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Covenant: Northern Light

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 18 2002
Artist: Covenant
Title: Northern Light
Format: CD
Label: Ka2 Music/Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Public Propaganda
You hear it here first,the new Covenant almost a month before it even hits the streets here!Telling from this CD,I think Covenant got tired of the backlash it got from the constant clubplay,and people labeling them as a pop group,or even worse the dreaded "Future Pop" label. It seems they stripped away some of the danciness, and traded it for a more funky direction and more serious lyrics to go with the more minimal mood. There are only two kinds of Covenant fans: ones who've heard them on the dancefloor and those who've actually heard one of their CD's. The prior tend to label them as a dance group,just as they do VNV Nation,and forget their meaning completely. "Monochrome" kicks in with a slow ambient backdrop to set in Covenant's signature dance style slowed down significantly. The vocals style is kinda hip-hoppish a bit,firing rapid fire metaphors back and forth. "Calling all Ships to Port" is the club single,but again very slow and drizzled with more of a melancholy mode reminiscent of VNV Nation a bit. My favorite would have to be "Promethius", which has a nice minimal bass kick and very charismatic singing. "We Want Revolution" is like a trip back to the 70's funk era, with a Covenant tinge! Very interesting, kinda sounds a bit like an anthemic Outkast, a song that brings to my mind roller rinks and discos. Or call me weird, but remember Ci-Lo's "Closet Freak"? Yeah the resemblence is there!So in short this is alot closer to Kraftwerk than their "pop-star with dignity" image of "United States of Mind". You can dance to it, but I think alot of future poppers expecting another "United States...." will be disappointed. Those into their progress of sound and style go ahead and grab it October 8! Rating:9.

KABAL: Alone

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 15 2002
Artist: KABAL (@)
Title: Alone
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records
Co-released by Amon/Never Known's AFE and Leeza's Moonfear (, Kabal's cd-r is a very interesting work which manages to keep your attention focused despite being very long (13 tracks, 70 minutes). Actually, all tracks - even the apparently more minimal and repetitive ones - show great taste in assembling layers of rhythms and melodies and subtly varying the patterns before they become redundant. Kabal seems to prefer nocturnal, slightly obsessive atmospheres, in a classy electronica/IDM which reminded me of Autechre, Future Sound of London and A034 The Insider, another Milanese musician contiguous to Kabal's genre... while never stepping in paranoid fields, and often taking a breath with more relaxed tracks like "Atrial 222" or "Free Bong - Cyhexatin mix", which even reminded me of Kraftwerk due to its nostalgic synth melodies... Excellent layout based on almost abstract photos of crashed cars and metal rubbish.

VV.AA.: Morgan-Arrakis

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 04 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Morgan-Arrakis
Format: CD
Label: Lotek (@)
I'm kinda weird on this one,given it's techno-house. If it's on the dancefloor and it's reasonably good I'll dance,but given that I listen to this at home just relaxing it doesn't make too much sense to me. Straight,tried and true house music that bored me at home but walking home from the Madison Street Station in downtown Chicago,it was great. It's more energy music which I had to situate myself to. Not really at all into techno-house,but it's pretty nice regardless. It's not AK1200 but hey you can't ask for everything. Rating:6.

EBN: Telecommunication Breakdown

 Posted by Johnny Apathy   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 15 2002
Artist: EBN
Title: Telecommunication Breakdown
Format: CD
Label: TVT Records
eh. not that great. if you see it in the 2 for $5 bin at your local record store, pick it up...otherwise...don't waste your money.


 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 (@)
Format: 12"
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.

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