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Reminisce II

January 22nd, 2018 Comments off

2004. It was so cool and southing sounding. Bringing hope of less aggressive times. A timeless album because the opening track is something else: “Peace Of Mind”. Classic neo-electro.

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In My Castle

December 1st, 2017 Comments off

I’m all alone in my castle (by choice it would seem).

I was planning to play one thing (the “Digital Synthesis” compilation one more time) but I ended up listening to another thing altogether.

A different thing, it is another of many personal favourites I might add.

Why is that? And what is so special about it? Well, to begin with it is neo-electro.  Claro Intelecto – Neurofibro* – Ai Records – AiLP008CD. Tons of history (O. Bergman liked it a lot back then) there.

Wow, you finally wrote an actual text about music and not all that other rubbish!

Come on man! You will have to give up at some point? You can’t continue like this for an eternity? Or can you?

– Just give me a reasonable alternative and I will in all honesty consider it. Otherwise? Then just watch me. “Wave the freak flag high.” Just like Hendrix did, like mother and father said/told me too.

* Bomber och granater have you ever heard: “Tria”?

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Retina.it, s/t [Mousike Lab – MSKCD02, 2004]

February 25th, 2005 Comments off

retina_s_t“s/t” is coming from the deep south of Italy, Europe Naples based Mousike Lab’s second full-length album release features retina.it in form. As to the album name could it possibly be an abbreviation of “Senza Titolo” means “Untitled”? The first track on “s/t” is titled “Aaghee” and it has an excellent intro and dramatic yet controlled build-up. Centred on an industrial strength melody creating an indestructible sonic structure. Ingenious in its simplicity, that track is not only out of this World it’s also an item that warrants instant reply. The first track sets the standard high as well as the expectations on the rest of the album and it doesn’t leave you disappointed. Retina.it’s 10 minimal and well-crafted songs carry through the entirety of the album, it’s heavily loop-based music with hypnotic characteristics like the percussion-filled “Sambush”, the quirky sounding “Zafari” or the bass-heavy “Papc”. The sweet-sounding melody of the “Comamilla” track breaks the before mentioned triplet in a beautiful way. “Om nama rtnt” follows and adds a bit of mysticism with the vocals and India inspired sounds. “Risveglia” and “12set” return the album to the harder sounding starting point. And the last track on the album “China @ house” glitches the “s/t” album to a quiet stop. In short this is a very good album, it comes recommended and with the special recommendation not to miss out on “Aaghee”.

Various Artists, Condominium [Mousikelab – MSKCD03, 2004]

February 25th, 2005 Comments off

condminium“Condominium” is another fine release by Mousike Lab the third to be exact and they’re going from strength to strength in the midst of defining their own sound. “Condominium” is a 15-track compilation featuring as many artists. Among them you’ll find Resina and Retina.it both who previously have released albums on Mousike Lab as well as being reviewed here at ED. The remaining contributors are well-known and less well-known artists, such as: Mitek’s Claudia Bonarelli, DJ Vadim, Mùm and Frame. There’s a lot of variation and high-quality productions included on this compilation. It’s filled with delightful tracks like Ether’s beats-filled “Contra”, Populous’ excellent and dreamesque “The Green Guitar”, Tadd Mullinix superb, nervous and slightly intimidating cut-up “Shaven Glass”, Retina.it’s take on hip-hop and Frames’ gentle bass giant “From Y To Z” or why not Claudia B’s bassy and playful “Tips for Restless Youth”, Slickers’ solid and acidee “Lenticchie”. The list goes on and FM3’s Bitzen drones out the compilation counting in as track number 15. Mousike Lab has an interesting roster to say the least and “Condominium” is the definite proof of exactly that.

Mint, Manmade Nature EP [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT011, 2004]

February 25th, 2005 Comments off

mint_man_madeBoltfish are flinging out releases and doing so with maintained quality, the QA at Boltfish surely must be working overtime. The piece of Boltfish sweetness currently demanding our attention is Mint’s “Manmade Nature EP” (Dec 2004). It’s a four-track EP by the creator of “Growing Older” featured in the “Region Zero” compilation review from last year (2004). The 1st track on the EP has solid beat and assorted layered synthetic sounds in harmony. The 2nd track “Milk” is pure bliss based on feather light beats, clever panning and synthetic sounds washing in like a mild summer rain. All accompanied by a guitar floating around in the background and a vocal sample. Terrific atmosphere and I don’t even like milk. The 3rd track “A question of timing” sets another mood and has hesitant percussion and played bassline to go. The beat takes on house like form and gives the track forward movement, but the bassline never leaves their side. The 4th track “Little Gift” would find it’s place in any nursery and has the sweetest of melodies, but wait their some foreign elements in this nursery song: glitch. Wisely distributed though, wouldn’t want to upset the little ones and yes we get lovely strings too. The conclusion: a nice track and another great release by Mint and Boltfish.

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Start A People [70’s Gymnastics Recording Company – 70SGYM01, 2004]

February 25th, 2005 Comments off

DSCN3467I try hard to refrain from making musical references may they be obvious or not. One reason for this is that it seems unfair to label any artist who isn’t blatantly and obviously copying another artist. Another reason is that I’ve filled my own reading quota of sweeping references to Autecr* and Boards of C*n*da and dismissive comments about the generic nature of this or that sound. In most cases they do not seem relevant at all and especially while talking about generics… however, at times these references may be called for. American Black Moth Super Rainbow would qualify to being a warranted exception, because their overall sound scheme really doesn’t leave me with any option. The similarities with Boards of Canada reaches beyond having a band name that is also a four letter acronym, however BMSR is not being fraudulent and they’re far from being a simple copy of BOAC. In fact it’s the selected sound scenery of the productions that bare striking similarities. The BMSR sound however is much much dirtier, a lot more tounge-in-cheekish and all their tracks seem locked in a hip hop/rare groove that is fused with all kinds of musical memorabilia. Influences are most likely to many to mention. The occasional vocoderised vocals and extreme lo-fi sounding production techniques are all adding to the dirtiness of the sound. The “Start a People” album is 15 tracks long and among them you’ll find the (very short) ninth track “Snail Garden”, a perfect example of the BMSR way: dirty sounding, low-bit sampling techniques, vocoder and a healthy beat putting a smile on your face if you’re in the right mood. The same can be said for track numbers: six “I Think it is beautiful that you are 256 colours too”, seven “Count Backwards To Black” and eight “Early 70’s Gymnastics”. BMSR could easily get a rapidly growing number of supporters if they haven’t already!

Various Artists, Sudd Autumn Collection 04 [Sudd – SUDDCD003, 2004]

February 25th, 2005 Comments off

sudd_04_comp“Sudd Autumn Collection” is the third in series of compilations from Swedish label Sudd. It’s a display of Swedish artists active in the electronic music field, the majority unknown to me, but hey that’s how it is, the last place you discover is your own backyard. The collection is heavily slanting toward the electro/house/techno regions (is this a statement void of any meaning?) with the occasional exception. Nim’s gentle and acoustic sounding “Sun and Blanket” being one. It really stands out and it’s simply very good low-key beautiful stuff. Alphaliner’s “Underpass” and the understated sonics and simplified beats another example. Fujasaki delivers two contributions “Master Ho” and “0445AM”. The first has healthy sounding beats pushing forward, a fairly rich sound setting and a strange end. The latter contains a solid beat, birdsong and cello and it also sounds quite nice. Examples of the purist techno take succeeding would be Kenny Black’s retro stomping Americana delight “Elatik”. In short: it contains a little something for everyone it’s a CD compilation by a small Swedish independent label. Fancy one? Visit their website: sudd.org

J.Auer, Fading From Here [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT008, 2004]

November 4th, 2004 Comments off

auer_fading_from_here“Fading From Here” is the name of an excellent EP by J.Auer on Boltfish Recordings displaying 4 minimal drum machine based tracks. For the simplicity of things they’ve been entitled numerically and in order. The four tracks “i”, “ii”, “vii” and “x” making the MP3 release all have steady drum machine programming basslines and nice sounds. The CDR release contains not one, but 6 bonus tracks! And they all manage to reach the high standard of the previously mentioned 4 tracks.On the sleeve of the CDR the following statement is made: “a laptop, a power supply, some software, some electricity and my emotions” which presumably is Mr Auer’s own words. It captures his latest work perfectly and may also be an explanation to why at times some of the tracks seem stuck in their on loop, leaving the listener waiting for something more to happen. Having said that, exactly the same thing can add to the groove of a track as well and Auer manages to balance this fine line successfully. To summarise, it’s another fine release by Boltfish.

Zainetica, Never at Peace [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT009, 2004]

November 4th, 2004 Comments off

zainetica_never_at_peaceIt’s a lovely release, this MP3/CDR release by Zainetica on the Boltfish label. A five-track EP with as many lovely compositions, bass rich with excellent choice of sounds and plenty of warmth “Never at Peace” is a continuation of Zainetica’s “Disorder” incorporated on the Boltfish sampler “Region Zero” released earlier this year.The favourite track on this EP is probably “Feelings That Can Not Be Expressed” with its straightforward beats, heavy bassline and melancholic sounds. It’s the kind of track that is bound for instant replay and that gets better for every listen.”Never at Peace” is quite a fabulous release by Zainetica and it goes without saying that Boltfish continues to release top-quality music.

Complex Routine, Darning My Socks EP [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT010, 2004]

November 4th, 2004 Comments off

complex_darning_my_socksThe name is new but the artist is not Complex Routine previously released music using the name Sveto the Fool and was also featured on the Boltfish sampler “Region Zero”. Darning My Socks” is a release on par with the recently reviewed “Never at Peace” by Zainetica. This is a beautifully produced four-track EP with as many beautiful tracks. Aptly building his tracks from the ground up, adding element after element and thereby creating a complex routine that is thoroughly enjoyable listening to. Not being lost in the beats’ department either the forward movement of all the tracks is clearly defined.The favourite track on this EP is probably “Darning My Socks (No One Comes Near)” with its brilliant programmed beats, quirky and slightly jazzy melody fused with a bass-filled and warm atmosphere.Continuing the furious release tempo associated with digitally based labels Complex Routine’s contribution “Darning My Socks EP” ensures that the high standard set by Boltfish is adhered to. Once again my compliments goes out to Boltfish and their associated artists.