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Artist: EGOEXPRESS
Title: Hot Wire My Heart / We Do Wie Du
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ladomat (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Released back in 2005 by Ladomat/Mute after five years from the previous album "Bieker", HOT WIRE MY HEART has now been re-released (without the Mute distribution) as a double CD containing the original album plus WE DO WIE DU, a CD of remixes, rare 12" and new tracks (you can find "Memories Can Wait", "Live At Sirius Prime", "Aranda (Lawrence Remix)", "Everybody (Lowtec Remix)", "Zwergenbrot", "Don't Pray Where You Slay", "Beautiful Music / Dangerous Rhythm", "Knartz IV (Abe Duque Remix)", "Fool Of The New City" and "Springfield"). The duo formed by Mense Reents and Jimi Siebels don’t simply play techno or electro music and "Aranda" is a perfect example of what I mean, because they took an acoustic guitar, a synth and made a beautiful psychedelic/melancholic song. For them there’s no problem into changing radically musical ground from one track to the other because you’ll recognise their touch anyway. If "Knartz IV" opens with a voice that tells "Oh no, it’s techno music" and the title song is a perfect example of a techno track, tracks like "Drehwinkle" has a good part of experimentation with sounds/structure that make you think that Egoexpress are something more that a band that make good tracks to dance to. There’s no doubt that "Braune Brücke" is techno, but try the closing "Links eine hand" and you’ll realize that the duo is able to make also good electronic songs with a punk attitude. If you are in need of a breath of fresh air, try this one...
Artist: Clan of Xymox (@)
Title: Breaking Point
Format: CD
Label: Xymox Control (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
Every album Xymox release is always a challenge. They released their "Best Of" album that contains their greatest hits which made their fans thinking they were breaking up. A new studio cd proves Ronny, who is the main leader of the band is creative, unique, and know what direction to lead the band. A good reason why the band has been very successful all these long years that been passing us by. The cd opens up with the single "Weak In My Knees", a cutting edge club track that will draw you to the dance floor. "Calling You Out" and "Be My Friend" is a goth-rock killer with guitar. My favorite track also include "She's Dangerous", "Eternally", a mid-tempo track that talks about a relationship that already ended, but the ex-girlfriend came back looking for her ex-boyfriend trying to resolve things, which there's nothing to talk about because both went their separate ways years ago. The instrumental "Pandora Box" sounds like an ambient piece. Clan Of Xymox have the intention on bewildering us with their progressive music. "The Breaking Point" sets a new boundary for the band. If you have "Medusa", "Creatures", and "Notes From The Underground", this is what their new album sound inbetween.
Artist: Tristraum (@)
Title: Gray
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****
Randall Erkelens, Krystyna Eller, and Pierre Norman, make up the band TRISTRAUM. They combine synth-pop with ethereal and gothic elements. Their debut "Gray" is a beautiful vibrant album that have an outstanding synth arrangements and pounding rhythm delivered just enough to be a hot selling market release. Tracks with down mid-tempo to fast dancefloor tempo will keep you wanting for more. Krystyna smooth flowing ethereal voice is enchanting with exquisite lush harmony that will embrace you with captivating emotions. The cd opens up with the dreamy dark synthy track "Eyes Wide Open" and progresses to the club dance "First Embrace" and the beautiful lovely spellbinding baroque romantic piece "Before It's Gone". The band also did a cover of The Fixx "Chase The Fire". Other standout tracks includes "Walking With Shadows", "Shiver", "Toothing", and the self-titled "Gray". Moody and simplistic melodies creates an atmosphere of compassion and love that will draw you in.
Artist: Alphabet Girls (@)
Title: Beatnik Europe
Format: CD
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
It has been a good while since I've review a synth-pop/electro-pop cd. Alphabet Girls exclusive release is a powerful poppish record packed with female vocals and songwriting skills with today's modern and retro 80's sound. Innovative strong melodies and danceable beats lush with radiant energy. Some of the tracks will remind you of Depeche Mode, New Order, Joy Electric, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Bronski Beat, and many others. Catchy melodies and good intro on all tracks which will grab your ear for attention. Top notch production and deeply cool electronic atmospheric state of the art synth-pop technique. The band can dominate the college radio and internet stations and clubs with "Picture Of You", "Baby's Got A Gun", "Blue Train", and "Information Highway". The band mid-tempo tracks shows their soft side; "Send My Love Around The World" and my two favorites "Camera" and "The World Is Running Out Of Control". London based duo Alphabet Girls maybe a new-comer in the underground music scene, but their first debut "Beatnik Europe" is the best crafty possible album they have deliver
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Diamanten Und Raketen
Format: CD
Label: Klang Elektronik (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Minimal but not too much: this is the essence of the new Klang Elektronik series called DIAMANTEN UND RAKETEN. Just as the compilation series "Famous When Dead" released for the sister label Playhouse, DIAMANTEN UND RAKETEN, presents tracks released the last year on 12" as well brand new tracks. The eleven songs of the compilation pick up the best minimal techno tracks of the label bringing to the audience attention cool tracks like the opening "Tear" (performed by Avus), Johannes Heil’s "Freak R Us" or Destillat’s "Cabrio". Each track play around a melody or a rhythm and by modifying them slightly the performers are capable to build cool tracks good for the dancefloors as well for a home listening. Some of them create a trance atmosphere (check out "D.O.S. by Hieroglyphic Being) but if you want minimal some electro emotions, check Destillat’s track and you’ll find satisfaction.
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