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Noisia @ Vienna (01/05/2010)

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Noisia @ Vienna (01/05/2010)

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Kavselj

On the 1st of May, our like-minded Austrian neighbours, known as Mainframe, hosted one of the biggest names in the world of drum and bass, Noisia. Event was set at Arena in Vienna,  the squatted slaughterhouse, which has been supporting cultural and social activities for over 30 years and now consists of 5 event areas, along with three arts/music halls, one out door stage and an open air cinema.

When we got there, the party was just getting started. The austrians once again proved to be quite open and friendly, the only disadvantage was their weak english which made it slightly difficult to communicate (as our german is not that perfect as well). Putting the language skills aside, the communication on the dancefloor was something else. Although the number of people crowded on the main floor was near the halls maximum, we found it really easy to mingle ourselves to the front. And in just a matter of seconds we were in the same groove, not minding our personal space getting smaller and smaller. We were very well warmed up when one of the three Noisia representatives, Thijs, came on stage. His opening had a hiphopish vibe, first tune was from a project they’ve been working on with UK hip hop group Foreign Beggars, named Contact. This intro made the crowd go mental and from this moment on we were stuck on the dancefloor.

The set was a mixture of all styles, from hiphop to drumnbass to breakbeat, supported by hardhitting beats and funky basslines, so we just had to move. One way or the other, since Thijs didnt approve of people sitting on the stage and he simply kicked them off. The energy was amazing, everybody was dancing, screaming, jumping, waving hands, including the main guest, who was clearly in a good mood, as well. The non-musical highlight of the night was definitely his stage diving scene, which made this evening truly special, since I have never seen anything like this before at a drumnbass event. As far as the musical highlights of the evening are concerned there are too many to list, so let me just say that Noisia is a MUST see for every break(bass)head.

The stage dive:

The intro tune:

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Noisia – Split The Atom

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Noisia – Split The Atom

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Kavselj

When you mention drum’n'bass to a random person you are almost bound to hear the word Noisia. The dutch trio that started out back in 2003 has been consistently bombarding the scene for the past 7 years and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. With more than 3 years in the making their album entitled Split The Atom is one of the most highly anticipated releases in 2010. It was released on 8th of April with Split The Atom single coming out in late May.

Consisting of 19 tracks and length of just under one hour it takes us on a journey through several different genres while maintaining their trademark sound. Starting off with Machine Gun which was also released as a single a few weeks prior to the album release, they let the listener know that this is only the beginning. Followed by My World, which was edited for the CD release and doesn’t feature vocals from Diana Ross like the original version did, it starts out slow with gentle vocals before unleashing all it’s hidden power upon us. Every few tracks the CD presents us with short teasers (Sh!tbox, Leakage, Headknot etc.) that last around a minute and serve as a showcase of Noisia’s experimental side in various other genres.

Track that bears the same name as the CD probably doesn’t need any extra description. It has been praised ever since it appeared in Fabric Live 40 that was mixed by Noisia and as soon as you hear it you know exactly what it’s all about. Other non-dnb highlights include Alpha Centauri and Red Heat (both released on Divison EP). Then there is one track that takes the “dancefloor smasher” title with ease. Foreign Beggars already collaborated with Noisia on track called Contact and from there on it could only get better. And it did. Shellshock achieves all that in less than 4 minutes. Two absolutely sick drops that will make even the hardest crowd go mental in a matter of miliseconds prove that they haven’t forgotten about all those fans who love Noisia for their dirty and hard hitting trademark sound.
Another highlight is their collaboration with Amon Tobin who is best known for his skill in sampling. Sunhammer is no doubt a masterpiece from a producers point of view, but even average listener can feel it’s power as it strikes with full force.

Overall it’s a very well produced album that offers a little something for everyone. While some might be disappointed by the lack of drum’n'bass tracks, the amount of 1-minute teasers and inclusion of two already released tracks (Diplodocus and Stigma), they really did their best by pushing the rest of the tracks to the limit so that makes up for it. We also have to keep in mind that albums in general are targeted towards wider audience and compromises need to be made. The expectation bar was set pretty high but Noisia once again proved that they deserve to on the top.

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