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Kalbata: Obskuur

 Posted by Stuart Bruce (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 25 2017
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Artist: Kalbata
Title: Obskuur
Format: 12"
Label: Brush & Broom
African drum loops meet deep acid basslines in these two unusual slices of minimal instrumental techno. While the DJ-challenging time signature of “Obskuur” makes it more of a home headphone listen, the more conventionally structured “Rumoured” is more set-friendly and strongly reminiscent of mid-set tunes from Josh Wink.

While I’ll never reconcile myself to the fact that a 2-track 12” is now called an “EP” when there’s nothing extended about it at all, this is a solid pack of two multi-purpose tracks that are quite bold in their simplicity but very well executed.

DJ Trax: 20,000 Beats Under The Sea

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 14 2017
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Artist: DJ Trax
Title: 20,000 Beats Under The Sea
Format: 12"
Label: Tempo Records (@)
Rated: *****
I'm not sure if some copies of this item are still available, as Tempo Records announced a limited edition on 140g clear vinyl (including a voucher for the download of mp3s and a poster), but if you are a lover of jungle-tinged drum and bass, you should have a check. Dutch DJ and producer Fusion (the man behind the curtains of Tempo Records) managed to involve David Davies, better known as DJ Trax, one of the legends pushed decades ago by the likewise legendary Moving Shadow (but he left many footprints on the track of many other labels), who come back on Tempo after he already dropped three good tunes three years ago. A certain nostalgic hook that filled those tracks (check it out... it should be titled "Attack Of The 50Ft Amen") keep on imbuing this output, but Trax's is a kind of wise nostalgia as you'll easily understand by listening to the four tracks he made for the occasion. All of them features the previously mentioned Amen break (more or less refurbished, but clearly recognizable), but it's an element wrapping clues that recall this mental state. The quotation of the title of the well-known novel by Jules Verne in the title-track "20000 Beats Under the Sea", an adventurous track where some sonic clues of jungle resurface along the break as if they were hidden treasures covered by seaweed. It's funny the way DJ Trax control the amen break and other entities during the session of a hypnotist on "No Name" - when the voice of the sampled hypnotist invites to relax everything gets quieter, but check the storm of beats when he says to the listener (or is he hypnotizing the track indeed?) he/she/it has no name! The "jungliest" track of the output is maybe "This Station" (refrained by "Move the Nation"... another relevant topic of urban junglist movement!), while the wisest and the most thought-provoking moment is "Send Me back", the last track, where another movie sample (I guess it got extracted from a movie, but I can't recognise it) is a straight invitation to compare the current version of the century we're living and the one that many junglists maybe have dreamt...

DLX: Ain't It Funky EP

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Oct 14 2017
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Artist: DLX (@)
Title: Ain't It Funky EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
In the rich bunch of recent releases by Free Love Digi, this output by Drew Peterson aka DLK (Doctor Lazarus X) is one of the most amazing. Running over old and new rails (its sound is heavily influenced by the evergreen sonorities and the aural hooks of 90ies jungle) and into controlled chaotic storms of samples that could resemble soul, hip-hop and footwork, this mad dubstep scientist nestled four amazing tracks into this EP. The first one quotes the seinen horror manga Uzumaki by Junji Ito and the same-named track could remind those dumbing hairy spirals recurring in its crazy plot by abrasive synth-brass, whirling percussive sets and other elements that are going to wrap your ears in its invisible coils. The above-mentioned breadcrumbs of hip-hop, funky and soul are clearly listenable and well-blended in the deflected steps of "Ain't It Funky", while the cocktail this beat scientist serves chilled on "Gin and Catatonic" rattles behind chopped cuts and subtly growling sounds. The craziest moment of the EP is maybe "Predator Dance Battle Party", where DLX squeezes a set of clues that could fit a battle before filling it by an hyper fast-paced compressed rhythmical pattern, potentially causing euphoria or headache - depending on your mood... -!

Seba: Remix vol.2 (ft.Digital & Om Unit)

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Oct 14 2017
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Artist: Seba
Title: Remix vol.2 (ft.Digital & Om Unit)
Format: 12"
Label: Secret Operations (@)
Rated: *****
Soon after the re-issue of his album "Return to Forever" (dating back 2015), Seba threw a couple of tunes to the hungry jaws of two beat masters, who managed to extract two great tracks by two likewise good hits. London-based DJ and producer Jim Coles aka Om Unit hones and laps the banging "External Reality" by an involving mid-tempo (anything but monotonous due to a series of variations and additions over the groove) and an engaging basslines spread through the gradual nebulization of some of the inputs of the original track. The treatment of "Day by Night" by Steve 'Digital' Carr is really stunning: he turned it into something that could vaguely remind those stunning hybrid of dance and industrial that blossomed in the late 90ies (I could quote "Brainfuck" by Swamp Terrorists to give you a reference) by spirals of strangling hectic rhythmical overlaps. A check of this second drop of remixes is recommended (together with the first one by John B and Blu Mar Ten, if you missed).

Mun Sing: Witness EP

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Sep 29 2017
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Artist: Mun Sing
Title: Witness EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Infinite Machine
“Witness” is a pack of four short, dark, frenetic techno pounders rounded off with an extra remix. Focussed almost entirely around clipped and frantic drum patterns, adding surprisingly sporadic acid basslines, and with broad use of stereo and light smatterings of melodic percussion, it’s a very focussed and determined sonic attitude.

After the hammering broken-techno plateau of “Revenge”, “Eye” is a darker and growlier beast awash with distortion- post-dubstep angrily mangled. “An Illusion” dives into the sub-bass with robotic gut-punch sounds and sporadic reverberant clangs. “Emerald” takes some more organic-sounding tom and kick sounds and pitch-shifts them into quirkiness in a way that’s more of a cerebral exercise in musical moiré patterns than it is dance music.

The sole remix from Urquieta adds extra melodic elements to “Revenge”, not changing the drum arrangements particularly but softening it up via a re-EQ that makes it feel like it’s been re-performed in a new environment.

Every track is succinct, generally around the four minute mark, making its point and never overstaying a welcome.

Infinite Machine deliver the goods again with another pack of dark techno to confuse and delight.


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