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Cursa/Gamma: Egg Cup/Warthog

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Oct 05 2015
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Artist: Cursa/Gamma
Title: Egg Cup/Warthog
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
Another blessing on the expanding Plasma catalogue got thrown by Cursa, the London-based bicephalous project by Tim Ogilvie and Kit Maloney, whose declension of neurofunk keeps on matching together chrome-plated sonorities, dizzy drum rolling, bouncy hooks for junglists and gloomy robotic atmosphere on the hitting tune "Egg Cup", a crackling formula which is going to delight fans of quite known d'n'b entities such as Noisia, Lynx, Ed Rush'n'Optical or Survey and could let you imagine the scary white rabbit, who bedevils a troubled teen during a nap, could cross the boundaries between reality and fiction and materialize in the guise of an electricity-driven tormenting monster. Likewise tech-hey and slightly disquieting, the nettlesome plasma silicium that Hungarian producer Mark Gulacsi aka Gamma poured into chains of elastic bouncing bumps and screwing basslines on his tune "Warthog". Intended for the lovers of the twitchier side of bass-driven music.
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Artist: Luxury Mollusc / Ontervjabbit / Animal Machine (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: [&] (@)
Rated: *****
I was not familiar with any of these bands before getting this, but looking at the cover and the lo-fi presentation (artwork is a creepy drawing on pen and paper, blank CDR), I kind of expected some noise here (especially since it came in the same package as Sist En 343, which was some great noise). So I was a bit surprised when I put on the disc. First up, we have Luxury Mollusc with 'Fishing For Chalk Lung Breathing Is A Chore Wax Tundra.' This is gritty and a bit noisy, but not really noise. Imagine a post apocalyptic landscape where the machines are still running simply because there is no one left to shut them off. As you can expect, the machines have become a bit rusted and parts have started to fall off of them, but they keep grinding away. This is the feel that we begin with. Lots of reverb gives it a cavernous feel, and it gets progressively noisy as it goes along. The machines are starting to break down and it's beginning to show. Nicely done. Next up, Ontervjabbit comes in with all guns firing with 'Disruption Slot' This is a slab of heavy, feedback laden noise that crushes everything in its path. There are recurring themes throughout, but this is surprisingly good if you like rumbling, grinding noise. As such, it manages to keep the nonstop intensity going while still being engaging. It ends with an ear piercing squeal of feedback, just as I thought it would. Well done. If you were looking for some kind of aural respite after Ontervjabbit's assault, you will find none in Animal Machine's 'Live at the Rehearsal 14.10.12.' But while Ontervjabbit functioned mostly in the lower end of the spectrum, Animal Machine aims for the treble side with lots of white noise before heading into a segment of rumbling bass and feedback about halfway through. So much feedback. If you like harsh noise, this will definitely be up your alley. Overall, don't let the cover fool you ' this is well worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 66 minutes.
Sep 24 2015
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Artist: John T.Gast (@)
Title: Excerpts
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
The mysterious halo around the name of John T.Gast - supposedly a fake identity -, who credited on Hype Williams' LP "Black Is Beautiful" as well as on different releases of both Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland aka Karen Glass, the two legs of Hype Williams, got fostered by this album, whose mysterious halo as well as the above-mentioned connection with the likewise mysterious Hype Williams, whose amazing and somehow original aesthetics where an elusive bubble of synth-pop, lo-fi tunes, soundcollages, trip-hop like desolation, songwriting, garage and bass-driven music resurfaced from London's chaotic nebula of UK minimal-synth sonorities that got spread out since the first years of the new millunium, makes sense. The words by which Gast's debut got introduced, which refers to both sentimental and seasonal freezing and battling ("The majority recorded early 2014 in SW England. A particularly fierce winter. Woman reasserting power. Man fighting in the dark. The Cold War continues."), are the framwork for most of the sonorities that are going to be poured into headphones and loudspeakers: the opening drone of "Shanti-ites" sounds like the opening of a magical floodgate, which got gradually released on the viscuously acid movement of the following "Infection" and the weirding housey modules of "Congress", whose lubricated groove counterbalances a set of sonic entities which screech like brakes. The confused cauldron of vocal snippets of "£" got poured into the overshadowed tones of "Ceremony", which could surmise some clouded stuff by Future Sound Of London and prepares the listener to the darker part of the album: with the exception of the groovy strangulation and the Detroitesque tech-house swings of the tail on "Claim Your Limbs", the gloomy "Green", which could let listener imagine a spectral ship in the thick fog of London's harbour which is going to set sail, the perfumed soot and the thrilling noir atmospheres of "White Noise/Dys", an excerpt which got reprised before the end, as well as the electronic eddies of "Sedna" tunnel listeners into the oblique sense of otherness and blissfully terse alienation of the final "Torch". John Y Gast's hypnagogic refluxes are so closer to Hype Williams' one than I won't wonder to know John is just their brainchild.

dLo: The Hardest Part Is Jumping

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Sep 21 2015
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Artist: dLo
Title: The Hardest Part Is Jumping
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plush (@)
Rated: *****
Austin-based dnb producer Daren Cody aka dLo delivers a couple of powerful highly-energetic tunes on Plush, a label we recently introduced for a definitively more chilling release by Lithuanian producer Germanovski. Daren dLo Cody immediately puts the hammer down and injects nitrogen in his fast sonic engine on the title track "The Hardest Part Is Jumping", where he quickly slides over glazed sonorities, ecstatic female vocals and a sort of distorted lead guitar in a lane in between some stuff from Hospitality Records and electronic drumfunk. The second energetic pill "Smash & Grab" hovers around more nervous sonorities by means of likewise fast'n'furious paces, where the sound of a police siren could gives the idea of a daredevil pursuit.

Mampi Swift: Big Tune EP

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Sep 21 2015
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Artist: Mampi Swift
Title: Big Tune EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Charge Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
While many d'n'b followers are waiting for his forthcoming new album, the welcomed coming back of legendary junglist Philip Anim aka Mampi Swift on his own imprint Charge got anticipated by this excellent ep, where he serves four red-hot incendiary tracks: the title-track "Big Tune" - co-signed by Dapz and featuring vocals by Dynamite MC - opens on a swirling sneaking bassline, which could resemble the main theme of Blade Runner, before moving towards fast-rolling movement in between Pendulum's sliding rhythmical patterns and some glorious Bad Company's outputs that could make you jump higher than Michael Jordan or fight better than Neo against Agents; the following "Detroit Bass" (was the title of the same track on Mampi Swift's soundcloud mispelled into "Detriot Bass"? maybe not!) is another highlight of this ep by means of skelter stabbing synths on very fast tech-step hitting and temporary stoppage where robotic devils sound like singing their battle hymn, which got evoked by the more sticky and poisonous sonorities of "Ironside" as well. The release includes a reshuffled version of "Jaws" by Mark "Serum" Gaunt and Andi "Coda" Mackay, who sharpened peckish shark's jaws by phattily distorted beats and synth-driven tremors. Shouts rise bigger and bigger over so big tunes by Mampi Swift's grinding big tunes. Bigger tunes are ready to come...


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