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Eveson: Grey Dawn ft.Halogenix/A Dystopian Romance/Deluge

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Jun 15 2014
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Artist: Eveson (@)
Title: Grey Dawn ft.Halogenix/A Dystopian Romance/Deluge
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ingredients (@)
Rated: *****
In spite of the fact Alex Eveson signed so many remarkable tunes that made him gain a solid reputation as a master of more liquid vein of drum'n'bass palpitating heart, Ingredients pushers maybe can't imagine that he could release three proper jewels when Broe asked to join the digital series after he listened to Eveson's guest mix on Bailey's show or maybe he did so that he asked to bring some tunes about. The first tune they received was "A Dystopian Romance", whose airy synths, deviously bright nuances and challenging rhythmical pattern follow the contrails of some tracks of his excellent album "The Last Summer OF Love" on V Records. Soon after this first drop, he called Ivy Lab's Halogenix and they forged "Grey Dawn", a tune which sounds really dystopian and eerily foggy over a carpet of dry hitting drums and warm bass. The icing on the cake is the final "Deluge", where Eveson injected softer sonorities and atmospheric breaks as well as the bittersweet feeling of a declaration of love from a distant and almost forgotten person who decided to phone you in the middle of the night. This unmissable tidbit is going to be released in the beginning of July. Check it out!

Dose: Mind The Future

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Jun 12 2014
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Artist: Dose (@)
Title: Mind The Future
Format: 12"
Label: Commercial Suicide (@)
Rated: *****
One of the best dnb rocket of the year got launched from Klute's Commercial Suicide by New Zealander (he relocated in Auckland after his native Christchurch got ravaged by earthquake) bad boy Chris Turman aka Dose, who (finally!) signs his first album after he built a strong reputation by means of a lot of energizing tunes on top labels such as Shogun Audio, Ram, Commercial Suicide and Renegade Hardware. "Mind The Future" is just his first album and I'm pretty sure it can be yoo-hooed as a chef-d'oeuvre: the opening track, the sinewy "Haphazard" with its breathtaking acceleration and its captivating stringy sonorities, as well as other moments of the album such as the following jouncy "Like This", the grim "neuro-tekish" atmosphere on "Once Again", the eerily foreboding of "No Turning Back", where his fellow citizen Nick "Teknik" Driver and Jabz MC (the voice of the well-known hit "Darkman" by State Of Mind) clawed the tune, and the virulent title-track "Midn The Future" could vaguely recall a possible stylistical crossbreed between other notorious Kiwi producers like The Upbeats and sonorities a-la-Black Sun Empire or the doom-laden atmospheres of some stuff (particularly "Travel The Galaxy") by Ed Rush and Optical, but the remarkable versatility by Dose resurfaces with its flatly diaphanous grace all over the album, so that this fast and furious race over dampers, leaps, tailspins and accelerations got earmarked by sudden jungle entities, unpredictable old school outcrops or even more relaxed tunes. A possibly guessed to ignite drum'n'bass summer parties!

Ulli Bomans: Riven

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 11 2014
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Artist: Ulli Bomans
Title: Riven
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult
Rated: *****
Already active with Schieres and Shrubbn!! (along with Marco Haas of T.Raumschmiere) of which I reviewed their first album "Echos" a couple of years ago Ulli Bomans is now releasing for Shitkatapult his first solo album "Riven". Mainly active as visual artist in Hamburg and Bremen, Ully's work is based on large-scale collages of urban landscapes, principally and the cover of the album is an example of that. His approach to visual and musical arts are pretty similar as he mix different elements giving them a new feeling. About music, if you already checked the Shrubbn!! album, on this one, he takes the noise elements of that one and put them under a dance-floor lens re-processing the sound. The album opens with the mid tempo of "So What?" where a slow synth melodic arpeggio is playing upon layers of little synth noises which, added, form a rhythmically rich texture. "Missing Ships" sounds like a dream in reverse and little by little the tracks become more upbeat and dance-floor friendly. "Barbara" sounds like a dub track with de-constructed melodies. "$55", is kinda minimal and it's based on noise echoes, rhythms and reverbs. With "Dirty Yoga", Ulli, throw in a great dance-floor techno killer with in levare rhythms which grows little by little. "Spoilpark", which is also the title of his last exhibition, moves its sound on a same field, made of techno intuitions, rich sound palette made of synth melodies, clanging noises, fat bass lines and a rich 4/4 rhythmical texture. "On Mars" closes the album and it's another good throbbing techno killer (if you checked the VCMG album, you can have pretty much the idea of what I mean). Check it here: http://www.shitkatapult.com/artist/ulli-bomans

Flite: Featherfall

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Jun 05 2014
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Artist: Flite (@)
Title: Featherfall
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Sup Yo!
Rated: *****
One of the best assay of the year in the field of liquid d'n'b comes from Flite, a newcomer of the almost unknown Virginia scene, whose remarkable attention to detail and tastefulness are undeniable since this enchanting tidbit. Meaningful lyrics, but above all the combination of mellow and airy sonorities, straight clean cuts with heavenly accelerations and guessed melodic hooks, functionas an invitation to fly whose subtlety could let the fear of heights and flight out to listeners who suffer from attacks of vertigo! On the flipside, the remix by Leeds-based producer Rameses B, one of the most appreciated shepherd of MrSuicideSheep's youtube channel, makes it bouncier and likewise emotionally radiant by means of fluctuating LFOs, amazing treatments on vocals and kicking grooves. Thumbs up for this great discovery by Sup Yo!, the newborn label by Kaine Shutler and Pete Callaghan.

LektroiD: Quantum Theory

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Jun 03 2014
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Artist: LektroiD (@)
Title: Quantum Theory
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: LEK Productions
Rated: *****
Active since early 80s as producer and DJ, Richard Elliott has released music under the Energy Principle, Brainstormer, Logical Breaks, Brainstorm Crew, Sola, Solaris, Wise Ones, LektroiD monikers and under his own name. I had the chance to ckech some of his tracks as Lektroid on the Binalog Productions and Dominance Electricity compilations I reviewed as well as on a couple I purchased ("Nu Electro" volume 2 and 3). RIchard started to play as a self taught pianist at age 11 and has been producing his own breakbeat, ambient and electro since the 1980s, starting on his trusted Commodore 64 and analogue hardware. First getting his music played in a club called 'Tekno Dreem' in Peterborough, UK back in 1989, soon after he teamed up with various other artists as a producer, forming groups such as Digital Kaos, Mysticism and the better known Brainstorm Crew. After leaving the Brainstorm Crew, Richard teamed back up with the other member of Digital Kaos for another release, which was also on F-Project. After producing and remixing for several other dance-floor related genres through the '90s, Richard had further involvement in the breakbeat scene under the moniker Brainstormer. After that, he started to produce music under the LektroiD moniker and released tracks for Street Sounds, Binalog Productions, and Dominance Electricity. He started his own label Lek Productions and released four single and two albums since. The latest one, is titled "Quantum Theory" and contains fifteen new tracks which are in balance from 80s electro, 90s techno, space atmospheres, a little bit of acid (on "Synthone 1000") and breakbeat (the closing "Bar Groove"). LektroiD's sound is powerful and rich thanks to Richard's decades experience and also thanks to the fact that he builds some of his machines, giving in this way, a personal touch to the lot. Mixing 808 and 909 drum sounds with bleeping dry sounds, warm pads and a bit of filtered vocals, LektroiD's music tend to be upbeat and dancey but without forgetting the importance of melody and a complex rhythmical texture. Check for example "Macrocosm": it sounds like an early 80s electro version of Jean Michael Jarre with catchy synth phrases. You can check and purchase the album at this link http://lektroid.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-theory


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