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Atom™: Lassigue Bendthaus ‎– Matter

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 12 2013
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Artist: Atom™
Title: Lassigue Bendthaus ‎– Matter
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AtomTM_Audio_Archive
Rated: *****
The moment when someone will try to discover if there's some biological secret behind the exceptional musical brain of Uwe Schmidt is hopefully distant, so that even if the remarkable amount of eureka moments which propagated like a widespread reticulum over an otherwise impressive number of stylistical fields could let you conjecture it's an impossible mission, a retrospection, which could look like a nonsense for something which smells of retrofuturism, could help and let save a lot of formaldehyde in the meanwhile. This German genius decided to give his fans their cue by usering in his own roots by way of a brand new label, whose first ring of an hopefully long chain is release no.1 (the release no.0 is "the Engineer's Love" which got released on the cassette-label NG Medien I jealously keep in my colection till the moment I could decide to exchange it with some crazy collector in the event that I'll need a cornea or a kidney...) by Atom TM, "Automotif", which became part of "Matter", signed by Lassigue Bendthaus, one of better known Uwe's innumerable aliases, which dates back to 1991. All those contemporary fans which missed it have the opportunity to appreciate the way by which Uwe drifted and overtook industrial and EBM by means of sonorities which already included the spawns of acid and techno music before these electronic blood vessels begun to get massively pumped up. This first file of Atom TM's massive archive is going to be mouth-watering for the collectors as well, as it includes some versions of legendary tracks of that album such as the above-mentioned "Automotive", "Velocity Life" and "Statique", which got later printed on a number of vinyls, the follow-up "Hertz" on Parade Amoureuse, the second very rare edit and the (previously unreleased) first edit of "Automotive". You can begin to go into ecstasies as the protean feeder of this newborn archive is going to store his whole collection of files. Spruce your hard-disks up!

Pennygiles/Phil Tangent: Stories Untold/We Don't Talk Anymore

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Nov 01 2013
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Artist: Pennygiles/Phil Tangent
Title: Stories Untold/We Don't Talk Anymore
Format: 12"
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Rated: *****
This forthcoming lulu from French label IM:LTD, which is fertilizing the blossoming of more melodic fruits of drum'n'bass music, is going to get signed by two master chefs of this stylistical branch, the talented Welsh dj and producer Pennygiles and protean Phil Tangent, who managed to build rocket-propelled emotional trips by focusing on a theme, the breach of love relations, which marked some "sentimental" spurts of d'n'b - a possible wellknown predecessor could be "Pieces" by Chase & Status -. While Pennyglides instantly speed his "Stories Untold" up by pursuing kick drums, a simple but effective vocal line, a rambling bass line, wavy pad-synths which evoke a feeling of anguished oppression and hits on metallic bars which could belong to the cage a disgruntled lover could feel like imprisoned in, Phil Tangent's "We Don't Talk Anymore" sound like mirroring the agony of an idyll by means of the sequence of obscure bass wobbles and rolling drums which seem to ruffle the daydreaming wings of the misleading brightened introduction, whose evoked bliss sounds like vanishing into thin air. This lovely release isn't going to cicatrize some wounds on hearts of more emotional listeners, but it might anesthetize and immunize all sorrowful forgotten loves by a booster shot.

Estroe: Comfort And Closure

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 01 2013
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Artist: Estroe
Title: Comfort And Closure
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: EevoNext (@)
Rated: *****
Out on mid November, 'Comfort and closure' is the new Estroe's album, which as far as I know, it's her third. Coming from Amsterdam, Esther Roozendaal, belongs to a small handful of female DJ's that played the decks at all of the major dance festivals, including the Dutch festivals Dance Valley and Lowlands as well as the Movement Festival in Detroit, where she stood alongside DJs such as Sven Vath, Derrick May and Carl Cox. She's also the EevoNext label's manager along with Stefan Robbers. 'Comfort and closure' is mainly based on techno house but it also has nice smooth moments like the main title (it's a fluctuating track based on warm pads, acoustic guitar lines and digital bells) or techno monsters like 'Comfort In Disguise' (based on 4/4 blasts, tiny melodies, many rhythm variations and relaxed pad moments here and there) which, as the title suggests, seems to be the bad brother to the previous track. Other tracks I'd like to point out are 'Happy Distraction' that is an electro influenced tune and it's a nice one you can dance or listen to which has a funky bass attitude. The atmosphere gets nightly with the following 'Out Of My Comfort Zone' and 'Patiently Waiting For A Miracle' thanks to a mixture of warm pad sounds, varied rhythms (which pass from 4/4 had beats to light hits). Another one I enjoyed is the opening 'Unconscius Suppression' which has lush sounds, nice melodies and a hypnotic atmosphere as well as "State Of Endurance", which is a middle way from Miami electro, Detroit techno and house. The track list is varied and the reason resides into the title Esther chose. As she explains: 'I named the album Comfort and Closure. Comfort as in comfortable but also as in solace. A large amount of tracks (especially the moody ones) were created in a time with difficulties in my life, maybe the most difficult time ever for me. I found a lot of comfort and distraction in producing these tracks. Closure - because this time has finally come to an end and I am ready for a new phase in my life'. Check it out'¦

Snap Shot ft.Chimpo & Tonn Piper: Dooms VIP/Dark Shadow VIP

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Oct 31 2013
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Artist: Snap Shot ft.Chimpo & Tonn Piper
Title: Dooms VIP/Dark Shadow VIP
Format: 12"
Label: NBAudio (@)
Rated: *****
A friend of mine with a strong passion for bass music says it's better to wait before buying some new 12" as he's fully convinced by the fact that some enhanced VIP versions could follow and they are going to play better than original tune. NB Audio, a newcomer in the overcrowded arena of alternative electronica labels from Manchester, doesn't dissuade that good folk from corroborating his argument by launching a couple of very good V.aried I.deas or V.ariations I.n P.roduction from Snap Shot, the two-headed project by Mark XTC - co-founder Da Intalex partnership with Marcus Kaye and shaker on Galaxy 102 radio by his own excellent drum and bass radio show - and Philip Lomas aka Microcosm - one of founding members of Mancunian collective North Base -. They managed to hype both the chasing "Dark Shadow" which features Tonn Piper, resident at Manchester's Warhouse Project, APE and Metropolis, on mic by stressing jungle-like inserts and the menacing dark clo(u)ds of the original track, and the gluey dark steps of "Dooms" by passing it to talented bass music styles' juggler Chimpo. Check them out!

Hooved: Timeless EP

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Oct 31 2013
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Artist: Hooved
Title: Timeless EP
Format: 12"
Label: AMAM (@)
Distributor: Intergroove
Rated: *****
The metronomic 2-step incipit of "TMLSS1" over a 15-minutes lasting pelting of sonic entities such as a sort of plastic rubbing, a small sample of vinylic hiss, which sounds like the first sparkle of a primer, popping claps whose mechanical sequence could let you think about the forcing of a deadbolt lock, occasional slackening swirls, spotty quavering high-notes which are often used in movies to announce an upcoming hazard and harmonic outcrops till the final and somehow unexpected parching, imprints a slight metamorphosis of the sound by Italian dj and producer Gaetano Vinci aka Hooved, even if such a mutation doesn't completely camouflage its devotional passion for some past Detroitesque sonorities (particularly Derrick May, The Martian and Richie Hawtin), which more clearly emerge on the lulling techno frame-up of the second movement of this EP as well as on the third one (a digital bonus), whose hypnotical looped vocals repeating "I think I might have something you would enjoy over at my house..." on a tolling of synth low-bells, subcutaneous kicks and nice bleeping clicks which emphasize the fourth beat of the rhythmical pattern reprise recurring stunts of Detroit tech-house. You'll also find a nice remix of the track by living legend of minimal techno Thomas Brinkmann, who manages to highlight "Timeless"' danceable prompts and turn it into a proper hit by inoculating a vial of symphony as well.


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