Etnica ‎– Etnica Volume 1

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MP3.com ‎– 140105
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CDr, Enhanced
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Tracklist

1 Ashtronauts 9:46
2 BMV - Rotating Fields 11:05
3 Casa Blanca 6:39
4 Ninety Nine 9:37
5 Petalec Vibes 10:26
6 True Protoss Warrior 8:32

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MP3.com release. Source was 128kb/sec mp3s. Was sold at 15 dollars on the website

Notable that the track BMV - Rotating Fields has a skip, defect present both in the enclosed mp3s and in the audio track.

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maroko

maroko

May 25, 2008

If any importance whatsoever was to be attributed to Etnica Volume 1, it would just have to be related to this particular release's scarsity. Frankly, these tracks do not impress much, let alone reach the sky high standards set by their work from the mid nineties. I always liked Ashtronauts though- it's funky, acidic, has a super cool bassline, and that melody kicking in at after 05:47 is sooooooo uplifting! The overly hyped Rotating Fields sounds like a left over track from Equator wondering on and on for well over seven minutes, and when you've finally come to the climax, you're confronted with a pretty mediocre, if not cheesy melody. Nothing special, and the same goes for True Protoss Warrior and Casa Blanca, which are also to be found on V/A "South Africa 2000", released on Etnica's own Etnica.Net label, so I won't speak much of them. True Protoss Warrior was a minor hit back then, due to its sample drawn from the uber popular computer game Starcraft. Ninety Nine is instantly forgettable, there are many more better unreleased Etnica tracks that could have taken its place, but are shamefully nowhere to be found. Lastly, Petalec Vibes, is not that bad, but not amazing either. I'd dare call it boring if it wasn't for that amazing melodic explosion starting at the five minute mark! I mean, damn that is hard! The same climax reoccurs around ninety seconds prior to the track's end, but it really doesn't take me by surprise as it did the first time around. Overall, a very good tune.
To sum it all up, you have two pretty great tracks, two average track available elsewhere, and two, to my humble ear sight, dull tunes. So, is this worth your while? I'd say it is, but only if the word Etnica makes your blood cook up. Do not be fooled, and do not spend a load of your precious time trying to track this one down. It's a fine addition to your Etnica collection, but miles away from being essential.