Reviews/Previews

Music Review: Benjamin Taylor - Drifting EP [BT Recordings 01]

Hailing from the eternal city, Luca Costa aka Benjamin Taylor has really stepped up this year with his Polarized EP on Burnski's Constant Sound, which was then followed by a remix on the same label. Benjamin's sound commits to bring back some dub-techno sonorities, with deep and delayed chords, simple grooves and soft, ethereal atmospheres. The entitled "Drifting" EP on his own newborn BT Recordings is no exception: here, the Rome elusive producer serves two brilliant cuts that perfectly reflect his style and skills in the studio.

 

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Opener "Drifting" is pure dub pleasure. The main stab offers a very classic Panorama Bar-ish sound and flows elegantly above the essential groove. At the fourth minute, when we've already stuck into the loop, a tight clap makes his appearance, giving a twist to the whole dark mood. The arped synth fills perfectly the gaps left by the main stab and its ever-changing delay, giving life to an unwearying whirling of emotions.

 

 

 

The second track shows Benjamin's attitude on also making real minimalistic jams. The entitled "The History Of The Future" features a fragile, understated, thin groove, made of just a few woody elements. The kick stings cutting in the mix. Distant vocals and noisy texture create a moving atmospheric layer for the very trippy heads. Re-sampled and over-stretched real sounds rule the roots, without ever taking over the track, marked by sad piano riffs and weird rumours.

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Various Artists - Mineral Minds 1 [BAR Musica]

After four EPs - which have involved renowned name from the likes of Einzelkind, Bruno Pronsato and Pier Bucci - Italy's BAR Musica strikes back with its first VA compilation. Mineral Minds 01 is a real find for true dubness lovers and includes 9 tracks that range from the classic house ("Umberto - A New Way (of Me)") to trippy minimal ("Carebears - Billy's Fantamoney)" and tribal funky-inspired deep house ("J Paraguai - Materialism")

 

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Opener "Ognidove" by label-head Bartolomeo kicks things off with a smooth, deep shaker. Pads arise gently, airy, whilst short stab keeps on hitting in a neverending tight groove.

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Up next, Italy's duo Carabears make BAR Musica debut with "Billy's Fantsmoney". Immediately, the track gets trippy starting out from the stinging drums which almost go resonant to exasperation. Rolling 909 toms on top on the groove create a techy and bouncy feel. Distant vocals create an intriguing atmosphere on the side, mysterious and dark. 

 

 

 

The entitled "Like To Think" by Valeria Croft and Like Electronika is a deep and emotional jam immersed in a juicy and jazzy artificial mood. Hi-epic pads float above a rich breakbeat groove that writhes on itself because of the filters. After-hours or opening situations, this is a 100% ensured tool.

 

 

 

Umberto's "A New Way (Of Me)" digs in an old school boomy joint. Fat arps move around the breakbeat groove. Bass is deep and over-saturated, gently pushing the drums on. Detuned saw pad create an uplifting vibe. House music ladies and gentlemen!

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Returning to our dear 4 to the floor groove, Jesse Marcel is next with the entitled "Alcantara". Drums are sharp and vibrant, with super glidy synths laying on the hypnotic beat. Fuzzy voices seem to call us from afar, increasing, even more, the "ritual" mood that we can breathe on this piece.

 

 

 

Thus, "Spacing Guild" by Francesco Mami gets techy, introducing a different, fatter style of drums. Warped synths rotate, slowly arped randomly, giving movement to the entire piece. SCI-FI sounds coming from another planet collide on the slow-techno drums. Grooving hard, exploring the dark side of sound.

 

J Paragaguai's "Materialism" brings us back to earth with a colourful jam. The house vibe is enriched with tribal flavour by a swirling mix of percussions, congas and ethnic chants.

 

 

 

Next, Liro's "Uyuiii" features weird sounds that create a dense and glassy texture. A male vocal moves on vaguely above some eastern-ish melodies, noisy drums and a clicky kick. with the groove rolling smoothly.

 

Rounding out the package, the bonus "Pattern One" by Ahoda Psi rises up the tempo with a club-oriented track with jagged shakers, profound pads and gnarly synths.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Various Artists - Winder 05

After releases by Floog, Silat Beksi, IWOU and Ruven Medici, iO (Mulen)'s dark and groovy operation-base Winder reaches its fifth chapter with a delicious VA catalogue. WINDER05 is a 2-on-2 battle between Romanians Costin Rp & Faster and Argentinians Franco Motta & Bernat

 

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The kickoff is entrusted to the Romanian team, with Costin Rp mighty "You Me Space". Plucky lead rolls sweetly and sharp hats arise, fastly hitting on the top of the spectrum. Analog sounding pads and synths make the piece colourful and lively, whilst a retro-sounding synth charmingly clashes with tight drums in a superb contrast. Groove is light but engaging and bouncy, as the powerful upbeat bassline and we can't stand still while the arps float. Proper party vibes.

 

 

 

"Necomestibil" by Faster goes slower and deeper. The whole mood is bit dusty and lo-fi sounding, and it's easy to get lost in the harmonic texture. Drums are gentle and thick, not too bright. Track smoothly rolls till the break, where we can finally appreciate the profound bass at its full potential. A slow and poetic pad arises on the drop, laying softly on the groove. Bass is shacking, headbanger opening stuff.

  

On the flip we Buenos Aires' very own Bernat who's back after an incredibly productive 2019. The entitled "Mod" features a headstrong bass with a glidy and dirty tone. The harmonic layer is varied and everchanging, with a hail of tuned percs rolling thin on top of the groove. While noisy FXs sweep the mix, some melodic shots suggest listener a new emotional sense to the whole jam, aided by long-tailed pads and bleak chords.

 

 

 

Closing the EP is Franco Motta's mental "Finish". The track reveals is a dirty soul from the beginning, with pitched synths moving up and down uncontrolled. Swingy drums are woody and rigidly keeps the beat. A real-sounding bassline walks on the straight four fourth kick, while acid synths lead waving, coming in and out of the scene. Snare rolls building up, a cool, faded vocal on the background. A subtle vocal whispers the word "Seductive", and this piece definitely is, with its nervous and clean pace.

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Alex Ground & Dave Zeta: Isolation Inspiration

Samplestate is proud to announce the release of its latest sample pack “Minimal Dubs”. Produced by the Italian producers Alex Ground & Dave Zeta this pack takes its cues from Alex’s trademark sound as well as influences from underground artists such as Fabe, East End Dubs, and Infuse to name a few. Labels such as Infuse, Pleasure Zone, Moscow, Inmotion and Moan immediately spring to mind when auditioning this amazing collection of samples.

 

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With 180 club-ready drum loops with top and full loops, a hefty collection of 60 sub-heavy bass-lines, and also 44 synth/music loops. 139 One-shot samples are also included with pre-programmed sampler instruments that cover Drum HIts, FX/Glitches, synth hits, and bass hits. 

This pack comes in two main formats as well as specific sampler formats for convenience.

Apple Loops Pack - Includes Apple Loop aif files with pre-analysed and tagged drum, and music loops.  You also receive 3rd party sampler instruments as well as all the other content in the other formats such as REX2.

Wav Pack - Standard wav pack, if in doubt then select this one. It contains standard wav files and is suitable for any DAW system. You will also receive 3rd party sampler instruments as well as all the other content in the other formats such as REX2.

 

You can buy the pack right HERE and enjoy 60% off the price but be quick, it won't last forever!!!

 

What's included in the pack?

  • 24 Bit Quality
  • 883MB
  • 180 drum loops with top and full loops
  • 180 Drum Rex2
  • 60 sub-heavy bass-lines
  • 44 synth/music loops
  • 105 Music Rex2
  • 139 One-shots
  • 63 Soft Sampler Patches for EXS24, Halion, Kontakt & NNXT
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Music Review: Arkityp - Pyramids Of Geezer [AKTP003]

Conceived in 2015 as a party and then transformed the following year as a record label, Arkityp is the fusion of London's Archie Hamilton and Rossko. From the very beginning, the project has generated an incredible hype around, as the pair have released both blissful deep cuts like “XR3i” and heads-down-hands-up stompers – as the name suggests – like “Maximum Boost”.

 

 

 

The second chapter called “3 for a Tenner” was released in 2018 and after a year hiatus to concentrate on their solo activity, the two halves meet again for AKPT003. In fact, both the guys have been super-productive over the last year, with Archie committed to releasing his debut album Archive Fiction and Rossko full-focused on preparing his upcoming Late Night Skanking label.

 

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The project’s strength lies into a genuine long-time friendship and their ability on effectively complement one another, cutting down to the essential and providing exactly what the dancefloor needs, whether it’s peak time, sunset or those special after-hours moments.

 

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Arkytip then reaches its third instalment with the three-tracker “Pyramids Of Geezer” EP.

 

Opening with the infectious “Hyper Speed”, the Londoners up the tempo, delivering a high-octane club anthem. Their penchant for rich and dynamic soundscapes from across the house sphere quickly becomes apparent as they fuse driving synths and harsh drums beneath delayed vocals. The groove sounds sharp and boxy, with just the right amount of reverb, dense and defined, whilst the bassline flows liquid, undisturbed. Noisy snare rolls, introducing acid warped synths that culminate in an explosion of airy and uplifting spacey sounds. After the first few minutes, a catchy and emotional synth makes is appearance, stealing the limelight to the powerful groove. Grainy FX move all over the track, sweeping and washing out the mix. The speed continues to increase and it’s like a trip across the galaxy. We can clearly feel the tension the two wanted to express. Cruising in deep space. Dodging asteroids. Discovering new realities. Fasten your seatbelt, it’s “Hyper Speed” time.

 

 
 

 

Up next, “Learning, Earning and Gurning” brings us down to earth, into the wiggly and trippy dimension so dear to both of the artists. Hypnotic leads stand out distant as the dubby percs wisely panned in the mix, while a robust kick and a snaking bass lay right in the middle, spelling the rhythm alongside pressing shaker-ish hats and overpowering snappy claps. Bell-like arps create a nice light atmosphere, whilst noisy pads shine in a huge space, merging with the heavily sidechained vocal. It’s the extreme-processed delay on the vocals that almost make them jump on the upbeat, creating a homogenous texture with the other drum elements, giving to the whole piece an endless rotation mood. There’s an impressive dose of craftsmanship in this music: confirming the two UK producers themselves as forward-thinking musicians.

 

 

Last up, “California Sunrise” definitely got the funk! Bass rolls super tight, with doubled congas hitting fast and swingy, reminding us in certain aspects the groovy “Ricochet” but in a heavier magnitude. Heads down. Hands up. Eyes shut. The clap is further apart, splashing in a wide plate. Dark pads create an evocative background layer, to which are added sinister strings and splashes of gloomy sounds. The main open-hat sounds very old school and introduces an interesting contrast with the grain of the other groove elements. There’s a very ambient-music imprint in the choice of the sounds used, in stark contraposition with the club-dimension of the track. In fact, when the track kicks in, abruptly, an acid bassline arises. The raw 303 sound is gritty and growly, answering to the dreamy stabs that open our panorama to a beautiful and wider view, only visible from the top of the pyramids of Geezer. Acid sunrise in the swing word. Stunning.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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