a1 – Tele, we start with a track that focuses on delayed sounds dropping in and out over a very deep pad drone style background. When it all happens together sounds mesmerising. In addition to this delayed drum samples make a superb and very creative way of appearing in this is great opening to this EP.
b1 - Delta, Amazing atmosphere here with very sci-fi film score feel in its conception, with use of hypnotic and well paced tones; bouncing, delicate atmospheric sounds that really focus on the use of space within the track. This piece has a real visual quality to it whilst listening.
b2 – Luc, A very ambient composition, with bell chimes and moody suspense like chords this really has an eerie but welcoming quality to it. Many little glitch sounds that really capture the real sounds that have been used in the track, it has a kind of classical feeling about it and this could also lend itself to film.
The EP that Klaus has created here is a very visual ambient piece, well worth getting if you are into your ambient chilled out music.
a1. Klaus - Tele
b1. Klaus - Delta
b2. Klaus - Luc
Deft sets the tone early on his "Blue Jasmine“ EP with an intro that juxtaposes the meaning of hypnosis and awakening, foreshadowing the way ambient elements are fused with heavy drums and complex rhythms. Energetically pulling the listener out of any hypnosis – or rather into? – the dark and massive basslines will haunt us through dark underground clubs all over.
a1. Deft - Vapid Pt. 1
a2. Deft - Vapid Pt. 2
a3. Deft - Promise Me
b1. Deft - Drawn
b2. Deft - The Night Time
b3. Deft - Blue Jasmine
1 – Conundrum: Lost Twin starts with a lovely ambient piece that has a real depth and originality to it, with odd little glitch stutter sounds blended nicely with vocal snippets and a spacey background and a very metallic kind of quality to it, a great way to kick things off.
2 – Snake Snake: This looping noodle fest has a cool trip hop style to it, very well used samples and beat construction for those who like the downtempo quirky vibes, little jazz rolls swirl around in a very positive manner and add to the uplifting feeling of this tune.
3 – Ego Hunter (Feat Nimio): Very deep vibes here slowdown with this glacier like vocal track, little cave drips in the background and a very soothing atmosphere make this track a must have for the armchair listeners, very sophisticated and cool this track screams style from start to finish.
4 – Acuario De Plantas: This jam really has a very lush sound that oozes quality throughout, almost a underwater vibe going on with this one, really detailed soundscape with hints of vocal that add a mysterious and almost suspense like atmosphere without becoming harsh.
5 – The Tides: ...has arpeggio sounds that twist there way into a hypnotic trip, utilising chord changes that create a real depth. Synth noodles move in and around the core sounds add a really deep and thoughtful atmosphere - a proper head down and zone out vibe, very cool work here indeed.
6 – Gamelan: More beautiful vibes with Gamelan so thought provoking and a real touch of class with this, hypnosis is the order of the day yet again with this piece and the sound structure of this track really works well.
7 – The Inmost Light: At this point just when you think it can't get any better then along comes The Inmost Light - truly stunning. The well created and evolving arpeggio sound really lift this tune into deep space, then metallic pad sounds with an edgy but warranted addition to the arp sound really bringthe whole piece to life.
8 – Coda (Feat Van Delay): The Mist EP ends with a downtempo track called Coda, pitched odd synth sounds that have a Nathan Fake quality to them, quite heavy beat work here but not so much that the track become hard. The sounds around the beats really soften, the track then drifts into an ambient outro - a great way to finish off this compilation.
Overall this compilation will suit people who like deep thoughtful tracks but also the more experimental crowd as well, this really is a very well crafted with real moments of pure quality throughout and is highly recommended.
Lost Twin – The Mist (Aural Imbalance Review)
1. Lost Twin - Conundrum
2. Lost Twin - Snake Snake
3. Lost Twin - Ego Hunter (Ft. Nimio)
4. Lost Twin - Acuario De Plantas
5. Lost Twin - The Tides
6. Lost Twin - Gamelan
7. Lost Twin - The Inmost Light
8. Lost Twin - Coda (Ft. Van Delay)
A1 – Two in the Chamber: The Circuitous LP start with a stylish, quirky piece that has lovely little drop of synth noodles over a course, yet refined electronic bass sound. Lush panning sounds add a real coolness to the tune, with detailed percussive elements give the track a uplifting feel without being to heavy.
A2 – Reddin Off: Beautiful breaks sit right at the back of the mix but really feel close somehow, off beat percussion then kicks in and throws you for a bit: weirdly though it seems to make perfect sense when listened to as a whole, delicate synth and pad sounds float out of the tune in a very melodic but understated way - the flow of the tune works really well.
A3 – Transient Authority: Off beat kind of trip hop vibe here, again using quirky elements off the beat work which really captivate whilst listening, the off beat really starts to become very hypnotic as the track progresses.
A4 – Evolved in Twists: Interesting rhythms that build in their oddness into a skippy live jazz type of feeling that has a very mellow soundscape over a bizarre but high quality beat structure. Deep and odd is the name of the game with this track, top marks.
B1 – Circuitous: The title track from the LP Circuitous oozes quality right from the get go, really intricate sounds drifting over cool detailed beats and a soft almost live sounding bassline. This panoramic track has an edgy vibe in a way but keeps its feet well and truly on the deeper side of things.
B2 – Kae: Industrial sounding in its sound set, with metallic crashing hammer blows used as percussive elements throughout the tune with very retro sci-fi synth sounds that add an eerie atmosphere. Arp sound patterns emerge as the track moves along adding to the sci-fi vibe of this tune.
B3 – Feel: Four x Four is the order of the day with Feel, techno rumblings with the prominent kick drum over tremolo organ sounds that wobble along over the top. A little analog bass pops in and adds to the progression of the track, then the beat structure goes off elsewhere, which is strange but works really well here.
C1 – Swash: This funky little number has a slinky little filter piano loop that leads into bell sounds that are delicate and have a kind a melancholy about them... disturbed in some way the track has very erratic drums that sometimes tighten into a more structured way, then go random and loose to keep you on your toes.
C2 – The Image: A jamming' synth riff drives the track along, this piece has the equivalent of the wobbly wheel of beats at its core, again really suiting the track and works well as the track progresses along. That main riff opens and closes through filters sometimes soft sounding and other times more harsh but without distortions - sounds spring out of the main parts and little vox snippets float in to your ears.
C3 – Group Home Reality, Get ready for bizarre beatville here, this is so disjointed, you will definitely need to be in the right frame of mind for this - imagine machines going wild whilst being clamped into a compressor & recorded - that is probably the best way of describing this track.
C4 – Alibi II: This track has got some quirky vibes but has a real kind of home listen feel to it, again interesting percussive vibes over very cool organic elements that utilise glitch noise. Keeps this tune on edge but not going too far overboard.
D1 – DBC, Looped wind based flute sounds create a little hypnosis over retro synth from the 80’s, cool beat structures create a atmosphere that chugs along nicely, then big pitch bend synth leads take over with their raw analog qualities, again very edgy but works well.
D2 – Im Asking You KB, This track has got a deep energy to it that starts with a very sci-fi based loop implementing spacey pad washes; although not being as deep as you could go do add a gentle softening of the tune, a thoughtful piece overall that will trance you out as the tune progresses.
D3 – Tell Me Who Like That (Beside Manner): The LP ends with a breakbeat affair that has quite weird feel to it and is obviously in keeping with the rest of the LP - this is probably the heaviest track of the whole LP with odd sample usage and crazy beat work.
Overall this record will appeal to those who seek the experimental, some tracks will take a few goes to get to grips with what Afrikan Sciences are trying to achieve. There are also moments that are pure quality, hats of to this LP for being different, but be sure to keep you head together before diving in.
a1. Afrikan Sciences - Two In The Chamber
a2. Afrikan Sciences - Reddin Off
a3. Afrikan Sciences - Transient Authority
a4. Afrikan Sciences - Evolved In Twists
b1. Afrikan Sciences - Circuitous
b2. Afrikan Sciences - Kae
b3. Afrikan Sciences - Feel
c1. Afrikan Sciences - Swash
c2. Afrikan Sciences - The Image
c3. Afrikan Sciences - Group Home Reality
c4. Afrikan Sciences - Alibi II
d1. Afrikan Sciences - DBC
d2. Afrikan Sciences - I'm Asking You KB
d3. Afrikan Sciences - Tell Me Who Like That (Bedside Manner)
The Guests of Reality EP is a quality look at the past, present and future of electronic music, a well crafted EP where every track can stand on its own two feet. Definitely recommended and is well worth having on your shelves.
a1 - Luke Eargoggle & Kan3da - Night Smoker: This track has a retro electro feel going on with proper raw sounding bass sound that holds up a wonderfully crafted piano arp and shimmering vocal fx string sounds. Big energy here for this tune and a superb way to start the EP.
a2 - Kan3da – Photoptarmosis - Kan3da: continues the EP with a shiny tech style that encompasses intricate acid noises with washed out synth pad sounds adding a kind of mysterious and haunting atmosphere. Little blips leap out of the track as it progresses, and as for beat structure, a very snappy and crunchy snare is the most prominent feature here really adding urgency to the motion of this piece.
b1 - Obergman – Rosetta: Rosetta fuses the wondrous sound of early electro vibes with interesting wobbles of synth, quality squelchy business going on this jam! The use of pitch bent sounds and LFO oscillations make this a kind of sci-fi adventure, and very prominent stab noises penetrate through as the track develops. A dark vibe for the wobblers amongst you.
b2 - Luke Eargoggle – Ambulance: A very apt title for this tune as it sounds like a emergency ward going crazy - analog sounds that have a quirky and weird quality to them, machine code communications are what we are left with. Excellent use of both syncopated noises as well as more slightly loose feeling sounds, bleepy but well thought out - freestyle with style.
b3 - Rutherford – Fordelningspolitik: Rutherford closes the EP with a combination of all that has gone before, massive arpeggiated noodles and melodic pads create a slinky vibe, pure depth with a spacey atmosphere, uplifted with outstanding leads. A solid ending to a tidy EP.
a1. Luke Eargoggle & Kan3da - Night Smoker
a2. Kan3da - Photoptarmosis
b1. Obergman - Rosetta
b2. Luke Eargoggle - Ambulance
b3. Rutherford - Fordelningspolitik
A1 – Escape from Terminal Island, Ubre Blanca starts this fine retro cool wave EP off with some lovely 80’s inspired synth noodling’s, a tidy arp bass sound which makes you instantly think of things like Airwolf or Street Hawk etc - soundtracks of classic TV fame. They are smothered with little sparkling sounds and space piano vibes that really add to the styling of the track, once the drums kick in it kind of rubber stamps it and puts the final touch on this nostalgic trip.
A2 – Muscles & Jungle, The cool wave vibes continue here with this really beautiful synth driven beast, again the use of quality 80’s synth sounds and arpeggio riffs really capture the magic of this period in time but re-imagined in a modern way, very futuristic and well made this track really does tick all of the boxes as far as this genre of music goes - very cool indeed.
B1 – Red Skies, As you gather by now we are firmly in retroville with this EP, Red Skies builds on what has gone before and keeps the quality production coming, if you like all things synth then this driving progressive track will be the one for you. It really lifts as drives forward with a wonderful uplifting melody that has got both beauty and edge.
B2 – World On A Wire, We finish things off with a very thoughtful and more downtempo piece, the production quality oozing pure wonderment and synth perfection. This is a great way to wrap up the EP, mellow sounds and well crafted beats make this tune a must have for the old school synth lovers around the world, the main synth line really stands up on the track and has a real power to it, proper 80’s vibes.
In summary Ubre Blanca does an absolute stunner with the Terminal Island EP a must have piece if vinyl for lovers of synth based music that nods its head well and truly at the 80’s decade but modernises and refines that sound.
a1. Ubre Blanca - Escape From Terminal Island
a2. Ubre Blanca - Muscles And Jungle
b1. Ubre Blanca - Red Skies
b2. Ubre Blanca - World On A Wire
a1. Ekoplekz - Trance Elements
a2. Ekoplekz - Nerva Beacon
a3. Ekoplekz - Robert Rental
b1. Ekoplekz - Severn Beach
b2. Ekoplekz - Sea 90
b3. Ekoplekz - Unfidelity
c1. Ekoplekz - Coalpit Health
c2. Ekoplekz - Pressure Level
d1. Ekoplekz - Analogue Twitch
d2. Ekoplekz - Tuning Out
d3. Ekoplekz - Sleng Zen
a1. Fatima Al Qadiri - Shanzhai (Ft. Helen Feng)
a2. Fatima Al Qadiri - Szechuan
a3. Fatima Al Qadiri - Wudang
a4. Fatima Al Qadiri - Loading Beijing
a5. Fatima Al Qadiri - Hainan Island
b1. Fatima Al Qadiri - Shenzhen
b2. Fatima Al Qadiri - Dragon Tattoo
b3. Fatima Al Qadiri - Forbidden City
b4. Fatima Al Qadiri - Shanghai Freeway
b5. Fatima Al Qadiri - Jade Stairs