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Max Cooper & Tom Hodge: Fragmented Self - Part 2

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Dec 24 2013
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Artist: Max Cooper & Tom Hodge (@)
Title: Fragmented Self - Part 2
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: FIELDS
Rated: *****
If you enjoyed the first part of "Fragmented Self" by Max Cooper and Tom Hodge I spoke about some days ago, I'm pretty sure this second part will be the proper cherry on top of a pear-brandy soaked cake for many listeners whose ardrums and minds have been titillated by its pedecessor. There's only a new track by this guessed musical twosome, "Amorphous Romance", whose remarkable crescendo departs from a delicate raw solo piano by Hodge whose both rhythmical and "dramatic" accelerations got gradually ramped up by well-broken electronic particles, aerostatic light breezes, seraphic laments and a delicate pitapat by Cooper's machines, which manage to emphasize the abstract beauty of the track. The piano melody seems to have been completely absorbed by processing machines in the stunning d'n'b-oriented remix by British producer Jermaine Soul. "Von der Klippe Fallen" from their the first part of "Fragmented Self" is going to come as a bonus track for all those ones who are going to buy this release on iTunes.

Annie Hall: Random Paraphilia

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Dec 24 2013
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Artist: Annie Hall (@)
Title: Random Paraphilia
Format: 12"
Label: Detroit Underground
Distributor: Complete
Rated: *****
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV, the notorious classification of mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, which can be considered the sacred book of psychology, psychopatology and psychiatry, described paraphilia as the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects. You can expect somewhat manic or morbid sonorities from an album which quotes paraphilias in the title as well as related matters to name its tracks, but Madrid-born, but Detroit-based, dj and producer Annie Hall, partner of Detroit Undergroud multidisciplinary arts collective boss Kero, manages to evoke a sort of poetic abstract related to this supposedly mental disorder by means of mellow edulcorations of electronic-hop lumps of fractured rhythmical patterns and compressed percussions, which could resemble some stuff by Funkstorung on the initial "DSM-5" or "Bandit 28930", a track which features Shadow Huntaz on mic - Annie's style is somehow analogous to Shadow Huntaz's excellent output "Dark Matter" -, some lovey-dovery sprains of abstract and glitch-IDM sonorities by producers like Metamatics or Solvent on the planed excrescences of "Foihtreiu", the delicious contrasts of "Symphora", where electromechanical evulliences reaches their pinnacle and got smoothed by liquid synth pokes and entranced vocals by Annie herself, and the sweet strictures of "Sada Abe", which sounds like the romantic sonic portrait of the notorious Japanese assassin, who strangled his lover Kichizo Ishida before cutting off his privates, which she held inside her handbag. Annie's sonorities cannot but stimulate Richard Devine's flair, who put before high-compression treatment "Bandit 28930", the most cacophonous episode of the release, as well as the panache for acidulous processing by Valence "MusSck" Drakes, who gripped and unraveled "DSM-5", while Gerard E.R.P. Hanson marvelously highlights the elegiacally melodic segments of "Sada Abe" on his surprising remix.

Nian Dub: Aftermath EP

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Dec 19 2013
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Artist: Nian Dub (@)
Title: Aftermath EP
Format: 12"
Label: NBAudio (@)
Rated: *****
Another next big thing from fibrillating Mancunian drum'n'bass scene, which is recently kicking up its heels, comes from newborn label NB Audio again, which fires a good shoot by enlisting the debut release of Nian Dub, a two-headed project by O'Neill brothers, Rory aka Runes and Tim aka iLLtone, who showed an excellent four of a kind down by means of four talented collaborators on this special occasion: the venomous mc and lyricist Mr.Fox, who spits fire over the flagged title-track on a foggy dub-spotted tune, whose knappering sonorities could remind some stuff by Stereotyp and The Bug, Gareth "Semiotix" Leeds, who coals the fast-running percussive train of "Antaeus", Dan Tasker, who paws the gorgeous "Jazz Craft", the typical dnb tune which let your hands in the pocket before straining knees and neurons, and, last but not least, rasta singjay Kuntri "Lion King" Ranks, who brings his voice on the markedly dub song "Almighty Dub", but dancehall lions will loudly roar on dnb arena on the tracks with no feats such as the massive "Deliverance" where Nian Dub sounds like having passed the mic to an angry neurasthenic cat after surrounding him by means of a deluge of breaks, which evoke those golden age when people like Goldie or Bad Company melted dnb with furious junglism soups, and "Step Out", where haunting electronic dub primers trigger an interesting miscelleanea of sonic contaminations.

Reeko w/Architectural: The Blue Album

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Dec 17 2013
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Artist: Reeko w/Architectural (@)
Title: The Blue Album
Format: CD
Label: PoleGroup (@)
Rated: *****
Spanish producer and member of PoleGroup collective (a proper institution of Spanish techno scene) Juan Rico decided to intersect the sonorities of his alter-egoes Reeko, the most popular one, and Architectural, the less known one he used for a number of side-projects, in order to sign one of the best techno album I had the occasion to listen this year which displays a sort of pleaseful intrinsic duality without coining a new moniker: the mechanical oppressive pressure of rhythmical elements, which Juan usually deploys on Reeko's harder tunes, got mostly tempered by fluffier pad-synths, uplifting infusions, airy effects and an unceasing interference as if his sonic artifacts got assembled inside a strong magnetic field, which taints both the more stifling industrial-spotted bangers such as "Force Carriers", the poisoned refulgence of "Melted"or the high-tension-driven "Startling Idea" and the more "melodic" ones such as the initial "Blue", whose dubbed echoes and hovering textures get listeners ready for the upcoming journey, the sidereal flotations of "Sex On Kepler" and the friction of ambient and drones on the supercharged engine of "Dualities", but the most surprising tracks of this album spring when he commutes the rocket fuel to arpeggiated hanging pulses on the cosmic and vaguely Tron-ique ride of "String Theory", whose linking with Tangerine Dream's "Phaedra" is not an overstatement, or when he switches beat-box off for the final and somewhat melancholic space trip "The Universal Dream". I could say this album has what it takes for the admission ticket of this Spanish producer to lusher yards of wide techno gardens.

DAT Politics: Powermoon

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Dec 16 2013
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Artist: DAT Politics (@)
Title: Powermoon
Format: CD
Label: Tigerbeat6 (@)
Rated: *****
In the wake of the update of their porous electronic-rockish turbo-pop sonic engines on the funny "Blitz Gazer" by means of more blitzkriegs in the territories of synth-pop and electro, Lille-based DAT Politics keep on rattle dance-halls by this amazing ep. The above-mentioned synth-pop gravitational wave sounds more audible on the initial "Boogie Mind", where the robotic refrain, the electronic bed of melodic roses and bleeping toms conjure Kraftwerkian creatures, and on "Ghost Town", where the clucking and the French stressed English singing by Claude "Crystal Cookie" Pailliot and the final laser beams orbiting around moon add a surplus value to the song. The light-hearted anarco-arachnoid style crop out of tracks like "Fox Box Sound", the alien toy puppets of "Monitor" or the unfastened frisky rocket fuel of "Trance Mission". The final collaboration with Frew Dabiel aka The Soft Pink Truth on "Hold That Pose/My Mother Told Me" sounds intended for seriously ass-shaking dancers.


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