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Fre4knc: Chain of Command/Sinjek

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 07 2015
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Artist: Fre4knc
Title: Chain of Command/Sinjek
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
The third release from Melbourne-based label Plasma Audio, which seems to focus on quality rather than quantity, got signed by brilliant Dutch dj and producer Bertran Van Den Hoff aka Fre4knc - he already signed many good tunes and breaks on renowned labels like Dispatch, Samurai and Noisia's imprint Invisible as well as a plenty of great parties in Groeningen and followed broadcast on jungletrain.net -. He shoot two banging tracks, whose style is in between the above-mentioned Noisia, Black Sun Empire and the darkest stuff from producers like Loxy and Icicle. The first seconds of "Chain of Command" could let you think the track will move towards atmospheric drum'n'bass before the pattern begins to roar like a cyber lion by means of roasting pinwheels of hi-hats and kick drums, electronic spit-up and fast stacks of churning stop'n'gos. Fre4knc's artillery fires got increasingly dark and curt on the following track "Sinjek", but it's likewise punchy in spite of a shabbiest list of recipes.

Dexta: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim

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Apr 07 2015
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Artist: Dexta (@)
Title: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: None60
Rated: *****
London-based producer Chris Royle, mostly known for his moniker Dexta and as one of the most active heads behind well-known label Diffrent Music, the label of the pink giraffe which became one of the most interesting in the overcrowded bass-driven music scene, recently landed on None60, the imprint by the excellent d'n'b duo Silent Dust, by means of a couple of good tracks, which swirl on the boundaries between electronic dub and drum'n'bass. Both the title and the heavily echoed vocal sample of "Tempest Dub" are the same of the track by which the brilliant Brighton-based duo SpectraSoul made their debut, but the sound of Dexta is quite diff(e)rent as youc an imagine if you followed some of his recent releases on his own imprint as distorted low-frequencies and puffy synths makes the dub stepping really viscous and catchy, while the speed significantly increases on the balanced dosage of hitting claps, blunt beats and bass worms of the following "Mukky Riddim".

Thomas B: Sugar and Spice EP

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Apr 03 2015
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Artist: Thomas B (@)
Title: Sugar and Spice EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
Formerly known as Tommy Tarzan, a moniker by which he mainly signed some jungle-oriented stuff, Thomas B decided to explore the boundaries of bass-driven music and provides a couple of good tracks on Quentis Hiatus' imprint Free Love Digi which taste like ginger candies as you can guess from the guessed title of this resounding tidbit. The sweeteners of the first track "Poblano" are some airy vocal samples and a girly scream - the most mischivious listeners could surmise it could mirror Jane Parker as a legacy of Tommy old moniker! - over a peaceful chilling dub movement, while the spicy element is the buzzing of a low frequency as well as the recorded small talk - I ignoreits source - where two people speak about the state of radiophonic music, whose main aim is making money. The two flavours are even more amalgamated on the following track "Nectar", where hi-hats of the previous track fade out and a slightly brushed minimal groove bears the brunt of soft sonic sprays and an entrancing bass worm. An appetizer, "The Middle", is available as a free download on Free Love Digi's website.

Gomila Park: Ununoctium

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Apr 02 2015
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Artist: Gomila Park
Title: Ununoctium
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
This new radioactive element in Raster Noton's periodic table Unum Series is a Swedish lanthanide by Gomila Park, the collaborative project by Palma de Maiorca-based producers (and Dabid Bowie fans!) Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Martin Rossel. The very first sonic monads of the opening "Leibniz" - they tributed the title of two of the three tracks of this release to the notorious philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the pioneering mathematician Ramon Llull, who laid the foundation of the binary system and the digital age, according to their perspective - could sound like a possible remix of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" by Trent Reznor and the stomping match between distorted guitar and a syncopated steamroller keeps on feeding such a creeping (but really endearing!) diffeomorphism before sliding into the awesome gargling by means of a sneaking analogue sequence and heavily sliced vocals (including loud snores, hysterical laughters, buzzes and fits of coughing!) on "Ramon Llull", whose captivating sound could let you hope some flu bug will turn humans into analogue synths sooner or later. The metamorphosis into an electromechanical chrysalis got wisely completed on the final "Calculus".

Seba : Nothing Can Replace (John B remix)/Too Much Too Soon (Blu Mar Ten remix)

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Apr 02 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Nothing Can Replace (John B remix)/Too Much Too Soon (Blu Mar Ten remix)
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
Two of my favorite tracks from Seba's masterpiece Identity has been givn to a couple of two bass masters by Secret Operations and in spite of the gruelling make-up on the original versions, I think that Seba followers won't dislike the final result. The most difficult task was the one assigned to well-known producer John B - mainly known for being the owner of Beta Recordings and its constellation of labels (Tangent, Chihuahua, Nu Electro) as well as for his recurring crossbreeds of trance-oriented sonorities -, who turned the lovely "Nothing Can Replace", which featured the great voice by Kirsty Hawkshaw, into a massively shaking bass-driven bomb, which could surmise the heavy stabs that Chase'n'Status often inject in their declension of d'n'b. The approach by Blu Mar Ten on "Too Much Too Soon", another great liquid shot on "Identity", has been less invasive, as they opted for maximum harmosation between daydreaming halo of the original input - they didn't modify or slice original vocals - and bouncy rolling breaks by means of occasional nebulisation on sounds, which already were quite crystalline, and more hits, which didn't transfigure the effectiveness of Seba's track.


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