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THE BUILD ZER: TO MILK A DUCK

 Posted by davide cosentino   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 25 2002
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Artist: THE BUILD ZER (@)
Title: TO MILK A DUCK
Format: 12"
Label: CONTAINERZ RECORDS (@)
Distributor: N/A
the build zer comes from enna, sicily, and "TO MILK A DUCK" is the first "official" release the
performer decided to publish so far.
4 tracks of pure, amazing and original drum 'n bass enforced with a well-done production
and a pretty good layout and graphic.
the artist himself is a producer and skilled sound engineer and, while explaining his will and hope
for his future in music biz through the mini interview he had kindly granted to me, i realized that he really would like to elevate italian jungle scene in quality and in originality.
the vinyl make your body moves, do not think to be in front of the classic demotape recorded via
fastracker or shit like that.....every single sound is clear and melodies does its part int he
whole contest.
if you'd like to find out something wrong, well maybe song's lenght is not the best effort, 2 out of 4 go over 6 minutes....
starting with GREEN MOTE, a jungle beat mid tempo with nice noizes and sampling in the air,then you can taste the wonderful experiment of DETH IGNITION, an hard bass tempo which will make you jump all around or UNPLEACKED BREACKIN UP, maybe the most classic drum n' bass song of the four.
very close to some GROOVERIDER or KLUTE PRODUCTION'S releases,THE BUILD ZER is a name the most of electronic music listeners shall remember, since he got the chance to became a real and professional outsider for the italian electronic movement.

Chris Fortier: Bedrock "Compiled and Mixed"

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 21 2002
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Artist: Chris Fortier
Title: Bedrock "Compiled and Mixed"
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Bedrock (@)
Distributor: Pioneer Music
Hard-working and successful, internationally acclaimed and respected, pioneering but humble, Orlando-based spinner/remixer/producer and frequent traveller (airlines must love him) Chris Fortier is a leader in the progressive-house scene and an example to follow for many in the past and many to come (hopefully). I take my hat off for he is a great guy and an utterly active person (if more musicians, and I mean from every possible musical genre, would work the way he does, the music scene would be much stronger today!). He founded Fade records with Neil Kolo (they were the one who remixed the best-selling Sarah McLachlan single "Silence" by FLA's side-project Delerium; and they are also responsible for a Balligomingo remix - cmp review on these pages) as well as the internationally respected import DJ pool and promoter/booking agency Balance Promote Group together with Jimmy Van M (Eros Euphony/Freelance Icebreakers). Another huge name that has to be mentioned in conjunction with Fortier's is John Digweed, in fact this double mix CD comes out as the third chapter in his label's series "Compiled and Mixed". A selection of rare, exclusive, hard to find and even unreleased numbers by Universal Agents, Kolo, Dearboy, Steve Porter, Coco da Silva, Meat Katie, Angel Moraes, Jay Tripwire, BLH3 among others. Spacey yet solid avantguard house tunes with floating, soft, atmospheric and almost ethereal synth pads and reso lines, lots of vocal samples and snippets, progressive cutting-edge rhythmical repetitiveness, never commercial, always enjoyable. Relentless in his music as in his life. Great release. Came out a week ago (June 11th) in association with Pioneer records so hurry up.

Saeed & Palash: Tide:Edit:07

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 21 2002
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Artist: Saeed & Palash (@)
Title: Tide:Edit:07
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: *69 (@)
On June 4th Peter Rohaufer's Lower East Side (NYC) record label *69 put out the first double-set of mixes by these two talented American techno Dj's/producers and by doing so added the first all-starts-and-strips chapter to the Tide:Edit series started by London-based Tide recordings. The DC-based duo is well known in the house scene for remixes of Kylie Minogue, Peter Bailey, Celeda ("The Underground") and others and as a matter of fact they are also contributing to the global beatmix scene with their own Addictive label's LowLIT Series.
Each disc (one for each trendsetter) presents 11 mind-altering tech-house whirlpools that sure will ignite global dance floors along with their genre-fellows tastemakers Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and the like. The overall sound is slowly changing, low-profile but but high value... It's almost like calm almost spiritual meet beat-driven solid persistence. Tracks by Peter Bailey, Sub Project, Revolt, Steve Parry, Spartak, Lorient, Kenny Shifter, Swain Snell & Lucas, BlackWatch and many others.
Besides having a residency at Washington's Red the two signed for European booking agency Excession (same one that provides for Sasha) so you'll be sure to see more of them over there in case you missed them in the hottest US floors (NY's Twilo, SF's Release, Ibiza's Space, Montreal's Sona and so forth).
Of course this album will also be available as a double 12" for all you spinners out there.

VV.AA.: definingTECH

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 02 2002
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: definingTECH
Format: CD
Label: Orbisonic (Manifesto) (@)
Distributor: Green Galactic
Coming the stores June 11th is LA Manifesto records' sub-label Orbisonic's first release "definingTECH", a various artists comp whose primary goal seems to be to set a standard for the nu-new wave, or rather sort of an ultimate record about how older 80es electro has merged with new wave, which obviously isn't being used as a term the same way you're all used to back in the days. Let's put it like this: "definingTECH" is all about the new movement (wave) of dancy old fashioned electro-pop. It's the Kraftwerk playing with a Groovebox. The 80es' all-innovation-and-electronica attitude couples with today's desire to shake the boodie and just have a good time. The sampler has been put together by the authoritative and knowledgeable figure of Summer Forest (collaboration with Annie Leibovitz, writer for a magazine and of a book about the rave scene as well as director of a New Orleans electronic music scene report documentary film) and presents fourteen international male and female sound crafters, manipulators, Djs, bands: FisherSpooner, Memory Boy, Japanese Telecom, Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Shapeshiftr & the Sentinel, Dexter, Innate, Peaches, Bis, Adult, Bug Orchestra, Mr Velcro Fastener, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Felix da Housecat. The final result is a pretty heterogeneous album that keeps a common denominator in the synthetic computer driven patterns, the drum machine beats, the techno fashion with sneak-peaks at more commercial stuff as well as at more experimental things or just plain different approaches you might wanna check out yourself. It's a good starting point if you are new to the genre, and an cool album to have if you are into it already, but don't ever take anything for definitive, just keep exploring for even more cool stuff out there! Go with the flow!

DDKERN: Gern

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 01 2002
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Artist: DDKERN
Title: Gern
Format: 12"
Label: Mego (@)
Distributor: Dense
Austrian label Mego just released the debut 12" of ddkern, drummer and Dj also collaborating with Fuckhead, BulBul and Angelika Koehlermann's Wipeout. This vinyl (achieved with the help of Reverend Crook on keys/gear) delivers some quite cool minimal techno with non-aggressive kick tracks and delay-processed layers of sounds, samples and some noises. They attempted the terms "old-school" and "fusion techno" to describe it, but it really is dubby ambient-mini(mal)-techno. So "fusion techno" will work only if by fusion you understand "mix of different things", but not if you're thinking about Pat Metheny. I enjoyed this record, especially the last of the six tracks (that is if side A is what I thought was side A ;-) where a little more experimental sounds (smooth, almost static-like noises) step in and make the whole thing even more interesting, rhythmical and cryptic...
PS The guy loves cats and there's a cat on the round sticker ;-)


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