Asche - Distorted DJ
Ant Zen's Asche flawlessly
creates dark powernoise with what seems like a slight influence
of progressive trance (don't let those last two words scare you
off). Whispery atmospheric samples and harsh pumping beats create
a must have for power/rhythmic noise fans. As the name implies,
the songs on Distorted DJ are mixed to form a continuous
flow. What is really cool about this CD is how Asche lays
down new rhythms yet unifies the whole album together by incorporating
a recurring sample from in most of the songs. Distorted DJ
starts off with the humming of "Goldenday (version)",
but progresses as layers to build and build to creating catchy and
driving songs. Songs like "dist. dj pt 3" create
addicting rhythms over distorted beats which give you the uncontrollable
urge to bob your fucking head. Wait
yeah actually it's more
like a feeling of just getting your ass up and moving around (but
maybe that's just me). My personal favorite track is "dist
dj pt 5", which has a pounding beat, a throbbing bass line,
distorted vocals, and at one point a ringing machine sound.
The second disc of this album should catch the eye
of all my fellow rhythmic noise addicts for it features remixes
by well known power/rhythmic noise acts such as Converter, s.i.n.a.,
Synapscape, and P.A.L. All of the tracks are reworks from Asche's
previous album, Distorted Disco. The results are fairly good
some of the notable mixes being "Atomic i.c.e. rmx"
by Ms Gentur and s.i.n.a.'s "Kiss the Whip rmx".
I must warn you that Distorted DJ can
get pretty addicting. But if this does not concern you and you crave
some rhythmic noise, this is definitely one to look into.
- Kyle Duffield (December 2004)