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Rumble Pack Packed and Ready -=- Mahogany & Morphonic Records

full_on
IsraTrance Team

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Posted : Apr 27, 2007 23:57
Rumble Pack Packed and Ready ( Mahogany & Morphonic, Apr. 2007 )

Track List:
1. Are we Fucking Done?
2. Packed and Ready
3. Kingsize
4. Mental Scope
5. John Steam in the Snailhole
6. Binary Beach
7. Control Unit
8. Back to Basics
9. Tea Time


Rumble Pack is a psytrance project by Andreas Marki and Philip Guillaume from Zurich Switzerland. This information if not found anywhere on the CD, so I had to resort to their homepage to find this info ( www.rumble-pack.ch ). There I found that these guys have some side projects and even released an album before under another project; if youre interested on more info about these guys check it out.
My first contacts with Rumble Packs music were the tracks Simulated Roadmap and The Sliph released some time ago. Its been a long time and now two French labels, Mahogany Records and Morphonic Records (M&M Production), joined forces to release this album. Avi aka Space Cat is responsible for the mastering and did a good job. The cover is neat and was designed by Nico at PsyArt studio. It looks like an Air Mail package and the CD shares the same design. Check it here:
http://212.227.206.198/cgi-bin/zoom.cgi?mph1cd004_b.jpg:CDs/mph/mph1cd004.html:;
Theres no booklet, just the cover with the track names and credits on its back. Also no DJ sleeve or track times or bpms.


The first track is a collaboration with DJ Jackomo (anyone has any info on him?) and begins with the sample:
"Einstein was wrong when he said God does not play dice.
Consideration of black hole suggests not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen."

It turns to be a 145 bpm full on track, on the lines of some Hom-Mega artists. Some people maybe understand this as a compliment, but it has two sides. Well produced, predicable and dance floor directed: thats how I feel this first track. A lot of people will love it; for me its only a proof that the guys know how to produce on todays standards, which is great as an opening track, but not good enough to stand out in the crowd. Packed and Ready (T2) is even faster and more energetic, but a little less straight forward. It also has a few samples (please help me to ID that "red eclipse ravers" or something ), and its good to dance. This is the kind of music that is being played here at Brazil in most parties; once again this compliment is an undeniable proof of its dance floor effectiveness, but also suggest it lacks on the psychedelic side.

Kingsize is the name of the third track, when I notice that this track had 140 bpm I thought I understood the meaning of the track name. A relentless pounding beat and bass creates an introspective feeling and the other elements state that clearly something is going to happen. The tension is in the air, but it does not leave. An unexpected sample:

"Theories predict singularities in two situations: one is in the future when the gravitational collapse starts and other massive bodies. Such singularities will be at end of time..."

A sweet melody and the beat is there again, the music wake up with a well executed change in the bass, changing its direction to the dance floor and there we go And here we are, riding the 145 bpm of the following track Mental Scope (T4), a danceable track with a nice chanting and good flow, I only miss something that could twist my legs a little more. John Steam in the Snailhole (T5) is a groovier track which arrived at good time, when I listened this album for the first time I was starting to get afraid that the whole album would be "dance floor effective." Here the album takes a turn and with the seeds of diversity everything becomes more interesting. The next track, Binary Beach (T6), is one of my favorites. Its instantaneous success comes from its background atmospheres and the good taste in the choice of the elements. Another relevant aspect is that it is one of the longer tracks here, having time to reach its full potential.
Control Unit (T7) starts as a more held back track, and its bass variations and steadiness reminds me of more serious full on, like the Nano or Alchemy stuff. All in all a nice track. Then we have Back to Basics (T8), another favorite of mine, with a unique bass line signature, twisted synths and an atmosphere that keep suggesting me that things are not the way they look. Suddenly Japanese samples or something else I cant understand catch my attention and here we go again through these bass lines... Very good work from the Rumble guys here , its an excellent track, specially the first 3 minutes. More Japonese samples? Its Tea Time (T9) the track that comes at 90 bpm to close the album with golden keys. Definitely one of the best tracks here. I tested this one with coffee and its better than tea. After a long trip we arrive at a break in the 6th minute, right at the time to order my third espresso, good taste and small details making huge differences, yeah, this track made me smile. This is the happy ending the album needed, and it surely makes it scores higher.


This CD is being the soundtrack of my laboratory experiments in the last week. The second half of the CD really put me to dance , and since Im doing experiments overnight and everything here in the lab is video recorded, the night security guys now keep making jokes... Thats a fair price to pay for having some fun at work. This is a good album for keeping me up and dancing . As constructive criticism I must say that I missed more info about the project and the artists themselves on the booklet. M&M Production could invest a little more on the this. Also its good to keep in mind that not every track must end dance floor friendly. I mean, for a debut album sound quality and "danceability" are very important, however the originality and tweaking (psychedelia) that denotes the artist's peculiarities and personality must also shine through the music. It's difficult to achieve an equilibrium between these variables, this debut is a proof that it can be done, but probably the crowd will be expecting more on the next releases.


Recommendation: This successful debut album is recommended for those after well produced full on with a drop of spice here and there. The album is solid, slowly evolving and getting better with each track, starting with regular full on and finishing with more innovative music. Its effectiveness does not compromise the home listening aspect, which is actually one of its strong points, specially the last half of the album. Give it a chance and will probably get hooked.

Buy it here:
http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=6464
http://www.beatspace.com/dettagli/dettaglio.asp?id=3390
http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/mph/mph1cd004.html

Favorites: 3, 6, 8(!), 9(!!).
Respect!
          .
...Be gentle with the earth...
...Dance like nobody's watching...
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...I don't mind not going to Heaven, as long as they've got Coffee in Hell...
squirm
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Posted : Apr 28, 2007 00:38
iv been listening to this album for a week now and i must say its some nice full on music. they havent overdone it with their melodies and percussion work is nice. for a debut album this is great, and is definitely worth a good hear .
my luck to rumble pack and both the labels
-angad           www.soundcloud.com/ishikawa
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rumble pack / motion drive
Rumble Pack

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Posted : Apr 30, 2007 10:52
thx for the very nice and "to the point" review from full on.
we agree on most of the critics and we'll try to improve that in the future




          www.myspace.com/motiondrive
http://www.myspace.com/rumblepacknaturalflowmotiondrive
el presagio


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Posted : Apr 30, 2007 13:49
in my opinion Rumble Pack guys made a brilliant job for a debut album. its music tht makes you feel in harmony. good for the morning dancefloor as well for home listening. I don`t think this is chessy melodies, in fact i consider them very pleasunt to listen.
I consider dificult to make morning music without falling for the commercial and cheesy part, and i must congratulate Rumble pack to tht achivement, their music it`s clean its catchy and its made with good taste.

Realy looking foward for further rlsds from this guys



take care
djjackomo
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Posted : Apr 30, 2007 19:04
hi
i think this album is a very good work from Rumble Pack.
big thx that we make the track 1 together.
was a funny time with this 2 guys.
all the best for Rumble Pack in the future.
rock the dancefloor arround the world.
Greetings from switzerland
Jackomo           www.jackomo.ch
www.soundsofearth.net
www.myspace.com/djjackomo
www.spintwist.de
!Ce M@n
IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Apr 30, 2007 19:51
Great musik ... heard the cd today.. nice trippy morning musik... neat and simple
Good to hear swizz morning stuff
nice job by rumble pack
big boom to rumble pack & Mahogany & Morphonic Records           0x00000PSy
Pinch


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Posted : May 2, 2007 13:53
Good work guys!!!

I found every track full of powerfull bass, melodies and good quality.

Most of the tracks are perfect for a morning journey with clear bass and sounds.. so.. that's what I like.. hehehe

I especialy like how the basslines suite every sound as well..
My ears appreciate that.. hehe

Congratulations to Jackomo too for his collaboration with rumble pack on their first track. really cool!!!

Keep on the good work!! Hope to see you soon on the dancefloors ;-)

Best regards,

Luca
Acidhive
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Posted : May 2, 2007 23:05
I liked it. Not a stellar effort, but there's definately some good stuff to be heard here. I like the later tracks the best, so near the end it's all earcandy for me.           "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."

[Esoteric: Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum]
rumble pack / motion drive
Rumble Pack

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Posted : May 25, 2007 11:13
thx again for the feedback...we really apreciate!

new stuff is cooking and comming soon

best regards           www.myspace.com/motiondrive
http://www.myspace.com/rumblepacknaturalflowmotiondrive
neuromantik
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Posted : May 25, 2007 15:29
Well I personally prefer the RP tracks on the Mysterious Force and Psychofluid VAs, but this album is quite a mover as well.

But well I'll be a whiner and just add that this full-on is a little bit too plastic for me, I prefer Blue Vortex debut album (so I guess this means that this is not a debut album but a second one).

My 0.02 cents
guy cohen
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Posted : Jun 29, 2007 13:58
I really like this album after several listenings.
Proffesional production packed with some good materials.
Surely, an album to keep safe .
Bender B. Rodriguez
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Posted : Jun 29, 2007 15:50
Blue Vortex was better IMO. Kingsize and Back to Basics are excellent tracks, Binary Beach I also like, but Mental Scope I don`t like at all.

I would give it a 6/10.           SPQR
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