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VV.AA.: Break presents: Symmetry Sessions 2

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Jun 14 2015
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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.

dRamatic: Centiminute EP

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Jun 14 2015
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Artist: dRamatic (@)
Title: Centiminute EP
Format: 12"
Label: Tempo
Rated: *****
The upcoming ring in Tempo Records' chain comes from the brilliant Nottingham-based producer Julian Flowers aka dRamatic, whose style, as many dnb djs and followers know, combines soulful liquid d'n'b and solid beats in-between the stuff by LTJ Bukem and his legendary Good Looking Records' stuff and the fastest drumfunk rollers such as Grooverider or Fabio. The title-track "Centiminute" doesn't really enthuse as an awesome work on liquid sounds got counterbalanced by a poor edit on an almost unchanged rhythmical pattern; I found much more enjoyable the other tracks of this release (it will be available in July, but you can book it and the definitive edition should include a voucher for download digital release as well as an handsigned poster), the cheeky tune of "Dogs On Redbull" and the classy one of "Molecular", as there are many more variations on (attractive in their own) rhythmical pattern together with a warming bass frequency and a really good sound editing. Check a pre-listen out on Tempo Records' soundcloud, dnb-driven fellows!

Alcalica: ΥΔΩΡ

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Jun 02 2015
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Artist: Alcalica
Title: ΥΔΩΡ
Format: 12"
Label: Photovoltaic Records
Rated: *****
Named after the Greek word for "water", this new album by Alcalica, an interesting duo by Anglo-Greek producer Leon Danezos (caring beats and electronics as well as other instruments such as Iranian santoor or Greek baglamas) and Italian/German artist Julie Loi (the lyricist and the poet of this bicephalous entity as well as the playr of African kalimba and other small instruments) renders the ideal sonic bridge between Berlin and Lesbos, the cities where they mainly operates. The daily trial of strenght between Greece and Germany, which is going to leave deep grooves on European contemporary history, and some topical issues of some Alcalica's songs such as "Gladio", referring to the same-named anti-subversive organization within Italian secret service, which was involved in a number of massacres and bombing attempts as well as in surgical manipulation of public opinion, the emotional portrait of stark reality within a world where rich people get richer and richer at the expense of the poor ones on "Fear" or the title-track, which refers to the problem of access to clean water by most of people on our planet and the related business of bottled mineral water, makes their impressive stylistical crossbreed (they used to call it "Industrial World Music") even more attractive: the matching between elements from Rebetiko tradition and its hypnotic melodies, a style of Greek folk music which became the voice of marginalized people in many moments of modern Greek history, enchanting Aegean melodies and bass-driven electronic music is clear since the opening "Crumbling" where a sort of slightly corrosive trip-hop movement balance the livid tirade by Julie and the sallow anguished tones of Rebetiko melodies.

Dexta: Mini Rave (James Bless RIP)/The Bunker ft.Gaunt

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May 26 2015
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Artist: Dexta (@)
Title: Mini Rave (James Bless RIP)/The Bunker ft.Gaunt
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: None60
Rated: *****
Sometimes they do come back. If I had to introduce an horror movie, you would think I was referring to zombies, vampires, aliens or other kind of monsters, but even if the comparison might also be appropriate, this is clearly not the case. Those "they" was referring to some old sounds that Chris Boyle grafted in this new couple of tracks for Bristol-based label None60 by which he confirms to have a great talent in building steadfast sonic bridges between past and future of bass-driven music as it occurred on his previous release "Tempest Dub/Mukky Riddim", which included many hooks to old grime sonorities: the first track by Diffrent Music label boss, "Microrave (James Bless RIP)", rests on easily recognizable sonic pillars of old-fashioned British Acid Rave 90ies sound such as triplet hi-hats, looped pitched vocal samples, trancey chords and so on, but its crossbreed with new grime-step sonorities is pretty amazing as well as the grimey-dubbey tune "The Bunker", which features the collaboration of Finnish guitarist Mika Aalto aka Gaunt, whose pillar is old school jungle and drumfunk sonorities. A tidbit for your eardrums to check.

Pennygiles: Looking In ft.Ed:it

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May 16 2015
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Artist: Pennygiles (@)
Title: Looking In ft.Ed:it
Format: 12"
Label: Tempo
Rated: *****
Dutch label Tempo Records launches his first pre-summer sonic bullet by means of three tracks from Welsh d'n'b talent Stuart macallum aka Pennygiles, whose name maybe landed here for some stuff on IM:ltd or Fokuz. "Looking In", the track he co-signed with Ed Warrener aka Ed:it which gives the name to this single, sounds like a more "sharky" and bouncy restyle of some legendary tunes by Omni Trio - besides likewise hyperkinetic, it sounds definitevely less "junglized" than "Set Theory", their previously co-signed track "Set Theory" for C.I.A. Records -, but the nervously electric basslines over fast running vibes also drench the rhythmical grounds of the more soulful stuff that you'll find on the flipside of the vynil release, so that the emotional nuance of the vocal tracks "Lie Through Me" and "Without Worry" is not incompatible with d'n'b parties at all. This drum'n'bass precious trinket by Pennygiles is going to be available both on digital stores and as a crystal clear vynil in the first days June. Check it out!


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