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The Untouchables & Resound: Separate Reality EP

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Jan 29 2016
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Artist: The Untouchables & Resound (@)
Title: Separate Reality EP
Format: 12"
Label: Translation Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Hot off the press - released today on vinyl by Washington DC-based label Translation Recordings -, this awesome tidbit by Brussels-based The Untouchables, the bicephalous project by Kate Mcgill aka Kay and Ajit Steyns aka Nitrox, who moved towards a catchy interbreeding of jungle sonorities, ragga movements and heavyweight dub, got ignited by a couple of great collaborative tracks, they made side by side another skilled producer orbiting around the label, the Finnish producer Ilpo Kärkkäinen aka Resound: a slideshow of chirping birds and other voices from a proper jungle got grasped both in the catchy "Separate Reality" and the following "Mystic Arts", even if they sound more heavily morphed into the latter track as if the second track is the revealing of the hidden side of those entities as a consequence of an augmented perception of surrounding reality. The wildly animalist/animistic script got likewise followed on "Devourer of World", the first tune by The Untouchables on the flipside, whee they inserted a sort of distorted barking on the carnival of sub-bass-driven electrically shocked dub movement, but there's a similar spiritual voltage in the following "The Beast" - very nice work over a set of tribal drums and woodstick-like hits - as well as in "City Of Thieves", coming as a bonus track for all those listeners who are going to grab the digital version on Translation's Bandcamp.

Fade: Lo-Fi/Taino

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Jan 29 2016
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Artist: Fade (@)
Title: Lo-Fi/Taino
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Boundless Beatz (@)
Rated: *****
I already spoke of Kiev-born producer Eugene Galushchenko, better known as Fade, as he is one the most interesting drum N bass maker at the moment. The Ukrainian mastermind recently re-appeared on German label Boundless Beatz by means of a couple of amazing tunes: an obscure electronic sparkling, which gradually fades into a sneaky low-frequency, hiccuping vocals and a minal quasi-melody over a lush arabesque of tribal drumming, features "Lo-Fi", the tune where Fade's blend of deeply darker sonorities and structured percussions is more recognisable, while "Taino" got inspired by ritual music and dances of Taino, the indigenous people who inhabited the Caribbean, and somehow mirrors their culture by a sneaky melody (according to Taino's religion - not so different from Maya's one -, the Sun was born from the union of two reptile divinities) and bouncy beats...you should know they used to play a sort of soccer for ceremonial purposes (called batey) by kicking a bouncy ball (supposedly made from a mixture of rubber and resins) in a rectangular field before bouncy balls begun to be used in European people, who credit themselves for inventing football! Check it out!

DVA: Allyallrecords

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Jan 12 2016
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Artist: DVA
Title: Allyallrecords
Format: 10"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
I'm not sure there are some available copies of the (transparent in spite of its richness in rhythmical chamaleonic tones) vinyl edition of this EP by Leon Smart aka DVA, the first since 2013, but the way how he juggles with bleeps and electronic drums deserves a check. Three of four tracks are intersectiosn with other artists, which moves over the same stylistical grounds where DVA left some trace. The footwork typical kicking style as well as a wide set of garage-oriented whiplashes are clearly audible in the lead track "Allyallrecords", which features Addison Groove, whose voice sound like blossoming in the second half of the track in the middle of a thorny garden of metallic cuts and digital punches. The soulful "pink22", the collaboration with Clara La San, sound like reprising the chords of "Let You Go", one of the most popular song by this talented singer, and runs on the same emotional frequencies (the sweetest heave-ho you could ever imagine!). A ping-pong sonic game - "Spoonbender" -, where the ball randomly draws a sort of computational polka, against Mickey Pierce, before sticking a ribbon on a set of thumping kicks, a cowbell, a refrain and a synth-driven melody for the taste of dancehalls...and that's allyall, folks!

Quadrant, Iris & Kid Hops: 206

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Jan 11 2016
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Artist: Quadrant, Iris & Kid Hops (@)
Title: 206
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Commercial Suicide (@)
Rated: *****
There are two versions of this awesome album that managed to link again the creativity of Seattle-based couple (wife and husband) of American d'n'b scene Leigh and Karen Caplan aka Quadrant & Iris and the oestrus of a local hero of the same scene Kyle Hopkins aka Kid Hops, who already co-signed a couple of releases on Dispatch and C.I.A. labels: the double vinyl version includes eight tunes, which branch off in different stylistic directions such as the pulse-pounding accelerations of the title-track "206" (I could guess the title, sensually spelled by a female voice, refers to bmp-measurable speed of this fast and furiously sexy tune) and "Seasick", whose mysterious atmosphere could let you imagine the setting of Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" if the captain of the ship suddenly understand he could suffer from seasickness, the nervously daydreaming fast-rolling songs "The Only Way Out Is Through", featuring the precious (and identifiable) contribution by Commercial Suicide label-manager Klute (!), and "Black Opal", where the trio got joined by the voice of Canadian singer and songwriter Kayle, the viscously foggy bumpers of "Definition" and "Orca" on C side and the magnetic attractors of "Dark Star", where Quadrant and Iris seem to evoke some sinister divinity, and the lukewarm beating low-frequency of "Pleiades" ft.Reise on mic, whose melodic theme sounds like reprising the one of the beautiful "Eternal September" (the beautiful voice of the track is the one of Collette Warren), one of the many good reasons to recommend the digital version, which also includes the liquid bath "Occidental" - it recalled to my mind "Moonbathing" by Amba and that kind of sonic romances - as well as a couple of more oppressive pressures like the awesome "Wirecutter" (featuring Chris "Cease" Vancourt), the obnubilated atmosphere of "Angular" and the steamroller "Asthma" by Quadrant. Great tunes indeed!

Wintermute: Convergence EP

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Dec 08 2015
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Artist: Wintermute (@)
Title: Convergence EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Boundless Beatz (@)
Rated: *****
The amazing tune "Convergence", where a mysterious voice talks about the recognizing of immortal alien creatures over likewise cryptically fascinating sonorities and bouncy rhythmical elements that could let you flow like an alga under minimum sea currents, is the iciest way to warm the listener up that Leipzig-based dnb producer Florian Forster aka Wintermute could choose for the release he dropped on Boundless Beatz, the label whiich mostly gives voice and plastic grooves to the interesting scene of that gothic corner in the heart of Old Continent. Beats-per-minute rise on the following tracks "Proximity" and the awesome "Shattered Crystlas", whose dynamics - driven by catchy bass tones, which got so perfectly moulded that are not nagging at all (imagine an alcohol drink which cause euphoria without causing headache during hangover!) - could be the same ones that play inside the mind of gamer playing on the thrilling fantasy of Tom Clancy. "Euler's Disc", the collaborative track that Wintermute wisely crafted together with Cues - starting like a typical dnb tune and turning into a dirty hardstep movement -, is another highlight of this release, which lands over the popping liquid ripples of "RWD".


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