Kamotek, Loftway [Low Impedance Recordings – LOZ03, 2005]

February 25th, 2006 Comments off

loz03“Loftway” is the title of Kamotek’s full-length album released by the Greek label Low Impedance Recordings (SEP 2005). The album stretches 17 tracks long and the tracks collected share the common treat of emphasising the beats – from arcade game to strict format drum’n’bass. There’s an unmistakable playfulness to most of the tracks, maybe a little too much of it actually and in combination with large doses of retro sounds the album is framed thus giving it a somewhat generic feeling. Nevertheless, you get arcade, drum’n’bass, house, electro and electronic based music made for the open-minded dancefloor. There’re some down-tempo moments as well as in “Cresendo Sheep” with atmospheric sonic textures and haunting processed vocal samples and did I mention beats? And the excellent forward moving “Premorning Peeps On The Universe” complete with lush warm bassline and the ending slow moving “Pilgrim Penguim”. The “Loftway” album is a digipack release and it’s designed by Gee-Oh-Dee.

Sensiva, Giosun [Sensotech – ST001CD, 2005]

February 25th, 2006 Comments off

Sensiva-Giosun_CoverThe first release from the Russian label Sensotech is a full-length album “Giosun” by Sensiva (DEC 2005). This album is very well produced and reveals the talents of a contemporary electronic musician, stretching 10 tracks long and set in down-tempo mode. It must be said that the BOArds of Canada influence is very strong and quite impossible to miss. All the 10 tracks have similar characteristics: clear down-tempo beats, organ and many of them contain processed vocal samples. But naturally there are tracks that have a different composition as well. For example the use of beats in “P Deep”, which has straight-forward beats combined with beats gone astray and exceedingly beautiful melody or the use of guitars in “Light Rays Games”. Other examples would be the down-toned beats of “Giosun” or the up-tempo ones used in “Downstairs To the Free Port” or why not the subbass in “Vasad”. Together they make a well-produced album of melodic electronic music package in digi and a beautiful inlay photo. Finally, I would like to congratulate Sensotech on their first release and wish them continued success with the label.

Various Artists, Sensitive to Light [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 8, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

omr8_sensitive_to_light“Sensitive to Light” is the title of an ambitious 2 disc release signed October Man Recordings. The first disc features the following talented electronic musicians: Phorm, Mint, A-arc, Octif, Zainetica, Monoculture, Aitänna77, Lum, Joseph Auer, Ian Baxter and Cheju. The second disc features the following talented electronic musicians: Aitänna77, Boc Scadet, Monoculture, Joseph Auer, Octif, Zainetica, Phorm, Cheju, October Man and Aleksander Nikov. And they’re all delivering fine electronic music soothing to ears and soul. OMR8 it might already be to late!

Bluetech, Sines and Singularities [Aleph Zero Records – ALEPHZ04, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

bluetech_sines“Sines and Singularities” could have been made back in the days when the so called ambient dub reigned (another name cornered by those inventive British music journalists), with a lush, warm, analogue bass infused and quite trancy sound all meant to be understood in a the positive meaning of the words. This music derived a lot from house music and was frequently played in the backroom at any respectable dance. “Sines and Singularities” was made by Bluetech and released by Israeli label Aleph Zero. And for those, like me who didn’t know: Aleph Zero is “The smallest infinite integer. The cardinality of the first infinite ordinal, omega (the number of natural numbers).” And on a related subject: damn I miss philosophy! This is their fourth release and the second for Bluetech on the label in question, but since this is my first encounter I cannot say much about the previous releases. “Sines and Singularites” however, contains some really nice music for example the excellent “Forgiveness” and “Pitch Black – Ape to Angel (Bluetech’s evolution rmx)”. If you’re looking for well-produced, warm house influenced electronic music with a dash of dub and trance look no further.

Yasushi Miura, Connection & Repetition [KP-KP4, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

yasishi_miura_connection“Connection & Repetition” is the title of recording artist Yasushi Miura’s fourth full-length album. I’m not sure if I’m getting this right, but the label would be called kp and the geographical origin is most definitely Japan. In likeness with the previous album “New Type 3001” this album contains tracks aimed at the unsuspecting dance floor. In most parts the same brand of fast-paced mutated techno that was explored on “New Type 3001”. However the use of vocal samples in various states of distortion is more frequent on “Connection & Repetition” and there are some deviations from the big stomping drum scheme. The cover-art design and packaging is stunning and is apparently the artist’s very own. In short: an interesting encounter.

Yasushi Miura, NewType 3001 [KP-KP3, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

yasushi_miura“New Type 3001” is the title of recording artist Yasushi Miura’s third full-length album. I’m not sure if I’m getting this right, but the label would be called kp and the geographical origin is most definitely Japan. “New Type 3001” is 14 tracks long and starts of with “Focus” a dreamy four-four loop, which is soothing. The album continues with a dramatic tempo-shift in the too say the least, stressed out and aptly named “Business Report”. The tempo is furious and the beats are straight like one of Paris’s boulevards. Introducing some variation to the beats scheme in the beginning of “Pile”, then however the big stomping drum returns, as it keeps on doing throughout the album. The tracks have another feature in common, they all have to carry a lot of different musical ideas, so in a sense you get a lot more than the 14 tracks listed on the cover. This also gives “New Type 3001” a live set feeling, even though it’s somewhat sketchy. Did I mention that they’re all more or less directed towards the unsuspecting dance floor? “New Type 3001” is fast-paced mutated techno and not for the fainthearted. The cover-art and packaging is brilliant and apparently it is the artist himself that is responsible for the graphic design as well. In short: an interesting encounter.

Soutien Gorge, L’étoiles Souriantes [Bitlab Records – BITCDR002, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

sooutien_gorge_letoilesA couple of months ago they released their first record and now Bitlab’s second release is out (DEC 2005). As was the case the first time it is Soutien Gorge (András Hargitai and Róbert Potys) who are the producers responsible. “L’étoiles Souriantes” is the title of their 11 track full-length album. It’s an all aspects excellent album set in downtempo mode, superb selection of sounds, bass rich enough to share and high skill production covering the entirety of the 11 tracks. This album is brilliant and naturally comes highly recommended and a final note on the continued high-standard artwork/packaging is not out of place. Get this release immediately!

October Man, Tests for Colour Blindness [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 7, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

omr_test_for_colorblindnessOctober Man known from ClickClickDrone, Boltfish and of course the self-entitled record company bring their seventh release “Tests for Colour Blindness”. Warm electronic sounds emitted on 11 tracks and stretching 39 min or so. The acoustic instrument of choice, the guitar is also present in some of tracks, very much forcing association patterns in the direction of a label on the other side of the English Channel. If you remotely familiar with October Man’s previous offerings and find them pleasing you will not be disappointed this time either. October Man Recordings is DIY in all its glory! And as a matter of fact the next OMR release is already out (DEC 2005). It’s a double disc compilation entitled “Sensitive to Light”, be sure to read about it.

Tony, Itinérances LP [Autres Directions In Music – MOULIN010, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

moulin010“Itinérances” is the title of a recently released EP (OCT 2005) on the French label Autres Directions in Music (Adim). The EP is a sound collage of sorts and contains six tracks all in all or maybe better put constructions. They’re acoustically based and at times fragile pieces of music made by the artist put together with different people encountered while travelling. With little or no detectable structure these constructions of sound all have some kind of cinematic quality to them. Continuing the sound exploration Tony adds another chapter to Adim’s story.

Conrad Newholmes, Peppermint Styles [Couchblip! – BLIP009, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

conrad_newholmes“Peppermint Styles” is the title of Conrad Newholmes’ full-length album released by the Australian label Couchblip!. The ninth Couchblip! release is an back-to-front hip hop affair, filled to the brim with samples, from movies, forgotten and well-known songs, hip hop vocals and… all and nothing basically. There’re tracks highly influenced by the sound found at the time of the birth of hip hop in the early 80’s, a time when all that was needed to rock the world was a drum machine and a ghetto blaster. Side-by-side with contemporary beats programming and bass handling. A treat if you like beats. If you really don’t like instrumental hip hop maybe you should just leave “Peppermint Styles” be. In all other cases be sure to investigate this collection of awesomely put together classy beats!