The dark electrohead DVS NME has just self-released his 2nd album entitled “Metastasis” via Bandcamp website. This new project is clearly more introspective and therefore more sentimental than his last EP. DVS NME designs a kind of robotic spleen with great shades of grey. His productions keep a minimalist & purist vision of electro in the legacy of KRAFTWERK along with this cold & dark ambient reminding the JOHN CARPENTER’s touch. The “Metastasis” album contains 11 tracks with a constant relevance (a special mention for 2 mind blowing tracks : ‘Solitary’ & ‘Disappeared’). This mysterious project is actually the best DVS NME album. Recommended!
DVSNME [Colorado] – Metastasis Album – Preview
[Release Date 05-14-12 – CD – Limited edition]
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CULTIVATED ELECTRONICS is one of the most respectable underground electronic imprint producing slowly but surely some solid projects, released every times in vinyl. On their catalog, you can find some timeless masterpieces like the tracks “From Below” by JUNQ, the remix of SIGNAL TYPE “In Abyss” by GOD OF TECHNOLOGY, and the recent remix of SCAPE ONE “Time Falls” by DYNAREC,… The 10th release is out now, it’s an EP signed by an old timer : SONAR BASE (a side project of the half of ULTRADYNE). His project entitled ‘We Attack at Dawn‘ contains 4 spellbinding tracks (including a remix by SYNC 24). The SONAR BASE‘s production are dark & still connected to the mid 90’s electro-techno sounds also along with that specific acid bassline (dear to this label). Like a good horror movie soundtrack, this EP will send you shivers up and down your spine. Recommended!
SONAR BASE – The Deadly Storms Uranus
[Release Date 04-03-12 – 12″ & Digital]
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One more time MR PAUL BLACKFORD drops an other solid project! Following his latest killer album on Binalog Records, PAUL BLACKFORD has just released a new EP on the TUDOR ACID’s imprint : Tudor Beats‘. This ep entitled “Dream Sequence” is a great invitation to float into the galaxy, into this special mood very representative of this producer. PAUL BLACKFORD’s music is a sweet blend of spacey Electro, melodic (UK) Drum’n’Bass and (Detroit) accelerated Techno. This EP features 2 original tracks and 2 remixes of the title track by SCREWTEC (BlackRed) and TUDOR ACID which are both not bad but a level behind the powerful original. It’ a real pleasure to see PAUL BLACKFORD keeps saving the underground music in its original form : groundbreaking, abstract, timeless, not too cleaned, truthful, fascinating… Recommended!
PAUL BLACKFORD – Voyager 2
[Release Date 05-07-12 – Digital EP]
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LAZER SWORD – Point of Return
The futuristic Duo LAZER SWORD has just released their second album entitled “Memory” on MonkeyTown Records, the sub-label of 50 Weapons. In this one, LAZER SWORD switches again their kind of production exploring the music style by style in a free continuous way. Indeed, they started with a debut album mixing Hip-Hop, Dubstep & Electro and then LOW LIMIT & LANDO KAL released a couple of EP oriented Glitch, Post-Dubsteb, Bass music, Jack House,…to finally released the “Memory” album mixing Electronic, Post-Dubstep & Jit (Ghetto bass). This new amazing project is actually an U.F.O floating between Hype & Undergound and should talk to open minds. The title “Memory” isn’t an accident. Actually is pretty honest because if you put this album under a microscope you will find many appreciated references to the Post-Future music …from the past & the present.
First of all, the cover reminds CYBOTRON : ‘Clear’ the one with the guy crossing the wall of time. About the music here’s some influences : the great Hi-Tek & sophisticated sounds featuring along the album remind the Detroit vibes related to URBAN TRIBE; the mix of sweet vocals with the cold & accelerated sounds was already developed by producers like DJ RASHAD, MACHINEDRUM (and URBAN TRIBE too); the production control on bass & on the echo near to the post-dubstep sounds are a bit similar to INSTRA:MENTAL. However at the end it isn’t a copy, LAZER SWORD really success to create his own specific signature during this new experience.
Their vibes are fresh, mental, sexy, hybrid and very well produced (as their usual). About the featurings, it isn’t be a surprise to to see JIMMY EDGAR & MACHINEDRUM who are musically close to LAZER SWORD and producing also in the legacy of early Electro. The entire album is very solid & smartly thought to be enjoyed on the dancefloor and also at home. As so far, it’s easily the best electronic album of 2012 . Hotly Recommended!
LAZER SWORD – Missed A Spot
[Release Date 04-27-12 – 2xLP – CD – Digital Album]
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After an excellent debut E.P (‘Wrowreck’) released in 2010 on ∆ICASEA label, the producer CYGNUS is back on the same imprint with a fresh album entitled «Cybercity Z-ro». This project features 12 spacey electro tracks along with some lovely dub sounds. To have access to the final level of « Cybercity Z-ro », CYGNUS invites you at a virtual journey into an oniric world. In this one, you are going to meet some dwellers named the ‘Icaseans’ who are also the spiritual neighbors of an old submerged civilization named the ‘Drexciyans’… Just kidding, to seduce the music don’t really need to be translate by some images or some words and the CYGNUS production speaks itself but everyone could imagine his own (abstract) scenario according to this stimulating project. All that to say, the amazing atmospheric vibe of «Cybercity Z-ro» album would remind you the spirit of the DREXCIYA’s «7 Storms series» that is always an appreciated reference when a producer succeed to maintain also his own signature and that’s the case for CYGNUS. So if like us you love to swim in your thoughts from morning till evening, this solid album should be the host of your electronic daydreaming. Recommended!
CYGNUS [USA] – Aquatisch
CYGNUS [USA] – Mitgefuhl
[Release Date 03-25-12 – Digital]
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