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  1. Title: V/A Made In Mexico Label: Phonix Records Cat no. : PHODIGI017 Format: Digital download Release Date: (BeatPort 2 Week Exclusive): October 14th, 2016 World Wide Release: October 28th, 2016 Mastered by Dale Byl @ db Mastering Studios, South Africa More Info: https://www.facebook.com/db-Mastering-129239436996/ Artwork by Derren Nuttall aka Ink Junkie: http://phonix-records.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Made-in-Mexico-Revised-180716a.jpg More Info: http://www.inkjunkie.co.uk/ Promo: After years of plotting, amigos Ishikawa and Psykoatl finally got together and began playing with the idea of a compilation featuring only Mexican acts making twilight and hi-tech psytrance. Over the course of many knob twisting and beat hacking sessions - they were able to assemble an explosive collection of works from the freshest talent that the Mexican psytrance scene has to offer today, aptly named Made In Mexico! This saga starts off with newcomers Epitaph and Talkin Dave. A haunting and mind bending story - Ishikawa and Psykoatl could not have thought of a more fitting way to start this magnum opus. Following up is the hyper melodic Dirty World, produced by rising star - 1.16. This is a deep story full of energy and violins, topped off with a serious bassline that means business. Now that the tone of the compilation is set, Thorus Wrath - runner up winner of the X-Side - Dominate Remixes competition - presents his winning remix. A real rumbler of a track, with his signature treatment to the bassline - there is no stopping this beast. Amplifying energy levels even more, Domination takes things to the next level with Mars Attacks. Full of furious energy - Domination leads an assault on the senses that is known to manifest itself in listeners through uncontrolled stomping. Just when you thought you could not handle any more energy - Roby and M.A.D (the super powered duo of X-Side and Eyetek), continue the sonic Invasion. There is no turning back, there is no surrender. Initiating motivation protocol! Not for the faint of heart, these 3 minds join forces to give you every adrenaline junkies dancefloor anthem. If this wasnt enough, whizz kid Outer Connection thrills with his unrelenting remix of Portuguese master Sidharthas Omniverse. A beast of a track, for maximum enjoyment and your safety - we recommended that this be played loud, preferably in a large open area. You have been warned! Moving on to the latter half of this release, Psykoatl and Ishikawa shift their focus on to deeper darker sounds. The Concept Nemesis (T.C.N), hot on the heels of his epic Exhausting the Limit EP, presents Subjective. A deranged twister, with production so clean - one cannot help but grin like a boy with a new toy. Keeping the darker mood going, The Evil Monkey explains to us his Isolated System. Equipped with sinister melodies, and enough energy to power a spaceship - this is one system that should not be tampered with. As the release approaches it end, listeners are treated to the triumphant return of mastermind - Akros. With Omega, Akros stays true to his original style and presents a cracker of a track which literally explodes with melodies to mark the end of this sonic adventure. Made In Mexico is the culmination of months of hard work from the Phonix Family with the sole intention of putting the spot light on Mexico and the new wave of talent that is all but set to take over radio waves galaxy wide! With that said, we humbly ask listeners once more to boldly go forth and again - take us to their speakers and push the limits of sonic manipulation! Viva La Mexico! TRACKLIST: 1. Epitaph Talkin Dave 145 BPM Written and produced by Andres Romero and Leonardo Novelo @ Epitaph Studio, Mexico 1.16 Dirty World 146 BPM Written and Produced by Irving Lagunes Gómez @ 1.16 Studio, Mexico 2. X-Side Dominate (Thorus Wrath RMX) 146 BPM Originally written and produced by Jose Luis Cruz @ X-Side Studio, Mexico Remixed by Manuel Olmos @ Thorus Wrath Studio, Mexico 3. Domination Mars Attacks 147 BPM Written and produced by Ricardo Barreto @ Domination Studio, Mexico 4. Roby vs M.A.D Invasion 147 BPM Written and produced by Roby Martinez Cantu @ Roby Studio, Mexico and Jose Luis Cruz and Claudio Pereira @ M.A.D Studio, Mexico/Portugal 5. Sidhartha Omniverse (Outer Connection RMX) 147 BPM Originally written by Nuno Santos @ Sidhartha Studio, Portugal Remixed by Kevin Rodríguez @ Outer Connection Studio, Mexico 6. The Concept Nemesis Subjective 146 BPM Written and produced by Franco Sanchez @ The Concept Nemesis Studio, Mexico 7. The Evil Monkey Isolated System 147 BPM Written and produced by Pablo Pérez Sahagún @ The Evil Monkey Studio, Mexico 8. Akros Omega 147 BPM Written and produced by Fernando Miranda @ Akros Studio, Mexico Track 4 released with permission from MMD Records Track 6 released with permission from Hypergate Records SAMPLES: Compiled by Ishikawa (Angad Kapoor/USA) and Psykoatl (Marco Reyes Balam/ Mexico) Available on shops everywhere such as: Beatport http://www.beatport.com/label/phonix-records/21766 Juno Download http://www.junodownload.com/labels/Phonix/releases/ DjTunes http://www.djtunes.com/label/phonix-records Still Fresh: The Concept Nemesis Exhausting the Limit EP V/A The Twilight Core Vol. 2 *More Info: Phonix Records: http://www.facebook.com/PhonixRecords http://www.phonix-records.com/ *Join our mailing list on our website for the opportunity to receive free CD's, free entries to parties and previews of upcoming music from Phonix Records!!! *For Bookings Info: angad AT phonix-records.com phonix-records AT gmail.com
  2. Now available on digital stores everywhere! Juno Download http://www.junodownload.com/products/t-c-n-exhausting-the-limit/3079987-02/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/exhausting-the-limit-ep/id1100299072 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ED0BTV6/ Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/T_C_N_Exhausting_The_Limit?id=Buceliheehceyc3siyl2jm7lpc4
  3. hehe this review cracked me up surprisingly enough, i have never really paid attention to dickster's stuff in particular - so this was in some ways my first really focused look at his music i quite liked it - nothing groundbreaking here, but i thought it had moments of full on meets foresty grooves which is not something i have heard from nano in the past my picks were vs master blasters - raucious - nice melody on this one vs space tribe - hack a haka - the samples and energy were super catchy vs nigel - Psylonius Funk - really put the forest groove vibe in my mind vs Earthling - Keep It Surreal - hard for me not to like anything with earthling involved in it hehe all in all to each his own
  4. V/A Manipulation Replication compiled by Dj Archive & Dj Glacial [MMD Records & Replicant Records] Cover by Scorb: https://f1.bcbits.com/img/a1815899428_10.jpg Mastering by Scorb @ TRK Mastering This is possibly the most ambitious review I have ever attempted. It takes a certain kind of dedication to sit down and put your mind to reviewing a release, listening again and again to each track all the while penning down your thoughts. It's a grueling process and there have been many releases where I have just run out of patience despite all my best intentions. Now multiply that times 2 and what you have here is a Double CD release review. So what drove me to take on this madness? Well I am glad you asked. Every year there are a few releases that literally leave you with a tingly excited feeling in your stomach. It causes sleepless nights and rampant abuse of soundcloud samples, it leaves you in a hyper caffeine fuelled daze while waiting for what seems like an eternity until release date. All good things come in time they said... To the patient go the spoils of war... Well Djs Archive and Glacial - head honchos at MMD Records (South Africa) and Replicant Records (Australia) might just have delivered a release that backs up these popular sayings; their magnum opus - Manipulation Replication has finally landed! Alright, now that I have that out of the way lets see how this release stacks up. DISC 1 1. Artifakt vs Lost N Found - Checkmate (Lost N Found Live Version) [140 BPM]: So this track has a lot of history behind it. Artifakt - one of the founding members of the legendary Timecode Records, and Lost N Found - a bonafied legend amongst the 2nd wave of South African full on/twilight stars - released this collaboration originally in 2008. I didn't really dig the original tune, maybe my tastes then had not matured or maybe 140 was too slow for me, but in any case I was skeptical to hear what this live version had to offer. First was definitely the right place for this track, there is no rushing this beat - it winds and grooves into place at it's own pace; and when the bass rolls forward in full steam - it means business. I can recognize some of the Artifakt sounds the eery atmospheres and melodies and sometimes downright strange FX. The Lost N Found goodness is also very evident given that this is his version of the track his distinctive melodic leads and distorted whips, and the ever changing groovy bass line. What I have come to appreciate over many listens is just how damn crisp this track sounds the level of production is unparalleled. Solid start here. 8/10. 2. Rezonanc3 - Industry [143 BPM]: Rezonanc3 is the collaborative project of well-known Mexican acts - Z3RO (half of Speedball) and Remove. This eases the CD forward into a dark and apocalyptic realm. Picture a cerebral trip, with aggressive leads and distorted robo voices. As with their other releases - this track has a lot of techno influences, it is dark, epic and packs one hell of a punch! You can hear each artist lend their talents to the track in a well thought out manner - whether it be Remove's electric leads or Z3RO's no bullshit basslines. Its a real testament as to how well these guys work together. The acid factor on this track is high and the sequencing of loopy mental sounds, coupled with the electric leads (especially those demented leads towards the latter half of the track) is just sublime. This track leaves me deeply disturbed, and grinning like an idiot. I love it . 8/10. 3. Rabdom L - Souls [146 BPM]: Rabdom L (South Africa) is amongst the founding fathers of Timecode records, and if you haven't noticed - he is one acts that consistently delivers. His last EP "Datasphere" on Replicant Records was hands down one of the best releases of 2014 and will be one that I happily play for many years to come. Following up that was his mind blowing remix to Twisted System's "Business Hippie" on Fractal Records' "Fractal Alliance". If these tracks were anything to go by, "Souls" is all but guaranteed to knock your socks off. And yes - it does that and much more. With this track the CDs insane factor definitely kicks in. The intense rhythms and aggressive leads - all magically entwined with these beautiful melodies that only Rabdom L can pull off stays true to the Timecode sound. The track is wonderfully mature and well thought out; it does a great job at completely immersing listeners with an ever evolving story where the melodies never get repetitive and always change in a fluid manner. This track also has a lot of little start/stops, something that I have noted a lot more of in Rabdom Ls recent works. I am not sure if it is everyones cup of tea but I think it goes well given how raw and aggressive his percussions can be. This one is a sure shot to be played across festivals/dance floors/ bat mitzvah's worldwide. This track is a beauty, and if you didnt already know it Rabdom L is definitely the king! 9/10. 4. Scorb vs Octagona - Cylindroid [145 BPM]: Having raised the energy level with last track, we have another legend - Scorb (UK) - pitching in his first contribution to this release alongside Octagona (UK). This is the latter project's first release, but don't let that fool you - he is also one half of the Antispin (UK) duo, whose relentless pursuit of the classic Ambivalent Records/Trick Records sound has given birth to many a monster. Scorb is amongst the most versatile acts out there - he has given us beautiful melodies, angry stompers, and deep downright creepy stories. This track falls in the latter category - from the very get go you know this is going to be a relentless journey. What really strikes me is the way these 2 crazy Englishmen wonderfully incorporate the use of atmospherics and soundscapes - a great example of the idea that less is more. This track terrorizes and whips itself forward sparing no one - an effective weapon to deal with dance floor zombies and howling werewolves. I especially love the organic FX they use, they are unique and remind of what we have heard in the past from Scorbs alter ego Phibian - especially the spiraling leads around the middle of the track. The culmination of this track is a near maniacal and demented meltdown of melody that would make the Addam's family proud. I initially did not like this track very much, but after many listens its sinister cerebral trip has won my stomping stamp of approval. 8/10. 5. Shehoor - Replicant Device [147 BPM]: Next up we have Shehoor (France) lending their special brand of demented psytrance to the CD. For those of you who haven't heard these guys before, well you should really do yourself a favor and check their stuff out. Raw, edgy, and powerful - their music is not for the faint of heart and is characterized by the use of metallic leads and deep atmospheres. On that note, this track does a wonderful job of taking that creepy spooky feeling from the previous track forward. At 147 BPM it also raises the energy levels, and where I was allowed to lose myself in my thoughts a little while listening to the earlier track - this track is more structured and engaging in its approach to madness. The growling melodies accompanied with the low rumbling bass line hooks listeners from the very first beat. The track unfolds itself in a mature manner, never letting you lose attention. Imagine a big mean kid just screaming and demanding your undivided attention well replace the kid with a growling monster and what you have then is the Replicant Device. A worthy follow up to their last release, "Kamaitachi" on MMD's "Banzai" - this track is bound to be a favorite for many. 8/10. 6. Wired vs Shuumat Plan 9 [147 BPM]: The high energy madness introduced earlier, now continues in the trusted hands of Portuguese mad men Wired (aka half of Sinful Reactions) and Shuumat - both known for their hi-tech sound. In this case these guys dont waste any time, and now any kind of introspective vibes that the previous tunes kept alive have been dropped. Its time for battle royale! These guys attack the senses through a series of whip/metallic leads that only gets more ruthless and demented the longer you listen. Where this track gets interesting is towards its final build up, which explodes in a ruthless ball of energy with bass line changes that will leave you smiling and jumping with joy. I will be honest, I find most act hi-tech acts these days try too hard and in this pursuit they end up just being noisy for the sake of being noisy losing sight of the main aim delivering something engaging, energetic and full of fun. Fortunately for us these guys deliver the goods! 8/10. 7. Zion Linguist Trust me [148 BPM]: Zion Linguist is making a comeback after taking a hiatus for a few years. As one of the founders of MMD records it is only fitting to have him feature on this release. The BPM level is raised yet one more notch as this mecha beasty wastes no time to start rolling full steam ahead. Zion Linguist may have been out for a while but he has not lost his signature sound. This beast is unrelenting, the bass line hums like a finely tuned machine, and the story is glitchy, screechy and damn unnerving. Trust is the last thing it evokes. Zion Linguist dwells an interesting space between foresty vibes the likes of expected from Bom Shanka records, while staying true to his own sound. All in all though, this is the weakest offering yet in my opinion. I have never really been too fond of Zion Linguists tunes but hey, if you are a fan of his older work then fear not! This track is for you. 6/10. 8. Tryambaka Predator Mode [146 BPM]: So ever since I heard the short sample of this track many months ago I have been eagerly awaiting its release. Tryambakas solid EP Rule of Two on Global Army earlier this year only served to raise the expectations even more. With time his style has only gotten more refined, clean and the melodies more beautiful. Take this winning combination and add samples of Bain from Batman to the mix and what you have in your hands is Predator Mode! The bass line and percussions are his signature hypnotic sound, reminded me a lot of Apprentice of the last EP. What I have almost admired about Tryambaka are his abilities as a story teller, and this track is no different. It evolves wonderfully, with the melodies lending it an almost opera like feeling especially towards the middle of the track. The best part is towards the final climax when all sense of control gives way to reckless abandon and the melodies just come pouring out! Another solid track from Tryamabaka. 9/10. 9. Deviant Species March of Cephalopians [144 BPM]: To finish CD 1, we have a true legend Deviant Species! Over the years this elusive producer has only ever released on a handful of labels regularly, Ambivalent Records first, and now Trick Music. Seeing him have a track featured here gives me hope that perhaps, just perhaps, well see more releases from him in the future. Now before we continue, I had to look up what a Cephalopian was. Unsurprisingly, and you would understand more if you had seen some of the artwork on older Deviant Species releases as well as the fact that he has a side project with Scorb called Squid Inc. Cephalopod is basically the class of mollusks which comprise of squid, octopus, etc. Well now that piece of trivia is out of the way, lets dig in! Much like other Deviant Species tracks this is very minimal and takes the approach of less is more. Kind of feels like a sonic tentacle tickling my brain. It builds at a steady pace, with a spacey vibe to it. Its always leaves a sense of foreboding, that that the chaos is going to ensue at any moment but it does not! This is definitely a more cerebral track and it bounces about with ominous stabs and well-timed deep atmos that only made me look over my shoulder like 10 times. Not the most of engaging but it does a good job of finishing up things, albeit on a creepy note. 7/10. Oh boy that was only 1 CD! And that is already 3 whole pages! I must be going crazy well what the hell forward and onward! DISC 2 1. Antispin Tentacle [144 BPM]: Picking up where Deviant Species we have new kids (well relative to Deviant Species) on the block Antispin! These guys have been pushing their polished version of the Ambivalent Trick sound since 2010, and I think say this for a lot of people when I say that it has been a pure joy! Where the last track was minimal yet rough around the edges, this one is a polished well-oiled beat machine. Fuller bass line, and spacious atmospheres with an almost tangible sense of electricity in the air this track is going to be a sure shot for djs and parties everywhere. Production value on this is very high and they do an awesome job of working in melodies and atmospherics together to create something very cinematic and towards the end, a spiral of madness! Nice way to open CD 2. 8/10. 2. Iron Assault The Haunting [145 BPM]: Iron Assault is the combined of effort of Iron Lotus aka Critical Mass and Sonic Assault from South Africa. Both have been on the scene a few years now, and their releases are pretty consistent in delivering quality twilight music with haunting melodies. Their last 2 releases, Insane Games and Mental Diagnosis were huge! So lets see how The Haunting stacks up. I have always felt that these 2 have great chemistry together, where Iron Lotus brings his melodic touch to the darker deeper sounds that Sonic Assault specializes in. This track is no different, and has a nice balance between melodic and heavier elements. Starting off on a dirty groovy trot from the get go that this track means some serious business, but it teases and winds and plays around until the 6th and 7th minute when shit really gets serious. But when it gets down and dirty it will leave you smiling and grinning like an idiot. This is some grade A stuff! 9/10. 3. Scorb & Deviant Species Stromatolite [145 BPM]: So we have these 2 legends coming around for their 2nd appearance on this CD. A quick trip to Wikipedia tells me that Stromatolite is a kind of fossil formation. I am learning so much today . This one has a seriously delicious bass line that I can only describe as Scorby goodness. Again on the minimal side, but it does remind me of an angry yelling giant of some sort. Maybe its that fat bass line, or the plain outrageous leads but this is one chunky monster that was meant for some serious dance floor mayhem. And these two guys know it, the track proceeds to evolve in a fun and in your face way always keeping the tension on the upswing, and never letting up. The leads only get more over the top, and more outrageous! This one is another cerebral trip the story not so obvious and it might not be everyones cup of tea, but that bass alone had me hooked from the get go. 7/10. 4. EMP The Cake Is a Lie [148 BPM]: Next we have South African act EMP. He has been around the scene for a while now, albeit not releasing as often. He also recently started a collaboration with Rubix Qube called Mad Science which if I am to understand correctly, has been causing many a wave in the South African party scene. At 148 BPM, this one definitely takes things up a notch. The bass line is pretty damn fat and groovy and does a good job taking over from where the previous track left off. It is quite reminiscent of older Rubix Qube tracks in my opinion especially the outrageous bass line. As is his signature sound, the track has nice melodic hooks which keep listeners hooked in. The bass line could benefit some with more variation but the work on the melodies helps keep the story interesting. All in all though, the track spends too much time and energy building and winding without a space for the melodies to really speak and sell the story. I do enjoy the squelchy melodies towards the end but it was not enough to save this one in my opinion. 6/10. 5. Karma Crop Split the Atom [147 BPM]: This is the super powered duo of Sidhartha and Khopat the all-stars hailing from Portugal. I have always enjoyed the work these two put out individually and together. This track was actually also featured on Sidharthas last album Timeless Relics. It is a pity that they have since parted ways on the Karma Crop project now but if this is the last we here from this project, then its a fitting farewell. At 147 BPM this beast leaves no prisoners behind. From the get go you know that this track is meant for some serious damage. It has this vibe of just pure madness that flashes from time to time especially the acid tinged spiraling leads they use. This track is an ever changing mystery and the evolution in story is a joy to behold. What I especially enjoy is that amidst all the dementia these guys evoke a catchy and dare I say beautiful melody. Both Khopat and Sidhartha are masters of their art and I have always thought their take on the whole hi-tech sound has always been the most enjoyable and true to the original spirit of that genre - back to the early 3D Vision days, when it was all about high intensity energy driven music with awe inspiring melodies. Kudos guys! I will miss you guys working together 9/10. 6. EarWorm Evolving Cycle [148 BPM]: Following suit is Israeli maestro EarWorm. He has been around the scene for a long time now, first signed with 3D Vision and now signed with Timecode records. Known for crisp production, groovy beats with deep twilight melodies EarWorm for me always represents mature well thought tracks. This track is no different. At 148 BPM its likely the fastest track I have ever heard from him, and for sure among the most energetic tunes. In that respect, this track definitely keeps adrenaline levels going. The spacey melodies are a pure joy to hear and puts me in the mind of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The bass line is unrelenting and you can tell a lot of time has been invested in thinking the evolution of track through. The melodies around 4.33 are magical, and the sequencing of the varied melodic elements is worthy of admiration. All in all this is another stellar track from EarWorm. 9/10. 7. Technicolor Heisenberg [144 BPM]: Technicolor is the combined project of South Africans Deliriant and Mad Piper. With a number of EPs and numerous singles from their individual and combined projects, these guys are no strangers to the scene. Looking at the 144 BPM count, you might be tempted to think that the CD is taking it easy with this one. You cannot be more wrong! This is a tightly written groover with a snazzy hit hat arrangement. After having heard so much of Deliriants last album The Journey this is a nice change in sound from him. You can very much here those signature leads of his, and on the whole the track has a lot of fun stuff going on to make it memorable and enjoyable. The Breaking Bad samples are inevitable and to fans of the show are a bonus! The section with the tripples is fun although sometimes I feel like maybe that whole trick is overplayed these days. These guys pull it off rather tastefully none the less. I look forward to hearing this on a BIG BIG rig sometime soon 8/10. 8. Rubix Qube Higher Frequency [143 BPM]: Rubix Qube is amongst my favorite producers from South Africa. Among the second generation of twilight acts from South Africa he has always maintained a unique sound with fat grooves and roaring leads/melodies. At 143 BPM, the counts gone still lower but you would have no idea having heard the rock solid bass line this track comes packed with. The track evolves and opens up at its own pace, with bass line changes that are interesting and upbeat. Around 3.15/3.20 mark, we are treated to a feast of Rubix Qube goodness. The leads are chopped, sliced, diced and sequenced using the signature Rubix touch and yet this track is still something new and unique. I think its the way it keeps itself in check where the focus is on uplifting feelings and not so much on the squelchy brand of mayhem we are normally accustomed to from Rubix Qube. Well that notion only lasts till the 6th minute, at which point a less demented version of Rubix Qube erupts. When I first heard this track I did not really like it. But having heard it loud and few more times, it has certainly grown on me and its refreshing to see Rubix Qube do something different, yet true to his style here. 8/10. 9. Orca vs Iliuchina Perfect Drug [144 BPM]: And we are finally here, the final track of this long long journey. And to finish things off, we have two well-known names from Israel coming together for a first time collaboration. Orca has been changing his style for some time now moving away from his older aggressive sound to something different, whereas Iliuchina has been maturing her aggressive and deep brand of twilight psytrance so this was bound to be interesting from its very conception. At 144 BPM, we are looking to going go out with a bang and the bass line does not miss a single step here. The track story evolves at a nice even pace, and some nice atmospheric pads are used to lend a nice warm sound. I am not a big fan of the Perfect Drug samples but thankfully it isnt used to the point of annoyance.What I also like is the way that the bass line is changed up in a way to drive home the feelings the melodies evoke. The bit around 5:00 is a pure joy with a heavily processed voice sample leading to the main melody of the track. These two have a very good thing going on between them and I hope they find more studio time together in the future Without further access to any more Perfect Drug samples! All in all though, this is a nice way to end this epic ride. Rock. Solid. 8/10. What year is it? I swear I started writing this in 2015 sometime but I fear it is now at least 2020 . Wait its still 2015?! Damn time flies hehe. On a serious note, this has been a most certainly daunting task but its a testament to the quality of music here on how quickly you make it through 155 minutes of sonic mayhem with 18 blasting twilight tracks! To answer the first question on everyones mind was this release worth the long long wait? Yes - absolutely. I would consider it a great way to introduce a newbie to the variety of sounds present in the night time / twilight psytrance spectrum. It is very evident Glacial and Archive have put a lot ofthought, love and effort into this release and in the end this has culminated into a very special release. On an additional note, I must express my immense respect for Scorb whose contributions to this release are numerous and significant asides from his 2 tracks here, he is also the mastering engineer for this release as wellas responsible for the sick artwork. To finish off things, I will end this review on a quick and easy note if you are even remotely entertaining the idea of checking this release out then do it! Helldo it and buy it and make sure to buy an extra copy just in case the first is stolen, because it is going to be the crown jewel of your CD collection for a VERY long time to come. Favorites: CD 1: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 CD2: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Buy this release here: Bandcamp: https://replicantrecords.bandcamp.com/album/va-manipulation-replication-compiled-by-archive-glacial-mmd-replicant-records Beatport: https://pro.beatport.com/release/manipulation-replication/1594743 Junodownload: http://www.junodownload.com/products/manipulation-replication/2885201-02/
  5. Don't let the project name dissuade you - this is some serious music from a serious artist Happy to see him realize his vision, this release is now out on Beatport https://pro.beatport.com/release/the-dawn/1556390 Grab it while it's hot!
  6. I haven't written a review in a while, let alone finished one - I got really close earlier this year but then got side tracked - damn you Netflix! Anyhow, it is not every day I come across a release that I feel compelled to review - and Rabdom L's latest offering 'Datasphere' is definitely too damn good to pass up. For those of you who don't know, Rabdom L is the brain child of Craig Hudson - aka Theskragg. He is one of the founding fathers of South Africa's Psytrance scene, involved with the legendary Timecode records from its inception alongside the likes of Shift, Phyx, Artifakt and Tickets to name a few. He is no stranger to the psytrance scene and if this is your first encounter with him - I am a little jealous because this man is a treasure trove of some A-Grade quality psytrance which will literally rip open your mind. Enough fluff, lets get to the point here. 'Datasphere' is Rabdom L's fourth solo EP - and the closest thing yet to a full length album yet. Released by Replicant Records (Australia) - a label that I have followed from its early days in 2012 - and who in my opinion - have a very very bright future ahead of themselves. Let's go ahead and break it down track per track: 1. Rabdom L vs. Deliriant - Datasphere (Rabdom L RMX) : So this track has an interesting story - originally called "Stratusfear" - the first version of the track was released back in 2010 on Rabdom L's first EP - 'The Katalyst' on Nexus Media. Since then, it has been remixed twice by Rabdom L. The second time it became "Ionosphere", released on the second Rabdom L EP - "Augment" - also on Nexus Media. And now comes his third crack at this track. It still bears many of the original elements - the long swooping soundscapes, the eerie melodies and ominous feelings - but the whole first 3-4 minute of the track is really tightly wound up. Never letting you go - its got that old school percussion arrangement (triples? is that what they are called?) - and this beast just keeps building. Finally the datasphere lands and the results are quite outstanding, a lot of the original elements leads are used and again, they are tweaked slightly, placed in new arrangements - really keeps listeners guessing especially if they are familiar with the older versions. This track lays the foundation for what you can expect from this EP, menacingly deep and twisted music. 8/10 2. Rabdom L vs Iliuchina - Beyond the Gates: In the twilight / night full on sub-genre today, there are many stylistic schools of sound that I feel can be used to classify the different acts out there. In this respect, there has only ever been one Rabdom L! The only other act who I thought came close was Iliuchina - especially with tracks like Towards Infinity - which Rabdom L remixed last year hehe. So the prospect of these two making a collaboration is HUGE! And I am happy to report that the results are nothing short of epic. Where Datasphere lets you sink in and find yourself - this track wastes no time to get running. It's mean, ruthless and both these acts do a great job of really meshing together their sounds. I especially enjoy the break towards the 4th minute, with those really eerie female leads which evolves into a spiraling frenzy of melody and energy. Great bit to see the meeting of the minds on the track. All in all - this is one rock solid track that deserves to be played on dance floors everywhere. 9/10 3. Radbom L - Kataloz - Next up we have 'Kataloz' which I feel like is a remix or re-edit of another Rabdom L classic - 'The Katalyst'. Regardless, this is the first solo offering on this EP and it does not disappoint. It's got a beautiful spacey theme going and where the last track was a ball of energy, this one drops more into super deep territory. Not so menacing as track 2 but just... epic. The melodies literally cry out to you, coupled with those nice warm pads - its hard not to immerse yourself in this roller coaster ride of emotions. The story evolves seamlessly, my only complaint might be that I feel like the track starts and stops a bit much, but that could just be me being greedy and wanting the nice crisp bass line to keep going and going .. So far this is my favorite track on the EP and is quintessentially what the Rabdom L sound is all about - immersive atmospheres, driving bass lines and haunting melodies. 9/10. 4. Rabdom L - Fraktalize: This one again takes the energy levels up a notch. Distorted leads, glitched FX and sound arrangements that somehow always throws just the right sound at you - this track is busy and wastes no effort to keeping you engaged at all times. The story is deep, ever evolving and has this cool distorted melody that keeps coming and going. What is really cool about this track is that the more you hear it - the more it grows on you, especially as you begin to pick up and appreciate the intricate layers that come together to make the whole package. Not my favorite track but definitely another stellar tune. 9/10. 5. Ex-Gen - Zombification (Rabdom L RMX): For those of you who didnt know, Replicant Records in association with Ex-Gen recently hosted a remix competition for this monster track, which they released last year on The Replicants Vol.3 EP. So now that you are aware of the background and are more than likely familiar with the original track throw everything you thought you knew about Zombification out the window. This track should have been called Rabdom L ification because this track has been reconstructed to the point where it is unrecognizable. To clarify, I say that with a level of joy that I hope this review will do justice in conveying. Intelligent deep and with some really epic moments, especially the beautiful melody towards the end. That being said you do hear bits and fragments from the original, but there are so many new elements and I think the original leads were completely dropped or updated to the point where I could not recognize them. All in all though this is yet another solid track and will for sure take the dead zombify them and then uber zombify them for lack of an appropriate comparison. 9/10. Conclusion: This is a very fulfilling release for fans of Rabdom L and the twilight/night full on genre as a whole and was totally worth the wait. This release that will be on my playlists for many many months to come and given todays landscape where there are so many releases it is rare that I find myself engaged so thoroughly with an entire release. Kudos to Rabdom L and Replicant Records for yet another solid release. Artwork: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10403716_776188239090841_1917029132802888915_n.jpg?oh=a60b10c65c6bef1b0a4cf609ecf787a2&oe=551CB20C&__gda__=1428123600_0f764b4d467b9de67da98a9c9d5a15e7 Buy this release here: https://replicantrecords.bandcamp.com/ http://www.beatport.com/release/datasphere/1411876
  7. Title : V/A - The Twilight Core Label : Phonix Records Cat no. : PHODIGI007 Format : Digital Download Release Date: 01 Nov 2013 (JunoDownload 2 Weeks Exclusive) Worldwide Release Date: 15 Nov 2013 MASTERING: Track 2 Masted by Alon Laifer, Israel All Other Tracks Mastered by Dale Byl @ DB Mastering, South Africa Artwork by Paulo Etnarama: http://phonix-records.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/974498_10151782570810100_1584846921_n.jpg PROMO: At Phonix Records, our scientists and wizards work tirelessly towards their higher calling. Their rhythmic mantra, dedicated to the greater beings of the twilight, echoes through the labyrinthine walls, consuming their mind, body and soul. To reach out and activate the minds of their followers, they have only one route – to create the very best twilight psychedelic sounds they can. Masters of their craft, they have invested many hours and lunar cycles in research, trials and extensive dance floor testing to arrive upon the epitome of twilight psytrance – The Twilight Core. Grand Poobah, Ishikawa, is the conductor, aligning the monsters and directing their powers. ‘It Begins’ with the activation of the core, entrusted to head scientists Dexter and Soul Eater. Their pet project, to accelerate the neurons in your brain, allows you to bend thought and enhances functioning. Just as you reach this higher state of being, you face an ego-shattering experience, ‘Downtown’ – a process perfected and redesigned for the year 2013 by the legendary master of the dark arts, Orca. Fragmented, disoriented, but still alive, you come across the dream team of Undelete, Organikka and Psycho System. Together, they go about systematically reconstructing your fragile ego through the ancient ‘Dancing Molecules’ protocol, a forgotten practice. It would be prudent to rest now, and realign your new sense of being, but devious whiz kid Thrillseeker has no such plans of letting you off easy. Immediately, you are ‘Intoxicated’, unable to express yourself outside of dance, the primordial language. Not missing a beat, you are introduced to the formidable duo of 3M and Z3RO. Some of the most powerful scientists around, specializing in hardcore dance floor destruction, they bring you to, ‘The End’, a delicious parting gift as you re-enter reality, changed forever. TRACKLIST: 1. Dexter vs. Soul Eater – It begins Written and Produced by Dexter Santos & Joel Costa at Dexter Studio, Portugal 2. Orca – Downtown 2013 RMX Written and Produced by Alon Laifer at Orca Studio, Israel 3. Undelete vs. Psycho System vs. Organikka – Molecule Dancer Written and Produced by Andre Cachaco, Jorge Romao at Undelete Studio, Protgual, Brunos Faria at Organikka Studio, Portugal, David Iglesias at Psycho System Studio, Spain 4. Thrillseeker – Intoxicated Written and Produced by Pedro Pinto at Thrillseeker Studio, Portugal 5. 3M & Z3RO - The End Written and Produced by Juan Carlos Benavente at 3M Studio, Mexico and Javier Duran at Z3RO Studio, Mexico SAMPLES: https://soundcloud.com/phonix-records/sets/digital-ep-007-v-a-the Available on shops everywhere such as: Juno Download http://www.junodownload.com/labels/Phonix/releases/ Beatport http://www.beatport.com/label/phonix-records/21766 AudioJelly http://www.audiojelly.com/labels/phonix-records/13262 DjTunes http://www.djtunes.com/label/phonix-records *More Info: http://www.facebook.com/PhonixRecords http://www.phonix-records.com/ *Join our mailing list on our website for the opportunity to receive free CD's, free entries to parties and previews of upcoming music from Phonix Records!!! *For Bookings Info: angad AT phonix-records.com phonix-records AT gmail.com
  8. Title : Kode Six - Perfekt World - The Remixes EP Label : Phonix Records Cat no. : PHODIGI003 Format : Digital download Release Date: 29 November 2012 Artwork: Promo: What is the Perfekt World? That was the question Kode Six found himself asking and to get together the best answer, he and the rest of the aliens at Phonix Records got together. They then searched high and low for the brightest minds through the land and in the end found three - Kut 'N Paste (South Africa), Micro Scan (France) & S3QU3NC1A (Portugal)! Phonix Records is proud to present Kode Six - Perfekt World Remixes EP - featuring the winners of our remix competition who were hand selected by none other than Kode Six! Inside you'll find a mixture of groove, rhythm, melody but above all energy like none other! We warn you - this is not for the faint of heart - are you ready for the Perfekt World? TRACKLIST: 1. Kode Six - Perfekt World (Micro Scan RMX) Remixed by Fred Kiszon & Seb Manson @ Micro Scan Studio, France http://soundcloud.com/micro-scan https://www.facebook.com/micro.scan.9 2. Kode Six - Perfekt World (S3QU3NC1A RMX) Remixed by Rui Miguel @ S3QU3NC1A Studio, Portugal http://soundcloud.com/s3qu3nc1a 3. Kode Six - Perfekt World (Kut 'n Paste RMX) Remixed by Jaco König @ Kut 'n Paste Studio, South Africa http://soundcloud.com/kut-n-paste https://www.facebook...3796803?fref=ts SAMPLES: https://soundcloud.c...03-kode-six-the Original track written and produced by Kalan Bird (Kode Six) @ Phonolite Studio, Canada http://www.myspace.com/kodesix http://www.facebook....Six/13678449171 Available on shops everywhere such as: Beatport http://www.beatport....x-records/21766 Itunes https://itunes.apple...34&ign-mpt=uo=4 Juno Download http://www.junodownl...xes/2096956-02/ AudioJelly http://www.audiojell...-remixes/270491 DjTunes http://www.djtunes.c...rld-the-remixes *More Info: http://www.facebook.com/PhonixRecords http://www.phonix-records.com/ *Join our mailing list on our website for the opportunity to receive free CD's, free entries to parties and previews of upcoming music from Phonix Records!!! *For Bookings Info: phonix-records AT gmail.com angad AT phonix-records.com
  9. thanks for the kind words. the set goes up from 146 bpm to 162 and its an interesting ride to say the least . plur, angad
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