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VV.AA.: NXG0009EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 24 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: NXG0009EP
Format: 12"
Label: NexGen (@)
Rated: *****
Beads of seat and star dust scatter across this forthcoming ep from NexGen, which focuses on more jazzy-oriented stuff by means of this nice selection. The first of four tunes by Vienna-based producer Faible - recent member of NexGen big family - and Maracaibo-based talented drum'n'bass vocalist and songwriter Iriann Joyce - the first dnb singer in Venezuela - could immediately recall those aqueous loungy sonorities which used to be fashionable between the end of nineties and the beginning of the new millenium (I could mention Chateau Flight, Better Daze, Amba, Mark Pritchard, some tunes by Alex Gopher, Isolee or Jazzanova and so on), but "Northern Lights" got drenched by spicy fast-moving dnb engine. James Tan aka Clart, Liquid Drops label owner Chris Kouzellis aka mSdoS from Greece and Daniel "D.A." Clark on "Disco Inferno", whose fresh jazzy breeze keys to chilling atmospheres and fashion bar, and talented Kiev-based producer Pavel Kuzmin aka Physical Illusion and Alexander Vovnyakov aka Sunny Crimea on "Something About Love", whose relaxing extended piano tone and sensual female vocalizations pad an amazing sparkling percussive session, course similar stylistical plains, while Byelorussian musician Nikolay Sunak aka Reborn, who normally deals with a wide range of styles such as Detroit techno, Kraftwerkian electronics and post-sopviet science fiction sonorities, goes slightly out of the way of previous tracks by a funny subplot of chopped electronic beats and bleeping chimes.

Survey: Away / Delirium

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Aug 22 2013
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Artist: Survey
Title: Away / Delirium
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Protect Audio (@)
Rated: *****
A sort of sci-fi and more "spatial" version of "Grid Sheet" - already appeared on Protect Audio gun-room last March, whose above-mentioned VIP version is available for free -, whose initial bells could let you render an alien mutation of a dancing cow before blasting kick-drums and claps, vitriolic basslines and clipped sounds begin to wrinkle waves, sets the stage for this upcoming new psycho-pill by Survey, the massive Berlin-based which is shaking dnb grounds by a series of stunning hits this year. The gnarly introduction of "Away" evokes unearthly monstrosity, which terrifyingly burgeon over the following heavy bangs and deep growls of thunder echo, while "Delirium" immediately instigates movements of the body by dull drums and smacking hits from inside a puffy sonic sphere and sinister hums, which get gradually digested wheels of a wicked rhythmical clockwork of metallic hiccups, laser beams and noises of combustion, spread into an obscure vacuum, which performs phagocytosis on various hitting elements.

D.Reamteam: Parade 10.0

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 20 2013
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Artist: D.Reamteam
Title: Parade 10.0
Format: 12"
Label: Shitkatapult
Rated: *****
Released ten days ago, "Parade 10.0" is the first single release of D.Reamteam, project of Shitkatapult label owners Daniel Meteo and T. Raumschmiere. Originally planned to be released on mid July for the tenth annual Shitparade, the single had a slight delay but it's worth your attention anyway. The single contains three techno tracks "Pult", "Kata" and "Shit" perfect for the purists of the genre. The first one grows slowly, it starts with a 4/4 beat alternated to a bleep. Then, a in levare bass line plus light synth noises, little melodies are added. Everything is quite minimal even if the result is quite catchy. "Kata" is a techno beast with reversed sounding synths, hypnotic rhythms and acid leads. "Shit" is the duo's "bastard son" thanks to its distorted obsessive synth monophonic leads, dark sounding pads and powerful snare drum beats... If you wanted a dark ambient track mixed to techno, this is it! Great release!

Gudrun Gut: Going Up The Country

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Aug 20 2013
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Artist: Gudrun Gut (@)
Title: Going Up The Country
Format: 7"
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Rated: *****
This lovely diddlysquat from talented musician Gudrun Bredemann aka Gudrun Gut, Berlin music scene ambassador and label boss of renowned Monika Enterprise, on the contrails of her appreciated album "Wildlife" wisely digs up an evergreen again: the lighthearted whistled jingle of "Going Up The Country", whose notorious flute line and more recognisable distinguishing feature came from "Bull Doze Blues", an unknown blues gem written by Henry Thomas in late 20ies before American blues-rock band Canned Heat rearranged it for the above-mentioned song, which has been considered as the unofficial anthem of the legendary Woodstock festival, feeds this funny electronic version whose punkish claws and bewitching grace of Gudrun Gut's voice immediately catch listeners. On B-side, you'll find a peppy remix of "Tiger" by which Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble repaid the favour of Gudrun Gut's collaboration for "Fantasie Madchen", which was included in their new album "Miami", while all those who will prefer digital version of the release will be awarded another bizarre remix of "Going Up The Country" by long lasting partner-in-art and friend Thomas Fehlmann, who prefers to toddle in the land of slow funk. Another tempting musical invitation to go wilder and wilder!

Seba: Shades Of Me & You/Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)

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Aug 15 2013
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Artist: Seba (@)
Title: Shades Of Me & You/Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Warm Communications (@)
Distributor: S.T. Holdings Ltd.
Rated: *****
The deservedly acclaimed full-length "Identity", recently released on his own label Secret Operations, canonized Sebastian Ahrenberg, better known as Seba, as one of the most talented producer of the contemporary dnb scene and tidbits like this little jewel on Warm Communication cannot but consolidate his standing by letting dnb lovers with bated breath (or supposedly orgasmic huff and puff) and swollen lovely daydreaming thoughts. Perfectly smoothed pad synths, emotional lyrics by female vocals which could cut you to the quick, catchy basslines and rolling drums in Seba's vein of "Shades Of Me & You" are going to lead listeners to revise your personal playlist at the moment. On the flipside, you will find a remix of "Never Let You Go" by London-based trio Blu Mar Ten, who kept almost unaltered the original version, but I'm not astonished about that as it's very difficult to enhance or just work on something which could be already considered in top shape.


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