Godlesstate – Godlesstate

Artist: Godlesstate
Title: Godlesstate
Format: CD
Label: Hagshadow
Rated: *****
I think that if I name to you Patrick Leagas, there’s no need to explain his history… you know… Death In June, Sixth Comm, Mother Destruction, etc. Well, as far as we know, Patrick decided to close the Sixth Comm chapter with the “One Mans Hel” album (here reviewed time ago, so make a search on the reviews section) and now he’s focusing on the new project called Godlesstate. With this one, he just released a self named CD on Hagshadow containing eleven new tracks.. Influenced by his interest in archeology and social/spiritual history of mankind, Patrick created something deeply connected to nature. Frequently he takes his bike and travels through England just to stop into places that he feels connected to and, there, he passes some time to take inspiration. Because of this process, I see him like a shaman which is creating his own way to talk to gods and tracks like “Cedar Forest” or the following “Enkidu’s Wildness” are the proof that he’s good into that, because they have an hypnotic effect on me. Most of the track are based on many percussive sounds with layers of electronic effects, blow instruments and chants. “Ice Voyage”, instead, is a track on its own, because it’s based on orchestral sounds, natural sounds, spoken word and it’s really taking you somewhere else. If I should picture it, it’s like looking to the ocean from a cliff. Also “Doggerland”, is another track where orchestrations are mixed with synth frequencies and it’s really breathtaking with its ten minutes of length where a apparent calm is taking you to a journey through time. You know, after listening to “Godlesstate” for the third time, I’m finding myself writing sparse sentences because I’m really into the sounds and into the atmospheres created and this is what music should provoke: a total absorption.

Dagobert Vs MasterArp – Startopology

Artist: Dagobert Vs MasterArp
Title: Startopology
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Dominance Electricity
Rated: *****
Twenty years have passed since Dominance Electricity started to burn the flame of electrofunk in Germany and after Jackal & Hyde’s 12″ they just released the newest Dagobert album. The last Dagobert Howe release was out five years ago and was a MLP titled “Astronauten” which he did collaborating with Kalson. The last proper album “Sonic Sound Of Bass”, instead, have been released back in 2003 and was a double LP issued always by Dominance Electricity, as most of his stuff. The new album “Startopology” seems to be a collaboration with a new project MasterArp, just to discover that it’s always him using a different name for his stuff more electro influenced, while Dagobert is more Electro-Breakbeat oriented. Anyway… The new album, available on 2LP (black or transparent blue), CD and digital formats contains thirteen new tracks (the digital release has a bonus nine minutes megamix of the album) which alternates or mix various influences: breakbeat, electro (“Booster” reminds me of Kavinsky), sci-fi soundtracks and also pop. The track which is somehow showing them all is “Mein Kosmos”, because it has ambient background sounds, electro mid tempos and breakbeat vocals and, I don’t know why, it made me recall “Freestyler” by Bomfunk MC’s. If tracks like “Megatron 3000” or “The Restless Invader” are classic electrofunk songs, “Lost Transmission” or “Deep In Love” are really different, as the first one is a short sci-fi sounding intermezzo and the second is an electro pop song with hard beats and melodic vocals. Also “Dagonaut Theme” and “Across The Stars” are particular ones, because mix electro rhythms and spacey sounds. They sure have soundtrack approach which is kinda new for the genre. So, prepare yourself to different listenings to appreciate in full the new Dagobert sound.

Gregor Tresher – Quiet Distortion

Artist: Gregor Tresher
Title: Quiet Distortion
Format: CD
Label: Break New Soil
Rated: *****
Three years after the last album “Nightcolors”, Gregor Tresher is back on his own label Break New Soil with “Quiet Distortion”. Born as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early ’90s, Tresher has constantly worked on his own sound, starting in the ’00s when he was making music under the Sniper Mode moniker. Tresher fame risen with two EPs released by Datapunk: “Still” and “Neon”. Also his remix of Sven Vath’s “Komm” and his contribution to the Cocoon compilation “Full Range Madness” helped him getting a wider audience. This new album “Quiet Distortion”, contains twelve new tracks that mix techno and electronic music in a great way. Gregor worked really well by building rhythm layers with pounding kicks and syncopated beats which enrich so much the tracks mixing them with catchy melodies that make of this a release to enjoy on a wider palette. If “Numb” opens the album with a dark mysterious atmosphere, “Consistency” blink the eye to the dance floor with its crescendo and the in levare bass line. If the main title is a electronic dance tune, the following “Safehouse” is a minimal soft one with dry beats that create a nice contrast. “The Kraken” is another dance floor monster and it’s followed by other two similar ones: “Riot Gear” and “Depend”. “Decades” is one of the tracks that along with “Numb” and the closing “Give It All Away”, will be able to catch the attention of the audience that is less keen on techno (maybe the people that are into Warp Records). I really enjoyed “Quiet Distortion” and with different listenings you’ll be able to catch all its qualities, starting from the nice cover made by 3D-artist Dennis Richter.

Pr3snt – Rakish

Artist: Pr3snt
Title: Rakish
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ghosthall
Rated: *****
Out on Ghosthall, a relative new label coming from Switzerland and Lithuania, “Rakish”, the new EP by Pr3snt is ready to hit the alternative dancefloors. The duo coming from Zurich and formed by Vasco Bachmann and Flurin Gishamer was active in the business since ten years but in 2013 they decided to make their own music and, since then, they released music on Yoruba Records, Hive Audio, Click Records and their own Ghosthall. The EP contains four original tunes plus a remix of the main track made by Lithuanian deep house project called 0rfeo. The EP stands out for its mix of techno and minimal house where melody and sound richness are the roots elements of their sound. Pr3snt know how to satisfy your will to dance as well as feeding your ears with nice tunes where the alternation of rhythms and melodies. If the opening “Arp Test” is a nice dark techno tune, “Boundless” (which is born from a collaboration with Zurich club dj Grauer) has lighter mood with a mix of techno and electro. If “Sunsad” will please the lovers of early Moderat, “Rakish” will satisfy your will of pure Berlin style techno. Orfeo is closing this digital release by destructuring it giving to it a deep house flavor. Check it here.

Raime – Tooth

Artist: Raime
Title: Tooth
Format: CD
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Rated: *****
Four years after their debut “Quarter Turns Over A Living Line”, Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead are ready to release, always on Blackest Ever Black, their new album “Tooth”. The duo isn’t keen on long length albums and if their first one contained seven tracks for 37′, this second one has eight new tracks for the same length. With “Quarter Turns Over A Living Line” the audience got acquainted with Raime’s sound appreciating their way of using rarefied hypnotic atmospheres, where rhythms and electronic sounds where placed in a way just to create a feeling of uneasiness and a constant tension. If you remember tracks like “Exist In the Repeat of Practice”, you know what I mean. On “Tooth”, I have the feeling that the duo wanted to extremise the effect created on the first album creating tracks that are even more minimal than the old ones. Another thing they focused on, is on the use bass frequencies: the eight tracks give me the feeling of a dub record where the rhythm has been reduced to the bone. This new formula is working well on the opening “Coax” but in my opinion, after a while, there’s something missing. Is like I’m waiting for a sound that will never come. Also the second tracks “Dead Heat” is beginning in a cool way, being really menacing and all but after a minute, that’s it. The tune is not progressing. There are only a couple of samples that come and go. Almost all the tracks gave to me that impression and at the end I have the feeling that they reduced the tracks to the essential but they didn’t stop when it was too much. I think that their debut was a little more varied and “Tooth” is far from being a boring one, even if the ideas are a little repeated (check the use of guitar/rhythms and sampled vocals on “Hold Your Line” and the closing “Stammer”, but as I told before, something is missing and that’s a pity.