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headphone test

by canartic

down tempo dub psychedelic sound clash
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. grape meringue
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2. dive
4:19 $0.99
3. signal fire out
4:27 $0.99
4. one drop
5:00 $0.99
5. bassic
4:40 $0.99
6. elvolver
5:56 $0.99
7. magenta sky over detroit
6:29 $0.99
8. toad worship
5:19 $0.99
9. the lost king
4:35 $0.99
10. slow element
6:31 $0.99
11. sunshine in my mind (meringue mix)
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
jon coats - rhythm and sounds
randall peterson - guitar, bass ,engineering
gerard smith - bass

headphone test is the follow up to last year's blacklight days ep. canartic is the dub - downtempo - psychedelic blend. these tracks are mixed for headphone use. will also make your speaker cones move.
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read armchair raver's review below
he gives headphone test 5 stars of five ,calling it among the best chillout you're sure to hear in a long while.



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Mike S.

Take the test NOW!,
Take the test NOW!, December 8, 2006
Reviewer: Mike S.
This is a great chillout album. I'm actually writing a paper right now for my college class, at 4 AM, haha, and the music makes it very easy for me to think. There are a lot of samples well put together along with the nice synths they use in the background. I'm also on headphones, so I guess I am taking the test noticing it works quite well I think, shifting from ear to ear and all, very mellow. I recommened it to anyone who likes chillout albums.


CANARTIC ~ Head Phone Test ***** review by Dubchild. 30/6/05
1/) This is a very nice funky dubbed out intro track with wicked samples & a cool reggae rhythm & feel ~ Great bass & guitars, I love it !
2) “Sounds Of The Studio” is the name of this tune, as the lovely voice tells you :) great name! I think the guitar in this is brilliant but I enjoyed the whole tune and it’s sexy dancy rhythms.
3) Up beat & a bit mad, you’d think you were on a busy highway. A cool dubbed out dance feel here especially the bass! All the sounds fuse together perfectly, the ethnic & tribal rhythms are great & the bass line is WiiiCked !
4) Layed back with cool vocals that gets your mind happily drifting. This has a lovely guitar Dub reggae skank style, I can see myself on a quiet beach with nothing to do except chill & enjoy the music ._.
5) Dub groover Canartic style ~ Subsonic dub intro, The sensual Bass-line, is what I like most in this gem. But the cool samples, trumpet, shakers & that guitar sound stands out very nicely~ Xcellent !!
6) From the start u want to get dancing to this track, the rhythms & guitar are great. Rough & ready-maybe a bush sample or two in there and the bass line that makes you want to dance dub style. Whole tune gets you into the feel of some quality upbeat dub fusion.
7) The intro here is chilled and spacey, I like the feel of the flowing string sounds and the bass all around this mellow but funk’d out fusion experiment…
8) Trippy sounds & vocals wrapped around a slow beat, Dub Reggae psychedelic guitar fusion.
9) Faster & funkier with lovely percussion sounds all through. Guitar line & Bass are rocking !
10) I love the vocal samples in this & the swirly sounds around the Floyd-like guitar. Upbeat & danceable & very cool !
11) Jah funky reggae dub style :)

It was hard to choose because I enjoyed them all very much, but I told myself to pick 2 of my most favourite tracks, so I’d say tracks 5 & 11 hehe coz my name is DubChild and Dub Reggae is my LoVe.
Thank you so much for my copy Canartic ! Your new album is brilliant….

the armchair raver -

Headphone test is among the best chillout. 5 stars of 5.
Canartic is a stunning and highly refreshing journey into chilled ambience and cool/warm textures. It's not your typical Ameithystium/Delerium/Enigma grooves (not that there's anything wrong with those). Nor is it slowed down disco downtempo like Chicken Lips. Neither is it straight ambient tones. Then again, it's not dub, either? So what is it? Who cares what you call it (except that this challenges
the poor reviewer)? It's delicious and capturing (both the ears and soul). It's soundtracky in a positive way (in kother words, I'm not saying it's background music), having the flovor of something you might hear in a movie set in dark clubs and soulful nighttimes, but it's got personality and doesn't sink into oblivion, suitable only for casual consumption. Lots of tastes and textures flow through here. At the core is a sexy but subtle jazz sensibility informing the music. The beats are downtempo and very content with themselves; they create, so quietly, such a strong groove. I envision lovemaking and a city skline.Steamy streets. Ambience oozes from the various elements that make themselves known from time to time: ultra-chilled guitars, quiet but knowing beats, gentle but assured electronic tones, ambient ice floes and that souljazz spirit deep within. Airy but not vapid, thickly atmospheric but not weighed down, Canartic's "Headphone Test" is among the best chillout you're sure to hear in a long while. Five stars.