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Mike Gervais: On My Own EP

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Oct 27 2015
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Artist: Mike Gervais
Title: On My Own EP
Format: 12"
Label: System Records
Rated: *****
Minneapolis-based Mike Gervais, one of the rising star of Midwest techno scene, recently threw three heavily banging granades from his own imprint System that got added to his expanded depot of tunes, which mainly orbit around deep and raw techno sonorities. The title track on A side, "On My Own", features a wide set of percussive elements that cyclically appear and disappears - I particularly enjoyed that sort of explosion by which Mike lets some heavyweight claps fade out of the rhythmical pattern -, while the tune which opens B side, "Cut and Thrust", is maybe the most predictable tune of this EP as the way by which he amalgamates percussive elements is quite banal and the amazing flickering synth doesn't really balance a certain lack of originality. The other track on the same side, "Relax", is much more interesting as the electronic hypes, that he wisely inoculated into the track, softens its pounding and sometimes oppressive rhyhtmical engine.

InDifferent: Cardboard Refuge EP

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Oct 25 2015
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Artist: InDifferent
Title: Cardboard Refuge EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
The correlation between references to modern business in the tracks of this release and the notorious grinch, who pops out of the cardboard box on the cover artwork, is easy to understand as the furry green monster has been portrayed as a mischievously scary burglar. The correlation between such a concept and some sonic entities like the noise of an underwater ventilator or what I could match to the smirk of Teletubbies-like assassins (check the initial "Boom Shackle", where a voice at the end of each whirling carousel of sounds over a banging break repeats "More money, more money, more motherfucking money", and you'll maybe hear them!) should be explained by your raving imagination during the listening of this 4-track release by New Zealand-based dnb producer Paul Bradford aka InDifferent, whose blending of bounct rhythmical patterns, menacing pierces and the above-mentioned sonic objects manage to spin inside listener's eardrums. My favourite tracks of this release are "Stokah" and "Watch Da Bizness", whose percussive sets could surmise those drumming mad and somehow cruel dwarves that you could imagine during a playing session while listening to some old Alex Reece's tracks, but the other half of the release, including the above-mentioned "Boom Shackle" and the likewise disquieting mid-tempo of the title track "Cardboard Refuge" are quite enjoyable as well.
Oct 18 2015
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Artist: Isolat Pattern
Title: Clinical Ambience
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
"Clinical Ambience" sounds like a guessed title for this output by one of the recent discoveries of Kotra's imprint Kvitnu, which came from the sonic wit of Berlin-based sound artist Benjamin Harris, which didn't received so many feedback despite the considerable quality of sounds and their layering. The wisely forged noises that Isolat Pattern pull out of his machines got inoculated in both spacey and claustrophobic pad-synth-rendered empty spaces: nervously whirling electronic trimming beats, artificial lacerations, piercing low frequencies or digital puffs come to life inside the narrow electric tunnels of "BLK.HSE", the cryptic whispers and the widely reverbered clashes of "Darkness Curves", the fascinating void of "Die Charmante Verlockung", the intermittent patterns of "Glitterer" , the abyssal recesses of "Purestate" and the industrial sikholes of "Twinning". It comes on a carefully designed artwork by Zavaloka, who wrapped this awesome release by means of exclusive glittered black cardboard and two inner prints made on metallic translucent and marbled papers.

Kotra: Freyr Hologram

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Oct 18 2015
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Artist: Kotra (@)
Title: Freyr Hologram
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Dmytro Fedorenko aka Kotra is the founder and the main mastermind behind the excellent Ukrainian label Kvitnu, which is keeping on spreading interesting specimen of experimental electronics by meansof a selection of stuff and superbly crafted pieces of music, which, according to label's own description, "concetrates on sound and ideas with a high blood pressure in it" and could withstand selection of more consolidated labels. The interesting sonic discoveries they manage to find inside and outside Ukraine benefits listeners, but I guess they benefit the creative vein of Dmytro and Kateryna Zavoloka, the other artistic column of the label, as we can testify by this tidbit that got recently released by Kvitnu. The elegant artwork by Zavoloka, who wrapped the package by means of those bright white/silver silk wallpaper, that I remember I saw on many walls in the 90ies, enclose a CD-r where Kotra put three abrasive tracks, which could be described as the rawest side of some outputs of artists like Kangding Ray or Senking, that I wouldn't really match to the soso-called rhythmik noise. in spite of a certain syncopated step by which Dmytro organized - so to say - a bunch of hisses, interferences and concrete noises on the opening "Spiv Zolota" and the closing title track "Freyr Hologram" - my fav -. A good appetizer for the other recent outputs from Kvitnu that I'll introduce in the days to come.

Container: LP

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Oct 14 2015
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Artist: Container (@)
Title: LP
Format: 12"
Label: Spectrum Spools
Rated: *****
A wise mover must take both the lubricants that facilitate the movement and possible friction into account and an experienced agitator like Ren Schofield aka Container certainly does. The seven movements on this "LP" sound like a perpetual challenge by frictionless and immediate rhythmical pre-sets (the rhythmical ignition of some tracks like "Remover" or "Peripheral" sound like slightly distorted pre-sets of cheap electronic devices) against a series of factors which rises attrition to levels that could broke hig engines: the opening "Eject" features that kind of trance-inducing grip of some folk dances, while most of the other engines drew lubricants, dust and stones from the most obsessive extrusions of Detroit techno and Japanese noisy industrial techno. The highly abrasive gears, that he sounds like putting under ferocious and controlled strain, manage to be enjoyable as their course is realy unpredictable and thrilling, even when his way of layering polyrhithms and mechanical grasps gets closer to saturation ("Peripheral", "Appliance" and other moments when listener could imagine that these outputs could come from a sadistic love of machines by their author). Nice and no/icy way of morphing and "grooving" noises.


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