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Artist: Bleeding Heart Narrative
Title: Lung Mangled Bear
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Tartaruga Records (@)
Rated: *****
Available for free at the Tartaruga Records website, LUNG MANGLED BEAR is the title of the Bleeding Heart Narrative remix album. To celebrate the release of Oliver Barrett's second album "Tongue Tangled Hair", Tartaruga Records asked to different artists to pick up one song from the latest album and to remix it. Every one reworked the tracks trying to carry Bleeding Heart Narrative's essence into theirs. Did they succeed? As usual this is up to your musical taste but if some of them (Brassica, Brometer, Max Bondi, Throwing Stones and Blinddate) decided to show the romantic shoegaze side of the project and others (The Exploits of Elaine, Talkingmakesnosense, Ala Muerte, DJ Topgear, Euhedral and Keyboard Choir) went for the experimental string/drone side, the remaining ones (Okkam, Ladyscraper, Destructo Swarmbots, JR Seaton and DJ Floorclearer) gave to Bleeding Heart Narrative tracks a new life by giving to them a total new sound using breakbeat, dub, techno influences, surprising me. Destructo Swarmbots, for example turned "The Cartographer" into an anxious ambient dub and Ladyscraper transformed "Port and Cigars" into a melancholic breakbeat/idm track song, where melody, upbeat tempos and a bit of craziness sound just fine. Try it, it's free...
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Artist: ITALOPORNO
Title: Sternfahrt Zum Uranus / The Fall
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music
Rated: *****
Italoporno is a live electro-rock band made up of six musicians and a live VJ. Instrumentation includes female and male lead vocals, male background vocals, trombone, synthesizers, guitars, bass, acoustic and electronic drums and assorted percussion. Their aim is to drag late-70's hi-energy disco fever back into the club in the form of an energetic live band. STERNFAHRT ZUM URANUS show very well their mission with catchy female vocals synth spacey sounds, guitar riffs and up beat tempos. On the release you can also find three other versions of the song made by Steve Morell (a more electronic version but always true to the original), Juri Gaga (an electro disco remix) and a shorter radio mix of the original. As bonus track you can find "Mc aber - Piet Citrus - lofi space opera mix", a nice electro tune with 8bit like analog sounds. The second single "The fall" sounds like a funky dancey tune always with catchy melodies and upfront bass/drums. The song has also an interesting intermezzo with synth drum pads (like the famous Simmons), brass section and synth solos. The release this time contains an electro remix (NYD - Disco Devil Mix) and a shorter radio edit.
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Artist: SEVEN OCTAVES
Title: Nativity Set
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
I already talked about Seven Octaves some time ago when I reviewed their "Simple Work" CD and since their approach to electronic music is quite unconventional I didn't know what to expect from an E.P. of Christmas carols. Kenny MacKenzie on this digital release (which is on sale at 1.98 USD) presents four traditional X-mas songs "Coventry Carol", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Deck the Halls", "Si Me Dan Pasteles" and an original tune titled "Incarnate". The four traditional tracks have been filtered through Kenny's techno ambient touch and sound great. A bit of mystery have been added to the joyful themes and now it seems to listen to Kraftwerk play X-mas tunes going door to door looking for robot hearts to warm. Now "Deck the halls" seems ready to be used for the soundtrack of the next "Clockwork orange" like movie but just check if Santa has a knife when he will visit you and everything will be ok. "Incarnate" is the only original and it sounds like a ambient funk tune that recalls me Vangelis. Nice...
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Artist: BLUE VELVET
Title: Rotation
Format: CD
Label: Breakdown Records
Rated: *****
Formed in 1999 by Dough (electro voice , guitar and programming) and Andy Head (electro guitar), Blue Velvet started working on their music inspired by the sounds of N.I.N., Ministry and Einsturzende Neubauten. Few years later Malcom11 (bass and programming)and DarkendDawn (drum and electronic drum) joined in and the band started to work on their first full length "The third" which has been released by Koldfinger in 2006. The album showed the band's skill into creating good industrial electronic music where energy and melody blend. The new album ROTATION is a natural consequence of the previous one as it contains remixed version (I might say re-worked versions as the new tracks aren't composed looping few few parts of the old ones) of the old tracks which on this album find a new life. If tracks like "I wanna be like him" or "Manipulated soul"
on "The third" were sounding like good electro industrial tunes, now they seems have been filtered through a cyber industrial device that added more influences (a bit of techno, a bit of break beat). The nine tracks of ROTATION sound rich, distorted and futuristic without losing their primitive spark. Check some tracks at the band's myspace. They deserve it...
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Artist: TOBIAS BERNSTRUP
Title: 1984 E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Active since the mid nineties, Swedish visual and performance artist Tobias Bernstrup is releasing a new E.P. for Enfant Terrible. Focusing the four tracks of this platter on the Orwellian 1984 theme, Bernstrup is able to conjugate a theme of people control and manipulation with catch and dancey 80s italo disco sounds. If you already know old Bernstrup releases like the 2002 "Re-Animate Me" album, you are already used to his good electro synthpop sound but this time "1984", "Light Years Apart", "Enemies Of The Earth (Space Mix)" and "Data Love" recall me the songs of people like P. Lion, Gazebo or Baltimora with those characteristic choruses and catchy melodies. I really enjoyed this release and you can dig Tobias' music as well his visual art by checking the two paintings of this 12" cover.
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