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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!

Velvet Vimoz: Boy

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 05 2003
Artist: Velvet Vimoz
Title: Boy
Format: CD EP
Label: Audio Assembly Productions (@)
Velvet Vimoz is: Alpha B-voice; DLB-voice; and MBJ-electronics. This New Jersey trio produced a six tracks dance vibe cd ep. "Boy," which is the cd title and single kicks off. This track reminds me of Orbital. Fast techno beat with synths playing happy poppy melodies. The disc includes a music video of the single also. Next two tracks "Girl" and "Kids" both have the same music with samples. Now "Kids" do have a another sample which does not appear in the track before it. The trancy "Vienna Sky", "Moz Trance" and "Nine9" will take you on a journey with it's thriving keen beats that's unstoppable. As listening to "Moz Trance", I heard a sample of ex-porno star Traci Lords "Fallen Angel" from her 1994 "1000 Fire." "Boy" is a danceable ep album which is more appropriate for a rave and club party that'll keep you coming back for more. 10 stars.

Snog: Adventures In Capitalism

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 04 2003
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Artist: Snog
Title: Adventures In Capitalism
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Hell's yeah, it's about time Snog came out with some videos. That quirky little (well, every musicaldirection under the sun is on their resume) group who's caused so much trouble with giants like McDonald's, Nike, and Microsoft have now released a DVD putting some of those controversial ideas into video form. With most underground video collections, however, I always open it with that fear of under-produced schlock. But the videos on this DVD are very well produced, having been done on an actual budget with a good direction suiting the group's anti-corporate escapades. For example, the video for "Hooray!" shows David Thrussell (the Snog mastermind himself) in a retro-Matrix businessman get-up, with scenes of anarchy and propaganda playing in the back. The video actually adds a whole other disturbing feel to the entire song. "Real Estate Man" is by far one of the goofiest and playful songs ever put on CD, with it's Download-on-Ecstacy dance line and incoherent female muttering. With the video, it shows people attempting (the best one can do) to dance to the song in all kinds of strange gestures, with witty slogans like "Put your trust in the promises of others" in the sarcastic guise of a self-help program. Most of the videos are something you'd see off that old MTV show Amp', with the computer-made psychedelics and assorted imagery. This DVD is good (1). For a whole new take on the Snog experience, (2). Tons of good little features, including a short film made with Snog music, interviews (3 of them, including one of how McDonald's tried to outlaw Snog), etc..(3). Just good old fashioned film making, even if you're not hip to Snog at all. Rating: 10

Micronaut: Ganymede

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 28 2003
Artist: Micronaut
Title: Ganymede
Format: CD
Label: Positron! Records (@)
Distributor: Positron Records
Micronaut is a side project by Chris Randall and Miguel Turanzas from the industrial rock Sister Machine Gun. Their debut "Ganymede" is totally electronic dance music that's techno, drum 'n' bass and breakbeat. A perfect disc to be played in the car while strolling through the bright lights big city. A night out in the town laidback in the seat driving as the beats and bass kicking through the speakers and the powerful synths pouring out thick melodies. Take a tour ride listening to "Infinite Space", "Psychosis", "Pulsar", which is one of my favorite tracks and I suggested that'll go well for a new car commercial. "You Need Mercy" is very interesting. It have a sample of a black preacher preaching along with the congregation amen-ing, shouting, and singing. I and a few other people I let hear thought it's different and also cute. "Half Life" have a ragga-muffin and bass feel. Micronaut invented great instrumentals structures and takes it to a new level. "Ganymede" is a soundtrack for a long nice cool summer breeze night drive in the city.

VV.AA.: Rise - The Story of Outlaw Disco Donnie

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 25 2003
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Rise - The Story of Outlaw Disco Donnie
Format: CD
Label: Utensil recordings (@)
After the success of the independent documentary film "Rise" about New Orleans' finest Freebass Society raves, organized by the unstoppable promoter Disco Donnie, the director of the film Julie Drazen, the producer Summer Forest Hoeckel and Utensil Recordings label director Mike Bosley, have decided to unite to give us this official soundtrack to the movie; a work of love that features Crystal Method, Nico, Leftfield, Trancesetters, Thievery Corporation, Charles Feelgood, Hawke feat. Adamsmasher, Tommie Sunshine, Vigi and Flip, Dj Qbert, Josh Wink, Tsunami One, Ils and to conclude Adam Freeland with Josh Wind and Tom Middleton. 19 tracks (five of which previously unreleased plus one exclusive remix) and bits and samples from the movie that will mean a lot to those who have attended one of these allegedly unforgettable events in the past. Moving swiftly and joyfully across trance, house, techno, ambient, goa, breakbeats, downtempo, turntable virtuoso and everything in between.Perhaps the most notable and noble thing about this record is that part of its «proceeds will be donated to the EM:DEF (Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund), an advocate for the electronic music industry which has proven itself crucial to the survival of the electronic underground» and who have raised enough funds for the legal defense of event promoters (Disco Donnie being the first of them) that couldn't afford legal court defense from unjust prosecutions such as the infamous Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (better known as the "rave bill", passed by Senate and Congress on April 10th). More info at

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