Psy'Aviah - Futurepast
Electro, Industrial I was also scheduled to do the review of the Pouppee Fabrikk album, but when i found out that that particular release had audio watermarks i refused to review it. Seriously Alfa-Matrix, don't use watermarks in your promos. Fortunately Psy'aviah gave me their new EP directly, so I can now enjoy this release without hearing some voice go "ALFA-MATRIX PROMO FILE! ALFA-MATRIX PROMO FILE!" over it. Apparently the bands on their roster understand it better than the label itself.

First off, this is a very good EP. The mark is not that high, but that's because the EP is accompanied by nine remixes which range from "okay" to "pretty uninteresting" to me. It's nice to see that Psy'aviah actually has some people from the dance scene do remixes, hearing from the more bassline/complextro remixes Atrox Bass and Rootkit are delivering. Those are the most interesting. But i do delve in those genres as well, and i wouldn't play these remixes in a complextro set. But, they are okay to me.

The cream is in the original tracks. The music reminds me a lot of Seabound with a female vocalist. The five original tracks are mostly slow with "Look Beyond" as a more futurepop exception. That one would hold up pretty good in a DJ set. The other 4 tracks are slow synthpop songs like the slower Seabound tracks, or more like De/Visions material around 2000. The production is very crisp, nice sounds are used and the singing is very good. "Letting go" would be my favorite of this album with a catchy bassline and good poppy buildup. Excellent work!

I would have given this release a much higher mark (around 8,5 or so) but the EBM/Industrial sickness of "Hey! Lets have a shitload of remixes as well!" spoils it pretty good, even though the choice of remixers is much better then most of these bands would have. I still think that you should only include a remix if you feel its better than or at least on par with the original track. In short: Good EP, ignore the remixes. Easy when you buy music online.
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Brutal Resonance

Psy'Aviah - Futurepast

7.0
"Good"
8.6
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2013 by Alfa-Matrix
I was also scheduled to do the review of the Pouppee Fabrikk album, but when i found out that that particular release had audio watermarks i refused to review it. Seriously Alfa-Matrix, don't use watermarks in your promos. Fortunately Psy'aviah gave me their new EP directly, so I can now enjoy this release without hearing some voice go "ALFA-MATRIX PROMO FILE! ALFA-MATRIX PROMO FILE!" over it. Apparently the bands on their roster understand it better than the label itself.

First off, this is a very good EP. The mark is not that high, but that's because the EP is accompanied by nine remixes which range from "okay" to "pretty uninteresting" to me. It's nice to see that Psy'aviah actually has some people from the dance scene do remixes, hearing from the more bassline/complextro remixes Atrox Bass and Rootkit are delivering. Those are the most interesting. But i do delve in those genres as well, and i wouldn't play these remixes in a complextro set. But, they are okay to me.

The cream is in the original tracks. The music reminds me a lot of Seabound with a female vocalist. The five original tracks are mostly slow with "Look Beyond" as a more futurepop exception. That one would hold up pretty good in a DJ set. The other 4 tracks are slow synthpop songs like the slower Seabound tracks, or more like De/Visions material around 2000. The production is very crisp, nice sounds are used and the singing is very good. "Letting go" would be my favorite of this album with a catchy bassline and good poppy buildup. Excellent work!

I would have given this release a much higher mark (around 8,5 or so) but the EBM/Industrial sickness of "Hey! Lets have a shitload of remixes as well!" spoils it pretty good, even though the choice of remixers is much better then most of these bands would have. I still think that you should only include a remix if you feel its better than or at least on par with the original track. In short: Good EP, ignore the remixes. Easy when you buy music online. Jul 01 2013

Pieter Winkelaar

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