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Letrotek: Letrotek

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 26 2003
Artist: Letrotek (@)
Title: Letrotek
Format: CD
Distributor: MP3
Who ever thought techno music will come out of the deep south of Birmingham, Alabama where the Civil Rights Movement all started? There's a few good artists here in my hometown who needs to be expose to the public and Letrotek is one of them. The techno duo released two albums at the same time. The first one is their self-titled that features 9 danceable tracks. This is a standard minimalist dance album that the djs can play at the rave clubs and parties. You get songs like "Gruve Theory", "Warp Speed", "Dive Deep", "Atmozpherik Dizturbanze", "Galaxy Unknown" and the house track "Dance" that features one of the half member, Eric Carwell's wife, Randi on vocals. Letrotek can make a name for themselves in the dance scene, but only if they push their albums out so they can get some recognition. They're too good and deserve publicity.

BEEFCAKE: 003 + 024 + 2X = 727

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 26 2003
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Artist: BEEFCAKE
Title: 003 + 024 + 2X = 727
Format: CD
Label: Hymen (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Six years after the destabilizing debut of Beefcake, Hymen has decided to gather on CD the first two vinyl records of the duo formed by Gabor Schablitzki and Volker Kahl. The MLP "Spontaenous Human Combustion" has been released in 1997 and contains some of the tracks contained on the homonymous demo tape received by the label the same year. The label started the same year and they thought that the mixture of drum and bass, distorted breakbeats and soundtrack-ish atmospheres of the band was perfect for their third release. The following four tracks, instead, are coming from "In Medias Res", 12" that followed the release of the album 'Coincidentia Oppositorum', released on May 2000. The first two tracks present a similar sound texture respect the old recordings but the structure is more "nervous" and the sounds used to form the rhythmic part seem to be increased. Also the ambient layer is more delayed and this gives the effect of a schizophrenic dream. The two tracks contained on "In Medias Res"' B side are the opposite respect the fist two: less dark and kinda weird if we talk about "Y024 B2" as it seems a perverted lullaby for problematic children. The last two tracks "Gabor's p.s.y.c.-Hosen" and "Volker´s T.raum-ata" are a perfect mixture of the above but released expecially for this CD. I must to admit that I really enjoyed this release!

ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK: Oh No.... Robotnick!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 15 2003
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Artist: ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (@)
Title: Oh No.... Robotnick!
Format: CD
Label: Hot Elephant Music
Distributor: Audioglobe
The title couldn't be wronger because it's a fortune that Maurizio Dami a.k.a. Alexander Robotnick is back from the vaults of the 80's. To tell the truth he never called it quits, but after so many years spent dealing with other different projects (Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Masala,The Third Planet, Alkemya, Govinda to name few) he's back to his origins: electronic music. The ten songs of OH NO....ROBOTNICK are based on a good mixture of ambient, tehcno and 80's electronic music (which on tracks like "Supermarket" or "Je T'Envoie" remember me the D.A.F.). The aim of the sound and of the tracks' structure isn't to astonish because here you won't find an hyper produced sound based only on effected samples. Instead, here, the structure and the melody it's making the difference, because where many bands fail by producing cool sounds without a real song, Alexander wins by bringing us ten beautiful tracks based on rhythm, dance atmospheres, energy and coolness. Welcome back, Alexander Robotnick!

UMEK: Neuro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 06 2003
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Artist: UMEK
Title: Neuro
Format: CD
Label: Tehnika (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
In this last period my needs of listening to something new (or at least new for me) is increased and is strange that my "curiosity ship" has laded on the wide lands of experimental techno. I wasn't aware of Tehnika releases and luckily our friends at Audioglobe sent me Oktex and Umek's cds. I'm absolutely ignorant about techno music and related scenes (even if a friend of mine told me that my last tracks I'm composing under the Noisebrigade moniker remember him some Jeff Mills stuff) and I didn't know Uros Umek. Reading his bio in the label's site you can know that Uros UMEK is renowned for his co-operation with Recycled Loops, Consumer Recreation, Absence, Monoid, Planet Rhythm, Nova Mute, Zet, Primate, Projex and others is a DJ star of the Slovene techno scene about to join the "Top 10" of the European techno DJs/artists. He has been a DJ since 1993, DJ-ing first in Slovene clubs only, while in the last three years he has mainly been DJ-ing abroad, in the UK, Germany, Spain, USA, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Japan and elsewhere. Umek has released around 60 records on many labels(Tortured, Primate, Audio, Prime-evil, Consumer Recreation, CLR, Monoid, Absence, Recycled Loops... ). Wow,that's quite an impressive activity for a solo project. Mind that this is my first Umek record but if this is similar to his old releases I have to tell that this man is a genius. His tracks are immediate, multi layered and respect the techno music I've been listening searching online his music is fresh, powerful and even if based on rhythms and sounds he doesn't forget melody at all. Gee, NEURO is really a beautiful CD and its fourteen tracks will convince electronic music lovers like me that aren't aware of the techno scene. Dobro!

Saafi Brothers: Liquid Beach

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 04 2003
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Artist: Saafi Brothers
Title: Liquid Beach
Format: CD
Label: Secret Life Recordings
Distributor: EFA
Truly astonishing third record by the German duo Saafi Brothers, aka Michael Kohlbecker (www.michael-kohlbecker.de) and Gabriel Le Mar (www.le-mar.de), this "Liquid Beach" (also made available as double LP by their label E:Motion) is a kick ass mixture of techno, dub, electronica, lounge, chill-out, ambient and more. I love this record because it is so dense and deep. It spits out grooves for your every mood. Whatever it is that you feel like doing, dancing, meditating, relaxing, slamming and banging, you can do it all because it's got it all! A unique 10 track musical creation with great sonorities crafted and assembled with obvious sonic ability and great taste. Synthetic music that is so warm and organic that you'll be entirely warped by it within minutes. A pulsing and diverse rhythmical soul, a throbbing and dynamic sound palette, a smooth and liquid gifted audiophilia. You might have heard Saafi Bros' music on Porche and Siemens commercials, but aside of the questionable decision to let music be used for commercials, you've got a multifaceted album here, packed with emotions and forged by skillful musicians. Guest vocals include Dea Li, George Din and Jasmin Pour.
Great design by Everfresh Design too, the front cover of the beautiful digi-pack illustrates a feathered head with a human eye whose pupil reflects trees seen from below and a white sand beach in a sunny day. Highly recommended!


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