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Malayeen: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 31 2014
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Artist: Malayeen (@)
Title: s/t
Format: 12"
Label: Discrepant (@)
Rated: *****
One of the most fascinating musical discovery in the big cloud of releases that usually fill my room comes from Malayeen, a Lebanese trio by Raed Yassin (keyboards, electronics, turntables), Charbel Haber (electric guitar, electronics) and Khaled Yassin (darbouka and percussions). Many listeners could be tempted to link their powerfully evoking music to the tragic pieces of news which are coming from Palestine, but even if for instance the introduction of Omar could sound bloody of the opening organ-like sound which precedes the passionate dance of "Najwa", could evoke the blood and money sucker vampires, which are causing that huge catastrophe, this release has nothing to share with that shitty situation (and the shitty impotence of international hypocrite spectators). The main musical input of Malayeen's creative process is the music of the legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid that these skilled guys rehashed in order to release this upgrade of Arabic music and belly dancing music, whose genuine originality allured Discrepant, who co-produced this release by collaborating with forward-thinking Lebanese label Annihaya. Named after the names of notorious belly dancers, the seven tracks of this self-titled record re-elaborates Arabic music ina very orignal way. Besides the above-mentioned "Najwa" - definitively my favorite track -, there are many original hybrids such as "Fifi" or "Dina", where folkish elements get closer to the contagiously obsessive hooks of most feverish Western techno, whose mishmash between Eastern and Western music sounds close to perfection.

Alex Bau: Diversions

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Jul 30 2014
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Artist: Alex Bau (@)
Title: Diversions
Format: 12"
Label: Affin
Rated: *****
The slight variations that Credo's label head Alex Bau added for the rehashed version of his previously released tune "Diversions" made it resemble to some shamanic industrial-stuff from the 90ies - for instance, you could have a listen to PWOG's "Psychick Rhythms Vol. 1" or "Riou Tomita's "Exhibition Of The Samples" in order to find some similarities -: synchronized clanking and hypnotical pumping clump together before they get vaporized by blunt delays and flangers. Whereas Switzerland-based producers ad.lib and silvision don't downsize the corrosive powers of the original version by focusing on the sub-bass throbbing and on elastic remodulation of electromechanical, which could sund like a train trip on rough rusty rails, Canadian-based producer producer Fahad Ahmad aka Measure Divide inserts mysterious sonorities, which could let you surmise the above-portrayed train got diverted towards nightmarish dimensions by a malevolant phantasmal driver.

Break/Fields: Duck For Cover/Reel Funk

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Jul 27 2014
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Artist: Break/Fields
Title: Duck For Cover/Reel Funk
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Symmetry (@)
Rated: *****
Bristol-based dnb label Symmetry serves its summer cool dishes by this stunning digital release, which got marked by two of the fastest and strongest stallions of its stable: the appreciated dnb producer Break drops "Duck For Cover", a massive tune with all the features which distinguish this talented bone-breaker and sounds like a turbine which reaches red-hot iron-like thermal states when the engine is close to go full speed by means of bouncing bass drums, gunky basslines and snapping breaks, whose conciseness and balanced dosage is so close to perfection that I'll wonder when Break will start to make bromidic stuff. The second corse comes from another big name of the label, Ben "Fields" Wilson, whose caustic snapping over maze of amazing dovetails of hitting entities on "Reel Funk" could call some stuff from Konflikt or Future Forces Inc. to dnb lovers' mind.

Slam: Rotary/Catacoustics

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Jul 27 2014
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Artist: Slam (@)
Title: Rotary/Catacoustics
Format: 12"
Label: Soma Quality Recordings (@)
Distributor: Rubadub
Rated: *****
We recently quoted the Scottish techno label Soma Quality Recordings, whose long life - it's active since 1991 - seems to mirror the science of ageing whiskey whose thorough knowledge seems to be a secret art of their nice homelanders. Soma recently reached the important milestone of its 400th release, which got signed by its co-founders Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle aka Slam, a very influential fellowship for Glasgow techno club scene since the times when Steven "Workman" Sleepman asked these lads to care Saturday night at Glasgow's Tin Pan Alley. This "celebrative" tracks come out during tha last months in their recording studio, where they penned themselves up behind fences of past and new sonic technology that they tested for Slam's upcoming album (or maybe for whipping some new storms on the dancefloors up): the opening "Rotary" got ignited by a raw analogue line and a dry kick, which get gradually rippled so that they test a transition from a minimal tune to a proper techno track; on the flipside, "Catacoustics" drag deep techno sonorities up by means of hypnotical delayed bells, sub-bass gulper's lashes and masterfuly percussive spools- Long life to Soma!

Drvg Cvltvre: American Psychosis (part one)

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Jul 23 2014
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Artist: Drvg Cvltvre (@)
Title: American Psychosis (part one)
Format: 12"
Label: Shipwrec
Distributor: Clone
Rated: *****
Money management, media-driven mass manipulation, marketing could be considered the bedrock of contemporary socio-political and economical established "democratic" or "M-authoritarian" system as many people have already understood without getting high-brows. Once upon a time, some producers, who crossed techno zone and its neighborhood (I could mention Test Dept, Black Lung and many others), tried to translate their sonic outputs towards the building of such an awareness, but the massive media campaign, intended to demonise some kind of styles by means of the matching with drug abuse, reprobation and any possible kind of anomaly, quenched many pressure points. This poisoned drop by Vincent Koreman, a veteran of Dutch electronic scene - I still remember many of his releases on KK and Mighty Robot Recordings in the guise of RaX -, could bring you back to that interesting stage of 90ies techno, where some grey visions and technocratic paranoia (just another label/negative undertone...) from industrial scene got poured into basslines and drum machines like the glorious 303, the most audible entity in Drvg Cvltvre's sound, that managed to render this kind of IR-lighted dark adaptation to such an obscure perception of civilization. The first part of "American Psychosis" got ignited by "Acid Flash" - an eloquent way to describe what you are going to listen -, a collaborative track with Bournmouth's Chris Moss Acid, but what Shipwrec wisely calls Orwellian electronics reaches its acme on the gloomy sonorities and male voice, who ominuously repeats the title of the B-sided track "I'll Wear Your Face On A Chain".


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