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LAURENT PERRIER: Downfall / Disperse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 20 2006
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Artist: LAURENT PERRIER (@)
Title: Downfall / Disperse
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier is the man behind Sound Probation records, label that he founded after ten years of activity of Odd Size records (it was also a record shop and a mailorder). With his new label he’s active with different projects (Pylône, Zonk’t and Heal along with his self named project, to name few) but it’s the first time that he releases something under his real name. The double CD DOWNFALL/DISPERSE contains two long magmatic suites about 50 minutes long where ambient droning sounds meet idm like click and pops following cyclic structures. "Downfall" starts quietly and little by little sounds are added creating an avalanche effect just to end with a sort of electronic distorted buzz. "Disperse" is more quiet and since its beginning the structure is defined and it mutates during its whole length. The two tracks are part of the soundtracks of an Alban Richard – Ensemble dance theatrical piece and this double CD is a sort of documentation. The tracks could also work without the theatrical counterpart if you are used to long experimental suites, if not, you have been warned...

IMIAFAN: Collaborations

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 19 2006
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Artist: IMIAFAN (@)
Title: Collaborations
Format: CD
Label: Red Star Budapest (@)
Rated: *****
COLLABORATIONS, along with the split 7" I’ll review later, is the newest ImiAFan release and it contains nine remix, re-processed tracks produced during the 2001÷2005 period thanks to John Merral, Cabaret, ImiAFan & DNC, Karaoke Tundra, Michael Harding, Martin Burlas, Marek Zubko (aka DNC), Cjjbrozt and Yosuke Kawamura (aka Lozi). The oroginal tracks are coming from the previous band’s releases "Péntek este EP" and "Legy a falon" 12" and four of them seems to be unreleased, because I haven’t seen them listed anywhere else (they are "Inner voices", the two versions of "Naomi" and "Prechádzka"). These nine tracks differs a lot from the electronic instrumental analog sounding style of the Imrich Végh project and they span from the analog melodic glitch breakbeat of "Toys (Hyobitech 3 remix)" to the ambient idm of "Time (Lozi remix)", passing through techno ("Inner voices – Cabaret road trip mix"), minimal experimentations ("Légy A Falon - Do16! Remix"), electro lounge ("Toys! - The Only Michael Remix") or minimal ambient wave ("Naomi - Redefined By DNC"). This release as well as all the Red Star Budapest releases are free of charge as they are released under the "The Free Music Philosophy" (check http://www.ram.org/ramblings/philosophy/fmp.html). The last thing I could say is: support this initiative as the sounds are good and the philosophy is great!
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Artist: BOOT-SECTOR-VIRUZ
Title: Anti Matter
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
With more than ten years of activity, BooT-SectoR-ViruZ release for Invasion Wreck Chords his latest album titled ANTI MATTER. The CD contains 13 tracks of high rated blend of industrial noise, break beat and ambient with a certain danceable vein (check tracks like "Disco daddy" or the following "Oppression – equal shit"). Each track someway sounds different one from the other because if "Trigger" is more based on rhythm and a melodic line (the female vocal sample is so catchy), "Cruel intentions" is more ambient/break beat, while "Carnivore" is an ambient distorted rhythm freak. Based on samples, rhythms madness and dark atmospheres, the album sounds great. Erik Schleicher did a magnificent job and I suggest you to check this 37th Invasion Wreck Chords release!

DiN20: iNDEX02

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 13 2006
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Artist: DiN20
Title: iNDEX02
Format: CD
Label: DiN artists (@)
Rated: *****
Don't get me wrong -- I am a fan of mid-'90s-era ambient Electronica: Banco de Gaia, Electric Skychurch, William Orbit, 777, et al. (and anyone who has heard the eerie "Mountain of Needles" from David Byrne and Brian Eno's seminal masterwork My Life in the Bush of Ghosts will know what I mean). Yet the tracks that make up this semi-continuous comilpation by DiN20 don't leave enough of an impression that they're helping to move things forward.

DiN is the musical identity of Electronica maven Ian Boddy, who collaborates with various fellow sonic artistes Subsonic Experience, Reuter, dbkaos, Robert Rich, ARC and Wöstheinrich. DiN20 is simply the 20th release in his catalog (and "iNDEX02" the second compliation), really a sort of retrospective, compiling two tracks from each of the DiNs 11 through 19. There are thumbnail-sized pictures of the amazing artwork that accompanied those original releases of Boddy & Co.'s songs; an insert booklet of these covers at CD-size would have been a real bonus for this comp. The best cuts are fifth up, "The Mystic," with its phasery, alien danger, the sixth, "Edge of Nowhere," and twelfth, chasm-yawning "Tuning Out."

All the tracks are well-executed, well-sequenced and well-produced, and at nearly 78 minutes this CD is a great chill-out listen. But here's the downside: it is compromised by the fact that (a) these songs could have been recorded and produced 10 years ago, and (b) most of them wind up sounding as though they were.

Karsten Hamre: Broken Whispers

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 11 2006
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Artist: Karsten Hamre (@)
Title: Broken Whispers
Format: CD
Label: Flood the Earth Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****

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Broken Whispers is one of the latest of the manifold projects of Norwegian-born Dark Ambient craftsman Karsten Hamre. This is a disc that is made up of slow and low minimalist electronics, sounding like equal parts Laibach and Gas, with many other influences solidly backing it up. "Abandoned Glory," the opener, contains what may be a Hammond organ loop trilling in the background -- a cool component to have. Subtle symphonic rumblings in track three, "The Black Waves," are a nice touch as well. Things really start to click, however, with tracks four and five, "Enshrouded Lands" and "An Ominous Serenade," the most Gas-like of the bunch. Track six, "Dioxide Universal" whirs along just as slowly and ominously as its predecessor, although unfortunately there is an audible skipping sound about midway through the piece (and it wasn't my server, my hard drive, or my imagination). But it's the closer, "When Darkness Falls," that works the best because of its pacing, chord choices and the variety of sounds heard in the background; it tells the most captivating story. The CD insert artwork is nice, too -- all done by K. H. himself, and recalls the old Elijah's Mantle album covers.


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