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Matter: Biorhexistasy

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 06 2013
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Artist: Matter (@)
Title: Biorhexistasy
Format: 12"
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Ukrainian label Kvitnu proves to be one of the best operator nearby the stylistical fizzled and foggy frontlines where flooding techno cracks, rythmic noise and breakcore splinters burst industrial's banks by means of another excellent release which comes from the drilling sonic machines of Italian producer Fabrizio Matrone aka Heidseck, who leaves his second sediment in the guise of Matter on Kvitnu's intriguing catalogue. Matter's wide weaponry of crumbled low frequencies, scraped metallic samples, convulsive knitting, acid hot springs, creaking noises and sequences of compressions and tractions which often mirrors batch processing and give rise to amazingly obscure technoid - or I'd rather say rhexistatic - movements ("Phases", "Biostasy", "Exposure", "Attrition"), which could vaguely resemble industrial-techno corrosive anthmes by sound artists like Riou Tomita, or menacing industrial mechanics ("Sub Soil", "Dominance"), lies on a guessed source of inspiration, the so-called Biorhexistasy theory by pedologist Henri Erhart, who tried to describe the climatic conditions necessary for pedogenesis divided by different periods of soil erosion. Such a geological conceptual framework has been superbly translated into sound by Fabrizio while underlying a semantic transposition of this slow and perpetual mutation into social, psychological or physical terms, so that have this theory in your mind in order to better appreciate the listening experience this Bologna-based sound artist gathered while digging grooves.
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Artist: The Legendary Pink Dots (@)
Title: The Gethsemane Option
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
Younger listeners, who didn't know the impressive history and the traces that this cult band fronted by Edward Ka-Spel left in different stylistical fields, could link the first song of the umpteenth album to the last releases by Massive Attack (just to mention less esotheric stuff everyone could think about) as someone could perceive some similarities between that some songs from the notorious Bristolian band and the hallucinatory atmospheres, the somehow solemn dragging of slow pace and eerie synths and the tolling bass line of the initial "A Star Is Born", which could vaguely described as a witch-house version of MA's "Special Cases". Such an introduction is maybe the first clue about the fact this record is more accessible of some previous records by The Legendary Pink Dots from the musical viewpoint, but the semantic and conceptual efflorescences over the whole album which seems to describe the quandary between an aware exhausted willpower against a sort of remote-controlled dominant thought and artificial heavens where impossible deceptively appears like normal ("We're all in this together./In a place we all can share./A Big Society./Let's call it Esher Everywhere!", where the initial electronic lulling melody got pierced by this unavoidable and unsettling coincidental dimension) and the spiritual longing of lodging peace and quiet of some big shadowing tree in Gethsemane, which might be considered as a metaphysical peaceful place where a clear headed and anguished soul could find relief, even if the evangelical reference has some relevance, where Ka-Spel's slightly paranoid mental effluviums shine together with many remarkable instrumental moments, electronic fade-ins and fade-outs involving poetic acuity on tracks like "A Stretch In Time", "Pendulum" or "Grey Scale".

Cerebro: Television Sky

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Oct 01 2013
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Artist: Cerebro (@)
Title: Television Sky
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: L-System (@)
Rated: *****
L-System gets its poker by the second release from one of its two co-founder, the digital business-focused blogger, author and entrapreneaur and electronic music geek Tray Smith aka Cerebro, who dispatched a couple of well-forged deep techno tracks. Both of them could vaguely resemble some gimmicky stuff which came out on labels like Heiko Laux's Kanzlemramt, Move D's Source or Great Stuff Recordings, but whereas the title-track "Television Sky" spill a somehow gloomy melody and pierce the ether by means of twinkling sonorities and padded chinks, the catchy throbbing pattern of "Peripheral" sounds less diversified and definitively more disco-oriented. The attached remixes of both tracks conveyed the above-depicted structure so that while Peripheral's remix by Sean Mc Clellan in spite of remixer's endevour on single percussive elements and the insertion of a vocal sample who sinisterly states "it's a deeper reality" sounds quite stagnant, Television Sky's one by Cerebro's label mate Taho sounds more cliffhanging by means of excellent dynamics on harmonic buzzes and spread-eagle melodic glides.

iVardensphere: Scatterface V3

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Sep 28 2013
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Artist: iVardensphere (@)
Title: Scatterface V3
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
The successful debut album "Scatterface" by Canadian mutant band iVardensphere got originally released by Synthetic Sounds in 2009 and re-issued by Danse Macabre in 2010, but after this band founded by Scott Fox and co-piloted by Yann Faussurier (Iszoloscope) since 2011 rallied their electric cables around Metropolis on the occasion of the release of "APOK", many followers of the scene might have bargained on a third re-edit of their bedrock. If you never heard about them before, you could imagine a corrosive tangle of techno-tribalism, banging hard-electro stretches, industrial inklings, which could vaguely resemble stuff from Xotox, Terrorfakt, Juno Reactor or Noisuf-X, but the harsh virulence of their sound has been so well amalgamated that you'll almost perceive there are no rifts on the smoothed surface of iVardensphere, which implemented many vocal robotic samples to enhance and feed listener's imagination of their nervous broken lines and grim post-apocalyptic suffocating atmospheres. The stop'n'go abrasive lines of "Diatribe", the menacing epiphany of "Box Of Monsters", the contagious "Virus (Outbreak)", the ravaging "Sentient Wave Form" and "Calibrating The God Machine" and the dystopian bittersweet wit of the final "A Massage From Our Sponsors" could be the highlights, but the whole album could be danced and listened with bated breath from the beginning to the end. Besides the 11 tracks of the original tracks, this V3 includes a couple of remixes of "Bonedance", an abrasive one by David Brauburger aka Blush Response and an amazing IDM declension by witch-house innovators 'Aimon. A lot of fake blood is oing to be shed yet...

Fields: Colours/On Your Own

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Sep 21 2013
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Artist: Fields
Title: Colours/On Your Own
Format: 12"
Label: Utopia Music (@)
Rated: *****
It's the third time that one of Wilson brothers, Ben aka Fields, hoses Utopia's big flying tree down by a couple of tracks on vinyl, which shows again that this Bristol-based young producer, whose passion for drum'n'bass gushed from the listening of Roni Size Reprazent, prefers to focus on quality than quantity, a winning strategy which drew the attention and the support by legendary producers of the scene such as Break, Andy C, Teebee, Goldie, Calyx, DLR, Doc Scott and Utopia's label manager and owner Stephen Mako, who made the launch pad of Utopia available for his good stuff, together with larger and larger appreciation by dnb lovers. The epic and vaguely sci-fi-scented introduction of "On Your Own" could let you imagine the breaking of an eggshell which precedes the birth of a cruel monster at the service of repression, foreasmuch as the menacing repeated sentence and the following bumping percussive machine-gun whose dodging could mean dancing (!), while on the flipside-placed "Colours", Fields seems to suit his dark neurotech-oriented entries (think about the previous entry BTC or Behind The Curtain on Mako's catalogue) to the jerkiest movements of 2-steppers by means of an amazing plashing of bass and mid tones. Fields hit the triple and mouthwatered listeners for an upcoming poker by this forthcoming release.


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