Recopilatoire II has taken a year and a half to get together, and features a whole load of existing Música Vermella artists, such as: Xtrngr, DjCode, KaostapesKain, Icebreaker, Yarkouy, 4cantons, Pisu, Madame, Wermonster, Spectateur and Ocoeur, as well as two new artists : Alphabetsheaven and Fatkut.
As anyone who’s listened to my podcasts know, I’m a sucker for those fragile sounds you get from Xylophones and synths that mimic them; so I was hooked by track one: Xtrng’s “Bell Mountain”. DJCode then gives us the disco-oriented “Up1”, before Madame gives us some glitchy/RnB/abstract hip-hopwith “Distressed”. Pisu, provides a surprisingly mellow track “Teletechno” before we’re back in the dubstep groove with Yarkouy (a.k.a. TSO) and “Human nature is so deceiving”.
KaostapesKain and Alphabet’s Heaven provide some mellow broken beats and then Fatkut takes the musical high-ground with an electro-acoustic piece “Anna”. Wermonster gives us “Underground Continental” a classy hip-hop track served with some broken rap. There’s a classic 8-bit games influence in “Scherer8″ by 4Cannons and some more hip-hoppy goodness from Spectateur. The final two tracks of broken beats are from Icebreaker and Ocoeur. 12 tracks in all of high-quality netlabel goodness.
Also checkout the excellent artwork by Turkesa.
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Sigma Chi Primavera is the fourth release on Canada’s King Deluxe netlabel, a sister to Peppermill Records. In fact it’s a companion to the first release on King Deluxe, Madison Square Gardner, which was released in December 2010.
There’s a variety of styles of electronic genres on this album, featuring collaborations with Pixelord, Alphabets Heaven, Jack Contra, Montgomery Clunk, Satanicpornocultshop, Stephen Farris, Constrobuz, Starfawn, Bugseed, and ages.
Beginning with a subtle and dreamy “Twin Peaks” the album’s journey takes you through some chiptune inspired and positively bleepy tracks, before we hear the first of 5 remixes by 5 different artists of “Ramachandran” which first appeared on KING001.
My personal favourite track on the album is Jack Contra’s Pagliacci Reprise mix of “Lazer Opera #58008″ which does seem to cram in just about as many musical influences as it can into 4 minutes 40 seconds.
As always with King Deluxe and Peppermill you get excellent (if slightly disturbing) images to accompany the music, and for the first month of this release192kbps versions of the album will be available free. No doubt, you, dear listener, may want to go straight for the 320kbps versions. Check it out.
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This is the second release on A Quiet Bump netlabel, for the Berlin based Italian duo Daniele Antezza and Giovanni Conti, aka Dadub. It’s a 4-track EP, centered around opne track, but it has the usual A Quiet Bump vibe: stripped down, “less is more” dubby goodness.
The main track is “Keep on Struggle”, which has a deeply chilled dub groove overlaid with melodica by Ivan Antezza and vocals by Stefano Fusillo. “Dub on struggle” is unsurprisingly a dubwise interpretation that retains the same well spaced vibe. “Keep on struggle (Melodica version)” dispenses with the vocals entirely and allows improvised melodica to take centre stage and take charge. “No struggle” is a remix featuring AQBMP stable-mate, Peak, with a white-noise inspired version.
You know what you’re getting when you download A Quiet Bump releases, and for me, that is quality, minimalist, chilled and expertly crafted dub. I commend this release to you! Irie.
Good Netlabels has just celebrated it’s fourth anniversary and has released a compilation album: Break Asymmetry. It’s a great collection of jazzy, abstract instrumental hip-hop, downtempo, chillout & trip-hop pieces.
My personal favourites from this 17 track collective include the album’s opener: Printempo’s “40000 words”, which is such a subtle groove, and leads into the excellent hip-hoppy “Booby Trap”, from Crookram. Bandfx gives us a delicious dubby, jazzy piece called “Babydub (VIP 2011)”.
Then there’s the excellent, and very quirky, “Story of sad human”, by B.R.O., which includes some lovely voice samples, and leaves you wanting more.
I’m still quite a n00b when it comes to abstract hip-hop, but this album is a good start for those of you like me, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
It was Feb 6th 2010, when I broadcast PCP#296, “Strummerville Calling”. Now I revisit the site and we get another selection of great bands. Tracks by… According To You, Howtocuredyslexia, Jon Byrne, Swagger, Miyagui!, Alkotron, Izzy Plastic & The Manicans, Bang Bangs, Samostalni Referenti, Depot, The Zen Hussies, The Chomsky Allstars, Crowns, Bocs Social.
This is Martin “Strobotone” Dombrowa’s debut album on Germany’s Id.EOLOGY label. “Flashback Forward” is designed to propel the listener back and forth through the major dance grooves of the last few decades.
The album begins with “Ultimate”, a nice dance groove worthy of anything done by Underworld. Track 2 “Kites” has a nice retro feel, reminiscent of work from Swedish producer Voide.
By the time we make it through “Fission Precision” into “Good Dressed” the grooves are picking up Hip-Hop influences, and by “Paperworks” there are breakbeat and experimental soundtrack themes competing.
“Artificial Intelligence” brings in jazzy & funky beats and “Insensate” lays down a strong techno/house beat that is hard to resist. “Theoretical Romance” has a different house feel and is the last of the full-on tracks, before leading into the more downtempo “Terraform”, which almost breaks into some DnB before gliding into the mellow “Venusian Clouds” to (unfortunately) bring you back into reality.
As an experiment in juxtaposing and interweaving different genres this album is very accomplished. Sure I’d like to have heard something that tips its hat towards dub or dubstep, but that’s my personal preference, not Strobotone’s. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this album whatever your preference.
Remix competitions can be great fun and typically take a month or so to complete. Not so the La Boite A Sons album, which has just been released by Libre Comme Lair. LCL opened their sound bank of samples in Summer 2009, and many of the best creative commons artists placed their samples there for re-use: Arrogalla (Sardinia), Disrupt (Germany), Jambassa & Peak (Italy), Kou Chou Ching (Taiwan), Vinilette & Volatil (Spain) and Volfoniq (France).
After months of dilemma a Jury from FreeMusicArchive (U.S.), Notheen (Hungary), Subflow (France), DivergenceFM (France), INQ (Spain), Netwaves (Belgium), Netaudio Berlin (Germany), AQuietBump (Italy), iD.EOLOGY (Germany) and Dogmazic (France) finally decided on 10 winning tracks, which have been included on this album.
Those of you, like me, that tap into the reggae remix community regularly either at Soundcloud, ReggaeDubWise, Dub Ark or countless other sites will have heard these samples and riddims before in other tracks. The Jury’s choices included tracks by Dub Riots & Lowkee (Greece), Dub One, Zengineers & Hotfire (Germany), Tony Dubshot (Netherlands), Caballo & The Mothafu Kings (Canada), Brandy Alexander Project (UK/Italy), Uffe (Sweden) and Mildtape (Italy). It doesn’t take a genius to work out these are excellent remixes.
And, if you want to go the extra mile, you can find 10 more “runners up” on the soundcloud page for the project. Here, there are tracks by Cagey House & Sugar Prince Ijahman (US), Lata (Chile), Electronischebasisgeluide (Spain), Resistive (South Africa), Kohlensäure (Germany), Nakatano (France), Money Pallet, Jah Henchman & Triple D (Jamaica). Well worth a visit.
WithTracks by… Zoom, GoldRush, Narky, J. Courage, Photophob, Hand Of Buddha, Dessben, Mochipet.