Posts Tagged 'white label'

Review: Various – Fantastic 4 EP

Label: Not on label
Catalog#: FF001

Tracklist:

A1: D-Malice – Full Effect

A2: DVA – God Made Me Phunky

B1: Ill Blu – Time To Get Nasty

B2: Roska – Holograph

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With all the new styles going on in the UK, four of the most forward pushing producers are on the same vinyl. This collaborative EP sums up what is usually referred to as UK funky. Drawing a lot of inspiration from dubstep and house, all four tracks manage to create something entirely new, adding to the wide spectrum of various genres and styles within EDM – especially within dubstep.

The strong parts of all tracks are the depth and punching percussion and drums that make up for the sometimes cheesy vocals and attitudes. As well as being cheesy, they are also cheerful and plays nice alongside a lot of current dubstep tracks.

D-Malice’s track ‘Full Effect’ resembles the most to Chicago house, putting the dub aspects a little bit in the background. The clever use of simple percussion and rhythms is a genious move, going back to the limited hard ware era of early 80’s and 90’s, which with such limitations makes the track breath between every element. A effect that is more often forgotten than used. Soca influences combined with dubstep atmospheres and modern technology frames in DVA’s ‘God Made Me Phunky’, a track that explodes intensity and a bit of playfulness, going strong on traditional soca and dub.

Ill Blu’s ‘Time To Get Nasty’ could just as well be a standard R&B track, but the amount of reminiscent of hardcore and jungle shines through too much and makes it into something quite unique, without losing touch with it’s influences. The same goes for Roska’s ‘Holograph’, sounding instantly as a track from the same producer that gave us a quite long stream of white label’s this year, as well as equally funky and funny tracks on his own Roska Kicks & Snares.

This is a hate or like record, I hope it grows on most of you, so give it a shot!

Review: D. Dozzy & Nuel – Aquaplano 1111

Label: Aquaplano
Catalog#: Aquaplano 1111

Tracklist:

A1: C1

A2: C2

B1: D1

B2: D2

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With all my heart, I can honestly say that this new release on Aquaplano is one of the best records this year. The amount of influence and feeling that Donato and Nuel show with these tracks are unbelievable.

The first track is a droning ambient piece that reminds me of the Metal Gear Solid video game series, especially with it’s aesthetic and visual soundscape combined with the bleeping spacious sounds and Burial-like crackles. A defining track that places well in the all time charts.

When A2 kicks in with a groove that sounds so well thought out it’s crazy, you know that it’s a special track. The atmosphere is very clear as well as the steady progression of the track, which remains for the entire duration. Precise drum programming and oldschool-not-oldschool sense is combined in a beautiful way – you need to check this out!

For the B-side, a Cybotron-like groove is emitted with electro elements that sound very futuristic but at the same time timeless, combines the record in a perfect state of both techno and electro.

Review: Unknown – Seldom Felt 5

Label: Seldom Felt
Catalog#: SELDOM FELT 005

Tracklist:
A1: Untitled

A2: Untitled

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Seldom Felt seems to always be able to bring something new and fresh, especially since they always tend to get themselves out of that locked groove.

This piece consists of two versions of a very weird disco, house or techno track that reminds me a fraction of Soundstream’s later work. Although this is a bit faster but also has a different vibe. The A1 is more oriented to a less structured and distorted field, while the A2 has a classical stream of synths and that stabbing electro-ish synth jacking in the background.

I can’t decide if I like it or not, but it’s very different and has a weird sound to it – that’s always a start!

Review: Unknown – Seldom Felt 3

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Label: Seldom Felt
Catalog#: SELDOM FELT 003

Tracklist:
A: Tarpuntine Sun

B: Face Value

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Some people care a lot about the things surrounding techno, such as artwork, good clubs, being famous, playing the latest records and being credible etc.

There are also a few people left who only, and I mean only, care about the music. There is nothing that can take away the attention, the energy or the vibe from them.

Some might say that releasing white label records with no information other than a label and catalog number might be some sort of marketing trick, that adds to the mystique and discussion rather than making an effort to marketing it the old fashioned way.

I’d like to think that Seldom Felt is making a honest effort in releasing music with no regard to anything other than whats pressed on the wax, just timeless techno. The first two releases were extremely good, featuring different styles and attitude mixed with lot’s of love.

The third piece here is the one with a more old-school sound, where ‘Terputine Sun’ is a reduced and subtle straight groover and ‘Face Value’ adds up to the energy with it’s raw acidic structure and melody. Both tracks are steadily growing and have different values to them.

Don’t sleep.