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Annulled User: AnnulledUser02

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 19 2014
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Artist: Annulled User
Title: AnnulledUser02
Format: 12"
Label: self-released
Distributor: Re.Birth
Rated: *****
As you can easily gather from its title, AU02 is just the second of a hat-trick of (available only on vynil) releases by Annulled User, a screen name, which masks the real identity of these artists - I think they are more than one as the sonorities of this second ring are slightly different from the ones of the first drop "Ending" - arises from a sad but true realization: "The end user has now become obsolete. We are just an entity that sell goods. We are not the target but on the contrary a mean to make profit". Well, such an idea is not new at all, as I remember that some free thinkers made provocative but somehow enlightened proposal of paying people just to use ordinary things such as clothes, cars, shoes, mobile phones and so on on the assumption that homogenisation turned people into living placards, but it's quite logical the style they've chosen to set contemporary decadence to music: all the tracks of this release, whose meaningful titles ("Society Failure", "Economy Failure" and "World Collapse") sticks to such a conceptual framework or concrete nightmare, features swirling obsessive techno grooves, a stressed sonic chafing and viscuous bleeps, which sounds like a bittersweet and soemwhat hebephrenic invitation to dance over the ashes of mankind, where many people cannot do more than getting overwhelmed by streams of dazing solicitation which could let lose their marbles in spite of the global decay is running fast.
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Artist: Metalycée (@)
Title: Expat Blues
Format: 12"
Label: Interstellar Records (@)
Rated: *****
The sinister and fascinating sound of Telharmonium, the electromechanical organ developed by Thaddeus Cahill more than a century ago, immediately sets the mood on the opening track of "Expat Blues", the third album by Austrian project Metalycee. which inserted one of the forefathers of synthetic instruments in their line-up and I have to highlight that such a choice doesn't misfit their style at all. It rather emphasizes the catching tone of their songs to such an extent that it could surmise the forgotten tradition of radiophonic tales. Besides putting the evocative voice of Melita Jurisic in the limelight, Metalycee's tales don't weave plots about adventurous love affairs, schmaltzy proto-soap radio operas or martian attacks, but sounds like portraying sweltering urban settings, ghoulish borderline entities, suffocating diving into miry ponds of conformed society, strategies of escapism and self-liberation and other psychodramas which reaches the best moments on tracks like the oppressive "Ballad of the Half Orphan", the tormented compulsiveness of "Torturer", the shaking jeremiad of "Everything" and the tricky mirage of emancipation that gushes from the final "The Right Track". The eminent forefather of synths squirms into clots of hard-hitting abrasive rock, gunky electronics, nettlesome trip-hop hooks and clattering grooves which could surmise some stuff by Metalycee's fellow countrymen Sofa Surfers, whose make is so good that some listeners could hope they won't wait five years before coming back on the scene, even if everybody knows that good dough requires long leavening times...

Quentin Hiatus: Conspirators EP

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Sep 16 2014
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Artist: Quentin Hiatus (@)
Title: Conspirators EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
The guide of the great master Sophos seems to have inspired very good musical eureka moments to Arizona-based dnb producer Quentin Hiatus as you can check on this amazing tidbit that comes after his likewise enjoyable self-made album "It's Only". Besides the opening "Nyctophilia" whose enlightened lyrics from MC Kryptomedic seem to have been the sparkling that triggered this release by portraying the figure of a possible contemporary mystical insurgent, whose thought-provoking spikes got echoed by grim aural mist and scuttling hi-hats, which could resemble some stuff by Fanu, The Upbeats or talented newcomers Dark Manoeuvres, the other three tracks came out of pure experimental process, according to Quentin's own words: the mellow female vocals got combined with attractive synths and course half-time grooves both on "New Spirit" and "Hear Me", while Quentin accelerates percussive particles and crams sci-fi-like synth pads on the final "Don't Touch That", the most interesting hybrid of drum'n'bass and EDM of this release which could inspire a passing fancy for conspirators on this confused planet.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Munich Style Battle
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Broque
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
After listening the five versions of "Munich Style Battle", a song which portrays the Bavarian metropolis by means of the sonic filters of five voices of Munich musical underground, it's not easy to say if its lyrics could belong to a declaration of love or hatred instead as well as the spoken words come from an alienated mind or rather a soul which is so assimilated by that urban life to understand its inner dynamics where sounds move the compass needle towards differnet emotional poles in this bipolar suite: the opening "City of Dekadenz" version by The Hermit highlights the paranoid nuances of the lyrics by means of a clipped downbeat, dreary whistle-like sounds in sync with the noise of means of urban transport before the less anxious final stanza while the toytronic electro-pop of the following "Pop City" version by Heiko "Granlab" Schwanz sounds like a freshet which follows the initial semidarkness. Dirk Martin Lamprecht, one leg of netlabel Grunfeld Tontrager, draws an aesthetically pleasing electronic dub movement - close to some stuff by Daniel Meteo or Fenin - from the city that according to speaker's words "skips the beat" where "the river in the middle, people disunited, silent line of life, always moves on", while dusky resonances come back on the following "Munich Bells" version by Volker Selzner which precedes the bipolar neutrality of spoken words and field recordings of social life on the final "City Of My Heart" by Zweileen. Munich: city of their hearts.

Break/Mako: Coming 4 U/What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Break Remix)

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Sep 09 2014
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Artist: Break/Mako
Title: Coming 4 U/What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Break Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
Just released on Warm Communications, this new couple of shots consolidates the positive feedback and the growing fan-base that Break is deservedly building around his recognisable sound. On his own track "Coming 4 U", he manages to turn deep house elements such as delayed piano chords and vocal samples of fake orgasm-like female hummering that are quite mainstream into an amazing scooting tune where vocal seems to be interlaced with fast-rolling percussions and encircling sub-bass. On the flipside, Break affixes his sonic imprint on Mako's homage to Billie Holiday on "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" by bouncing bumps, vinylic gunpowder, delayed vocals and analogue-synth driving forces...will your poor tongues utter the words "I love you" at last?


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