quinta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2008

Phonotactics / New Releases

My friend Ed the Sampler returns as Motown Junkie to his own home with another record of trip-hop/hip hop/sample head/downtempo/whatever sounds. 'Self Hypnosis' has some true gems inside, like 'Ill Dawn' reminding of some early Amon Tobin; 'They have a pact with the devil' is also filled with Ninja Tune references all over it, the round bass, the metal samples; 'I feel something' has some groovy beats and awesomely well inserted vintage samples; 'Pagan dances in autumn twilight' is a real keeper, awesome work Ed has done here with every sample in its right place; 'Row (featuring Hotdrop)' was well picked to close the album, that nice 'Jah-feeling' really leaves you wanting for more.
Also of note is Ed's evolution as a sample-freak. He has started to look away from the orthodox sampling methods/solutions and is experimenting with a different kind of sound-collages that really go well with his own sample style. Keep up the good work, mate!

Review by "Pedro Leitão"


Motown Junkie's new effort is a complex piece of work, which could have been made in any place of the world, since it travels around it musically. You realize it from the opening title track to the wonderful Hotdrop contribution in the closing "Row". You could hear it on a train ride, no borders blocking your path, and the music would fit that trip easily.

It starts off with a downbeat "Ravi Shankar on acid" style, beats floating through your right and left speakers until they twist your brain, and it's sure to happen with "Ill Dawn" and its crazy beats chasing you in 3 intense minutes.

You may find the right mood for you depending on each track you choose. "Change" would be a nice end-of-the-night soundtrack, while "They Have a Pact With the Devil" could be easily your perfect soundtrack for a meeting with mafia crooks. Probably the best song here will have to be the psychedelic "Pagan Dances in Autumn Twilight", with a strong middle-east feel to it, followed by the 21st Century blues of "Anfeta Effect" and the soothing sound layers of "Time to Solo".

An overall great album by Portuguese Motown Junkie, which can be fully enjoyed either in stereo speakers or headphones.

Review by "Daniel Catarino"

Back in Phonotactics, Burguez this time presents 5 songs not less addictive than a good game. As usual Burguez uses film samples and their daily loop environments to complete his rhythmic creations ranging from the hip hop structure and detuned downtempo, without leaving aside the synthetic beats that already are being characteristic of his sound. Back to the game is the third work of burguez released this year and with this production rate I can even
try to predict that within a short time we will hear about him again.

Welcome back to the beat Kingdom of Burguez |King| of Venezuela.

Review by "Edgar"

Sometimes the invisible line between conventional and experimental is continuously abducted by less orthodox musical concepts. Contradiction Level is a good example of persistence in exploring languages of assembling video applied to the sound.
Francisco Costa aka Kinder Mecanique is Portuguese born in Alentejo and with a considerable experience in video production, this work that was for 9 years left on the bookshelf waiting to be edited is a work of weird samples taken from old pc games and other strange sources to make an audio narrative. Not resist to listen in this subliminal story .. good trip

Review by "Edgar"

1 comentário:

J.M.G. disse...

Oh Ed, no sábado traz isto em CD para rodar no Trampolim.