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Soul Circuit: Evolve

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 02 2003
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Artist: Soul Circuit (@)
Title: Evolve
Format: CD
Label: self-released


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In early 2001, Brett Saltzer, classically trained pianist and host of the 24/7 online radio show Cryonaut Radio for two years, decided he wanted to converge his musical studies with his passion for electronic music and came up with the Soul Circuit concept, bringing together harpsichords and computers and writing songs equally influenced by Beethoven, Revell and Goldenthal as well as F242, Covenant and VNV Nation. Distorted male (and female) vocals and songs laying their foundations in electro-industrial and ebm are now brought to a new level with the addition of this classical instrumentation. The ebm formula used is pretty old (hence the F242 influences) but that's no reason for it to be less effective and pleasant (if you are into '80es ebm this is definitely your thing) and the theme behind Soul Circuit should make this an interesting addition to your CD collection either way.

Aghast View: Drifter.ep

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 21 2003
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Artist: Aghast View (@)
Title: Drifter.ep
Format: CD EP
Label: DSBP (@)


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The latest by Aghast View is a club heavy EBM EP of dance tracks featuring a remix by the ever popular Funker Vogt. The first couple tracks are full-on EBM of top quality and track three (ClubBound) remix is a bit of heavy bass, deep trance mix which is great for after hours heavy dancing for when you just aren't ready to go home yet because you are 'in the zone'. The LastDrawn mix is a stomper. There is also a track on here called Aschentic which has some rather unique characteristics and great digital effects. A bit of a stomp heavy EBM dance floor pounder. All this is just a preliminary to their upcoming album that's still in the works along with more great mixes to look forward to.

Testube: Corporation

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 13 2003
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Artist: Testube (@)
Title: Corporation
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP


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These guys never cease to amaze me! Always something new and always experimenting and pushing the limits and boundaries of electronic music. This newest release combines elements of their already established IDM and Industrial sound techniques while broadening the definitions of Synthpop and EBM. Amazingly they've done all this with a new baby on the way as well, congrats! The album topic is something that most of us can, unfortunately, identify with - the corruption of corporate society and the rigors of cubicle dwelling. You'll also find many elements in this release that borders on Futurepop (and no I'm not talking VNV I'm talking NASA and other mechanique approaches - a more modern approach than Kraftwerk) which also gives this further uniqueness and pushes all boundaries to thier eclectic and structural limits. Not for the timid or pop oriented, yet still fully functional on the dancefloor! *As an additional bonus when you purchase the CD pay close attention to the content, you just might find the necessary clues to acquire a FREE bonus from the band.

Meat Beat Manifesto: Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 03 2003
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Artist: Meat Beat Manifesto
Title: Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.
Format: CD
Label: Tino Corp. (@)
Jack Dangers' Meat Beat Manifesto has been and is, for that matter, one of the most influential and seminal names in the electronic scene. While Lakeshore\:run recordings has announced the re-release of newly packaged and mastered versions of Dangers' 1989 debut "Storm the Studio" and "Armed Audio Warfare", San Francisco-based Tin Corp. (run by Ben Stokes) has come up with a remix-war CD that features some of the most respected names around. Antipop Consortium's High Priest, DJ Spooky, Merzbow, Scanner, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, Komet, The Opus, Jonah Sharp, DJ Swamp, Eight Frozen Modules, Norscq, The Mellowtrons and D.H.S. (alias Mr Stokes himself, who partnered up with Dangers on the opening track) did all lend a helping hand for the creation of this historic electronic reincarnation. The original mixture of hip hop, electronica, dub has pretty much been left unaltered except almost fifteen years have probably added a touch of drum and bass here and there. Even though I am quasi a fan, to be absolutely and fully honest, with a huge line up like this one I would have expected unforgettably cool moments of sensory climax, instead my socks got knocked off few times throughout this record. This doesn't mean it ain't good, because it is, but it just could have been better in my humble opinion. Besides that, Meat Beat Manifesto are one of the best acts around so my hat always goes off.

ENFUSION: Outermission

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 12 2003
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Artist: ENFUSION
Title: Outermission
Format: CD
Label: Funk Welten (@)
Enfusion (Torben Schmidt and Alfred Gregl) play nice electronica with a spacy touch. Ear-friendly rhythms coupling with ethereal melodies, relaxing and unobtrusive. Kind of Boards of Canada minus all the "difficult" parts and a more retro-ambient slant. This could be a good point if you really like this style, otherwise it could become a defect. The matter is, it's very well done but it's just NICE - it works while you're at it (generally doing something else), but leaves you no scratches at the end. So you forget what it sounds like. There's a kind of extra-polished modern-design-electronica feel (something common to all Funkwelten releases) which leaves me a bit cold. Anaemic chill out.


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