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Total Science: So Addicted/Putting Down Roots remix

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Sep 21 2014
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Artist: Total Science (@)
Title: So Addicted/Putting Down Roots remix
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
"So Addicted", the new single by Total Science, stage name of the veteran dnb producers Jason Greenhalgh and Paul Smith sprout liquid honey, jungle chopped nougats, entrancing bleeps and twisted clips out of a song which features the recognisable sonic impront by Grimm (incontinenent producer who gave a lot of good tunes for notorious dnb labels such as Hospital Records, Renegade Hardware, CIA, Playaz, Warm Communications, Liquid V, Spearhead and more...), whose romantic lyrics - a sort of love (addiction) declaration - sounds highlighted by lush synth-brass and airy piano strokes in the second part of the track, but if you don't like schmaltzy lyrics, you can enjoy the instrumental version as well. The release includes Total Science remix of "Putting Down Roots" by Andrew "Villem" Wilson and McLeod, where a magnetic bassline and a crackling break dulls the emotional spurts on A side. Both 12" and digital vrsions are going to be available since 13th October.

Clouds: I Care Because You Don't

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Sep 20 2014
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Artist: Clouds
Title: I Care Because You Don't
Format: 12"
Label: Turbo Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
This 12" comes as an appetizer of the forthcoming compilation of hardcore Scottish hooligan techno, which has been selected by Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson, the incendiary djs better known as Clouds who gained deserved exposure after their excellent debut album on "Ghost Systems Rave" for Tiga's Turbo Recordings as well as a number of 12"s for many different labels such as the appreciated Scottish imprint Soma Quality and NY-based Divvorce and Hound Scales' Fifth Wall. They keep on digging contemporary Scottish rave scene, which is developing an interesting sound - a sort of a crossbreed between Dutch house, Melbourne electro and industrial techno breaks by Jack Dangers - by tuning many old-fashioned sounds of 90ies UK rave techno up by means of more honed breaks and chamfered sonorities. Besides their sonic drop "Blood Skating", whose introduction could surmise those catchy alien choirs that featured the first records by Aphex Twin, you'll find Jane's "*** You Alliance", where an acid-techno typical scheme seems to have been reduced to a mush, Dance Company's "Berzerkerz", whose diabolic voice and rumbling basslines seem to prepare listener to some martial metamorphosis, and "Roll Up Your Sleeves, Welcome to the Dance" by Dj Hesburger, the track which should open the forthcoming (in October according to sleevenotes) compilation, whose clashed hi-hats could surmise similar treatments of those percussive elements on Aphex Twin's "Classics" again. That's something definitively worth checking out!

Annulled User: AnnulledUser02

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Sep 19 2014
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Artist: Annulled User
Title: AnnulledUser02
Format: 12"
Label: self-released
Distributor: Re.Birth
Rated: *****
As you can easily gather from its title, AU02 is just the second of a hat-trick of (available only on vynil) releases by Annulled User, a screen name, which masks the real identity of these artists - I think they are more than one as the sonorities of this second ring are slightly different from the ones of the first drop "Ending" - arises from a sad but true realization: "The end user has now become obsolete. We are just an entity that sell goods. We are not the target but on the contrary a mean to make profit". Well, such an idea is not new at all, as I remember that some free thinkers made provocative but somehow enlightened proposal of paying people just to use ordinary things such as clothes, cars, shoes, mobile phones and so on on the assumption that homogenisation turned people into living placards, but it's quite logical the style they've chosen to set contemporary decadence to music: all the tracks of this release, whose meaningful titles ("Society Failure", "Economy Failure" and "World Collapse") sticks to such a conceptual framework or concrete nightmare, features swirling obsessive techno grooves, a stressed sonic chafing and viscuous bleeps, which sounds like a bittersweet and soemwhat hebephrenic invitation to dance over the ashes of mankind, where many people cannot do more than getting overwhelmed by streams of dazing solicitation which could let lose their marbles in spite of the global decay is running fast.
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Artist: Metalycée (@)
Title: Expat Blues
Format: 12"
Label: Interstellar Records (@)
Rated: *****
The sinister and fascinating sound of Telharmonium, the electromechanical organ developed by Thaddeus Cahill more than a century ago, immediately sets the mood on the opening track of "Expat Blues", the third album by Austrian project Metalycee. which inserted one of the forefathers of synthetic instruments in their line-up and I have to highlight that such a choice doesn't misfit their style at all. It rather emphasizes the catching tone of their songs to such an extent that it could surmise the forgotten tradition of radiophonic tales. Besides putting the evocative voice of Melita Jurisic in the limelight, Metalycee's tales don't weave plots about adventurous love affairs, schmaltzy proto-soap radio operas or martian attacks, but sounds like portraying sweltering urban settings, ghoulish borderline entities, suffocating diving into miry ponds of conformed society, strategies of escapism and self-liberation and other psychodramas which reaches the best moments on tracks like the oppressive "Ballad of the Half Orphan", the tormented compulsiveness of "Torturer", the shaking jeremiad of "Everything" and the tricky mirage of emancipation that gushes from the final "The Right Track". The eminent forefather of synths squirms into clots of hard-hitting abrasive rock, gunky electronics, nettlesome trip-hop hooks and clattering grooves which could surmise some stuff by Metalycee's fellow countrymen Sofa Surfers, whose make is so good that some listeners could hope they won't wait five years before coming back on the scene, even if everybody knows that good dough requires long leavening times...

Quentin Hiatus: Conspirators EP

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Sep 16 2014
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Artist: Quentin Hiatus (@)
Title: Conspirators EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
The guide of the great master Sophos seems to have inspired very good musical eureka moments to Arizona-based dnb producer Quentin Hiatus as you can check on this amazing tidbit that comes after his likewise enjoyable self-made album "It's Only". Besides the opening "Nyctophilia" whose enlightened lyrics from MC Kryptomedic seem to have been the sparkling that triggered this release by portraying the figure of a possible contemporary mystical insurgent, whose thought-provoking spikes got echoed by grim aural mist and scuttling hi-hats, which could resemble some stuff by Fanu, The Upbeats or talented newcomers Dark Manoeuvres, the other three tracks came out of pure experimental process, according to Quentin's own words: the mellow female vocals got combined with attractive synths and course half-time grooves both on "New Spirit" and "Hear Me", while Quentin accelerates percussive particles and crams sci-fi-like synth pads on the final "Don't Touch That", the most interesting hybrid of drum'n'bass and EDM of this release which could inspire a passing fancy for conspirators on this confused planet.


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