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Asolaar: Interceptor

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 02 2014
Artist: Asolaar (@)
Title: Interceptor
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Even if the excellent Ukrainian label Kvitnu situates Asolaar, the brainchild by Argentinean producer Dario Pinto Calvis, in between the artists which fly on the "heavy wing" of its oustanding sonic squadron, it seems that he has slightly softened his sound and such a mitigation is clear since the opening electric peristalsis. His sonorities on "Interceptor" keeps on propagating vitriolic frequencies and abrasive distorsions, but Asolaar shows much more familiarity with his dangerous electric devices than other previous more abstractly chaotic stuff: he rarely move away from circuit-driven rhythmical loops, which soak tracks like "Gravastar", but he frequently deviates from excessive repetitiveness by means of amazing electromechanical saturations such as on "Cruce Magnetico II", "Cruce Magnetico II", "Emptiness Dealers", whose combactive stepping could let you think about the possible death rattle of a stricken drone, or the fragmented high-voltage break of "Random Violence", where his style get closer to old stuff from Celluloid Mata, P.A.L. or Synapscape, or by clipped chemical burns ("0028-13", "Lord H.Mohawk" or the nice "Lu In Dimension"). It's really remarkable the ability to draw so many noisy tidbits together in just 24 minutes, which could be sometimes much more lieable than excessive prolongation of less surprising brainwaves.

Break, Mako, Fields & Villem / Chromatic: Shadowlines / Found You

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 26 2014
Artist: Break, Mako, Fields & Villem / Chromatic
Title: Shadowlines / Found You
Format: 12"
Label: Utopia Music (@)
Rated: *****
A single track where Break, Mako, Fields and Villem combined their sounds and samples is like a planetary conjuction whose gravitational waves manage to win gravitational forces keeping any falling object or person on the ground and this is what happens on the smashing tune "Shadowlines", a track where besides the fact the heaviest element is Break's strained breaks, listeners will enjoy the traces of each producer as well as one of the best tune of the year. On the other side of this new dnb little treat by appreciated Bristol-based dnb label Utopia Music, you will keep on levitating on warmer sonic uplifter by Uk-based super trio Chromatic, whose "Found You", whose mellow vibes and entrancing keyboard-spiffed haze got enhanced by nestled crispy percussions and delicious vocals. Red-hot tracks like the ones you'll hear on this drop should not make you fear of forthcoming glacial wintertime by keeping freezing point low.

Sabre/Cruel Culture & Keosz: Yoga/Threat

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Oct 24 2014
Artist: Sabre/Cruel Culture & Keosz
Title: Yoga/Threat
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
Newborn drum'n'bass label Plasma Audio announced this second drop for its hopefully huge pool of tunes since the first beating of wings of Melbourne-based owl by Icicle, Safire, Amoss and Gamma and its kickoff finally came. On this occasion, other skilled producers joined the Pasma circle: in spite of a sort of whisper, which could evoke the cry of an owl or possibly a robot kite, Bavarian producer Fabian Simoneit aka Cruel Culture and Slovakian dj Erik "Keosz" Osvald depart from a tribal ritual drumming and gusts of synth to forge "Threat", an amazing minimal-techey dnb tune, whose knocking bass kicks roll over a bed of stabbing hits and synth-sequences, while London producer and dj Gove "Sabre" Kidao prefers more sinister sonorities and wonky beats on "Yoga". The common denominator of both tracks is the high quality of sounds, which seems to be the feature that Melbourne-based dnb label wants to be a distinguishing element of its expanding catalogue.
Artist: Ueno Masaaki
Title: Ununseptium/ Vortices
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
Four years after the discovery by Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian, a group of American and Russian researches and nuclear physics of the 117th element by means of the fusion of Calcium and transuranic radioactive chemical element Berkelium at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Raster-Noton discovered its 117th element for unun series, the notorious series of releases, named after the family of transuranic or superheavy elements. Its scientific connection got emphasized by Japanese sound-artist Ueno Masaaki, whose four tracks for the seventh ring of this chain are aimed to be a sort of reconstruction of natural laws and forces by means of complex polymeric grooves, clipped rhythimcal cuts, clusters of chopped metallic hits and overclocked suctions of piercing bass pulsations, which could be vaguely described as a possible groovy declension of Autechre or Emptyset stuff. It might sound repetitive only to absent-minded listeners, as more attentive listeners will easily appreciate the rich assets of sonic detailes of this zipped stuff.

Mr.Mitch: Don't Leave

 Posted by Paul Muhller   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 19 2014
Artist: Mr.Mitch (@)
Title: Don't Leave
Format: 12"
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Belonging to a group of rare producers who are managing to find new creative pathways to so-called grime, Mr.Mitch finally got signed by Planet Mu after he gained some visibility by means of Boxed 'Instrumental Grime' night and excellent releases on his own Gobstopper label, and if you have never listened to anything by this guy, many listeners who like this genre (and surrounding ones) will immediately suss his talent out by listening to this appetizer which precedes his forthcoming album "Parallel Memories". That sort of supplication on the opening "Don't Leave" (me complete the looping refrain) whose synth chords and floating drums sound like mirroring tears give you an idea of the unusual emotional alveoli that Mr.Mitch's grime airs out and such an intense ventilation gets closer to harrowing sentimentalism of Sebastian Tellier or Trentemoller on "Padded" after turning into a proper bordline poem Ruffneck's notorious refrain "everybody wants to be somebody" on "Be Somebody" and before getting closer to the typical mood of the genre on the final "Oh", whose mellow marimba, bouncy bumps and syllabic interjections. Really tasteful grime!

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