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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: This Death House
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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THIS DEATH HOUSE has been the very first release by Attrition. Released back in 1982 as a tape by Adventures In Reality and reissued during the years on tape as well as on vinyl, the two tracks album has been remastered and released on CD with a worldwide distribution for the first time. Released as the first volume of the "Incidental musics" by Martin Bowes own label Two Gods, THIS DEATH HOUSE born from an improvisations session which saw the band's members creating two long suites inspired by horror movies. I don't know what influenced them but they incidentally created a sort of predecessor of dark ambient by creating noises, drones manipulating analog equipment. Sounding really minimal "Crawling" and "Dead of night" will bring you back to the origin of a certain kind of industrial sound thanks to their cold and menacing atmospheres. A document of early tape culture brought back for the lovers of the genre and for whom want to know where everything started...
Dec 19 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Trumpett Sounds
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are with a new (the last) album of Trumpett label material. This time the people at Enfant Terrible dug into the label's archives and out from the dust found thirteen tracks by Dr. Pho, The Actor, Doxa Sinistra, A. van Garde, Ende Shneafliet, André de Koning and Erkamp & Popma. The Actor, have three tracks covered on this compilation (tracks which haven't been previously reissued) and someway they are the most "pop" sounding ones (if you consider mainly the first two songs "Picture 210" and "Modern Air", because "Seit wir uns kennen..." have darker atmospheres and a minimal sound) as the other bands sound more experimental. Take the obsessive "Air Zaïre" by Ende Shneafliet, for example. It sounds like a experimental electro goth song with distant distorted vocals. Really evocative and mysterious. Also "Genetic Surgery" by André de Koning is a good example of eerie instrumental electronic and along with the other gems makes of this album a must have for every electronic music lover. P.s. You have to act really fast, because the label has already sold out their 512 copies, so you have to check with their distributors. Check here www.enfant-terrible.nl/sales.htm
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Artist: NEUROTRON
Title: The Persistence of Memories
Format: CD EP
Label: Eevonext (@)
Rated: *****
Neurotron is a German duo based in Guestrow. Initially their sound was really hard grooving Detroit techno, influenced by artists like Plastikman, UR, Cybotron, Stacey Pullen and Aphex Twin. Later they begun to use laptops and combined them with the hardware of a studio and their sound started to change into something more influenced by ambient and trance. Their newest E.P. "Persistence of memories" is a good example of nice trance/techno music which could interest the lovers of the genre. If we want to move a criticism we could say that each track is based on an idea but there isn't a proper development of the original structure. Being based on a minimal approach to sound this could be a problem for getting a wider audience. Nice but not thrilling. P.s. This is a download only release
Artist: PROJECTOJIL (@)
Title: Limited Edition
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Few months after the double compilation CD which was gathering tracks of his 1992/2007 period, Jil is presenting us eight new tracks of his lounge ambient dance music. The new tunes sound more homogeneous but this is normal, since this isn't a compilation. The overall atmosphere of the album is convincing and even if there aren't great differences respect some of the tunes we already knew, tracks like "Mesmerized" with its jazz trumpets and the following "Boom" with its vocal samples are capable of catch the attention. As for the other tunes also these ones give a sort of luxurious sensation (talking about sounds) because of the smooth sounds. A little of d'n'b' and a little of jazz pump up the atmosphere on "Workin' on". As I said, I see Dj Jil a perfect one on Miami sound based nights. Check some of these tunes on his Myspace page.
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Artist: EX-RENTAL (@)
Title: Unpopular Pop
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Do you remember Ex-Rental? I interviewed them back in 2001 or so and since then they released only few tracks on compilations or Sean did several remixes for The Human League, Bis and Blow-Up as well helping out RIchard X compiling The Future (that was the early name of the Human League) retrospective compilation. After so many years Sean finally decided to release the album which gathers songs wrote and recorded during the 1994/2007 period. The album as well the remixes E.P. are free downloadable from the band's website so all of you have the opportunity to check out twelve songs which are pop to the bone. Despite the low-fi attitude (thanks to the tracks composed on an old Atari computer) tracks like "Too much attention" or "D I S C O boy" show really well the glamorous side of the project thanks to dancey rhythms and choirs with easy listening tunes. Their electro pop side is well represented by oldest tracks like "Feeling Ex-Rental" or "Sophie's audition". You can also enjoy covers of Kinks' "All the day and all the night" (with a punky bleepy sound treatement) and Human League's "The black hit of space". Instead "Your dad doesn't like me" is a semi electro punk tune fast and immediate. The four remixes reprocess "And sometimes" (by Bis), "Sophie's audition" (by Soundhog), "Too much attention" (thanks to Blow-Up) and "Nightclub people" (an alternate take of it). You should definitely check out this release, it doesn't matter if it is free. This helps but this isn't the main point, it would be worth it anyway. Let's pop...
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