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Pako & Frederik: Atlantic Breakers

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 16 2003
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Artist: Pako & Frederik
Title: Atlantic Breakers
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
It is Dutch producers/remixers/DJs Pako & Frederik we owe the fact that the Global Underground music brand is now not only for globe-trotting DJ mix albums anymore, but also an outlet for original material. The duo has been featured on Digweed's Bedrock label and on Global Underground's "Hong Kong" album, as well as on GU's sub-labels Coded and Quad, so they're no strangers around here, but they also have been releasing music on their own label Majestic Music. Personally I really digged "Atlantic Breakers" because it merges so many aspects of techno, electronica, ambient, trance and dance music. It is not your average dancefloor album, and although it has that too, it chills it out with relaxing suites of cool breaks, acoustic drums loops, elegant electronique musique and ethereal atmospheres. This record truly deserves, it's simply beautiful, various, special, unique... I love "Atlantic Breaks"'s relaxed moods! Beautiful artwork photography too. Enjoy it, it's worth.

Steve Lawler: Lights Out 2

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 16 2003
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Artist: Steve Lawler
Title: Lights Out 2
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
Experienced UK club DJ Steve Lawler is back with his signature hot blend of sexy house, sweaty techno and sensual trance that he already sported last year on "Lights Out". Global Underground releases the second chapter of "Lights Out", which again blacks out people on the dancefloor leaving them asking for more at every one of his sets at Harlem Nights' The End or at Space. His many devote fans know him for messing with the tracks he mixes so when you are in the presence of Lawler you know you'll get more than what you bargained for (if you don't know what I mean check out the intros to these two CDs, one featuring Luzon and the other one featuring the majestic Underworld). Either way, the needle of "Lights Out 2" (which saw the lights of stores on Nov 4th) explores the holes of Alan Barrat, Bertoldo, Diamond Dogs feat. Mary Tanning, Solar vs. Audio Fly, Dino Da Cassino, Danusha, Paul Johnson, Kade, Polekat, Presser, Steffano Noto presents Faith Sounds, Anoma, Corbett feat. Michelle G., Chuck'n'Roll, indart Colors Y Legaz, Dj Pierre vs. David Morales, UN7, Sahara, Alcatraz, Prophets of Sounds, Eric Kaufmann, Java & Gabi Newman, Eurochrome, What Ever Girl presents, Jaydee. Dance on...

LEVAN: Demo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 09 2003
Artist: LEVAN (@)
Title: Demo
Format: CD
Label: MNI
This is the first time I have the occasion to review a dance / techno / hip hop release which isn't coming from the so called alternative scene. First let's try to focus a little more on the man behind all this. From the label's website you can read: "Levan, an established musician in his native Georgia. As a guitarist, he has recorded two albums with bands, "Mystery" (progressive rock) and "Mother on Mondays" (Electro rock). In 1996 he started new dance music production project "Estrada". In 1997 "Estrada" produced two smash hits which reach number 1 in Georgian national charts. Levan also hosted his own dance music slot on Radio One, Tbilisi. He moved to London in 1999. In April 2002, his collaboration with Jean-Marc has resulted in the founding of MNI". At this point you'll think that this is only commercial rubbish, well, most of the music is commercial in a certain way but if you mean that Levan's music has been thought for the nightclub mainly, you're right. Based on jungle rhythms and featuring different singers on a couple of tracks, Levan music is focused on powerful rhythms and bass lines. By listening only the first two tracks you can hear funk influences as well 80's electronic ones (like on "Brown Bag" or on "Urgent". Everything is well blended and mixed and the result is quite entertaining. Each track begins the same way (starting from a rhythm and adding pads, samples and various bleeps) but the nine songs of this demo are interesting and amusing at the same time and this is good. The track I prefer is "All Night Long" with Sikha on vocals.

Kraftwerk: Tour De France 2003

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 07 2003
Artist: Kraftwerk
Title: Tour De France 2003
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Astralwerks
German Godfathers are back! Kraftwerk's new single "Tour De France" is techno and ambient. The disc features three versions and the "Long Distance Version 2." Morelikely four versions. The electronic pioneers who have influenced 80's bands like Depeche Mode, Human League, OMD and many others, still have that magic touch to continue on making good technology music. The single is also used for the bicycle race theme in France, which American champion, Lance Armstrong won. An excellent groovy track to get off into.

RAFFAELE SERRA: Europe Endless

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 23 2003
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Artist: RAFFAELE SERRA
Title: Europe Endless
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
The sense and atmosphere of this cd are perfectly embedded in its dedication to Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This is, like, the electronic soundtrack that Fassbinder didn't live enough to choose. Synthesizing 30 + years of electronic music (ambient drones, Kraftwerk and kraut-electronica, soundtracks, intelligent techno and Warp-style beats), sound-magician Raffaele Serra unfolds his own tribute to Europe, photographed in 12 tracks dedicated to its cities: Berlin, Zürich, Amsterdam, Paris, Wien, London... Blurred polaroids of flashing lights, rain and night movements. Shifting from obsessive techno beats ("Children of kaos"), to minimalist drones ("Abduction"), to jazzy dilutions ("Genetic light"), Serra's synthetic soundscapes bear, like his celebrated cities, both the restlessness of a nomadic spirit and the existential weight of several hundred years of history.


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