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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Munich Style Battle
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Broque
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
After listening the five versions of "Munich Style Battle", a song which portrays the Bavarian metropolis by means of the sonic filters of five voices of Munich musical underground, it's not easy to say if its lyrics could belong to a declaration of love or hatred instead as well as the spoken words come from an alienated mind or rather a soul which is so assimilated by that urban life to understand its inner dynamics where sounds move the compass needle towards differnet emotional poles in this bipolar suite: the opening "City of Dekadenz" version by The Hermit highlights the paranoid nuances of the lyrics by means of a clipped downbeat, dreary whistle-like sounds in sync with the noise of means of urban transport before the less anxious final stanza while the toytronic electro-pop of the following "Pop City" version by Heiko "Granlab" Schwanz sounds like a freshet which follows the initial semidarkness. Dirk Martin Lamprecht, one leg of netlabel Grunfeld Tontrager, draws an aesthetically pleasing electronic dub movement - close to some stuff by Daniel Meteo or Fenin - from the city that according to speaker's words "skips the beat" where "the river in the middle, people disunited, silent line of life, always moves on", while dusky resonances come back on the following "Munich Bells" version by Volker Selzner which precedes the bipolar neutrality of spoken words and field recordings of social life on the final "City Of My Heart" by Zweileen. Munich: city of their hearts.

Break/Mako: Coming 4 U/What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Break Remix)

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 09 2014
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Artist: Break/Mako
Title: Coming 4 U/What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Break Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Rated: *****
Just released on Warm Communications, this new couple of shots consolidates the positive feedback and the growing fan-base that Break is deservedly building around his recognisable sound. On his own track "Coming 4 U", he manages to turn deep house elements such as delayed piano chords and vocal samples of fake orgasm-like female hummering that are quite mainstream into an amazing scooting tune where vocal seems to be interlaced with fast-rolling percussions and encircling sub-bass. On the flipside, Break affixes his sonic imprint on Mako's homage to Billie Holiday on "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" by bouncing bumps, vinylic gunpowder, delayed vocals and analogue-synth driving forces...will your poor tongues utter the words "I love you" at last?

Helena Hauff / Andreas Gehm: Helena Hauff meets Andreas Gehm

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 09 2014
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Artist: Helena Hauff / Andreas Gehm
Title: Helena Hauff meets Andreas Gehm
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
The thirty first release by Solarone Music is a 12" split EP with Helena Hauff and Andreas Gehm. Helena is the Golden Pudel's resident dj and has different releases on her back for label like Panzerkreuz Records, Ninja Tune, Krokodilo Tapes in the past participated to the Hypnobeat project which lasted until mid nineties and now she's also active with Black Sites. On this EP she brings to the acid techno lovers two tracks: "Rupture" and "The Purely Painful Confrontation". The first is a 4/4 tune that plays around TR303 sequences, hammering drum bass beats and claps, hi-hat changes. The various elements come and go and the effect is in the sounds alternance. The second track, is a bit more tribal but pretty much plays with the elements I mentioned for the first one. Andreas Gehm, whom you should already know from my review of his "Black Pukee" album review, is here with two tracks: "HKX" and "Solar Two". The first one at first seems to play around a TB303 sequence with drum stops and go but under the belly we have different other rhythmical sounds that come and go which enrich the whole result. "Solar Two" is pure acid madness with drum and cut off filter variations which try to mitigate the attack that the TB303 is trying to accomplish. Check the snippets here https://soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/som031-helena-hauff-meets-andreas-gehm

Philipp Quehenberger: Content

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 04 2014
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Artist: Philipp Quehenberger
Title: Content
Format: 12"
Label: Editions Mego
Rated: *****
I'm pretty sure that some spiteful reviewers, who often label a record after listening 10/15 seconds of the first 2-3 tracks of an album, or hoity-toity listeners puckishly will be quick to say this record by Austrian producer Philipp Quehenberger is just a wink at techno or electro followers by Editions Mego as the content of "Content" - seven years after his first appearance on Rehberg's label four years after his amazing release "Hazard" on Laton, that I already introduced on this zine - is richer in inputs. The first tracks sound like already digested sonic cuds, but there are some nice moments such as the opening "Deadline", where loop and frequencies are like reagents of a reciprocal erosion, the course track-laying sonorities of "Fucked" and "Uff Uff", which vaguely resemble some stuff by T.Raumschmiere, or "In Sight", which gets closer to more slaphappy offbeat electro (imagine a more abstract declension of Dat Politics stuff), while it seems that the friction coefficient increases on the last tracks so that the lunatic spasms of "Startled", the neural knurls of "Extended", whose basslines could be similar to what you would associate to the belch of a fat toad, and the final cruise of "For Real" are my favorite moments of the release. After listening to "Content", you will think that stubborn stains could sometimes look spick-and-span!

Vindicare: Pathfinder

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 31 2014
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Artist: Vindicare (@)
Title: Pathfinder
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital
Rated: *****
After the release of the Scottish Futurepop-project Advance and the Hardcore-/Industrial-Powerhouse Syd.31 earlier this year, UK-based Electronica label AnalogueTrash Records returns with a two-track teaser of the DJ/producer Addz Milner. Milner has been an active part into electronic music in different projects since 2006. His Vindicare-project he has been established in 2011 and can be sorted into the wide field of Techno-/Psy-Trance-driven music styles. Although this 2-tracker can't be seen as relevant enough to finally judge on his talent and the quality behind Vindicare, Milner's talent shines trough especially with the original composition of 'Pathfinder'. It's a quite accessible tune with driving kick and snares, lots of cool filter runs, ominous voice samples and enough breaks to keep it diverse and layered. The original version offers more inspiration and maturity compared to the additional 'Club Remix' of the same track. The 'Club Remix' reduces the musically content on the most constant elements, bass-line sequences and rhythm-/percussion-work. This one works excellent in the clubs, although already the original version beats the hell out of the boots when the masses conquer the dancefloors. It's all in all a quite good and quality produced example in this special music style, which keeps the hopes high for a soon to be released full-length album.


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