MSL ()

Reviewed by Steve Gilmore on (Tuesday, December 20, 2005) Rated 8.1 / 10
Category Rating
Track Structure 8
Interest 8
Melody 7
Performance 9
Lyrics 0
Enjoyment 8
Recording Quality 9
Commercial Appeal 8
Overall 8.1

MSL is an MP3 Unsigned artist who specialises in a music I don't really have a lot of time for - trance.  See, the problem with trance/techno/whatever - at least for those people listening sitting down - is that instrumentals aren't really all that gripping to listen to.  Great fun when you are off your face and out clubbing with your mates undoubtedly, but distinctly non-pc for those couch potatoes amongst us.  I first came across MSL when I reviewed their Keep It High track (October 2005) and although I liked the track well enough (as a techno track) it had a couple of production flaws I found difficult to overlook.  That the musicians knew what they were doing is indisputable because Keep It High definitely pressed all the right buttons.

Seems like that lesson's been learned judging by the sound quality that imbues The Dimension Of Sound; a solid peice of workmanlike electronica that has much to recommend it - even when I don't particularly like the style.  All the instruments being used sound great - the piano in particular - but the hi hats were, for my money, a bit too prominent in the mix.  It says something that after just over a year using Fruity Studio (my own favourite peice of kit), MSL is managing to pump out significantly 'produced' tracks, rather than the usual bleepery one gets nauseatingly familiar with.  On that score alone, I would have to recommend this to fans of the genre and even to anyone even slightly interested in better class electronica.

I don't know how out of date the webpage blurb is but this track becomes even more interesting when you consider that the members of MSL are 16 and 17 respectively.  The funny thing is that I ended up finally liking Keep It High because of it's musical content, and now it seems that MSL have completely the circle by marrying intelligent, coherent music with a production that suits it down to the ground.  Again, though, there is a bottom end thinness which admittedly most people wouldn't notice, but I certainly do.  Even when played through Bass Bollock Woofers the size of Cornwall, the bass is noticeably not happening.  Either a chunkier kick, a sub bass or strengthening the bottom end with EQ will all do the trick.  THEN this would topple worlds....


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