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Artist: DAVE FOX GROUP WITH BRUCE EISENBEIL (@)
Title: home again
Format: CD
Label: Konnex
Rated: *****
Dear old free jazz, every once in a while it's nice to relax while listening to the sound of a soft free-jazz unit above all if the musicians skill helps creating an intriguing atmosphere, and that's the case. As I've said this' modern free-jazz with that typical night feel I'm sure most of you (including me) will love, that's why we were talking about atmosphere. Here and there the guitarism of Eisembeil in my head brings forth names as Bailey, Frith and Frisiel but add a jazz influenced rhythm session and a post-Herbie Hancock post-Bitches Brew era pianism and you've most of the peculiarities of this quartet. Having reviewed other releases featuring this guitarist I admit that despite the influences his style has its own character, but it doesn't characterize the recording so much that you see the other musicians working as backing band (hey as the name says we’re talking about Dave Fox group), I think this’ definitely a coral work. Free, abstract, nocturne but at the same time a warm release with lot's of style.

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Artist: Rotersand
Title: Random is Resistance
Format: CD
Label: Trisol Music Group GmbH
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Since the release of Rotersand’s debut album Truth is Fanatic’ their tracks are played constantly on every gothic/electro party in Europe. The German trio combines elements of trance, charismatic vocals, transparent melodies, some guitars are no taboo either, future pop and samples that bring some atmospheric touches to their tracks. The album deals with the issue of us willingly exposing personal data about our tastes, habits and preferences and so becoming controllable consumers. Only few resist this tendency. Why so few actually?
The opener of the album sounds just like the best tunes of Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon" or "The Wall" and it totally fits the lyrics that raise the issue of surveillance and an all-knowing state which is rather Pink Floyd, too. The track’s title "Yes We Care" is a bitter parody in this context.
As expected the album offers quite a number of dance floor killers, i.e. "Bastards Screaming, "A Number and a Name", "War on Error" (already big in clubs) that deals with the issue of social Darvinism putting it in the modern digital and over-populated world, where all of us are men of glass which would allow the system to choose the "fittest" to guarantee the survival of the human race, the state or a nation. Creepy but not very unrealistic.
Also melodic tracks are vastly presented on the CD; "Waiting to be Born" with its VNV Nation atmosphere, "First Time" which is truly thoughtful, and "Gothic Paradise".
The 1st edition of "Ramdom is Resistance" comes in a form of an 8-panelled digipack with a thick booklet with quiet a number of dark graphic artwork that bears high artistic value.
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Artist: PERFECT VACUUM
Title: A guide to the music of 21th Century
Format: CD
Label: Acidsoxx Musicks (@)
Big Boys had a song titled "fun fun fun", this band instead is mostly based on fun without using a song title, it's quite explicit from the band pics and both for the music. Somehow this music has reminiscences of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, but that comparison would end being just too reductive. The ironic element is really present in the concept as you can judge both by the layout and from the music but I think I've to underline despite the ironic approach of the songs and the production are not superficial at all. Ok, honestly that's not exactly my cup of tea but I've to recognize most of the tracks present and interesting amount of bizarre elements and while there's some unconventional ironic taste that links most of the tracks they change considerably style here and there. Odd, funny but at the same time we're still dealing with an unconventional recording. Sometimes you may think they probably put together most of the tracks whole they where drunk but the result is overall good so thumbs up to whatever they took to put together such a goofy-spacey release. How can you comment music like this, it's out of time, of space and shows the musician skill of these guys is great but at the same time it makes you think these people has escaped from some sort of madhouse.
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Artist: Poordream
Title: Immaterial Monarch
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid / 33 Recordings (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Sometimes it is totally enough, if some striking voice samples leave an impact of inspiration on a producing musician. Something comparable may has happened to the Greek artist John Valasis, since the track "Immaterial Monarch" is an obvious tribute to the movie series "Zeitgeist". This EP is also the fruitful collaboration between Spectraliquid and the Greek netlabel 33 Recordings. After consuming this EP, I tend to ask for a continuation.
Musically – as expected from Spectraliquid – this release balances well between the styles Ambient, IDM/Electronica and Industrial. The title track impresses with varied instruments and a catchy content thanks to a brilliant inserted piano. "Immaterial Monarch" got featured in 8 different remixes asides the original, mostly constructed by different artists. I am definitely against those actions to collect too many uninspired remixes on a quite good original tune, but since the contributors like NADSAT, MONOTOMUS, Mr. F, DAMA or TAPE 86 are completely unknown to me – yet better, some of them really belong out of totally different music genres – I find this EP quite entertaining. The "Grandma Version" has been conducted by John Valasis himself, it pushes a bit the speed and offer dancefloor-compatibility, but unfortunately it alters the beautiful mood of the original. The remix of BROKEN TEMPO then I like to point out as being the best remix here, since this project turns that original into a pure acoustic experience – even better, they have written real lyrics based on the voice sample stuff out of the movies and the female vocalist does her best, to offer with her voice the fitting depressive mood. Finally you’ll find at last another original track by POORDREAM, "Sounds Of Consciousness", which is another dark collage with voice samples – maybe provided by the Pope – but I’m quite unsure on this. It’s hard to judge on this artist, since the listener gets at least only two original tunes to rate. So how are things with a POORDREAM full-length album?
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Artist: THE DIELECTRIC (@)
Title: Rapid-Eye Vol. 3
Format: CD EP
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
Third part of this ongoing trilogy series for THE DIELECTRIC, J. Hookens’ follow-up project after JERICO ONE. This third EP continues with the already discovered path, which he has presented with the predecessor "Flicker Of An Eye". Musically offering a wide-ranging style by integrating extracts out of Electro, Industrial, Ambient and modern IDM/Electronica, he impresses once again with the choice of multiple guest musicians. Each of the presented 5 tracks has its own story behind, be additional help on the production, or be it recorded at different places. The opener "Corridors" pleases with extra-ordinary percussion inserts and German voice samples thrown in the mix. For the tracks "Flight" and "Directiv" J. Hookens has added the Swedish singer Ann-Mari Thim (ARCANA) to perform the female counterpart. The Belarussian Avantgardist Vladislav Buben has provided some additional instruments and has co-written the tracks "Exteria" and "Lucid". Especially the all instrumental tune "Exteria" convinces with some noisy synth lines, it seems that V. Buben’s hand-writing shimmers through. Compared to the above named predecessor, this third chapter of the "Rapid-Eye Assemblage" series seems to be more upbeating, while the percussion work of Hookens is still the outstanding factor in the production process of THE DIELECTRIC. What astonishes me a bit, is the fact, that this release comes out in different formats. There's also available a strictly limited 7" vinyl single, which can be purchased only and directly from THE DIELECTRIC website – if it hasn't been sold out yet.
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