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Rona Geffen: The Emancipation of Mitzy

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 20 2014
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Artist: Rona Geffen
Title: The Emancipation of Mitzy
Format: CD
Label: RG Recordings
Rated: *****
I can't hail this EP by rave-scene diva Rona Geffen as something new, but Berlin based artist, who after all plainly introduced "The Emancipation of Mitzy" as a sort of flashback, knows how to shake dancing grounds. For example, the opening track "Empty And Broke" could remind those hard-hitting techno panzers which struck the chords and the bodies of Tresor devotees at the dawn of new millenium (and maybe some years before 2000), the tribal wars on the drum of the following "Ra Ta Ta Ta" unexpectedly reactivated memories like Sepultura's "Chaos BC" that belongs to some old past musical lives of mine, "Patat" smells like those old-fashioned crossbreeds between Rio De Janeiro samba drumming and techno. "Teheran Nigts" and the squawking pitting of "It Began With 1 Pissed Chika" hurl head-banging missiles which borders on gabber and German techno-trance, while the final "30" recalls some "jihadist" declension of techno, which also spread over he scene particularly after the controversial exacerbation against some Muslim countries and the destabilization of those regions, but if you pay close attention to some details, you'll uncover the reason why Rona Geffen's output is everything but a cloning.

Quentin Hiatus: It's Only

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Apr 19 2014
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Artist: Quentin Hiatus (@)
Title: It's Only
Format: CD
Label: Free Love Digi
Rated: *****
According to his own biography, "earthborn children told stories and called him Beastman, scurrying into the night in fear of him. As the years past, he cultivated the Solo System and emerged from the wild, determined to Experience the Mysterious. Guided by the great master Sophos, he mastered the art of Formtranse". Besides his imaginative description and the somewhat mythological parthenogenesis, Quentin "Hiatus" McFadden's music has really neither beastial nor divine traits. Quentin's dexterity with bass-driven rhythmical contraptions could let you think he comes from UK, the homeland and the meeting point of many talents of the scene; his headquarters are actually in the heart of US, Arizona, an almost unknown scene that Quentin is tryng to display by means of his own label, Free Love Digi, by which he also launches this full-length album after a series of tidbits with the imprint of some underground labels. Even if it could sound like a stretching of the point, its "Americanism" could gathered by the way he chews percussive elements like they were chewing gums that he inflates out of his brain by airy sonorities. Some tracks of his album such as the title track "It's Only" or "Digress" are so breezy that could be rather matched with some old chillign entries from mainly German sound jugglers and his mania for heavy "spacialization" of sound could be linked to another (stereo)typically American mania and source of pride, the conquest of space, so that some tracks like the lovely dedication to so-called Def Poetry in the middle of the album, the bouncy sidereal drumstep on "Unexpected Red" or the synth-propelled whirligigs on "Behaviourism" could sound like the sonic mirroring of space walks on board of a starship, whose shields got constantly hitten by space debris. The fluorescent blood from the scarred sniggering heart on the cover artwork spilled delightfully listenable lymph out.

Alexander Robotnick: Vintage Robotnick

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 18 2014
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Artist: Alexander Robotnick
Title: Vintage Robotnick
Format: 12"
Label: Medical Records
Rated: *****
Exclusive Record Store Day LP presented on high-quality 180gram tri-color transparent blue/purple colored vinyl and limited to 2000 copies, "Vintage Robotnick" is a selection of eleven tracks coming from Maurizio Dami's (a.k.a. Alexander Robotnick) archives which have been released on vinyl for the first time. Recorded during the years 1982-1984, the tracks have been previously available on CD on the 2003 'Rare Robotnicks' compilation, except one track from 2005's 'Krypta 1982' ("Appuye Sur Le Champignon" and one other track culled from 'Robotnick Archives' ("Minore Terzo"). The album opens with 'I Wanna Believe', a single released under the Gina & The Flexix moniker back in 1985 on the Fuzz Dance label (an Italo Disco sublabel of Materiali Sonori). It's a song with lush atmospheres, nice melodies and catchy female vocals. "Les grands voyages de l'amour" is a great track which combines danceable rhythms, great synth melodies and a bit of melancholy in less than three minutes. Also "I remember Kamchaka" and the following "Soundtrack" follow a similar path but with "Celle Vache De Ma Mere" we pass on a different atmosphere made of mystery, sensual melodies and ironic lyrics. "Araba" mix middle Eastern melodies and robotic sounds while on "Ambient Robo" we have the robotic melodic sounds only (try imagine to Kraftwerk on a trip to Florence). "The Vampir" is a really good song which mix eerie sounds and danceable rhythms. "Appuye Sur Le Champignon" is really italo disco sounding with mid 80s guitar riffs. 'C'est La Vie' was a 7" released in 1987 and the song is a really nice synthpop fresh danceable one. The album closes with "Minore Terzo", a track which is in balance from Detroit techno and acid. Great release!!!!

Q-Chip: Difference that Makes a Difference EP

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Mar 29 2014
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Artist: Q-Chip
Title: Difference that Makes a Difference EP
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Available soon, "Difference that Makes a Difference" is the new EP by Q-Chip, that comes after the split album with Cestrian, released in 2012 by Bunker. Second release for the new Solar One Music "Elektronische Werke" series, the 12" is an electro blast. Since from the opening "Pleasure Anxiety", Q-Chip is ruling the beats with tune that plays around a simple but effective refrain. The main track mix classic dark electro elements such as 808 drum sounds, menacing atmospheres, filtered vocals and cool analogue synth sounds. "Sense Data" plays with mystery using bleeping sounds and robotic atmospheres that, if you love the Dopplereffekt music, you'll found familiar. "The Way Of The Future" closes this cool release with a 4/4 electro techno atmosphere which is working really well. Q-Chip isn't an innovator but creates great electro tracks that are in balance from cinematic atmospheres and robotic cold paranoia. Check it now, here soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/q-chip-difference-that-makes-a

Dynarec: Exomove EP

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Mar 29 2014
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Artist: Dynarec
Title: Exomove EP
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Recently released on Solar One Music, "Exomove EP" is the latest 12" by Dynarec. Born on early '00s, Dynarec is headed by a mysterious producer who has on his shoulders two albums ("User Input" on 2004 for Delsin, "Overland Travelling" for the Italian Nature Records and the new "Silver Tourist" for Bass Agenda Recordings). The mysterious man behind Dynarec founded his own label Vaporwave and released in the years four 12" and two digital releases of his project. Anyway, "Exomove" is part of the new Solar One Music "Elektronische Werke" series and bring to the lovers of Detroit electro techno, four new tracks to dance to. "All Automatic", "Double Postpone", "Exomove" and "Water Meadow" pass from nervous syncopated rhythms of "All Automatic" (a catchy Detroit techno influenced electro beast) and "Double Postpone" (a pounding 4/4 psychotic tune with dissonant stabs) to electro classics (the title track and "Water Meadow" are really nice tracks that will please so much Drexciya lovers). This great release is limited to 250 copies, so get yours soon. Check the sounds here soundcloud.com/solar_one_music/dynarec-exomove-ep


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