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The best kept secret in music


"Steve Gilmore Reviews: Various Electronica Artists - Sinewinder"

Let's say you had this irritating problem. Soundclick is sooo fekkin big and scary and all you really want to know is who are the best Electronica artists around. And yet, everytime you ask the questions on SC's forums you are either met with a mind disturbing silence or showered with abusive one-liners from people who should, by rights, be dead already. Welp, fear not furious friends because I has the answer, oooh yeah and verily and it is contained within one CD.

Wait a second while I put on the approriate hat...

This smart jobbie is what as known in the trade as a charadee hat, for when I am up on the pulpit extolling some of the worthier causes. All artists on this CD gave their services and music free gratis with all profits go to the charity Habitat for Humanity This is what their website says about what they do 'Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates simple, decent homes with the help of homeowner families, through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials'. OK sounds good to me but not - I will readily admit - as good as the CD itself which I think encapsulates a moment in SC time very well. It helps somewhat because I know and love a great many of the artists featured on this CD, names such as Adam Fielding, HELLBus, Omnisne, Alchemystic, USB, drt, Bipolar and many others make this IMHO a slice of just how good SC artists can be. Soooo, let's get to it.

Breakbeatpimp - Ectoskeleton
An artist I've heard by reputation only up until this point, although this track certainly inspires me to check out more. An excellently set up intro track that draws the listener into an ever thickening musical brew until 1:16 when you realise you've forgotten how you got there. Lots of choppy choppy beatage as the artists name should have warned you, but peppy, spicy and very engrossing.

Omnisine - Digital Daffodils
Definitely one of the leading lights of the scene now, even though he has only been around a while, he has made a big impression on everyone. Omnisine's work is beautifully structured, produced and performed as I have written time and time again. He has come on like gangbusters this year to expect to see him to do well towards the end of the year. Digital Daffodils is the man at his punchiest with a rhythm that doesan't let up for a second, and wallow in those textures why don't ya?

Smashed Toy - Re-Entry
Watch your speakers at the beginning of this because the bass eats worlds. A breakbeat from a more established electronica artist, Smashed Toy has been around perfecting what he does for long enough to know what will satisfy. That's why you'll be picking the bones out of this frenetic track for months. Class electronica with a dark, broody heart and an atmosphere you could cut with a knife... Knockout.

Alchemystic - Time Flux
Another artist who appeared on Soundclick a while and proceeded to establish himself quickly with a string of well thought out, melodic peices that had this reviewer almost wetting his nappy. Time Flux is more electronica than this artist usual soundcapes/soundtracks but all the more welcome for it. I'm mean, just listen to those arpeggios - grrr

The Downtempo Pilots - Monk-N-Da-Hood
Again a band that's been around a while, I've seen the odd posting about them but as yet never sampled any wares. Monk-N-Da-Hood is another breakbeat chop-em-up that shows considerable style and wit in choosing which sounds to use to make this steamy, beat heavy track. Funnily enough, this ended up being one of my favourites from the CD, because it's a BANGING groove.

HELLbus - Table Fate (Billy)
The original version of this track was my introduction to the world according to HELLbus, and a track that is destined to be at least a track of the year... Out of all the current crop of electronica artists, HELLbus hold by far the pole position for commercially tinged electronica that nonetheless manages to stay true to the genre. I loved the original and I like this - slightly more rhythmic version.

Bipolar - What You See Is What You Get
Although I wouldn't normally associate John Purcell and company with electronica, this track does fit the genre well enough although it still has a poppy edge. That's thanks mainly to Trudi Lawrence, Bipolars singer, and when I reviewed this track earlier in the year I was very complimentary indeed.

Inconnector - Error (Redux Remix)
A new name and artist to me, Error (Redux Remix) showed me that there is always room for harder edged electronica with a pumping, wowing bassline, aided and abetted by endless flurries of chop this, chop that. Certainly different though, so top marks for that.

Flow-Thing - Sunrise On Venus
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Whirlstream (2005)
Sinewinder (2006)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Electronic Artists Relief Syndicate (EARS) is an international organisation set up in the wake of the Asian Tsunami to help raise funds for the survivors by releasing a compilation CD of electronic music by independent artists. That CD was "Whirlstream" - a compilation which was both sublime and successful in raising money for the cause. Since then, of course, there have been several appalling natural disasters around the world which have left many tens of thousands of people homeless. Global tragedies require global aid efforts - and it is in this spirit that EARS International is releasing a follow-up to Whirlstream... Sinewinder.
Like Whirlstream, Sinewinder is a stunning collection of some of the finest electronica from across the world - an array of up and coming talents encompassing pretty much the entire spectrum of electronic music, from experimental to pop, and all things in between. Once more, it's an international effort, with contributions from artists based in Croatia, India, Italy, Japan, Romania, Sweden, UK and USA.... And once more, all proceeds are going to help those without shelter throughout the world... EARS International was born of the realisation that when it comes to aiding those in need, every contribution counts. Neither of these superb albums would have been possible without the time and effort donated by both artists and organisers. Now it's your chance to play your part - order your copy of Sinewinder today!
All proceeds from the sale of this album go to Habitat for Humanity, a charity set up to help those without shelter throughout the world.