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VV.AA.: Nightstalker EP

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Feb 15 2014
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Nightstalker EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Killscreen
Rated: *****
One year since its birth already passed and Killscreen, the label led by Thrash Pilot, keeps on gleefully wiggling like a joyful baby, but after a number of good experimental shots by its owner and manager, the label seems to move towards more dance-hall friendly directions without waiving its claim to spread dark explosive energies and pumicing self-igniting sonorities as well as opening to other d'n'b soldiers as this forthcoming collection demonstrates. Besides a couple of ardent pistol shots by Killscreen manager - the boisterous old school jungle pizzazz and the gloppy mutations of "Defender II" and the bustling sci-fi sandstorm and the dancefloor-oriented crook of "Binary 101" -, Thrash Pilot clasped homologous producers: Manchester promoter Guidance's Jamac, who delivers clashing dark basslines and impressively fast a-la-Dillinja paces on "What's Next?" and the sprawling "High Crimes", whose comination of bouncy steps and amniotic sonic glue immediately gets inside listener's mind, Trash Pilot's long-time friend Fractals - they used to live and study Music Tech in Leeds together -, who opts for a reduced number of sound that he processed by high-voltage filtering on "Midnight" and "Illusion" and Dj Sappo, who assembled a devastating remix of Thrash Pilot's "Firewalker".

Pushy!: Take It

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Feb 13 2014
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Artist: Pushy!
Title: Take It
Format: 12"
Label: Kiosk
Rated: *****
In this day and age, it's very difficult that some beat juggler manages to distinguish itself by adding touches of originality to hackneyed sonic languages, but Cristophe Bergeron aka Pushy! could have hit the nail on the head by a somewhat histrionic bass-based mongrel and the fact that he gained long-standing experience in a number of different artistic domains (cinema, theatre, contemporary dance and dance floor as might be expected) where he injected his own music played a part. Besides tracks like "Smoke Marijuana", which could be a perfect mapping and rendering of weed-induced sensamilia, the title-track "Take It", the funny breaks on "Neutralized" and "Geek Father", which all in all tag along trap music rising trendsetters, even if they sound more tech-ey and sometimes almost gabber-oriented than similar stuff from good guys like Dj Spinna or Dj Rashad, Pushy! outflanks himself when he contours delightful harmonics like plastiline as it occurs on electronic flute-like melodies of "Resident" and on the glops of chimes, distorted ruffled trance-like synth-brass and slapped kicks of "Road Trap", but I'm pretty sure that followers of different branches of bass and urban musical styles will grab the amazing fuel additive that Pushy! adds in order to enhance the (already) flooded Trap engine.

Audio Injection: No Key

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Feb 11 2014
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Artist: Audio Injection (@)
Title: No Key
Format: 12"
Label: Droid Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
David Flores, one of the men who succeeded in putting Los Angeles at the highest ranks of techno planetary scene by means of a plenty of good releases and parties within the organization Droid Behavior, which got startep up by Drumcell (stage name of Mohammed Espinosa) and Acid Circus, keeps on exploring the somehow atavistic and roughest techno language he already spelled on a dozen or so releases as Truncate, but he decides to uptake his mostly known alias Audio Injection in order to sign a couple of wildfires on this No Key ep. The title-track on B side ensnares listener by automated percussion, crumbled metallic hits, clobbered claps and menacing sequences of accelerations and slowdowns, while the more obsessive "Deep Thought" on A side with his bleeping hooks that could remind some stuff by Speedy J or Surgeon, its sudden clatters and its muffled melody is the half of this acrid fruit that I prefer by far.

Patrick Bateman: Club Queen

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Feb 10 2014
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Artist: Patrick Bateman (@)
Title: Club Queen
Format: 12"
Label: Tic Tac Toe (@)
Rated: *****
After a couple of years with no releases on his own label, Tic Tac Toe boss, the Danish producer and DJ Kenneth Broxgaard, who grabbed the name of the notorious fictional anti-hero of Breat Easton Ellis' novel "American Psycho" to sign his own outputs, glides along fluffy deep-techno sonorities, appealingly knotted chords, mellow rhythmical patterns and dulcet nuances overall on "Club Queen". Patrick Bateman's single includes a couple of nice remixes as well: the first one got signed by A'dam's rising star Frank Haag, who puts on a sort of noir show by means of urban found sounds, dull atmospheres and icy filtering of vocal musings by French photographer and singer Julie Montal, while the second one passed through the wind tunnel by American producer Billy Johnston, whose releases for a plenty of labels like Blu Fin, Black nation and Sleaze got supported by techno veterans such as Dj Hell and Richie Hawtin, and Gennaro Mastrantonio aka Undeep, where the somehow steretypical sonorities of the genre have been balanced by a wise use of effects.

Attemporal: Att 9

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Feb 09 2014
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Artist: Attemporal
Title: Att 9
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: ATT series
Rated: *****
Attemporal is one of the most interesting act from Spanish techno scene and the mastery of the heads behind this project, Salva Cotanda and David Sierra, seems to be confirmed by the elongated chain of their Att series, which achieves the ninth ringlet. This new drop into their gurgling dark pond drags up old hard-techno sonorities again by means of straight rhythmical inflations, kicking heels, thin electronic tremors and aquatic nuances, whose conciseness justifies its forcefulness. This release includes a couple of remixes as well: the first one got signed by Melbourne-based producer and dj Craig McWhinney, who preserved the concision of rhythmical gearwheels and highlights the electronic dub constituents of the original version into his progressive incendiary flow, while the second remix comes from French producer Damien Lapena aka The Plant Worker and snap at eardrums by siphoning "Att 9" into acid murky solutions.


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