Sonic Cube - Filter (Tribal Vision 2006)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 7/04/2006 3:41PM
Last year, Tribal Vision Records from the Czech Republic managed to firmly place themselves as one of the leading labels in the world of progressive. With a myriad of hit releases in a broad range of styles, Slater and Schwa guided Tribal Vision into a very strong position for 2006.
Their first cd release of the year showcases the talents of Switzerlandâ€™s Sonic Cube with their album release â€œFilterâ€. Aussies might remember these guys when they played at Tribeadelic a few years back (they also played as Sonnenvakuum as well, which they also continue to do as well), so they have quite a fanbase down here id imagine. I heard some samples of these tracks a while back, and I must say my appetite was wet for quite a while for this one.
And as I expected, it didnâ€™t let me down. Sonic Cubeâ€™s production work has really pushed up a notch with this one- they have obviously been working hard in the studio in the past few years. Filter is clean, sensible progressive trance/house with a nice deep touch. Commanding basslines coupled with tasty melodic top-end is the basis of the SC sound- the sound is very much contemporary, with influences drawn from electro, techno and house while still retaining a distinctly psychedelic flavour.
Cd opens with â€œHideâ€- a deep house influenced number with a nice low BPM (125!). Subtle melodies over a nice deep and grindy bass- tribalish kinda percussion work. Some vocals put it much into club territory, although it could work outdoors no worries too. One of my favourite tracks of the cd, nice opener!
â€œLast Jediâ€ picks up the pace a little- much trancish feel. Big groovy phat bass, kinda reminds me a little of Insane Creation or V-Tunes. Slinky kinda feel that opens right out and gets really broad by the end. Definitely a lot of work has been put into the melodic structure of every track- its quite melodic but at the same time, intelligently done and not too over top. Solid stuffâ€¦
â€œCloudbusterâ€ keeps things at a nice driving pace- this one was released on vinyl earlier this year- in my opinion its still the best track on the disk. Driving dark percussion and a big epic synth feel. Tribal and hypnotic, with a nice bit of melodic work at the end. One of my favourite tracks for the past few months still keeps it delivering!
â€œAmnesiaâ€ lightens it up, with a bit more of a funky bassline and playful feel. Sweeping pads and groovy rhythms, lots of â€œsparkleâ€. Compared to the last track, this one is very â€œniceâ€- but its still got a wicked deep bass end that keeps the track tough.
â€œTestâ€ moves more into the electro territory- kinda 80s disco kinda feel, very much a club track in my opinion. Effected vocals and lots of retro sounding synths definitely carry it- not so much to my taste this one.
â€œDangerâ€ returns us firmly to deeper territory- nice tough bassline and sweeping synths give away to a nice developing melodic section. These guys really know there way around this style of production, everything seems to just slide seamlessly into each other. I like how this track progressives, its very journey like- nice work.
â€œMicrobesâ€ is a nice sexy number with an electro influence- but not too much. I can still dig it- dirty bassline with some sparse female vocal sections carried by a nice tribalish percussion section. I can see this one being a big one for club djs. â€œXcuteâ€ plants itself firmly in the realm of electro-house, reminds me a little of some stuff off the recent flowjob album. Nice and positive, lots of high melodies- doesnâ€™t have the deeper edge of some of the other numbers.
â€œAshtrayâ€ closes the album- an eclectic broken beat/chill-out track. Wicked twisted female vocals over sparse an erratic beats and glitches. Some really nice guitar at the end too. Wicked close to the disk- it hasnâ€™t left my cd player in days.
All in all, Sonic Cube deliver a sophisticated and intelligent album release. A broad range of styles feature, showing they can master man different genres- yet each track manages to be a nice blend of many of the contemporary progressive stylesâ€¦ I guess the name Sonic Cube is very fitting. I must admit it was one album that grew on me- it took me a while to listen to the subtlety before I could appreciate how good it was.
Well done Daniel and Ueli and Tribal Vision- Filter is a very mature album with great production work and a diverse range of styles. Good for home listening or a DJ, id recommend this album to people who are fans of intelligent progressive music.