Various – 14 Tracks Of Psychotic Repetition (Boomkat bundle_178)

Rating: 9/10 Boomkat continues the 14 Tracks series with a digital bundle that could easily be the compilation of the year, especially for those who value venturous electronic sounds. I hardly buy any digital releases but seeing a number of exciting artists here, I did not hesitate a moment. The entire thing is like 21th Century Woodstock with electronic reincarnations of Jimi Hendrix and Grateful Dead. A colorful  hippie camp emits intoxicating lo-fi sound layers and stir up the surroundings. A parallel with Woodstock is not far-fetched as the compilation might be easily titled “The Power of New American Sound”, […]

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Consequence – Symbol #4 (Auxiliary: Symbol AUXSYM004)

Rating: 9/10 Almost missed this record because it was labeled drum’n’bass, the style I’ve never been much into. After pre-listening it was clear that the fourth release in the Symbol series is cold-blooded sonic freemasonry built on eerie vocal samples, noise and bass abstractions. Even if the opener “Symbol #4.1” is a derivative of current mainstream dubstep, the rest of the game is ruled by mad experiments with oppressive voices and sounds. My pick is tingling and humming “Symbol #4.3” that really deserves entire 10 minutes of its existence and is filled with abstract exhibition music, squeezed between impenetrable walls […]

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Raime – The Three Chambers Of Our Entities / Living In The Gaps We Cannot Jump (BLACKESTSE001)

Rating: 9/10 It happened on 6 July 2011 when the edition of 50 copies was sold in a couple of hours, after tweeted by Blackest Ever Black. Meticulously handcrafted, good-smelling cardboard package was shipped to several countries of the world, hopefully not to be confiscated by customs. The surround sound DVDr contains a 15-minute utterly claustrophobic composition where the main hero struggles to find a way out of the maze. After many minutes of dark ambient hiss, Raime leads out with its trademark distilled percussion. The video fits well to the music – the screen is in pitch-black mode. The […]

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AU – Zero (Bunker Records / Panzerkreuz 1001-2)

Rating 7/10 The music for trees that die standing tall. From the darkest corners of ambient comes utterly minimalistic drone that does not have much motion or emotion.Cold embrace of “Angel Of Death” makes clear that the playwright has decided to let gloomy frequencies play with abstract noises. In “For Jupiter” distorted voice is overrun by rumbling semi-percussion carrying the power we do not know.The anxiety eases in the first part of “Zero” that covers more than 16 minutes of the B-side. In the beginning it is breathing cold air in the vastness of Mongolian steppes, before strange exotic voices […]

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