JBC Arkadii ‎– White Tiger's Empire

Hado Records ‎– HDRCD06
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©&℗ 2016 Hado Records LTD. Made in Russia.

Released in Digipak.

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  • Barcode (Text): 4 612748 800079
  • Barcode (String): 4612748800079
  • Matrix / Runout (Outer Ring): HDRCD06 Hado Records LTD
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Ring): ООО "Маркон" Лицензия МПТР России ВАФ №77-103



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April 22, 2016

Hado Records always sat on the borderline of the scene, being mostly known for re-releasing Zirrex' seminal "Lost In Time" in a 3CD package. Since then there was a so-so follow-up to that album, a chill-out and two trance compilations. One of the standouts there has always been tunes from JBC Arkadii: deep, fast, acidic, melodic and imaginative. I don't know much about the guy (Arkadii Tronets) other than his roots apparently are in Nitzhonot scene with his 1st album out on Sita Records in 2013. To my relief - I hate Nitzhonot, sorry... - there's very little trace of that style in his new album "White Tiger's Empire" released in March '16: a high-pitched kick or bassline here & there or the "triumphant" / happy melody, but otherwise it is very solid to say the least. Most of the tracks follow a similar formula: a far-eastern melody in 1st half, followed by crazy / acidic noodlings in 2nd half. The best tracks include "Heartbeat of The Universe" which is eerily beautiful and contains some marvelous melodic work, lush synths and emotional twists, reminiscent of genius Delirious Noon "Launch For Lanctus" and the Goasia-like "Gravitation" and "Purple Galaxies" with face-melting acid-dripping segments. But all of them are good to great, so it's an enjoyable listed throughout, even if some parts or buildups are too stretched for my taste. The whole package is attractive, with very good mastering and beautiful digipak cover painting. On that note, I'd be curious to find out more on that White Tiger reference, because - judging from track names - it's more space-themed than wild life, but I digress...

All in all, a very solid 4/5 release that should please anyone liking their goa/psy-trance bright and colorful, with a bit of eastern-flavored melody and healthy portion of acid.