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Ulli Bomans: Riven

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 11 2014
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Artist: Ulli Bomans
Title: Riven
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult
Rated: *****
Already active with Schieres and Shrubbn!! (along with Marco Haas of T.Raumschmiere) of which I reviewed their first album "Echos" a couple of years ago Ulli Bomans is now releasing for Shitkatapult his first solo album "Riven". Mainly active as visual artist in Hamburg and Bremen, Ully's work is based on large-scale collages of urban landscapes, principally and the cover of the album is an example of that. His approach to visual and musical arts are pretty similar as he mix different elements giving them a new feeling. About music, if you already checked the Shrubbn!! album, on this one, he takes the noise elements of that one and put them under a dance-floor lens re-processing the sound. The album opens with the mid tempo of "So What?" where a slow synth melodic arpeggio is playing upon layers of little synth noises which, added, form a rhythmically rich texture. "Missing Ships" sounds like a dream in reverse and little by little the tracks become more upbeat and dance-floor friendly. "Barbara" sounds like a dub track with de-constructed melodies. "$55", is kinda minimal and it's based on noise echoes, rhythms and reverbs. With "Dirty Yoga", Ulli, throw in a great dance-floor techno killer with in levare rhythms which grows little by little. "Spoilpark", which is also the title of his last exhibition, moves its sound on a same field, made of techno intuitions, rich sound palette made of synth melodies, clanging noises, fat bass lines and a rich 4/4 rhythmical texture. "On Mars" closes the album and it's another good throbbing techno killer (if you checked the VCMG album, you can have pretty much the idea of what I mean). Check it here: http://www.shitkatapult.com/artist/ulli-bomans

Flite: Featherfall

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 05 2014
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Artist: Flite (@)
Title: Featherfall
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Sup Yo!
Rated: *****
One of the best assay of the year in the field of liquid d'n'b comes from Flite, a newcomer of the almost unknown Virginia scene, whose remarkable attention to detail and tastefulness are undeniable since this enchanting tidbit. Meaningful lyrics, but above all the combination of mellow and airy sonorities, straight clean cuts with heavenly accelerations and guessed melodic hooks, functionas an invitation to fly whose subtlety could let the fear of heights and flight out to listeners who suffer from attacks of vertigo! On the flipside, the remix by Leeds-based producer Rameses B, one of the most appreciated shepherd of MrSuicideSheep's youtube channel, makes it bouncier and likewise emotionally radiant by means of fluctuating LFOs, amazing treatments on vocals and kicking grooves. Thumbs up for this great discovery by Sup Yo!, the newborn label by Kaine Shutler and Pete Callaghan.

LektroiD: Quantum Theory

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Jun 03 2014
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Artist: LektroiD (@)
Title: Quantum Theory
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: LEK Productions
Rated: *****
Active since early 80s as producer and DJ, Richard Elliott has released music under the Energy Principle, Brainstormer, Logical Breaks, Brainstorm Crew, Sola, Solaris, Wise Ones, LektroiD monikers and under his own name. I had the chance to ckech some of his tracks as Lektroid on the Binalog Productions and Dominance Electricity compilations I reviewed as well as on a couple I purchased ("Nu Electro" volume 2 and 3). RIchard started to play as a self taught pianist at age 11 and has been producing his own breakbeat, ambient and electro since the 1980s, starting on his trusted Commodore 64 and analogue hardware. First getting his music played in a club called 'Tekno Dreem' in Peterborough, UK back in 1989, soon after he teamed up with various other artists as a producer, forming groups such as Digital Kaos, Mysticism and the better known Brainstorm Crew. After leaving the Brainstorm Crew, Richard teamed back up with the other member of Digital Kaos for another release, which was also on F-Project. After producing and remixing for several other dance-floor related genres through the '90s, Richard had further involvement in the breakbeat scene under the moniker Brainstormer. After that, he started to produce music under the LektroiD moniker and released tracks for Street Sounds, Binalog Productions, and Dominance Electricity. He started his own label Lek Productions and released four single and two albums since. The latest one, is titled "Quantum Theory" and contains fifteen new tracks which are in balance from 80s electro, 90s techno, space atmospheres, a little bit of acid (on "Synthone 1000") and breakbeat (the closing "Bar Groove"). LektroiD's sound is powerful and rich thanks to Richard's decades experience and also thanks to the fact that he builds some of his machines, giving in this way, a personal touch to the lot. Mixing 808 and 909 drum sounds with bleeping dry sounds, warm pads and a bit of filtered vocals, LektroiD's music tend to be upbeat and dancey but without forgetting the importance of melody and a complex rhythmical texture. Check for example "Macrocosm": it sounds like an early 80s electro version of Jean Michael Jarre with catchy synth phrases. You can check and purchase the album at this link http://lektroid.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-theory

Digital: Shaka Zulu/Archive

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 03 2014
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Artist: Digital
Title: Shaka Zulu/Archive
Format: 12"
Label: Ingredients (@)
Rated: *****
Formerly Ipswich-based producer Steve "Digital" Carr doesn't really need no introduction as he durably entrenched into the hearts and the eardrums of many lovers of more "dubbed" declensions of drum'n'bass by means of a plethora of tip-top banging tracks which have been scattered in many eminent catalogues such as the ones of Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, Reinforced, Timeless and 31 Records. He comes back on Clive's Ingredients with a couple of master strokes: "Shaka Zulu" sounds like an invitation to join some circle of fire with its malicious distorted brass, clappy whiplashes, blowing barrages, tribal ornaments and frightful dub-like synths, while Digital sounds like having picked some bleeping bass bumps, cherubic choirs, charming claps, kick drums and Tramen break from his sound bank for "Archive", the "vintaged" track on the flipside for listener's pleasure!

Dirty Purple Turtle: Medicine & Madness

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May 25 2014
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Artist: Dirty Purple Turtle (@)
Title: Medicine & Madness
Format: CD
Label: Spezialmaterial (@)
Rated: *****
The sinewy knotting of electronic sounds to dogged rockish rhythmical pattern by this Swiss band made up of drummer David Zingre, electronic motorman Daniel Zimmermann and visual artist Lukas Pulver is closer to some previous assays of so-called crossover and I could imagine they could acknowledge some similarities with other acts. In order to give you an idea of what they crafted, you could think a mixture of I-Wolf's Sofa Surfers rugged trip-hop derailments, Ministry's stylistical plumpness, Archive's compulsiveness, Add N to (X)'s robotic playfulness with occasional intrusion over dub and synth-pop fields. They wisely dose the elements for a clean getaway-like listening experience and a compelling sound for a live performance: the endothermic combination of gripping pacing, electronic and dub sutures and electric stridencies as well as both dazed'n'confused and dazing'n'confusing waxing lyrics could let you turn a blind eye to the above-mentioned (and other) flashbacks, which can be considered as symptoms of a certain lack of originality, even if a pernickety listening could let you evince a persuading compactness of Dirty Purple Turtle's jabbing style. I prefer the moments of the album when they dash by booster rocket-like songs ("Count The Clock", "Ducttape or Glue") by far as I imagine their forcefulness on live stage, but they forged some intruiging songs (the asphyxiating corrosions of "Sektor G + D", the final explosion of "Henry Who?" or the pensively meaningful "God's Left Eye", which is going to trigger listener's mind by means of a focus on contemporary alienating "codes") when they remember to pull the brake.


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