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Fe IX/X 171 A

by Rusuden

Tracks transmit lush ambience, while others go mad with manic techno repetition. Add a touch of acid techno flavor and let your mind go.
Genre: Electronic: Detroit Techno
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1. Snogon
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2. Zanika
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3. Kupukupu
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4. Yametarans
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5. Yadokirin
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6. Takkong
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7. Stegon
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8. Varricane
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9. Gudon
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10. Dangar
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11. Plooma
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Rusuden is the solo electronic music project from Justin Morgan. The new album, titled Fe IX/X 171 A, is available on vinyl from www.sohosix.com and as digital downloads from many online stores such as iTunes, EMusic, etc. The name references the international SOHO program's extreme ultraviolet light wavelength measurement of the Sun at 171 Angstroms. As seen in their solar images, that measurement has a rough analogy of the wavelengths in the visible spectrum of the color blue. As such, the vinyl version of this new Rusuden record comes on blue vinyl only. The digital download version contains 5 extra tracks.

What about the music? Yes, the tracks on this record at times contain lush ambience, while others go mad with manic techno repetition. Add a touch of acid techno flavor and let your mind go.


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Norman Records

Quality electronics. Recommended.
'Fe IX/X 171 A' launches this mighty ep with some retro acid that reminds me of Kosmik Kommando's 'Frequenseize'. The 303 tweaking continues with some mid-tempo jackin' percussion. This is one of those great EP's that has lots of different ideas that come together to create something that although is not groundbreaking feels fresh and has soul. Quality electronics. Recommended.

Cracked

Let’s call it retro-future and paint its chic after the sci-fi-movies from the E
After last year’s "warm human antennae" Justin Morgan aka Rusuden has saved all up from the rainy days for a blistering 12" of seven beat-driven tracks. Still there is the mixture of warm organic sounds with futuristic elements, mostly inside of weirdly warbling keyboards, multilayered technoid synthie-soundtracks, but these tracks are all mixed more towards the percussive elements than before. The beats stand out from the mix – because vinyl twelve inch is directed at the clubs and dancefloors? And he keeps the bpms steady on top as well. No, not really. The music is too playful and too idiosyncratic for pure pleasure dancing, yet probably too straightforward for the progressive clubs. But that seems to be the way it goes with Rusuden all the time. All over the place the music sits comfortably between the populated havens of electronic music. Too simplistic for the refined glitches collective yet too refined for the fans of japanese videogame soundtracks, too bouncy for the minimalists from Cologne yet to straightforward for the IDM-destructivists from England. Yes, but who cares?


Some tracks, like "Yametarans" the last track on side A, peruse an almost straight forward 2/2-beat, while others, like the opening "Snogon" wobble in a bouncing but straight disco beat. The kind of disco that people in the Eighties imagined would sound like in 2020. Yes, maybe we should open up a completely new genre for this kind of sci-fi-induced music; for people who like Anime-robots and find their popcultural niche between comics from the other side of the planet and disco music from the other other side of the planet. Let’s call it retro-future and paint its chic after the sci-fi-movies from the Eighties. But insist and work on it to be progressive (in the best sound of the word), directed into the future and for the good of all mankind. Why settle for less? Using shining blue vinyl for the records is a start in the right direction.


Rusuden hides a lot of its best ideas deep inside the mix so – in opposition to what electronic music with the focus on beats ususually wants its listeners to do – this here wants the listener to listen. (A lot of electronic music is made to measure for ambience or auditively shaping your living space into either a brazilian lounge bar or a postmodern space capsule – what a waste of time.) Every other 5-second intervall something is happening in these tracks, and usually in the background somewhere. So for unconcentrated listeners "Fe IX/X 171 A" might come off as a collection of fast, wobbly beats, but those miss out on the most stuff. There are noises, spheres, scratches and bites, breaks and bones, stories and myths to be found in the depth between the branches and brambles of these tracks. And all the while the overall structure of the songs shift ever so slightly.


You don’t have to like this kind of thing – degustibus non est disputandum – but it won’t do you any harm either, no matter how martially sci-fi it sounds. It is all done in good humour, just with a penchant for more and more modern myths transformed into techno-beats and sounds.