ceniq – Gaylab CD {ep/lp release #10}

Artist: ceniq
Gaylab CD
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ep/lp release #10
Release Date:

01 ceniq – gaylab
the opening track begins with powerful, shifting pad, perfectly blended with reverbed, effected ‘snare’. later on, echoed bleep comes with tight beat. the only bad side is that the track is a bit too repetitive, for my taste, at least. but, to put it short: what an amazing electro-ambient track. this even would go as a warp -release.

02 ceniq/amon – gaylab (tilt goddess)
again, harsh “fractal-generator -noise”, [that’s my term for it.] as one track in vetac cd. the track seems a bit chaotic, and i didn’t find any underlying structure or logic from it. and again this reminds me some of autechre’s more extreme tracks [and yes, this track would fit on some autechre -album, imho.]

03 ceniq/lackluster – gaylab (lackluster reconstruct)
this is an different perspective to the first track by lackluster. i liked this edit more than the original one. this edit is a bit heavier, with more aggressive beat. personally i like lackluster’s style very much, and it shows also on this track. good job.

04 ceniq/salice – gaylab backmix
this track starts with a semi-complex beat, which nearly goes through the whole track, excluding the few pauses. the are a few ambient strings/ chords, and especially the one which is dropped in through the whole track, in times, sounds nice. a great track, imho, but not the best one, though.

05 ceniq – coan5
the start is perfect: a smooth blend of strings, bouncing on. beautiful, minimal ambient sound, without any irrelevant parts disturbing the harmony. when voq-ep came out, i thought that coan3 was the best ambient i’ve ever heard. but then comes coan5, which is, in my opinion, better than coan3.

overall, gaylab cd is finished, perhaps a bit more professional than vetac, but if you ask me, i put them both on a same line. again, ceniq is proving his amazing talents composing wonderful ambient or electronic tracks. this cd would really go as a warp-release. but it’s better when it’s free. and the last word from the cover artwork: it’s superb! it really shows that gaylab cd is a finished product.

total: [95%]

– tuomas .r

A few words from ceniq:

Amon’s tilt goddes mix: I asked amon, a good friend of mine, to do a mix of Gaylab for me as I like his personal touch in his music. Amon hadn’t had the time to do any mix for me and I was going to release Gaylab soon as I heard his latest tune “Tilt Goddes” which originally was a part of Droids Killed My Audio series (part 4 in fact) and I insisted him to give it for this Gaylab CD. I’m happy he did give it.

Lackluster’s reconstruct: I gave mr lackluster Esa Ruoho an unfinished version of Gaylab to remix (it was only about one and a half minute long) and he did a marvellous job mixing the original patterns and riffs with new drums and ideas. I actually got some ideas from his mix for my final “original” Gaylab – that’s why you might hear some similarities in his mix and my edit.

Salice’s backmix: I liked salice’s flud mix (which appeared on Vetac CD1) very much so I had to get him to remix Gaylab too. Salice did a very nice ambient remix with some fast beats leading the first half of the song. Nice stereo flanges and hipass filter sweeps give a nice sound to the drums and the end part’s ambient pads and reverbed speech samples make just a beautiful combination. And thank you Antti for totally awesome Gaylab cover art. I just love your work.

01 – Gaylab
02 – Gaylab (Tilt Goddess) by amon
03 – Gaylab (lackluster reconstruct) by lackluster
04 – Gaylab backmix by salice
05 – coan5

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salice – purple/green+blue {ep/lp release #4}

Artist: salice
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ep/lp release #4
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“Purple” is something very nice playing with a mono lead. There are notes used from octave number -2 to 9 I guess. Nice filters and vibratos too. This is a very short one – well it is an intro for the album. The album’s ending tune “purple revisit” is very similar both by it’s name and it’s melodies though it is more of an improvised track.
Sweeping pads and heavy beats play the mainrole in “adv track”. The drum beat has effected electronic drum sounds. There are effects that go very nice in rhythm with the drum beat. I love the reverbed noises.
The third track is one of my favorites on the album. “Green circles” starts with something sounding like an electric piano. There are some sinewave pianos and clarinet-sounding instruments playing melodies. The drums are just great with effects like filters and reversed beats used in just the right parts. There are some clever little pitchbend and other tricks during the tune. The track ends with a single sinewave instrument playing something very different from the other tune but sounding very nice still.
“Denatured” turns more on the Autechre’ish side with it’s bizarre noisy drums and effects. On the other hand, the beautiful pads (which you might hear on the background) are just pure ambient (in Selected Ambient Works II style). I’m so glad there is the end part with only those pads. They are just great.
The fifth tune “sun track” is again another of my favorites. It starts with bizarre sounds such as pitched up drum loops. A 12-string guitar (at least it sounds like one) playing nice melodies and chords – very relaxing. A sine bass introduces the extremely crisp drum&bass drum beat. Again there are very much effects used on the drums. The track’s end is a bit weird, completely separate from the rest of the tune.

High quality, professional idm. Reminds me of Aphex Twin’s Richard D.James LP (have you by the way noticed how many times milk-tunes have been compared to Aphex Twin’s work?). Watch out Warp, if we continue releasing music like this (and oh yes we will) we might become a good competitor for you.

[ 93 %]

01 – purple
02 – adv track
03 – green circles
04 – denatured
05 – sun track
06 – purple revisit

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