Atone, Un Jour EP [Autres Directions In Music – MOULIN006, 2004]

July 12th, 2004 Comments off

atone_un_jour_epUn Jour EP is the name of Moulin 006 and that would be the sixth release on Adim. Atone delivers 5 tracks of high-quality electronic music stretching from dreamesque soundscapes to rhythmic complexity. The EP opens up with “Partir” with a sparkling melody reminiscent of the rising sun a beautiful summer’s day just after you’ve opened your eyes, for a new day and a new start. It is followed by the harmonica-filled “Two Marimbas” the hesitant melody in combination with the gentlest beats is trotting forward in a steady pace. “Balneaire” sets a calmer ambiance and would be the lazy afternoon in extreme heat and all blue skies. Very nice choices of sounds in this beatless track. “C’est Fini” has an understated bassline and some crisp beats, the sprinkled melody works beautifully as it is contrasted with the harsher sounds of the composition. Quite excellent. The EP is closed by the fifth and last song “Qobac Sine”. An atmospheric piece with heartbreaking melancholic sounds suspended mid-air in this the sonic picture of nightfall. To sum up it’s another nice EP from those Adim (Autres Directions In Music) people!

Propergol y Colargol, Charly Roger. Charly Roger. Songs for Fuzzycandy LP [Autres Directions In Music – MOULIN007, 2004]

July 12th, 2004 Comments off

charly_rogerThe seventh release on Adim is brought to you by Propergol y Colargol. Their album entitled “Charly Roger. Songs for fuzzycandy LP” is Moulin007 it’s great. “No Particular Destination” sets of in a beatless and dark direction. “Il Covo Club” adds some structure to the sonic picture and its understated beats are decidedly glitchy. “Aunties Annies” contains echoed and layered disharmonic sounds fused with straight-forward yet feather-light beats creating a haunting effect and it’s quite nice at that. “Ass.Music.Etna.Zö Club” keeps the dark atmosphere with its beatless and desolate soundscapes. And it continues in “Benjamine’s Spasm” sounding like a recording of an alien radio transmission slowly being transformed into a slightly more earthly sounding song. “Café Trauma” if not feeling all that well maybe you shouldn’t go? In “-22-” there’s a catch, it’s reversed and watch those speakers/headphones when the treble onslaught sets in, intriguing. In “Forum Stadpark” Propergol y Colargol show a friendlier side with a sounding-like-harmonica-melody, distinct beats and a lot of atmosphere, but the question is can you trust them? “Hitchhicking Non-stop” is also treading on the gentler side of things and is virtually beatless. “Nordstern” and “O’fantasmo” conclude the album. The sound is very individual and maybe not on a beginners level, I for one find the “Charly Roger. Songs for Fuzzycandy LP” thoroughly enjoyable in some strange mysterious way. Adim full speed ahead, never mind the icebergs!

Deadbeat, Wild Life Documentaires [~scape – SC15, 2002]

July 12th, 2004 Comments off

sc015_deadbeat_wild_life_doIt’s e-dub of the highest order and the production techniques are perfected. Some like and some don’t. I think it’s simply masterful!

Deadbeat, Something Borrowed, Something Blue [~scape – SC21, 2004]

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sc021_deadbeat_something_boJust like on Deadbeat’s previous album on ~scape “Wild Life Documentaires” we’re talking of e-dub of the highest order and the production techniques are perfected. Some like and some don’t. I still think it’s simply masterful!

Harpagès, Simple Visions [Autres Directions In Music – MOULIN004, 2004]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

simples_visionSimple Visions is the name of the latest release on the Adim label, it’s moulin 004 produced by Harpagès. They deliver a single track stretching some 28 minutes creating an amazing atmosphere with clearly cinematic characteristics. The visual associations are direct and enter as soon as you start playing the track, so its title “Simple Visions” is very fitting indeed. However don’t be misled and assume that this is simple music, nothing could be further from the truth. Because even if the visions summoned by the music may or may not be simple the same cannot be said about the music itself. It’s an intriguing piece of work that really fits on the Adim label as well. As it turns out after reading the accompanied information this piece was originally ordered in connection with a festival taking place in Lille, France and resulted in a short film. The music was made before the film and should not be regarded as a soundtrack as such it’s more than that. As usual the track and artwork (not the film though) is available for download at the Adim site or purchasable as CDR for 5 euros. Go and get it now!

Quench, Dyn [U-cover – U-COVER16, 2003]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

quench_dynR&D Funcken have done it again! And what is that you may ask and the natural answer is: produced and recorded another epic mile-stone-esque full-length album! “Dyn” is released by quality label U-cover, it’s their 16th release and it features the one-of-a-kind masters R&D Funcken under their Quench moniker. You get 11 tracks of the finest electronic music available. You get to hear Funcken re-invent, re-define and re-edit themselves. There’s just no relevant comparison possible. This release comes with the highest possible recommendations. Get it now and your life will improve all you have to do is to embrace the complexity and discover the beauty!

Deru, Pushing Soil [Delikatessen Records – PLATE8, 2004]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

delikatessen_plate8_2002Another fine release on Delikatessen Records, this time around it’s Deru getting the remix treatment on the “Pushing Soil” EP. And as usual with Delikatessen it’s all rather tasty, a 10″ vinyl with strikingly good-looking artwork, top-class packaging and four strong tracks. The remixes are done by two household names and two soon-to-be household names. First up is Lusine who also has his very own release on Delikatessen, actually the very first release on Delikatessen, the first plate served. His “Soulik_Remixed” carries all his trademarks from the warm rich basslines down to the clear and precise production. Lo Grey Beam’s contribution “Din_remixed” is clearly on a hip-hop tip with solid beats alongside nice sonic textures. Flip the record and you get Xela’s version of things, slow moving, slightly dub-influenced atmosphere filled layered bliss with a dose of melancholy. Excellent stuff indeed. The most intriguing remix is delivered by the to me previously unknown talent Ginormous. It’s an excellent track, which slowly builds and has a surprise or two in store. The beatless intro leads onto an interesting choice of sounds for melody fused with an ultra deep bassline resounding and progressing throughout the track some beats are added as well as a dramatic break. The “Flux_of_Humor_Remixed” ends the “Pushing Soil” EP. It’ll be interesting to see what the two fairly unknown remixers will concoct in the future and that applies to the remixee too, that is Deru. I must admit I haven’t heard the original release, which forms the basis for this release, but after hearing Deru remixed I suppose I’ll have to investigate the sonic source as well.

Gridlock, Formless [Hymen – ¥736, 2003]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

gridlock_formlessTougher than though Gridlock delivers a fantastic album entitled “Formless” is quality music through and through, make no mistake about it. Gridlock chooses to focus on the less furious side of things and have managed to compose an album that is intense, beautiful and filled with atmosphere. “Formless” is yet another great album out on Hymen.

Somatic Responses, Adverts [Component – COM112, 2004]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

somatic_advertsIt is all about dirty breaks and heavily distorted soundscapes what did you expect? It’s Somatic Responses we’re talking about after all! “Adverts” is a double CD out on the hard-hitting Component Records packed to the brim with Somatic Responses and may I add not for the fainthearted. As is often the case for me, mixed emotions are evoked by music with these characteristics. At times the sheer ruthlessness of the music is both compelling and enjoyable in it’s own right and at times it is not. Somatic Responses have a tendency to make, a maybe to thorough job of tearing apart their own musical constructions and literally crush the sonic picture and drench it in distortion. It’s their insignia, but at times the brokenness completely takes over the tracks. On the other hand in the right amount and with a bit more coherence then it’s just excellent disjointed break beats with a very hard edge. If you like your breaks industrial strength graded and dirty sounding and you don’t mind distorted soundscapes, then be sure to investigate Somatic Responses’ “Adverts” and you’re in for a 140+ minutes onslaught. And while you’re at it take a close look at the entire component label.

Various Artists, Jip2 [Jiprecords!/Eat This Records – JIP03/ETR7.2, 2003]

March 25th, 2004 Comments off

jip_records_jip03_etr7_2_mIt’s the third release on the excellent Jip, a sub label to Eat This and also reportedly own by the world’s youngest label manager three year old Jip. You get five great tracks of electronic music delivered by Koolfunk, Loess, Loden, Mitchell Akiyama and Slemper. I guess we all have to wait patiently for her next birthday and the next release. In the meanwhile get your copy of Jip2!