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Artist: Raglani
Title: Real Colors of the Physical World
Format: 12" vinyl + 7"vinyl
Label: Mego (@)
Rated: *****
The initial grumbling in "Tongue", the beginning of "Fog Of Interruption", the first of four parts of the 20 minutes lasting suite on A side of this amazing release by Saint Louis-based Joe Raglani, could let you think about the awakening of some monstrous sea crature who slept for centuries in the abyss and the crooked strokes on strings, which sound like twisting together before the entrancing electronic arpeggios of the second part, "Men for Wire", begins to creep into the endoplasmic reticulum of laser beams, the hypnotical computational gurgle of the thid part, "Brutality of the Eye", and the ancestral haziness of church bells, corroded corrugation of sparkling noises and other boiled sonic stimulations of the final part, "March", randomly flutters electrons in the sonic sphere could recall its slow resurfacing, but the abstract feast of old and new recipes in the following track, "The Terrain of Antiquity", which have a similar four parts subdivision ('Ferry Across Marginalia', 'Hollis Albion', 'Mild Power Descending', 'Fireflies of Arcadia') and whose beginning resounds somewhat animalistic and equally thicking for your head, will let you surmise Raglani plunged you into some psychedelic ultraword portayed by The Orb or Future Sound Of London, inhabited by bizarre beings and unexpected entities, which can be recognized in this impressive and somewhat confusing pot of sonic carousel in its catchy alternation of exstatic and hallucinogenic moments, which reaches the boundaries of liturgical atmosphere and 8-bit sonic abandonware. On the enclosed 7", Raglani seems to having squeezed parts of the two longest suites on the 12" in order to concentrate them in two gorgeous shorter tracks, "The Exploded View", which moves towards cybernetic-like reverie, and "Trampoline Dream", whose arpeggioes rended some stages of a platform videogame. Really succulent stuff for abstract synth electronic music.

Taylor Deupree: Faint

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 23 2013
Artist: Taylor Deupree
Title: Faint
Format: CD
Label: 12k (@)
Rated: *****
Any elemental decomposition and "alchemical" analysis of the sound that unstinting and versatile renowned Brooklyn-based sound artist Taylor Deupree moulds could succeed in listing some recipes, but it's really difficult to give an idea of the taste of his hallucinatory soup: its modelling clay comes from field recordings, organic sounds, lukewarm twining of bass tones, thin streams of enslowed beaming sounds, sprouting instrumental melodies, plunk of crystalline nylon strings, little imperfections, heavenly reverberations and its seemingly wiggly glint which sounds like conflating into ether could vaguely recall some stuff by Robert Rich (particularly in tracks like "Dreams Of Stairs", "Shutter" and "Negative Snow"), but almost all listeners will by far leave such an analytical approach to lapse and getting absorbed into its mindblowing running, whose emotional radiant heat could find a visual correlation in the photo feature on the artwork, mostly instagrams taken in the woods and other outdoor location by Deupree's handmade camera. "Faint"'s glimmer flows without flouncing.

Phucking Happyend: Bitter Sweet Remix EP

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Feb 23 2013
Artist: Phucking Happyend (@)
Title: Bitter Sweet Remix EP
Format: 12"
Label: Korsett/Hula Honeys (@)
Distributor: Godbrain
Rated: *****
Snapping fingers, sci-fi pad-synths, crunching claps, pitched synth-brasses and bleeping arpeggios characterize this amazing stylistical hybridization between dubstep, awry breaks, ill-hop and raving sonorities by Phucking Happyend on "Bitter Sweet", a delicious tidbit for dub-heads, which has been co-produced by Hula Honeys and the label of Korsett Kollektiv, a network of freelance, based in Luzern (Switzerland) and founded by Daniel Sommer aka Somtek, who signs one of the three remixes, which have been included in this release. While Somtek forges a remix which sounds closer to the prevalent definition od dubstep, where the heavyweight step becomes just occasionally still by means of puffed synths, Kackmusikk tempers frizzling clicks and bleeps by heady female vocals on his "Change Everything Remix" and Nicholas Schaerer aka Nikk! manages to recall those nice phat and obscure beats (I could mention some stuff by Alpha & Omega, Meteosound or Ashtech), which marked a seemingly remote phase of the crossbreed between electronic and dub, on his gorgeous "Candy Dub" remix. Really nice plaything from a new generation of dancefloor-oriented steppers.

Vladislav Delay: Kuopio

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Feb 19 2013
Artist: Vladislav Delay (@)
Title: Kuopio
Format: CD
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
After the appetizer of "Espoo", a sort of sidetrack and bridge between his previous album "Vantaa" and present day, Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay keeps on feeding his "psychogeographical" sonic series about Finland, his beloved country, by a release named after Kuopio, the second urban area in terms population density after Helsinki. By means of this good album, the mutation of Delay's sound seems to have been completed in the bargain: even if it could sound less irregular and somewhat close to more chewable stuff, Sasu manages to mould a sound, which sound mature and elegant both when he contours more physical sonorities as it happens in the first part of the record in authentic master strokes such as "Avanne", "Hetkonen" or "Osottava", where he almost renders ice, crystal, metal, timber, empty logs or even crumbled stalactites by means of sounds, smoothed with suspended pads and muffled reverberations, and when he tacks towards more bouncing tracks and amazing hybridizations which manage to preserve the typical matchstick structure and modular progressions of his style. There are many gems which seem to be squeezed from Kuopio's spirit - a people-orinted environment, where it seems there's a careful and balanced policy on cultural life, environment, transportation and arts, which probably influences people's mood, as it seems that Kuopio inhabitants are more jovial and talkative and less melancholic and reserved than other Finnish citizens - in order to encrust it on listenable support. I could just recommend to relish and gulp it down like a pleasunt journey with many amazing landmarks such as the puffed telegraphic breakbeat of "Marsila", the floating levitations of "Kellute", the crystalline nibbling and mindblowing sequences of "Hitto", the catchy melting of icy leftover curls of "Kuuluuko", the lukewarm fibrillation of "Hetkonen" and so on... Really yummy record!

Rapoon: Seeds in the Tide Volume 01

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Feb 14 2013
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Artist: Rapoon (@)
Title: Seeds in the Tide Volume 01
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Zoharum (@)
This new release from Zoharum is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the moniker Rapoon. This moniker is well known for the impressive use of percussions and his legacy of the fundamental work done by Zoviet France as Robin Storey is one of their founding members. All track were faithfully restored by Maciej Bartkowiak.
This release is made by two cds: the first opened by "Fallen Gods" is completely driven by percussion and, especially in the first half, is clearly influenced by the heritage of the early experiments of Robin Storey. There's also more atmospheric tracks like "Shakaah" but the most important part of this release is from tracks like "Birethen" where the percussions are able to create a trance for the listener as they change the perception of time , The second half of this release relies on constructed ambient textures as in "Exodus" while "Recant" seems a sort of exception with his dark drone but, in fact, is an introduction for the second cd.
"Messianic Ghosts Originals" is the reissue of a CDR and is viewable as a long suite in four part where drone and effects create a fascinating soundscape with at least one amazing track "Babel's Tongues" where loops and drones are in dialectical positions.
This release could be quite outdated in the overall sound, as his most recent track is of 15 years ago, but is valuable as a portrait of one of the artist that has done the history of post-industial music and it depict his fundamental qualities. This release has no rating as it's quite essential.

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