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Artist: THE DARK UNSPOKEN (@)
Title: Die By Echoes
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
This is another newcomer hailing from Lemgo/Germany and musically globally based in kind of Dark Electro. THE DARK UNSPOKEN present her their debut which is a self-produced one released on their Rat Records, which also got picked up for some promotion through Codeline Records (www.codeline-records.de) and SX Promotion, and so the distribution help through SX Distribution. The main member calls himself Darkun, but lately he got some additional help on the synth work by Kaiser, who hasn’t anything to do with the famous German chief organizer of the soccer world championship. Lately this band also could produce some music for two horror b-movies "The Butcher 2 and 3". Dark Electro, at times danceable ("Seed Of Time" or the most angriest piece "Visions Deceased", from which here’s also a video file available...), at times slowly ("Sehen"), but it sounds a bit dated and old-fashioned. It’s surely not the newest water which is in use here regarding the sounds and the production – also regarding for the changing vocals depending between melodious to rough and distorted (decent example: the title track "Die By Echoes"...) there’s still room for some development. A track like "Gothics Never Go Sick" caused a smile in my face, ha-ha! But musically spoken the band offers some solid work and with a well recognized background through some instrumental tracks "Hexen" and "Kinderschreie". In all it is an average debut, but some refreshing is required for the next release. Until then – keep on and develop.
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Artist: ARC
Title: The Circle Is Not Round
Format: CD
Label: A Silent Place
Rated: *****
As Canadian soundmaker Aidan Baker is gaining more and more recognition thanks to his quite impressive solo curriculum and his doom-drone project Nadja, it was about time that his trio Arc got to an official release, after a series of limited cdrs. The honour of releasing it goes to Italian A Silent Place, a Small Voices sub-label devoted to drone/folk/psychedelic sounds... which is exactly what Arc play. Baker (guitars, flutes, loops and edrumkit), his brother Richard (percussion, chimes, drums) and Christopher Kukiel (djembe and tabla) play lengthy, expanded but always melodic jams, where Aidan's trademark drones and loops are given a more, ahem, rock form. The comparisons with Popul Vuh I've read are definitely fitting, though the trio plays in a more electric and energetic form, which could find appreciative ears among fans of Vibracathedral Orchestra, Pelt, My Cat Is An Alien and the likes. The work opens with "The Endless Sequence of Life & Death", immediately summing up Arc's characteristics: a slow crescendo of looped melodies and sparse percussion leads to an ecstatic, distorted solo and a climax of feedback and drumming. Apparently inspired by Buddhist spirituality, "The Circle Is Not Round" luckily avoids any trippy new age indulgence to focus on a free-flowing epic sound which never loses an edge, not even in its quietest moments.
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Artist: Ether (@)
Title: Intimo Personelles
Format: CD
Label: MousikeLab (@)
Distributor: MDM Mutialism Distribution
Rated: *****
Ether is an all italian job: a Dj and two electronic musicians wheeling and dealing in the midst of electronic music, IDM, breakbeats and instrumental hip hop. They formed back in 2001 in Florence and have brought some attention upon themselves with the inclusion of a couple of tracks on random compilations. Although there's been an EP ("Quasi Quasar"), "Intimo Personelles" is really their debut album and comes out on a Neapolitan label that's been releasing a slew of good electronic discs. Well produced and put together, this disc interweaves unsaturated minimal electronics with breakbeat-influenced idm in a way that you might find familiar if you like the label Hive, for example. A noteworthy effort from the three-colored boot.
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Artist: CONCISE
Title: The Power Of Love
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Wycombe Music (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a German Synthpop/Wave male/female duo hailing from Rostock based in the north-east of this country. Consisting of Katrin Segert (lyrics + vocals) and Christian Grass (music) they presenting us a SiCD which features a well known cover out of the good old 80ties, "The Power Of Love", originally by FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD. This very melancholic and slow paced track was indeed a big smash hit and it took the label Wycombe Music almost five months of penetrating phoning to get finally the permission from Holly Johnson to produce this cover. It is available here in four different versions, one original work by the band and three collaborations with some different acts or persons I haven’t heard before of. No real remix work – more collaborations work with FAQUE, HIGH WYCOMBE and Dr. Kirsch. The result is globally satisfying, although I prefer the versions which do not "forget" the strong melodic component by using the more of synth layers – which are the collaborations with FAQUE and Dr. Kirsch. We have then two "b-sides" which I don’t like to name so, because the given stuff is amazing. The track "Innocent E-walk" is a beautiful Synthpop pearl on which the nice and clear voice of Katrin Segert gets the full attention, and please note also the slight acoustic guitar riff here. The second one is a remix of the track "Star" created by a well known man out of the scene, Daniel Myer (haujobb., ARCHITECT, DESTROID,...). He does his best here to brig CONCISE a bit closer to the dancefloor. In all we have a nice follow-up SiCD to their debut "Pure" and it could be, that this cover can earn a wider recognition then expected. Professional art and lay-out, too – let’s hope the best that the limitation of 1000 pieces will be sold immediately.
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Artist: Roots Tonic meets Bill Laswell
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: ROIR (@)
Rated: *****

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Roots Tonic are Josh Werner on bass & keys, Aaron Dugan on guitars & sounds and Jonah David on drums & percussions; they also are the band that accompanies and co-writes with NY-based hasidic jewish reggae star Matisyahu, who in turn is produced by ambiet-dub mastermind Bill Laswell himself. As you might have gathered by now, this is one of those epic and unforgettable sonic experiences for all fans of dub, reggae, ambient and experimental music (as much as that defitiong might still represent too big of a constriction for a genre-defying producer like Laswell).Roots Tonic lay down the law and the foundation of this album (of which they wrote all the songs), and although Laswell is well known for his skills on the bass guitar, on this one he sticks to just producing, creating his own usual blend of magic made of sounds, stabs, reverbs, delays and a whole slew of other sonic enrichments (all happening at his NJ-based studio Orange Music).If you don't know what you are getting yourself into I suggest you check out Matisyahu's music and Bill Laswell's website (it'd be an unthinkable and impossible task to check out all the music where he was involved in some shape or form) at www.silent-watcher.net/billlaswell to get a better idea of the geniuses at work you are dealing with here.This is of course a stricly instrumental record, so don't expect the rhymes and all of that, but do expect that groove and vibe is business as usual for these cats!To complete the picture of NY downtown people, this album is out on New York City's ROIR records.
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