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Artist: MILLIMETRIC
Title: Reconfiguration
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Rated: *****
After releasing different 12"s on labels like on Goodlife and Properproud, Millimetric signed a deal with M-tronic for the release of its debut CD album entitled "Expériences Modernes", which was released back in 2009. Containing collaborations with The Hacker, The Horrorist, Beta Evers and Martin Dupont the album linked electro/techno world to old school e.b.m. sounds (Front 242 / D.A.F / Liaisons Dangereuses / Severed Heads) giving life to a powerful mix made of cold synth sounds and breathtaking rhythms. This new album RECONFIGURATION sees cool producers and bands giving their version of the tracks coming from that debut album. The Hacker opens the dances with an acid version of "Smoking kills" just to leave space to an upbeat dark electro version of "Dans mes yeux" remixed by Lyynk. Also David Carretta opted for a dark techno atmosphere for his version of "Manic depression". Adriano Canzian for "Colargol" used fat lead synth sounds to create an obsessive atmosphere, while Christopher Kah for "Die angst" used dissonant detuned monophonic synth sounds to create an alienate atmosphere. 9 Elma's dark electro atmospheres infected "Dans mes yeux" while Nomenklatur gave their treatment to "Colargol", turning it into a sensual mid tempo in balance from electro and house. People Theatre did a nice job on "1972" turning it into analog sounding obsessed tune. Club Amour on "Escape from camp 81" mixed cinematic atmospheres and dark electro sounds. The Horrorist on their version of "Smoke kills" mixed e.b.m., techno and treated vocal samples used like an instrument. Strange Connection remixed "Dans mes yeux " turning it into an old school e.b.m./electro mix. Dirk Da Davo (the Neon Judgement) worked on "Prejudicial silence" working mainly on rhythm. The album is closed by three unreleased tracks recorded in 2004 (Industry and morality"), 2003 ("Action body") and 2000 (Can't speak"), where Millimetric is sounding more e.b.m. influenced (imagine a sort of Die Form of the 90s) and focused on minimal melodic variations and hard beats. This is a nice release and I hope that Millimetric are working on new tracks, because at this point I'm curious to hear what is next.
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Artist: Marsen Jules Trio (@)
Title: Les Fleurs Variations
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Oktaf (@)
Distributor: Finetunes
Rated: *****
By means of his Oktaf imprint, Martin Juhls aka Marsen Jules gives the opportunity to admire the finest specimens of his blooming musical greenhouse, carefully irrigated by his delicate poetics, after it leapt out in many listener's hearts through his appreciated issues on City Centre Offices and previous stuff on the renowned net-label Autoplate. Among Oktaf's most scented bulb, I'd like to mention the remastered version of Yara and the album Lazy Sunday Funerals, but for this issue, which contains four re-rranged tracks of his acclaimed album Les Fleurs, an intensively emotional album intended to resemble the whole span-life of a flower from its blossom to its decay resulted in a wonderful idyll strictly related to the ineluctability of the decay of natural beauty in its perpetual cycles, Martin makes official a new collaborative path together with his long time friends and twin brothers helping him in his gardening activity Anwar Alam (violin) and Jan-Phillip Alam (piano). These new musical presences don't alterate, but just highlights, the spell Martin's able to cast on the listener based on the gradual dissolving of a looped phrase on repeated airy symphony till they merges each other in order to flow together listener's emotional universe. Marsen Jules Trio is able to build that kind of music which has the magical power to marbleize the listener by simultaneously unleashing emotional winds in its inner world. This is just an appetizer of a possible forthcoming album signed by this trio - I particularly got enchanted by De La Morte D'un Cygne and Coeur Saignant of the 4 tracks included in this release -, but it's enough to test the exstatic property of Marsen Jules' musical poetics. Peeping at his wonderful blossoms could arise your curiosity in its rich musical garden as well as in gardening!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: I'm Single Records 001-013
Format: CD
Label: I'm Single Records
Distributor: Grooveattack
Rated: *****
I'm Single Records's upheld by Can "Khan" Oral's firm belief the future of dance music could be single out nearby the boundary marks detaching classic tunes and sounds and contemporary beat forging as well as in the interchange of roles played by acoustic instruments and typical elements of a disco track, so that a piano could be played in a bumpy way or human voice could sound coming from a beat-box! Such a stylistical belief has already been hallowed in Khan's self-titled issue together with Mark Boombastik and Boris Bergman (Khan Of Finland...whose excerpts in this selection, Walking In The Rain and even the terrificly infectious Italo-house remix by Rodion of Strip Down, are persuading bodies of evidence about how electronic dance could be amazingly soulful, funky or bluesy without loosing its catching mechanics) and this compilation including 11 previously released tracks taken from the brilliant I'm Single catalogue and 2 unpublished ones, amog which I've been positively surprised by one track, Tropical Tasting, by Cascao & Lady Maru, the astonishing discovery by Rodion himself. Don't think I'm Single roster is made up of newbies as many legendary names are more or less hidden behind surprisingly well-programmed beat-boxes and hybrid dance styles: maybe someone has already had the opportunity to swing on the pretty remix of a collaborative song Fine Mouche between Khan and the eccentric French singer Brigitte Fontaine, a sort of living legend of 60s chanson, by the notorious Parisian act dOP, the vodka-propelled fuzzy trio of French house made up of Clément Zemstov, Damien Vandesande and Jonathan Illel - whose style and mission has often been compared to the one by Noze, who also appears in this selection with a "dirty" track, Gossip Rats 122bpm side by side another VIP singature, the one by President Bong (frontman of Gus Gus). There're also some not so convincing tracks, such as Ponelo Ya by the Argentinean dj Parejas, who in order to not sound mannerist stiffend his groove on some standard (!), and Khan's mix of How Could You by Legally Jammin, nothing special except for the playful percussive game, but they're totally compensated by the rest of the selection. If you don't have already done, check the supreme crescendo Bjorn Torske has created from Coka Kohle by the Norwegian kraut noise band Big Robot featuring Conrad Schnitzler from Tangerine Dream, the best example of voodoo dance spell in this squeezed collection. Enjoy it!
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Artist: Elektroherde/Portable
Title: Original Badass
Format: 12"
Label: Big Bait Records (@)
Distributor: Diamonds & Pearls
Rated: *****
This lovely musical knick-knack issued on Big Bait Records has been signed two renowned techno producers, both of them intended to sew, pressurize and secure an ideal suite for your musical extra-vehicular activity. The first version of Original Badass has been propelled by Annette Sihler and Peter Clamat aka Elektroherde (literally the electric stoves and you'll easily notice that this analogy between this device anyone has in kitchen converting electricity into heat to cook food is suitable!), who are able to compress fumes rising from Berlin (for its cinematic and kinetic minimal energy as well as its refinement..), Detroit (for its bumpy cutting sounds...) and Paris (for its unquestionable elegance and its closeness to French deep-house..) techno style into one enchanting track, that is going to uplift you with its mono-tonal melody. On the other side, Alan Abrahams aka Portable, respected international known artist with South-African roots with a plenty of releases for important labels such as Ghostly, Perlon and Background, prefers not waiting too long to elevate listener's consciousness: while Elektroherde decided to arrive to some heights step by step and recipe after recipe, Portable immediately starts with airy and sulphur sounds and then minces hypnotic metallic clings and agogo&conga-like percussions, which are going to leave the listener on a suspensive state in total absence of gravity!
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Artist: Dead Hand Projekt (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Muisc (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Some music-projects don't use that special, German-like 'k' letter in a band name to document their music genre, do they? However, Denver-based label and mail-order service Vendetta Music has a heart for newcomer acts, while behind DEAD HAND PROJEKT hides with Taury Goforth a relatively known (HEX-RX) and notorious name out of the Electro-/Industrial genre. And you can be assured, that you will discover his talent to create a harsh and raw pounding Electro-/EBM onslaught note by note and pattern by pattern. Yes, it's known to all listeners and readers, that the stomping and harsh raving Hellectro-virus cannot offer any new or innovative form of a sound-outfit, but this uncompromising kind, how Taury offers his assaulting efforts should leave you thrilled and breathless. Violent and raging, that's a perfect description for those hammering tracks like 'Concrete', but on this album you will find several more, spectacular sounding effects, beats, synth drops, or noises, which leave impression while listening, compared to your usual Industrial experiences. This self-titled album is definitely one of good ones and can rival with the global big-players out of this genre. Purchase and consume this one without doubts, but take care about the listed disclaimer: 'DEAD HAND PROJEKT is not responsible for any properties/persons destroyed while listening to this album.'
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