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Artist: SYNC 24 (@)
Title: We Rock Non Stop Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cultivated Electronics
Rated: *****
Active under the Sync 24 moniker since early 00s, Londoner musician Phil Bolland is also the man behind the 'Cultivated Electronics' label. His latest EP was released on vinyl last year; The release had four tracks with genres ranging from electro, minimal electronics to Detroit techno. Now, I'm here to introduce you to Sync 24's newest EP released for CE
Digi (digital sublabel of Cultivated Electronics). The new EP contains three remixes: two of the main track "We Rock Non-Stop" (Scape One and Heuristic Audio reworked this track) and one of "Chosen Module" by Clatterbox. The EP opens with Scape One giving a dark touch to the already robotic tune, enhancing the uneasy feeling that the original track had already been successful in doing. Focused mainly on rhythms, the original tracks lead the audience through syncopated beats and ambient pads with shots of upbeat bass lines. Heuristic Audio, for their version of "We Rock Non-Stop", decided to press the pedal on the post sci-fi atmospheres creating a breathtaking mix made up of menacing
atmospheres and growling pads. Clatterbox, instead, used cyborg laser beams and crystal synth leads to enrich their melodic sequences on the new version of "Chosen Module". Good one!
(Proofread by Johan Sebastian Bot)
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Artist: HUMINOIDA
Title: Whiter Album
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After three singles Kimmo Karjalainen is finally landing with his musical project Huminoida (which is an odd, poetic Finnish word meaning "to hum","to make a humming noise") with his first album WHITER ALBUM. Available in a folded limited deluxe CD packaging and double vinyl / CD bundle, the album contains eleven old and new tracks. If you already checked the singles "A/B" and "Huminoida loves you", you already know the longer version of "Bigone Wars / White noise", the minimal wave upbeat hit "Obsessions" and the Ballard influenced lyrics of "Other side". Mixing a bit of synthpop, electronic experimental and minimal wave 80s atmospheres and sounds, Kimmo is packaging a great album where catchy epic melodies are enriched by his voice which is now sounding detached and now passionate. He loves synth analog sounds and all the tracks are a hymn to the warm sounds of the early John Foxx and Gary Numan records. If you love The Normal, Robert Rental, Fad Gadget and Thomas Leer, for sure you won't miss this. Check the new "Adding shades to monochrome", "The sound of synthesizers" and "Part time isolation" and you'll find yourself trapped into fat growling pads, dry retro analog 4/4 drum beats, melancholic atmospheres with a bit of noir romance. If you want a dark upbeat song, "Ride" is the track for you, thanks to its guitar riffs and to its hypnotic structure. If you prefer to let yourself go to synth experimental sounds which turn into an obsessive synth suite with reverb thickening the sound while filters make their dirty job on laser like synth leads and on a blasting bass line, "Folk of the twilight counties" is here for you. The CD is already available and it's ridiculously cheap: you can have it for 11 Euros p+p included worldwide. The vinyl will arrive soon from the factory. A must...
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Artist: Diego Arandojo y Mauro Savarino
Title: Las 77 Paginas
Format: DVD
Label: GH Records (@)
Rated: *****
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This is a movie, not a record. I don't know why a label like Gradual Hate put a film in a catalogue full of music but ... who cares? This is more relevant to music than a DVD made out of a concert footage.
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If information is a classical theme of Industrial music, this movie is an hymn for culture. The plot seems simple: there's a book of 77 pages made in 77 copies donated to 77 chosen few by a mysterious god called The printer. The reason is simple and explained in the beginning of this movie: the worse of human attitude is oblivion. When the Earth is in the apocalyptic process of becoming again the Pangea, an unique continent as theorized as in the beginning of the history of the human race, the only resource against extinction is the book that contains the knowledge of mankind.
This movie seems more a video than a proper movie but has a great feature: it's constructed as a silent film. Apart from reconstructed TG parts describing the situation, all the dialogue is done by a narrator also because it seems than all the keepers of a copy of the book are blind and, perhaps, mute. The result is a charge against the part of humanity that choose a safer ignorance instead of an harsh truth. To see.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: : New World Order :
Format: CD
Label: GH Records (@)
Rated: *****
This a compilation of post-industrial spanish band trying to give a first shot on this scene. Listening to this cd, it's impossible not to see that the key feature of this project is variety. Starting with the harsh sonic assault of Moloch 1811 and ending with the spoken word of The Wirm, all the colors of this scene give a colourful picture.
There's artist like Jazznoise that deal with almost isolationist ambient while Stahlfabrik use more robotical rhythm. Gradual Hate, Obscuridad Macabra and Sillme are more oriented with ritualistic musical patterns. N-Urss, MyNationShit, Transmission From The Crypt looks at the dancefloor with a more catchy approach. ERG and Verbum are the martial side of this pack. Uanami, instead, with "Michlan" use an almost Warp-like approach of this tune.
Apart from the fact that none of this band seems truly original, all the tracks are well constructed, an this means the curator has done a really good job of selection, making this compilation enjoyable and far better than one could expect.
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Artist: +VERB
Title: Solar Heat Traveler
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vermin Street
Rated: *****
Here's a new release from Vermin Street. I kinda missed the label's sound during their seven months break. Anyway... +verb with SOLAR HEAT TRAVELER are bringing to the dubstep lovers three new tunes made of mid tempo robotic fragmented sounds full of bleeps, wobbling sounds and tiny melodies. Sounding now epic and then mysterious "Puddlegum", "JerkOff" and "Meltyyy" show a great attitude and a knowledge on how making an atmospheric tune. Stops and go, powerful kiks and an intricated rhythmic palette will convince you that this release is worth checking. On this EP you can also find three remixes of the opener "Puddlegum" reworked by +verb themselves (the "I can haz harps" mix), Knight Riderz (their take is cinematic and powerful thanks to the use of choirs) and De79 (their version sounds like an 8bit buzz slow dub tune). Freddy Todd closes the EP with a remix of "JerkOff" where he enhances the wobbling bass effect and the bleeping sounds but keeping the main structure of the track. Nice one.
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