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ARKTAU EOS: Mirrorion

 Posted by Kaf Mardel   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 01 2006
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Artist: ARKTAU EOS (@)
Title: Mirrorion
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
This material is deeply evocative and deals with arcane audio structures. There are both dark elements and crystal sounds. It is an album by a Finnish duo with a very nice artwork! By listening to it, you will be like a traveller inside a quiet dimension where you are allowed and invited to dig your soul. It is interesting to notice that these recordings have been made with no electronic stuff, at least for the first phase. Silver River is probably the deepest moment of the album. The listener will get a strange pleasure in finding himself in a path full of darkness and light.

KUSH ARORA: Bhang Ragga

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 29 2006
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Artist: KUSH ARORA
Title: Bhang Ragga
Format: CD
Label: Kush Arora Productions
Ok, here's for a tough one to review, not because I dislike dub (which I actually like quite a bit), but because I lack terms of camparison and most of all, I really haven't made up my mind about this album yet. I dig some parts and would gladly do without others. For sure, this San Francisco's musician (here at his second full-length) has a personal approach to dub music, mixing raggae/dancehall styles with electronics and a heavy slab of Indian (Punjabi) music - with a list of guest musicians playing live tabla, dhol and dholak, santoor, flute, etc. More guests offer vocal duties, which is where my main problem lies - I find it really hard to get into N4SA's style, for example, though it could well be a perfect raggae performer. I just don't get into it at all. But the instrumental side is quite interesting throughout, with a sort of Bill Laswell/On U-styled approach and that heavy dose of Eastern sounds. Not my favourite style of dub-cum-electronica, but someone more competent than me could find this a masterpiece.

Obfusc: Internal Countryside

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 28 2006
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Artist: Obfusc (@)
Title: Internal Countryside
Format: CD
Label: Boltfish recordings
Rated: *****

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I dig this. It's a Brooklyn-based IDM/electronic/ambient artist with a lot of good ideas and talent. It's on British record label which has a good and clear vision of how to achieve cinematic atmospheric music and how to showcase it to the world (very neat and well designed website, low-cost but creative promotional press-release design, beautiful and modern record covers).Think of "Internal Countryside" as beat-driven ambient flirting with harmonious idm. Nice overlapping of cozy relaxing sound bits with smooth glitch down-tempo soft-tronica. Smart programming, heavily influenced by the whole Brit thing (the "other" brit thing, that is). If you like the warm, organic, digitized sounds of Warp and of some of their best selling ambient artists, as well as artists rosters of labels such as Toytronic or Expanding, this CD will feel right at home on your shelf.The album includes four remixes by Cheju, Mint, Ova Looven and Milieu as well as a video clip by Jason Banker.

Ahasverus: Evocation

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 28 2006
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Artist: Ahasverus (@)
Title: Evocation
Format: CD
Label: Ahasverus Records
Rated: *****
Ahasverus is the musical project of Swedish archaeologist/linguist Henrik Summanen. In the stunning booklet of his second work "Evocation", we find images of pagan (Mesopotamian?) gods. As for the music, there is a meticolous and ever-evolving mixture of dense "old school" dark ambient background mixed with distant chimes, bells and more environmental sources. The intricate network of sounds added to each dronework gives a less static feel to the compositions. An intrepid work that would definitely suck you into mystical depths, a must-hear for fans of Moljebka Pvlse and other non-conventional dark ambient artists.

ARKTAU EOS: Scorpion Milk

 Posted by Kaf Mardel   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 27 2006
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Artist: ARKTAU EOS
Title: Scorpion Milk
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
A very suggestive cdr. The work art is handmade and very arty. The music is mysterious and evocative. It is a single track and it lasts for several minutes. Although very minimal, it is moody and pensive. You will find ritual atmosphere, dark suggestion and lisergic construction. As it is stated in the inner sleeve, this recording deals with "waves beyond the mirror". There are no further words but if you want to get some more details, visit www.auralhypnox.com.


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