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Review: Basic Soul Unit / Lerosa – Panorama Bar 02 Part 1

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: o-ton 28


A: Basic Soul Unit – Things Pass

B: Lerosa – Plesso


Kicking, jacking and extremely fresh grooves marks the first sampler from the Panorama Bar 02 CD.

Basic Soul Unit from Canada delivers a really strong track with tripping melodies and mesmerizing funk; ‘Things Pass’ brings things from a lost time of house through the pipes of Panorama Bar and high emotion. The clear attitude and structure of the track is simple, but it also remains very unique with a touch of proper house – a combination that feels absolutely right coming from the Ostgut Ton. Lush claps fills the spectrum of ripping percussion and kicks, rising the bar that Levon Vincent put up a while ago. Not following the exact rough patterns as Levon, having a new style and fusing it with the current state of house with techno dirt, Basic Soul Unit delivers one of the best tracks this year.

Lerosa’s “Plesso” gives a hint of STL-vibe as well as being influenced of late night sessions, the track keeps calm during the entire duration, with smart and deep percussion circling the beat. Every time a track like this comes along, it always feels fresh. Without doing too much with all the elements, the intensity remains and the style is maintained.

The first part from Panorama Bar 02 is out in early October.

Review: Vinyl Life – Vinyl Life LP

Label: Tape Theory
Catalog#: TT003-D

A1: Hot Sauce

A2: Hi Tops

A3: Bass Go Boom

A4: Electric Symphony ft. Nite Club

A5: Innovation – Sebastian Marciano Remix

B1: Like This

B2: Elevator Up

B3: Good Life (It’s More Fun To Compute)

B4: Future Beat

B5: Press Rewind ft. Uzimon

With extreme precision, know-how and old school equipment, the NYC electro group Vinyl Life releases their debut album on Tape Theory.

The aesthetics are something completely new, with a very freestyle oriented sound. Leaving a very esoteric movement within EDM in general, they manage to make something that sounds as something “anyone could listen to”. A playful and experimental attitude towards house, hiphop, electro, funk and freestyle; a mix of styles that might come even closer together with this album.

The first track starts out quite calm, keeping the funk intact, the other influences are more in the background here, heading towards a more purist hiphop-electrofunk mixup. The track doesn’t really mirror to the other tracks as well as the rest of the tracks do to eachother, but the sense of the wide range of influence shines through the excellent groove and vocal parts. A very playful track that shows the outset of one aspect of the album (electro).

Continuing towards Royal House, Strictly Rhythm and the linked styles, a junglist framework with resemblances to late 80’s Chicago house, ‘Hi Tops’ feels like a even more playful take on a little bit of everything in electronic music. A even more limp beat goes through the progression of ‘Bass Go Boom’, one of the more calmer tracks of the album – steady beats and a more refined synthesizer use feels more modern than the previous track. Excellent!

One of the best tracks on the album are placed perfectly as A4. ‘Electric Symphony’ displays a even calmer sound, building slowly into a atmosphere of electronics and futuristic funk, Vinyl Life makes a track that feels so confident and self-evident it’s almost funny. As for the hip-hop side of things, ‘Innovation’ is the track closest to the genre on the album. A bit of R&B as well as house is combined through their excellent synthwork and cocky raps.

The rap gets more central on ‘Like This’, which takes things down a bit, keeping a slower tempo and putting a more refined style on hiphop and electrofunk in general. ‘Elevator Up’, a track that feels a little bit as a filler on the album could have been left out, but does what it’s supposed to do, sum up all sides of Vinyl Life.

Ironically, the best track of the album is placed on the B3, a cool and highly electrofunk influenced track that shines through the entire album. The sound of the album gets even more clear with the last two tracks, featuring almost all elements from the previous ones.

All in all, this album might not be for everybody. One thing that’s hard to avoid though, is the fresh sound of it that has so many links towards techno, house, electro, hiphop, jungle and plain funk, it’s a bad idea to skip out on it.

Review: Unknown – Seldom Felt 6

Label: Seldom Felt
Catalog#: SELDOM FELT 6


A: Untitled

B: Untitled

Leaning towards futuristic but yet at the same time experimental techno, Seldom Felt are moving all over the different categories and styles – but they always remain as a trusted high quality label.

Going from stripped down and energetic timeless techno, they’ve pushed the boundaries of the sound into many directions, keeping that special sound they’ve had for the span of now 6 releases. This time, it seems as very classic tracks such as ‘Camargue’ and the following energy was the inspiration – at least sound wise.

Not knowing who is behind the production, the person behind the tracks surely knows their way and style, keeping the intensity growing for the entire record – until you realize that the energy was always constant and not heading towards any climax.

The sound is very 8 AM open air with a lot of love and pureness, something I hope Seldom Felt will aim towards even more.

Review: Zomby – Where Were You In ’92?

Label: Werk
Catalog#: WERKCD006

1. Fuck Mixing Let’s Dance

2. Euphoria

3. Get Sorted

4. Float

5. Need UR Lovin’

…and some more tracks I don’t have samples on.

Rating: 4/5

A while back there was a lot of noise (literally) about the new rave music and culture. I never really got into understanding what it really was more than the annoying sides of it – the bad music and the annoying crowd of it. The thing is there is no new rave. Rave is here and has been for the last decade – there hasn’t been anything new with it – until now.

Zomby usually makes dubstep/junglist grooves, but this time he’s made a CD with tracks that pays hommage to his youth. Air sirens mixed with stab pianos and energy so intense it will knock you off your office chair. Merging the usual ingredients in old school rave music he puts in sounds that resembles old Nintendo machines and SID-chips, fusing them together in a way that doesn’t perforate your eardrums.

Usually I get tired of air sirens and too much “in-your-face” attitude, but this release is something special. Zomby has an ear for when things are getting a bit too much, that keeps his tracks always on the right side of the line. This makes me believe that he is capable of transforming the ancient ways of rave into the sound of the present without destroying or taking too much of either one – a perfect blend more or less.

It’s hard to judge this release at home since it’s obviously meant to be listened at in a warehouse or similar, but trying to be subjectively objective as possible and visualizing it in it’s proper environment I can honestly recommend this one.

But if you never ever liked raves – stay away.

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