Posts Tagged 'redshape'

Review: Mokira – Time Axis Manipulation (Parts 1—3)

Label: Kontra-Musik Records
Catalog#: km018.1—3

Tracklist:

km018.1

A: Time Track

B: Time Track (Silent Servant Remix)

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km018.2

A: Axis Audio

B: Axis Audio (Echospace Model I)

Buy Part 2 here

km018.3

A: Manipulation Musik

B: Manipulation Musik (Redshape Tape Dub)

In three parts, released at different dates, Mokira digs into the atmosphere of dub techno rather than following the traiditonal structures, by processing the details ranging from very organic instruments to samples seemingly taken from erosion.

Even though Mokira manages to create atmospheres very similar to nature itself, the framework surrounding the sound structure feels more industrial or perhaps more mechanical than what would’ve seem more fitting—this approach to the sounds feels more fresh and interesting would it have been in any other way.

Keeping the music close to the origins from which it sonically seems to stem from, the remixes are more focused on bringing them into a much deeper and aged sound. Silent Servant’s remix on ‘Time Track’ goes through the Soundwell District architecture, with a cleaner, but at the same time deeper sound than the original. SS seems to have focused on creating a new vibe rather than expanding Mokira’s atmosphere with the original.

With ‘Axis Audio’ on the second part of three, Mokira expands his sound into a territory which feels nordic as a concept, but actually more rootless in context, where the sound floats more freely without going too far with the “experimental” touch. Nothing against experimenting, but losing to much of an atmosphere in pursuit of a extremely unique one could make the track lose focus and resulting in a lesser version—Mokira has carefully managed to balance on the edge of both, leaving ‘Axis Audio’ interesting, yet at the same time unique enough to keep the listener interested.

Echospace brings ‘Axis Audio’ into a more familiar territory, where a very suitable beat structure collects the fragments from the original, in order to push the track in a different direction.

The last part of the ‘Time Axis Manipulation’ releases, ‘Manipulation Musik’ goes into a very warm, almost summer like atmosphere, with organic textures and a floating ambience which combined, amazingly keeps it all together.

Redshape manages to bring ‘Manipulation Musik’ into a magic state, not reaching too far of his almost blue sound structure but at the same time digs into new territories without losing the mask.

Part 1 and Part 2 are out for sale, with Part 3 being out soon.

Thanks to Kontra-Musik and Ulf Eriksson for this release.

Review: DJ Deep – City To City 3

Label: BBE
Catalog#: BBE119

1. Dee Dee Brave – Feel The Breeze (DJ Deep “Mix” Edit)
2. Kerri Chandler – Pong (Ben Klock Remix)
3. Redshape – The Box
4. Traxx – XTC 4 Luv
5. M+M – M+M Theme
6. Mutant Beat Dance – In a Daze (Original Dub)
7. Project Democracy – Is This Dream For Real
8. Glenn Underground – Escuchame
9. Kool Rock Steady – I’ll Make You Dance
10. Marcel Dettmann – Apron
11. K.A Possee – Tell Alexi
12. Gentry Ice – Utilize The Beat
13. Frozen Border – Frozen Border
14. The Minister – 2nd Try Of The 1st Step Into The 3rd Dimension
15. Chicago Music Syndrome – Work It
16. Armando – Don’t Take It (Thomos Edit)
17. Armando – We’re On The Move (Snare Your Ass Off)
18. Claro Intelecto – Signals

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Recommended!

Review of the digital mix version.

For a really long time, there hasn’t been a house mix that was released as a official release containing so many deadly tracks, being mixed so vibrant and actually making a lot of sense.

Even though there’s been a lot of diverse, fresh-sounding and bullet proof house mixes being released in the last few years, DJ Deep’s latest volume in his ‘City To City’ showcase does something other mixes doesn’t; making the pure feeling of the tracks really stands out in a very unique way.

Featuring both timeless classics, new classics as well some deep dug 12″s, ‘City To City 3’ features tracks that have their foundation based on real, rather than purism. This makes the mix special in the long run as well, by being diverse and showcasing the sound of DJ Deep’s preferred house tracks in a way that is thought out and well respected.

Starting off the mix as a bit of slow building and mood defining selection, DJ Deep keeps it all interesting by carefully selecting the following tracks until the feeling of him actually being able to play whatever he wants, without second doubt shining through.

If this mix wasn’t enough, thanks to DJ Deep’s compilation and crate digging skills, there’s been a new way to get hold of long lost tracks and hidden classics being served through a 2×12″ vinyl sampler and CD.

Be sure to check this mix out, as well as getting hold of the sample vinyls. The tracks are truly essential!

Review: Martyn – Remixes 1 & 2

Label: 3024
Catalog#: 3024-006

Tracklist:

A: Hear Me – Zomby Mix

B: Seventy Four – Redshape Mix

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Label: 3024
Catalog#: 3024-007

Tracklist:

A: Is This Insanity? ft. The Spaceape – Ben Klock Remix

B: Brilliant Orange – Illum Sphere’s No. 14 Mix

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Martyn has pushed his sound and 3024 for quite some time now. After getting recognition for his own and unique sound, he also got in contact with a lot of artists in both of the dubstep and techno genres. Zomby, Redshape, Ben Klock and Illum Sphere brings the original tracks into a new level with their wide takes and original ideas.

On the first record of two, Zomby creates a track that feels a little bit as his LP from last year on Ramp, combined with Martyn’s original atmosphere. The track doesn’t really “go” anywhere, but it has a nice groove combined with Zomby’s trademark melodies and beat structures. Redshape on the other hand, who delivers a remix of ‘Seventy Four’ that resembles a lot to Planet E and it’s artists. A mysterious Noir-like atmosphere fills the track with emotion, with a slow rumbling beat and percussion that undertakes a lot of different patterns throughout. The emphasis of the track is how it all develops. A clear signature sound from Redshape accompanied with a new side of his tracks first heard on ‘The Dance Paradox’ album from late ’09. A really suitable remix with remarkable appeal.

Ben Klock takes the voice of The Spaceape from the original – that is about the only thing left from it. Fusing his voice into drum elements combined with bleeping atmospheres and a killer beat, he pushes his own sound into a direction that does not only feel as (in a good way) obvious evolution, but also not losing to much ground with his introductionary ‘One’ album on Ostgut. A subtle progression is always there, kicking around the beat with a persistant contribution to everything else surrounding the track – haunting and mesmerizing, the vocal scatters across every other element, growing a feeling of a dusty old basement combined with the core of the energy in Klock’s sound.

For the other side, Illum Sphere’s ambient and droning space finishes up a remix series that feels very true to Martyn’s aesthetics. The ‘No. 14 Mix’ is very original, grasping a sense of a floating beat structure as well as being true to the beatless arrangement – very impressive and fresh.

Review: Redshape – The Dance Paradox

Label: Delsin & Present
Catalog#: 80dsr/rds-lp1 80dsr/rds-lp1 ltd present black

Tracklist:

A1: Seduce Me
A2: Garage GT
B1: Bound – Part 1 & 2
B2: Man Out Of Time
C1: Globe
C2: Rorschach’s Game
D1: Dead Space Mix – Edit
D2: Dark & Sticky

10″

A: Man Out Of Time – Major Space Dub
B: Dead Space – Next Door Ultra Dub

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Recommended!

Honesty is engraved on the A and C sides of the vinyl release of this album. It is, without becoming to pretentious, the first thing that at least I come to think about when I listen to it.

When listening to the man behind Redshape’s previous material and putting it side by side with Redshape’s output over the years, the other releases seem to be a bit off focus. There’s this distorted, yet a calm before the storm sound that Redshape has pushed into his own for over three years now. That might not be a long time in retrospect, but it’s well time enough for a talented producer to create his own sonic world – this album might just be Redshape’s magnum opus, together with the exceptional ‘present white‘ release from 2006.

It all starts out so slow, you feel and hear every space that the sounds of ‘Seduce Me’ create, going from what seems almost to be ambient material into a state of “space dub”. A floating yet very direct intensity flows through, almost like machines making jazz with instruments such as steam, air and fire – the impression gets even stronger when you know that Redshape’s talent might very well be strained when making this track. It’s hard to describe everything that’s going on, but one thing is certain; putting this as a first track is an excellent introduction to a slower yet very intense side of the familiar sound of Redshape.

The intensity gets a faster pace with ‘Garage GT’. An extremely heavy kick, accompanied with original percussion and a atmospheric recording of a busy street might not at first sound that interesting, but as the track progresses, the idea with it all shines through and it all seems just so logical.

With a slow start comes the urge for something more powerful. ‘Bound – Part 1 & 2’ is the first proper techno track on the album. Even though it has moments where it feels a little weak, it makes you forget about what’s going on and let’s you go into it’s own state of flow. This is something that is appreciated when listening to a track of this sort, since it’s moving in a level between a track made for the dancefloor and a track “made for an album”. There’s this live feeling of the drum work which can seem a bit unecessary for a producer that in regular cases makes quite mechanical tracks – the inspiration for this move could be anything, but it’s nice to see Redshape wanting to create something new, and in some aspects unique.

One of the best tracks of the release is the ‘Major Space Dub’ of ‘Man Out Of Time’. The original has a certain groove that makes you want to move, but that dub version has a extremely special sense to it – Redshape really shines through with the whole ‘present black’ side-by-side release to the original album. Unfortunately, it’s limited to 295 copies and will probably be very hard to get hold of. Putting that into it all, the original seems a bit less of a substitute and more a track of it’s own – this is when it get’s the attention it needs, because the amount of detail in the original version is incredible.

The intensity is probably deliberately lost for the course over the next two tracks, which feels more like a breather and a display of feelings more than dance tracks. This is appreciated, even though a feeling that Redshape could at least put in one more track that has such a clear purpose and then move over to a more experimental state, they are still exceptional tracks.

The best track of the album is without any doubt the album edit of ‘The Playground – Dead Space Mix’. Being one of 2006 most important releases, this edit has a different and fresh arrangement to the elements, focusing more on giving it a proper groove and what follows with that. The power of techno as such could not have been showcased in any better way, combined with the insight Redshape seems to possess about his talent as a producer, including a track (even though it’s edited) that is well over 3 years old.

Concluding with ‘Dark & Sticky’, a track that feels well placed as and end. The same experimental side from the middle part of the album is the foundation here, but being placed last, there’s this certain beat that moves in dancefloor limbo – being connected to a more ambient structure but yet making the dance aspects content.

My favorite tracks:

Man Out Of Time

Man Out Of Time – Major Space Dub

Dead Space – Next Door Ultra Dub

Dead Space Mix – Edit