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Koolmorf Widesen: JX​-​EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Koolmorf Widesen
Title: JX​-​EP
Format: Tape
Label: Wil-Ru Records
Rated: *****
Koolmorf Widesen is the musical project of Leonardo Barbadoro, a guy who lives in Florence who has released in the latest seven years two albums "Koolmorf Widesen" and "Melodies Fork Now" for ECG and EVES respectively. "JX'-'EP" is his latest release and it has been issued by Wil-Ru Records on tape. Influenced by IDM, glitch, ambient, electro, breakcore, jungle, acid techno and experimental music, Leonardo on "JX'-'EP" offers five new tracks that mix all these elements into a energetic mix that would excite every fan of electro music. Just to name few names that popped up into my head while listening to these tracks, I can name Aphex Twin (the analord EPs), CN or DMX Krew. "Zeleny Acid", "Natt", "7", "Night147" and "PS-5" are based on melodic sequences that are enriched by chopped rhythmical complex patterns, analog chirping sounds, soft pads and dark atmospheres. I like the way Leonardo build the tracks with those melodic lines leading the listener while other rhythmical inserts "attack" the core creating a controlled chaotic effect. Check yourselves what you shouldn't miss, here http://koolmorfwidesen.bandcamp.com/album/jx-ep

Aabzu: It Came from Outer Space

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 30 2014
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Artist: Aabzu
Title: It Came from Outer Space
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Aabzu is the project of Maciek Szymczuk and Åukasz SzaÅankiewicz and it's more related on pop culture than their projects. They stated that "the title is not a direct reference to the science-fiction classic movie from 1953" but it shares that sort of naif attitude towards a form that is perfect for the times when someone is searching for a sound acting as a furniture for his relax time.
The drone of "Beginning Of The Mission" opens this release with a politic's speech to evolve in a dancey tune. "Shambhala Vril" is a nocturne track while "Reptilian Eyes (In Dub)" is based upon a dub-influenced beat. "The Greys" features a bass synth that is the focus of an evocative track. "It Came from the Sky" return to more dance territories while "Perfect Zombie" is based on a carefully constructed drone. "Pleiadian Agenda" is almost a pop tune while "Stellar Converter" deals with a drum'n bass background. "Bohemian Grove", the longest track of this release, is truly evocative with his blend of a noisy soundscape and a sharp beat. "Deep Secret" closes this release with the most subtle and well constructed sounds of this release abandoning the beat for the cause of the atmosphere.
More oriented towards pop atmospheres than experimental ones this release is something that fits good in a party or driving in a car and is a product well constructed, perhaps mastered with a too high volume but it's one of the sign of the times. It won't be on the end of the year playlist but it will stay in the car stereo for a while.

Total Science: So Addicted/Putting Down Roots remix

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 21 2014
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Artist: Total Science (@)
Title: So Addicted/Putting Down Roots remix
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
"So Addicted", the new single by Total Science, stage name of the veteran dnb producers Jason Greenhalgh and Paul Smith sprout liquid honey, jungle chopped nougats, entrancing bleeps and twisted clips out of a song which features the recognisable sonic impront by Grimm (incontinenent producer who gave a lot of good tunes for notorious dnb labels such as Hospital Records, Renegade Hardware, CIA, Playaz, Warm Communications, Liquid V, Spearhead and more...), whose romantic lyrics - a sort of love (addiction) declaration - sounds highlighted by lush synth-brass and airy piano strokes in the second part of the track, but if you don't like schmaltzy lyrics, you can enjoy the instrumental version as well. The release includes Total Science remix of "Putting Down Roots" by Andrew "Villem" Wilson and McLeod, where a magnetic bassline and a crackling break dulls the emotional spurts on A side. Both 12" and digital vrsions are going to be available since 13th October.

Clouds: I Care Because You Don't

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 20 2014
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Artist: Clouds
Title: I Care Because You Don't
Format: 12"
Label: Turbo Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
This 12" comes as an appetizer of the forthcoming compilation of hardcore Scottish hooligan techno, which has been selected by Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson, the incendiary djs better known as Clouds who gained deserved exposure after their excellent debut album on "Ghost Systems Rave" for Tiga's Turbo Recordings as well as a number of 12"s for many different labels such as the appreciated Scottish imprint Soma Quality and NY-based Divvorce and Hound Scales' Fifth Wall. They keep on digging contemporary Scottish rave scene, which is developing an interesting sound - a sort of a crossbreed between Dutch house, Melbourne electro and industrial techno breaks by Jack Dangers - by tuning many old-fashioned sounds of 90ies UK rave techno up by means of more honed breaks and chamfered sonorities. Besides their sonic drop "Blood Skating", whose introduction could surmise those catchy alien choirs that featured the first records by Aphex Twin, you'll find Jane's "*** You Alliance", where an acid-techno typical scheme seems to have been reduced to a mush, Dance Company's "Berzerkerz", whose diabolic voice and rumbling basslines seem to prepare listener to some martial metamorphosis, and "Roll Up Your Sleeves, Welcome to the Dance" by Dj Hesburger, the track which should open the forthcoming (in October according to sleevenotes) compilation, whose clashed hi-hats could surmise similar treatments of those percussive elements on Aphex Twin's "Classics" again. That's something definitively worth checking out!

Annulled User: AnnulledUser02

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 19 2014
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Artist: Annulled User
Title: AnnulledUser02
Format: 12"
Label: self-released
Distributor: Re.Birth
Rated: *****
As you can easily gather from its title, AU02 is just the second of a hat-trick of (available only on vynil) releases by Annulled User, a screen name, which masks the real identity of these artists - I think they are more than one as the sonorities of this second ring are slightly different from the ones of the first drop "Ending" - arises from a sad but true realization: "The end user has now become obsolete. We are just an entity that sell goods. We are not the target but on the contrary a mean to make profit". Well, such an idea is not new at all, as I remember that some free thinkers made provocative but somehow enlightened proposal of paying people just to use ordinary things such as clothes, cars, shoes, mobile phones and so on on the assumption that homogenisation turned people into living placards, but it's quite logical the style they've chosen to set contemporary decadence to music: all the tracks of this release, whose meaningful titles ("Society Failure", "Economy Failure" and "World Collapse") sticks to such a conceptual framework or concrete nightmare, features swirling obsessive techno grooves, a stressed sonic chafing and viscuous bleeps, which sounds like a bittersweet and soemwhat hebephrenic invitation to dance over the ashes of mankind, where many people cannot do more than getting overwhelmed by streams of dazing solicitation which could let lose their marbles in spite of the global decay is running fast.


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