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Magic Panda: Life Is Elsewhere EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 04 2014
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Artist: Magic Panda (@)
Title: Life Is Elsewhere EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Knopje (@)
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
I wouldn't be surprised if this lovely EP by Norwich-based producer Jamie Robson aka Magic Panda, which got released by small Dutch indipendent label Knopjie, came as a prize for insomniac videogamers, who managed to a dreadful slobbery monster of the final level of an high-phantasy game such as Child Of Light, The Legend Of Zelda or similar ones after cramping phalanges by convulsively pushing buttons on controllers. Well-balanced textures of bittersweet lulling melodies, cherubic chorales, 8-bit chirping tunes and sparkling cadences with charming swings on the downbeats and upbeat of "Life Is Elsewhere", the delicately reverie of "The Floating World", a track which has been conceptually connected to "Ukiyo", the Japanese word referring to the buddhist concept according which nothing in life is permanent and that life is made up of fleeting and transient moments of beauty, and the wilder sad love poem to the ocean "Maunsell Sea Forts", inspired by "the haunting robot-like towers whose rusty shells remain in the Thames estuary, looking out to the open sea" push listener's mind towards honeyed daydreaming. The cherries on top of this release are the remixes by label boss Roi Koch, who emphasizes the hypnotical hooks of "Life Is Elsewhere", and Van Did, who shines a crepuscolar light on "The Floating World".

The Exaltics: Some Other Place Vol.2

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 03 2014
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Artist: The Exaltics (@)
Title: Some Other Place Vol.2
Format: 12"
Label: Clone West Coast Series
Rated: *****
Always prolific but having always quality in mind, Robert Witschakowski is releasing through Clone the second part of the "Some Other Place" EP series. While on the first volume I felt a bit of Miami electro influences (you know, that nice nightly atmosphere that you can enjoy on some Gosub tracks or on Morgan Geist's "Double Night Time" album, to name a few), on this second volume we find five new tracks which are in balance from techno and electro. The EP opens with a short introduction "Slip In" just to make space for "Some Other Place (Long Version)", where The Exaltics push hard the pedal on obsessive bass lines and dreamy pads. "Waves Of Fear" moves on the same field with hard beats, dark ambient background sounds, 808 upbeat rhythms (I think you know that TR-808 is a Roland drum machine used in the 80s for electro music as well as TR-909 was for techno). The attack continues with "The Way Out" and Robert has no intention to make prisoners as we have distorted drum, hypnotic synth arpeggios and different layers of pads and synth noises. The EP is closed by "Different Ways", a track that mix alienated atmospheres, dreamy pads and Detroit electro solutions. Another fine release to check and you can do it here https://soundcloud.com/the-exaltics/the-exaltics-some-other

Lex Gorrie: Mental Struggle EP

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Jul 03 2014
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Artist: Lex Gorrie (@)
Title: Mental Struggle EP
Format: 12"
Label: Unknown Territory
Distributor: Prime Direct
Rated: *****
The huge card deck of techno releases kept a release from the newborn imprint of another notorious shaker of Scottish nights, Lex Gorrie, whose good repute in the scene is mainly connected to Sleaze Records, the vinyl appendage of well-known Sleaze techno parties in Glasgow that he promoted with Hans Bouffmyrhe. The first ring of Unknown Territory chain shows a massive dosage of hitting hard-house sonorities: the muscular pumping of the initial "Constant Struggle" features an upbeat storm of viscous bleeps, effected claps which sound like ping pong or billiard balls and metallic hits, which appears when the battle of sounds escalates; the same track got fluidified by Dutch producer Jeroen "Search" Schrijvershof, who added sprays of clappy gunfires on the pattern as well. The electromechanical lift pump becomes more hypnotical on the following "Mental Block", whose catchy dynamics got seemingly hijacked towards minimal Detroit-techno cuts by Dax J, whose remix is one my favorite moment of this release, before he begins to add electronic blobs and rises the speed of throbbing rotor till the moment the fan belt got broken, whereas Jeroen gets back to hypnotical crushes and grafts of different percussive elements, which jazz the original version up on the remix, that has been attached as a bonus track to the digital version. That's a good way to organize sounds inside a techno cut. Nevertheless I daresay that they are not moving over totally unexplored stylistical territories.

Funk D'Void & Dave Tarrida: Data Reader EP

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Jul 01 2014
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Artist: Funk D'Void & Dave Tarrida
Title: Data Reader EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Autofake
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
A release I can't discard from the huge card deck of digital pre-releases I usually receive is the one by the promising collaboration of well-known shakers of Scottish techno scene, such as Lars Sandberg in the guise of Funk D'Void, a moniker he took from George Clinton's fictional character Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk, which stuffs the delectable catalogue of Glasgow-based label Soma Quality, and Dave 'Bang!' Tarrida, founding member of Edinburgh-based Sativa Club, who after the successful experiencing as a label boss of the same-named label Sativa Recordings with Steve Glencross and a massive quantity of good releases on renowned labels such as Tresor, IF? and All You Can Beat, decides to launch another imprint, Autofake, which marks this collaboration as well. These Scottish agit-props are not new to collaborative releases - for instance I remember "Supa Hammer" on the dibanded UK techno label Missile Records -: on "Data Reader EP", they digs into dirty and flipping sonorities of primordial acid techno as well as the typical technocentric references, a recipe which reaches the acme when the amazing sequences of bleeps and raw drumlines got acceletered such as on "Glow Job". The release include a rework by Spanish producer Miki Craven, who mastefully turned the stunning hard-hitting "Discontinue" into an atmospheric track by dunking its original elements into a tarnishing gelatin.

El Gato #9: No Lie Can Live Forever

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Jul 01 2014
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Artist: El Gato #9
Title: No Lie Can Live Forever
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Bloo Neko Recordings (@)
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
Unlike many official media which according to a focused conservative strategy indiscriminately drift towards the demonization of any form of constructive coalescence and artistic blossoms from younger generations and the glorification of any weapon of mass distraction, I don't believe that some musical genres spread just negative values and ideas, foolish behavioural patterns and fake heroes whereas official media have a corner on the manufacturing of mass asininity by means of the production of huge amounts of disfigured facts aka lies. Even if the sonorities by Christopher Leath are maybe not so pristine, the combination of a style in between tech-house and ambient which could surmise some old stuff from legendary Apollo Records and political samples, that he already tested on a number of past releases, sounds quite telling about the will of wearing some "frivolous" sonorties with meaningful content, so that he seized the moment of the annual MLK Holiday Special, hosted by "The Big Love Show" on Stanford University's radio station KZSU 90.1FM in order to pay homage to Martin Luther King by putting an extract of his notorious speech "How Long, Not Long" that MLK delivered on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama after the Selma to Montgomery March. The release includes a rework by Paul Leath, who mainly uses the same sound palette of Christopher (including the organ-like sound which smells like a devotional dirge to the prominent historical figure of nonviolent civil disobedience), and a more vibrant and definitively less dreary "Cat Kills Crow Mix".


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