reviews

elaquent – the scenic route

  • Elaquent - The Scenic Route cover
  • If there’s one guy that never fails to deliver on each new release, it’s Elaquent. On the 28th of March, the french Stillmuzik label put out his 2012 release called “The Scenic Route“.   It’s amazing to hear how flawlessly “The Scenic Route” falls in line with his earlier released “In Color“ series. Each release […]

lomechanik – ondergrond [download]

  • Lomechanik - Ondergrond cover
  • “Ondergrond” is yet another great NYP (name your price) compilation, this time from the Dutch label Lomechanik. This one’s strictly filled with crisp newstyled beats. I hear you saying “Lomechwhut?”, but these guys have been putting out releases on the net, vinyl and CD since the early 2000′s. Which makes it extra nice that you […]

niwa – no skills, no shame, just funk [download]

  • niwa - no skills, no shame, just funk cover
  • My friends of the Amsterdam-based Bang ‘n Mash collective provide in a pretty unique niché here in the Netherlands. Of course blending and mashing “ain’t nuthin’ new”, but the styles they attack are pretty much underthe radar in our little import/export country: (nu) funk, breaks, liquid dnb… as long as it’s got a pretty positive […]

galus – futura

  • Galus - Futura cover
  • After review Kixnare’s 2010 album I started checking out the label’s catalogue: U Know Me Records. To my delight I also saw releases by Daniel Drumz and Envee, but hey… the stuff you don’t know is usually more interesting, right? Usually I skip over titles that contain some kind variation of the word “Future”, because […]

lee spacey – remix ep [download]

  • Lee Spacey - Remix EP cover
  • I love remix releases, because they usually go two ways: either you get a powerhouse compilation of established artists’ tracks, or you get an exciting  package with names you’ve never seen before. In both cases variance is key, which is always a good thing.   Normally I’ll listen to the original release before checking out […]

submotion orchestra – finest hour

  • Submotion Orchestra - Finest Hour cover
  • The need for comparison to explain artists to newcomers is understandable, but to compare the Submotion Orchestra to the Cinematic Orchestra doesn’t do both groups justice. True, they both create and perform hauntingly beautiful and extensive compositions, but I’d rather put Submotion up there with the likes of [re:jazz], Micatone and Breakestra.   As with […]

kixnare – digital garden

  • Kixnare - Digital Garden cover
  • The internet, we love it right? Same goes for audio production software which enables almost everyone to convert their creative outbursts into listenable mp3′s, soundcloud entries, youtube video’s and so forth.  For us, by us has gotten a whole new definition over the years. But is it all that good?   Don’t be alarmed, this […]

dzd – beattape vol. 3 & remixes [download]

  • DZD Beattape Vol. 3 cover
  • On March 10th, the Dutch collective DubbelZoDwars (rougly translated twice as stubborn) dropped the third volume in their Beattape series, followed on March 18th by a collection of remixes. On this volume the producers from the so-called ‘farmer’ region Twente make it clear they’re not the simple hillbillies that people often mistake them for.   […]

young montana? – limerence

  • Young Montana - Limerence album cover
  • Out of the Alpha Pup stable comes Young Montana?: a youngster barely out of his teens but already a sample-collage grandmaster. With no apparent earlier releases (EP’s, single tracks, no-thing) he comes storming in with his 45min debut “Limerence” (2011), which mainly consists of sweet electronic soul and frantic synth antics.   Containing only 1 […]

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