@Djeroek, @Botb, @Raegae :
Personal thanks to all of you for voting for my entry this year and your cool feedbacks too
I love your tracks too!
@Land of Bits: I love cute chicks 😁
To complete my participation here comes my reviews:
├── 00.1 - 20171114 Tue Mb10.mp3
This is a really great intro tune given its run time and sounds a lot like Delerium's early work like their track Duende and some of their ambient works as well, sets the mood of the playlist and segues rather nicely. Tribal sounding with a sombre and smooth pads gently flowing in with an arpeggiating melody as an ostinato and electric guitar like distortion washing over the texture with piano undertoning it towards the end and pizzicato like stabs drawing the circle around the foundation gives a very ancient alien ship landing protocol movie sequence. Nice ambient entry this year.
├── 21testers - Aerothetic.ogg
Total wizardzy intro with vox sample granular fx, others are saying it sounds like Aphex but to me it sounds like the track "Are you There?"(Josh Wink) and what he does with the sample line in terms of the emotive effect. The rest is very IDM with a cool and happy melody riff over spastic beats and machine snare rolls characteristic of this style. The pith bends on the melody line in the middle of the track is a nice variation on the theme. Can I say it?? Really? IT SOUNDS LIKE APHEX TWIIIIINNN .... (in a very good way), there I said it...phew.
├── BasicMethods - 2017_deep_.mp3
Funky as hell and smooth as cream! The build is very well paced and the shuffling and stuttering hats and snares is really jamming here and the phased rhodes piano and pads are very jazzy and sounds pitch shifted or that tasty chord memory kind of thing which uses transpose instead of new midi notes changing the entire timbre in the process. Sun flares and glares come out really well with this harmonic riff and the bird like riffs have a nice shuffling that is very reminiscent of French House genre swing like Casssius and Benjamin Diamond with the "da-oh" male vocal samples. I love French house and their variant of swing, Love the way the song ends just taking the entire mix away and keeping the pads and rhodes on repeat at a very low volume. I am keeping this in my playlist for a long time.
├── Bean Machine - Insecticide Shower.m4a
Fluid banger with a solid intro fx texture. When the snare kicks in you know what you are dealing with. Very good sound selection that all complement each other. I used to listen to Front Line Assembly and this sounds like straight out of their roster of remixes. The pounding bassline kept me riveted the whole listening time and the incorporation of glitch in an industrial tune done well is a very welcome thing. Relentless. This entry reminds me to do some industrial compositions as well, I would however add some vocals over it
├── BotB aka vivace - allmyidolsaredeadandmyenemiesareinpower.mp3
Hip hop tech core is my new favourite with white boy vocals over a very un-hip hop (black hip hop) like backing yet total hip hop in vibe. This ventures into industrial rap rock with a very addictive snare and the ominous drone and pads and bass texture, the use of tritones makes this a devil of a track! The feedback guitar hits like a hammer on a nail. Its the Nu Metal vibe that I totally dig and the lyrics make sense and are very good indeed. The only rap entry and really gym pumping ready or if you are watching a political documentary and thinking of starting an arson riot, play this on your phones or megaphones
├── Burital - MBC10.mp3
Ten years of this shit, WOW! Cool intro with really accelerating snare rolls and hits. The harmony elements remind me of a Mylene Farmer song remix and I could listen to this as if its one of her A-list remixes or a a standalone track, I gain with both. One track two feels. Straight up DnB for the rest of the track with a powerful kick and nice drops, played this in full volume and the synth pings kept my head bobbing the whole time.
Everyone likes the rain (me too!). Starts of all synthy and breaks down into a rather crazy live drum break session with fx spassing all over the place. Its like a jazzrock session tape was stolen from a studio and a sonic lab rat thought of doing something with it. If this is live instrumentation I give a big thumbs up for the drum work and the composition hold very well and is a treat, its like an IDM tune done with live drums and done a bit sombre rather than plinky plonky:) Ends with rain too......
├── danoise aka glixxando - Pump models.ogg
Cute melody intro with nice accented dotted notes and a nursery rhyme like theme! Like a toy music box starting the journey on a theme park music video and taking you for a ride as it tells you its story. The pump models graphic also evokes grand visuals of how water flows from one pump end to the next with 3D visuals going inside the pipes and all. The folkish accorrdian like primary harmonic riff is a great reminder that this song composition might be like a folk tune minimal tech reworking of a classic. The changes in tone and timbre are superb and classy and it can remind you of the "C'est La Vie" nature of life in general, its ups and downs and that how it is one journey you need to take with a pumping heart beat at its core. Play this one loud and over multiple listens the finer details come out. Excellent!
├── deadhorse - dead575glitch2.ogg
Martial arts extraordinaire! This guy.... wow.. conception is immaculate and the sound design is killer. The drums solo thing is what Crash Noise Division also did with his version and it sounds like you are both living in the same building or something?? The steady groove, check, girthy drone bass, check, IDM feels check, drum solo, check, FX, check and check. While having Asian instruments at its melodic core I still feel a lot like a Western Cowboy blues based adventure story. Full of atmosphere and emotion. Stuck in my playlist.
├── dfast - mbcx-hunger.mp3
Very cool intro and buildup and runs for a shorter time and still delivers absolutely well, its like a bridge DnB track on a longer album that you permanently keep on repeat cos its addictive and the vinyl ending is just awesome. It also works as a title track to a thriller series, very visual!
├── Djeroek aka Jonas78 - Jonas78 - vergeten (My noons version - 102 bpm).ogg
Thoroughly enjoyable! Space FX caught my attention on this one while relaxing and listening to it on phones. Starts with hip hop and brings in breaks at double time with a very euphoric melody line and fitting major feel harmony. The variations on the primary theme recur with very effective FX and sound palette choices. I thought it might run longer as I wanted more
├── EatMe - Another Backup Reminder.mp3
DnB with a super positive vibe that is very floor friendly. The basic elements are all there and as a tune it totally stands on its own and the overall mix is very good. The title is a total no brainer for all of us !!
├── eee_9250 - mbc.mp3
Addictive! The hats and stuff almost sounds like its on note repeat on my MPC. Nice sampling and synths. Claps are sooo nicee! Someone on this thread mentioned Orbital and yes I agree the Halcyon vibes come very well off it. You got the samples from a Meg video which made me rediscover some Japanese pop music and thanks for that too. The mix is very relaxing.
├── encryptedmind - In Memoriam (Lucid 6AM Mix).ogg
Yea its my tune and its all live midi recorded arranged straight into and in Renoise and my first complete Renoise track that I have ever made from scratch, so its special to me
. It was also done on my younger brother's PC Gaming rig for the time being..
├── ffx aka Hanz Meyzer - The Shit ][.m4a
Very energetic bass line and fast pace that is aggressive like an industrial dnb track. Love the composition, progression and pump and strangely sounds good over bad traffic jams when walking working like caffeine out here in India, which makes it a good addition in my playlist.
├── Garf aka Garfferen - Mutant X.ogg
Competition to ffx for an extremely similar feel track.
The bass intro riff grabs you by the shoulder side and drags you in and keeps you at it the whole track, its the primary driver. The drums are propulsive and powerful, very good mix on this one, best played loud on a bass bin :)
├── Head For Hills - Ultraviolet.mp3
Thriller soundtrack and the name "Ultraviolet" is a very well fitting name to a music video of a tech horror story or a cyber escape routine. It sounds very industrial to me and the 16 note feedback wail on the background is nice and like a nail scraping, binds you for attention. The mood intensity done just using textures is admirable and very well put together.
├── HeartBeatHero - Putcha Hey!.mp3
Poochaa Hey!!Love this one, with old school vibes and synth stabs. Best not to overthink and just play it loud and nice for a total party jam, my friends dig it :) I love the fact that you have been doing music since 1992 I suppose and I visited your website too, very well made and fun to navigate and know more about you and your music.
├── hyperunknown - High off the ground.mp3
Chemical Rush! The chord progression is so good really. Solid pop composition here with great DnB textures. Your experience in production shows very well here. Love the sensual female vocals, evokes a very 90's dance cassette feel that I totally treasure. I wish I knew who the singer is and ask her out. The loudness compression is very sweetly done and the male vocals complement perfectly. This is the track I like to put on when I am in a really nice mood and contemplating on future activities or talking with girl over coffee. Instant pop favourite for me for a really long term. Love it when she says "feel like" in the second half....sooo sexy and sweet, her lips exude honey. Beats are jamming and bassline is spot on and most importantly the emotion it evokes. Reminds me of my visit to Rotterdam last year. Winner.
├── J-qak aka Kosmonaut - Ten Years Today.mp3
Hmmm, metal track recorded in a rather creepy way I suppose? Over an asphyxiation mask through the hose? The metal distorted guitars and drums certainly give off the growl though I feel the metal core mix makes it sound even stranger than a regular metal track in that sense, which is in a creative sense the opposite of what one might expect from a speaker hogging metal track which is plus for me for its rebel factor. I totally dig it and I am planning to do something in similar lines exploring metal music sounds and electronic.
├── Kommandotolken aka Xkernel - Max Masterad.ogg
Oldschool DnB and very prodigy like major chord stabs. Nothing to pick apart on this one but rather enjoy the whole arrangement, very well executed and the mix slowdown at the end makes it a nice party ender track or a cool segue to the next one. The vocal sample at the end made me a little look over my left shoulder....
├── Komu - The Bouncer.ogg
This is a club banger for sure. Techno track with a strong bassline and pad and the bassline bounces are addictive and the timbre changes over the track alternating between sustains and staccatos stamping over the harmonic changes that evoke a playful mood even if in the minor key. I love the siren leads and wails, its a techno track with strong melodic elements and bouncy bass which I dig for sure. The andante tempo makes this nice when talking a walk to the metro or in a large park. Highly recommended.
├── Land of Bits - Mutant Glitch Shit - Type-A.ogg
Euphoric melody and trance feel good pads with arpeggio riffs taking the track off like an airplane takes off the landing strip. Love the feel good vibes I get off this and the glitch fx done on the second half does complement the main theme done in a minimal way, though personally I would have either maximised the fx and glitches or done without it either since I feel it could be done with more intensity, which still sounds great as it is. The slower paced drums make a very soothing track than a full bangout bouncer and I love that fact.
├── Mars64 - UnqualifiedSuccess-MutantBreaks-010.ogg
I like the political speech and the throbbing bass all over the place, its very ominous sounding and sounds large on my monitors. Very good mix and drum work too and I thoroughly enjoyed it - best for a cerebral session or when thinking how to make the best cup of coffee and play conspiracy theory with your coffee machine or reading a book on Machiavellian techniques:)
├── Msymiakos - Tribute To Mutant Breaks.mp3
Jungle bungle with a solid LTJ Bukem vibe, I diiiiiiggg this!!! Atmospheric DnB with flanging breaks give a perfect intro with voc samples feeding off it and building the energy. The subs come in and then its just whammmm..!! love the subs maann...I was boogeying the whole time..Simple timestretch used on vox-- can it get any more old school. Waayyy cool break breakdowns and break works in the second half. Love it bro big time :)
├── Neurogami - Mutant_Breaks_10_Master.ogg
Glitch hop done in style, totally loved it! Rubber duck bass and the metal pangs give this melodic elements in a covert way making the listener engage like a percussionist who uses different tuned cymbals and toms to speak out a phrase. The sample fx that comes later and the complementing fx give a metropolis dance party vibe where cyborgs and robots both jam to a pre party session. The sound palette is varied and keeps you engaged. Solid effort.
├── PBF - BalkFriday (Mutant Breaks 10).mp3
This is so much fun to listen to and the composition has meaning and direction and sounds very much like a track from Venetian Snares early works. This is outstanding in the end result and its indistinguishable from similar works which means you did your homework very well indeed! The synth leads sound menacing and the drums are distorted as expected and the bass and samples are totally chaotic and when played loud its bang on. Now I need to leech off some tips from your XRNS too..:)) I would love to buy this on wax.
├── Raegae - ShittyDub.ogg
Dub with style !!! I totally dig Raeggae bass and Riddims. Nice minor mode chord progression and complementing embellishments and counterpoints on the guitar (you got skills man). The beats are unlike what I would expect unless its from Asian Dub Foundation (reminds me of them) style of doing a mish mash of Dub /Raeggae/DnB though the faster pace double time breaks work very well if taken as track from a Parisian chillout compilation or Stephane Pampougnac compilations. I love this one a lot and its got a lot of class. Highly recommended.
├── Redman - Air.mp3
The Gravity snapshot just gives off the perfect vibes for the picture and for some reason sets it in motion in the listeners ear and mind. Very calming intro and relaxing pads that breathe (air obviously!) Space has no air however, so if you go by the picture its mostly the air conditioner inside the capsule and Sandra Bullocks fart cos no one is looking (he he he) so I am very skeptical of the air quality in the capsule but have no doubts of the quality of Air (the track i.e.) overall. Space-chill at its finest with strong ambient overtones and a rhythm that animates the human heart beat in the sonic realm of life in regeneration mode. Breathing becomes easy after one listen making this track having therapeutic qualities.
├── Robodub - Octo Man And His Ash.ogg
What a mixxx man!!!! My monitors were banging this out and the whole vibe came off as a techno funk cyber sex fest for cyborgs and this was off a music video that encoded their conversations. Octo Man sounds very uncanny and pushy which sets for a really enjoyable and visual aural treat. The artist name also triggers something in my head that comes off a B flick cyber horror movie that I am watchin on repeat only to have it jarr my sense of reality until I realise that I am in the torture room myself hallucinating an aural session that is the only way my drugged brain can release the pain and delerium. Nice stuff!
├── stailer - Ten For Eternity (feat eSoreni).mp3
The intro is inviting and the tempo and sounds set the mood for a very intimate session with eSoreni (digi sampled vocal?) and her Irish sounding (?) vox is an aural treat. The synth strings and soar and envelope the listener in a serenade without going full tutti on orchestral elements which works rather well with this minimal composition and it leaves a sweet after taste long after the track is listened to. I tend to favour downtempo stuff in general and being the only other entry in this genre its an instant favourite for me!
├── TheBellows - Holy Shit-Mutant Breaks #10.ogg
Jungle/DnB is the most popular entry in any MBC it seems which is a great thing to boot. Cool vocoded vox samples and synth lines and nice phat sub to make you groove. The main beat remains the same pretty much which in this track is a welcome change instead of going for elaborate drum work. Filters are used very well here and its a treat to listen to!
├── TwoThreeZero - JYU.mp3
Really well done glitch DnB/IDM with a familiar template handled adeptly and the pacing is a pleasure to listen to. Really simple elements that are given roles to fulfill and the composition does them justice. The excellent sound design seduces you in long before you realise it and its very danceable too, the kick is very powerful on my monitors. Second phase glitch chorus FX was just awesome and perfect! I just wish that there was a bit more melodic development if it were an option, not that it sounds missing from action but is rather like extra sauce serving over an already excellent meal. Sounds like a collab between LTJ Bukem and Aphex Twin :)
├── ulrikkold aka Coolium - Mikrohouse.ogg
Haha, innovative in conception and takes you totally by surprise, IF you take it as a kick heavy techno track! As an ambient house track it fits absolutely well into the IDM territory with superb role reversal and pacing. I always thought that kicks get that familiar high pass filtered sound for lighter versions or intro or passing measures, this one however is soo blippy I wonder whether its the filtering or extreme eq'ing that gets this kind of sound or if its just a sine wave kick higher on the octave, either way its like a mole on the face of a japanese fashion model, you definitely DONT want it big after you see the beauty of her face (and listen to this track). The ghostly pitch faded vocal samples are nice ornamentations on the backing texture which sounds like someone recorded the creaks on the hinge of a swing in the park. Solid track.
├── ΔBįSƧȔš ṼØȊÐƎ aka Vaeprism - Decagon-Mutant_Breaks10_Vaeprism.ogg
The bassline overpowers you with its distinct tone and riff pattern. The spooky quality of this track is like one of the early dubstep pioneers minimal snare based dubstep tracks from Vex'd (UK). I love it here and its a solid track on its own. I like the fact that the time signature seems to be a playground and its very well pulled off. You got skills man. Sound design is immaculate. Sparse and razor sharp. Love it.
This year's MBC is a blast and so puts me in the mood to do music day in day out. Power hugs to all the talented and gifted producers who participated and can't wait for the next such event and the next MBC. LOVE TO ALL!!!! Christmas is round the corner and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance!!!! What a way to end a festive season and this year:))
Edited by encryptedmind, 16 December 2017 - 13:27.