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Hi guys. Since January, I have consistently received a healthy amount of email regarding the status of Clothes HQ and whether or not I’ll be coming back to post once more (which is totally awesome). I’ve also been asked often whether or not I can “review” new material from budding artists and labels.

Well, it should be apparent by my Last.fm listening activity that I am alive and well. And although pageviews have gradually decreased since our hiatus at the end of January this year, I find that I am still getting a decent amount of them which seems to indicate that the Internet just isn’t finished with this little page on the corner of the web.

Something to note is that my music tastes have shifted a bit into more of a house direction. This may or may not affect how much I potentially post from that genre. I still listen to a lot of idm, dnb, trance, dubstep, and what not though. And if I do start up again (based on feedback that I will get via email/comments), I’m going to need help on this post.

Sooo. What do you think? I appreciate any and all input. Email me or post a comment below (not sure why people would rather email me over posting below btw :p).

Aril Brikha makes minimalist techno music with strong hints from the electro scene. He’s got several 12 inchers out as well as one absolutely wonderful full length album entitled Deeparture in Time out released in the year 2000 on Transmat.

Released on Kompakt in 2007, the A side features the strongest song (“Winter”), while the B side is slightly less melodic, but picks up quite a bit by the end. Icy cool tunes; thoroughly enjoyable.

For more information, check out:

Last.fm

Discogs

MySpace

If you like this, buy it at:

Beatport

Download.

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Matthew Dear is a minimal techno artist signed to Ghostly International Records (also home to artists such as Kiln, Twine, and Tycho). In “Leave Luck To Heaven” Dear lays down sharp, upbeat rhythms and tight synth hits that are winding and intricate, yet almost danceable. Relying mostly on the beats, and other sliced samples, melodies play a minimal role in this album. I really loved the use of underlying elements in this album. While the beats may stay somewhat stagnant, there is a good bit happening in the background; from chopped vocals samples, to brooding pads.

In a way it is difficult to describe the overall mood of this album. If I could describe this album visually I would associate it with a dark shade of grey, but with a noise filter to show how it is mostly void of emotion, but with little blips and glitches throughout that add flavor. “Dog Days” and “It’s Over Now” are prime examples of the combination of dreary vocals with a minimal dance and glitch feel. Dear’s own vocals actually make for a nice addition to the music; adding to the hard, concrete quality.

Owning up to Ghostly International Record’s forward-thinking reputation, “Leave Luck To Heaven” is a high quality, and different piece of minimal techno. Casually thumping through each track, the little additions add up to a big aural picture that delivers a satisfying listen.

More information at:

Last.fm

Discogs

MySpace

Support the artist, buy this release at:

Ghostly International Records

Download.

posted by Unctuous