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Derrick Carter & Mark Farina: Live at OM

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 05 2004
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Artist: Derrick Carter & Mark Farina
Title: Live at OM
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: OM records
Rated: *****
World known, award-winning and top-charting DJs Mark Farina (www.markfarina.net) and Derrick Carter spinning live together in one night, each playing one continuous unedited live mix set. The party went down last Valentine's day in San Francisco, and OM records immortalized it on a double CD for the pleasure of all of ya. Funky house beats, deep bass lines, Farina's signature mushroom jazz, Carter's (I quote) "boompty boomp" and whatever else you need to get your freak on.The DJs' picks for the night are: Jacob London, JT Donaldson, Jordan Fields & Roy Davis Jr, Lawnchari Generals, Cajmere, Phil Weeks w/ H. Moralez and C. Carrier, Jonny Rock, No Assembly Required vs. Johnny Kaboom, Jason Hodges, Vibezelect, Martin Venetjoki, DJ Terry, Land Shark, Lavish Habits, To-Ka Project, Troydon M, Lil Mark, Ken Diesel Desmet, Thomas Sahs & Scott Pace, Freaks, Stark Miller, Moodlex, DJ D. Costa & P. Goya, Somore, Cricco Castelli, Daft Punk, Triple X, Inland Knights, Stacy Kidd, Jetseb & Aox One, KOT, Steve Poindexter, Backroom Production, Dave Clark, Mr. On + Jungle Brothers, Mike Dixon, Rob Mello. The set list totals 40 tracks all together!Who knew that when these two met in a record shop in Chicago they would end up conquering the west coast and the world with their phat beats and their groovy sets.

Apell: Beaver Street & Beyond

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Apell (@)
Title: Beaver Street & Beyond
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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Definitely winner of the "most original way to bribe a music reviewer" award because he enclosed a sweet candy bar in his promo package, this mate is definitely not lacking ideas or innovative approach to marketing and music (a peek at the song titles should be enough proof of that). Melbourne, Austialia, based indiependent artist and producer Anthony Pell's second release as Apell, "Beaver Street & Beyond" represents an original and groovy album of seducvtive electronic music, convincingly flirting with jazzy flavors, rock approaches, 70es glamour, disco-funk fun, dub effects, industrial attitude, drum'n'bass aesthetics, retro samples and more. Mostly downtempo electronica, the tunes are easily captured by the free flying spirit of uptempo break beats that make it even more exciting. The everyday sounds (samples and location recordings from Australia) definitely offer a lot in terms of personal touch and originality, but also a heavy use of guitars (even classical ones) help better define its character. The key of interpretation lays in the eclectic and brilliant mind of this dynamic and pro-active fellow who came up with this music. This album is so diverse and multifaceted in style that it could appe(a)l to a number of different music fans, including those who like Massive Attack, Unkle, Groove Armada, Zappa, Radiohead, John Zorn and many others. The only negative thing I would mention, if I had to, is that even though the album goes by without getting boring and maintaining a certain frenzy excitment, it also lacks in outstanding episodes, or potential hit-singles, if you will. Everything is interesting and cool, but nothing is mind-shattering phenomenal, altough I can see Mr. Pell might be on the right track.
There's quite a buzz around Apell's music, at least in Australia, so I suggest you make some time to figure out if it is worth your time, because it was worth mine.

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
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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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