Music Reviews



ZI: Parla-Pana

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (5482)
Dec 05 2009
image not
available
anymore
Artist: ZI
Title: Parla-Pana
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Two letters only for a project name, but what counts is the music. This Bulgarian Electronica project offers a diverse and mostly instrumentally arranged outfit, which well balances in between the styles of modern IDM/Electronica ("Neverland", "Parla-Pana" in both featured versions), EBM ("Galagan") and hypnotic Dark Ambient tunes ("M42"). Not to forget the track "Gamne" with "real" guest vocals by a guy called RuRu and some acoustic inserts. This is an attractive release, which – too sad – ends after only 35 minutes of purest Electronica entertainment.

FORNAX: Space Travel

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (5479)
Dec 05 2009
image not
available
anymore
Artist: FORNAX (@)
Title: Space Travel
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Another free downloadable release by the Russian Alter-X Promotion team brings us an EP of FORNAX. FORNAX itself is the musically outfit of the label-owner Nullklever. FORNAX can look back on several releases on all three labels of the Alter-X Promotion group, but since this EP got released under their X-Line label, this "Space Travel" offers a special kind of Electro/Industrial music, but with several hints to other genres. Elements taken out of Noise, Ambient and IDM can be discovered, and I really can’t remember, if I’ve heard anything comparable before. This is a special form of Experimental-EBM with a spacey touch. 6 original tracks and 3 remixes on the title track provided by friends and label comrades like Seclorum (art and remixes, co-owner of the gone predecessor label .nbk-Records), the already discovered T_ERROR 404, and SY9 are taking care to offer qualitative diversity. The main content of this "Space Travel" deals with beautiful and artistically fine worked out views on some astronomical phenomenons as well as themes out of the UFO theory. A quite interesting release worth to download.

Poordream: Immaterial Monarch

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (5473)
Dec 02 2009
cover
Artist: Poordream
Title: Immaterial Monarch
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid / 33 Recordings (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Sometimes it is totally enough, if some striking voice samples leave an impact of inspiration on a producing musician. Something comparable may has happened to the Greek artist John Valasis, since the track "Immaterial Monarch" is an obvious tribute to the movie series "Zeitgeist". This EP is also the fruitful collaboration between Spectraliquid and the Greek netlabel 33 Recordings. After consuming this EP, I tend to ask for a continuation.
Musically – as expected from Spectraliquid – this release balances well between the styles Ambient, IDM/Electronica and Industrial. The title track impresses with varied instruments and a catchy content thanks to a brilliant inserted piano. "Immaterial Monarch" got featured in 8 different remixes asides the original, mostly constructed by different artists. I am definitely against those actions to collect too many uninspired remixes on a quite good original tune, but since the contributors like NADSAT, MONOTOMUS, Mr. F, DAMA or TAPE 86 are completely unknown to me – yet better, some of them really belong out of totally different music genres – I find this EP quite entertaining. The "Grandma Version" has been conducted by John Valasis himself, it pushes a bit the speed and offer dancefloor-compatibility, but unfortunately it alters the beautiful mood of the original. The remix of BROKEN TEMPO then I like to point out as being the best remix here, since this project turns that original into a pure acoustic experience – even better, they have written real lyrics based on the voice sample stuff out of the movies and the female vocalist does her best, to offer with her voice the fitting depressive mood. Finally you’ll find at last another original track by POORDREAM, "Sounds Of Consciousness", which is another dark collage with voice samples – maybe provided by the Pope – but I’m quite unsure on this. It’s hard to judge on this artist, since the listener gets at least only two original tunes to rate. So how are things with a POORDREAM full-length album?
image not
available
anymore
Artist: THE DIELECTRIC (@)
Title: Rapid-Eye Vol. 3
Format: CD EP
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
Third part of this ongoing trilogy series for THE DIELECTRIC, J. Hookens’ follow-up project after JERICO ONE. This third EP continues with the already discovered path, which he has presented with the predecessor "Flicker Of An Eye". Musically offering a wide-ranging style by integrating extracts out of Electro, Industrial, Ambient and modern IDM/Electronica, he impresses once again with the choice of multiple guest musicians. Each of the presented 5 tracks has its own story behind, be additional help on the production, or be it recorded at different places. The opener "Corridors" pleases with extra-ordinary percussion inserts and German voice samples thrown in the mix. For the tracks "Flight" and "Directiv" J. Hookens has added the Swedish singer Ann-Mari Thim (ARCANA) to perform the female counterpart. The Belarussian Avantgardist Vladislav Buben has provided some additional instruments and has co-written the tracks "Exteria" and "Lucid". Especially the all instrumental tune "Exteria" convinces with some noisy synth lines, it seems that V. Buben’s hand-writing shimmers through. Compared to the above named predecessor, this third chapter of the "Rapid-Eye Assemblage" series seems to be more upbeating, while the percussion work of Hookens is still the outstanding factor in the production process of THE DIELECTRIC. What astonishes me a bit, is the fact, that this release comes out in different formats. There's also available a strictly limited 7" vinyl single, which can be purchased only and directly from THE DIELECTRIC website – if it hasn't been sold out yet.

Access To Arasaka: Oppidan

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (5470)
Dec 02 2009
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Access To Arasaka
Title: Oppidan
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio / Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This is an US-based newcomer-act, which has lately caused a lot of euphoric reactions through some breathtaking remix contributions for acts like ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ, TOTAKEKE or APHORISM. The long awaited official debut release for ACCESS TO ARASAKA is out now, and it features all good ingredients, an interested listener of modern IDM/Ambient/Electronica would like to expect. At first it does good to see, that intercontinental collaborations between two labels are possible – especially in this kind of music. "Oppidan" will be released as a mutual project by both, Tympanik Audio and the Greek Spectraliquid label and let’s hope the best, that this initiative will pay off for all involved. Musically, "Oppidan" is a high complex IDM/Electronica-album, which draws possible comparisons under the formula "GRIDLOCK meets HEQC". What sounds so simple with this courageous comparison, is by far lesser easy than expected. It is the sci-fi related mood pressed into the music, the pad- and sweep-sounds are cold as ice and fragile to the same time. This moody scenario gets crispy penetrated by the broken rhythm structures, which includes several clicks n’ cuts, breaks and interrupted beats. It’s hard to figure out the highlights of this fantastic soundtrip into a possible next future, I therefore recommend to check this album completely under a good pair of headphones. ACCESS TO ARASAKA are reaching a target, which only seldom can be reached by comparable acts out of this genre – this project sounds authentic. Congrats to both labels for this mutual release, but also to the artist for offering such a demanding, but highly attractive album.


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha