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Chorux: Polaris EP

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Jul 19 2015
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Artist: Chorux (@)
Title: Polaris EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
After djing around his hometown, San Diego-based producer Alex Page recently his debut release in the guise of Chorux on the expanding Warm Communications label by means of a quite good EP. You won't say that a release like "Polaris" come from a newcomer due to his wide stylistical variations, whose common elements are the rumbling chorused basslines that he seems to use like a cement for other sonic entities. Maybe a little flaw of some tracks, such as the soullful vocal tune "Don't Even Know" or the hyperspaced computational swirling of the title-track "Polaris", is the relatively limited palette of percussions and monobloc rhythmical wheels, as their dynamics is mainly based on the rolling alternation of stop'n'go stages and the sudden inoculation of electronic sounds, which shake the listening experience. the way how Alex balances jazz-funk-like grooving, brilliantly crusty breaks, bulbous bubbling sounds and gutsy basslines on "It's All Happening" is really amazing, while the cherry on top is the more "tech-hey" arp-driven vibes of "Away From The Light" - no so far from some atmospheric stuff from producers like Cern, Amoss or Spectrasoul -. Such a debut deserves attention by dnb followers indeed.

Fade: Discover Music

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Jul 11 2015
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Artist: Fade (@)
Title: Discover Music
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Faded Music (@)
Rated: *****
Ukrainian producer Eugene Galushchenko aka Fade is in tip-top shape and as an evidence of this fact, just before the second part of The Futurist EP, which will review soon, he recently launched "Discover Music" on his own imprint. The first tune of this release that tickles my eardrum is "Bass Burger", whose opening hornets could be matched to that kind of dnb stuff such as Photek's "The Age Of Empires", which could fit a plague-doomsday, but he manages to let the rhythmical pattern bounce by means of gamelan-like hits and acidulous basslines, that got really catching and "sticky" while sneaking within a computational bleeping sequence and geyser-like streams on the title track "Discover Music", whose distorted bass that resurfaces after 4 minutes sounds like another hook to past stages of dnb (Dom'n'Roland or Konflikt classics could come to mind). "Error" is maybe the most chilling moment of the release, but he wisely mitigate an excessively relaxed atmosphere by means of kicking percussions, poisonous blurring and just a pad-synth which smells like 90ies junglism! The feverishly tech-ey "Quarantine" and the amazing cybernetic sliding of "Utopia" complete this EP.

Mesak: howto readme

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Jul 10 2015
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Artist: Mesak
Title: howto readme
Format: 12"
Label: Harmönia/Ausland Schläge
Rated: *****
The most embarassing situation for music writers occurs when a good release got forgotten under huge piles of other mediocre releases, so that I often hope that music makers could understand it's not really easy to listen to all the releases that reach our location - I think I wouldn't have time to carry bodily functions out and please consider the fact that I assume the expletives that got inspired by these situations could be elevated to the position of a typical bodily function! -. I hope that Turku-based Harmonia label manager and producer Tatuja Metsatahtija will forgive my late praise for his amazing declension of so-called skwee, a genre which combines simple synth-lines and chiptune bass with funk, sould and r'n'b sonorities, whose origin could be geographically located between Sweden and Finland. Besides the above-sketched features, Tatuja inoculates funny sound and more sophisticated computational textures that remind the first releases by Mouse On Mars to me, so that he manges to highlight the most playful aspect of this syncretic synthesis. Even if he decided to add a couple of vocal track in languages that wouldn't be understood by some listeners - "Friend'ey Edit" by Claws Costeau in Finnish and "Hilkat Garibeleri" which features Turkish toasting by Ethnique Punch -, his cheeky melting of sonic recipes is really enjoyable and often enthusing. Have a check and grab your copy if you manage to find it.

Goreteks: Secrets EP

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Jul 03 2015
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Artist: Goreteks
Title: Secrets EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
Tyler Schroder and Tracy Strode aka Dj Baloo and Dj Strode respectively are the lads behind Denver-based project Goreteks, which recently landed on Quentin Hiatus' imprint Free Love Digi. Their brilliant and nervously cinematic four tracks sound like mirroring more or less imaginary reports from some undisclosed battlefields: a threatening bassline roars on halftime movement, banging snares and vocal snippets they supposedly took from some unidentified movie on the opening "No Mercy", which sets the ground (or I'd rather say the minefield) for following tracks. "Silence Is Gold" is everything but silent and after a set of sinister breathes in a cryptic environment, it frees furiously energetic percussive beats and distorted basslines up, that keep on resounding inside the cathedral of martial beats and metallic hits of the following "Secrets", whose suddenly buzzing electric shock could resemble some stuff by Evol Intent and The Upbeats. The final assault comes on "Louder", where the shaking elements are tribal percussions, dubby torsion and echoed splinters that highlights the threatening bomber flying over listener's sonic sphere.

Dee Ellington & Rob Sparx: So In Love

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Jun 30 2015
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Artist: Dee Ellington & Rob Sparx
Title: So In Love
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Migration
Rated: *****
Long lasting artistic collaboration between renowned dubstep producer Rob Sparx and brilliant singer Dee Ellington (former back voice for Tricky and climber of Uk charts by means of the single "Burnign Noise") turns into musical love on this release on Sparx's imprint Migration by this soulful romance in between soul, drum'n'bass, downbeat, jazz and dubstep. The title-track "So In Love" is an easily chewable soul song that I honestly prefer to the jazzy house version they included in the release, but my listening satisfaction remarkably rises by means of the other tracks that embellish this romance: the honeyed dubstep of "Lose Control", the wise inoculation of nu soul and jazz elements (Dee's lovely vocals could be considered so as well) in the liquid drumfunk fast-rolling (around 170 bpm) movement of the uplifting "Give U My Love" and Dee's voice on "Passing By", the enjoyable d'n'b tune by Migration new signing Soulful Nature could make your day. They are convincing evidences that this couple won't never get estranged...


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