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Segment Aura - Libido [Sickcore - 2010]

“Libido” is the first release from new and highly promising Russian Federation based HNW project Segment Aura. The album offers up three relatively short, but highly consistent slices of ‘wall-making’- making this certainly one of the best  début HNWreleases I’ve come across this year.

The Cdr comes in a pro-printed thin card slightly oversized folder, and features plan but effective black on white printing with the cover featuring this great picture of what looks like a series of drawings of arms that have been fragment/ visual judder. Opening up the album we have  the just over ten minutes of “Act 1” which starts out with a brief burst of radio fuzz like grain and a ring tone, then  it drops into this great heavy duty wall of locked judder bound noise making. The ‘wall's’ a mixture of this juddering and idling van or road drill tone, and this skipping shovel inside a moving cerement like mixer scape ‘n’ jitter.  The tracks a perfect mixture of broodiness, crude locked industrial edginess and trance inducing ‘wall making’


Up second we have another ten minute track in the form of  “Act 2” and this track is all about crude and caustic bound jittering static patterns that seemily get more crusty, nasty and enclosing as the track goes on. The jitters seem to grow new jitters ,and the whole track just seems surrounds and engulfs in a truly wonderfully busy, brutal yet ultimately very pleasing way.  Lastly we have the baby of the bunch in the form of “Act 3” which comes in at just over the seven minute mark. Compared with the first two tracks this track is built around less crude and nasty sounding tones , and it finds Segment Aura offering up a rolling mid-tone drone that’s run over by smaller skipping yet controlled static tones. To my mind this is the slightly weaker track of the three tracks here as it doesn’t really jump out and attack you in the same way as the other two tracks do.  But that’s not saying the track isn’t still very worthwhile or appealing- it is, it’s just it’s not quite in same league as the other tracks & rather takes things a little safely.


So “Libido” is extremely focused and conceived first release from this Russian Federation HNW act that seemingly appeared from nowhere. With out doubt one of this years HNW highlights!...to find out more, buy direct and hear samples drop into the projects MySpace here

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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