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JC Laurent: Southside EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 23 2015
Artist: JC Laurent
Title: Southside EP
Format: 12"
Label: Hidden (@)
Rated: *****
The way by which young Nice-born (you have a possible explanation of the title of this four tracker as he comes from Southern France...) producer Jc Laurent blurs basslines, which sounds like coming from deep waters, and erode metallic hits on the opening title-track of this release could remind you the attack of biggest sharks against the protective cage for scared scuba divers of a famous videogame, but besides this imaginative matching, "Southside" is an awesome connection between Berlin deep-techno and Detroit style that marks the style of Monsieur Laurent, while the gently delayed chords over a shaking platform of claps and sneaking hits of "Witness", whose subterranean pumping bass seems to explode on the ominously obsessive "Hoax", is the softest stuff of this new ring of Hidden Recordings' chain. Uk producer Tom De Cicco injects administers anabolic steroids to the above-imagined shark for his remix of "Southside" by means of stumping electronic grid, where the temporary slowdown after 4 minutes of playing is deceptive, as the groove suddenly speeds up till the end.

Imaginary Forces: Corner Crew EP

 Posted by eskaton   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 21 2015
Artist: Imaginary Forces (@)
Title: Corner Crew EP
Format: 12"
Label: Sleep Codes
Well this is a new one on me. I've never seen a record where the label was bubbling. Like when a paper gets jammed in the printer and gets wrinkled? Yeah ' like that. There was nothing else with the record but a photocopied sheet with the tracklist and a statement to 'Either join the crew or get beat down!' So I'm expecting some pretty lo-fi stuff. Not that that's a bad thing. From what I could gather, Imaginary Forces is the work of English artist Anthoney J. Hart. His site explains that 'His early electronic dance music beginnings have now moved into a more freeform abstract compositional structure drawing heavily from the early electronic masters as well as literary references.' Sounds good. Let's throw this thing on. This is pretty stripped down stuff. If you wish that the music would just leave the beat and maybe a few samples thrown in here and there, this is the one for you. I would see some of this working its way onto the dance floor (Corner Crew (Frozen Version), for example), but at first I found this to be too stripped down and repetitive for my tastes. After a few listens, though, I can get what he's doing. It's kind of like a really stripped down Autechre, although not as abstract and much more beat driven. Musically, the most interesting track here was 'We've Gone Too Far,' which is an exercise in looping with some sampled voices breaking it up occasionally. You can give it a listen at his Bandcamp site if this sounds like it would be up your alley. This album weighs in at around 13 minutes and is limited to 200 copies.

Qzerty: Perceived Coolness

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 19 2015
Artist: Qzerty
Title: Perceived Coolness
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ufo Solar (@)
Rated: *****
Tommaso Qzerty Danisi is one half of the Redrum Alone duo and "Perceived Coolness" is his first solo release. The EP contains four tracks that offer a different style of electronic music compared to what Redrum Alone produce. If the duo produce electro songs with an high rate of melodic catchy moments and upbeat rhythms, Qzerty is more focused on instrumental minimal techno/i.d.m. with glimpses of Miami and Detroit styles. All the tracks are mid tempo where few elements (a sampled treated vocal, a short catchy melody, etc) are alternated creating a suspended atmosphere. Into the info sheet he reported as references the Hyperdub roster, Fourtet and Aphex Twin but you can make your own idea of his sound checking it here

ERRORSMITH & Mark Fell: Protogravity EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 14 2015
Artist: ERRORSMITH & Mark Fell (@)
Title: Protogravity EP
Format: 12"
Label: PAN (@)
Rated: *****
According to capitalist legends, there are financial wizards who can make billions of dollars from 4 cents, but many of them routinally become victims of their own myth when some bubble explode, so that I don't trust this kind of stories, but luckily there are sonic wizards on this planet who are able to make wonderful things from four sounds as the ten minutes lasting track, which gives the name to this sonic tidbit, got mainly propelled by four sounds: a bumping bass, an ethereal pad, a metallic hit and a sort of electronic cowbell which gets up and down a simple tonal scale. You have to wait almost five minutes before an androgynous voice and a sort of fingerprint got added to the reticular texture till the final dissolvence that these wizards of sound made for your listening pleasure. I honestly ignore the argument that Mark Fell used to persuade Erik Wiegand, who kept his Errorsmith alias in the closet for eleven years, to get out of his hermitage, but you'll find out what really matters on the three tracks of this EP that they made in June 2014 at Wiegand's studio in Berlin. The same voice (Wiegand's one?) appears on the amazing boiling soup of membranes and electronic clips of "Cuica Digitales" by means of sometimes pitched robotic howls, while "Atomic 80", the second track on B side, seems to render unpublished experiment on sonic superconductivity. A get-well welcome for such wizards!

VV.AA.: Break presents: Symmetry Sessions 2

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Jun 14 2015
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Break presents: Symmetry Sessions 2
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings
Rated: *****
While fans are patiently waiting the rumoured release of his third album after the one who gave the name to his imprint in 2008 and the seminal "Resistance" in 2010, Break delights crowds and satisf many different aural palates by means of the second volume of Symmetry sessions. Vinyl editions includes "Give It Up", a stunning tune by Break himself who lets collide a massive female vocal tune over his exciting kicks, "Atlas Shrugged", a collaborative track by Break, Emilio "HLZ" Dimitri and Need For Mirrors, whose creepy inserts within nervous neurofunk steps could let you think the zombies of Michael Jackson's notorious "Thriller" clips updated their playlist after their talent scouts passed away, and "The Space In Between", a more experimental tune whose combination of grime scratches, sci-fi and horror sonorities could let you imagine tht Mako co-produced it side by side an alien fan of Bela Lugosi! The three digital tracks are likewise stunning: label boss deal with space-dub on the awesome "You Don't Know", where he came back in the big time of the genre by means of rhythmical tricks to make it more palatable for contemporary listeners, while he left control èpanel to the wise hands of Ukranian connection by Kiev-based producer Daniil Marin aka Detail and Kharkov producer and dj Vladimir Petrenko aka Against on "Probel Man" (you'll place their accent on the sentence which closes the track!) and his fellows HLZ and Need For Mirrors, who spiced their co-signed breaking tune "Project Playground" by an incandescent distorted guitar.

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