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Seba: Nichoho/Sienna

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Nov 02 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Nichoho/Sienna
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
Almost at the same time of the launch of his new ep on his imprint Secret Operations, Seba released a couple of tracks for EHL's Texas-based dnb label Warm Communications in witness to the tip-top shape of his creative skills. This release follows the stylistical lay-out of the above-mentioned "Jungle Music" as besides the presence of the call of some mysterious bird (seemingly that sort of phoenix on the cover artwork of "Jungle Music"), one of the track, "Nichoho", features more junglist such as the chopped amen break that he injects after the opening break together with the phoenix's call, the voice of a moaning girl close to some orgasmic ecstatic voice and some flowing melodic entities, while the second track "Sienna" features Seba's known tricks to "warm" bouncing drum'n'bass typical progression by means of percussive vibrations, continuous mothernal bass tones and shaking melodic pulses that gradually pushes the whole tune to enjoyable heights.

Seba: Jungle Music

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Oct 30 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Jungle Music
Format: 12"
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
Brilliant Swedish drum'n'bass producer Sebastian Ahrenberg aka Seba extended the wingspan of his creative flair by means of a couple of good tracks on his own imprint Secret Operations. Seba lets his polychromatic plumage flow both on the seemingly definitive lemma of jungle on "Jungle Music", where in spite of the chopped amen break and ruffed percussive embellishments, that he masterfully manipulates, and samples that could surmise old glories of late 90ies such as Flat Liner, Chronicles or Endemic Void, the Mephistophelic voice seems to refer to the envorin/mental entities of a concrete jungle by repeating the sentence "his is jungle" (...and "this is jungle music"!), and on the lovely tune "Cloudless", where Seba seems to order to his winged entity to leave the ground by flying over the previously rendered jungle by means of sonic tricks that are more immediately recognizable by Seba fan-base. The flight, more than mere exercises of style, is what really matters...

Monika: Observatory EP

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Oct 29 2015
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Artist: Monika (@)
Title: Observatory EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ingredients Records (@)
Rated: *****
Virtually graduated as one of the most brilliant new producer by means of his good tune "Thunderstuck" on the 2014 compilation of the quite known series New Blood by Med School Editions, the imprint that Hospital Records made to drive emerging talents out of anonymity, London-based producer Monika signs his first official EP on Ingredients and prove he could eb a newcomer without being a proper newbie: the opening "The Pulse", which got ignited by a female vocal and a distant flute that could vaguely resemble the artificial paradises by FSOL and spreads over fast-forwarding breaks where he rolled aerostatic pads and acid pulsing rings that could bring your mind to some old techno-trance sonorities, is the fastest of the four tunes that got included in this release, but Monika seems to feel more comfortable when beats per minute go down and the pace of break decreases towards the mid-tempo of the following title-track "Observatory", the clapped turmoil rendered by "Dusk Till Down" and the more soothing "Vultures", where this guy slightly rises tempo on more gliding sonorities. Are you going to keep on filing under 'next big things' folder?

Mike Gervais: On My Own EP

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Oct 27 2015
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Artist: Mike Gervais
Title: On My Own EP
Format: 12"
Label: System Records
Rated: *****
Minneapolis-based Mike Gervais, one of the rising star of Midwest techno scene, recently threw three heavily banging granades from his own imprint System that got added to his expanded depot of tunes, which mainly orbit around deep and raw techno sonorities. The title track on A side, "On My Own", features a wide set of percussive elements that cyclically appear and disappears - I particularly enjoyed that sort of explosion by which Mike lets some heavyweight claps fade out of the rhythmical pattern -, while the tune which opens B side, "Cut and Thrust", is maybe the most predictable tune of this EP as the way by which he amalgamates percussive elements is quite banal and the amazing flickering synth doesn't really balance a certain lack of originality. The other track on the same side, "Relax", is much more interesting as the electronic hypes, that he wisely inoculated into the track, softens its pounding and sometimes oppressive rhyhtmical engine.

InDifferent: Cardboard Refuge EP

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Oct 25 2015
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Artist: InDifferent
Title: Cardboard Refuge EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
The correlation between references to modern business in the tracks of this release and the notorious grinch, who pops out of the cardboard box on the cover artwork, is easy to understand as the furry green monster has been portrayed as a mischievously scary burglar. The correlation between such a concept and some sonic entities like the noise of an underwater ventilator or what I could match to the smirk of Teletubbies-like assassins (check the initial "Boom Shackle", where a voice at the end of each whirling carousel of sounds over a banging break repeats "More money, more money, more motherfucking money", and you'll maybe hear them!) should be explained by your raving imagination during the listening of this 4-track release by New Zealand-based dnb producer Paul Bradford aka InDifferent, whose blending of bounct rhythmical patterns, menacing pierces and the above-mentioned sonic objects manage to spin inside listener's eardrums. My favourite tracks of this release are "Stokah" and "Watch Da Bizness", whose percussive sets could surmise those drumming mad and somehow cruel dwarves that you could imagine during a playing session while listening to some old Alex Reece's tracks, but the other half of the release, including the above-mentioned "Boom Shackle" and the likewise disquieting mid-tempo of the title track "Cardboard Refuge" are quite enjoyable as well.


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