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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
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.

Toni Ramos & J Psycobeat: v.1

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 10 2003
Artist: Toni Ramos & J Psycobeat
Title: v.1
Format: 12"
Label: Electronica records (@)
Virginia-based Electronica records released this slice of wax featuring two tracks by Toni Ramos and J Psycobeat. Both sides, "Vampire Waltz" and "Dark Side of Me" are driven by beats and complemented by sounds that seem to be seeking a fragile balance between a rave-friendly techno vibe and luminous ambient electronica moods. It's like if you are listening to a Warp artist tripping out for techno-rave music and using those reso-synth sounds and slighly more dancefloor-oriented rhythmical material to interact with the quieter atmospheres of his refined synthetic harmonies. If you too are in search of such balance definitely give this a chance.

Dj Garon: Mesh It Up

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 08 2003
Artist: Dj Garon
Title: Mesh It Up
Format: 12"
Label: Urban Earth records
East Coast Dj Garon is one of those people who make of spinning drum'n'bass the art and the mission of their lives. His latest 12" vinyl features a remix of a Bukue One's track called "Mash It Up" and besides the classic drum'n'bass rhythmical drive, the frequency sweeps and all of that good stuff, it features MC-style rappin' vocals.Look for this powerful vinyl on the Urban Earth records shelves.

Paul van Dyk: Global

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 06 2003
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Artist: Paul van Dyk (@)
Title: Global
Format: DVD
Label: Mute (@)
German composer, producer and pioneer of the electronic music club scene Paul Van Dyk celebrates a decade of activity with Mute's release of "Global" a nicely packaged folding DVD+CD digipack featuring 13 tracks available as separate tracks or as one continuous mix (in stereo and 5.1), both as audio only and as audio+video. The tracks are powerful, refreshing, happy and majestic and include "We Are Alive", "Seven Ways", "Forbidden Fruit", "Beautiful Place", "Another Way", "Tell Me Why", "Step Right On", "Words", "Together we will Conquer", "A Magical Moment", "For an Angel", "Animacion" (from the Mexican film Zurdo), "My World". The DVD itself is fantastic for its truly global content. An exciting travelogue witnessing PVD's globetrotting experiences through cities such as NY, SF, LA, Miami, Tokyo, Bangkok, Mexico City, Ibiza, Berlin and in the UK with footage of fans and their statements, plain travelling, concerts and performances (inluding Berlin's Love Parade, the British GateCrasher open air, PVD's label Vandit night, Amnesia, Christopher Street Day and so on)... Besides some unexplained level changes in the DVD and the fact that some footage reminds of the lame MTV generation, the proof that electronic music does work as a universal language, no matter what cultural background you are from, lays within the almost two hours of frenetic, involving, pumping audio and imaginary of "Glabal". For those who want more, there are also several video clips, commercials, film trailers, an interview and a Mac/PC Flash animation. Truly impressive and awesome at the same time. Rarely has rave culture, electronic music, techno/trance dancefloors merged so well and been so compelling at the same time. It just pulls you along! Top notch stuff!

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