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Andreas Gehm: Black Pukee

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Jul 15 2013
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Artist: Andreas Gehm
Title: Black Pukee
Format: 2 x 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Coming from Cologne, Andreas Gehm is better known as Elec Pt.1 and few months ago I already wrote about him into my The Exaltics Meets Elec Pt.1 review. As I wrote, he has releases out on Bunker, Creme Org., Mathematics, to name a few. The next month he will release on Solar One Music his first album, "Black Pukee", under his own name. Available on double 12", CD and digital, it contains twelve tracks influenced by acid, Chicago house and underground techno. TB 303 bass lines, TR 808 drum sounds, vocal samples and pads are the main elements used to compose the tracks which could fit and ideal undergound dance hall thanks to their dark atmosphere. The album opens with the almost Kraftwerkish, "Gehm Technique": a sort of manifesto having a robotic arpeggio opens the dances. "1000 miles", the first track to let the listeners understand how part of the album sounds like: dark, with acid bass lines and raw. Tracks like "Shake Your Acid", "Xpress URself" or "It Feels So" (this one has been released also on the label compilation "SOM Compilation 5" as Elec Pt.1), sounds haunting, rhythmically obsessive (there's the sum/alternance of different drum lines that create an hypnotic effect). "I Don't Dare" or "The Road Not Taken" are sounding more Chicago house with exotic melodies mixed with ambient pads. "Acid House Music", as the title suggests, is pure acid and despite the fact that I'm not into that genre, it convinced me thanks to its raw energy and its crazy resonance filter. The overall mix of genres makes of this release a winner, because the track list sounds well balanced, powerful and inspired. Check some excerpts at this page (http://www.solaronemusic.com/94-0-Gehm-Black-Pukee.html) and reserve your copy!

Break/Detail: Steamtrain/Days Go By

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Jul 14 2013
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Artist: Break/Detail
Title: Steamtrain/Days Go By
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
In the wake of his acclaimed hits on his own label Symmetry Recordings, Mr.Charlie Bierman aka Break released another tidbit by implementing his sonic prosody and rhythmical engine on a steam train on this amazing track, where samples of choo-choo train and the relentless stream of biting sounds, ferocious chomping of metallic clicks, hitting refills, dull rolling scrap iron wedge in a double-jointed amazing tune, simply titled "Steamtrain" (what you read is what you listen), which could let you think about the tuning of a ramshackle train into a spaceship according to a bizarre declension of retrofuturism. On the flipside, young Ukrainian producer Daniil Marin aka Detail, whose recent track "Green Rain" dropped on Utopia Music imprint, harmonize with concerned but delicately haunting vocals by Russian singer Tiiu on "Days Go By", whose slightly portentous atmosphere got amplified by a sneaking low frequency that Detail lets play and expand by nourishment of dry hits, syncopated clips, precise cutting and oleaginous bassline.

Thrash Pilot: Firewalker/Calisthenics

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Jul 14 2013
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Artist: Thrash Pilot
Title: Firewalker/Calisthenics
Format: 12"
Label: Killscreen Recordings
Rated: *****
Another "welcome back!" within the drum and bass scene is the one that many followers could address to Jim Kennedy, whose last release with the alias "Thrash Pilot" dates back to 1999 on Manchester-based label Abstrakt Recordings. His renaissance follows a long time of silence, which he reasoned out on the basis of the disillusion with the commercial directions dnb was following, so that he thought fit to come back by riding a new release and a brand new label, Killscreen, whose mission (bring back the darkness, keep it fresh, never imitate) sounds somehow intriguing. Besides manifestoes, the most persuading declaration of stylistical intent comes directly from Thrash Pilot's sonic equipment, which impresses upon Killscreen the seriousness of the above-mentioned mission: "Calisthenics" takes a sort of rhythmical bifurcation where dark dubstep dovetails ballistic breakcore and ecstatic moments of ambient entrancement where the sequence of inner variations are unpredictable, but absolutely homogeneous and this juggling skill by Jim, which shows an impressive mastery with percussive and sonic triggers, is likewise undisguised on the following track "Firewalker", a fey concatenation of menacing sonorities, hot pursuits, relaxing breaks, deluges of metallic clicks and hauling drums, whose general cohesion could let you think they're parts of a linear plot which look up to actions which could sound similar to some forerunning masterpieces with the prestigious imprint of Renegade Hardware or Metalheadz.

Chimpo: Frontline EP

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Jul 13 2013
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Artist: Chimpo (@)
Title: Frontline EP
Format: 12"
Label: Soul:R (@)
Rated: *****
If you know some Japanese loan words into slang idiom, you could snigger when I say that Chimpo got ensnared in the tangles of Manchester-based label Marcus Intalex's Soul:R. Gruesome slang-induced inferences aside, Soul:r cannot but pick something in plenty from the interesting Manchester underground scene and decided to rise the talented producer, mc and dj Chimpo from those abyssal realms to the overground, who suddenly stick the listener and switch off the light by the impressive title-track "Frontline", whose abyssal dim lights of scorched and cryptic sonorities, corrosive basslines, slapping claps, sinister echoes, stomping slow beats perfectly adhere to the raging toasting by Fox, talent mc who received the mic by Chimpo and sound good in the revamped remix by Calibre, who raised the level of bpm, kick drums and junglist appeal by a sonic solution which sounds liquid and obscure at the same time. On this amazing EP, you'll also find "All Over", whose initial chopped beats unfold a daydreaming and pensive song, which could bring listeners back to the age of more "mystical" moments of 90ies jungle and drumfunk, and "Buzzin", where Dub Phizix and Skeptical played a part in the assembling of an involving grime stepped time bomb, whose terser strokes, red-hot massive beat pressure, torn matsuri-like thuds are really captivating. Very good and well-welcomed resurface.

Anile: All This Time/That Night

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Jul 11 2013
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Artist: Anile (@)
Title: All This Time/That Night
Format: 12"
Label: DeepKut/C.I.A.
Rated: *****
Skillful dnb producer Matthew Tapp, who already spread a number of variations of his 170bpm fast moving style over many spots in different dancing European stages as well over many top labels such as Commercial Suicide, Ingredients, Medschool, Proximity in 2012 under the guise of Anile and by means of many guessed collaborations (particularly those with Dakosa, Hybrid Minds and Foreign Concept), is going to propagate his music, which gained the support by notorious names of the scene such as total Science, Goldie, SPY, Marcus Intalex, Laurent Garnier and many others, on different memeber of dnb nobility. He dock on C.I.A.'s sister label Deepkut by a couple of high quality tracks, where his riveting accelerations move close to the banks of liquid declension of dnb in league with the softening female voices by Hannah Eve, who glides on the sonic hovercraft of wood clicks, dry kicks, vaguely melancholic piano-driven three-phased chord progression, expanding delays and sparkling sonorities of "All This Time", and Jess Brinham, whose warmer timbre and somehow clouded vocal interpretation perfectly brushes lovely lush piano melodies and the borderline feelings evoked by fast-rewinding nostalgic lumps on "That Night". A persuading proof of souldful classy rhythmical swirling.


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