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"Illusion" is a project that was born in a Serbian city of Pancevo located near the capitol of Serbia - Belgrade. The first idea of this project was to represent Pancevo's demo bands, DJs & Rap artists. In the meanwhile a few things have changed... "Illusion project" is now located in Bogotá (Colombia) operating as an independent record label of experimental electronic music genres. The founder of "illp" Aleksandar Narancic met up with Juan Manuel Medina and they gave the whole story another dimension upgrading it to a label that is about to release tunes for free following the methodology "L'art pour l'art".


Illusion reviewed


The first official mixtape of Colombia’s national talent released by a Colombian record label named “Fractal recs” is probably one of the most important things that happened to the dnb scene in this country recently. It is a very colorful mixture of very different styles and substyles that contains 47 minutes of pure homemade dnb and therefore it really deserves all the possible attention from the public just as much as the one from critics and media.

Let us begin with the first thing that you get to see as soon as you get hold of it – the art cover. It is a very interesting peace of art they got there. At first sight it reminded me somehow of the movie Hypercube or at least of my vision and imagination of the Hypercube itself and its ever changing, infinitive and auto destructive progression pattern. All credits go to Nautak for the beautiful design that came in very handy with the musical concept of the LP or at least of the mayor part of it. 5/5

Now on to the musical part.
The LP begins with a very intro-like tune. Well at least the intro of the track begins with a very mellow and smooth ambient sound that has been perfectly used for that precise purpose – to introduce the Fractal and its shreds. With a very warm digital ambient and a recognizable minimalist approach to the theme this track is one of those tracks that are always going to be remembered by the public in the future. This young producer Brain made a very powerful deep roller entitled Test Me that is my personal favorite from this mixtape. 5/5
As we change the track we go progressing to the next tune and we get to listen to a dancefloor killer named Launch Rig made by two producers D-Audio and Hardbass. The thing that let me almost breathless was a very massive drum line with a bone-crushing snare sound. D-Audio and Hardbass will have a bright future if they continue making electrostep dnb. Thumbs up! 4/5
Amen Insects is deep, tribal, profound, severe, massive, deep, deep, deep. One of the probably most experimental tunes on the release due to its tribal, deep dnb sound given to it by the producers Brain and Xue. I personally had the opportunity to listen to some older tunes made by Xue and all I can say is that his influence came out to the surface in this tune. 4/5
Noxiv – Broken Techno Musik, HOLY SHIT! This is probably the biggest surprise on Fractal’s LP1 sincerely because of its spontaneous entrance and a very interesting bassline. The track has a slight technoid touch to it if we are focusing us on the rhythm. Noxiv is a producer with very interesting structural and technical ideas and also very skilled in making sick but also very simple basslines. 5/5
The next track is the only pure neurofunk piece on the compilation that has a very firm neuro bassline featuring in it. The more you listen to it the better it becomes as you get to notice more and more details on the mentioned bass. The drums are the only thing not very convincible due to their saturated static sound. Apart from that, the producer Brainbeat in the tune Massive Dose did an excellent job on the structure, bass and offer as such. 3.5/5
Fomagata is a very interesting deep track and if we remember the mentioned influence from the artist Xue we will understand the reason of the style and sound generally speaking. A very stable tune but maybe lacks more frequencies if we look at it from a more technical point of view. 4/5
Going Down To Hell is the most massive tune on the mixtape. It is made by the father and mother of the Colombian crossbreed – Tetzuo. It’s not just ANY tune, no it’s the pure violence coming out from your home’s Hi-fi. Crossbreed at its finest and in its most aggressive form. It is easily noticeable that Tetzuo has the necessary skills to make a dancefloor destroyer with ease. 5/5
The last tune on the release is Err3xx’s tune entitled Explosive Transmission and it’s the only dubstep tune on the mixtape. Done very firmly, it has everything that a good dubstep tune needs to have. Even though I personally am not a big fan of dubstep I simply can’t say that the tune is bad, it IS a dancefloor banger that emits quality in every aspect of it. 4/5

Considering the technical side of the release I am pretty sure that it could have been made with mayor quality. By contacting Fractal recs they told me that the next releases are not going to be so rushed as this one, which is sincerely a reason for happiness.

My final note would be a strong 4.35/5 for Fractal LP1.

Album reviewed by Aleksandar Narancic (Inbassive, Fractal recs, Illusion Project, InBASSion, Submassive Introduces, Stepz, STEPSstudio, Citizen, Hide_motion, Overpass, Submassive, Whisper)

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