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Selectone, Unearthed [Ressonus Records – RESS-01, 2006]

August 10th, 2007 Comments off

ress-01_coverWhat you see before you is the long overdue text about this severally limited first release for the Czech label Ressonus and in addition it is also the debut album for recording artist Selectone. There are nine tracks of highly personal music starting off with the devoid of beats and quite ambient Lavra. Thereafter continuing along the musical ideas of Selectone. Let it be said straight away that it is an intriguing release that in large parts set in drone/soundscape mode with the odd abusive exception. For example the distorted technoish beats of track number five Geo. However, the effect if any that was intended is probably not the desired one, because the rest of the album really feels like a collection of songs quite capable of standing on their own and in the same time creating something larger than merely the sum of their parts. There are several interesting concepts on this album, the rough sample techniques, broken and repetitive elements literally creating new structures. The collage technique is refreshing in its upfrontness. The ninth and last track Treatment contains large samples from a frightening film that was based on a frightening novel (the title is a combination of two designators one for time keeping and the other is eatable if peeled) and as it would seem some three decades later has become a pretty frightening song as well… The lo-fi setting of Selectone’s music is a consequence of his methods and it would seem to be as a deliberate move on his part as it is effective. Selectone has added another chapter to the story about individual sounding productions. The fact that the packaging is good even tough it might be just a tad impractical just adds to the overall positive feeling towards this release. Finally I would like to congratulate Ressonus on the first release and wish continued success with the label.

Melodium, Music for the Invisible People [Autres Directions in Music – MOULIN017, 2006]

August 10th, 2007 Comments off

moulin017Music for Invisible People is the title of Melodium’s second full-length album for Autres Directions in Music. The 13 track album is filled with his brand of quirky acoustically based electronic music that can be heard on previous releases such as Parthenay EP from 2003 (which is also the very first ADIM release), La Tête Qui Flotte from 2005 and Hum Hum & Bla Bla released the same year. The biggest difference would be the vocals, that have now been incorporated into each and every song. The sincerity cannot be missed and the end-result is ultimately a question of personal taste. Autre Directions in Music continues to safeguard their uniqueness and it is a good thing that Melodium does the same. Another chapter to the evolving story about individual sounding productions has just been added.

Mormo, Wasting 500 Sounds [Low Impedance Recordings – LOZ06, 2006]

August 10th, 2007 Comments off

loz06_mormo_wastingIn early 2006 the label Low Impedance Recordings released the debut album Loftway by the artist Kamotek and it was subsequently written about here. Not much was heard thereafter, however the label has since then shown a remarkable show of force and proving it are three recent excellent as they are different releases by: Mormo, Tokyo Mask and The Missing Ensemble. The first of the three is by the artist Mormo and the amusingly named Wasting 500 Sounds full-length. An in all aspects accomplished release filled with broken and cut-up electronic sounds produced and recorded with flawless attention to sonic detail. The quality of this release is outstanding and naturally it comes highly recommended.

Various Artists, A Small Frame of Reference [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 15, 2006]

August 10th, 2007 Comments off

omr015_small_frame_ofA compilation on October Man Recordings that contains 14 tracks by 13 artists as is usually the case there are some well-known contributors to OMR and some who make their first contribution. The electronic music elder Cheju opens A Small Frame of Reference with the trademarked sounding and beautiful Bracken. The one thing out of the ordinary with the track in question would be the tempo, which is set low compared to many of his previous tracks. Absent Without Leave’s Clouds is sounding very familiar with it’s setting of gentle guitar and drums a sweet little number indeed. Alkin Engineering’s Edge Too Close is superb with serious sub bass, synthetic sounds and reversed strings lingering above. In combination with processed vocals it creates a lot of atmosphere and it’s very nice! Bacanal Intruder’s Archiduque’s guitars and harmonica is oozing of innocence (if there actually is such a thing). Yellow6’s Untitled 2 sees this artist pursue his brand of guitar-based music, as has been the case on many occasions before and always to great effect. Ursula’s Des-Confort shares the familiarity in sound with Clouds by Absent Without Leave and it could be the strong pop-like melodies that reinforce that feeling. Arturowilliamsb’s Rural Memoir is cinematic, acoustic and quite beautiful. Spookboy’s Penny Sanchez flips the script literally and delivers a looped based non-hip hop sounding hip-hop track. Aitänna77’s October 16th sees him continuing treading the path of the 21st century singer-song writer, with this delicately put together track. Dof’s Adverb is hectic in comparison with the forerunners and yet it is a variant of the acoustic exercise s found on A Small Frame of Reference compilation. .tape.’s Numa is beatless and almost entirely based on acoustic guitar. David Newlyn’s Lesson 7 is pensive and the way the tones from a lonely grand piano echoes out into space in a to say the least epic way (it may be of interest that the artist is sharing the identity of October Man Recordings’ founder and owner). Cheju is graced with two contributions to the compilation and the second one Crane-fly is a re-interpretation of one of his own tracks, the ambience is as unmistakable as is the beat. Finally Winterlight’s Swept that concludes this DIY show of force. There’s just one possible problem and that is to find this compilation if you happen to like owning physical copies of your music. This review has been sadly delayed and given that the actual release took place some time last year (2006) and given the sever limitation of any OMR release you’ll probably not be able to obtain a copy. But, hey there’s always the chance of a re-release, you never know. And yes, Winterlight’s Swept is lovely!

Oblong, Indicator [Expanding Records – ECD26:06, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

oblong_indicatorThe change of direction has already been revealed and verified, for an ultra-consistent label like Expanding anything else would have been impossibility. Oblong’s full-length shares more than one thing in common with the last three releases on Expanding and fit precisely into their overall musical scheme. As is the always the case on Expanding (with the odd exception) the album is also a debut release. If nothing else it is a testament to the clarity of vision held by Expanding’s A&R where each subsequent release offers something new and at the same time offering something very, very familiar. The acoustics are now in the forefront rather than in the back and the rumour of a pending tour for Oblong does not come as a surprise. So what about the music? It’s soothing and heavily influenced by two things: one is jazz and the other would be Ben D Edwards. The well-known expert hand of Mr Edwards can be heard throughout the production, yet the production is much dirtier than you would be accustomed to. Given that you know his previous work or the work of Expanding for that matter, one can but help wondering how much of a struggle that actually was. However there plentiful of moments on this album that really could not have been made by another living individual and the similarities to Stendec are more than striking at times. To summarise: Oblong’s 1st and Expanding’s 26th album release sees the label pursuing a new direction, leaves them looking as strong as ever. Although they may also loose something in the process, moving closer to label friends such as Static Caravan and giving up the rewards of a purist electronic take. Nonetheless, Expanding’s position as being one of the most interesting labels in the World today is utterly preserved.

Zainetica, Redirection [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT035, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

zainetica_redirAnother accomplished release by Rednetic strong man and founder Zainetica. This time around producing an excellent album for fellow label tycoons Mint and Cheju of Boltfish fame. The pure quality of this man’s productions in combination with the pace at which the material is assembled never ceases to amaze and “Redirection” is definitely not an exception. There are fourteen solid electronic tracks and as many possibilities for audio enjoyment. It’s BOLT035 and you know you should investigate.

Ian Baxter, 229, 294, 306, 337 [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 14, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

ian_baxter_229“229, 294, 306, 337” is an analogue adventure with the occasional low-fi excursion signed Ian Baxter. There are seven tracks in a very “French” setting, guitar based electronic music as it was once defined by ADIM from France and maybe especially by Melodium their brightest shining star. But, Ian Baxter probably states it better himself if not remarkably much more concise than I managed to do: “A piece in seven parts based on tones made from a beer bottle, guitars and electronics”. It’s an interesting listening experience and a fine October Man Recordings release.

Omnimotion, Dream Wide Awake [Aleph Zero Records – ALEPHZ06, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

Omnimotion_dream_wide_awakeEven the name would suggest where the musical focus and inspiration would be coming from, there’re echoes from the past and another release on Aleph Zero referencing the long gone genre (or maybe not at all that distant) ambient dub. The production on “Dream Wide Awake” is flawless, but the same can unfortunately not be said about the vocal contributions, however they’re almost also a requirement for this specific genre. It’s hard not the recognise the talent in production and sincerity, but for the non-vocally inclined listeners the whispering echo-filled female vocals, just can not outweigh the rich bass and nice sounds of the resurrected ambient dub. This effect is visible in the fifth rack “Dream Wide Awake” featuring the excellent vocalist Krister Linder seeing him returning to recording after a decade or so of hiatus. It is a most welcome return I might add. If you’ve yet to discover his excellent Tupilaq album you’re most definetly in for a treat. Track number six “Elves of Atheria” demonstrates the talent of Omnimotion in as a good way as any other, with enchanting use of accordion and violin swaying between the generic view of French accordion and Vienna strings. Sure there’s an obvious reference to Wagon Christ, but it’s an excellent one. If you’re looking for well-produced, warm easy on the ears electronic music with a dash of vocals, e-dub and trance look no further, as I’m convinced “Dream Wide Awake” will fit the bill perfectly.

Seba & Paradox, Beats Me [Paradox Music / Secret Operations – PMCD001, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

seba_beatsme“Beats Me” is a collection from two of the World’s top drum’n’bass producers. The concept is simple enough make a CD collection of the recent 12-inch output from two record labels. The record labels in question would be: Secret Operations and Paradox Music. You get 12 high-quality drum’n’bass tracks including hard to come by classics such as “Remembrance” and “No Words Can Describe It”. Something has to be said about Robert Manos as well in the capacity if being the best d’n’b vocalist around. If you like the drum and the bass, get this excellent compilation immediately!

Prince Valium, Andlaus [Resonant – RESCD019, 2006]

April 6th, 2007 Comments off

princevaliumcd“Andlaus” is the title of yet another album with Icelandic ties being released by Resonant. Prince Valium’s “Andlaus” is filled with echoing, fading guitars and the occasional vocal element. The sound is warm, track progression is slow and it is all extremely well put together. The lullaby styled “Butter Cookies” with deep bass and processed guitars is one lovely example. And “Burning my B.A.” excellent rhythms and ambience is another. The overall quality is high and creates an enjoyable unit.