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MidiMiliz - "Non Standards"

aje
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Posted : May 10, 2005 12:28
I just got it so i cant say much, but its definitely the most interesting release this year. With that I dont necessarily mean best, but challenging and engaging, I havent stopped listening to it yet. Im glad they are away from the distorted psytechno thing they used to do, this has so much more depth and feeling, its really three dimensional and a million times more psychedelic than anything full-on or "night time killlaaarghhhh."

Like Russ I like the last songs a lot bette than the first, I dont quite see the similarities with Nathan Fake, its unique as far as im concerned.

So my recommendation, if you are looking for something new, get it, even if it doesnt grab you right away, it is vey interesting listening material!!!           Check out my album: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/gay-satanic-hippie-tiefenrausch
The Journey Man Project
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Posted : May 10, 2005 13:17
I'd have to say that yet again Midi Miliz have come up with a great album... this music is so deep, as Alex said earier, a well trained ear will pick up the little bits of master production in this that make it so special... I think the problem is that we're all fed such full on music where everything is blasted straight up front, that when something comes along and you ave to actually 'listen' to here the goodness, a lot of people can't be bothered... when I was in Shanghai ealry Jan I got asked by a friend there to do a set at his club, and I played all my fave tech tracks from Boshke etc. and it went down so well, the music is just so much deeper than anything else out there... give it time and you'll fall in love with this, it was everything I expected and so much more, thanks to the Mii lads
shiva-x


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Posted : May 10, 2005 16:02
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11. "Exclusions" (Japan exclusive)



Is that true ? Won't us european be allowed to listen to IMHO one of the best tracks of the album ? That's my opinion after listening to samples at saikosounds ...

What a shame if so ...
PRAECOX
Bigwigs

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Posted : May 10, 2005 21:02
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On 2005-05-10 12:28, aje wrote:

The Gay Satanic Hippies - taking unlubricated mind penetration to new levels




100% agree!           "Soft as possible" - Morton Feldman

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The Journey Man Project
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Posted : May 11, 2005 01:37
if you order it from Saikosounds you get the extra track...
clown
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Posted : May 11, 2005 02:30
NICE.. i want Exclusions also.. Saikosounds ROCKS !!!

The album as a whole kicks major ass if you like me.. The first track is total techtrance madness and IMO one of the best of this album. The rest are really innovative and i was not let down by anthing on this album.

Great work guys and i'll try and put up a better review when i get my copy..

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Vincent
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Posted : May 11, 2005 08:14
Just a listen in a record shop... really fine work. I'll go with it.
frisbee


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Posted : May 11, 2005 16:40
how can a track with the name exclusion be included at all?
aje
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Posted : May 11, 2005 17:47
wow, frisbee, you are a real cunning linguist...           Check out my album: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/gay-satanic-hippie-tiefenrausch
aje
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Posted : May 12, 2005 22:44
As I announced above, here follows my more extensive and elaborate review. I dont have the full japanese version with that extra track, but I took the liberty to download it since I paid for the CD anyway. So heres the tracklist for the 23rd time in this thread:

1. Dos Canones
2. 10.000 Watts
3. Trace Function
4. The Invisible Witness
5. Feet In The Air
6. Trebel Rebel
7. Speaker Sneaker
8. Nick Jacholson
9. Supersymmetry
10. X-Dream - Psychomachine (Midimiliz Punked Remix)
11. Exclusion (sponsored by DC++)


First of all I have to say that this is the fastest and darkest piece of music I have purchased in quite some time, because Im more into the housey progressive thing these days. Yet Midi Miliz has always stood for 100% quality, a fact proven by their last 2002 album Passages that I didnt get right away when it was released, but that i picked up a year later after listening to it at a friends house. After that it has become one of the most played records on my Ipod, especially the delicious ending track "Stars", a dreamy, touching voyage featuring non other than Louis Armstrong.

So naturally i didnt hesitate one second to purchase the newest release "non-standards", especially with all the hype Midi Miliz has gotten. And I think on this occasion the hype is totally worth it. "Non-standards" is their best and most mature album to date, it proves that Midi Miliz are one of the most creative producers in our scene that really do think outside the box. Thats why it is really hard to put this release into categories, because distorted Tech-Trance like the Midi Miliz of old it is definitely not. There is not much distortion used at all, and if it is very subtle. The most outstanding characteristic would probably be the electro style analogue basslines, but this is definitely no electro either.

On the first listens I was extremely intrigued and couldnt stop listening, but i wasnt quite sure if I liked it or not. I could not define it, I could not find a box that it would fit into, yet I kept on listening, I had to. Then while taking a nice walk around Vienna I finally realized what this music really is. It is not hard pounding techno/trance/electro music as I expected, even if all the monstrous analogue basslines and tough percussions would suggest otherwise. It is a delicate and ethereal voyage into a world full of colour and subtle nuances, a voyage into the soul of an electronic machine.

The best way to describe what I mean is how I came to this realization. I was listening to "Non-Standards" with my Ipod set on Shuffle. First I listened to the tack "Feet in the air", a smooth groover with a rolling electro bassline and a sugar sweet repeating sample that says "Your feet in the air, your head on the ground, inside out, upside down". Like in "Stars" from the old album, Midi Miliz use a repeating sample to create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere , very seldom have I heard a track that is so uplifting and touching without using any uplifting or dreamy sounds. That track opened up a whole new way to listen to this album, i took the sample by its word and I listened to the music "´nside out, upside down". The rolling pounding bass isnt what it seems, it is a beautiful gentle organic matter that tells a story, its not just there to make you dance, there is much more to it. The percussion is the guide that carries you on your journey, like signs on the ground that point you in the right direction when you are lost between the walls of sound. The other sounds interweave with the bassline to form a sonic carpet that gently lifts you along, it doesnt hit you the head or tells you where to go, it is just there to support you.

As luck would have it, the Shuffle on my Ipod took me to the remix of X-Dreams "Psychomachine". After my head had been turned "upside down, inside out" by "Feet in the air"already, this monster completely finished my brain off. The bassline, who I had realized was a living being on the track before, showed his most intense emotions and feelings with a heartwrenching, soulcrunching, braintransforming and utterly beautiful performance. At its most mean, pulsating and destructive, it revealed the most intense beauty and feeling.

After that experience, everything else just fell into place. Its like I had discovered the key to a secret dungeon where the most beautiful treasures were hidden, unseen treasures that were waiting to be discovered. Take the first track "Dos canones"for example, so intense and deeply touching, gently pushing along further and further. If you listen to this track the first time you will probably find nothing gentle about, but listen to it "upside down, inside out", you will find out what I mean. 10000 Watts seems like a mean electrotechno track, but when the melody in the end soars it feels like a silver lining on the horizon, like everything shines and sparkles. "Supesymetry" and "Trebel Rebel" paint intense and clear soundscapes, both feature bleeping sounds that pulsate and vibrate as if they were alive.

I dont wanna go into a real track-by-track description, these are just some examples of whats in store here. In my opinion "Feet in the Air"is the key to understanding and loving this release. If I had compiled "Non Standards", I would have put it in the beginning, because it points the listener in the right direction. Midi Miliz have taken a very bold step here, probably pissing off a lot of their hardcore customers, but they have gained so much more. These boys have shown pure musicality in places where you would least expect it. Non-Standard takes a lot of effort and dedication, granted, but Im sure I will be playing this years from now and it wont get old. So, do yourself a favor, buy it, play it and dont forget "Your feet in the Air, your head on the Ground, inside out, upside down"!!!
          Check out my album: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/gay-satanic-hippie-tiefenrausch
Setherian
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Posted : May 13, 2005 02:02
Didnt have the patience to read all comments so.. maybe i will be saying things some people already realized if not ... fine.

I have always loved Midi Miliz/Spirallianz music. Always thought they were at the top of their game and they still are, BUT:

First of all, This is not that different from past works at all .. actually its almost the same sound if not DA SAME! But you can for sure see difference in the directions tracks goes now, new influences, a new time that for sure makes it sound somehow different BUT the sound is so the same and production? just have a natural evolution i guess.
They are for sure more mature, their music is less n less underground, more acessable wich is not bad at all(or..!). It features inteligent manouvers n a few avant garde trickery. But ..its still midi miliz u know..it doesnt sound like "wooooww...they are genious now" , they are as genious as before.
About the mastering, I dont think it sound as good as prodigy , and that means..mastering doenst mean that much .. i dont think people could feel much differnece in this record if it was mastered by son kite for example .. anyway .. the brilliance of a track is the mix, always will be the artist function..not the mastering.
Well, about the album, I say its a great album from one of the greatest psytechnotrance artists around. I like most of the trax a lot actually, I will play them also a lot. But I just dont think its new, original(being a Midi Miliz album) or unexpected. Its even a bit cliche IMO .. I would like to see a bigger change in their style specially in their mix n programming, but it happens a lot when u have found a formula of ur own that works well and gives u the feedback u want, why should u change it right? But I personnally like changes...I guess we are going through a rough time in music Business and it makes it very difficult for artits to just go crazy and experiment(usually happy when they are young) .. most dont have that freedom for creation that used to have in their early times maybe because of the age or because they used to make more money before, maybe both, I think the whole industry is suffering from this and you dont see much revolution going on in underground..anyway..

          The Devil Is In Detail!
Vincent
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Posted : May 13, 2005 09:15
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On 2005-05-13 02:02, Setherian wrote:
About the mastering, I dont think it sound as good as prodigy , and that means..mastering doenst mean that much .. i dont think people could feel much differnece in this record if it was mastered by son kite for example .. anyway .. the brilliance of a track is the mix, always will be the artist function..not the mastering...




A bit off topic but...
I don't think so... A bad mastering can totally kill a track... Really totally (beyong my expectation in fact... helas...)
Lux
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Posted : May 14, 2005 02:18
This album is an absolute masterpiece.

Very subtle and rich of sounds. You just have to listen to it more than one time to understand what is really going on. But once you do, it really gets under your skin.

Wonderful release. You just have to listen to it to get the idea.           Don't hope 2 much 4 something cause u may end up getting it...
Setherian
Setherian

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Posted : May 14, 2005 05:21
Oh yes it can Vincent, but some people tend to think a good album is good because it was mastered by Mr. x or Dr. Y ... and I doubt any of those will make miracles and be the ones responsable for a album sound nicely. A guy with 100000 dollars in equipment that mastered big rock artists for example might not do better then Son Kite guy would, thats my point. And I doubt also that a top act lik midi Miliz would like to see a mastering guy take the liberty to make big changes in the balance n dynamics of their mixes .           The Devil Is In Detail!
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