Broken Promises Part 1
Milan's own Just This Records began their journey of various artist EP releases back in July 2016 with this first edition of the Broken Promises run. Three tracks stand alone on this release, made by four artists. Track 1 is a combination of Tom Trago and Pisetzky with a composition named Peru. Eduardo De La Calle provides Mondo 8 for the second installment and Kelpe finish the selection with Dry Riser. This release gives a wholesome and artistic stage for some of electronic music's more flamboyant producers, as Just This pride themselves on offering the cream of art and music combined.
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Broken Promises Part 2
Just This Records
This second edition of the Broken Promises collection surfaced in October 2016. It features three more gem quality tracks that set a tone and bar for many similarly inspired artists. Entering with Hunter/Game and Inside World, a banging number that gets the pulse moving to the bass drum. Pisetzky returns for a solo rendition for the second mix, Self Dimension utilised the atmosphere of organic drum work rather than synthetic rhythms for a bassline heavy danceathon. Altman makes a Just This debut with Assault for the closing track, taking the EP down a notch from the previous two numbers, the track has a dreamy and epic soundscape.
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Broken Promises Part 3
Just This Records
TBR: 1st December
This brand new EP features four tracks, an extra one for collectors who are used to acquiring three. Hunter/Game returns with Distance, a sonic sculpture of spaced out melodies with high energy rhythms sneaking in around the back. Architectural bring Electric Soul, a repeating trance-esque drill through heady and abstract 808 rhythms. Pisetzky is back again for the third number in the Broken Promises release, a staggering build-up accompanied by subtle synths reveal dancing drums and swirling melodics. The minimal but meaty Anterial evolves from shadow to shadow with the odd twinkle of starlight to keep the pace in perspective. Altman finishes the EP with a frantic and bass heavy Shapes, exploring the directions of melody with sub tones that wobble in and out of the audible zone.
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Broken Promises Part 4
Just This Records
TBR: 8th December
A bird call style melody opens this final chapter in the story so far, rhythmic pulsations of bass merge with a catchy drum to evolve into a sustained and meditative atmosphere. Opener by Inland, named Aechimae, delves into a layered and adventurous world of mystery and beat. Fresh face to the Broken Promises selection Ben Gibson presents Zona for the next number. A surge of reverberated high end synthesiser peels away to reveal a skeleton of buzz and drum, stitched together with familiar tingles and looped underlay. Kundal by My Flower comes next, a cool and catchy rhythm opens it up and its soon joined by a melody played by percussive shakers. Synths top the contract for a smooth sled ride into abstract dance. Finale track with a fantastic title, Stella Paralax Landing by Hiver, takes off with another injection of energy and dance as a heady atmosphere pushes the music factor to the top.
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A Part Of Me
TBR: Jan 26th 2018
A beautiful melancholy radio distorted song echoes from the airwaves, a drawn out few notes frame a tone of relaxation before a funky and disjointed drum fill brings the pattern into new levels. It calms down again, revealing throbbing underbass which then sprouts wings in the form of similar but freshly knitted loops which continue the effected until lyricless vocal music. The three minute intro track brings a mood of easy listening, with an icing of intricate and noteworthy detail.
Passionate and hearty vocals bring the next track into being, some crazy but well placed beats from digitally processed drums give a sparkle and allure that gives way to a deep and heady bass. The low power of the subnotes dominate the track during a section of near quiet before the music builds to incorporate more rhythms. It Was Love perhaps is a validation of a feeling once cherished but now gone. The slow mix of keyboard which fades into the next number allows for something more experimental.
Hermann's Dream uses strange sound additions with even more effected vocals to give an alien sensation alongside melodic subtleties washing the atmosphere with a transparent sheen of captivating colour. Coloured Lies pushes the throttle down harder. A thumping bass line with a truly driving rhythm gives a slow and bouncy drumbeat a trampoline surface to play on, drilling notes add an air of anticipation to the feel. The track finales with a synthesised keyboard melody which carries a flag of nostalgia to the top of the hill and into the fading distance.
A fruity and funky section is brought to the front as Pleaide is given airtime. More vocals glisten with shimmering abstraction and a quicker looped rhythm gives a sensation of velocity and straight road gliding. Retro infused tones seep from the cake of the music, although modern and fully technologically crafted, roots to distant influences reach well into the bedrock of the genre. Fusions of electro and funky trip-hop are glued together with shoegazing style electronic interludes.
Blue Boy comprises of a simple loop with a microscopic melody that becomes the foundation for more interesting sounds and small compositions. Vocalist Loup Na enters with a feature song, the words are clear and sultry in their delivery. It's a pretty song with an interesting mix of hope and sadness. It sets the scene for Finally which has a more upbeat and playful sound, enjoying some energetic melody yet still with a layer of dreamy and backwards facing vocals. It drones out of sight with the repeating summery rhythm until a sonic sunbeam begins To Die For.
A quick treble rhythm is joined by some space-age bouncing bells and the looped beats give a deep layer of movability. More interesting cosmic noises give a sparkle and flow that keeps everything up in the air and the familiar sound of the distorted vocal makes an appearance at the halfway mark. The atmosphere has been crafted well throughout this release and as the last handful of tracks play out, an interesting and worthwhile musical journey has taken place.
Holly features in Mean, a sprinkle of guitar is given a spotlight which pretties the album up slightly before rhythmic and catchy bleeps push the music into the realm of the chilled dancefloor. The tranquil ocean of music within this debut selection of twelve short and rich tracks can be sailed with ease. An ambient and interesting homage to fond memories, sadness, and moving along slowly makes this a work of art which can be returned to at various points in our life.
A Part of Me is available to pre-order/buy as limited edition vinyl with download code from Amazon UK,
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TBR: 16th November
As it opens, abstract and metallic waveforms crash like slow motion waves as a generic click track marks the rhythmic intentions of this piece. The clicking fades to drum loops and an extra layer of summery and enlivening synths form a cool and breezy introductory interlude. The pace shifts to a rhythm based keyboard melody which hovers around a central key and a fun bass lick begins to dominate the other half of the sound.
Catchy and uplifting vibes form a crazy melody that contains echoes of jazz in its structure, before a brief cut down to more metallic sounding crests allows a breathing space. The network of loops and melodies revs up again to a high gear once more the bass is leading the way as loops and sound effects rhythmically dance round the moving pace.
A mix of three tracks and one remix, this selection paves the way for a much anticipated 2018 album release. Giving us Braun fans a flavour of things to come with this snappy and summer scented release is a perfect pick me up for the winter months. Track one and two are based on the same composition, only the latter is a galaxy dub remix. Three and four form two unique numbers to finish the offering. Those with the digital version are treated to another two bonus remix tracks on top of these four well worked releases.
Track two opens up with a new doorway to its counterpart, and the mix suggests a more or less complete re-working of the factors and subtleties which inevitably give a track its colour and taste. This more heady rendition of the title piece, Tearjerker, contains less substance but the direction of rhythm is more pronounced, allowing for space to play with mixing and breaks as well as providing a stable bass driven pulse with extra layers of spacey flow.
Panalama Party People begins with a slightly dazed feel, nostalgic tones like ancient computer games grant a sensation of dreamland as a lightly added looped beat frames the piece in a fast paced but relaxing groove. More bass notes offer a fun and dancey flow of jazz inspired frolicking as analogue sounding synths drift over like distant cars on a flyover. Intensities build with every new pass of additions, the bass becomes more insistent, and the melodies begin to demonstrate more pattern and urgency. The progression is wonderful, smooth, and enchanting.
As a solitary bass drum begins to pound amidst an unfamiliar hush, Hakkebøf begins with the addition of an arpeggio based loop which sounds like it comes from a sonic oscillation device. A quick step rhythm brings a central filling to the piece as a swirly and artistic worm synth snakes around in the high end. Funky two beat bass notes are brought in which drives the music into a steady hypnotic state, more sonics are added in the subtle zone which allows a slight shifting of direction and progress with every bar.
The EP is a fine work of dance and experimental material, it brings the energy of a room into a comfortable but charged framework. Self similarity runs through its veins and novel uses of sound make the contents of the arteries. Techno music from the heart, with room for playing around for people who like to use music as ingredients, JB has set the tone for something remarkable in latter months.
To Be Self-released
An important piece of musical experimentica is wandering around the private area in MARMO's sound laboratory, waiting to be pressed onto something physical. The collaborative project between two long time friends from back in the day began as a metal and screamo outfit, however as maturities and tastes have evolved over the years, so has the music they make.
A textural and sonic reality comes into being as the sounds begin to make their point seconds after their entrance. Disconcerting yet epic scapes leer from one side to another, further than the ear can determine. Bringing notes and sounds from different families of sound and colour together distorts the unilateral flow of the experience, wavering twists and abstract harmonics dress the feeling with a subtle elegance yet busy mindedness which manifests through well balanced and rich tapestries of effected sample.
Chaos is represented well, and as the mix is given a push in one direction or another, the flow adjusts well to ensure that the intensity remains within the yellow and not the red area of comfort There is a lot to listen to, and the pitches and shrill intersections give a quality of artiness which could take a little adjusting to for non-accustomed listeners of strange music.
As a work of musical art, the rhythms and sounds produce an overall effect of bustle and ordered disorder, with sound piling up in areas and spaces left in others. A passageway of listening is given a signposted plan as everything flows from this to that in well orchestrated and passive shifts. The tracks set the scene for conversations, reading, art, or simply listening to. There's a lot of room left in the head for something else while this explores the various directions it illuminates, and there's plenty to listen to if all you need is something to direct the passage of thought.
The album is as yet unavailable. MARMO has the intention of pressing it onto a vinyl release, and are using Kickstarter to fund this adventure. The vital qualities of this experimental work deserve to be made permanent, so it would be great if Electro Review readers could give what they can to help them along.
The Nhart Demo[n]s
Deep and dark ambient drones sublimely fill the airwaves with wonderfully shimmery and subtly menacing tones. Stereophonic soundscapes draw themselves across the mental sky while swift changes in direction gather the energies for progressions yet to unfold. Like walking through a darkened forest, perhaps with the ruins of old buildings littering the path, distant lights drift in and out from the silhouettes of giant trees which lean across and over the carefully trodden foot-way.
Track by track, new energies are brought forward. Experiments with wavelength and synthesised voices mingle with drawn out hums and tones that seem to crackle and distort as ever increasing flow is poured into the progression. Spooky and clingy feels are generated from the simplest of touches to the normality of sound, oddities pile upon strange key choices to nudge every moment into a deeper sinister light.
Sudden silences bring the instalments to a close as the new tracks, short and intense numbers, lure the atmosphere into a thick of mysterious searching. Ghost like formations of sound cup an eerie backdrop while the mixing draws various tones in and out of the experience. Exploring this album is an undertaking and it is something to lay back with and enjoy. To understand how it wants to work with us, it takes focus and intelligent listening.
Download The Nhart Demo[n]s from Bandcamp
R & S Records
TBR: 8th December
Squidgy tempos accompanied by a thriving bass wobble-verb open this catchy EP debut from Afriqua. A smooth and enticing flow washes over the bars of Aleph in vibrant shimmers of seductively cool and time taking lemon slices, while progress allows for the addition of fresh and sonically invigorated fills and melody clips. An occasional chime in the distance generates an atmosphere of clubland amidst the open top arena of fields and wooded hills. Tones of a subtle space-age interlace the latter portion of this opening number, with riffage and progression underpinned by the initial slippery flow.
An out of tune television set appears to be the opening voice for the second number on this interesting and danceable collection of tracks. A loop in the pattern soon gives rise to an abstract rhythm, which is helped along by the overlay of some pleasing and nostalgic sounding keyboards. Ghostly pangs poke through the soundscape like distorted faces in a misty nothingness and we observe as friends from the other world come to comfort them and take them back home. Sent being the title of this beautiful piece of music, the mental visions it inspires continue on with each new phrase.
After this short but eternally distant rendition of journeying through sound, a more down to earth vibe is given the plinth with Opferator. This third track relies more on the use of rhythm, which emerges as a fast paced click-clap that soon evolves to incorporate joyous but downplayed percussions. Obscure keyboards fly through the air like dramatic paper aeroplanes and give a sense of larger than life, although the track remains simple and repetitive elsewhere in its composition. As the mix draws to a close, the rhythms are toned down for periods of time, allowing the rest of the score to shimmer more brightly for brief moments until close.
Thanksgiving begins with a thumping bass which almost immediately becomes framed by strange but enjoyable rhythms. From this sprouts a fun and bouncy keyboard playing bass with squelchy and heavy footprints, which then becomes a bed for the high end melodies which are made up of swirling notations wrapped in organic sounds and synthesiser frills. Driving rhythm keeps the whole thing in time while the sounds crumble together in a cooking pot of energy and intrigue. The EP finishes with a good feeling, every track plays its part and there is a distinctive feel that can easily be built upon in future releases.
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World Passing By
TBR: 24th November.
A haunting soundscape reveals a temperate and thoughtful record, dancing notes and breathing rhythms encapsulate a spaced out and dreamy mood. Progression takes its time, as the pressure slowly builds to a crest, the sound almost suddenly cuts to a brief silence. Veil of Time is a short and interesting track which paves the way for something more dance worthy in the form of Resynthesis.
A push of fresh vibrancy is inserted as the rhythm playfully scores a melody all on its own, and background steadiness gives a holistic flavour of fun and easy going music. There is a definitive upbeat core to this five minute beat fest, it is distinctly different to the first track with loops and rhythms dominating the sound.
An experimental selection of ideas stretches to another bow as Stacked Moments brings more rhythm to the turn-table, this time with a synthesiser leading the way. Treble heavy effects steer the intensity into a more heady place while a quick drumbeat gives rise to a hypnotic two tone bassline. As if each track is a step up from ground level, now its time to notice how high we have climbed.
Max Cooper collaborated with Rob Clouth for the final work on this E.P. A synthesiser experiment in which tones were transmitted over a radio gives a warm and analogue sensation to the filling. Catchy loops run underneath as the repetitive lead synth builds slowly to the rise of further harmonising tones. This number directs the dance energy to a higher pace, invigorating the atmosphere with a charismatic and optimistic flow.
As a record, the work progresses extremely well. There are no two tracks like each other, and the depth to each one gives way to a highly digestible selection. Craftsmanship is apparent in the patience behind the pace of each number, deliberate care is taken to create a well moving and artistically relevant serving of fresh music.
Pre-order/buy World Passing By on Amazon UK
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