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404 masonic. compilation. 4lp-box. april 2k2 [deleted]

 

tracklist:

m2 > annihilating rhythm
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neutral > blue paper (a neutral rmx)
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dead hollywood stars > dreamland's burning (ao23m remix)
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beefcake > ct2
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lusine icl > sin
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funkstörung > beinh (33rpm mix)
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imminent > vinvyt
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baracuda > vek vex chapters
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scorn > the distance between
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venetian snares > parasitus
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frz & blue baboon & etereo expandeum club > slalome
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fourplay > autumn (black lung rmx)
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solar-x > da stick up - rmx
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sonic dragolgo > sister
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gridlock > 36:6:115
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xingu hill > lone star
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lilienthal > hero anthem
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bochumwelt > neutron
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substanz t > urban t subground
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noosa hedz > sunooza
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somatic responses > whatever
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xanopticon > phase
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starfish pool > variation and structures
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k_chico > gooappen
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red sparrow > les arbres
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llips. > one please
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trifid project > psalm 66
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end > global media engine
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so fuckin' jazz (david thrussell & darrin verhagen) > cantata della paura no. 1
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fanny > witches v2
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additioanl info:
¥719 masonic. compilation. double cd. april 2k2

 

 

sonic seducer
www.sonic-seducer.de

fünf jahre hymen sind wahrlich ein grund zum feiern und so läßt sich labeloberhaupt stefan alt nicht lumpen und packt gleich zwei cds beziehungsweise vier lps mit neuen und alten, raren & problemlos zugänglichen tracks aus dem hymen universum und dessen nachbargalaxien zusammen. was ursprünglich mal als ant zen outlet für technoiden "lärm" gedacht war, hat sich mittlerweile weit davon entfernt, um es sich bei intelligenter electronica jenseits von schwarzer electro-dancefloor-kompatibilität bequem zu machen. sonar in barcelona statt wgt in leipzig sozusagen und damit ein rechtzeitiges erkennen (und vermeiden) von sackgassen, in welche sich schon das eine oder andere label manövriert hatte. daß dabei nicht nur von denjenigen teilnehmern großartige beiträge zu hören sind, von denen man auch nichts anderes erwartet hätte (funkstörung, sonic dragolgo mit der übernummer "sister" und m², um nur einige wenige zu nennen), sondern auch echte überraschungen dabei sind, erfreut um so mehr - als beispiel dafür sei nur "vinvyt" von imminent genannt. etwas getrübt wird der ansonsten durch und durch positive eindruck höchstens dadurch, daß es ausgerechnet vom trifid project und frz & blue baboon & etereo expandeum club nur bekannte kost zu hören gibt. (sascha bertoncin)


side-line

the long-awaited follow-up to the genre-defining teknoir compilation is every bit as good, even though it's very different. veering away from the rhythmic industrial and dark ambient end, it charts the evolution into soft electronica, break beat excursions, glitch aesthetics and electro-acoustic experimental techno following the example of the last hymen releases. picking out bands is useless, as all artists involved present strong material. some lifted from previous releases, some new or remixed, the compilation might not flow as gently as teknoir, but the bandwidth of styles and artists (fortunately also outside the label's roster) would not permit nor want homogeneity. instead it offers glimpses of bands as diverse as squaremeter and venetian snares, bochumwelt and scorn without sounding forced. a mandatory purchase. and to push you over even more quickly here the list of artists besides the ones mentioned: neutral, dead hollywood stars, beefcake, lusine icl, funkstörung, imminent, baracuda, frz& blue baboon & etereoexpandeum club, fourplay, solar-x, sonic dragolgo, gridlock, xingu hill, lilienthal, substanz-t, starfish pool, noosa hedz, somatic responses, xanopticon, k_chico, rd sparrow, llips, trifid project, end, so fuckin' jazz, fanny. (till)


neural.it
http://www.neural.it/rec/masonic.htm

doppio cd o quattro 12, si festeggia un lustro di 'technoid noises for collapsing people', cinque anni di hymen records, complessivamente ben trenta tracce, che testimoniano nuove evoluzioni sui diversi versanti dell'elettronica, distorti beat in odore di post-techno e dark ambient, ma anche ibridi d'altro tipo, ad esempio le contaminazioni espressive miste a suoni punk metal di sonic dragolgo con 'sister', l'attitudine post rock e isolazionista degli scorn, la bizzarra mistura di folk, country-western e trattamenti digitali dei dead hollywood stars in 'dreamland's burning', le elettroniche ed eclettiche armonie da camera di beefcake, compiaciute fra suoni naturali e ritmiche ossessive. tutte le sfumature dell'arcobaleno digitale sono ampliamente esplorate, tra cultura industriale ed ipnotici trattamenti, annettendo dub, jazz e drum'n'bass, bassi ancestrali e rumori claustrofobici, atmosfere slabbrate ed influenze melodiche. impossibile individuare linee evolutive certe in tale sarabanda di malsane sperimentali circonvoluzioni, resta il piacere di una militanza estrema, condotta con multiforme coerenza ed oltranza. musiche del caos da maneggiare con cura. (aurelio cianciotta)


tandem
http://www.tandemnews.com/viewstory.php?storyid=1617

this collection of 30 tracks from the current industrial/techno underground celebrates five years of "technoid" releases by the cutting-edge german imprint hymen records. with their associated label, ant-zen, hymen has been exploring the darker side of the electronic scene, where industrial, idm/techno, ambient and drum 'n bass converge into interesting shapes. available as a nicely priced double disc cd or as a four piece vinyl set in a semi-transparent plastic box, masonic features many exclusive tracks from prolific producers such as mick harris aka scorn, panacea, funkstorung and italy's bochum welt. winnipeg's groovily-named aaron funk is also among the label's featured artists, with another slice of his hard-hitting breakbeat sound that has won him fans all over the world. (chris twormey)


toronto industrial kollektive
http://www.industrialkollective.org/reviews/various/masonic.htm

for some, a reaction very similar to that of pavlov's dog will occur at the very sight of this, a double compilation in celebration of hymen's five years of existence. the names of the bands involved will just confirm the necessity of owning this (see below). hence, a review for them is unnecessary: it's is guaranteed to please. this review may merely serve to let some people know that this cd is out there and that they should begin to hunt it down. some mention of this compilation, however, should be made for those who are growing weary of the straight format techno of the ebm ruled club scene, for these cds are made not only for those die hard hymen addicts, but for those who wish to broaden their horizons of what electronic music can offer. hymen's mission statement seems to have changed, and grown with their development. their earlier claim of supplying "technoid noises for collapsing people" has evolved with the growth of ambient, idm and drum and bass inspired 'industrial' music. strange it may seem that hymen is an industrial label, because there is a pretty good chance that both people who listen to industrial (with a focus on ebm) and people who listen to more experimental non-'industrial' idm will agree that this music shouldn't fit within that categorization. however, hymen's work embraces the very ideas that make industrial so great, a need for experimentation often by embracing other styles of music. this compilation manages to embrace so many different sounds and yet, draw them all together. the key element to this is that they all strive to reach out beyond the conventional. the non-traditional sounds found here run a gambit of styles you would not normally associate with industrial, such as country and folk. hymen is a sister (or brother?) label of ant-zen, but their sounds are different. the rhythmic noise of ant-zen gives way to a more mellow idm sound in hymen's releases, this is apparent in the masonic double compilation release. even the track by ant-zen act imminent is less abrasive than usual on this release. highlights are too many and writting about them would be only slightly less boring than reading them. but i'm sold on the country western/idm merging of dead hollywood stars, and the crazy break beat noise of venetian snares. there's also a bunch of new bands that have now caught my attention (especially sonic dragologo and new david thrussel vehicle, the amusingly ill named named so fucking jazz) and will force me to pay more attention to hymen for the next five years. a great cd, something everyone should own. (squid)


immanence
http://www.immanence.co.uk

marking five years of hymen records, "masonic" is a follow-up of sorts to the label's first compilation, "teknoir". while the former was a mission statement for the newly formed sibling of ant-zen, "masonic" is a summary of how far the label has come in it's half-decade, as well as a comprehensive who's-who of industrial techno. there are a few familiar names from hymen's back catalogue, but on the whole "masonic" provides a taster for the future of the label. at first, the sheer volume and diversity of the artists is a little overwhelming - ranging from the frenzied breakcore of fanny and venetian snares to the delicate emptiness of squaremeter to the downright insanity of sonic dragolgo. on the whole though, the standard of the material present is very high, but i feel that it lacks the freshness of "teknoir", in that, many of these tracks are available elsewhere and that many of the new tracks and remixes are a little too familiar at times; dead hollywood stars and beefcake being two very guilty parties. nevertheless, there is some genuinely new and exciting material on offer here. the first track to truly grab my attention on the first disc was the track by imminent [who is no longer starving] that displays a dramatic change in direction for this act. gone are the thundering, distorted rhythms and instead we have a more involved, yet smaller sound of micro-beats, glitches and processed samples. this track shows that imminent are never one to flog a dead horse and the reassuring gap between his last release and this track means we can expect great things from his next full length album. also worthy of a mention on the first disc is sonic dragolgo. even though this track is available on his debut album, its inclusion here shows that hymen do have a fun side to them, as you would be hard pushed to find a more original, humorous or zany track than this. japanese bubblegum pop and filtered disco collide with industrial strength gabber beats to create a sound that, by rights, should be criminal but somehow works perfectly. it's also the only track on "masonic" that you can sing in the shower - forget vnv nation and apoptygma berzerk, this is future pop! the second disc kicks off as it means to go on with the relaxed, crystalline electronica of gridlock whose new direction finds them perfectly at home on hymen. in recent years, it has been hard to fault gridlock, following their stunning "trace" lp and the "engram" ep; this track is no exception. intricate, powerful beats drive the track along, underpinned by lush, harmonic pads and synthetic squelches in a style that so many have dabbled in, but only gridlock have perfected. the next track to really grab my attention was "hero anthem" by lilienthal, an act with whom i am not familiar and that, for me, is one of the joys of this track, since it comes so unexpectedly. undoubtedly on the back of the whole electroclash scene, this track starts with a simple analogue synth melody that could be taken directly from an old nes game as it still holds a great deal of power, not through complex synthesis, but through good old fashioned musicianship. this "anthem" drives the track along as syncopated, distorted percussion is brought in, resulting in a brilliant slice of liminal electronica. these for me are the truly stunning moments on "masonic" and perhaps it is not fair to single them out in this fashion, as there is no doubting the talent of the other acts present on the compilation, but in all honesty, it felt as if many were merely going through the motions and not delivering anything really special. the end product is still a great compilation and i wouldn't say there was a single bad track on it, but i don't feel it is as forward thinking as it would like to be. (gavin lees)


medienkonverter
http://www.medienkonverter.de/kritik.php4?KritikNr=254

das label hymen records feiert sein fünfjähriges jubiläum mit einer doppel-cd bzw. einer limitierten 4-lp-box mit meist unveröffentlichten tracks von hymen-künstlern. und das ist eine geballte ladung, die einen auf diesem sampler erwartet. von xingu hill über somatic respones bis hin zu lusine icl und m2 ist alles vertreten, was rang und namen hat. "masonic" bietet eine breite palette an ambient- und industrialsounds. den auftakt macht squaremeter (panacea), mit gewohnt minimalistisch dunklen tönen. und auf diesem hohen niveau bleibt der ganze sampler. nicole elmer (neutral) beweist z.b. mit "blue paper", dass sich industrial auch mit gitarrensounds zu einem harmonischen gefüge verbinden lassen. dem gleichen beispiel folgt "dreamland's burning" von dead hollywood stars. dass hinter diesem projekt john sellekaers (xingu hill, ammo etc.), rob(u)rang, c-drik (ammo, ambre), hervé thomas (fragile, hint) und m. medea (silk saw) stecken, sagt wohl alles. eigentlich müsste man sich mit jedem song eingehend befassen, jeder ist ein knüller für sich. denn schon beefcake fasziniert mit einer ruhigen mischung aus saxophon, klavier, didgeridoo und dracula-soundtrack-sample. "sin" von lusine icl ist dann fast der letzte mitreißende ambienttrack der ersten cd. danach geht es etwas härter oder abgefahrener zu sache. baracuda entstellt in "vek vex chapters" die eingespielten samples und eingeworfenen töne derart, dass man meinen könnte, sie würden rückwärts gespielt (vielleicht werden sie das ja auch?). mit fetten beats und einer kakophonie aus gitarren- und sonstigen samples sowie einer ordentlichen portion noise bereitet sonic dragolo dem ersten silberling ein bombastisches ende. das hört sich alles noch nicht verrückt genug an? wofür gibt's denn auch die zweite cd? auch diese beginnt mit besinnlicheren tönen. doch die halten mike cadoo und mike wells alias gridlock gerade mal knappe 4 minuten beim ersten track durch, bevor "36:6:115" zu einer richtigen stampfnummer ausartet. xingu hill wartet danach mit trip-hop und dub-beats auf. wer alten kraftwerknummern nachtrauert, sollte sich mal "neutron" von bochumwelt anhören. kein wunder, dass der mann mal einen soundtrack für ein videospiel komponiert hat. eigentlich könnte ich endlos so weiter machen, ohne wirklich jedem track gerecht zu werden. egal ob substanz t, nooza hedz oder end, hinter fast jedem song verbirgt sich eine neue exploration elektronischer und phantastischer gefilde. (veit)


 

 

 

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