This is a short recap of what our readers enjoyed most on Hipodrome, a top 3 of the most appreciated albums, compilations, mixes and other stuff.
Vakula – Metaphors [Leleka]
The most appreciated album by our readers is ‘Metaphors’, the album from the Ukrainian master Vakula. ‘Metaphors’ is slightly different from some of his full-length excursions, focused as it is on the gently unfurling, head-in-the-clouds world of ambient music. Of course, much of the music is still gently rhythmic but the vibe remains thoroughly horizontal throughout.
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Sushitech Records presents ‘Invisibility’, the debut album from SIT aka Sideways Invisibility Theory. The DJ & producer duo is based in Bucharest and was formed in 2009 by Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia. Drawing from an early education in classical music, their influences range from ethereal jazz to experimental trip-hop.
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Originally released back in 2001 on Chicago’s finest Nite Life Collective, The World Peace is one of Brian Harden’s personal favourites among his many releases. Born in Chicago’s southside and back by popular demand, Harden’s back catalogue is full of gems, but it was after a series of coincidences that we decided to reissue two of the tracks on the original The World Peace EP, and then add a twist in the shape of an astounding remix by SIT, the duo formed by Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia.
It’s been a little while since a fresh injection of refined minimal techno was issued from Vlad Caia, but now the Romanian stalwart is back with a fresh pair of subtle gems for Amphibia, with whom he dropped the Projections EP back in 2012. “Voluspa” is a cyclical workhorse powered by undulating bass synths and swirling pads with a decidedly cosmic flavour to them, working just enough dubby flourishes into the mix to keep things fluid and warm. “Behind The Black Meadow” by contrast takes a slender funk to task with the finest slithers of percussion and a yearning line in melodics as expressed through heavy doses of filtering for a truly subconscious slice of micro house.
Pluie/Noir is back with a two-track EP from the Romanian Vlad Caia. Swan Lake shows with finesse his staggering skills to craft cinematographic atmospheres in danceable patterns, bending musical styles and constantly reminding us that club music can be so much more. Both sides share the same classical-inspired background while still being quite different in mood and lightness. Striking at 14 minutes each, the progression on these tracks remain sophisticated and visionary, messing with your head and heart in unexpected ways. ‘Swan Lake’ is a delicate yet striking piece, with a precise yet unusual drum-programming and intelligent classical-music sampling. The flip-side ‘Eternal Sunshine’ is a darker toned track, with slight-flashes of acid in it’s core bass-line and ever-lifting tense chords that unexpectedly rumble between the intense atmosphere and lift both your body and soul.
After three fruitful years of existence and daily careful surveillance of the electronic music scene, I’ve decided, for the first time, to draw a line and make a review of the year that is just closing.
I will make the review in two parts, the first is dedicated to our followers and their choices from this years. So, I will make a list with the most successful post on my blog, the releases that gathered the most likes and clicks in 2012 for our visitors. The second part of the review, will include my own picks and I will present some of my favorite albums of different genders. Also I will make a review of the best parties and acts I’ve attended this year.
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SIT aka Sideways Invisibility Theory are back on Romania’s new Neural label. The duo have molded their own particular brand of minimalistic house, a glorious concoction of organic beats and glitched-out melodies. “Moai” boasts one of those irresistibly addictive basslines that pounces forth with elegance, moving progressively beneath the jumble of percussion sounding something like Villalobos in one of his more animated moods. “Mazuka” treads down more experimental paths, with the hi-hats making themselves clearly audible amid the woozing synth which drains in an out of the beat.
Gilesku Records announces new upcoming limited vinyl release with young talented and promising Romanian artist Vlad Caia.
Stripped down & trippy house and techno from Romania’s Amphia. SIT – the pairing of Vlad Caia & Cristi Cons – delivers some breathtakingly beautiful results.
Jesus Loved You presents SIT, the new project from Romanians youngsters Vlad Caia and Cristi Cons. What really SIT represents for Vlad and Cristi is their fusion of characters under one definition. It’s a platform where two music people, with totally different background and skills in electronic music and not only, will experiment and discover the form and color that suits them best in the work they do.The idea is to focus on creating something dynamic and exploring new possibilities with every track while maintaining an original identity.