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Sistema: Ego EP

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Mar 23 2015
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Artist: Sistema
Title: Ego EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Factor City
Rated: *****
Even if Manuel Ruiz, the dj - formerly known by his viral moniker Dj Ebola - behind Sistema, is a veteran of vibrant Catalan scene, speaking of an electronic underground scene as a standalone one could be a long shot, as tha scene mainly absorbed the sound of other scenes in order to forge sometimes interesting reworkings thanks to a lively interest on different branches of electronic music that got fostered by worldwide known festivals. The sound that Manuel pumped into this recent release for Factor City feature this attitude, so that I won't say it's ingenious, but I won't say he can't handle some sonorities in a brilliant way: you might, for instance, notice some similarities of the opening "Ego" to late 90ies German chilled trance or Mike Paradinas' first outputs, as well as some resemblances of some synth-pop and electro-house stuff of the well-balanced acid house groove and the celestial vocoders on the following "Run", the soothing "Seiscuarenta" and the melodic techno of "Freeze", but you won't say the listening experiences that this Spanish producer provides are not pleasant at all. The final remix of "Ego" by Barcelona-based duo The Suicide Of Western Culture, whose solarization of the original version by means of over reverbed echoes which could resemble some stuff by Fuck Buttons or Digitonal, is likewise enjoyable.

Wavemultiplier: 4040

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Mar 20 2015
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Artist: Wavemultiplier (@)
Title: 4040
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: clang (@)
Rated: *****
The recycle of any spillage or waste material is a praiseworthy activity at a time when environmentalism firmly became a mark of a civilized society. The beeping sound that you can hear on the opening track "0527" - each title got named after their length and you can easily guess the total running time is approximately 40 minutes and 40 seconds... -, which is close to the sound of echocardiographer for the monitoring of vital parameters of deeply comatose patients, could let you imagine Swedish composer and artist Marcus Wrango, the man behind Wavemultiplier's curtains, as a professional in between a committed environmentalist and a necromancer. By his own admission, he mainly fed his debut release, which got entirely composed and recorded in Blocc Studios in Stockholm, by means of raw sounds and the inspiration for "4040" mainly came from "the work with very clean recordings of sounds and music in electro-acoustic academia, where distortion and material artefacts often are treated as unwanted noise"...and Marcus doesn't didain that material at all: he inoculates a sine wave nd raw sounds into each track before processing them by cracks or refining in wills. The final result is an enjoyable collection of seven tracks where he riddles rhythmic noise and abstract techno in a manner which can be easily appreciated by followers of labels like Kvitnu or Raster Noton.

99 Blows: I/O

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Mar 20 2015
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Artist: 99 Blows (@)
Title: I/O
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: clang (@)
Rated: *****
Some icy gushes, which sound blowing on the title track "I/O" together with a sort of description of his concept of music making, open the debut release by Danish electronic musician and former guitar player Rasmus Vestervig, who rendered what was occurring, the notorious Hurricane Sandy storm, outside This Is Care Of's studio facility in Manhattan, New York, where he recorded a rough version of this elegant assay of electronic dub-house, which was later polished and refined in his studio in Copenhagen. In spite of this element, internal heating system of TICO's studio where 99 Blows found the ideal dwelling place for its birth in between the soothing warmth of vintage organs, a pile of synths and drum machines, which had to be popped in a Danish hatchery by means of analog tubes, tape echo and various effects which helped to shape the definitive release in a familiar environment. After the above mentioned introduction that gets unfolded over a relaxed movement which could recall German chill-out stuff of late 90ies, 99 Blows warms its first sonic output by a nice housey groove, which seems to mirror the memory of the music for catwalks on "Tanzen Am Banhof", which sounds distant as if the storm managed to freeze NYC perpetual fashion weeks, and keeps on highlighting the lukewarm effect of nice memories by wrapping the synth-driven evanescences on the following "EFD" by means of really vintage acid-house bleeps and groovy percussive replays (you could imagine a sort of reshuffling and hybridisation of Sabres Of Paradise and 808 State), whose whiff sustains the structure of the final "Desolee" as well.

Ital: Endgame

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Mar 19 2015
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Artist: Ital
Title: Endgame
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
It's no lazy accident I've been waiting so much time to say something about new Ital's release, as I could have expected further releases by this excellent sonic explorer in order to develop the ideas he sketched on "Endgame" or just point the musical territories he'd like to scout. First of all it sounds everything but an end of his games, but I'd rather say its stylistical transitions has the features of a transition to a radical change of his path. Given that he keeps on deserving a special place in the almost faceless mass of the overcrowded tech-housey pool, Ital sounds like prepping a cryostasis chamber since the beginning of this album: the opening "Relaxer" is chilling in a literal sense as any element got frozen as soon as it appears, the title track "Endgame" imprisons an housey groove into computational crystals, the trigger mechanism of the cold techno of "Whispers In The Dark" follows an almost conking cycle, the over-echoed metallic hits of "Coagulate" rises the viscosity of a bassline whose degree of acidity equals the one of some stuff by Jeff Mills, the slinky groove of "Dancing" sounds like flooding, the liquid gushes from the fountain of "Concussion" turn into naphtalene as they spurt out, the female whispers of "Beacon" sounds like coming from the icy sculpture of a beautiful princess, the shaking pressure of "White II" as well as the fading transmissions of "Black Dust" and the frozen gurgling of "Oche" could give you the shivers. Is he going to keep on cooling down or up his core? I presume that Daniel Martin-McCormick will let us know soon...

Seba: Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound

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Mar 15 2015
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Artist: Seba
Title: Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound
Format: 12"
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
One of the distinguishing feature of the esteemed Swedish dnb producer Sebastian Ahrenberg aka Seba over its 20-years lasting career is the unpredictable metamorphosis of his style, whose paradigm keeps on being clearly recognisable in spite of any changes. On this release, he adds two excellent tracks to his armoury of dnb spells and cursers: the title track "Inside Yourself" sounds like the solarization of his typical sound by entrancing atmospheres which swoop on listener's mind over echoed metallic hits, warm bumping and gentle cauterization of basslines, whose rapid pace got perfectly hamronised on the "liquid" patterns, while the sharpened beats, the sneaking bassline and the shadowy sonic entities, which could mirror imaginary hornet's nest inside clouds of dust during a desert storm, of "Berberian Sound" is the minimal precise cut on the flipside. Each track travels at about 160bpm, but you won't notice sonic sphere got blowed by such high velocity winds...


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