Genre/Influences: Electro-ambient, IDM, experimental.
Background/Info: Peter Rybar commonly known as ‘Ryby’ not only is involved into great electronic bands like Disharmony and Oxyd, but he also runs Aliens Productions. The label based in the Czech Republic has often familiarized us with the most intelligent and sophisticated forms of electronic music. It has often been a pleasure to discover new and talented bands dealing with genres like IDM, down-tempo electronics, experimental electronics and related genres. This new sampler reveals 16 bands dealing with progressive electronic music. The first 50 copies feature an extra CDR with 4 bonus songs, which are also available in the digital format.
Content: “Hypotaxia” mainly features bands from the label roster, but the common element between all selected bands for sure appears to be their fine and intelligent taste for progressive electronic compositions. It always sounds a bit in the experimental fields, but rapidly moves into more accessible formats like IDM, ambient-electro and intelligent exposures of EBM.
The sampler is characterized by genius artists in search of unique sound treatments. That brings a few tracks on the edge of experimentalism and glitch, but it all remains accessible and just fascinating. From dreamy ambient passages towards icy sequences to broken rhythms and a few bands dealing with vocals on top “Hypotaxia” stands for electronic modernism.
+ + + : There’s a nice twist between different sources of inspiration, but first of all an impressive number of great songs. Label bands Polygon and Seneptika will definitely go for the award of ‘best band’, but I also have to mention the bombast and refinement of Disharmony and the subtle approach of ISH. One of the most promising bands and for me a real discovery is Zetatech while I’ll also keep an eye on 3,14.
– – – : You definitely have to be into this kind of music and get familiar with the label, but on the other side it also is an opportunity to discover a great label and some genius bands. Aliens Productions is a label deserving much more recognition!
Conclusion: I can’t remember to have been ever disappointed by an Aliens Productions release. “Hypotaxia” only confirms the fine taste of this label!
Best bands: Polygon, Seneptika, Disharmony, ISH, LPF12, Conjecture, Zetatech.