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Reviews CD Reviews (EBM, Electro, Electronica) Various Artists: Matrix Downloaded 001

Artist: Various Electronic Artists. 

 
CD title: Matrix Downloaded 001
( 34 Track Compilation) 
 
Label: Alfa Matrix
 
Released: 6th December 2011
 
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Well my Xmas finally took a turn for the better after receiving this little beauty! Something for every mood and every occasion from unusually macabre to thoroughly thought provoking and not to mention exciting!
 
 
Alfa Matrix is a Brussels (Belgium) based record company and was born in the summer of 2001. They are the home to such artists as AYRIA, FRONT 242, PSY'AVIAH and AESTHETISCHE among a host of others on this compilation download.
 
 
Listen and download here
 

1 PSY'AVIAH – OK
 
Time simply soars to an expanse of mesmeric soundscapes leaving an imprint of beautiful imagery such a sensual track and a good strong opener for the album.
 
 
2 ESSENCE OF MIND - In the Night
 
Serious and strong again portraying beautiful imagery with blended keyboards rife with perplexing rhythms and inspiring vocal qualities. Subtle beats will just eat you alive.
 
 
3 STRAY - Miles from here
 
A dark encounter with a rich tapestry of sound.  A slow velvety vocal wraps itself around the ears and then suddenly a flurry of rhythm comes to life and engulfs you in a torrent of formidable intensity.
 
4 DISKONNEKTED - Atlantis (re: discovered)
 
Now onto a sharp but haunting keyboard rhythm that works into a creative magic of intimidating beats and a soft caressing vocal that sumptuously glides on a bed of robust musical notes.
 
 
5 AYRIA - Blue Alice (DEAD WHEN I FOUND HER mix)
 
Very unusual little track that tells a rather gruesome story with interesting lyrics that keeps you gripped until the end!”  But it has great ambiance attached to it. Watch out you’ll end up like Alice! Make no mistake! Great macabre track! It’s a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the three little pigs I think (!) it is so fucked up it could be anything it likes, but I still love it! – fucked up, warped and a highly addictive track! And up there with Freak Angel as being another favourite.
 
 
 
"Blue Alice"
 
Little pig, little pig
Put her down
Slapped around
Choked and drowned
 
 
 
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
 
 
You'll get what's coming
You and your children
The wicked witch has OD'd on pills again
And the dragon lights up a cigarette
He's blowing smoke right into your face again
It's off with their heads
 
 
Snakes are seething
The big bad wolf is rabid and teething
Bullet through window
And down the rabbit hole
This is one fucked up fairy tale
 
 
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
 
 
I hope I'm dreaming
'Cause this can't be awake
I hope I'm dead
Just for my sake
Who knew all this would come
From a dirty gun
Son of a bitch
You thought he was a cowboy
 
 
The mad hatter bashes your face again
Look into his eyes and see where evil lives
Bullet through window
And down the rabbit hole
This is one fucked up fairy tale
 
 
Hey you, black and blue
Watch out, you'll end up like Alice
Hey you, black and blue
Watch out, you'll end up like Alice
 
 
Hey you, black and blue
Watch out, you'll end up like Alice
Hey you, black and blue
Watch out, you'll end up like Alice
 
 
You'll get what's coming
You and your children
The wicked witch has OD'd on pills again
And the dragon lights up a cigarette
He's blowing smoke right into your face again
It's off with their heads
Snakes are seething
The big bad wolf is rabid and teething
Bullet through window
And down the rabbit hole
This is one fucked up fairy tale
 
 
Little pig, little pig
Put her down
Slapped around
Choked and drowned
 
 
Little pig, little pig
Put her down
Slapped around
Choked and drowned
 
 
Little pig, little pig
Put her down
Slapped around
Choked and drowned
 
 
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
Hey you, black and blue
 
 
Little pig, little pig
Put her down
Slapped around
Choked and drowned
 
 
 
6 VIRGINS OR PIGEONS – Gotta Get Mad
 
This is just how it is – it tells it how it is, it is what it is – an awesome track. Intense and honest – it’s what life is all about! The music compliments the ranting’s with the malevolence not far behind as the onslaught continues.
 
 
7 SIVA SIX - Faileth Stars
 
Into its harsh bubbling stride this devours as it rampages, crossing all the boundaries in an epic saga of festering madness. Highly intense and bristling with intrigue.
 
 
8 MALAKWA - Monster (KANT KINO mix)
 
A fantastic little dance track right there that’s bound to make you succumb to its timely rhythms.
 
 
9 DUNKELWERK – Kommt (short cut)
 
Big beats and German lingo it’s what this music was made for. The samples of thought provoking imagery turning darker with every rhythm and encapsulating devious beats. A ripe dance track that has ‘trancy’ encounters.
 
 
10 HAUSHETAERE - Hetaere (Exclusive AM version)
 
Sinister goings on that turn into a monotone female voice surrounded by very unusual quirkiness.
 
 
11 AIBOFORCEN - Shadows
 
This track is somewhat uninspiring, however the rhythm and beats that do play out are quite hypnotic but not a very strong track.
 
 
12 32CRASH - The man who came from later
 
Bubbling rhythmic sways immediately take hold – quite a bold little track with a clean vocal that transports you into the future.
 
 
13 HALO IN REVERSE - Into it
 
Smacking you in the face with an electric rhythm of powerful sleaze – one superb track! Pumped, stoked and full of electric vibes. The most unusual track for this compilation as not an all out electronic track more of a rock track with hints of electronic - but still a superb track and warrants replays by the score!
 
 
14 I:SCINTILLA - Swimmers can drown
 
Feel that rhythm undulating and frenzied – if this don’t get the body moving nothing will! However the female vocal kind of lets it down a bit and makes it mediocre – the music is something else though and quite spectacular. But it is probably a track that on further plays will grow on you.
 
 
15 STAR INDUSTRY – Heart Man Angel (single edit)
 
Typical electronica played at its best – good rhythm and beats come together and leave you refreshed in a swathe of sensational vocal. Hypnotic dark track that’s very catchy too – best played loud for maximum effect!
 
 
16 RAZORFADE - Clear Shining (radio edit)
 
Chewing on the imagination with its clean vocal meandering into a caressing mode of impressive persistence that gravitates to the aural – plenty pleasing.
 
 
17 TECHNOIR - Shapes (rough mix)
 
Rough and ready - superb keyboard and monstrous beats jangle with an even tempo that never lets up through-out the track, trancy, spacy and futuristic!
 
 
18 IMPLANT feat. LEATHER STRIP - Lord knows I tried
 
Good use of samples to some incidental experimental sounds and a harsh slow growling vocal.
 
 
19 PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE - PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE -Electronic bodies (long edit)
 
With shrill electronic noises hardly plastic! This is more like shards of glass that rip through the flesh with an added interesting beat and funky rhythm that prowls with a sneaky compelling conclusion that possesses highly addictive grooves!
 
 
20 POUPPEE FABRIKK - POUPPEE FABRIKK Symptoms (disease mix)
 
Rich in exhausting with sumptuous rhythms that encapsulates and throws you into a myriad of mesmerising listening. Good strong vocal and towering presence that ravishes the senses.
 
21 ARMAGEDDON DILDOS - ARMAGEDDON DILDOS High
 
Hues of scintillating rhythms and insatiable vocal done in a clinical monotone style. Thickly persuasive with magical mind bending excellence.
 
22 DIFFUZION - DIFFUZION - DBD (while u can)
 
Imposing and dark with plenty of edge.  A whispering female vocal adds intrigue within an ambient encounter of emotion. Quite a distinct track that temps you with its imagery of dark and haunting imagination and catchy rhythms.
 
 
23 KANT KINO - KANT KINO - Owner of this house lives here (club mix)
 
A malevolent and savage attack on the senses with plenty of inspiring moments. Quite a mind altering encounter with severe electronic voice and voluptuous towering rhythms encapsulated in richly tempting beats.
 
 
24 FREAKANGEL - My darling bullet
 
I just love Freak Angel because they truly capture the moment with their harsh excruciating vocal helped along with a female vocal that brings the track to a stupendous climax – surrounded by thunderous beats and mesmerising rhythmic sway that is drenched in an inferno of ample magnitude - this is going to get played a lot and as you have guessed my ultimate favourite on the album.
 
 
25 SCHWARZBLUT - Schlusspoetiek
Undulating rhythm packed with powerful emotion intense with a spiteful hate that reaches into the mind and will possess the body. That German vocal wraps itself around the aural and squeezes tightly and unmercifully helped along with a sharp female vocal also sung in German. Another highly invigorating track.
 
26 KRYSTAL SYSTEM - KRYSTAL SYSTEM - Nuclear winter (North Star side)
 
Plenty of sumptuous rhythm that provides an emotive wave of bludgeoning beats all ripe for a good workout and will suck you unmercifully into its deep ravenous grooves condemning you to an assault on the senses and leave them tingling!
 
 
27 UNTER NULL - Godless (DEDMAN Mix)
 
A haunting melodic keyboard helped along with a female vocal sounding devoid of human interaction. Innovative, inspiring and very inventive. Particularly the harsh and bruising vocal that accompanies it. Good track!
 
 
28 ACYLUM - Your pain v2.0
 
More scintillating keys ambush the senses. A slow and haunting track that literally explodes into a harsh frenzy of devouring cataclysmic rhythms. Foreboding and dark with plenty of ambiance. Another broodingly good track with plenty going on to feast your ears on.
 
 
29 AMGOD - Hospitalism [Jactatio Corporis]
 
Incidental experimental noises play with your mind and batter the senses with a strenuous onslaught of savagery. An incendiary of primal grooves will leave you needing hospitalisation! The full sound will encompass and enslave you to into its fierce embrace.
 
 
30 MENTALLO & THE FIXER - Legion of Leper (re-edit)
 
A funky beat of rapturous emotive vehemence is before you and there’s no escape from its magical prowess as it charges straight for the jugular, brewing up a storm within a storm of powerful intent to leave you battered and berated by its cruel melodic touches. Superb!
 
 
31 NEIKKA RPM - Warped (version 2)
 
Ravaged by a sweet melodic keyboard and then washed away by a tidal wave of gruelling deep and harsh rhythmic frenzy is the only way I can explain this track. Harsh mesmeric qualities will rip into the aural and feast on your brain cells! Tumultuous and engaging – you will break out into such a hot sweat you will spontaneously combust!
 
 
32 KOMOR KOMMANDO - The factory incident (IVARDENSPHERE mix)
The beginning of this track sounds like a monk in a monastery surrounded by a tribal beat and haunting keyboards, incidental noises turning into a deep thunderous beat further on in the track.
 
 
 
33 HELALYN FLOWERS - E-Race Generation (STUDIO-X mix)
I really do adore Helalyn Flowers – all their tracks are exciting and pulsing with energy and hypnotic intent. Superb quirky vocals sung to a very up tempo rhythm and fiery beats that command the body to move.
 
 
34 ALIEN VAMPIRES - Won't see ya even in hell
 
Stunted beats and very little else - that is until slightly further on in the track when all ‘hell’ breaks loose and it swipes you with a sinewy outstretched hand and whacks you over the head, awakening the senses with vigour and savagery, however the beats go on a bit too long to make this 100% enjoyable.
 
 
To sum up:
 
Apart from three tracks that are not as inspiring as most of the tracks contained on the album this really is an immense compilation. Possessing trance flavours, large superior dance beats, clever lyrics, addictive qualities and more sombre beautiful soundscape moments – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
 
 
I have already repeated a lot of the tracks with eager anticipation and couldn’t reach for the replay button fast enough! Especially for Freak Angel and Aryia, Neikka RPM and Helalyn Flowers that are all highly engaging, ravenous and dark.  It is without a doubt a killer album and it is coming straight for you! Download for free if you are brave enough!
 

10/10

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