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Artist: BAD SECTOR
Title: CMASA
Format: CD
Label: Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
Active since mid nineties Bad Sector is the project of the Italian Massimo Magrini. CMASA is its latest release and it's a particular one. Born as soundtrack to the M3M art exhibition in Pisa/Italy the five tracks you can find on this release have been later re-assembled and edited. The exhibition was based on images of the seaside and the rivers estuary of the Pisa area with CMASA airplane factory built there vis a vis of archaic marine cottages. Massimo was asked to use acoustic and natural sounds too, so he used treated piano and acoustic guitar sounds along with water and metal samples. The whole album in this way acquired a particular mood inspired by the places he saw. Melancholic melodies are mixed with bleeps, synth pads and samples creating a great soundtrack. Sometimes sounds have been treated like on i.d.m. music (creating that particular cut and paste/interrupted effect) and those ones create a good contrast when used with the ambient ones. CMASA is a particular Bad Sector release but it sure fits really well the Power And Steel catalog.
Jul 30 2009
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Artist: Mechanical Moth
Title: Rebirth
Format: CD
Label: Scanner
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
What have we got here? A guy, two female singers, electro danceable music; no, this is no reason enough to compare Mechanical Moth to Blutengel. Let me make it clear, there are no songs about vampires on the album in question. This unit from Darmstadt, Germany has been around since 2002 under a different name – Projekt Rosenhöhe (perhaps a word play on Mathildenhöhe located in their native city). Also it would be interesting to find out whether the band’s name was inspired by the short story by the writer Nikolai Leskov. His fiction story "The Left Handed" is about a highly skilled Russian craftsman in the 19th century who succeeded to produce a real-size jumping mechanical moth.
With their debut album "Fallen into You" the band found its way into DAC and enjoyed respectable positions in further charts. Now to "Rebirth"; the album stands in the tradition of the previous MM releases but not in their shadows. Some melodies are almost breath stealing and Tandrin proves his talents as a composer once more. It has to be mentioned that he does not sing much himself on this album. The opener "Dance Revolution" takes the attention of the listener hostage. "Cathedral" is a mid-tempo electro ballad with great female vocals. "Black Queen Style" is about a very specific female species. I don’t want to spoil it to you, just listen to the lyrics yourselves.
All in all there are 13 small pearls on the CD to hear. Everything sounds very professional thus you will enjoy "Rebirth" not only at the first listening. The only reason to bitch around is the relatively low number of high speed dance floor killer tracks (like "MDK"). Most of the songs are though really good and personal, but, to my opinion, not ideal for a playful party. However, entertainment value is not the only scale to measure an artist.
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Artist: TONGS (@)
Title: jazz with the megaphone
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Longsong
Rated: *****
Hey what do we got in the toolbox? I’ve the itch to write: "much more than a simple pair of Tongs" and consequentially we’ve an heterogeneous artifact taking inspiration from a bunch of different influences. Forget my crappy humorism but it was just one simple way to introduce the basic concept of bands like this, infact we’re speaking about a sort of advanced fusion or at least about "fusion the way it had to be", somehow we could speak of a sort of Spaceway Inc plunged in a jazzy-rock-electronic salsa, if the sound is not exactly the same the modus essendi is undoubtedly similar infact you hear different quotes coming from different genres scattered here and there in what remains a jazz dough. Soft-groovy parts mixed with jazz-rock rides like, James Taylorian fragments mixed with afro-american venatures, complicated passages evolving into neo-classical music portraits. If a band has a sound and you can bet they have it, imagine a really warm jazzy/rock/groovy double bass (sometimes electric bass) pulsing on a really calculated drumming which according to my opinion betrays a strong rock and percussionist training, saxophonist/clarinetist plays with a strong afro-american accent and they dress the salad with a whole bunch of electronic tricks. Differently from what many may expect from a band like that you hear this is a collection of compositions and not a series of impros, as I’ve said you hear their way of writing songs is very premeditated but still not too angular like early Zu, when they’re soft they have the goddammit jazz feel and when they go for the rock/loud parts they have the volume like Ruins, Vandermark 5 or something in that vein. Despite that many wonnabies out there sold their soul for the last trend (come on, is it black metal?...power-noise?...weird-folk?), this music is the result of several influences and underlines the historical importance of towns like Chicago in crossing the boundaries of genres and styles, we’re talking about the hometown of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Tortoise, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark and a zillion of other great names. Well recorded, well produced and well played, I guess that has to be undoubtly filed under "interesting debut".



Artist: Bleedsynth
Title: All is Dust
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The band is " Bleedsynth " a band that hails from Chicago. Frost Oktober is the brains behind the operation and has counterpart Peter doing the synths. Theatrical props, gas masks and all the elements of the worlds demise is the chemical makeup of this act. He is the musical genius that breaths life into this monster to make it live. The name of the album is All is Dust. Bleedcynth I recently seen live and let me tell you they proved to live up to their name. Heavy aggresive break beats backed with synth that bleeds you dry. Frost Oktober has the harsh terrorness down and instructs his freshly made audience to get out their and move.. This is the album to go down in history with the apocalypse. We open with track 1, " Prelude to the Reckoning " a beginning road leading us to destruction and mayhem complimented by delicate synths. We move to track two, " Under the Halogen Sun." which to me will be a future danse floor chart hit for all to go on a stomping spree. Frost sings to us, " Under the Halogen Sun." with fervor, angst and agression. This will be the track to remember. Next is track 3, " All is Dust." which is the title track of this cd. Frost sings, to us under siren alarms, " This world is a nuclear winter." Words to remember and never forget as the world expires and dies wtih the only the melody to remember. There is hope as well for this title track to also hit the danse floors, so look for it in the near dark future. We move to track 4, " Andriod Domi(Nation) which is a clever witty track that really stands out on this album. A anthem to the andriods and a ode to the art of fetish in a modernistic way. Frost once again projjects the lyrics right into the face of terror and never lets go. A synth haven for the dead, haunting, driven and a salute to the new machines as they take over our world. As we go track by track the element of surprise is surely there making each track unique in it's own right. The last track 8, " Infection," is hardcore to begin with as it was written when the singer was quite ill iadding to the flavor of harshness this track brings. " Infection "grows on you leaving no cure but to listen and devote yourself to it's cause. It gets inside you and changes you for the better. All and all this cd was meant to have a purpose, oit bleeds you dry and fills you with what you need. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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Artist: MILANESE
Title: Lockout
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
With several releases on Warp Records, MG77, Combat, Arcola and Planet Mu, Steve Milanese for this second release on Planet Mu is refreshing his grime dubstep style and songs with the vocal help of Ben Sharpa and RQM & Oliver Grimball. The album contains twelve songs (the double 12" has only five of them) that sum his activities of the last period: there are a couple of mixes he did ("Take This Love" for Unique 3 and "Shake Wut Ya Mama Gave Ya" for Booty Cologne) plus a couple of versions of "B Sharpa", three of "The End" (the normal one, the untold and the off mix), a couple of "Disclosure" (the normal one and the instrumental) plus other three ("Fun with robots" is a short joke with him playing with vocal effects, "Baby blue - remix" and the following "Wonderful world" are cool dubstep upbeat tunes with grime bass lines/rhythms/vocals). Most of the album deals with the same style and some of them stand out (see the good dub, almost reggae, mid tempo version of "The end - untold remix") but being a collection of tracks and remixes I'd suggest to check it first if you aren't and hardcore fan of Milanese... Some tracks are on his myspace www.myspace.com/milanese1
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