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Kiwa - RetroActive (Surreal Audio)

traveller
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Posts :  3803
Posted : Jan 11, 2004 21:30
Artist: Kiwa (M.Elsinen & M.Louhio)

Title: RetroActive

Label: Surreal Audio Recordings

Cat: SURR006CD

Style: Psytrance

01 Intro Sound 06:41
02 Oxygen 07:24
03 Dtm 09:29
04 Mental Collapse 07:23
05 Five Digit Orange 07:11
06 Pure In Motion 05:51
07 Aeroplane Menace 07:29
08 Sidechained 08:15
09 Commercial Break Munchies 03:03
10 Over The Top 05:39
11 Purist 06:45
12 Retro Activity 02:56

The usual..

Maybe (although I do doubt it) it's the booze talking, but this album sure makes me feel as if I'm one big ass LSD consumer. Then again it might simply be those groovy as hell basslines, furious layers of beats, sounds, twists and butter that play together to create this all together psychedelic experience. To tell the truth I feel awkward while listening to these beats, sounds (you get the picture?), if there are other people (IE my parents) at home.

If you ask me, Kiwa is (capitals)the(/capitals) flagship of Finnish psytrance. Their debut, Dreamtime Enhancer that is, was released just like a year ago. To me at least it came out of the blue, and umm, well Kiwa sure proved themselves. Take my word for it, mp3s simply don't cut it for Kiwa. The stream of sound is just simply too much.


About the music..

More than anything the music is positive and happy. It's also by all means groovy. Other than that it's pretty psychedelic and from time to time even spooky. It does take time, lots and lots of time, but do believe me, in the end you'll love it! When, like a few rows above I stated the music is happy I sure as hell didn't mean that it's happy in that fluffy euro/ibiza/dream/euphoria trance way, but that all-in-all twisted evil "lets do drugs" kind of way. The music is also a little housey, but not in the house house way, it's psytrance all the way down, quite innovative psytrance if I may add. Well we do get a few heavenly downbeat/breakbeat/ambient chillers.


Forgive me..

The short review, but I'm running out of time. By this time tomorrow I'll be serving Finland at some distant military installment. But hey, at least I'll have RetroActive MD with me.


Cheers:

Omniholic, Surreal & Kiwa

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- Larry Niven
Basilisk
IsraTrance Full Member

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Posts :  2984
Posted : Jun 24, 2004 19:31
This album seems to have hit with no greater fanfare than this... which is strange. So is this follow-up another chapter in the story, or a dud? I can't find reviews anywhere... would love to hear some more impressions!
peace
Candy
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Posted : Jun 25, 2004 19:45
Nice album, not amazing, a bit boring.
I expected more from Kiwa.
But this is just my opinion.           Majority is never right!

"Without music, life is meaningless."
-Friedrich Nietzsche
sam i am
IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Jun 26, 2004 10:58
There are a coupla great tracks on here - "Into Sound" & "Aeroplane Menace" are prob'ly my favourites, though "Purist" is pretty good too. I didn't think their first album was that great & this is similar in terms of style. When they nail it they really do nail it, but sometimes the tracks can drag on a bit. If you are open-minded about 'trance' & not mind when it's combined with house & breaks you'll prob'ly dig this CD           new Hadal Drop album on the way

if you don't have the last one get in touch
sam i am
IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posts :  712
Posted : May 20, 2005 09:03
well I just had another listen to this & was surprised

it stood the test of time quite well!

the percussion is superbly sequenced

very nice mid-tempo groovy shit

not for full on lovers but for those who like it deep

go the funky Finnish break masters!!!           new Hadal Drop album on the way

if you don't have the last one get in touch
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