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Julian & Der Fux: Michwald Kapitel Eins

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 04 2013
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Artist: Julian & Der Fux
Title: Michwald Kapitel Eins
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Jruza Records
Rated: *****
Released by J.Hruza Records, Julian Hruza's own label, "Mischwald Kapitel Eins" is the newest release by the Wien duo Julian & Der Fux. Containing twelve tracks, the release isn't properly their first album, because it contains remixes of the four tracks they released on the two singles out the last year: "Speckbrot" plus "Der Letzte Tanz" on "Speckbrot" and "Altes Ego" and "Axt & Beil" on "Altes Ego". The original tunes were sounding like a sort of electro dance with dreamy atmospheres with spoken word parts and jazzy, funk, house intuitions. For the remixes the duo picked up the best of the Austrian dance scene: Valesta, Burnin Tears, Ken Hayakawa, Denis Yashin, Smacs & Patrick Kong, Komaton, Moodlab, Austrop0p, Bentron, Ken Hayakawa, Jakobin & Domino and B. Fleischmann. All the remixers succeeded into giving new life to the original tracks adding energetic rhythm layers and new synth sounds. Now most of them lose the dreamy atmosphere but that sort of overall melancholy is still present and this creates an interesting effect along with the new bouncy dance attitude. Take for example Burnin Tears remix of "Altes Ego": it still sounds suspended and mysterious but they added that spicy rhythmic touch along with nice arpeggios that really helps. I also noticed that all the remixers kept the song structure and they didn't go for the usual sounds mishmash which after a while is a bit annoying. If you'd like to go for the vinyl, sorry to tell you that it's a four track EP containing "Altes Ego (Burnin Tears Remix)", "Speckbrot (Ken Hayakawa Remix)", "Axt & Beil (Denis Yashin Remix)" and "Speckbrot (Smacs & Patrick Kong Remix)".

Pixel: Mantle

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 27 2013
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Artist: Pixel (@)
Title: Mantle
Format: CD
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
In spite of the relatively limited array of sounds, mainly venomous puffs, electrical clips from ammeters or plugs, mainly muffled bass bumps, plucked steel tongues, obscure suctions, buzzing surges, surgical incisions, Danish electronic music composer Jon Egeskov aka Pixel dishes catchy dynamics out on "Mantle", his fourth release on Raster-Noton, where he tempers his rhythm-driven approach to a series of hyphenation/articulation of electrons with recurring shifts and skips. Most of tracks sound quite obscure and somehow stifling and the rare breaks are snap-shots when his threatening electro-mechanical entities seem to get some air before they keep on drooling fused silica, neodymium, tantalum and corrosive magma. It's quite interesting to follow the strategies that some aggregrates of buzzes seem to enact to ensnare the whole sonic sphere, particularly on some tracks such as "Ericson Sandstone", "Steel Tape", "Nesting Screen" or "Plump Bob". This is another proof that even perturbing industrial machinery can sound somehow funk.

Dj Rashad: Rollin EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 24 2013
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Artist: Dj Rashad (@)
Title: Rollin EP
Format: 2 x 12"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
After having received support from many artists and musicians of the fierce clique assembled by Kode9, the convincing Chicago-based juke and ghettostyle pusher and producer Rashad Harden aka Dj Rashad revel with beats and styles by means of this enhanced sonic cartridge on Hyperdub, which seems well-intentioned in enhancing its incisiveness within footwork scene, and Rashad is a possible mentor due to his remarkable ability in equalizing and fading past and future levers. He decided to ignite this knick-knack with "Rollin", a springy track where meaningful R&B pitched vocal samples jerk on ringing hi-hats and 808 kicks, which attractively tickles eardrums before the machine gun of amen break trails the listener towards a nice memorabilia of old UK jungle and hardcore sonorities on "Let It Go", a skipped heartbeat for all those ones who still remembers that fervent historical moment of British urban style before the track turns into a shimmering footwork assay. In spite of the fact Dj Manny and Dj Rashad have just 4 hands and 20 fingers, they play like a giant octopus with many tentacles and an imaginary passion for drum machines on "Drums Please", an amazing spray of snares, tom and other percussive fits on Detroit-techno-like minor organ palpitating chords, whereas the soul-oriented vein by Dj Spinn pulsates more on the following "Broken Hearted", which, even though partially effaces Rashad's weaponry on beat, manages to emphasize his versatility.

Break/Eastcolors: So True VIP/Watch Out (Enei Remix)

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Mar 21 2013
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Artist: Break/Eastcolors
Title: So True VIP/Watch Out (Enei Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
On this little kicking knick-knack, Symmetry Records serves the reshuffles of a couple of tracks, which got already released on the label-sampler "The Other Side" I already mentioned on the occasion of the chat with label-owner and composer Charlie Bierman aka Break. On side A, Break himself waxes the roaring engine of "Love So True" in order to make it more luscious by breading sonic golden plastic, tanned skin, elastic percussive slips and a relaxed bassline on original version without tampering with a certain tropical crispness, while talented Russian producer Aleksei Egorchenkov aka Enei nukes "Watch Out", the impressive debut track by Andrey Terekhov aka Eastcolors on Symmetry, by means of cutting extrusions, blown synth and crackling hats which mined the original pattern in an enjoyable manner. An alternative option for all those (many) djs who are massively playing original versions during their sets.

The Exaltics / Elec Pt.1: The Exaltics Meets Elec Pt.1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 18 2013
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Artist: The Exaltics / Elec Pt.1
Title: The Exaltics Meets Elec Pt.1
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
After four months here we are again talking about a new volume of "The Exaltics Meets" series. This time on side B we have Elec Pt.1. Behind this moniker there's Andreas Gehm, a producer from Koln, Germany who produced since 2006 different releases for Bunker Records (five EPs), Panzerkreuz Records (two albums), Abstract Acid (an album and an EP), Snuff Trax and Abstract Acid. This isn't his first time on Solar One, as he already took part to the latest label's compilation "SOM5" with the track "It Feels So...". Since, as reported on The Exaltics interview I did some months ago, "The Exaltics Meets" is a serie where Robert Witschakowski produces tracks according to the genre of the guest musician, this time on side A we have two tracks ("The Midnight Connexion" and "Nichts Aber Auch Nichts") which are inspired by acid techno. As you may know, The Exaltics produces dark vibrating tracks which takes mix elements of techno, electro, ambient and acid and each time we have more or less of each one. The fist tune mix melodic ambient pads, 4/4 upbeat tempos and raving acid leads. The dark madness finds its top on "Nichts Aber Auch Nichts" thanks to grinding TBR303 lines and fast drum machine lines. Stops and go plus some pad enhance the dramatic moments. Side B opens with "Drei Chinesen Mit Dem Acidbass", a track where leads and bass lines follow the typical crazy acid arpeggios while drum machine patterns are built creating a sort of obsessive 4/4 beat where hi-hats, claps and ride sound like fighting. "The Player" sounds a bit darker but the style is quite similar to the previous track. Vocal inserts plus synth noises and tiny melodic lines help characterizing the tune making of it a nice hypnotic tune.


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