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T.RAUMSCHMIERE: Random Noize Sessions Vol. 01

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 04 2007
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Title: Random Noize Sessions Vol. 01
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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If you already know the albums released by Marco Haas for Mute this new one will surprise you... I don't know if in a positive way or not, but it will. Just to clear up things this RANDOM NOIZE SESSIONS VOL.1 isn't a proper new album as it is a collection of unreleased and live tracks that Marco did in the 1996/2005 span of time. It sounds experimental to the bone but surely influenced by i.d.m. and techno. The different tracks sounds like laboratory experiments soundtracks as they create a sort of cold atmosphere always suspended between ambient sounds and glitches. The shorter ones create a sort of intermezzo between darker tracks like "In the ghetto" that separates "The actual vermona" from "So leis wie noch nie": two cool techno dark ambient tracks full of tension. At a first listening this album could sound difficult but if you are willing to dare a little you'll discover a new face of T.Raumschmiere, different from his techno punk of records like "Radio Blackout" or "Blitzkrieg Pop".

NEIKKA RPM: Rise Of The 13th Serpent

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 02 2007
Artist: NEIKKA RPM (@)
Title: Rise Of The 13th Serpent
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
New full-length release for this New York-based female-leaded act. The charismatic Dominique tries to solve the riddle of the 13th Serpent here and acts with their vocals contributions between whispering and gasping like the serpent conjurer. Somehow her kind to place her voice between her most danceable produced songs has become a kind of trademark, it gives the tracks a very mysterious and icy feeling. Musically the whole disc is influenced by Dominique’s own style combining danceable Electro with IDM and Electro-Clash. Think of a straight-forward producing Len Lemeire of IMPLANT – this could be a possible comparison of the music. Other influences can be taken out of the guest vocal performances of some well-known scene acts and people. Claus Larsen (LEAETHER STRIP), Claus Kruse (PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE), DJ Rexx Arcana (BRUDERSCHAFT, FGFC820), J3 (à;GRUMH...) and the already mentioned IMPLANT-mastermind Len Lemeire are featured here and offer quality performances – especially the raging Claus Larsen on "Sacrifice (Sever The Delusion)" earns a special vote! Another favorite is Dominiques’s very own performed track "Spread Myself / My Sex On You" – not for her (hot) performance, moreover for the excellent ripping bass line arrangements. This is a straight produced and very club-oriented quality Electro album, which has ist own identity thanks to the mysterious edge Dominique brings in here. Good stuff.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 28 2006
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Title: Night Games
Format: CD
Label: Sonar Kollektiv (@)
Distributor: Navarre
Rated: *****

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I never thought about Sweden as a land of soul and R'n'B but Markus Enochson was able to make me change my mind. His first album NIGHT MUSIC flirts with techno/soul and R'n'B with no problem at all. Everything sound smooth and if the guests on vocals give their best to make sound Markus' tunes like a blend of luscious soul/house/techno, from his side, he tries to keep up his musical instinct by experimenting with sounds and rhythms. One thing is for sure, he loves melody and analog synthesizers and he's capable of playing around the fields of house just to find his perfect formula of soul. If songs like "Love is on the way", "Hear me" and the following "For you to see" are poppy and radio friendly (like most of the songs), you can always find a sound/solution that will catch your attention. Just like on "Keep on getting by" and "Endless dance" where the melody is always present but the sound is filtered, treated and... interesting. The R'n'B influences are too heavy for my tastes but for sure this album someway dare more (talking about music structure) respect the latest Justin Timberlake (check "Take me away" or the following techno "Done excursion" and the closing "Dub the noize").

SKINK: Skink

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 19 2006
Artist: SKINK
Title: Skink
Format: CD
Label: MoMT (@)
Rated: *****
Being balanced between i.d.m./ambient with light melodies and dark ambient with drones, the latest Skink (personal project of Paul Mulholland) album is capable to entertain you for fifty minutes, creating a web of sounds that goes from minimal (but rich of rhythm) to melodic solutions good for soundtracks (see the short opening "Nothing", the following and really good "You know that place well" and "Autopsy"). Sometimes some tracks are too minimal for my taste but they are working well at creating a good atmosphere. Mastered by John Sellekaers (Xingu Hill and Dead Hollywood Stars) at his Metarc studios Skink album is a download only album released by MoMT records. Pre-listen it at Tunetribe, I-tunes, Napster or try your preferred website of digital music.

Psi Vamp: Neckrolust

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 18 2006
Artist: Psi Vamp (@)
Title: Neckrolust
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Atlanta based Psi Vamp is back with another fiery Techno Goth release. Thick, sweet, tight, and so challenging with sharp production. All 14 tracks are so powerful that's so hard and aggressive to make you get up and dance. The tracks will even go great to a sci-fi movie, tv show, even Japanese anime. The sci-fi effects coming from the synths is totally sooo cool. The styling of the synth technology waves form, forceful high energy, and the programmed drums keep things deep and moving along. A couple of tracks have an industrial feel that reminded me some of the the music I heard on some of the cartoons on Cartoon Network that comes on late at night for mature adults. "Neckrolust" is a gateway cyberspace passage that will constantly suspend you endlessly on the dancefloor. The cd is dark, tough, heavy, and intense as techno goes. The tracks are full of stellar razor fast tempo. Synthesizers and samples streamlined remarkably futuristic with brightness and complexity. A cycling pattern just enough to enter Psi Vamp's matrix and take you on a galactic dance adventure. I was immediately hooked when I first put on the disc. And you will too after you give it a first spin. This is one brilliant excellent album! Definitely recommended to be played in bass stereo systems.


1. Prelude
2. The Ritualists
3. Sea Invasion
4. My Salvation
5. Seven Sisters
6. Neckrolust
7. La Fae Verte
8. The Dream
9. Hall Of Anubis
10. Gematria Domain
11. Crossroads
12. Asylum
13. Deceived
14. Invoked

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