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Artist: Various

Title: Encryption

Label: Timecode

Date: 2002

 

Track listing:

 

01. 09'06" Muse Crypt : Artifakt

02. 07'11" Malediction : Phyx

03. 08'09" Wizzkid : Damage

04. 09'02" Demontwist : Shift

05. 07'08" Distorted Vision : Damage

06. 09'20" Zinkwazi : Shift

07. 09'24" Kodene : Rabdom L

08. 11'33" Sex And Death : Artifakt

 

Review:

 

Well, here is the scorcher of the autumn, spring if you're in South Africa,

where this CD originates from. This one definately ranks on my top ten of

2002.

Artifakt starts off the album, with Muses Crypt. The track starts off with a

sort of breakbeat, but quickly morphs itself into a psychedelic gem. Some

good melodies floating around, but an all over dark but happy feel going on

here. Please let me point out that the tracklisting above is not right, and

that tracks 2 + 3 are mixed up. Next up therefore is Damage with Wizzkid. It

starts of with an electrofied voice sample, and a ripping tune starts soon

after. Lots of rushy effects, ample percussion, and just what you need out of

a psy track. Lots of recognisable noises here and there. This is the slowest

track on the comp, which is at 138bpm, but groovy to the max. Next up is

Phyx, who opened the Africa in Trance compilation. The track begins silently,

drums beating in the distance, and when it starts, it sounds to be a bit more

minimal than the rest of the tracks. At about three and a half minutes into

the journey, a nice psycho guitar is introduced for a short time, before the

track gets darker, and very enjoyable. High pitched sounds, like glasses

singing, introduces the next track, Shift's Demontwist. Again, we're getting

more psychedelic here. Very busy, a song to nicely submerge yourself into.

The sample use is intelligent, and hilarious: 'I'll fuck you up and down, left

and right...'. Next is my favourite track of the comp, Damage again with

Distorted vision. A groovy, deep bass tickler, haunted voices, and a dark

approach is the ingredient here. Shift carries on the haunted theme with

Zinkwazi, which features some excellent composition. The sound of seagulls

breaks up the mayhem, before being flung head first back into the psychedelic

mosh pit. Nice clear sounds. The intro to Rabdom L's Kodene, reminds me of

what it would be like underwater in a sub. This is a great jamming song,

reminds me a bit of Skazi. Now for the last song, and one can definately say

'last but not least'. A psychedelic break opens the song, and rushes into a

trance rollercoaster as only Artifakt nows how. The song, Sex and Death, has

a lot going on, and one of my favourites on here. The melodies are good, and

welcome, but not cheesey at all, but in the dark light this album has been

presented in. Then this D&B type of bass line comes crashing out of nowhere,

giving the song a new edge. And please, the album does end like that, so

please leave the retailers alone ;)

Nicely done my South African brothers, I'll give this a 9.5/10, and that's a

lot for me. Bom

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Artist: Various

Title: Encryption

Label: Timecode Records

Date: August 2002

 

01. 09'06" Muse Crypt : Artifakt
02. 07'11" Malediction : Phyx
03. 08'09" Wizzkid : Damage
04. 09'02" Demontwist : Shift
05. 07'08" Distorted Vision : Damage
06. 09'20" Zinkwazi : Shift
07. 09'24" Kodene : Rabdom L
08. 11'33" Sex And Death : Artifakt

 

"I like the night...the streets, the smell..."

 

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Yes they are special. Nothing like shakin' the holy weasel am I right Padre?

 

2002.

 

12 years ago. If you were drunk and/or high and in your infinite wisdom forgot to wrap that rascal and ended up having a kid in 2002 he or she would be getting ready for the eighth grade. No more cute mispronunciations or hugs that never end. Nope, now you would be dealing with being the uncoolest person on the planet and the recipient of "You're the stupidest person on Earth" glances from a vengeful preteen.

 

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Sh*t, I wish my kid would say that to me.

 

"Nuh uh little b*tch...child services ain't comin' fo yo ass! What you gonna do now?"

 

Point it this was a long time ago. And the very first release from a South African label known as Timecode was uh...well let's just say time wasn't kind to these tracks. Not compared to where they were going when they earned the title Prime Minister of Mayhem (trademark). Give 'em a break. Pretty sure you weren't the Casanova you are today the first time a girl with Daddy issues decided to throw some leg your way.

 

Of course coming out of the darkness of minimal this must've been like a front row seat at Hiroshima. Lots of screeching noises and distorted sounds to forcibly eject you from your comfort zone. The samples are menacing and fit well with the dark atmosphere that would eventually become their hallmark. It's noisy, futuristic, and laden with techno influences that while not their best effort still holds a sort of clunky charm. So I prefer to see this as a label and artists finding their way.

 

And I think we can all agree it worked out pretty well for them.

 

Timecode Bandcamp

 

Mdk

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