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Esoteric Sob, Nostalgia [33 Recordings – 33REC061, 2012]

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

33rec061_300Time and promise… I imagine that I used to have more time and I’ve always tried not to make promises that I cannot keep. I did make a promise in this particular case and since I did do so I do have to honor that promise.

The artist ‘Esoteric Sob’ is known to me, like the excellent ‘Abnormal Psychology’ album from the Greek label ‘From a Tree’ is as excellent as it is overlooked and I should have written something about it then too.

‘Nostalgia’ on 33 Recordings is in short sublime and if you ever cared for ‘electronica’ or beautiful electronic music in general then you will like this album.

On to the actual album ‘Nostalgia’: the first track ‘Hypnosis’ is just that, hypnotic, warm and complex. More complexity follows in ‘Lost in Time’ and then a theme and it is just brilliant ‘Memories’, which is probably my favorite track on this album, a track that has everything.

However the main-titled ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t fall far behind and it is all non-vocal electronic music. You do get some vocals as well in ‘Everyday Stories’ and in the interlude track ‘Speak to me’. The beats and production on ‘Sweet melancholy’ are better than I heard in a long time, and that is nothing but a treat!

Aitänna77, Night Loops [Test Tube – tube246, 2012]

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Aitänna77 is far from being a stranger here at resurface and it’s lovely to once again encounter his musical output. This time around on the (by the look of things unstoppable) Portuguese Test Tube net label, currently racking up 247 something releases the past 8 years or so. ‘Night Loops’ is number 246 and it is an in all aspects excellent four track release; featuring the patented quirky little melodies, the varied instrumentation, the electronics and the skilfully treated lo-fi production. The tale-tell chimes in ‘Empty Pool, Summer Girl’ and you simply have to love the outrageous bass line and aggressive hand-clap featured in ‘Dreams Or Memories’. It is a delicate as it is excellent! Available at the Test Tube label site.

Inigo Kennedy, Walls Have Fears [Asymmetric – ASY MP3 021, 2012]

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

On ‘Walls Have Fears’ we hear Inigo Kennedy pursuing the path struck in his early 2011 ‘Distant Circles‘ release. As expected it’s well-produced, clever electronic music that is decidedly and firmly rooted in Techno. Very big drums, yet delicate and always with the unmistakable IK touch. ‘Cautum’, ‘Squirkle’, ‘Sentinel Four’, ‘Nocturnal’ and ‘Speechless (feat. Laska)’ all possess the aforementioned qualities. The big drums in ‘Cautum’, ‘Squirkle’, ‘Sentinel Four’, the distinct hand-clap in Nocturnal’ or the delicately constructed beats and accompanied vocals in the concluding and mellow ‘Speechless (feat. Laska)’. This is an excellent techno release complete with a funny title and a down-tempo number as conclusion. It is readily available in digital format at the Inigo Kennedy run Asymmetric label site.