MP3 REVIEWS (October) — New Albums and EPs From Sinego, Mersiv, Ternion Sound and More
As the digital age continues to flourish, an estimated 60,000 new tracks are released daily. Yet, it’s the extended projects that truly let artists showcase their talent and versatility. Welcome to MP3 REVIEWS, our monthly rundown of notable EPs and Albums that captured our attention. Let’s dive into this month’s lineup:
Sinego — Alterego
Alterego is a cross-country expedition across South- and Central America, both physically and sonically. It’s an album that’s not just inspired by Latin American culture but hand-crafted by the regional instruments, natural sounds, and direct experiences Sinego acquired throughout his multi-cultural voyage that included Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, and more.
Alterego is dynamic, acoustic house music with a Latin flair that’s authentic in it’s purpose and construction. Most of the instruments you hear across Alterego‘s 12 tracks were sampled in real time, captured in their natural environment.
Additionally, the collaborators scattered throughout Alterego are natives to the 13 countries Sinego crossed on his journey. This album is part one of a two-part concept that’s defined by distinct energies: The freshly released Alterego represents “El Día,” (The Day) while the next installment will feature tracks that explore “La Noche” (The Night).
This is what modern Latin dance music sounds like. It’s not necessarily traditional, but it is absolutely authentic.
— Logan Sasser
Mersiv – Out of Bounds
Out of Bounds is, essentially, the sound of transcendent bass stardom from one of the hottest, heaviest experimental dubstep producers in game: Mersiv. And he came to throw down.
From beginning to end, Out of Bounds is an explosive exploration of Mersiv’s definitive sound and style, which has evolved into a much more colossal demonstration of intense bass. This new tape is a far cry away from his first project, Pretty Dark Loud, which, in comparison, was much more concerned with discovery.
If Mersiv was still finding his sound on Pretty Dark Loud, he’s certainly found it on Out of Bounds. Clocking in at 44 minutes, Out of Bounds is also much more direct than its predecessor in every way. Mersiv isn’t asking any questions here — he’s answering them. Welcome to class, please take your seat.
— Logan Sasser
Ternion Sound – Digital Artifice
Ternion Sound is back in action with a hefty 26-track debut album, Digital Artifice. Released via Noisia’s Vision record label, the trio continues to show aptitude for their dynamic and forward thinking range of sound. Ternion stressed on Vision Radio that the intended way to listen is through the mixed version. Each track seamlessly blends into the next, and builds upon one another, ultimately creating the ideal listening experience.
Digital Artifice also utilizes several vocalists including MC Crazy D, Emz, PAV4N, Sonnyjimm, Logan_olm and Khallil. If grime, drum and bass, and intimate low-end sound design is your thing, do yourself a favor and dedicate an hour to listen to this one from start to finish, uninterrupted.
— Kahla Keegan
Dirt Monkey – MYCELIUM SOUND
Expect the unexpected in Dirt Monkey’s latest album, MYCELIUM SOUND. The album was released in October in two parts that total 22 songs. The tracks showcase his wide range of sound from experimental bass, dubstep, drum and bass, and even house music.
Several songs have original beats while others sample instantly recognizable classics. For example, “BUTTER KNIFE” on MYCELIUM SOUND PT. 1 samples the iconic beat from “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers. Listen through MYCELIUM SOUND PT. 1 and MYCELIUM SOUND PT. 2 for more hidden gems scattered throughout the massive tracklist.
— Julia Kauffman
Parcels — Live Vol. 2
Need a pep in your step to get your through the mundanes of the work week? Spanning 12 tracks, Parcels’ Live Vol. 2 sees the Australian band live at their secret gig in Paris last year. The album follows the band’s previous live album, Live Vol. 1, where they explore a new, club-inspired direction and sound.
From the start, “Shadow” sparkles with harmonizing, ethereal vocals before diving into house-driven dancefloor grooves. Then there’s “Iknowhowyoufeel,” a more stripped-back old-school disco track with bouncing vocal hooks. It places you in the transcendent club scene, losing yourself to trance-inducing sounds, bringing the dancefloor with you wherever you may find yourself.
— Mikala Lugen