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    Son Kite - Colours - Digital structures - DIGCD015

    One for the progressive freaks, you know who you are !

    Now, I'm not a reviewer as such but let me take 5 seconds out to tell you all that this is a wicked album !!! Lovely, well produced, beautifully structured / layered stompy funkin' music for those oh so long summer mornings ...... :sun:

    Its really good ...... honest .......

    .... and so is the remixes single !!!!!!!!


    BUY IT !!!

    :smoke:
     
  2. Ozric

    Ozric Hoofaloof

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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (jamez_23 @ Apr 19 2004, 12:11 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Son Kite - Colours - Digital structures - DIGCD015

    One for the progressive freaks, you know who you are !

    Now, I'm not a reviewer as such but let me take 5 seconds out to tell you all that this is a wicked album !!! Lovely, well produced, beautifully structured / layered stompy funkin' music for those oh so long summer mornings ...... :sun:

    Its really good ...... honest .......

    .... and so is the remixes single !!!!!!!!


    BUY IT !!!

    :smoke: [/quote:eb830fa265]
    I'll obediently follow...wishing list gets larger by the day! :Smile3:
     
  3. Drat Mafia

    Drat Mafia Total Member

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    hmm, not really my cup of chai this, bit too 'fluffy' for my liking :wacko:

    maybe i need to hear this in the fields eh, sure it will fit in just fine. Amazingly produced album, i like it, i just don't feel the urge to play it...
     
  4. Red five

    Red five jah mangled spanner

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    that would be telling
    it's all about the "star within us" track for me, and the one that has the muffled vocal loop...

    listening to it on the train to niki's tonite, and as my reefer kicked in and the sun beamed across the fields, i just went "ahhhhhh, thats better"

    tis WICKED!
     
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    Monkey Do #1 Internet Toughguy

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    I'm touching myself as I write this post.
    I'm really in 2 minds about whether I should buy this or not. Someone convince me one way or the other please? Son Kite have done some wikkid remixes but at the moment I'm struggling to think of a single memorable Son Kite tune?!? But maybe I've just not been listening?

    Heeeelp
     
  6. opia

    opia locus solus

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    is this out on vinyl? could've sworn i saw it on chaosunlimited the other day but now it ain't there :unsure:
     
  7. DeathPosture

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    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Son Kite - Colours</span>

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    Format: CD
    Artist: Son Kite
    Title: Colours
    Label: Digital Structures, Sweden
    Cat. #:Grin:IGCD015
    Year: 2004

    Track listing:

    01. 09’37†Other Side
    02. 08’58†Focus
    03. 09’36†On Air
    04. 08’03†Game & Watch
    05. 07’38†Let Us Be
    06. 07’43†The Stars Within Us
    07. 09’48†Jukebox
    08. 09’06†Made To Move
    09. 08’05†Colours

    Review:

    Step two of a four-stage rocket!

    Finally it’s out… The album we’ve all been waiting for. The release of the “On Air Remixes†EP last month gave us a mouth-watering foretaste of what was coming… A full album from the talented wizards behind Sweden’s biggest trance-export: Marcus Henriksson & Sebastian Muellart a.k.a. Son Kite. They’ve moved into release-concept territory with their ambitious “Colours†project, consisting of one album, two singles and a live-DVD... Very impressive! So, let’s see what the hype was all about…

    Let me take you thru the tracks…

    #01: Let’s start… Pay close attention to that Son Kite whistle – it’s the first and last thing you’ll hear on this album… The whole album is one big loop! ;o) The intro is long and lukewarm… Slowly it progresses, FX are added… Water, wind, violin, percussion, calm voice samples… and then bam! The smooth, groovy, crispy Son Kite baseline… Fast kicks and hi-hats are added creating chunky grooves leading to pure bliss… Amazing track!

    #02: The album is mixed, so we slip almost unnoticed into track two… The progressive groove continues here – the intro is sweet as candy… And then, an almost exploding bass grabs you… The bass is just so deep and brutal, but at the same time sweet and almost sexy! @ 6’00 the pace quickens and all hell brakes loose – A dark, mean, wall of bass-groove rips the track in half and slowly builds it up again… Holy phuck, this is good… Overwhelming track!

    #03: Pheeew, time to chill for a short while with the intro from last year’s summer-bash “On Airâ€. Allow me to copy/paste from my previous EP review: A very cool, floating, dream-like intro sets the mood… Someone hits a piano-key about 5-6 times, low voice-muttering samples in the back-ground, someone talking about radio – basically we’re just chilling out, having a good time… And then, at 2:22 the infamous Swedish progressive baseline cuts thru the silence like a scythe… This is the true essence of trance; razor-sharp percussion, beautiful synths, wonderful melody… And a build-up @ 5:15 that’ll annoy the hell out of you the first time you hear it, but after a few listens you’ll give in to the sheer genius that is On Air! So get your damn hands up in the air – this is a magic track!

    #04: “Let’s go back upstairs†… We mix smoothly into Game & Watch… But something’s changed here; it appears the kicks are harder and the bass is less polished… What gives? For a second you want to sound the cheddar-alarm, but no worries… Although this is the most full on sounding track on the album, it’s a sweet track that in no way compromises the groove… Hypnotic morning trance ala Son Kite! Nice track!

    #05: Ahh let’s take a trip back in time… Somewhat distorted melodies accompanied by a melancholy feel… Plus we get lyrics & vocals by C. Brink and M. Kratz… It’s not Michele Adamson standard, but very nice nevertheless… Also good use of stereo here… Nice track!

    #06: Go fly a kite – into the world of electro crash! Is progressive electro psy even invented? Well, it is now… We get the best of both worlds here… Old school kitschy computer sounds and classic robot voice box – combined with massive progressive rhythm patterns… Look forward to the sweet, sweet build-up part – can’t wait to hear that at a party… Electro acid flash! Lovely track!

    #07: Put another dime in the jukebox baby… Ambient intro … Just relax and float downstream… A subtle drum pattern is introduced… More delicate effects are added… The beat is slightly cut… The old Chicago warehouse techno atmosphere is present… And then: “Rhythm… rhythm… rhythm…!†A repetitive, simple voice reminds us that this is rhythm… Thanks! This is a very minimal track – and even a tad too minimal for my taste. It is funky however, especially for the last 3 minutes… Ok track!

    #08: After a long fade we progress into “Made to Moveâ€â€¦ And this is a bouncy piece for sure… Focus has shifted back to percussion now, and we are treated to some cool steel oil drum beats… And yes the rumours were true; there is a definite Trommelmaschine influence here… And it sounds great! It’s a very danceable, tribal, progressive tune… Nice track!

    #09: The last track starts and ends exactly like the first track… The infamous whistle or whatever it is… What a nifty feature! This is a slightly slower track, but still so unbelievably groovy… All kinds of psychedelic bleeps and blops, birds whistling, water dripping… Beautiful melodies mixed with a distinctive wiggle-your-toe Son Kite beat… Sweet track!

    Woow, what a trip! This album is truly an experience… Epic trance at its best! A true journey showcasing the immense talent of the Son Kite guys… As I’ve said before they continue to distance themselves from the vast majority of traNce labels – both production-wise and concept-wise! As always with Digital Structures the visual art is striking – great, tasteful cover art…However, I dislike the cardboard wrapper around the jewel case – what’s the point with those?

    Style wise this album embrace several electronic genres… It ranges from old school techno and house to cutting edge modern electronica… I like most of it, though there are tracks which doesn’t really scratch my itch… It is however miles ahead of the bulk of electronic releases nowadays…I’d even go as far as calling this a milestone album – instant classic! Get this or be left out!

    9/10

    Favourites: 1(!), 2(!!), 3(!!), 6, 9

    DeathPosture
    :sun:

    External links:
    Son Kite: www.sonkite.com
    Digital Structures: www.mpdqx.com/digitalstructures (Audio samples available!)
    Psyshop: www.psyshop.com
    Saiko Sounds: www.saikosounds.com
    Chaos Unlimited: www.chaosunlimited.co.uk
    Trance-shop: www.trance-shop.com

    For info on the vinyl release check out the Digital Structures site…

    <span style='color:purple'>Oh, and finally... Guess which Psy-trance.co.uk regular has his name mentioned in the covernotes no less than twice!? ;o) </span>
     
  8. Drat Mafia

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    nice review :Wink3:
     
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    this is a lovely album, with good concept and perfect execution.. favourite track at the moment is number 2, but i haven't really absorbed the album totally yet..

    @ drat you might prefer the kooler album out soon on kamaflage, also by seb and also excellent!
     
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    I'm sorry but I'm very disappointed with this offering, it's just not got enough going on in it. The structure is very minimal in places and though there are a few reasonable tunes on it, this album is over-rated IMO with some tracks that just meander. Perhaps it's success has been helped with the concept packaging and marketing campaign generated hype but if I were you I'd give this minimal tech-trance crossover a miss.
     
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    hrm, i'm fairly certain i left some comments on this cd a whle ago. seems they disappiered mysteriously :ph34r: anyway, don't like it much. i was expecting something entirely different from son kite. the entire cd sounds way too much like house. imo, the only trance on this cd is in "made to move".
     
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    The first track sounds like a remix of Donna Summers' "I feel love"!
     
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    I liked this album. The fact that its not very trancey plays no part my deicision making process in assertaining whether I like it or not.

    It didnt blow my mind, but I liked a majority of what I heard.

    Highlights for me were tracks 2, and 8.

    A good solid album. :Smile3:
     
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    I kinda agree with mirageman. I was a bit disappointed by it. It was "bigged up" something chronic to me so i went and bought it on recommendation but I found the whole album a little "flat" and lacking in imagination ... Its not bad, by any means, but it really didn't live up to the hype.

    You want progressive? Get the FREq album! :sun:
     
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    Hehehe - Ticon's 'Breakz My Heart' also bears more than a passing resemblance to 'Unfinished Sympathy' by Massive Attack...

    Doesn't stop it from being a lovely tune though. :Smile3:

    J.
     
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    hmm, i changed my mind, some of the tracks are amazingly beautiful and full of depth and emotion, Game and Watch is an incredible track, i think this album needs to be experienced on a very hot sunny day in the afternoon with a hazy head. come back after the summers festivals and see if your opinions change. my opinion changed after listening it in the back of the car after a party in the sunshine. "Blissed out" :Wink3:
     
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    Go to Chaos Unlimited and have a listen
     
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    Its bloody well good, dunno what you guys can hear?? :party2: gets repeated alot in my player! love the intros and that second from last tune is just killer!!
    good job IMO
     
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    This CD grows on you something rotten..........
    Frequently played, consistently gorgeous, persistence pays off - it gets under your skin. Definitely home chillout more than dance your tits off. Thanks for this thread - it made me intrigued enough to buy it! :sun:
     
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