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VV.AA.: -40

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 04 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: -40
Format: CD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti records is a perculiar record label and the people at Cocosolidciti like to think about peculiar releases. -40 for sure is one of them. Composed by a set of a CD plus a DVD, -40 is a compilation which gathers modern digital manipulators of the likes of Akufen, Deadbeat, Venetian Snares, Knifehandchop, Secret Mommy, Lowfish, and DMC World Champion DJ Dopey, etc. They were called to do some treatement to some old Canadian Propaganda Films from the '40s. The whole project is divided into treated audio tracks and visual treated works with original audio. The visual sources have been treated by David Lemieux, Josh Raskin, Shawn Chappelle, Nadia, Duguay, Creatix, etc. The video treatements gave to the original sources a sense of uneasiness: it's like the video artists, with their work, underlined the alienation and the horrors of war. The ten tracks of the audio CD sound particular because you can hear the soundtracks of those propaganda films along with jungle beats and various rhythm based solutions (with also some ambient atmospheres like on the Prhizzm track "Ordeal by ice"). The video DVD, to be honest, contains a lot more respect the video reworks, as it contains also the whole CD audio tracklist with the original scores that were used as sample source. The remixers did a great work and I suggest you to check this release as you won't be disappointed!

MIND.IN.A.BOX.: Certainty

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
 Edit (1953)
Jun 03 2005
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Artist: MIND.IN.A.BOX.
Title: Certainty
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Only a very few months after the release of their successful debut "Lost Alone" this German duo presents a new single-CD which gives already an outlook to the soon to be released new full length album "Dreamweb". Consisting of Stefan Poiss (music) and Markus Hadwiger (lyrics) this project has received a never expected success and genre-bending recognition with their debut, so that the title "Newcomer of the year 2004" is surely well deserved. MIND.IN.A.BOX are outstanding for their strong ability to combine several music styles ranging from Electro, Synth Pop, Trance and Ambient-like elements to an innovative mixture which is above averages. You won’t find any weak parts in their music when you try to figure out in which music style you would fill them in. Everything is well and majestic arranged - I would go so far to use a BIG word like "innovation" in a pure form. And this "Certainty" will be certainty enough to pick up a new and promising foretaste on the new album. 35 minutes placed on 6 tracks can be discovered here, the title track comes along in four different versions (Single Edit, MIAB Alien Mix and two remix works by SEIZE and THEE HYPHEN). While THEE HYPHEN filled in some additional analogue sounds to the original, the SEIZE remix is a bit more straight to hit the dancefloors. Excellent produced is also the b-side "Beyond the World (Original Version)", a marvelous track to convince a non-electronic music listener how full of emotion and brilliant this music can be! This single-CD was also one of three parts of the now totally sold-out "Dependent Club Invasion" box DCI2 which is a limited collectors-item with which you get the chance to get three different single-CD’s for the price of a full-length album in advance before this singles will be released on a regular base. No matter if you have purchased "DCI 2" or this alone released single-CD – this is a must-have!

OCTEX: Variations

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
 Edit (1945)
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
 Edit (1936)
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.


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