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Wintermute: Convergence EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 08 2015
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Artist: Wintermute (@)
Title: Convergence EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Boundless Beatz (@)
Rated: *****
The amazing tune "Convergence", where a mysterious voice talks about the recognizing of immortal alien creatures over likewise cryptically fascinating sonorities and bouncy rhythmical elements that could let you flow like an alga under minimum sea currents, is the iciest way to warm the listener up that Leipzig-based dnb producer Florian Forster aka Wintermute could choose for the release he dropped on Boundless Beatz, the label whiich mostly gives voice and plastic grooves to the interesting scene of that gothic corner in the heart of Old Continent. Beats-per-minute rise on the following tracks "Proximity" and the awesome "Shattered Crystlas", whose dynamics - driven by catchy bass tones, which got so perfectly moulded that are not nagging at all (imagine an alcohol drink which cause euphoria without causing headache during hangover!) - could be the same ones that play inside the mind of gamer playing on the thrilling fantasy of Tom Clancy. "Euler's Disc", the collaborative track that Wintermute wisely crafted together with Cues - starting like a typical dnb tune and turning into a dirty hardstep movement -, is another highlight of this release, which lands over the popping liquid ripples of "RWD".
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Artist: Colin Potter (@)
Title: Rank Sonata
Format: 12"
Label: Hallow Ground (@)
Rated: *****
The quasi-pastoral echoes, the festively electric intermittencies, a rising march-like ascension fuelled by a straight 4/4 beat, a popping set of wood sticking and the surprising suspension that all those flowing elements reach at the hands of their wise director on the 19-minutes lasting deranged techno track "A Wider Pail of Shale" could be ideally matched more to the buds that blossomed from stylistical territories where artists like Four Tet, Gold Panda or Fuck Buttons browse on than the ones where the name of the legendary Colin Potter, well-known pal, producer and collaborator of Nurse With Wound, Organum and Current 93, and miliar stone of the whole indipendent UK post-industrial scene since late 70ies by means of his appreciated imprint ICR - a stylistical laboratory where The Instant Automatons, experimental composer Trevor Weshart, Chris & Cosey, Bryn Jones (better known as Muslimgauze), Darren Tate and others begun to vanish the fences between contemporay electronica, post-punk experiments, crude pop and Krautrock-inspired drone music -, got commonly matched to.Colin's skills in fostering hybrids between two seemingly different sonic sets, as shown on the above mentioned suite where soundscapes intersects beats, got confirmed by the shortest tracks on B-side: the abstract start of "And" sneaks in nearby dub frontlines and field recordings got cycled as if they were part of an industrial process on "Knit Where?", before the initial mechanical loop of the suite on the other side got reprised and centrifuged on "Beyond The Pail". After years of DIY strictly limited editions on cassettes and digital, Potter's solo circuits got finally imprinted on vinyl!

Halo Manash: Haudattujen Valvoja

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Dec 04 2015
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Artist: Halo Manash
Title: Haudattujen Valvoja
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
Springing liquids that sound coming from some unknown cave, an icy breathe from a mysterious entity that seems to possess the body of the performers, slow stroking low tones opens this new output by Halo Manash, the audiovisual and performative group that keeps on linking a certain creativity in making hand-crafted instrumentation (or other addressed into service tools, as their own introductory words say), that got more or less heavily modified by means of amps, amplified speakers and cabinets, and ritual archaic paths, which mange to evoke (or awake) somehow forgotten elemental forces. The first three of the seven tracks /the above-mentioned opening "Wesieni Wainajat", Aavet" (a moment which could surmise a kind of dornes close to some obscure outputs by Lustmord and Djinn) and "Swri Syvyys" (the moment when the low tones of the first two tracks seems to get annihilated before merging into a sort of shining obscure balance) were performed on live stafe in Finland, Germany and Russia during 2013, while some lucky people in Austria, Finland, Sweden and USA, who joined Halo Manash's private Temple Hwaar, intercepted the entrancing remaining four tracks of the second half of "Haudattujen Valvoja" between 2013 and 2014, whose igniting sparkles are the field recording of their own steps venturing into some unknown sacred wood, where you could almost feel the rising of natural spirits and forces that gradually begins a sort of entrancing choir, on the awesome "Kanto", a sort of wooden vibraphone on the title-track "Haudattujen Valvoja", very low tones that could surmise a cello on "Uhr-a-Usva" and a really hypnotical web of trembling subterranean bass frequencies and catchy ethereal sonic entities on the 14-minutes lasting final "Avanto". It could awake energies that contemporary schemes, rational and logical sedations and invasive worries anesthetized.

Visionist: Safe

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Nov 29 2015
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Artist: Visionist (@)
Title: Safe
Format: CD
Label: PAN (@)
Rated: *****
While dubstep scene seems to having been disintegrated, there are some grimers which keep on exploring more experimental stylistical pathwayss and a grime producer who showed a penchant for experimentation like Louis Carnell aka Visionist, belonging to the second generation of that scene that begun developing in South London suburbs, cannot but undoubtedly be one of the most interesting explorers. After many clues Visionist, who recently joined Bill Kouligas in the interesting attempt of revamping his own imprint Lost Codes, left on many single tracks, he definitively venture towards quite bizarre sonorities as it's clear since the opening "You Stayed", where he crafted a sort of alien melody by heavily pitched chords and deformed vocals before sliding into the circling set of ghostly voices weighted by fractured metallic bumps of "Victim" and the same voices keep on shaking the faint atmospheres (that "hey" you'll listen seems coming from an agonizing imp) on the following track "1 Guarda", where many listeners could perceive a certain similarity to some stuff by Burial and feature the short lasting interplay "I've Said", the broken suctions of "Vffected". An hypnotical carousel of delayed echoes of chiming sounds, vocal atoms and toy-like sombers fills the icy void of "Sin-cere" whereas the bass-driven tremors on the title-track "Safe", the more urgent pressure of "Let Me In", the whooshing electronic fogs of "Too Careful To Care" doesn't really disrupt the fragile balance evoked by mainly vocal elements, which seem to render the defense mechanisms of a fragile psyche in the attempt of wuthstanding external attacks before recovering a sort of lost balance on the painfully entranced "Tired Tears, Awake Fears", the shrivelled bass hits of the interplay "Constraint" and the anesthetized quietness of the final "Sleep Luxury". Grime seems having performed phagocytosis on mental diseases and anxiety on this interesting sonic experiment by means of the lucid cryonics of grime of Visionist.

Family Fodder: Sunday Girls (Director's Cut)

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Nov 29 2015
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Artist: Family Fodder (@)
Title: Sunday Girls (Director's Cut)
Format: CD
Label: Staubgold (@)
Rated: *****
Every action will (sometimes) create an equal and opposing reaction. A physical law which could be applied to music as well and post-punk collective Family Fodder orbiting around the creativity and the wit of Alig Pearce, could be considered one of the most meaningful reactions to the booming of the so-called modern pop at its dawn, when MTV begun to work on global type-approval of musical tastes. Staubgold, which has released the last outputs of the band - they are alive and kicking, even if backward-looking re-releases make some less informed reviewers dig the grave of many musicians and in spite of their seemingly meteoric existence in those years.. -, recently collected "Sunday Girls" (dating back 1979), Family Fodder's amazing tribute to Blondie, together with a number of singles that climbed indie charts such as the amazingly iconic "Debbie Harry" (named after Blondie's notorious blonde singer whose 80is hit "Call Me" could be matched to Adele's "Hello" and justify other likewise reasonable reactions by contemporary listeners, who could decide to stop watching MTV or listening commercial radio stations for feeling like stalked by that skilled singer) and the awesome punkey dub "A 'Version'" - the B-side tune on the same 7" -, the funny "Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling)" and "My Baby Takes Valium" - the tracks of the very first 7" by Pearce's sonic freak -, the lovely "Warm" - a song which justify the opinion of all those who consider Family Fodder as possible influences of Stereolab - as well as "Tedium" and "The Story So Far", two rare tracks by Alig's pre-Fodder project Frank Sumatra. After listening to this collection, you'll fully understand the reason why the way they got labelled ("entertaining idiosyncratic experimentalism with pop sensibilities") is not an excessively flattering overstatement.


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