CD Review

V/A – “4x4”

By Marcus Pan

4x4The 4x4 various artists release is done in a label sampler style from Section 44. It includes work from MODyssey, Endanger, Rhythmic Symphony and Provision[1]. 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. It’s 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 buds.

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[2]. 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 – they’re 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 Endanger’s 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 I’m 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[3] being the one that caught my eye immediately. CTRL remix Provision’s first selection – Could’ve Had it All. It’s 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.

Contact Information:
Provision
Post: 12742 Ave., Houston, TX, 77085, USA
[1] Provision’s The Consequence was recently reviewed.
[2] Expansion was reviewed in Legends #146.
[3] CTRL’s latest, Loaded Weapons and Darkened Days, was reviewed in Legends #159.