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Birdcage: Shogyomujo

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Apr 15 2015
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Artist: Birdcage
Title: Shogyomujo
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Shabu Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Unlike most progressive techno producers, who are mainly digging into anxious or frightening emotional and spiritual territories in order to drain some inspiration, Sapporo-based Birdcage taps into "The Tales of the Heike" (13th century), the oldest known novel of unknown autorship. In particular, he tried to turn the concept of "Shogyo Mujo" (a Buddhist term which could be translated as "impermanence") into sound, an idea which was going to become a topical aspect of Japanese culture and got developed on the final part of the story of samurai Heike family. It sounds evoked by the gentle hovering of sonic elements after five minutes of bass-driven pressure - the genuine and proper stoic element of this release - on the initial "Shorea Robusta", a sort of hybrid between progressive techno and Gamelan music, as well as by the electronic whispers by which Birdcage gilds the wiggling jelly of "Atma"'s slightly distorted hypnotic basslines and the mid-tempo break of the granular techno tune "OP-88 Transience", whose unstable balance bites the dust after more and more anxiously chaotic swirls. The three reximes that got included in the release are more dancefloor-oriented so that the elements of "Shorea Robusta" got spin-dried on the stunning tribal blurs of "Alternate Version" and get closer to psychedelic trance bangers on the remix by Jesse 'Borealis' Somfay, while Scott 'Avus' Edwards, another esquire from Sharu stable, remove the nostalgic peel from the original version of "Atma" in order to highlight the dynamic and Acid-driven (I'm referring to the notorious music software) nature of the track on his remix.

Fre4knc: Chain of Command/Sinjek

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Apr 07 2015
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Artist: Fre4knc
Title: Chain of Command/Sinjek
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Plasma Audio
Rated: *****
The third release from Melbourne-based label Plasma Audio, which seems to focus on quality rather than quantity, got signed by brilliant Dutch dj and producer Bertran Van Den Hoff aka Fre4knc - he already signed many good tunes and breaks on renowned labels like Dispatch, Samurai and Noisia's imprint Invisible as well as a plenty of great parties in Groeningen and followed broadcast on jungletrain.net -. He shoot two banging tracks, whose style is in between the above-mentioned Noisia, Black Sun Empire and the darkest stuff from producers like Loxy and Icicle. The first seconds of "Chain of Command" could let you think the track will move towards atmospheric drum'n'bass before the pattern begins to roar like a cyber lion by means of roasting pinwheels of hi-hats and kick drums, electronic spit-up and fast stacks of churning stop'n'gos. Fre4knc's artillery fires got increasingly dark and curt on the following track "Sinjek", but it's likewise punchy in spite of a shabbiest list of recipes.

Dexta: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim

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Apr 07 2015
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Artist: Dexta (@)
Title: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: None60
Rated: *****
London-based producer Chris Royle, mostly known for his moniker Dexta and as one of the most active heads behind well-known label Diffrent Music, the label of the pink giraffe which became one of the most interesting in the overcrowded bass-driven music scene, recently landed on None60, the imprint by the excellent d'n'b duo Silent Dust, by means of a couple of good tracks, which swirl on the boundaries between electronic dub and drum'n'bass. Both the title and the heavily echoed vocal sample of "Tempest Dub" are the same of the track by which the brilliant Brighton-based duo SpectraSoul made their debut, but the sound of Dexta is quite diff(e)rent as youc an imagine if you followed some of his recent releases on his own imprint as distorted low-frequencies and puffy synths makes the dub stepping really viscous and catchy, while the speed significantly increases on the balanced dosage of hitting claps, blunt beats and bass worms of the following "Mukky Riddim".

Thomas B: Sugar and Spice EP

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Apr 03 2015
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Artist: Thomas B (@)
Title: Sugar and Spice EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
Formerly known as Tommy Tarzan, a moniker by which he mainly signed some jungle-oriented stuff, Thomas B decided to explore the boundaries of bass-driven music and provides a couple of good tracks on Quentis Hiatus' imprint Free Love Digi which taste like ginger candies as you can guess from the guessed title of this resounding tidbit. The sweeteners of the first track "Poblano" are some airy vocal samples and a girly scream - the most mischivious listeners could surmise it could mirror Jane Parker as a legacy of Tommy old moniker! - over a peaceful chilling dub movement, while the spicy element is the buzzing of a low frequency as well as the recorded small talk - I ignoreits source - where two people speak about the state of radiophonic music, whose main aim is making money. The two flavours are even more amalgamated on the following track "Nectar", where hi-hats of the previous track fade out and a slightly brushed minimal groove bears the brunt of soft sonic sprays and an entrancing bass worm. An appetizer, "The Middle", is available as a free download on Free Love Digi's website.

Gomila Park: Ununoctium

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Apr 02 2015
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Artist: Gomila Park
Title: Ununoctium
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
This new radioactive element in Raster Noton's periodic table Unum Series is a Swedish lanthanide by Gomila Park, the collaborative project by Palma de Maiorca-based producers (and Dabid Bowie fans!) Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Martin Rossel. The very first sonic monads of the opening "Leibniz" - they tributed the title of two of the three tracks of this release to the notorious philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the pioneering mathematician Ramon Llull, who laid the foundation of the binary system and the digital age, according to their perspective - could sound like a possible remix of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" by Trent Reznor and the stomping match between distorted guitar and a syncopated steamroller keeps on feeding such a creeping (but really endearing!) diffeomorphism before sliding into the awesome gargling by means of a sneaking analogue sequence and heavily sliced vocals (including loud snores, hysterical laughters, buzzes and fits of coughing!) on "Ramon Llull", whose captivating sound could let you hope some flu bug will turn humans into analogue synths sooner or later. The metamorphosis into an electromechanical chrysalis got wisely completed on the final "Calculus".


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