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dLo: The Hardest Part Is Jumping

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Sep 21 2015
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Artist: dLo
Title: The Hardest Part Is Jumping
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plush (@)
Rated: *****
Austin-based dnb producer Daren Cody aka dLo delivers a couple of powerful highly-energetic tunes on Plush, a label we recently introduced for a definitively more chilling release by Lithuanian producer Germanovski. Daren dLo Cody immediately puts the hammer down and injects nitrogen in his fast sonic engine on the title track "The Hardest Part Is Jumping", where he quickly slides over glazed sonorities, ecstatic female vocals and a sort of distorted lead guitar in a lane in between some stuff from Hospitality Records and electronic drumfunk. The second energetic pill "Smash & Grab" hovers around more nervous sonorities by means of likewise fast'n'furious paces, where the sound of a police siren could gives the idea of a daredevil pursuit.

Mampi Swift: Big Tune EP

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Sep 21 2015
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Artist: Mampi Swift
Title: Big Tune EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Charge Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
While many d'n'b followers are waiting for his forthcoming new album, the welcomed coming back of legendary junglist Philip Anim aka Mampi Swift on his own imprint Charge got anticipated by this excellent ep, where he serves four red-hot incendiary tracks: the title-track "Big Tune" - co-signed by Dapz and featuring vocals by Dynamite MC - opens on a swirling sneaking bassline, which could resemble the main theme of Blade Runner, before moving towards fast-rolling movement in between Pendulum's sliding rhythmical patterns and some glorious Bad Company's outputs that could make you jump higher than Michael Jordan or fight better than Neo against Agents; the following "Detroit Bass" (was the title of the same track on Mampi Swift's soundcloud mispelled into "Detriot Bass"? maybe not!) is another highlight of this ep by means of skelter stabbing synths on very fast tech-step hitting and temporary stoppage where robotic devils sound like singing their battle hymn, which got evoked by the more sticky and poisonous sonorities of "Ironside" as well. The release includes a reshuffled version of "Jaws" by Mark "Serum" Gaunt and Andi "Coda" Mackay, who sharpened peckish shark's jaws by phattily distorted beats and synth-driven tremors. Shouts rise bigger and bigger over so big tunes by Mampi Swift's grinding big tunes. Bigger tunes are ready to come...
Sep 19 2015
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Artist: Dennis Young (@)
Title: Reel To Real
Format: CD
Label: Staubgold (@)
Rated: *****
Have you ever experienced those kind of fits of nostalga that let you go through a hundred dusted boxes full of artifacts of your more or less glorious past? You could find something really interesting in piles of yellowed love letters, old comics or stickerbooks, playthings, postcards and funny snapshots - during one of my last explorations I found interesting and somehow mysterious relics like an old vinyl of Visage's "Fade To Grey" on a scratched 7"...I remembered I labelled them as "the witches" when I first saw them on Italian television while I got the measles at the age of 4 or 5! -. During his cleanup day, Dennis Young, former marimba player and percussionist of the legendary NYC-based 80ies band Liquid Liquid - their hit "Cavern", which was included in the first volume "Disco Not Disco" of the newborn Strut Records in the beginning of the new millenium, got famous for having been sampled by Grandmaster Melle Mel for another hit, "White Lines (Don't Do It)", a song with clear references to cocaine, whose clip reaches its idyllic peak in the moment when some dancers keep on sniffing nearby a box of Frosted Flakes... an unauthorized sampling which caused the bankruptcy of 99 and Sugar Hill labels -, found a box of tapes he recorded by means of a 2-track Teac reel-to-reel recorded between 1982 and 1983, when he was just 24 as well as a member of Liquid Liquid yet. According to Dennis own words, "in early 1984 I bought my first 4 track cassette machine which ended my live reel-to-rell recording phase. The tapes were boxed up and put into storage for the ext 30 years. About six months ago I was going thru some old boxes and happened to find the tapes again. I was curious to hear what I had on those tapes so I purchased another Teac reel-to-rel tape-recorder. To my surprise there was a lot of music to choose from these recording, so after hours of listening I came up with a set of songs that I thought was the best representation of my work from this period". Many of them are really surprising: the bizarre chord strikes on guitar-driven songs such as "Little Girl" or the funny "Tape Interface for Guitar", the acidulous sci-fi nuance of tracks like "Panic in the Air", "Contortions" "Unknown Origins" or "Forbidden Planet" - a somewhat paranoid obsession for sci-fi themes is even clearer on the song "Aliens"! - and above all, the tracks when the skills on percussions splashes - the opening "Big Boom", the catchy "Overdub Dub", "Drum Solo" or the amazing "More is Less" -. Thanks to Staubgold, those recordings won't be just memories to get endangered by dust and oblivion.

Germanovski: Promise/Confession

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Sep 18 2015
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Artist: Germanovski
Title: Promise/Confession
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plush (@)
Rated: *****
Denver-based label Plush, which also developed a branch on the other side of the ocean in South London, a strategic position to grab and spread good tunes in the field of bass-driven music, expands his interesting catalogue by hiring Lithuanian producer Igor Komar aka Germanovski. Even if Plush has not labelled his couple of tracks as drum'n'bass, Igor packs a nice assay of minimal dnb up on "Promise", which got embellished by vaguely balearic breezing sounds, placidly rolling breaks and sparse vocals that could resemble the more chilling side of this branch of drum'n'bass. Breaks sound even more swabbed on the following "Confession", as just some sparse hi-hats as well as a gentle set of softly knocking wooden beats and tribal sounds crack the narcotic sonorities of the track. An awesome and somehow soothing strategy to repaint well-known liquid sonorities by means of some hooks to the fluttering sheets of junglist ghosts.

Ya Tosiba: Mollah The Machine Remixes

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Sep 17 2015
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Artist: Ya Tosiba
Title: Mollah The Machine Remixes
Format: 7"
Label: Pingipung (@)
Rated: *****
"Mollah The Machine", the first release by Ya Tosiba, the Berlin-based collaborative project between Finnish producer and pioneer of Swkee style Mesak and Azeri singer Zuzu Zakaria, was rapidly sold out soon after it got launched in summer 2014, so that Pingipung decided to release the downloadable edition. Some months after such a successfull debut, the label decided to release three nice remixes (two of them are availble on a 7inches vinyl as well): Natalie, Falk and Max of RSS Disco applied their acidulous mid-tempo house and synth--disco recipes to "Masin", whose remix is enjoyable, but it's nothing special to be honest. My favorite one on the vinylic version comes from Patric Catani's alter ego Candie Hank, who preserves the elasticity and the hilarious hook of the original version of "Mollah" by whacky synth-driven squawks and a catchy dubby movement. Likewise funny, the remix of the same track by Cologne-based electronica veteran Schlammpeitziger, who announced he was working on this remix when we interviewed him last February: you'll find his whimsically harmonious and charming make-up of "Mollah" on the digital version of the release.


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