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Terror Danjah Vs Champion: Sons of Anarchy EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 05 2013
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Artist: Terror Danjah Vs Champion
Title: Sons of Anarchy EP
Format: 12"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
Auditory papillae of grime-step lovers will secrete liquid helium for the take-off of connected brains while listening this collaborative releease by two masters of the genre, the old warrior Terror Danjah, whose stylistical course on the boundaries between grime and r'n'b didn't meet any real obstacle, and his trustworthy "apprentice" Champion, who shows masterful dexterity and nimbleness with beats and percussive elements in the building of amazing fills. Each of them built a couple of assays of respective rhythmical necromancy: Terror Danjah signs "Glide", an impressive clot of dry hits, gnashing acidolous sounds, clashing bumps and an epic pad-synth insertion which skid on a surface of vulcanized rubber, and "Sam Cro" (a digital bonus track), where he gradually builds a doughy contagious groove from crunched claps, brittle bumps and sneaking distorted bassline; Champion focuses on more old-fashioned sounds on his amazing "Bowsre's Castle Master", whose spinning soup of 8-bit micro-melody, garage-like bouncey movement and classical "hey" vocal snippet seem to retrace the soundtrack of some abandonware, while his track for digital version of the EP, "Friday 13th", reprises more or less the same crackling rhythmical pattern, which sounds like it has been slotted into the flipping electronic whistle-driven refrain. The 4-hands treated tracks are the most interesting by far: whereas this sparkling couple weaves a funny intertwining of toytronics, sinking whirls of percussive elements and occasional tribal spurt on "Stone Island", their sonic gasohol ignites on the amazing "Explode", whose title says it all about the possible response by dancehall where this track will be played on.

Ed:it & Mikal: Cargo Dub (Total Science Remix)/Kick Back

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Jul 05 2013
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Artist: Ed:it & Mikal
Title: Cargo Dub (Total Science Remix)/Kick Back
Format: 12"
Label: Rooted Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
A couple of highly energetic tunes by a couple of renowned names of dnb scene give luster to the third efflorescence by Uk-based label Rooted Recordings owned by Chemical Ally: on one side, Total Science stack the deck of "Cargo Dub" by moisturizing the original track from Ed Warrener aka Ed:it's machines into an absorbing liquid funk solution and letting murmurs, gabbles and melodic sulphurous clouds on an accelerated conveyor belt of quickfire kick drum, padded rattles, acrid soot of sub-basses; on the other side, Swedish-born dnb "Metalheaded" master Mikael Willett aka Mikal forges a sturdy pattern which could resemble tracks like "Without A Trace" or "Say nothing" from his rich weaponry by means of vocal samples, sudden explosions, clubbing outbreaks, which pounce on a breathtaking beat-rolling sequence. Two delicious gobbet for bonkers and freaked out dancehalls!

The Exaltics: Das Heise Experiment

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 26 2013
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Artist: The Exaltics
Title: Das Heise Experiment
Format: 12"
Label: Abstract Acid (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are, after three years from the latest album ("The Freefall" was released by Solar One Music on a double CD along with AS1's "Code Reference ") and after several EPs, finally we have a new The Exaltics album. Released by Abstract Form's sublabel Abstract Acid on LP and on CD (the CD has two bonus tracks "Siebenundzwanzig" and "Vier"), "Das Heise Experiment", brings to the attention of Robert Witschakowski's fans ten new tracks. If you followed CHAIN D.L.K. regularly, you'd realize that The Exaltics has been really active during the last couple of years and the thing that amaze me is that the music produced in this time span, has always reached high quality standards and I think that this is a sort of gift and also the fruit of a real passion. Anyway... Despite the fact that "Das Heise Experiment" has been released by Abstract Acid, don't wait for a release like the second part of "1000 Lights In The Sky", because on this album the acid elements are mostly TB-303 bass lines which are mixed to dark menacing atmospheres. Already the opening track "Neun" is a manifesto of the release as we have drone pads, robotic powerful drumming, dissontant distant arpeggios and acid bass lines. Robert decided to mix all the elements creating, in this way, a uniform track list as it was a sort of soundtrack where techno, acid and dark electro form a sound which is capable of catch the listener immediately. Tiny melodic lines are used to hypnotize as well as subtle noises and powerful rhythms are used as weapons of mass destruction! This album is a blast and I suggest you to reserve one of the 300 copies of the LP or one of the 100 CDs.

Dvs Nme: From The Ashes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 24 2013
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Artist: Dvs Nme (@)
Title: From The Ashes
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Recorded in different places with mobile devices (if I'm not wrong Johan used mostly the program Nanostudio), "From The Ashes" is the newest and third DVS NME album. Containing ten new instrumental tracks, the album sounds just epic. Its sound is in balance between sidereal and robotic atmospheres with the add of catchy melodic lines (check the opening "Bright Lights" or the dark "Scintillant") and Johan succeeded into creating his own sound. Taking inspiration from electro and Detroit techno, as usual, DVS NME now sound like DVS NME, because the project has reached a perfect mix of all the elements that already made the old stuff sounding great. Every track contains elements that create a good contrast: an upbeat rhythm is joined by a spacey synth pad as well as a robotic arpeggio is joined by a catchy melody. The alternance of all these things make this album sounding various and cool. Anyway, as usual, if you like Arpanet, Dopplereffekt, Drexcya as well as Mandroid, this release is a must. You can check a preview here http://soundcloud.com/dvsnme/dvs-nme-from-the-ashes

Kuantum: Wasteland

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Jul 20 2013
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Artist: Kuantum (@)
Title: Wasteland
Format: 12"
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
The new discovery by French label IM:Ltd, Kuantum, musically grew in the underground parties of Montpellier scene. If I could profile his musical purpose, I'd say he could reasonably carry the torch of a new generation of dubstep craftsmen, which would like to rediscover the roots of th genre without becoming the camouflage or the clone of the styles by producers who gain so much notoriety in the scene that their names (I could mention Skrillex, Benga or Skream, whose releases ride the wave of the shining moment of a genre, which exists since long time) tightly acquired the synonymy with the word "dubstep". The sonic strategy by this talented lad is quite clear since the initial "Wasteland", an engaging track named after the legendary vintage videogame by Electronic Arts, set in a post-apocalyptic world: the sound is definitively more dub-oriented and exquisitely wild as it seems to sink listeners into a world crowded by humongous wild beasts and landfill-generated monsters where life-and-death struggle and feral instinct don't look tempered by education or civilization. In spite of the presence of that rumbling wub which resembles peristaltic noises, one of the main characteristic of dubstep, on the following "Innervision", dub struts prevail and such a preponderance have been clearly shown on "Distracted", the collaborative track with Mateba, where the general sound fluctuates between contemporary dubstep gargles and those spatial puffs which marked some past electronic dub releases, and the enchanting melancholic coil angd gloomier fumigation of the final "Majora". Very promising debut release.


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