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Response: Surveillance/One Nation

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 26 2013
Artist: Response
Title: Surveillance/One Nation
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Ingredients Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
A release which groups two tracks named "Surveillance" and "One Nation" together could be mistaken as a reference to the umpteenth poor figure of Obama and his predecessor's US Administration which peeked at their own allies and prosecute against the brave Snowden instead of quitting their delusions of grandeur and omnipotence and their shameful plans, but I can guarantee that for instance the inspiring siren chant on "Surveillance" doesn't resemble Angela Merkel's Saxon accent and these two tracks by Mancunian talented dj and producer N.Owen aka Response aren't sleep-inducing as I could surmise that the stoolie who listened the chats of some European politicians could have fallen asleep at the wheel on their empty words, if they daily use the same paltry dialetics they flaunt during public speeches or panel discussions! The ignition of the above mentioned track "Surveillance", which gained massive support by Fabio, and the straight percussive lines of dry claps, metallic pit-a-pat and kick-drum raps over subcutaneous basslines, aural choirs and a menacing sequence of 3 tones on a surly synth-brass runs along the lines of "Resistance", the track we previously reviewed on this space, while "One Nation" manages to ingratiate ear-drums of those listeners and dancers who like that kind of viral agglomerating bass that producers like Intalex or Aphrodite usually implement in orer to coagulate all different percussive elements of their blasting tunes. My response on this Response's? Good shots!

Oliver Yorke: Digital Native/Lose Yourself

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Oct 25 2013
Artist: Oliver Yorke
Title: Digital Native/Lose Yourself
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Retrospective (@)
Rated: *****
The name of Oliver Yorke is quite new to me even if I listened a couple of very good tracks under his own signature on appreciated dnb imprints - "You Looked At Me" on IM:LTD's "Strange Delight LP" and "Magellan" from "Tell Me Why EP" on Alignment Records -, so that this tidbit on Italian label Retrospective Recordings cannot but be a welcomed discovery. On "Digital Native", the obscure intro and the crackling sounds, which precede a sizzling set of tribal percussions, murky low frequency, a mechanical breath and a sort of alien belch (even if I've heard scarier similar outputs from earthlings), seem to evoke the first phase of this digital entity after the breaking of the shell, while the following "Lose Yourself" seems to reprise the menacing and foggy atmospheres of primordial UK jungle hits, which got just slightly shaked by a popping mid-tempo minimal groove and some hooks to neurofunk sonorities. We cannot but expect similarly good sonic luxuries from this talented West London-based producer.

Download: LingAM

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 24 2013
Artist: Download (@)
Title: LingAM
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
The most mischievous listeners with a vague knowledge of Hinduism or just Kamasutra are going to think that the title of the new incendiary album by Download, the amazing project by Kevin Crompton aka cEvin Key - mostly known as one leg of legendary band Skinny Puppy - and Phil "Philth" Western, could refer to the phallic symbol of Shiva and emblem of generative power as well as an idea which could echo something like a downwards load and if you think about a possible contemproary adaptation of that symbol in the guise of a 1/4 in phone connector, such a link could sound somewhat fascinating, but besides any possible display of virility, a title like "lingAM" made me think about a sort of self awareness of their intrinsic value and stylistical eminence since Download's technical mastery with frequencies and electronics, which sometimes are like part of difficult codes, could be more associated with oratorical skills so that they proficiently work on a lingo they perfectly know. They lower start up lever on the initial title-track where the first elements of this electrically boiled soup they serve resurface from the bottom of sonic hoards, which draw on many stylistical basins - techno, goa-trance, electro, abstract electronics, toytronics, IDM, broken beats, ambient... -, whereas any following movement earmarks sonic recipes for unexpected ascetic and ascending pleasing moments as well as listening reminiscences: from Chemical Bros., which sound evoked over the listening of the overcharged "AAARD", to Underworld's "Beaucup Fish", which could come to mind while listening to "Duppy", from psychedelic hooks of FSOL, which could appear in the electrical storms of "Saw Crust", to Skinny Puppy's first experiments, which come out here and there over the whole album. The tracks like "Yoni", Blotch" where beat-driven concatenations hack the listening sphere up by speading wisely inoculated meditative moments, as if rhythm acts like a battery charger for mental right ascension, and the lysergic activated sludges of "INAGE MAntra", "PiLLAR" or "JirAFFE from the planet Sanders" are maybe the most pleasing moments and the best propellers for listener's imagination.

Ken Hayakawa feat. Julian & der Fux: Uber Den Dachern

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 20 2013
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Artist: Ken Hayakawa feat. Julian & der Fux
Title: Uber Den Dachern
Format: 12"
Label: Jhruza Records
Rated: *****
Coming from Austria and active since late 00's, Ken Hayakawa has released different 12"s and a MLP but never released a proper album. In these years he refined his style (these new songs sound a bit let house and chilly and more electro) and now he released on vinyl and digital format his new EP "Uber den Dachern" for Jhruza. Helped by label boss', which is also Julian & Der Fux's member, Ken wrote a wonderful track that is able to gather dance attitude, smooth atmospheres, catchy melodies and sensual nightly atmospheres. Practically a perfect single! The tune is also here with a club edit that has the acoustic elements removed and is focused on 4/4 beats, loud bass lines and the great vocal lines Julian provided. The release has also three other instrumental track which are more influenced by house and techno but that succeeds into mixing the best of both the worlds by using good melodies, hypnotic atmospheres. "Sonnenbad", "Wolkchen" and "Verschmuckte Welt" are able to catch the attention thanks to their mix of acoustic inserts, rich rhythmic palette and melodic loops. They are less immediate compared to the opening track but are surely worth your attention. Great single indeed!

Morgan Zarate: Taker EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 14 2013
Artist: Morgan Zarate
Title: Taker EP
Format: 12"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
Mostly known as the drummer of Spacek, Morgan Zarate delivers the third stylistical master stroke on Kode 9's label Hyperdub by fading the boundaries between genres like r'n'b, hip hop, trap, grime and dub by means of accentuated futuristic brushstrokes. The two less martial track have been sweetened by two superb female voices: the most "stardusted" track cannot be sung by impressive singer from West London and former Gorillaz collaborator Roses Gabor, who seems to dive and snorkel into the ocean of radiant padded synth and over-reverberated claps of "Pusher Taker", while the bittersweet words by another skilled singer, Tawiah, who seems to froths honey and poison at the mouth, perfectly adhere to cleaving claps, heated funky drops and rushing synths on "Far Too Late". Even if I cannot imagine the so-called katsu, the shout a Zen-master should utter to let Zen apprentices taste enlightenment experience could sound like the vocal sample that Kendrick Lamar recorded to ignite "Backseat Freestyle", "Katsu" is an impressive trap experiment built on very deep resounding bass tone, military snares and menacing delayed chords, while the final "Tayco" entrap eardrums by seemingly acoustic drums, dry hits on trunks, vitreous industrial sounds and other bumps, which soncially renders what you could imagine "future primitive grime" could sound like. The digital available bonus tracks "This" sounds like a quite hard-fought ping-pong match inside a tron-like dimension.

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