By Marcus Pan
The 4x4 various artists release is done in a
label sampler style from Section 44. It includes work from MODyssey, Endanger,
Rhythmic Symphony and Provision. New wave style music, in the form of Flock
of Seagulls or New Order, Section 44 are one of the brighter and shinier labels
out there in the genre, having a brighter almost trip-hoppy sound. Each of the
four bands have four tracks here for your perusal hence the name
4x4. Its well put together and if you dig this style of music you
should look into picking one up to see if any of the four match your taste
MODyssey are the openers on 4x4, with their smooth
trance-like movements and pleasant male baritone vocals. I Know Goodbye
is a song made up of melancholy lyrics, but bright surrounding accompaniament.
Moonlight takes a trance-like start while Across the Distance
open a smooth 4/4 rhythm and Nothing but Nothing gets a bit more
introspective with pulses of synthwork bubbling in a light ambient wash.
MODyssey are quite good at their craft check out www.modyssey.com for
more information on them.
Appearing courtesy of Infacted Recordings / Nilaihah
Records, Endanger submit their four tracks next, one of which is remixed by
Namnambulu. We start with that the Namnambulu remix of Give Me a
Reason. It picks up the pace a bit from the previously slower moving
4x4 appearance of MODyssey a lower key Republica (male-voiced,
however) style. Though it comes off a bit stock-level, I dig it. Victory of
the Heart uses a very similar synth style. I really dig the vocals
theyre almost crooning. I Count on You is a bit slower, a Depeche
Mode kind of ballad with nice piano work and a nice growing movement. I dig the
closing breakdown of Spark which ends Endangers group here.
Rhythmic Symphony, a new project, offer their debut EP
thorugh CDBaby.com and you can
also go ahead and check out
www.rhythmicsymphony.com for more information as well.
Rhythmic Symphony touch the vocals with a slight bit of vox, and groove
4x4 up a bit with smooth music against elaborate rhythms. Find Me
is a treat with its older sound put forth by the piano melody I liked it
better without the heavy ambient washes that come in though.
Provision Im familiar with from having reviewed The
Consequence a few days ago. Here on 4x4 are four tracks from their
Visualize album, remixed by a few folks CTRL being the one
that caught my eye immediately. CTRL remix Provisions first selection
Couldve Had it All. Its now a fast-paced, stomp happy
dirge of high octave synths and stroppy bass slides. The other three are also
remixes: Obvious by D.J. Dissent, Visualize by Rename and
Flood of Emotion by Cloudless.
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 Provisions The Consequence was
 Expansion was
reviewed in Legends #146.
 CTRLs latest, Loaded Weapons
and Darkened Days, was reviewed in Legends