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Exclipsect + Kaebin Yield: Symbiosis

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Exclipsect + Kaebin Yield
Title: Symbiosis
Format: CD
Label: Hive records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
This split CD portrays the musical skills of Exclipsect (Mason Yarnell - www.exclipsect.com) and Kaebin Yield (Nico De Gols, of Duncan Avoid fame - www.entity.be) and offers us a preview of what these individual artists' upcoming full lenght releases on Hive will sound like ("Phantom Optics" and Duncan Avoid's "Metaphysics", respectively). The two noise-breakcore shapers take their best shot at mixing raw rhythm noise with IDM, industrial and electronics. If the former is slightly more on the IDM/breakcore side, the latter definitely reaches for those spastic and broken beats that you wouldn't be surprised to hear from some Schematic records' digital hardcore artists such as 09, the Hearts of Darknesses, Shapeshifter. Qualitatively impressive and sonically impactful, "Symbiosis" is a nice eardrum attack that comes in a 200 copies limited edition metal case with inserts (don't know much more about how that looks or presents itself, as we didn't get one unfortunately).

YNEY: Antarctina

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: YNEY
Title: Antarctina
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
Yney is a project formed by three different and particular musicians: Jury Orlov, Igor Shaposhnikov and Andrew Kireev. ANTARCTINA is their first release as Yney but each of them have got several other releases and you can visit the band page on the label's website to get more informations. Anyway, this release convinced me immediately as the eight tracks have got an experimental approach being accessible at the same time. Someway they had on me the effect that Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" or Scorn's "White irisis blind" had. The tracks are capable of catching audience's attention in no time with their driving rhythms and they could be used also in alternative clubs even if their are more experimental than club friendly. Ever wanted to listen to a different dub ambient album? Well, with ANTARCTINA you've got the opportunity to listen to a good album that break the classic dub rules mixing them with early electronica.

Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
This is how every DJ's album should be made in the new millennium! Finally somebody that displays some serious creativity and hands-on production, and, what do you know, from the one I maybe least expected it. After the success of "Airdrawndagger", two years ago, Dj Sasha's new album "Involver" (to be released June 22nd) presents an artist that has undergone some serious artistic growth and evolution, a Dj that has taken Djing to the next (ultimate?) level: each and every track has been written, remixed, re-produced or re-edited for the sole purpose of the creation of this album. So it's more than just spinning and mixing and blending a bunch of records together, Sasha's "Involver" is almost a real artist album. Contrarywise to the live environment he now has the tools and the time to make everything sound as if it is his own creation, and most importantly he chooses to do so. The tracklist includes pieces by Grand National, Shpongle, Petter, Unkle, The Youngsters, Spooky, Lostep, Felix da Housecat, Ulrich Schnauss. Sasha's artistic re-working covers all grounds from ambient, to funky-dance, from house to chill out, from electronica to lounge music, from world beats to latin-brazilian influences. Lots of ethereal voices and arrangments find their way into the sneaky electronica-based format of "Involver", which totally makes it a winner in my book.
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Artist: o9
Title: Church of the Ghetto P.C.
Format: CD
Label: Schematic / Asphodel (@)
Rated: *****
Miami, FL based label Schematic (the same label of Shapeshifter and The Hearts Of Darknesses, who we have interviewed and proudly discovered before he got signed) has scouted another new gemm in the world of electro-breakcore, and to know where they found this laptop artist seems to be top secret. o9's "Church of the Ghetto P.C." fires off his debut with an exhilarating kick ass breakcore blast and keeps up the good work (and the pace) with most of the following tracks. The dude has learned the lesson from the British masters (mostly those signed to Warp), that's for sure, but has also made a point in echoing the sound of labels such as Mego, Hive, Raster-Noton, Unschooled etc. Altough I am afraid the intensity of the album sort of spirals downward as the listening continues, the quality is maintained and the impact curve probably suits an immersive experience that can go from dancing to listening and chilling.

Censor: Empire Holds Down

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 19 2004
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Artist: Censor (@)
Title: Empire Holds Down
Format: CD
Label: Hive (@)
Rated: *****
I am now used to the fact that Hive is synonimous with quality, so I have no fear and no doubts when popping in one of their releases, knowing I will be dealing with some kick ass dark-electro-drum'n'bass band. And so it is. Censor spring out from the NYC metropolitan area and carry their urban heritage around with them proudly. What once used to be an exciting underground club scene with pioneers of the bad and nasty live drum'n'bass movement, such as Jojo Mayer, is now (unfortunately) only a network of people making great music out of their bedrooms and occasionally throwing a great party in some club... Censor is probably among these people, as he spits out industrial-breakcore like a machine gun. His dynamic and altering mixture of dark, powernoise, drum'n'bass, electronics and industrial is viscious and infectious. The entire album has an extremely fast pace, which adds to the overall excitment and aggressive impact. This is a truly a small gemm of its kind and in its genre, where all elements work together towards a unique pumping blend of powerful music, explosive like nitro!


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