this is a solid production, and the 3"-length prevents it from becoming redundant.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER: Abandon Music

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 11 2005
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Artist: ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER (@)
Title: Abandon Music
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
EMC is a duo made up of Ken Gibson (also active as [a]pendics.shuffle, 8fm, Pre Wig, Bal Cath and Rev Com) and Ian Read. By listenin to ABANDON MUSIC I thought instantly to this definition: raggae / dub music played by Autechre. In my opinion this give instantly an idea of the sound of the first half of the album, while the remaining five tracks are more like a deconstruction of a dance tune with deranged rhythmical parts where the tracks stops and go and at each stop they lose a part just like an old car that runs down the hills. The only exception is represented by "Adoption of the blank", where the ambient i.d.m. takes an hold and the crazy rhythmical parts are substituted by an electronic magma that makes its way through the radio frequencies. Even if the album isn't immediately enjoyable little by little the tracks shows their personality and make of ABANDON MUSIC a CD to discover.

VIRUS SYNDICATE: The Work Related Illness

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 10 2005
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Artist: VIRUS SYNDICATE
Title: The Work Related Illness
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
This is an easy review. I could end it right now by saying that if you are into rough hip hop and you are dead tired of the Hollywood people (Eminem, Snoop Dog, etc) Virus Syndicate is the altenative you have to check. It would be too easy to say that even my wife, that don't know what the hell the word "grime" means, dug THE WORK RELATED ILLNESS immediately! The fact is that each track has got a different arrangement and if "Slow down" is based on gregorian choruses with distorted drums, "Major list mcs" is almost influenced by electro, "Clockwork" is beatifully influenced by cool jazz and "Throwing in the towel" and "Karma" by middle Eastern melodies. The sound is really pumping, the songs are amazing (see also the humor of "Girls" where the song starts with a host that introduce you to a show about guy / girl relationships), the melody is catchy and the Mcs do their work really well. Do yourself a favor, don't miss this one! It will be out at the end of May...

JERRY COLBURN: Smell The Love

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 10 2005
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Artist: JERRY COLBURN (@)
Title: Smell The Love
Format: CD
Label: A Strip Mall Of Sound (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
After beating the drums into a garage punk bands in Arkansas, Jerry Colburn decided to try something different but without forgetting his rock roots. Having this in his mind, he composed twentry three tracks influenced by different kind of music: latino, rock, i.d.m., '60s soundtracks, hip hop, electro, etc. Each influence has been blended into short tracks which, even if the longest one is about three minutes, are capable of painting a personal picture that works. Not each of the twenty three are memorable ones but most of them succeed into entertain the listener and I appreciated the attitude of the whole project.


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