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VV.AA.: Bip_Hop generation vol. 8

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 24 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Bip_Hop generation vol. 8
Format: CD
Label: Bip Hop (@)
Rated: *****
I've never been a fan of the "sampler formula", it always remind me an all you can eat modus essendi, sure I've some interesting compilations but just a few. Thanks heaven Bip_Hop for this collection adopted the smart idea of reducing the number of the hosts but leaving them more time so they could put one, two or three tracks as they prefer and that's the case. This chapter eight of the Bip_Hop generation collection is quite homogenous in a soft electronics-post-ambiental sense and it works really well as a continuum. If this last sentence could be interpreted as an hint the artists are too similar, I have to say that's partially true since Murcof, Minamo, and Tu'm are quite different one from each other, but I think that be it intentional or not their track are really complementary on this sampler. Murcof obviously is the most different from the rest of the pack but his electronic meets contemporary music taste is softer than usual. Akiyama track is probably a bit more abstract than the majority of his works but his ten minutes are also able to be emotionally charged. I didn't know String of Consciousness and it’s a nice surprise while TU M' are good as always (hey how many releases have they out at the moment?). Tennis’ quite good even if probly their track are less incisive then the other mates and what can you say about Minamo if not they’re simply lovely?. Even if as I’ve said usually I’m not into sampler this time my thumb is unquestionably up , get it.

AUTOCLAV1.1: Indelible

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 23 2006
Artist: AUTOCLAV1.1 (@)
Title: Indelible
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
This is another release brought to us by the US-based label NEIN Records, which lately also could enter a distribution deal with the German SXDistribution. This is surely not the newest release around, as far that this label has committed the deal with SXDistribution only a few weeks ago, there’s no reason not to feature it here. AUTOCLAV1.1 is Tony Young and he has already released several stuff under this moniker, see also the interview somewhere hidden on our site. He offers us here 7 own productions globally placed into the Ambient/Electronica/IDM genre, with some trips into harder Powernoise-like attitudes (marvelous celebrated on "Ctrl Asgn"). Dark and ominous synth layers are filled in and mixed with some IDM-like break beat patterns. 6 further tracks are available here, all of them are remix works offered by more or less known names out of the wide musically field of this genre. The remix done by KEEF BAKER on the track "Deadulus" can satisfy through the given diversity by offering several more rhythm patterns. DISPLACER offer a remix on "Facility", the one and only track not available originally here. Dark voice samples get in a fine combination with a static Ambient-like synth layer and after a while several rhythm patterns joining this track, a marvelous work! ESA surprises with a guitar riff in their remix work. Josh Collela of SCRAP.EDX did the mastering of this release and also he and his well known and appreciated project offer a remix, this time on "Solvent". Also the Spanish NEIN-recording artist EPIDEMIA has done some manual work on "Solvent" plus we have a contribution of a for me unknown act named TRIAX. As usual the given quality is well from AUTOCLAV1.1 and the remix contributions add a nice diversity. For fans of this genre a must-have!

irr. app. (ext.): Perekluchenie

 Posted by John Gore   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 22 2006
Artist: irr. app. (ext.)
Title: Perekluchenie
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
1. Hypothetical Tardigrade Resurrection, Parts 2 & 3visit the dark – a door opens – enter and leave all hope behind – met by many witnesses – force of habit leaves me cold – ambivalence and seduction merge and couple – a foundation of questioning rises and falls before our fetid eyes – born of fire and ice we continue2. Perekluchenie: The Stairway to the Blue Light Subsidesschizoacoustic musings – my eardrums imploded and shredded – blood boiling and boiled3. Wretched DensityIberian landscape of waving trees and dry grass leaning towards the crooked arms of time’s subtle caress – foolish fight, foolish knight4. Hypothetical Tardigrade Resurrection, Parts 4,5 & 6sunrise announced by hard light rays of yellow gold – purposeful reflection on sonic paranoia – should we run and hide? – steel wings steal pass lightly and alight – windows – full frontal – communal mind of lasting grace – purification – deception – the attendant signs – focus the right and left descending might 5. Milking the Dead for Distractiondistraction and struggle – reach toward the inner out – shards of heavy air – vibrating motes of eyes

The Infant Cycle/ARC: Unrelated Work tapes/Raw Circle

 Posted by John Gore   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 21 2006
Artist: The Infant Cycle/ARC
Title: Unrelated Work tapes/Raw Circle
Format: CD EP
Label: The Ceiling (@)
The Infant Cycle – Unrelated Work Tapespointillistic evolutionary waves of iconic life forms – new realms of auditory generation – joyful embraces – jagged children incensed by time – a bidding and biding – the path of patient distress is followed – ARC – Raw Circlehesitant ambience – on the verge without fear – point of fact point of view – square seven – phonetic flight of fancy – arrival of the fittest – winged meme

Stan Reed, Gregor Jabs, Frank Rowenta: Apoplexia 1973

 Posted by John Gore   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 21 2006
Artist: Stan Reed, Gregor Jabs, Frank Rowenta
Title: Apoplexia 1973
Format: CD
Label: Jeans Records, Psychform Records (@)
1. 02:18continental ideographic phoneme2. 06:28finding the words – tragic traffic and trance – sonic font of Faustian proportions – hovering primal warfare - a surface tension - the patina of blood and soil3. 04:28southern ideographic phoneme – wall of rounded wave bullets swimming in the ether 4. 05:09mime the light fantastic – lightly spin the glow – mind the outlet and ignore the pun – rather a fin than a claw5. 03:19do funny things! – run amok and mud – spell the spell – a portion of potion for the mind – climb the hill and see the end – chaos as fashion – fall apart6. 03:39insect Muse – fortean dreamer – past tense life7. 00:59rhythm – sound – other mind8. 03:56data overflow – attitudinal cascade – cupidity – solemnity – parsimonious flaw 9. 12:06rim rhyme Rimbaud – circle of black – the oscillation of indecision – structural interjection – blow blue absurdity – sequential masks of burning glass – semitransparent – photogenetic eyes of rind

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