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Leaf: Made Into Itself

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 12 2005
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Artist: Leaf (@)
Title: Made Into Itself
Format: CD
Label: Suspicious Records (division of Hive Records)
Distributor: Ad Noisem & Ant Zen
Rated: *****
This is definitely an unconventional record when compared to the rest of the Hive records roster, but that's probably why Hive decided to put it out under their new subdivision Suspicious Records. Leaf (whose other side projects include Nevrland, Biogliphic, & Blunt Force Crew) is a dark record that walks the paths of experimental hip-hop (mostly instrumental, but you'll get your fair share of rhymes as well) and stops at every intersection to mingle with the cross-roads of trip hop, orchestral arrangements, electronica etc. Leaf likes it lo-fi and raw around the edges, he experiments with samples (a lot of which come from movies) and he flips his shit around on top of sticky beats, hypnotic layers of sounds, minimal turntableism and british-sounding female singing voices opposed to black male voices dropping their lyrics into the mixture. If you like Everlast, Massive Attack, Dj Shadow, Dj Signify, Tricky etc you'll probably dig this. Leaf is currently touring with Def Jux recording artists Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Cage. That's whassup dog!
Artist: CABARET (@)
Title: Electric Chair Song
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Artoffact (@)
Rated: *****
Don’t ask me how a Polish band gets a contract from the Canadian label Artoffact. It proves only that the world is small. The question why they could get this contract is clear after some listens to this debut single CD, which has seven remarkable tracks on board. Musically this single CD offers a nice diversity of styles, starting with Electro-Pop, some Trance- and/or Ambient elements as well. I would also say, that the music – especially by the Single Mix and Radio Version of the two main track "Electric Chair Song" and "Dawn Mist Glowing" – features a kind of dark Pop music, maybe distant comparable to some MODE elements taken out of their "Ultra/Exciter" phase. This seems to be the main musically target of this band and I find it quite impressive how this band tries to combine here and there some classic instruments like piano, decent guitar inserts and/or "real" drums with diverse up to date electronic music styles. This can also be a good explanation to get signed on an international renowned label like Artoffact, the situation of professional labels in Poland seems to be unsatisfying. My favorite track is "Every Home is Wired" – it is a cover version originally done by Porcupine Tree – with its great melodic piano rolls and the decent male vocals. A band to follow without hesitation and I am sure they will even more surprise with their soon to released album "Homophobia".

DREAM SYSTEM: Traveling after midnight

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 05 2005