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Glitterbug: Dim Flares EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 23 2010
Artist: Glitterbug (@)
Title: Dim Flares EP
Format: 12"
Label: C-Sides (@)
Distributor: Kompakt
After the peaks on tympanic clapometer reached thanks to its album Supershelter, the German (from Cologne – whose experimental techno scene has been strongly influenced by gay house music as well as by Chicago and Detroit emissions, inducing Glitterbug to introduce it to new notions and emotions... -, but with a solid base of supporters in Israel and Middle East) dj Glitterbug with the complicity of C-Series winks at listener’s ears with a series of 12" aiming to anticipate the issue of its brand new album (some rumours say it’s going to be a double cd) whose issue is expected to be on the forthcoming spring: Dim Flares is just the first of 3 loss leader EPs including some enchanting tracks Glitterbug has piled after the release of the above-mentioned album. This wedge opens with the dreamy flow of So Much More, a 9-minutes long track whose swelling pads, atmospheric sounds, thrilling claps and organic fills will set your mind on a bizarre melancholic euphoric state and let flow your hands on air while bubbling your thoughts, followed by the shading outlines of Deadpan, an intensively emotional dark-ambient miniature featuring some crammed LFOs. The B-side opens with the mesmerizing clappy deep-techno shapes of Daubed Beams, whose vintage style could remind some techno-ambient movements spread in the second part of the Nineties by legendary labels such as R&S or Warp Records as a logical derivation of freezing acids sprayed by 808 State and similar sound-marks, and closes with the "oecumenical" Be Content, whose mitigated arpeggios, shadowy bass lines and soft percussive sets will let you think about a never-ending eyed-off dance . Delicious!

Tonikom: The Sniper's Veil

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Feb 15 2010
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Artist: Tonikom (@)
Title: The Sniper's Veil
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
The mysterious mistress TONIKOM is one of the very few females available in the modern IDM/Electronica music genre. After her marvelous debut "Epoch" 2 year before on Hymen, here’s with "The Sniper’s Veil" the enjoyable follow-up album, which again points out the musically preferences to several stylistically related colleagues. There is at first to name her varied rhythm and percussion work. By integrating influences out of Downtempo, Trip Hop, Trance and Breakbeat you can be assured to hear diverse patterns in her tracks far away from repetitions. Her rhythm work as being the energizer for hr global sound out, she also convinces with well-though Electronica themes, which quite often express a sentimental mood – which is contrary to her rhythmic work. And to unite these different influences track by track in perfection, that’s the target to reach. This of course works on some tracks better than on others, both highly addictive tunes "The Source (Album edit)" and the more than 11 minutes striking opener "Temporarius Delirium" are approving this plan, while the most catchiest tune can be discovered with the quite linear arranged "Watching From Here". "The Sniper’s Veil" balances well between "float-and-go"-music, an ideal and demanding album to listen and to move to.

Anhedonia: Ontology

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 15 2010
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Artist: Anhedonia (@)
Title: Ontology
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Rated: *****
Second release for this mysterious Czech one-man project, again brought to us by the small, but highly addictive and hard working Aliens label out of Slovakia. A lot of things in the sound of ANHEDONIA are reminding to the later works of their Slovakian label-mates DISHARMONY – too much indeed, that this happened by chance. Where DISHARMONY have started as a true authentic Dark Electro act inspired by early KLINIK/MORTAL CONSTRAINT works, ANHEDONIA has always been based in the modern IDM/Ambient-Electronica field. But since DISHARMONY opened themselves to a more different and IDM-related outfit, but projects nowadays are staying nearly side-by-side in a comparable sound outfit. Though this all doesn’t alter anything, ANHEDONIA deliver with a fine worked out album, which too impresses through several collaborations with friend artists like SOMBRA, UNICODE and of course DISHARMONY – especially the last mentioned mutual track marks a pearl of this fantastic IDM/Dark Electro-release. Other highlights I tend to name with the catchy, but also icy tunes "Emitter Junction" and "Empty Visions". Similar to any DISHARMONY-release, ANHEDONIA scores extremely well with a skillful synth play, dense moods, and a dark, but tasteful arranged sound outfit. It’s music to listen to under a pair of headphones, rather seldom to move to. Thumbs up also for the awesome cover art with its rotten maritime look.

SIMULACRA: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood

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Feb 11 2010
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Title: There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
Format: CD
Label: Consouling (@)
Rated: *****
Co-produced by Consouling and No Angels Productions (, THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD is the latest album by Miguel Boriau's Simulacra. Already active also with Weihan, Mannus, Beyond Infinity and Nihilum, Miguel, since 2006, made of Simulacra his main musical project. Printed in 500 copies and released the next month, THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD presents to the lover of sidereal dark ambient five tracks of gloomy icy drones. "Unsullied by the touch of time", "There is a fountain filled with blood", "In solitary confinement", "I have no blood | I have no heart" and "Above me only a shimmering light" (remixed by Mystified) offer hypnotic soundscapes where humming sounds blend forming light melodies that are finding themselves lose in a sea of torment. Focused on the bleak effect created, Miguel, didn't change much the sound/frequencies of the tracks and sometimes you feel that something is missing. Mystified, on their mix, offer a similar sound but playing a bit with melodies resulting interesting.

Simon Kölle: Res dej inte! [Stay Down]

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Feb 04 2010
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Artist: Simon Kölle (@)
Title: Res dej inte! [Stay Down]
Format: CD
Label: Neuropa Records (@)
Rated: *****
Simon Kölle is debuting as a film composer and he just continues to impress me and I have begun to look forward to his music alot.
From the eerily mysterious albums of Musterion and Abnocto to the often rousing ethnical and fantasy inspired sounds of Za Frûmi.
Simon have shown us that he can do action-adventure before but with the soundtrack to Res dej inte! [Stay Down] he delivers a work that immediately signifies itself as being for a dark drama. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone seeing as how well he manage all genres he work with.

Like the Thin Red Line and even Schindler's List this score is rather quiet but in a good way. Already from the overture you get the idea of a dark film.

If you are a fan of dark ambient or a soundtrack fan just looking for something different, you might want to give this one a spin.
Simon Kölle keep on showing us that he knows his stuff and that he can score for whatever situation is needed, and with over and hour of beautifully dark music, what more could you ask for?

The music grows darker as it progresses, though it doesn’t turn too depressing. It is rather more sentimentally saddened at times and also break out hard with a couple of more fast paced tracks. "The Strangulation of Arash" is one of my favourits in its simplicity. It is also a track used in the great trailer (see it on youtube).

The title track is based on guitar, pump organ and some violin and it is beautiful. The use of the pump organ is great and "Erik's World" is really a minimalistic masterpiece. "For the Rest of my life" is a cue filled with emotions and I can only imagine what is happening in the film when that song is heard.

The film is part of an important swedish project which works with street violence. The film has been shown on film festivals and will also
be seen on swedish national TV and in schools! It was written by Sebastian Ylvenius, Erik Bolin and the director Richard Jarnhed.

In the press material I read things about the film which makes me want to see it:

"A dark, realistic story, the film follows three youth gangs and their time spent on the streets and their lives. Over a relatively short span the characters deal with paranoia, pain, violence and more. This film is powerful and grim. The last scenes are totally unforgettable. The plot comes to a sudden end and there are no truths about what really happened. More than a film, Res dej inte! is a comment about the ongoing violence in society."

All what the characters deal with are heard in the music and it embrace a frightening aspect, as if sharing the increasingly terrifying dangers of the youth's portrayed in the film.
is a quite superb score in every respect, and can easily be counted amongst the best efforts in the genre. Despite the relative obscurity of the composer to the public (even though we know him), and the art-house sensibilities of the film, the score stands up with the best Hollywood has offered the last month's and I sincerely hope Kölle follows the trail blazed by director Richard Jarnhed and they embark on a road to the mainstream.

Overall, this is an excellent score and if you've loved the music to films like Alien and The Omen you will definitely love this one as well. But you also here hints of the music of John Carpenter and Michael Suby.

It's a terrific score that fans of the genre for sure should waste no time in obtaining.

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