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Gourmet Vol. 1 (Headstick)

Acidhive
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Posted : Jul 6, 2006 16:29
Album: Gourmet Vol. 1
Label: Headstick
Released: June 2006
Cover: http://212.227.206.198/cgi-bin/zoom.cgi?hea1cd006_b.jpg:CDs/hea/hea1cd006.html:;

Tracklist:

1. 9West - Stereo Glass (9:27)
2. Dima - Heads On (8:58)
3. Drone - Hanging Out At Night (8:01)
4. Damod vs. Vagua - In A Dood Mood (7:49)
5. Gio Red - Aggressive (8:50)
6. Midnight Pulse - Resolve (6:52)
7. Neomatic - Kiji (8:13)
8. Vagua - Searching (8:20)
9. Atropa - Wanga Tanga (7:36)

The promotext: The Gourmet series are going to be including tracks from 'the Greek scene' with tracks written by Greek artists, in order to try and show Greek talent in the progressive and psy scene. This first CD includes mostly new names, with Electro-Progressive influenced tracks. All these acts are made of people who are well known in the Greek and Balkans Scene.

The review: Well, I'm not all into the Greek scene, but I bought this compilation based on the samples online and thought it was worth a buy. So here goes, track by track.

Track 1: Starts off slow, gets a nice groove going, this sounds pretty relaxed. Keeps on going for some 4 minutes, this takes a long time to build. At 5 minutes the track really comes loose and the main melody comes in and some voice samples. Nice opener, not too agressive, not too shabby either, good work on the pads and percussion. Yeah, fine.

Track 2: Starts kinda electro sounding, a smooth pad comes in and the the drum, kinda breakbeat like. Yeah, electroinfluences all around this one. The beat arrives around the 1 minute mark and then it's off. Good work on the breaks in this track. Nice sound, this is a lot different in style than the previous track. This is more in your face progressive.
Just when you think it gets kinda monotonous around the 4 minute mark a break follows and the track kinda picks up again with more breakbeats and a little more pads. Not bad, but for my taste track 1 was better.

Track 3: Drone is next and they continue with their deep sound like their album on Headstick, which was brilliant by the way. If you love deep progressive you should seriously consider that album for your collection. Anyway, much the same style as their album here. Deep pads, nice bassline, good percussion and some fine melody, warped voicesamples with lots of echo and a break where it turns more electrolike and you have a winner. Best track so far in my opinion. Deep, funky and still melodic. Good stuff.

Track 4: From the beginning you'd say: lighter territory again, not as deep as the previous track. And you'd be right. More on the lightside this comes in with some subtle pads at around 2:30 and onward. Nice work on the bassline and overall percussion. Sounds pretty tight. Just a nice little funky track for a smooth transition in a set maybe. Definately good, but one downer is that it ends kinda abruptly.

Track 5: Gio Red has an album out on Candyflip. He goes mostly in electro territory on his album, but in this track he takes a more regular proggy approach to things. Builds up kinda slow, but it gets a good groove going and around the 6 minute mark it takes off with a more pronounced melody and keeps on going towards the end. Nice track, but not a highlight for me.

Track 6: Newcomers Midnight Pulse stay true to their name and deliver a more night-time oriented track which is suprisingly deep. It's one of those songs that's not really all that remarkable, but you find yourself liking it nonetheless. Nice work on the bassline, sounding more like something James Holden would produce, and the deep dubby sounds and pads. Tight stuff, and if this is what they're going to deliver on their forthcoming album on Headstick than I'm going to be checking that out. Nice track.

Track 7: On to what is probably my fave track on this compilation. Also newcomers, Neomatic has a deep style as well, but in melodies they stay more on the light side. Yeah, this is the stuff, sweeping pads, nice clean synths with some good effects layed over them. Has some ethnic chanting as well, but it manages to fit rather well instead of being irritating as I find most chants in progressive music. The winner for me on this compilation. Atmospheric as hell. Excellent track.

Track 8: Labelhead Vagua on the case, this time solo (previous he was on track 4). This one is less deep and more up to the front of things. Has a vocoder thingy going on, which sounds pretty nice and not corny like most of those songs with vocoders do. Nice melodyline, and this one is kinda slower on the BPM as well. Nice track. More laidback than previous tracks.

Track 9: Atropa finish off the compilation in style with a track that has a more 'dry' feel to it and sounds more like something acts like Odiseo would produce. Nice track to finish off this compilation, not a big track but pleasant nonetheless. Nice pads, a good groove, more laidback again and a good finisher overall as I stated before.

Conclusion:
And there you have it. A nice compilation from Headstick to set your teeth into (looking at the cover should give this a double meaning), giving some room to newcomers and introducing us to their sound. (It must be said that for me almost all acts were newcomers, except for Drone, Vagua and Gio Red.) Anyway, some good tracks here, I like tracks 1,3,6,7,8 the most. The rest is pretty good too and so this comes recommended. Check it out. 8/10 from me here.
Oh, and there's information in the booklet on all the artists, which is a nice touch.

Listen samples here:
http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/hea/hea1cd006.html
http://saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=5770
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Glen.C (Iboga Rec)
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Posted : Jul 8, 2006 04:51
very solid album from the greeks... the best from headstick yet for me.

tracks 2, 7, 8 are my hits.

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Posted : Jul 10, 2006 14:52
yes glen .c i think its the best compilation from headstick...


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orange
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Posted : Jul 10, 2006 21:03
some great musak from the salonikian label!

keep them comming chris!


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Posted : Jul 11, 2006 10:13
Really loving this release which is no surprise i guess since i enjoy the work of Fog so much. Track 3 is absolutely amazing and the stand out of the album in my opinion.

I hope there is a new Drone artist album out sometime soon.
Acidhive
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Posted : Jul 11, 2006 10:55
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On 2006-07-11 10:13, kristyandmoe wrote:
Really loving this release which is no surprise i guess since i enjoy the work of Fog so much. Track 3 is absolutely amazing and the stand out of the album in my opinion.

I hope there is a new Drone artist album out sometime soon.



I hope that too, those guys are amazing. By the way, if you like Fog, did you check out the great 'Cloud Foundation' compilation, compiled by him? Check it here: http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/hfp/hfp1cd001.html

I've got that one too in my last order, so I'm planning on reviewing it soon.           "Subconscious unravels at the point of death, and all time it has known erupts into a moment. As death extinguishes us, so we become it."

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AbsolutZero(D.V.M.)
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Posted : Jul 27, 2006 23:28
Great compilation guys
Atropa's and Neomatic tracks are killer
Damods too           [b]osobuko/b]
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diskonekt
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Posted : Aug 11, 2006 15:05
Nice compilation though it's not my style (too much electro influence ).
I especially enjoyed the tracks by Atropa, Neomatic and midnight pulse.
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Galaxian
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Posted : Dec 11, 2007 21:01
Neomatic track is one of the deepest tracks i have ever heard... Actually this is only track i heard from this artist but i want more music like this!           VA - Momentum vol.1 - Compiled by PhaseTech
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