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YNEY: Antarctina

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: YNEY
Title: Antarctina
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
Yney is a project formed by three different and particular musicians: Jury Orlov, Igor Shaposhnikov and Andrew Kireev. ANTARCTINA is their first release as Yney but each of them have got several other releases and you can visit the band page on the label's website to get more informations. Anyway, this release convinced me immediately as the eight tracks have got an experimental approach being accessible at the same time. Someway they had on me the effect that Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" or Scorn's "White irisis blind" had. The tracks are capable of catching audience's attention in no time with their driving rhythms and they could be used also in alternative clubs even if their are more experimental than club friendly. Ever wanted to listen to a different dub ambient album? Well, with ANTARCTINA you've got the opportunity to listen to a good album that break the classic dub rules mixing them with early electronica.

no Xicic: Uneksija

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 01 2004
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Artist: no Xicic (@)
Title: Uneksija
Format: CD
Label: Onyxia (@)
Distributor: Onyxia Mailorder
Rated: *****
After a CD-R, an EP, a 7" EP on Drone records and a 3" CD-R spanning from 1999 to 2004, Finnish artist and pharmacist (that is some combination, can you imagine what he would have done in the seventies?) Henkka Kylloenen, a.k.a. no Xivic, takes the big leap to the full lenght CD format with "Uneksija", featuring eight tracks of creepy and unearthy dark-ambient music. Even though it starts out with an only somewhat disquieting uncanny piano improvisation over voices and drones, it soon steps into a much scarier place, where eerie layers of sounds create hollow, wide, cold and aphotic atmospheres made of slowly breathing atramentous noises that sound as if they were alive and sore creatures waiting to enter your gloomy nightmares and soar around the most ill-lighted parts of your mind. Your state of mind will be affected by these tunes, enhancing its nebulous and tenebrous sides for over seventy minutes, so be ready for it.PS Check out the cool paintings of the art work of this CD by Samuli Kontio as well as the nice and impressive industrial-inspired website of his record label Onyxia.

RAFFAELE SERRA: Le spectre de la rose

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 31 2004
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Artist: RAFFAELE SERRA
Title: Le spectre de la rose
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: AFE Records (@)
Rated: *****
New release by Raffaele Serra on AFE Records (see archive for previous reviews), packaged in a gorgeous carboard cover. Partly inspired by Fleur Jaeggy's "Sweet days of discipline", "La spectre de la rose" is a quite sombre work, and a kind of lengthy summa of Serra's different souls, mixing ambient, electronica, and soundtrack-like compositions. The cd opens with the unquiet ambient drone of "Siege of the Unseen", then features rhythmic tracks like "Iron Dream" and "Love Vs. Gravity" (similar to the previous work, "Europe Endless"), and even some ("Stars like dust", "Ticket to anywhere") that could be a colder electronic version of sixties lounge. It's a lengthy release (70'), and at times I wished the ideas were more concentrated, or that some patterns were more varied - but anyway, an engaging listen nonetheless.
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Artist: o9
Title: Church of the Ghetto P.C.
Format: CD
Label: Schematic / Asphodel (@)
Rated: *****
Miami, FL based label Schematic (the same label of Shapeshifter and The Hearts Of Darknesses, who we have interviewed and proudly discovered before he got signed) has scouted another new gemm in the world of electro-breakcore, and to know where they found this laptop artist seems to be top secret. o9's "Church of the Ghetto P.C." fires off his debut with an exhilarating kick ass breakcore blast and keeps up the good work (and the pace) with most of the following tracks. The dude has learned the lesson from the British masters (mostly those signed to Warp), that's for sure, but has also made a point in echoing the sound of labels such as Mego, Hive, Raster-Noton, Unschooled etc. Altough I am afraid the intensity of the album sort of spirals downward as the listening continues, the quality is maintained and the impact curve probably suits an immersive experience that can go from dancing to listening and chilling.

BEYOND: Shadeworld

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 24 2004
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Artist: BEYOND (@)
Title: Shadeworld
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Nulll Records
Rated: *****
Debut cdr release for this new-born German dark ambient project. I'd label it "funeral doom ambient" as it sounds like the ambient equivalent of bands like Until Death Overtakes Me, plus a healthy dose of classic dark drones (Lustmord, Amon, Svartsinn...). Exactly like funeral doom, you can find it, from time to time or during the same listening session, extremely fascinating or quite boring after a while, also because of its mammoth length. But this release is mostly good, and well balanced. The low, bass-heavy drones are mixed with depressive key symphonies, very funeral doom-sounding, and these are probably the characteristic I liked less. But as the cd progresses, the pure droning atmosphere prevails, and it's nice to tune out and drift along. A new release and a couple of sampler appearances are in the works.


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