At first glance this looks like a well-above average Japanese gabber/hardcore compilation (released a couple of months ago), but lurking near the end of the tracklist you’ll also find two new freeform tracks from Le Dos-on. Zafkiel is the better of the two, featuring the emotional melodies mixed with demented filters that often mark out Le Dos-on’s finest tracks, while Benetnasch is a more typical dancefloor-friendly tune that would likely work well in some lighter sets. Unusually for this sort of compilation, the standard of tracks is impressively high all the way through, with some particularly quality stuff from 6th, Noizenecio and kenta.v.ez.
01 - Scarlet - Change The World
02 - IceCreamSandWitch - Makina
03 - Nizikawa - Akagi
04 - nnn - Basement
05 - Hard Harmonizer - Drop it
06 - 6th - Killing Weapon
07 - Noizenecio - Bass Stream
08 - QUIL - Knight of Carim
09 - kenta-v.ez. - cAtAstrophic sEquENcE
10 - Lechery - MAD KILLER
11 - DJ 490 - b347z cr4ck1n
12 - Le Dos-on - Benetnasch
13 - Le Dos-on & Psycho Stalker - Zafkiel
14 - XIO - Paradise
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The darkest track of the year? Guld has outdone himself with Gestaltzerfall, an incredibe piece of work that everyone has to check out. I haven’t heard this sort of aggression in an NRG/freeform tune for a long time, and it will actually be the (not-so) secret weapon in my upcoming set - see the next post for more on that.
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A day or two ago BRK’s album Genesis saw its digital release, appearing on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. By all accounts the album has been a hit with NRG producers and fans across the scene, so now’s the time to show some support and get the tunes for yourself.
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NRG fans should probably mark October 23rd in their diaries, as that’s when BRK’s first full-length album will finally be touching down. Thanks to the man himself I’ve got hold of it a little early - it’s a really quality collection of tracks that definitely confirms the progress he’s made over the past year.
The album starts off with the title track Genesis, an utterly fantastic 3 minutes of dark atmosphere. It might be odd to choose an intro as my favourite track, but it’s a brilliant piece of work and a very worthy start to the album. The meat of the tracklist is of course Lab 4-influenced NRG, given some really nice extra touches with the collabs later on. Standouts for me might be the FINRG-released Rome Will Burn Down, the pounding intro to Pitch Black and the lovely filters of Saint Evil, but there’s also some welcome variety with the piano sequence in Something I Can’t Do and the vocals of Love’s a Bitch.
Great to see Heathen involved in trademark style on Everything Dies, before the album closes with a couple of minutes of downtempo, melancholy piano. Minimal but atmospheric, it’s a nice way to end things and actually clocks around 80bpm, raising the possibility of some interesting mixes in an NRG set.
This is essential stuff for any NRG fan, then, and a big achievement by BRK after all his hard work. Be sure to support a real trooper of our scene by checking this out in a couple of weeks time.
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I’m battling to keep TYFTH updated through another busy spell, but bear with me - I’m actually hard at work on stuff behind the scenes and there’ll be a couple of longer posts tomorrow. Regardless, the track-making return of Alabaster is massive news by itself, and Failytale doesn’t disappoint with some really interesting melodies and a quality breakdown. This version is sounding a lot more polished than the tune he played at CODEX, an excellent follow-up to Fluorite .
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The upcoming Freeformatted Vol. 2 is definitely a release to keep an eye on, with this reworked version of a 2009 Qygen track one of the best inclusions. If you’re after high bpm melancholy then Supersonic Speed fits the bill, moving from piano melodies to full on energy as the tune progresses. Another quality track from one of 2013’s standout artists.
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Marking 200 likes on his Facebook page, Alchemiist has released a new tune via FINRG that happens to be one of the best I’ve heard for a long while. As nasty as you’d expect, this one has a little more of the atmopshere of his darker NRG tracks than usual, which is definitely no bad thing. An absolute must-download, but be sure to also ‘like’ his fan page if you haven’t already.
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Here’s a lovely new free release from between Qygen and Wyrm that ticks all the right boxes if you’re into psychedelic, dark freeform. One of those collabs that really does manage to sound like a melding of both artists’ sounds, Digital Torment is a must-download via the Smiling Corpse Facebook page (click the Free downloads! section).
The track also coincides with the big announcement of Qygen’s upcoming album, set to be a physical release.
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Time for a confession here - this is the only time I’ve discovered a brilliant (released) tune of interest to TYFTH and decided to keep it away from the site for a while, saving it for use in a set/event. Now that CODEX has been and gone (more on that later), it’s about time to finally give a wider shout out to Thanatos’ wonderful remix of Rise, the main theme of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
There’s quite a bit of ‘noisiness’ in the top end, but with so much sampling going on it’s easy to forgive, especially as Thanatos has done such a fine job with the track’s structure. I spent a very long time indeed thinking about the the connections into and out of this tune, and at least to my ears it fitted right into the atmosphere I was going for at CODEX (and indeed the connection will appear again in my next recorded set). The video up the top uses the radio edit of the track, but I’m sure you get the idea. Finally, massive thanks to Gaia for initially letting me know about the track, this has to be one of the best recommendations I’ve ever received.
edit: Big thanks to raqhow for reminding me of the link to buy the track - you can find it here.
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Yet more releases from Le Dos-on, this time an upcoming EP on Relentless Digital. The track that caught my ear from the preview was Obsidian, but anyone into slightly lighter sounds will also find much to like in the other two. By all accounts there’s a lot of new Le Dos-on material set to appear on other labels too, I’m really looking forward to hearing which ones he picks for his Codex set next week.
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