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El Gato #9: No Lie Can Live Forever

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Jul 01 2014
Artist: El Gato #9
Title: No Lie Can Live Forever
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Bloo Neko Recordings (@)
Distributor: Beatport
Rated: *****
Unlike many official media which according to a focused conservative strategy indiscriminately drift towards the demonization of any form of constructive coalescence and artistic blossoms from younger generations and the glorification of any weapon of mass distraction, I don't believe that some musical genres spread just negative values and ideas, foolish behavioural patterns and fake heroes whereas official media have a corner on the manufacturing of mass asininity by means of the production of huge amounts of disfigured facts aka lies. Even if the sonorities by Christopher Leath are maybe not so pristine, the combination of a style in between tech-house and ambient which could surmise some old stuff from legendary Apollo Records and political samples, that he already tested on a number of past releases, sounds quite telling about the will of wearing some "frivolous" sonorties with meaningful content, so that he seized the moment of the annual MLK Holiday Special, hosted by "The Big Love Show" on Stanford University's radio station KZSU 90.1FM in order to pay homage to Martin Luther King by putting an extract of his notorious speech "How Long, Not Long" that MLK delivered on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama after the Selma to Montgomery March. The release includes a rework by Paul Leath, who mainly uses the same sound palette of Christopher (including the organ-like sound which smells like a devotional dirge to the prominent historical figure of nonviolent civil disobedience), and a more vibrant and definitively less dreary "Cat Kills Crow Mix".

Spaceheads: Trip To the Moon EP

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Jun 24 2014
Artist: Spaceheads (@)
Title: Trip To the Moon EP
Format: 12"
Label: Electric Brass Records (@)
Rated: *****
When I introduced "Sun Radar", the first of a series of three EPs by Spaceheads, the vibrant duo by Andy Diagram and Richard Harrison last year, I cannot imagine that the second ring of this short chain would come one year after the first one, but such a wait got requited by another winning poker of gorgeous tracks. Named after and inspired by the notorious movie by Georges Melies, whose iconic and referenced image is the one of the capsule landing in the Moon's eye, this "Trip To The Moon" begins on the red-hot rails of the frenzied "Cosmic Freight Train" where chipper trumpet loops by Andy and compelling drum breaks by Richard got enhanced by long-lasting friend (since the times of Yargo and Biting Tongues) Paddy Steer, gains altitude on the title-track, whose melodic reprise of the theme of "Aquarela do Brasil" over more relaxed sonorties recalls more the atmosphere of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" than the present controversial soccer event in Brasil. Cinematic donnybrooks and pursuits got intertwined with funky break sonorities on "Dirty Planet", which precedes the final crescendo "Spooky Action (at a distance)", the possible soundtrack for an imaginary space-age-adapted blaxploitation.

Ego Scene ft.Dj Lighta: Hold On/Aiden's Tune

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Jun 22 2014
Artist: Ego Scene ft.Dj Lighta
Title: Hold On/Aiden's Tune
Format: 12"
Label: Horrific (@)
Rated: *****
After the banging blast-off by the signature of Notthingham-based bigwigs of dnb scene like Julian "Dramatic" Flowers and James "Dbaudio" Maltby, Dj Jess, the go-getter behind the newborn vinyl-only dnb label that has been established in Bethnal Green, London, mde up his mind in order to keep on flying high by putting the second Horrific knock in the hands of another bicephalous signature, the one from Mancunian Dj Lighta and Ego Scene. These guys from the vibrant Machester, which is gradually becoming the real lighthouse of dance music in UK, radiate a pleasing liquid tune, "Hold On", by blending warming tones, a booming bassline, an hypnotic female vocal sample and housey shimmering clot of piano and synth, but the real surprise is lying on the flipside, where they easily bring old school jungle as well as some T(ips)'N'T(ricks) from 90ies rave-breakcore scene such as splashing hi-hats, cartoon-like chipmunk voices and other funny mnemonics over a spotless Amen break on the nice "Aiden's Tune".

Eveson: Grey Dawn ft.Halogenix/A Dystopian Romance/Deluge

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Jun 15 2014
Artist: Eveson (@)
Title: Grey Dawn ft.Halogenix/A Dystopian Romance/Deluge
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ingredients (@)
Rated: *****
In spite of the fact Alex Eveson signed so many remarkable tunes that made him gain a solid reputation as a master of more liquid vein of drum'n'bass palpitating heart, Ingredients pushers maybe can't imagine that he could release three proper jewels when Broe asked to join the digital series after he listened to Eveson's guest mix on Bailey's show or maybe he did so that he asked to bring some tunes about. The first tune they received was "A Dystopian Romance", whose airy synths, deviously bright nuances and challenging rhythmical pattern follow the contrails of some tracks of his excellent album "The Last Summer OF Love" on V Records. Soon after this first drop, he called Ivy Lab's Halogenix and they forged "Grey Dawn", a tune which sounds really dystopian and eerily foggy over a carpet of dry hitting drums and warm bass. The icing on the cake is the final "Deluge", where Eveson injected softer sonorities and atmospheric breaks as well as the bittersweet feeling of a declaration of love from a distant and almost forgotten person who decided to phone you in the middle of the night. This unmissable tidbit is going to be released in the beginning of July. Check it out!

Dose: Mind The Future

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Jun 12 2014
Artist: Dose (@)
Title: Mind The Future
Format: 12"
Label: Commercial Suicide (@)
Rated: *****
One of the best dnb rocket of the year got launched from Klute's Commercial Suicide by New Zealander (he relocated in Auckland after his native Christchurch got ravaged by earthquake) bad boy Chris Turman aka Dose, who (finally!) signs his first album after he built a strong reputation by means of a lot of energizing tunes on top labels such as Shogun Audio, Ram, Commercial Suicide and Renegade Hardware. "Mind The Future" is just his first album and I'm pretty sure it can be yoo-hooed as a chef-d'oeuvre: the opening track, the sinewy "Haphazard" with its breathtaking acceleration and its captivating stringy sonorities, as well as other moments of the album such as the following jouncy "Like This", the grim "neuro-tekish" atmosphere on "Once Again", the eerily foreboding of "No Turning Back", where his fellow citizen Nick "Teknik" Driver and Jabz MC (the voice of the well-known hit "Darkman" by State Of Mind) clawed the tune, and the virulent title-track "Midn The Future" could vaguely recall a possible stylistical crossbreed between other notorious Kiwi producers like The Upbeats and sonorities a-la-Black Sun Empire or the doom-laden atmospheres of some stuff (particularly "Travel The Galaxy") by Ed Rush and Optical, but the remarkable versatility by Dose resurfaces with its flatly diaphanous grace all over the album, so that this fast and furious race over dampers, leaps, tailspins and accelerations got earmarked by sudden jungle entities, unpredictable old school outcrops or even more relaxed tunes. A possibly guessed to ignite drum'n'bass summer parties!

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