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Das Muster: Augenschein

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 25 2013
Artist: Das Muster
Title: Augenschein
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Producing electronic music since long time, Marcus Mumm released his first album as Das Muster on Transient Force in 2011. "Unbekannte Kräfte", with its eight tracks was already showing a mature project that would have convinced every lover of electronic music influenced by electro and Detroit techno. The years after, Das Muster doubled the good impression made on the listener with "Feldexperiment", a seven tracks album that I often listen to on my car stereo while driving at night. By my surprise, a year ago, I noticed that the Das Muster releases have been deleted from the Transient Force catalog, so doing a search on the net I discovered that Marcus decided to release his own music through Bandcamp. After those two albums he did other three of which "Augenschein" is the latest one. With titles such "Zeitfresser" ("Time Eater"), "Augenschein" ("Eyes Sparkle"), "Erneuerung" ("Replacement"), "Kontaktaufnahme" ("Contact Recording"), "Deckungsgleich" ("Equal Coverage") and "Ausweg" ("Way Out"), the album is a gem made out of cold analog synth sounds and if you own records like Arpanet's "Inertial Frame", you know what I mean. Take, for example, the opening "Zeitfresser", on its three minutes length, Marcus is able to built up a sonic world of its own thanks to recurrent rhytmical and melodical elements which are alternated. Robotic bleeps, granular synth sounds, spacey pads, little distortions and paced rhythms make of this a release you have to check and you can do it at this link

VV.AA.: The Return

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 19 2013
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Return
Format: 12" vinyl + CD
Label: BIOS Recordings
Rated: *****
Before the barrage of beats and the warm blast of wind of the track which introduces this compilation, "Sirocco" by Raw Q and Thomas Amaning, who plays host, the first atmospheric seconds seem to evoke the arcane words of the magic formula by a necromancer who can resuscite dead and such an introduction for the official and well-appreciated return on the stage by Amaning's German dnb label Bios Recordings after five years of silence sounds right and proper. Bios comes back to fertilize the acquainted stylistical grounds where airy and liquid sonorities blend into quick-paced breaks and loops, an explosive concoction which is going to accelerate body movements and spin heads towards unexpected mental destinations or supposedly inside some hidden level of Wipe Out whose finish line got placed over the clouds by means of many interesting variations of the above-mentioned dynamics: the oriental scents of Indian summers of tracks like "Heaven Sent" by Simplification, Sunny Crimea and Scott Allen and the awesome "Bangra Nights" by another incendiary trio made up of Submatic, Dan-E and S.Finesse, the overshadowing popping of darker tunes such as Survey's "Chatter" - one of the tracks on the top of my personal liking rank -, Generic's "Get Away" and the spooky "Below The Down" by NotioN, the twinkling sub-bass rotations of "Nomad" by Savage Rehab and Physics, the holistic hyper-reality of "Love" by Locksmith, the balearic reverie of "Moonlight Piano" by NajeemS, the daydreaming junglism of "Blue Velvet" by Stereotype, the radiophonic hooks of "All Because Of Me" by Bassface Sascha, whose rubber bumps, pulsating whooshes and female singing could resemble Tali's style, the soulful protease of "All Wrong" by Random Movement and the flipping guitar which entwines on rolling beats of the final "Soul Prints" by Furney and Locksmith. A cruise on deeply emotional waves and top-notch sounds.

Superstrobe: Paradox EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 18 2013
Artist: Superstrobe (@)
Title: Paradox EP
Format: 12"
Label: Praxxiz (@)
Rated: *****
After the reload, or I'd better say the re-boot, of Superstrobe project by means of the acclaimed release "Reboot" on Praxxiz, the well-respected label by Dr.Motte (most of you already know his importance for Berlin techno scene due to the fact he founded the notorious Berlin love Parade), Manuel Wrinkler, one of the most promising techno producer from the steaming scene of the German capital, slightly tweaks his sound on this EP towards less tense, but more hypnotical sonorities. Even if his sonic fingerprint is quite distinguishable, he shuffles sounds in a different way. Both tracks on this EP ignites on gummy bumps, but while "Hypnotize" veers towards headbanging minimal techno, which lies on "charred" laser beams, rising whooshes till a saturation point where the track comes full circle on a reprise of the initial bump which got partially mixed with the noise you hear when rub against a swollen balloon, I'd rather say that "Paradox" slides over more sci-fi oriented sonorities, maybe because the artificial chorused string Superstrobe adds in the pot look like a sample from Matrix main title soundtrack whereas the topic of the title seems to be somehow clarified by the sample of a falling aircraft. The fact that something which could thrill you by a sensation which could be associated to freedom, mastery or domination over gravitational attraction might turn into a fatal nightmare sounds paradoxical enough, doesn't it?

Andreas Gehm: Black Pukee

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 15 2013
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Artist: Andreas Gehm
Title: Black Pukee
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
Coming from Cologne, Andreas Gehm is better known as Elec Pt.1 and few months ago I already wrote about him into my The Exaltics Meets Elec Pt.1 review. As I wrote, he has releases out on Bunker, Creme Org., Mathematics, to name a few. The next month he will release on Solar One Music his first album, "Black Pukee", under his own name. Available on double 12", CD and digital, it contains twelve tracks influenced by acid, Chicago house and underground techno. TB 303 bass lines, TR 808 drum sounds, vocal samples and pads are the main elements used to compose the tracks which could fit and ideal undergound dance hall thanks to their dark atmosphere. The album opens with the almost Kraftwerkish, "Gehm Technique": a sort of manifesto having a robotic arpeggio opens the dances. "1000 miles", the first track to let the listeners understand how part of the album sounds like: dark, with acid bass lines and raw. Tracks like "Shake Your Acid", "Xpress URself" or "It Feels So" (this one has been released also on the label compilation "SOM Compilation 5" as Elec Pt.1), sounds haunting, rhythmically obsessive (there's the sum/alternance of different drum lines that create an hypnotic effect). "I Don't Dare" or "The Road Not Taken" are sounding more Chicago house with exotic melodies mixed with ambient pads. "Acid House Music", as the title suggests, is pure acid and despite the fact that I'm not into that genre, it convinced me thanks to its raw energy and its crazy resonance filter. The overall mix of genres makes of this release a winner, because the track list sounds well balanced, powerful and inspired. Check some excerpts at this page ( and reserve your copy!

Break/Detail: Steamtrain/Days Go By

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 14 2013
Artist: Break/Detail
Title: Steamtrain/Days Go By
Format: 12"
Label: Symmetry Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
In the wake of his acclaimed hits on his own label Symmetry Recordings, Mr.Charlie Bierman aka Break released another tidbit by implementing his sonic prosody and rhythmical engine on a steam train on this amazing track, where samples of choo-choo train and the relentless stream of biting sounds, ferocious chomping of metallic clicks, hitting refills, dull rolling scrap iron wedge in a double-jointed amazing tune, simply titled "Steamtrain" (what you read is what you listen), which could let you think about the tuning of a ramshackle train into a spaceship according to a bizarre declension of retrofuturism. On the flipside, young Ukrainian producer Daniil Marin aka Detail, whose recent track "Green Rain" dropped on Utopia Music imprint, harmonize with concerned but delicately haunting vocals by Russian singer Tiiu on "Days Go By", whose slightly portentous atmosphere got amplified by a sneaking low frequency that Detail lets play and expand by nourishment of dry hits, syncopated clips, precise cutting and oleaginous bassline.

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