Wednesday, May 01, 2024

baze.djunkiii Charts 05/2k24

01. C'hantal - The Realm [Groovin Recordings]
"Something for your mind, your body and your soul. It's the power to arouse curiousity...". No matter how long you've been invlved in electronic music, you will have heard these lyrics at some point in time and they'll most likely have given you major goosebumps - an effect they're known to have had since 1990, since this record has been around on the club scene. A major force ever since and sampled and re-sampled a gazillion times ever since here is the original once again, the iconic acapella version as well as the extended, even Proto-Breakbeat sporting 'Love In D Minor' mix included, this time re-issued via the Italian label Groovin Recordings which has done a quite amazing job in terms of bringing back a set of major classics over the past years.

02. The Overlords - Sundown [Mecanica 082]
And here we go with another classic. Originally released in 1991 "Sundown" might be one of those tracks which finally marked the arrival of (Proto)Trance in electronic clubland even before the term was actually coined and despite influences of EBM X NuBeat x Agreppo still being obvious - not only due to the use of full vocals but a more or less overall present sound aesthetic. This being said, especially the epic elegic string arrangements and harmonies are what made this tune stick out from day one and this reissue cooked up by the Polish Mecanica label proves that the magic of "Sundown" still holds up today a.k.a. more than three decades after its initial release.

03. Various Artists - GmbH: An Anthology Of Music For Fashion Shows 2016-2023 Vol.1 [Studio Labour 002]
"An Anthology Of Music For Fashion Shows 2016-2023 Vol.1". Take this as a title for an elaborate electronic music compilation album featuring music by the likes of Fatima Al Qadiri, Nene H, Labour, Gabber Modus Operandi and others. Presenting a highly eclectic selection of contemporary electronic sounds this eleven track album features excursions into conceptual polyrhythmic bass music of non-linear nature infused with traditional Arab x Oriental elements, indulges in tense, somewhat apocalyptic atmospheres, futuristic Broken Beats and driving Techno rhythms, even brings forth references to Contemporary Classical arrangements and Opera Moderne, enchanted Ambient x Electronica vibes, captivating Dubstep x Bass Music x SinoGrime clad in shimmering neon melodies as well as hyperdramatic quasi-Hardcore and many things well beyond. Lovely.

04. Various Artists - Mischpoke #2 [Hauch Records 038]
See review for details....

05. Jaycee In Da Mix - Ginzu Edits #1 [GINZU001]
A little bit of a sketchy release this one which, due to its likely unofficial nature, isn't even to be found on Discogs at this point in time. Four decent, vocal-driven and surely DeepHouse leaning edits of probably well known R'n'B / Soul tunes with the A2 cut track "Sweet Summertime Livin" even subtly weaving in elements of a beloved, yet underrated Radiohead classic which makes this one one not to miss for a reason from our perspective.

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