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Mampi Swift: Soldiers/The Silence

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 06 2013
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Artist: Mampi Swift
Title: Soldiers/The Silence
Format: 12"
Label: Mampi Swift Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Philip Anim, better known as Mampi Swift, doesn't really need any introduction as he's a living legend of drum'n'bass scene since the times (early nineties) when he forged proper sonic pearls in his little studio inside Lucky Spin record shop, where he used to work together with in house enginnerr Pete Parsons aka Voyager. On this first release for his new self-named imprint, which ideally adjoins his other notorious labels (Charge Recordings and Blade Recordings), his touch or I'd call it better his style he described as "plain rolling" is quite distinguishable, but his notorious hooking twist of simple bashes, dry hits and heavy distorted basslines got refurbished by a more epic and somehow apocalyptic aura on the warlike tune "Soldiers" where a dark organ appears and even by a sinister gothic spark on "The Silence", which features a dulcimer together the other drilling sonic elements who take part to the fast crazy race of this amazing tune. Keep an eye and an eardrum on big Mampi!

Terror Danjah Vs Champion: Sons of Anarchy EP

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Jul 05 2013
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Artist: Terror Danjah Vs Champion
Title: Sons of Anarchy EP
Format: 12"
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
Auditory papillae of grime-step lovers will secrete liquid helium for the take-off of connected brains while listening this collaborative releease by two masters of the genre, the old warrior Terror Danjah, whose stylistical course on the boundaries between grime and r'n'b didn't meet any real obstacle, and his trustworthy "apprentice" Champion, who shows masterful dexterity and nimbleness with beats and percussive elements in the building of amazing fills. Each of them built a couple of assays of respective rhythmical necromancy: Terror Danjah signs "Glide", an impressive clot of dry hits, gnashing acidolous sounds, clashing bumps and an epic pad-synth insertion which skid on a surface of vulcanized rubber, and "Sam Cro" (a digital bonus track), where he gradually builds a doughy contagious groove from crunched claps, brittle bumps and sneaking distorted bassline; Champion focuses on more old-fashioned sounds on his amazing "Bowsre's Castle Master", whose spinning soup of 8-bit micro-melody, garage-like bouncey movement and classical "hey" vocal snippet seem to retrace the soundtrack of some abandonware, while his track for digital version of the EP, "Friday 13th", reprises more or less the same crackling rhythmical pattern, which sounds like it has been slotted into the flipping electronic whistle-driven refrain. The 4-hands treated tracks are the most interesting by far: whereas this sparkling couple weaves a funny intertwining of toytronics, sinking whirls of percussive elements and occasional tribal spurt on "Stone Island", their sonic gasohol ignites on the amazing "Explode", whose title says it all about the possible response by dancehall where this track will be played on.

Ed:it & Mikal: Cargo Dub (Total Science Remix)/Kick Back

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Jul 05 2013
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Artist: Ed:it & Mikal
Title: Cargo Dub (Total Science Remix)/Kick Back
Format: 12"
Label: Rooted Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
A couple of highly energetic tunes by a couple of renowned names of dnb scene give luster to the third efflorescence by Uk-based label Rooted Recordings owned by Chemical Ally: on one side, Total Science stack the deck of "Cargo Dub" by moisturizing the original track from Ed Warrener aka Ed:it's machines into an absorbing liquid funk solution and letting murmurs, gabbles and melodic sulphurous clouds on an accelerated conveyor belt of quickfire kick drum, padded rattles, acrid soot of sub-basses; on the other side, Swedish-born dnb "Metalheaded" master Mikael Willett aka Mikal forges a sturdy pattern which could resemble tracks like "Without A Trace" or "Say nothing" from his rich weaponry by means of vocal samples, sudden explosions, clubbing outbreaks, which pounce on a breathtaking beat-rolling sequence. Two delicious gobbet for bonkers and freaked out dancehalls!

The Exaltics: Das Heise Experiment

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 26 2013
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Artist: The Exaltics
Title: Das Heise Experiment
Format: 12"
Label: Abstract Acid (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are, after three years from the latest album ("The Freefall" was released by Solar One Music on a double CD along with AS1's "Code Reference ") and after several EPs, finally we have a new The Exaltics album. Released by Abstract Form's sublabel Abstract Acid on LP and on CD (the CD has two bonus tracks "Siebenundzwanzig" and "Vier"), "Das Heise Experiment", brings to the attention of Robert Witschakowski's fans ten new tracks. If you followed CHAIN D.L.K. regularly, you'd realize that The Exaltics has been really active during the last couple of years and the thing that amaze me is that the music produced in this time span, has always reached high quality standards and I think that this is a sort of gift and also the fruit of a real passion. Anyway... Despite the fact that "Das Heise Experiment" has been released by Abstract Acid, don't wait for a release like the second part of "1000 Lights In The Sky", because on this album the acid elements are mostly TB-303 bass lines which are mixed to dark menacing atmospheres. Already the opening track "Neun" is a manifesto of the release as we have drone pads, robotic powerful drumming, dissontant distant arpeggios and acid bass lines. Robert decided to mix all the elements creating, in this way, a uniform track list as it was a sort of soundtrack where techno, acid and dark electro form a sound which is capable of catch the listener immediately. Tiny melodic lines are used to hypnotize as well as subtle noises and powerful rhythms are used as weapons of mass destruction! This album is a blast and I suggest you to reserve one of the 300 copies of the LP or one of the 100 CDs.

Dvs Nme: From The Ashes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 24 2013
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Artist: Dvs Nme (@)
Title: From The Ashes
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Recorded in different places with mobile devices (if I'm not wrong Johan used mostly the program Nanostudio), "From The Ashes" is the newest and third DVS NME album. Containing ten new instrumental tracks, the album sounds just epic. Its sound is in balance between sidereal and robotic atmospheres with the add of catchy melodic lines (check the opening "Bright Lights" or the dark "Scintillant") and Johan succeeded into creating his own sound. Taking inspiration from electro and Detroit techno, as usual, DVS NME now sound like DVS NME, because the project has reached a perfect mix of all the elements that already made the old stuff sounding great. Every track contains elements that create a good contrast: an upbeat rhythm is joined by a spacey synth pad as well as a robotic arpeggio is joined by a catchy melody. The alternance of all these things make this album sounding various and cool. Anyway, as usual, if you like Arpanet, Dopplereffekt, Drexcya as well as Mandroid, this release is a must. You can check a preview here http://soundcloud.com/dvsnme/dvs-nme-from-the-ashes


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