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Neizvestija: Majak

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 02 2013
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Artist: Neizvestija
Title: Majak
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
This new release by Cryo Chamber is made by Swedish producer Daniel Wiklander and inspired by the radioactive zones of Chelyabinsk. According from the linear notes this zone are pastoral landscape but are extremely toxic because water were used to cool nuclear reactors. This theme is depicted using a classic dark ambient musical development that takes advantage from the clear mastering from Simon Heath.
"55º44'² N 60º54'² E" opens this release almost quietly and slowly developing an evocative soundscape. "Muslyumovo" continues in the portrait of a lost and abandoned land. "Kyshtym" relies on samples of spoken words and acts as an interlude to "Techa" that is a long drone above some sparse noises. "Metlino" is another track based upon the same structure of the previous one while "Ozersk" is a carefully constructed dark ambient tune and "Karachay" closes this album with a clear drone that is colored by the noises of the final part of this tune.
This is an enjoyable release by all fans of this genre that will appreciate the clarity of the musical development. Really nice.

Biblo: Moved

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 02 2013
Artist: Biblo
Title: Moved
Format: 12"
Label: Aentitainment
Rated: *****
According to the linear notes this release is filled with "minimalistic segments culminating in a rich and deep ['¦] composition". Biblo develops a musical style that is a blend of pop and trip hop with the contemporary taste for glitchy and noisy textures.
"Floater" opens this album with a glitchy dub beat and some noises and colored samples of voices. "Mind you" is noisier track based upon the same elements while "Some soil" closes the first side of this EP with a gentle guitar and a female vocals depicting an hypnotic track that ends with an hypnotic beat and samples. "Burnt offering" opens the b side (this is a vinyl release) with some reminiscence of trip hop but an almost industrial attitude with the search of a more abrasive sound. "For no one" is a more dancey track while "Infatuation", with the guitar line, returns to a quieter mood with the use of the female voices. "Losing Light" is a track completely based on vocal lines with only small lines of synth creating a canvas for the musical texture.
This EP is an interesting release that worth a listen from all fans of indie music. It could be enjoyable even a full length album. Nice.

Walton: Beyond

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 01 2013
Artist: Walton (@)
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Label: Hyperdub (@)
Rated: *****
Following the mouthwatering EP "Baby", the release of the debut full-length album of the talented 22-year old Manchester-based producer Sam Walton suddenly elucidates the stylistical mission of this young producer. On the initial title-track "Beyond", he seems to sketch a sort of intent, which focuses on the attempt of dovetailing past, present and future sonic clues, which are tangible in each song due to the concision of his snap-fit tiles, and go beyond by outdoing such an amazing time-travelling sonic patchwork and possibly finding something new. Walton said about his album: "I just wanted there to be a contrast betweenbright and dark, I didn't want to stick to a specific genre either. Just a vibe", but the contrast is not only chromatic or tonal and within every vibe, he intertwines filaments of Detroit house and techno, Chicago house, funky basslines, old eski grime, old fashioned garage and other elements and he manages to sashay over different musical sparks, whose appearance is so fine and elegant that you could imagine them as delegations of evoked music scene breezing in a gala dinner. The abrasive textures, the clashing claps, the rusty skips of "Gnit", which sometimes got oiled by a pad-synth-based typical garage spell, the sizzling intersection of ambient atmospheres, garage woodblocks and funky licking basslines on "Need To Feel", the somber mood and the beatless ominous boredom of "City of God", which grafts into the emotional fields of grime and dubstep, the abstract collision between "conventional" and futuristic elements in tracks like "Can't You See", "Memories" or the dancefloor-winker "Every Night" are just some assays of the funambulatory stunts of Walton. I'm pretty sure many listeners will get a glimpse of the kernel of some forthcoming new style during a careful listening of Walton's modelling.

Frank Bretschneider: Super.Trigger

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 31 2013
Artist: Frank Bretschneider (@)
Title: Super.Trigger
Format: CD
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Distributor: Kompakt Distribution
Rated: *****
This collection of nine rhythmical pleasantries by Frank Bretschneider, co-founder of the appreciated Raster-Noton label and maybe its most "mechanical" soul, differs from the conceptual framework and the somehow romantic and emotional hooks of many previous releases by this brilliant beat-juggler. The fact it derives from different moments of amusement which got crystallized into a series of nine collected improvisational studio sessions is clear from a "funkier" crispness which seems to have been spontaneously grafted within the great wheels of scrupolously chopped beats, masterful cuts, crumbled percussive elements and plushy effects as it happens on the meowing distorted basslines of "Flicker.Funk", the bouncy specks of "Machine.Gun", the bevelled abstract electro-hop of the title-track "Super.Trigger", which close to the one by Funckarma, Funkstorung or Ltd.Noise), the heady whistles of "Over.Load", whose amazing syncopations could surmise a dehydrated hybrid between Meat Beat Manifesto and some old tunes by Fat boy Slim, electric sprains and occasional glimmering gurgles of "Black.Out" - the one I enjoyed the most - and many amazing sonic flips, variations and protease. Its inner concision and terse sonorities clashes with the complexity of the rhythmical structures, but this is the distinguishing feature and the secret of the appeal and the magnetic attraction of Bretschneider's engines. Good headphones are highly recommended.

Stephan Mathieu: The Falling Rocket

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 29 2013
Artist: Stephan Mathieu (@)
Title: The Falling Rocket
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Dekorder
Rated: *****
When we had the possibility to interview the self-taught German composer and Schwebung label owner Stephan Mathieu on the occasion of the release of 'Un Coeur Simple', in addition to his passion for early instruments and obsolete media, an increased sensibility for arts and aesthetics was clear from the way he spoke about his background and that release and got even clearer to my ears while listening to this recent release for Dekorder, whose building came after Stephan dusted down most of the sonic equipment (a mechanical gramophone, a Hohner Electronium and Radio, the legendary Farfisa VIP 233 organ and Caro Mikalef's e-bowed Phonoharp) he used for "Ablation", the resurrection of Main with Robert Hampson on Editions Mego, which have been launched into very distant orbits. As many amateur astronomers and stargazers will easily recognize by reading titles of the tracks, "The Falling Rocket" quotes stars (as well as astronomical measures if you check the length of each track...), but the most fascinating aspect of the record lies in the equivalence between some features of the mentioned stars and some emotional aspects of the tracks. Even if the general sound focuses on dilutions and over-stretching of instruments within a sort of extended continuum, Stephan succeeds in shaping curves and molding frequencies in a masterly manner, which renders the fascinating cosmic objects which give name to the nine tracks of this album: for instance a quiet and magnificent pastoral perfectly fits for "Deneb" - one of the brightest star of the firmament and vertex of the so-called Summer Triangle -, the initial feeble organ and rarefied blows could mirror the faint light of "Lacaille 8760" (the brightest red dwarf star visible in the night sky in spite of faintness) and you could almost feel a more mysterious and enchanted glance when tracks refer to binary ("IK Pegasi" or the fascinating "55 Cancer") or triple ("Keid") star system. Even if listeners don't know anything about constellations and cosmos, I'm pretty sure that the aural and sidereal journey on this awesome release is going to ravish many eardrums and musical brains.

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