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END: the DJ: Fires On The Shore

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 09 2011
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Artist: END: the DJ (@)
Title: Fires On The Shore
Format: CD EP
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Distributor: Nilaihah Records
Rated: *****
This isn't exactly new, but I don't seem to get stuff to review until well past the release date. It's like I'm living on some kind of remote island'¦in upstate New York!! Okay so I've never heard of END: the DJ before. Apparently on the Goth-Industrial dance club scene he's a pretty well-known guy. Then again there are hundreds of Goth-Industrial DJs I've never hard of. Having only hit the scene in 2008, END: the DJ has apparently made his mark opening for such acts as Panzer AG, Assemblage 23, FGFC820, Slick Idiot, Angels On Acid, Man + Machines and a host of others. END is also a part of Komor Kommando with Sebastian Komor, and Northborne with Christian Lund, both of Icon of Coil fame, some pretty impressive Goth-Industrial credentials.

Anyway, credentials aside, 'Fires On The Shore' is a collaborative effort of END, Tom Shear (Assemblage 23), Richard 'Uberman' Pine (Uberbyte), Clint Carney (System Syn), and Miss FD, along with a bunch of others but we'll just keep it simple for now. The song is an indictment of not only the BP oil spill, but of all corporate heedless destruction of the environment for the sake of profit. On this EP (really a maxi-single, in my opinion) you get six versions of the track.

Within the song itself there are four vocalists on duty trading verses and choruses- first Tom Shear, then Miss FD, Uberman, and finally Clint Carney. Uberman is the raspy-voiced guy, in case you didn't know. It makes for interesting stylistic variety, and works well within the framework of the song's lyrics. Although the original version of 'Fires On The Shore' is attributed to the band Souless Affection, it sounds a lot more like an Assemblage 23 composition than anyone else with straight ahead four-on-the floor club beat, throbbing bass and wall 'o sequenced synths orchestration. The Northborne Version (longest of the bunch) has an early (but not too early) Front Line Assembly feel to it with sparser orchestration and a definitive sequenced synth line. Miss FD opens with melodic wordless vocals then a verse. Then it's Toms turn, followed by Clint. I like it that Shear Carney and Miss FD share the chorus vocals. There is no Uberman in this mix.

The Erektor Version picks up the pace and adds crunchy percussion and electro-distortion. It's my least favorite version on the CD; it sounds rushed and abrasive. Takes the humanity right out of the mix, which was probably the intention. Uberman's treated vocals sounds like he's drowning in Correxit fluid. Somebody is going to love this warped version though; just not me. The Touched by Stahlnebel & Black Selket remix seems to stripped-down version of the original. For some reason, Uberman's vocals work best in this one. It's a good beat-forward club mix.

The Angels on Acid Version introduces different synth lines and mixes up the vocals in a cool creative way. It's moodier, more dramatic, and even drops the beat to allow some breathing space. It may not be the best version for the dancefloor but still has a lot of merit. The Shiv_R Version begins with throbbing bass and Miss FD's wordless vocals, followed with only kick drum and eerie synth on the verse she takes. Uberman takes the choruses. Things pick up as the song progresses. It's a strange version you'll just have to hear. My personal favorite was the Angels on Acid remix, but there is something here for everybody. By the way, it's a really good song too; it will stick in your head after only a couple of listens and should be excellent for the dance club as well.

There is a little something here for everybody on this max (or EP if you prefer), and here's the best part- the money spent by you on this CD is going to benefit the Gulf Waterkeepers. In case you didn't know, they were the first line of defense against the BP oil disaster, and they're still working hard to salvage what they can from this terrible mess, but they need your help. Just because the media seems to have forgotten the debacle at the Deeepwater Horizon oil rig, that doesn't mean it's gone, or problem solved. It will continue to impact the environment for a long time to come, and if you think that BP or the government is going to make it all better, guess again Batman. This is a fine effort of the Goth-Industrial community pulling together and I commend END for spearheading the project, assembling the talent for this collaborative effort, and Nilaihah for putting it out, along with everyone else involved. I'm awarding 5 stars (a rarity for me) not only because it is great, but also because it was done for a really good cause. I think you should buy it; you will have some great music, and you can feel good that your money is going to a worthy cause.

CONTREPOISON: ...Until Next Morning

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 02 2011
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Artist: CONTREPOISON
Title: ...Until Next Morning
Format: 12"
Label: Avant! Records (@)
Rated: *****
Countrepoison is the personal project of a guy called Pierre-Marc Tremblay. Coming from Canada, he self-released a four tracks tape and did a split C10 tape with Vatican Shadow on Hospital Productions. Avant!, always looking for good minimal electronic acts, noticed him and now it is re-releasing on vinyl ...UNTIL NEXT MORNING, the first Countrepoison tape. Mixing basic rhythm lines focused on bass drum beats (they recall the sound of an heartbeat) with few analog monophonic distorted synth lead sounds, Pierre-Marc is creating post punk intimistic electronic songs which talks about love disillusion: "It's coming back again, because you went away. It's going back again, forever it may stay. It should have been forever but it won't be" he sings on "Never forever" mixing melody to moanings. His music is full of phatos and, it is strange to say so, depression never sounded so catchy. You can check the whole songs and purchase the digital files here http://avantrecords.bandcamp.com/album/contrepoison-until-next-morning-12-ep.

KOMARKEN ELECTRONICS: Granular Material

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 27 2011
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Artist: KOMARKEN ELECTRONICS
Title: Granular Material
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
One year after the CD release on Unhoerbar (Solar One Music sublabel) and the release of "Breed For Perfection" digital self produced EP, Komarken Electronics is back with his first release on vinyl. GRANULAR MATERIAL contains five new Komarken Electronics tracks plus a remix by The Exaltics. The EP opens with a main track that instantly leads the listener through research lab corridors courtesy of obsessive rhythm patterns, fast monophonic bass lines, long synth pads and melodic lead parts. "Science Saved Us" is a perfect electro tune with mysterious atmospheres and catchy melodies. It has a cinematic approach and mixes well all the sound elements. The Exaltics remix of "Spaciousness" picks up the main Komarken Electronics elements (cinematic atmospheres, cool electro sounds, cured rich rhythm section and catchy minimal melodies) and enhances its anxious side. "Test Tube Funk" opens the B side with hard beats and upfront fat bass lines. Synth pads and melodic leads are added soon after to create a counterpart to the rhythm by creating a strong blend of melodic arpeggios and beats. The original version of "Spaciousness" (which was also on the label's latest compilation) creates a nice 'suspended in time' effect thanks to the alternation of melodic lines of bass, pads & leads. "Moonlight beat" closes this cool EP with an atmospheric electro mid-tempo tune which made me recall some Gosub instrumentals. Komarken Electronics is really good at mixing rhythmical and melodic elements finding a good balance between the hypnotic dance side and the home listener approach. If you'd like to purchase one of the 200 copies of this clear vinyl EP, act fast! If you are strapped for cash, you can purchase it directly from Solar One Music for 12 Euros p+p included.
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SCAPE ONE: Potent Mutagen

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 27 2011
Artist: SCAPE ONE
Title: Potent Mutagen
Format: 12"
Label: Cultivated Electronics (@)
Rated: *****
It's time for a new Cultivated Electronics vinyl release! For the first one of year 2011, Scape One has been selected. If you follow forums such as Electro Empire or Robots For Robots you should have noticed that Kurt Baggaley is reissuing (on his Bandcamp page) many old releases with tons of bonus tracks. POTENT MUTAGEN isn't a reissue and contains two new tracks (three if you purchase the digital download version) and two remixes. Side A opens with "Substorm", a tune featuring minimal fluctuating melodies filtered through cut off and different rhythm layers (using a 808 drum machine I think); It sounds like a space landing gone wrong. "Potent mutagen" is a mix of bass line arpeggio, spacey synth pads and upbeat syncopated beats. On this one Kurt adds and subtracts rhythm and bass lines giving to the tune a dizzying effect. The first remix is by Sync 24 and "Substorm" is the track they chose to undergo treatment. Philip Bolland, for this tune, used a solid upbeat rhythm pattern with an obsessive bass line. He used less melody and focused the remix on rhythm alternation and filters. It's different time that Dynarec don't have a release out. They released their latest album back in 2006 on the Italian label 'Nature Records' and now they are back with the remix of Scape One's "Time falls" (the digital bonus track). The track, which originally was a mid-tempo based on deep bass lines, has sparse synth chords and lead melodies and now it sounds like an electro hit. Dynarec used fast bass lines, frequencies noises, great rhythms and everything that is useful to make people dance and asking for more!
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Apr 21 2011
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: Red Or Blue? (Remixes)
Format: CD
Label: Meka Prods (@)
Rated: *****
RED OR BLUE is a remix album containing different versions of two Cruise [CTRL] songs coming from their latest album "How's Annie?": "Where is Alice? Alice who?" and "Pomona Road". The album opens with the beautiful cinematic version of Brain Leasure, who mix orchestral sounds with acoustic guitar, slide guitar and dark ambient effects. Sobria Ebrietas se.22 remix "Pomona Road" giving to it a dark e.b.m. flavor thanks to industrial noises and mysterious atmospheres/vocals. HIV+ remix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" mix harsh industrial and obsessive e.b.m.. R3 Mute go for a similar approach on their version of "Pomona Road" but their used more electronics and less noises. Lambwool recorded a convincing version of"Where is Alice? Alice who?" mixing melancholic orchestral melodies and sparse synth arpeggios/rhythms. People Theatre gave a nice electro e.b.m. flavor to "Pomona Road". Operation Of The Sun mix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" is a nice electro e.b.m. tune with hard beats and dreamy synth pads. Babylone Chaos mixed industrial e.b.m. to minimal electronic for "Pomona Road" while Laag for "Where is Alice? Alice who?", opted for a minimal approach with e.b.m. rhythms and samples. Bruit:Fantome did an hypnotic electronic version with acid attitude. Final Cut is the last band of the CD and they remixed "Pomonda Road" making it sound slow, nightmarish and obsessive. Most of the remixes focus their sound on the horrorish approach to atmosphere and played around the original ideas adding new sound layers but there are some of them that are outstanding.


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