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Seba : Nothing Can Replace (John B remix)/Too Much Too Soon (Blu Mar Ten remix)

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Apr 02 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Nothing Can Replace (John B remix)/Too Much Too Soon (Blu Mar Ten remix)
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
Two of my favorite tracks from Seba's masterpiece Identity has been givn to a couple of two bass masters by Secret Operations and in spite of the gruelling make-up on the original versions, I think that Seba followers won't dislike the final result. The most difficult task was the one assigned to well-known producer John B - mainly known for being the owner of Beta Recordings and its constellation of labels (Tangent, Chihuahua, Nu Electro) as well as for his recurring crossbreeds of trance-oriented sonorities -, who turned the lovely "Nothing Can Replace", which featured the great voice by Kirsty Hawkshaw, into a massively shaking bass-driven bomb, which could surmise the heavy stabs that Chase'n'Status often inject in their declension of d'n'b. The approach by Blu Mar Ten on "Too Much Too Soon", another great liquid shot on "Identity", has been less invasive, as they opted for maximum harmosation between daydreaming halo of the original input - they didn't modify or slice original vocals - and bouncy rolling breaks by means of occasional nebulisation on sounds, which already were quite crystalline, and more hits, which didn't transfigure the effectiveness of Seba's track.

Boston: Catch Your Breath / For Grace

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Apr 02 2015
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Artist: Boston (@)
Title: Catch Your Breath / For Grace
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Symmetry (@)
Rated: *****
The second single on Break's label Symmetry by Welsh producer Jack Boston, a really brilliant rising star beyond his young age, includes a couple of tracks, where the balance between melodies and sudden sonic entities, which resurfaces from fine-grained solid breaks, make them enjoyable both for dancing and just listening. The break of "Catch Your Break" is maybe quite simple, but its shotgun style perfectly keep fluffy guitar chords, bass ripples and cool sounds together, while "For Grace" sounds like mirroring its title by a jazzy amalgamation of elements, including a really warm bass and an effective guitar sample, which easily slides into listener's eardrums and minds. A couple of excellent examples of liquid drum'n'bass, which doesn't work like a sleeping poison.
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Artist: Gazelle Twin (@)
Title: Unflesh
Format: CD
Label: Anti-Ghost Moon Ray/Last Gang (@)
Rated: *****
Elizabeth Bernholz - I thought her surname was Walling when I had a chat with this brilliant Brighton-based artist after her excellent debut, but linear notes highlighted this relevant pittance - came back as Gazelle Twin on late September (sorry for the delay, but you can vaguely imagine how many releases I daily receive on my exploding mail box...) by an album that differs a little bit from "The Entire City", but I'm pretty sure she didn't dash expectations. In spite of some slight changes of the style she explored - you could easily notice that Benge had a hand in the balanced mixtures between analogue electronics, Wiccan house sonorities, gothic nuances, electro-pop and Knife-like trip hop -, her vocal interpretations wisely dig into personal statements, signs of temporary possession, memories, fear and mindsets by means of a wise matching between lyrics and vocalizations that are going to render her states of mind in a vivid way. I personally prefers the moments where industrial vein as well as the musical flesh more clearly pulsate as it happens on great songs like "Still Life" and "Belly of the Beast", but the whole album is really stunning. Without any sycophancy, Gazelle Twin's last output is really unmissable...

Dreadmaul: Blood Magic EP

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Mar 26 2015
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Artist: Dreadmaul (@)
Title: Blood Magic EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Boundless Beatz (@)
Rated: *****
The words of the opening "Voodoo", which seem to have been taken from the first chapter of a novel I found on an electronic community, set the mood for the listening of this awesome and somehow gloomy release by German young dnb producer Dreadmaul: "There descended once upon our land a time of darkness and chaos. Fires destroyed our forests, the Oceans went wild, and the heavens forgot how to make rain. Pregnant women gave birth to goats and not babies. Waterholes dried up. The ground became like stone. There was no harvest. Mothers went mad watching their children die of hunger. Fights broke out among our people. Everyone looked for someone to blame for the disasters. The Elders gathered desperate for a solution. They found none and the suffering continued. One day a woman appeared. She was a wise woman guided by two leopards. She looked upon our land of darkness and chaos and told our king 'Your suffering will end only when you worship as we do, the gods of voodoo.". Such a preface could let you foretaste the style he digs, where Upbeats-like dark atmosphere perfectly matches fireballs of haunting tribal drums, sinister low frequencies and gothic sonic entities that reappear on the following "Bloodbath", whose title could let you imagine the content of the words by another voice-over, which speaks over stunning bass-driven thunderclaps, but the real percussive pearl of "Blood Magic" comes on the following "Volcano", whose hitting vibe got built according to a technique that its forger called 'reverse sidechain' - he just increased volume on every hit of the sidechained signal instead of reducing it -. The final "Shutter", whose sonorities could vaguely surmise the thrilling combination of breakcore and IDM that came from another (inactive at the moment) old German act, Beefcake by Gabor Schablitzki and Volker Kahl, is the last menacing black cloud of this excellent release.

Sistema: Ego EP

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Mar 23 2015
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Artist: Sistema
Title: Ego EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Factor City
Rated: *****
Even if Manuel Ruiz, the dj - formerly known by his viral moniker Dj Ebola - behind Sistema, is a veteran of vibrant Catalan scene, speaking of an electronic underground scene as a standalone one could be a long shot, as tha scene mainly absorbed the sound of other scenes in order to forge sometimes interesting reworkings thanks to a lively interest on different branches of electronic music that got fostered by worldwide known festivals. The sound that Manuel pumped into this recent release for Factor City feature this attitude, so that I won't say it's ingenious, but I won't say he can't handle some sonorities in a brilliant way: you might, for instance, notice some similarities of the opening "Ego" to late 90ies German chilled trance or Mike Paradinas' first outputs, as well as some resemblances of some synth-pop and electro-house stuff of the well-balanced acid house groove and the celestial vocoders on the following "Run", the soothing "Seiscuarenta" and the melodic techno of "Freeze", but you won't say the listening experiences that this Spanish producer provides are not pleasant at all. The final remix of "Ego" by Barcelona-based duo The Suicide Of Western Culture, whose solarization of the original version by means of over reverbed echoes which could resemble some stuff by Fuck Buttons or Digitonal, is likewise enjoyable.


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