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Toni Ramos & J Psycobeat: v.1

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 10 2003
Artist: Toni Ramos & J Psycobeat
Title: v.1
Format: 12"
Label: Electronica records (@)
Virginia-based Electronica records released this slice of wax featuring two tracks by Toni Ramos and J Psycobeat. Both sides, "Vampire Waltz" and "Dark Side of Me" are driven by beats and complemented by sounds that seem to be seeking a fragile balance between a rave-friendly techno vibe and luminous ambient electronica moods. It's like if you are listening to a Warp artist tripping out for techno-rave music and using those reso-synth sounds and slighly more dancefloor-oriented rhythmical material to interact with the quieter atmospheres of his refined synthetic harmonies. If you too are in search of such balance definitely give this a chance.

Dj Garon: Mesh It Up

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 08 2003
Artist: Dj Garon
Title: Mesh It Up
Format: 12"
Label: Urban Earth records
East Coast Dj Garon is one of those people who make of spinning drum'n'bass the art and the mission of their lives. His latest 12" vinyl features a remix of a Bukue One's track called "Mash It Up" and besides the classic drum'n'bass rhythmical drive, the frequency sweeps and all of that good stuff, it features MC-style rappin' vocals.Look for this powerful vinyl on the Urban Earth records shelves.

Paul van Dyk: Global

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 06 2003
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Artist: Paul van Dyk (@)
Title: Global
Format: DVD
Label: Mute (@)
German composer, producer and pioneer of the electronic music club scene Paul Van Dyk celebrates a decade of activity with Mute's release of "Global" a nicely packaged folding DVD+CD digipack featuring 13 tracks available as separate tracks or as one continuous mix (in stereo and 5.1), both as audio only and as audio+video. The tracks are powerful, refreshing, happy and majestic and include "We Are Alive", "Seven Ways", "Forbidden Fruit", "Beautiful Place", "Another Way", "Tell Me Why", "Step Right On", "Words", "Together we will Conquer", "A Magical Moment", "For an Angel", "Animacion" (from the Mexican film Zurdo), "My World". The DVD itself is fantastic for its truly global content. An exciting travelogue witnessing PVD's globetrotting experiences through cities such as NY, SF, LA, Miami, Tokyo, Bangkok, Mexico City, Ibiza, Berlin and in the UK with footage of fans and their statements, plain travelling, concerts and performances (inluding Berlin's Love Parade, the British GateCrasher open air, PVD's label Vandit night, Amnesia, Christopher Street Day and so on)... Besides some unexplained level changes in the DVD and the fact that some footage reminds of the lame MTV generation, the proof that electronic music does work as a universal language, no matter what cultural background you are from, lays within the almost two hours of frenetic, involving, pumping audio and imaginary of "Glabal". For those who want more, there are also several video clips, commercials, film trailers, an interview and a Mac/PC Flash animation. Truly impressive and awesome at the same time. Rarely has rave culture, electronic music, techno/trance dancefloors merged so well and been so compelling at the same time. It just pulls you along! Top notch stuff!

Velvet Vimoz: Boy

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 05 2003
Artist: Velvet Vimoz
Title: Boy
Format: CD EP
Label: Audio Assembly Productions (@)
Velvet Vimoz is: Alpha B-voice; DLB-voice; and MBJ-electronics. This New Jersey trio produced a six tracks dance vibe cd ep. "Boy," which is the cd title and single kicks off. This track reminds me of Orbital. Fast techno beat with synths playing happy poppy melodies. The disc includes a music video of the single also. Next two tracks "Girl" and "Kids" both have the same music with samples. Now "Kids" do have a another sample which does not appear in the track before it. The trancy "Vienna Sky", "Moz Trance" and "Nine9" will take you on a journey with it's thriving keen beats that's unstoppable. As listening to "Moz Trance", I heard a sample of ex-porno star Traci Lords "Fallen Angel" from her 1994 "1000 Fire." "Boy" is a danceable ep album which is more appropriate for a rave and club party that'll keep you coming back for more. 10 stars.

Snog: Adventures In Capitalism

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 04 2003
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Artist: Snog
Title: Adventures In Capitalism
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Hell's yeah, it's about time Snog came out with some videos. That quirky little (well, every musicaldirection under the sun is on their resume) group who's caused so much trouble with giants like McDonald's, Nike, and Microsoft have now released a DVD putting some of those controversial ideas into video form. With most underground video collections, however, I always open it with that fear of under-produced schlock. But the videos on this DVD are very well produced, having been done on an actual budget with a good direction suiting the group's anti-corporate escapades. For example, the video for "Hooray!" shows David Thrussell (the Snog mastermind himself) in a retro-Matrix businessman get-up, with scenes of anarchy and propaganda playing in the back. The video actually adds a whole other disturbing feel to the entire song. "Real Estate Man" is by far one of the goofiest and playful songs ever put on CD, with it's Download-on-Ecstacy dance line and incoherent female muttering. With the video, it shows people attempting (the best one can do) to dance to the song in all kinds of strange gestures, with witty slogans like "Put your trust in the promises of others" in the sarcastic guise of a self-help program. Most of the videos are something you'd see off that old MTV show Amp', with the computer-made psychedelics and assorted imagery. This DVD is good (1). For a whole new take on the Snog experience, (2). Tons of good little features, including a short film made with Snog music, interviews (3 of them, including one of how McDonald's tried to outlaw Snog), etc..(3). Just good old fashioned film making, even if you're not hip to Snog at all. Rating: 10

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