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Joseph Auer: Inner Galaxies

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 04 2008
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Artist: Joseph Auer
Title: Inner Galaxies
Format: CD
Label: Boltfish Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Spare, no-frills, 13-track space-music techno CD from this Tokyo-based artist comes on in retrograde, in the form of thudding, vintage-drum-machine-sound, early Rave done up in sad, melodious Ambience. Many of the treatments and sounds bring back fond memories of The Orb's U.F.Orb in particular, but these are no longer the glory days of '90s techno. Only track 2, "I Can Feel It Tonight," makes any effort to bend the boundaries of convention.

There's nothing really wrong, here, it's just that the pounding, tribal rhythm paired with the lush chimes, echoes, uniformly-chorded synth progressions and offbeat scales makes for a puzzlingly incongruous blend. If you happen to be a more forward-thinking member of the musical populace, as far as Inner Galaxies is concerned you may wish for there to be more to the story. On the other hand, although Auer's intentions may be otherwise, this CD could be the perfect soundtrack for the world's loneliest rave. But seriously, this is not to knock it, because it's the kind of universe any number of folks could enjoy getting lost in -- you never know.

Zentropia: Space Throne

 Posted by Ian Hall   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 03 2008
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Artist: Zentropia (@)
Title: Space Throne
Format: CD
Label: Crystaleyezed Fine Arts
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
You’ve just awoken from one strange dream to find yourself lost within another. Is this a stark nightmare or a wondrous fantasy? They’re one and the same when you find yourself wading through the murky territories of "Space Throne," the latest sonic excursion from Zentropia. The journey begins with the title track, and the listener is lifted off slowly into space, moving upward through clouds of blissful dub, slowly drifting into the star-lit heavens, the vibrations of 'Space Throne' echoing off of lonely planets. 'Azoth' refers to Mercury, but this stark ode seems to be tracing arcs in some colder and more distant part of the galaxy. Switching to a more upbeat groove, 'White Rhino Titan' brings the listener back to a somewhat warmer place, with fragmented sounds eventually blending into a melody that skips slowly and playfully atop the soft beat. A headlong dive into a black hole awaits in 'Terminal Brain Cloud,' as deep pools of reverberation envelope the senses in disoriented euphoria. This is a perfect lead-in to the last and most desolate track on the album, 'Khem.' Khem is the native name for Egypt and also the name of the Egyptian god of reproduction and fertility. This composition seems to allude to a journey into space-time during which a communion with this ancient deity occurs, and secret knowledge is shared in a language that is yet to be known to man. Equal parts relaxing and disturbing, this disc is sure to delight lovers of deep, dark, ambient drones and dub.

PROJECTOJIL: Tale From The Native

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 03 2008
Artist: PROJECTOJIL
Title: Tale From The Native
Format: CD
Label: Electromagnetic Pulse Records
Rated: *****
Here is a new demo from Jill Aka Projectojil which from Portugal bring some minimal techno house to your speakers. On this new demo titled TALE FROM THE NATIVE, Jill, presents six new tunes and two different versions of "God bless the child" and "Boom". If the old CDs were sounding like easy listening Ibiza like lounge music, this new CD is more minimal and it has got less soul/r'n'b samples (they are concentrated on the first two tracks "Cinescope" and "Acrobat") and it's based on 4/4 rhythms with few jazz inserts (on "Supernova") and hypnotic/trance influences on "Skyscraper" (the one I liked most along with the following "Cosmic matter"). It seems that Jill is redefining his style a little and you can check his myspace page to be updated about it.

HOLLYDRIFT: Halting Gait

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 02 2008
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Artist: HOLLYDRIFT (@)
Title: Halting Gait
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Personal project of Mathyas Anderson, Hollydrift is releasing a free four tracks E.P. which mix ambient dub atmospheres with shoegaze attitude (his personal definition). Mathyas in the past experimented a lot into the industrial noise field but lately he didn't found it too stimulating, so he used his passion for field recording, sytnhs and his passion for the place where he lives (Port Washington, Wisconsin, near the lake Michigan) to record four tracks where he mixes the sound of those places with darkwave intuitions (see the rhythmic and melodic "Buckles and bows") and reverbered ambient ambience. His tracks have a certain cinematic effect but sometimes he tend to lose himself into the echoes of the sound produced. Anyway the tracks have a lot of good moments and interesting sounds so you can give them a try by downloading them at http://www.hollydrift.com/haltinggaitep.html. After the listening don't forget to write to Mathyas your impressions because he's offering his music for free but he'd like to share something with the listener (he's also sending another release for free in change of a letter where you describe the place where you live).

DEAD BEAT PROJECT: Breaking The Shell

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 29 2008
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Artist: DEAD BEAT PROJECT (@)
Title: Breaking The Shell
Format: CD
Label: Aesthetic Death Records (@)
Rated: *****

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In balance between ambient, 70's electronic with a dance hint and soundtrack to a dark movie, Dead Beat Project present its first album titled BREAKING THE SHELL. Personal project of Esoteric (UK) keyboard player Olivier Goyet, Dead Beat Project first release is able to convince since the first listening thanks to its wide range of sounds and ambiences. Some examples? The opening "Last faith" is a semi Celtic/classical tune, "Silent stream" is a cinematic electronic tune with electro rhythms, "This feeling" is a melancholic dark ambient track with synth pads, orchestration and piano while "Alive and living" is a melodic dark ambient track really evocative. One of the main thing that impressed me listening to the nine tracks of the album is Olivier capacity to switch atmospheres during the tracks in a subtle way thanks to the add of little melodies, rhythms and sounds. He is also capable to make turn one track from dark to melancholic adding only few melody lines and this is a key point if you want to keep the attention of the listener. Check the tracks' excerpts here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/deadbeatproject/from/chaindlk


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