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Artist: Madison Park vs. Lenny B
Title: More Than This
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: BasicLUX Records
Distributor: Tommy Boy Records
Rated: *****
Spun from Park's "Roxy Re-Modeled" tribute CD, "More Than This" as remixed by both DJ Lenny B and J.A.C.E. (a long and a short version from each) is a complete part of your nutritious mainstream dance-pop diet. Both productions blanket the song with frosty, Arctic synth chill over a smooth yet hot pumping dance pulse, and on his mix Lenny B applies the Vocorder on Park's vocals not-too-liberally. While I wouldn't tolerate such liberties taken with many other tracks in Roxy Music's catalog (especially from their early years), either mix should make those who saw and liked the movie Lost In Translation jump for joy. I'd say if you are one of the cool Club Kids strictly into Deep House, you could definitely get into this. My preference of the two styles is J.A.C.E.'s, which I figure you could somehow segue into Orbital's "One Perfect Sunrise," if you were a ballsy enough DJ.
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Artist: Carlo Sperra & Stereonoise
Title: Sto Correndo
Format: CD
Label: VideoRadio Linea Alternativa (@)
Rated: *****
Every single day, I give thanks that the revolution in electronic dance music and technology of the past twenty years occurred when it did. Otherwise, eclectic popster Carlo Spera and many other artists like him would have no compass whatsoever. His new CD, Sto Correndo, has a completely unruly will of its own, with no way to tell whether or not it is steering him in the right direction. It's the variety of rhythms and whimsical flavors that carries this disc, which at times recalls Underworld, Wham!, Cabaret Voltaire and Shriekback, as well as the humorous, jazz-pop stylings of Malcolm McLaren and Barry Adamson. The main issue with Sto Correndo is not Sperra's influences, however, but that all of his ingredients sound as though haphazardly thrown into the pot, without much of a discernible song or album structure. A jazzy track here, a hip-hop-inflected track there (and what sounds inexplicably like a looped guitar from AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on track number 12, "Il Gladiatore")--just what are we supposed to be getting, exactly? The pastiche of loops, turntabling, Italian-language libretti and female background vocals works best on track number 9, "Tiempi Moderni." Obviously, due to my nonexistent Italian (no, really, il professore, the dog really *did* eat my dictionary), I may be missing some relevant and vital lyrical themes, but on the whole it suffers from an uneasy balance between fascination and clutter.
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Artist: HIOCTAN (@)
Title: Concentration Overload
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****

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This is already the second release of this one man project hailing from Rostock, Germany. Like on his first CD, Michael Senft presents here his version of harsh EBM/Electro music with already heard distorted vocals, rough and steady beats and overdriven sequencer bass lines. Comparable to older SUICIDE COMMANDO stuff like the "Critical Stage" era is surely a possible reference, but unfortunately are HIOCTAN not able to play in the same league like his alter ego act. Here is a lot of repetition on almost all tracks, a lift up in song structuring wouldn’t be bad at all. Also the choice of synth sounds cannot really convince me, most bass line and melodic strings are sounding careless and old. It is a pity that here isn’t too much interesting stuff which would help this project to gather a higher level than average. If you look out for some stuff with an edge, with a musically demand, you are wrong with HIOCTAN. This album (excellent cover artwork with nice photos by the way...) is only dedicated to harsh EBM short-cut-hair rivetheads.

Jul 28 2005
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Artist: GRENDEL (@)
Title: Soilbleed
Format: CD EP
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
A new EP for currently Netherland’s finest Dark Electro acts GRENDEL which avoids to follow the trend to release too much of remixes done by some dear colleges with some payments here and there, that’s indeed a good initiative. Grendel do offer here mostly new tracks which are all very well worked out with a rich melodic content combined with the usually distorted male vocals and the driving Dark Electro bass lines comparable to synonymous acts ala SUICIDE COMMANDO. The idea to use voice samples taken from "Full Metal Jacket" is surely not new at all. On the other side I have never heard a music project which uses this samples that fine and rhythmically well placed like GRENDEL here on their title track. So we have finally three fine new tracks, 2 remix works done by OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF and Mr. Mike Johnson himself, AGONOIZE, a new version of the rare to get track "Zombienation", which was only available on the limited and long sold out DCD "Prescription: Medicine", plus finally a more atmospheric track named "Dream II (feat. ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO). This last track surely is the strangest piece here, it goes to a musically different direction with the use of some melodic piano sounds, undistorted vocals and a really dark mood. I have noticed also – as far as recognizable through the use of FX on the vocals – the use of some engaged and socio-politically lyrics here and there. So the music of GRENDEL is not new at all, but it features an almost perfect combination between the roughness and the remarkable melodic synth layers. I would rate their stuff to be authentic and this EP will totally please you.
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Artist: CRIA CUERVOS (@)
Title: Leitfossilen
Format: CD
Label: Mystery Sea (@)
Rated: *****
This release follows Cria Cuervos appearance on the split sampler (together with Bio and The Beautiful Schizophonic) on the portuguese label Thisco. This new cdr is out on Mystery Sea and if you never heard about this label I think you'd better give a check to their full catalogue. I think this guy is on the right way to find his "personality" or at last that's my impression while listening his "concrete-isolationism" or maybe "field-droning" is better. Call it the way you want but the matter of "Leitfossilen" remains the same: no "melody" (just some distant drones completely absorbed by the audio "landscape"), every once in a while the scenario is randomly (not so "randomly" anyhow) crossed by new sound-sources kept in a constant and slow evolution. There's a great "bushido" (read "self-discipline") sensation carved inside these suites. Imagine Main gone "bad", or the isolationist answer to the "H.I.A.+Biosphere" project, and what if I say Thomas Koner and Eclipse caged in the ice of the arctic sea? This music somehow presents a constant duel between the composer's idea and the patience of the listeners and you can bet Eugenio Maggi should have had a lot of fun while trying to bring the listeners into a "desolated place". This record is far from the "music where something is happening all of a sudden" idea, elements are slowly and accurately combined like if it was a classical-piece. Koner once said: "My music becomes fully connected to my retirement from external life", I can't say if Cria Cuervos has the same opinion about his music, but that's the impression that "Leitfossilen" can give.
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