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Tshaka: We

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 15 2010
Artist: Tshaka (@)
Title: We
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: nonine (@)
Distributor: Kudos Records
Rated: *****
According to West African culture, a griot is one of the most prominent repository of the precious oral tradition and a key-figure of a community as he doesn't only hand down the most ancient cultural treasures and teachings of ancestors (sometimes fundamenteal for the preservation of some African countries past knowledge, if you consider the fact that many West-African countries, such as Senegal, Mali, Ghana or Nigeria, has no written documents of the glorious ancient ages...), but also have an influence on community's life as he normally combines its eloquence with singing skills for making satire or political comments, being quite close to the key-figure of the bard in European Middle Age historical memories. Even pop culture had sometimes celebrated griots, but the inspired spoken words of the talented Tshaka, whose work could be associated to the one made by arsonist trying to set even ashes on fire, could let you argue this could be a case of body possession by some ghost of a contemporary griot, turning the toaster's tongue into a sort of brush stroking fast-rolling images in listener's mind. Tshaka's acting ability, whose peak has been in reached in Spit in my opinion, whose passionate and heating fervor looking like the one of a captivating street preacher has been highlighted by the ascending funk-slapped rhythmical mantra embroidered by Me Raabenstein, and the musical mantle by the mentioned Mr.Raabenstein, whose deep knowledge of contemporary music is an important propellent to this 3-track delicious issue by his crossing of "jazzed-up" broken beats, afrobeat and electronic hiccups - a mixture which is going to be appreciated in particular by all those listeners appreciating stuff by Dj Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium or Dj Krush - lent in the past for some previous tshaka's albums (One" and "Bloodlines"), make this divertssment even more intense and engaging. And yes...the whirling wheel by Tshaka (whose wordy reincarnation's mounted like a jam in a ring in his full name Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell!) flings meaningful bullets out from the roads he crosses! Really inspiring!

PAS : Pure Energy Output Session

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 09 2010
Artist: PAS (@)
Title: Pure Energy Output Session
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Hailing from Brooklyn, Post Abortion Stress are one of those bands not-so-easy-to-be-described cause despite their many references to music from the pas, they're not exactly old fashioned and at the same time they are reinterpreting influences quite personally and that's good. I've read sometimes they've been described as a "dark ambient" combo, but honestly I find they're thousand times more freaky then the average band playing this style of music, by some means they reminded me a lot Nurse With Wound and also Faust, but also Popol Vuh and Gong updated to the current millennium. Being from Brooklyn I happened to think even if considerably different they reminded me a lot of when I first listened to Aa from New York, they are equally as freaky even if more odd, with less vocal and above all without the drum, but the sound aesthetic is not so different. Synths, a massive use of echoes, loops and delays, sometimes the mixing of different sound-layers creates that trip through the canyon effect from the seventies, just think to Michelangelo Antonioni and you get the picture. As I've said I would speak more about new psychedelia rather than dark music, above all if you consider some of the melodies are not exactly obscure or heavy digestible (8, 11,15). I've seen they've collaborated and they keep collaborating with Philippe Petit and played at the Faust festival which itself says a lot to know more about their activities. Not all of the tracks are completely focused, but after all it's an interesting listening.

Stable Mechanism: Suspended Animation

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 08 2010