Insane Creation - Connected (Domo Records)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 27/10/2005 12:38PM
Domo Records continue their strong showing in 2005 with the release of Insane Creationâ€™s new album â€œConnectedâ€. The Swiss act has been an integral part of the Domo roster for a long time, with his deep, percussive grooves and innovative production and musicality. Certainly an artist that has helped define the sound of the label, this release is without a doubt one of the best artist albums to be released this year.
The sound has definitely been updated- its pumpy, windy psy-prog with heaps of tribally percussions and atmospheres- those who are fans of the Aussie guys like Shadow FX, Sensient and Sun Control Species I dare say will get into thisâ€¦ Itâ€™s perhaps a little less minimal than those guys, but itâ€™s clear to see they come from the same school. The new Insane Creation sound is crispy and clear, with ultra-fat bass and tidy as fuck production skills- somehow the phrase â€œrepetitive randomnessâ€ seems to come to mind when I listen to this releaseâ€¦
Album opens with â€œDistorted Dreamsâ€- a tasty slower tribally number. Those people who liked the old sound of genetic spin will get into this one I think. A light kind of groove that will do for late in the daytime methinks. Next up is â€œRestlessnessâ€- and a sexy number it is. Deep as fuck bass, and lovely slinky leads and rhythms- for some reason I understand why this track is called what it is- brings images of a restless state to my mind.
Continuing the compilation is â€œFilestyleâ€- one of the more jumpity numbers on the album for sure. Positive and groovy, with voice samples- by this stage you should be getting a very good idea of the IC trademark sound. Itâ€™s not too similar- yet it carries a nice consistent groove throughout the album- you can definitely hear his sound, thatâ€™s for sure. â€œSweet Randomâ€ picks up the pace a little, a little darker and more brooding- some tekky kind of influences as wellâ€¦ Bit more morning sounding than the first couple of tracks I think, its getting a bit faster in BPMs tooâ€¦ Some trancish melodies at the end, but donâ€™t go too far- which I think is nice. Keeps the psy-vibe without getting all airy-fairy on us.
â€œSnuulâ€ is up next, and Iâ€™d say itâ€™s a tie for my favourite one on the album. A deeper more tribal groove, could fit it successfully into a proggy-house style set I think- but itâ€™s still got that trancy feel too- donâ€™t think this is a house tune by any means. Deep and sexy, I can see dance floors bumping and grinding to this one- one for the later hours for sure. MMmmmmmmmmmm deep. â€œCafaneâ€ vs new artist Cafu would be the one it is tied with- tidy as fuuuuck this tune is. Love the percussion in this one- stabby, intelligent and keeps you guessing all the way through. Can hear the sound of the new comer Cafu- really loved his stuff on Future Construx and his other unreleased tunes are very tidy as wellâ€¦ wow.
â€œFreakuencerâ€ picks the pace up a bit, with its thumping 138 bpm pushing it back into morning territory. Pumpy and upbeat- reminds me a little of the IC track on VA-Posse (itâ€™s been getting a thrashing by me that one, so this isnâ€™t a bad thing!!!). Groovy. Closing the compilation is â€œShoobidooâ€, probably the most jumpy track on the album. Solid and funky at the same time, love the melodies in this one. Keep you guessing the whole way. Great end to a fantastic cd- donâ€™t usually hear albums finish on the most powerful tracks, itâ€™s cool.
Overall, Insane Creation have delivered one of the best artist albums on 2005- Tidy production, neat, consistent sound (that doesnâ€™t get too samey at the same time) and heaps of nice original ideas and sounds. A real tribally affair, this will please fans of older and new trance alike, with influences from both the smoother more contemporary style of progressive and the minimal of old. Itâ€™s easy to see why so many people sight Insane Creation as a major influence- truly one of the most innovative progressive acts around today. Great release Insane Creation and Domo- the progressive scene certainly canâ€™t complain about lack of quality release right now.
Favourite tracks: 2,3,5,6
Review by Jesse Kuch