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V/A- SET 8 "Electronic Ballroom" - Iboga rec. feb. 08

aden
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Posted : Feb 29, 2008 20:55:41
Title : SET 8, “Electronic Ballroom”
Type : V/A
Label : Iboga
Release date : fev. 2008
Format : CD + Digital
Cover : http://twohandsdistribution.com/images/covers/ibogacd51-500.jpg

Tracklist:
1. BLT & Danni Makov – Patterns Of...
(A Balter Extended Version) [126 bpm]
2. Maelstrom – Remember Your Inputs [130 bpm]
3. Peter Gun & Terzi – Acapulco [128 bpm]
4. Nyquist – Delctribe[130 bpm]]
5. BBE & Krusseldorf – The World Is Our Oyster
(BBE Mix) [126 bpm]
6. C-Jay – 80808 (Jaydee Remix) [123 bpm]
7. Elegant Universe – My Nature [128 bpm]
8. NDSA – Circus Junkies [126 bpm]
9. Quantize – Sky Walker [134 bpm]

With winter hitting full on, what seasonally comes out from the Copenhagen headquarters of Iboga records is a more club-oriented compilation by Banel and Emok. The eighth installment of the “Set” series, entitled “electronic ballroom” and aptly illustrated by the CD cover, delivers a selection of Progressive tunes with a clubbier approach and an emphasis on genre-crossing experimentation signed by already well-known artists of the Danish label or by new-comers to CD releases.

1. BLT & Danni Makov – Patterns Of...
The opening track is a rmx of a BLT composition by Avishay Balter, a DJ and producer well-known for his dedication to Progressive music and for organizing parties in Israel, either as resident dj for a few years at Baraka club, or later as the organizer of the Dakini parties, in the Negev Desert, or as a member of the 3rd Empire festival crew. This production showcases his more minimal techno side, with a strong emphasis on a fat distorted bassline that truly commands the track and stands in sharp contrast to the many-faceted voice samples which play quite an important role, some of them with light fx treatment, and which render the typical BLT atmosphere. The stripped back arrangements and low bpm won’t make it a dance floor blaster, but it definitely makes a stunning opening for the cd and for a dj set.

2. Maelstrom –Remember Your Inputs
Two months after his successful album was released, Maelstrom returns with another low bmp track. You will notice in the lead his use of the same sample as in Ace Ventura’s “Presence”, but this time with a more rhythmical intention and it is woven to gentle percussion work which gives the piece a more housey and atmospheric feel. On par with his best solo pieces from his album.

3. Peter Gun & Terzi – Acapulco
Acapulco classicly opens with rhythmical elements which introduce a disco-infused bassline that slowly brings in the daze of slow reverberated pads. The first break injects a percussive melody, and builds up another part wherein shades of a gritty electroish lead deliver more dancefloor energy, before returning to more prog-house vibes with the full orchestration pumping up the dance. The track got top marks in a DJ hit list, so the gentle fluff of its medodic line and its interesting varied construction is clearly popular, and will fit late party hours or tequila time on the beach in your favourite tropical venue.

4. Nyquist – Delctribe
After two great recent releases at Iboga, including one collab on Maesltrom’s album and a well-rounded rmx of Antix, Nyquist returns with a solo piece. The impressive level of the sound production signed by Aran Gallagher is confirmed yet again, and it is a winner in this compilation! The orchestration will sound Freqish, and I mean the Freq of the best metal, synonym of unconstricted quality, i.e. super fat and groovy, which makes it sound like no one else. Aran Gallagher has caught the best of the housy vibe and injected his high octane groove into it: the resulting chunky rhythmic section sounds massive with the conspiration of the slamming gritty lead somewhat remiscent of Hamburg-based influence, first to enter the dance, then the heavy snare and switching bassline. The thematic elements are reduced to an allusive conversation with the rhythmic section, and are better enhanced in the well-orchestrated breakdown which propels the track to an effective crescendo. Another successful strong impact stomper, meant to please the most demanding dancefloor crowds and which triggers high expectations for the upcoming album.

5. BBE & Krusseldorf – The World Is Our Oyster (BBE Mix)
It is with with great impatience and curiosity that we discover the new release of BBE, the first since the departure from the duo of René Nielsen of former Beat Bizarre fame. Banel has sollicited the collab of his compatriot Krusseldorf, well-known Swedish wizzard of ambient music. You will recognize some BBE (and still Beat bizarresque) signature harmonies in the forceful lead, but the interest of this new composition is in the intricate interwining of beautiful melodic lines creating an altmosphere of enchantment and magic, which don’t prevent a compelling groove. Thumbs up and more of that!

6. C-Jay – 80808 (Jaydee Remix)
Amsterdam-based producer C-Jay has forged a strong reputation with some hottly tipped prog-house/trance cross over compositions, some of them cosigned with Eelke Klejin, released at Vapour or Plastik Park to name but a few. Here the Dutch master makes his first appearance on the Iboga roster. Compatriot Jaydee gives his dubby take on this piece previously known from a digital release. Running at very low bpm cruise speed, it nevertheless exudes a nice energy with its driving arpeggiated lead and subdued entrancing ellipitic melody all wrapped in colourful reverberated haze. Another reliable tool for the late party hours.

7. Elegant Universe – My Nature
Almost two years after Iboga was first to publish their work on CD, Amir Ardon & Miki Litvak release more evidence of their aptly named Elegant (musical) Universe. In the meantime they’ve deservedly become some of the most in-demand music producers of the Electro-House genre, constantly charting new territories and innovating by blending new influences, such as techno, into their sonic sorcery. This piece will come as no exception as it is quite a surprising one : not as fat and driving as the most recent ones, much more joyful than usual, yet keeping the high standards of their production such as the undulating reverb-ladden bassline, the funky hiss of the vocal snippet in the lead, the brief and distant chorus effects, all of which conspire to make an original clubby track, and make you hungry for the future releases of the Duo.

8. NDSA – Circus Junkies
A few weeks after the launch of their fourth album, heavy weight champions Ticon/NDSA (New Disco Science Alliance) release another club-oriented, high-level detailed production. With a pinch of electro, the right percussive touch, acid distorted licks, offbeat metallic sounds, touches of humour, and cheeky early nineties melody, this new opus oozes with plenty of funk and will again trigger guaranteed hands-in-the-air dancefloor approval.

9. Quantize – Sky Walker
The newly Iboga signed Israeli Duo Quantize, made of Reshef Harari and Adi Ashkenazi, have made themselves noticed with a few releases at respected labels such as Blue Tunes or Ear Peaks. They deliver here the fastest track of the compilation, owing more to Psy-Prog influence. They showcase their mastery of sound production, taking up well-charted elements of orchestration from full-on influence, among which a classic compelling rhythmic section, to build a, if not original, serious and well-oiled dance floor mechanics.

Bottom line:
Even if three of these tracks have been already digitally released, this is a highly recommended compilation, well packed for the progressive heads, diverse yet coherent, showcasing a broad range of Progressive music, from minimal influences to what is now labelled psy-prog, or high bpm progressive. Moreover, the strongest elements are IMHO, numbers 4, 5 and 8 which are more prog-house/prog-trance oriented, but don’t get me wrong, we’re playing in Champions’ League here, as all tracks are flawlessly produced and all are reliable dj tools in their genres, or pleasurable home listening. You can expect a lot of these tunes to be spun in parties, clubs and festivals worldwide in the months to come. Miss it at your own peril.

ADEN

Related links:
http://www.myspace.com/ibogarecords
http://iboga.itc.nu/Index.php
Glen.C (Iboga Rec)
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Posted : Mar 3, 2008 02:39
great review, really good details.

Love the cd, my favs for a while have been emok's offer (Maelstrom –Remember Your Inputs), Nyquist, NDSA and the Peter Gun tune. Top stuff Mr Banel and Sir Emok!           http://www.facebook.com/GlenC.IbogaRecords
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Posted : Mar 3, 2008 12:53
Nice compil!
BLT & Danni Makov – Patterns Of... (A Balter Extended Version) was the perfect choice to open such a low bpm compilation.

Maelstrom - Remember Your Inputs and the last three tracks are also joyful...
Respect!
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Posted : Mar 5, 2008 14:33
Very good compilation.

First of all-Patterns of...is a bomb track,the best track of the comp.

Great tracks by Maelstrom(some flying rhino moments),Nyquist(dancefloor master),Elegant universe(never heard bad track from this project)...

I realy dont like the NSDA track...boring,boring...not for Iboga

8/10 cheers
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Posted : Mar 6, 2008 23:46
Well since i have all the set series i just brought it as per usual. Have to say pretty much apart from the last track the release does nothing at all for me. In fact i really dont think it is worthy of continuing one of the best progressive compilations series out there. As a stand alone release i have no problem with this whole minimal, electro and housey thing going on but i really cant stand it. The set series to me was all about different music to this, but if people buy it and like thats great but unfortunately im not one of them.

Beware Iboga of loosing people who got you to today with buying your releases. (like me)

Alternatively maybe i should start listening to samples a little more than i have in the past.



Banel
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 14:26
Excuse me but i have to express how tired i am of narrowminded egoistic people who threads with not buying our releases s anymore because we (Iboga records) are interested in and work within a (apparently for some too) broad range of music.

Look at our release shcedule, there plenty of stuff for people who likes this and that!

Give us a break here and ignore the releases you find too housey or what it is...

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drooid
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 14:50
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On 2008-03-07 14:26, Banel wrote:
Excuse me




You're excused.



















now Get Back To Work!

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Yuli
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 15:40
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On 2008-03-06 23:46, kristyandmoe wrote:

Beware Iboga of loosing people who got you to today with buying your releases. (like me)




Sounds dangerous!!! Now it's time to shiver!!           A man with a "master plan" is often a woman
Pavel
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 17:41
Quote:

On 2008-03-06 23:46, kristyandmoe wrote:

Alternatively maybe i should start listening to samples a little more than i have in the past.




Always recommended procedure. Buying blindly even from your favorite labels is not a smart move.           Everyone in the world is doing something without me
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 17:59
Quote:

On 2008-03-06 23:46, kristyandmoe wrote:


Beware Iboga of loosing people who got you to today with buying your releases. (like me)




Well that's true..I used to buy all Iboga releases in the past but for the last 2-3 years...I stopped.I think you should release less cds per year because I think you pay attension more to quantity than the quality..Strictly big exception is Perfect Stranger,I can't complain about him,he produces realy good music.Hopefully I see that BLT & Danni Makov - Patterns Of...
(A Balter Extended Version) will be released as digital single and this is the only track that I liked from this compilation           www.myspace.com/tasos_notrea
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aje
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Posted : Mar 7, 2008 18:38
My first impressions, that A. Balter remix fucking Rawks!!! Spectacular! Then I also like BBE a lot. The only one I really dislike is Skywalker, I think it isn't a good track in the first place and breaks the overall excellent flow of the compilation, but thats just me.

On this fighting going on, I know it must be annoying to you, Banel, when everyone critizizes you for doing something different (I think its awesome, BTW, so you have my supports if it makes you feel any better), but I think Kristyandmoe is the wrong person to pick on. I have seen him/her/them as one of the most positive supporters of progressive psy on this forum, so let him criticize every once in a while. Not everyone can like everything.

On another note, I understand your frustration. I have noticed that whenever Iboga puts out a "typical" album, people complain that all Iboga sounds the same, and when you dont people complain that you are changing too much. But, look at it from the bright side, the fact that people care so much and have opinions about every little single thing you do only shows how important Iboga is to this scene and how succesful you are.

As they say "Pity comes for free, envy you have to earn"
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Pavel
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Posted : Mar 8, 2008 23:27
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On 2008-03-07 17:59, Tasos_NOtrea wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-03-06 23:46, kristyandmoe wrote:


Beware Iboga of loosing people who got you to today with buying your releases. (like me)




Well that's true..I used to buy all Iboga releases in the past but for the last 2-3 years...I stopped.I think you should release less cds per year because I think you pay attension more to quantity than the quality..Strictly big exception is Perfect Stranger,I can't complain about him,he produces realy good music.Hopefully I see that BLT & Danni Makov - Patterns Of...
(A Balter Extended Version) will be released as digital single and this is the only track that I liked from this compilation




The track was released on Beatport. Bought it today and it's a killar.           Everyone in the world is doing something without me
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Posted : Mar 9, 2008 01:06
Oh! An Iboga bashing thread! Basically, yeah. Perfect Stranger was nice, SCS was awesome. Apart from that - good luck!           [ cuBe ] :: cubeg.org •
Elad
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Posted : Mar 9, 2008 02:49
i liked the cd
its true also here we have something diffrent from other "set:" v/a's ,but i only think the name choise isnt the best , as long the sounds is im happy
special favorites: 2 , 4 , 9
much good luck evryone involved


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Posted : Mar 9, 2008 12:13
banel how narrow minded is to say basically that we don t have right to our own opinion on music...as an artist and label(owner) you should know that all music(also movies and every form of art) is subject to criticism and people have every right to do so...


and as far this cd is concerned i didn t like a single track on it last good compilation to me was va playground and don t get me wrong i own lots of iboga on vinyl&cd but these set series hasn t done the work for me
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