V.A - Ad Noiseam Label Sampler Summer [2009]

Country: Germany
Style: DnB, Breakcore, Experimental, Ambient, and other.
Format: Mp3
VBR: 44.1Khz, 152kbps-259Kbps.

There’s no better way to get to know a label then through its own selection of tracks picked to showcase its catalog. And what more can one ask for, when such a compilation is free. And if you purchase anything directly from the Berlin based Ad Noiseam, you get a free CDr copy. Featuring 16 tracks from the label releases, the artist roster includes all of my favorites: The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Detritus, DJ Hidden, Cardopusher, Somatic Responses, The Teknoist, Mad EP, Funckarma, and many others. Since the label is known for a range of experimental electronic music, this grab bag includes dark ambient, industrial, drum’n'bass and other genres.

Track listing :

1. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble "Embers" - taken from "Here Be Dragons"
2. Detritus "Borderlines" - taken from "Things That Could Have Gone Wrong"
3. DJ Hidden "The Traveller" - taken from "The Words Below"
4. Raoul Sinier "The Hole" - taken from "Tremens Industry"
5. Broken Note "Let 'Em Hang" - taken from "Let 'Em Hang / Meltdown"
6. Mothboy "Beg" taken from "Beg / Movement"
7. Cardopusher "Low End Legacy" - taken from "Unity Means Power"
8. Somatic Responses "Reformation" - taken from "Reformation"
9. Larvae "Turning Around" - taken from "Loss Leader"
10. Math Head "Terror Inc" - taken from "Stab City"
11. The Teknoist Full Metal Teknoist - taken from "Like A Hurricane Made Of Zombies"
12. Cdatakill "Imperial Passage (remixed by Abelcain)" - taken from "Passage"
13. Sickboy "Time To Play" - taken from "Time To Play"
14. Funckarma "Nays Of Dight" - taken from "Dubstoned vol. 2"
15. Mad EP feat. Puppetmastaz "Clones (remix)" - taken from "Bass.hed"



The Bug - London zoom [2008]

Country: UK
Style: Grime, Dubstep
Format: Mp3
CBR: 44.1Khz, 224Kbps.

At first I was so dubious about this, I wasnt sure I would like its 'dubby' feel or its Dancehall-Step as I was more interested in a sub-bass dubstep / grime fest. But this release has made me mature and avoid grimey angry litte brats!
Also, what really blew my mind was the connection to ICE, GOD, Techno Animal and Dalek! Brilliant!
Each song on this album is a winner, individual and so diverse and progressive. Considering I got into this genre via getting bored of low-end sonic doom (Sunn, Earth, Melvins)...I cant wait to get more of it!

Track listing :

2.Murder We
4.Too Much Pain
6.Jah War
8.You & Me
9.Freak Freak
11.Poison Dart



Explosion in the Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone [2007]

Country: US
Style: Leftfield, Post Rock
Format: Mp3
CBR: 44.1Khz, 192Kbps.

This album isn't a huge departure from what we're used to hearing from Explosions In The Sky, but it does have a more mature feel about it. Lengthy crescendos and tremolo plucked guitars drenched in reverb and delay echo throughout your mind, with melodies that soar higher than the clouds. This album takes you on a roller coaster ride- at times very quiet, then building into a fortified wall of exquisite noise. Sometimes it feels like the music is soaring past you at 100 miles per hour while your left standing still in the wake of the vibrations. Definitely a keeper for the post-rock/shoegaze/Indie fans.

Track listing :

1.1 The Birth And Death Of The Day
1.2 Welcome, Ghosts
1.3 It's Natural To Be Afraid
1.4 What Do You Go Home To?
1.5 Catastrophe And The Cure
1.6 So Long, Lonesome

2.1 The Birth And Death Of The Day (Jesu Mix)
2.2 Welcome, Ghosts (Adem Mix)
2.3 It's Natural To Be Afraid (The Paper Chase Mix)
2.4 What Do You Go Home To? (Mountains Mix)
2.5 Catastrophe And The Cure (Four Tet Mix)
2.6 So Long, Lonesome (Eluvium Mix)



The National - Boxer [2007]

Country: UK
Style: Indie Rock
Format: Mp3
CBR: 44.1Khz, 320kbps.

This is an excellent album. Beautiful, haunting lyrics combined with a melancholy voice make this CD one that you will listen to over and over and over again. The closest thing I can compare it to is Bon Iver's For Emma, but much more polished.

I have suggested this album to a number of friends and each person comes back saying how much they love it. A very solid album throughout, I highly recommend it.

Track listing :

1.Fake Empire
2.Mistaken For Strangers
4.Squalor Victoria
5.Green Gloves
6.Slow Show
7.Apartment Story
8.Start A War
9.Guest Room
10.Racing Like A Pro


The Shins - Wincing the Night Away [2007]

Country: US
Style: Indie Rock
Format: Mp3
CBR: 44.1Khz, 320kbps.

The more I listen to this album the more I am amazed by the talent of The Shins. All of the songs on the album are fantastic, with the except of Pam Berry which is only 57 seconds and I'm not really sure what purpose it serves. Despite this unusual addition, each song is unique, rich, and catchy in its own way - With exception for Black Wave which is chilling, haunting, and beautiful. The Shins sound great and use stereo sound craftfully and not cheesy in some of their songs. Some of their lyrics are hard to comprehend unless you have read them first. When you read them you will be even more impressed with The Shins, as the lyrics alone are poetic and moving. This is a fantastic album with rich, unique, and wonderful songs that have moved me.

Track listing :

1.leeping Lessons
3.Pam Berry
4.Phantom Limb
5.Sea Legs
6.Red Rabbits
7.Turn On Me
8.Black Wave
9.Spilt Needles
10.Girl Sailor
11.A Comet Appears