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Artist: End
Title: The Dangerous Class
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Rated: *****
Some like it more quirky. It is truly tough to put a label on this act. Music-wise this troupe combines rockabilly, garage rock, metal touches, synths, organ, swing, chamber music, jazz, lounge music etc. You’re getting the picture? The band releases music since 2002. Unfortunately, I’m not in the position to tell anything about its past career, but surely it was not boring. Those New-Yorkers took 5 years to produce “The Dangerous Class” which is no surprise, taking in account the diversity of themes, genres and emotions expressed on the album. However I miss a clear direction here. Every track has a different mood: from jolly “Pills to make you fun” & “Everything in Excess” to the melodic, sort of old fashioned sounding and sad title track. Many of the numbers seem to me just to have been made for movie soundtracks: James Bond or something by Tarantino. The CD cover is more than minimalistic to be honest, but perhaps more than just one page and a track list are not always necessary.
The band speaks against criminalization of actions such as downloading music and taking drugs. There are little pieces sung by the band; almost no sung vocals as far as I noticed. This is a very, very interesting album for people who have to do with music professionally, but also anybody who likes diversity and is open-minded should check the album out. The End.
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Artist: ROBOT KOCH
Title: Listen To Them Fade
Format: 12"
Label: Project Moon Circle
Rated: *****
Available the next 7th of May on EP, 12 Inch + cassette and digital (the tape has two "Listen to them fade" mixes as bonuses), LISTEN TO THEM FADE is the latest release of Robot Koch. While working on the Jahcoozi album recently released, he prepared the six tracks you find on this E.P. The tunes are quite different from the ones present on his first album "Death Star Droid" and I might say that LISTEN TO THEM FADE is sounding a lot like Jahcoozi as the soul vibe is one of the main influences since the opening "Now". The Robot Koch peculiarity to mix rhythms and atmospheres with a bit of experimentalism surface on the main track "Listen to them fade" (the one I prefer). On this one dub atmospheres are mixed with soul vocals and distorted bass sounds finding a great energy when they find the rich rhythm section which pass from two step to dub. "Like rain" is a jazzy dub night song almost mesmerizing and "True" mix soul atmospheres with two step hard rhythms. Personally I don't like the soulful atmospheres but I appreciated Robot Koch's way of mixing different musical elements.
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Artist: DOGPOP
Title: Jahrmarkt Der Verlorenen Kinder
Format: CD
Label: UMBER KOLLEKTIF (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Brigant Moloch and Daniel Hofmann (members of Thorofon and Anenzephalia), Dogpop are delivering for Umber Kollektif their second official album. Released six years after their debut album "Popgod", JAHRMARKT DER VERLORENEN KINDER is a sum of German wave/industrial music of the 80s (see Der Plan, D.A.F., Pyrolator or Die Tödliche Doris). The album opens with an industrial track titled "Horst Du?" just to change with a D.A.F. inspired one titled "6er-bahn"" and the following "Himmel flieg (I-schuss-mix)" which sounds like a Pyrolator/Der Plan hybrid. Analog synth industrial is on with the obscure "Ewiges kino" and 80s minimal synth is alive on "Weisser klown" and "Dogporn". There are also some weird electronic instrumental tunes like the closing "Jahrmarkt der verlorenen kinder" or "Wind". A varied album that will please the lovers of German 80s synthetic music.
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Artist: Porn
Title: A Decade In Glitter And Danger
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
My friends from Pornofabrik, sorry I meant Pornofabrik, believed I should check this compilation. I was said there is a serious resemblance between Porn and Dope Stars Inc. which I found to be rather limited, to be honest. By that I meant that Philippe D. sings more and shouts less than Victor Love. Besides, the songs are way less fast and less kick ass than those by the Dopies. Comparisons to Placebo, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry appear to me to make more sense.
On the opener, like the name of the band allows to suggest, you hear a couple having sex. I’m asking myself how the band recorded it. Was it just a sample from some movie or did they record people having sex in the studio. Not the most romantic or sexy place, but some people like to do it on unusual locations.
According to the trend of the last 10 years there is a cover version on the album: it is Blondie’s “Call Me”, which was covered by The 69 Eyes among others. Porn’s version can certainly keep up with the original. It doesn’t sound so squeaky like the Blondie’s. An excellent choice of material to cover thus it is hard to do much wrong with it, sirs pornographers. Perhaps it could’ve sounded a bit more sensual.
“The Fee“ is one of the classic songs by these French guys. A mid-tempo number that Trent Reznor’s fans are going to love. “Baby Smack“ combines percussion a lá electro rock tradition, sharp guitars and clear male rocking vocals that sounds a bit too high in the chorus. This was not supposed to be a tribute to Justine Timberlake after all!
Soft Machine“ is the best song on the album in my opinion; emotional, yet suitable for the clubs. By that I mean no untz-untz beats. The line “My best friend is my left hand“ hints that the lyrics were not meant to be enjoyed when your kids are around.
“Stiff Little Things“ reminds of the quieter tunes M.Manson comes up with.
Additionally to the original material there are three remixes to be found: by Manek Deboto
And Craig Sue, a Ls201 Mix and by Dexy Corp. This CD is a good opportunity to get to know this quartette.
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Artist: Junkie Sartre & Hexaquart
Title: Jonestown/Lost Weekend EP
Format: 12"
Label: False Industries (@)
Distributor: What People Play
Rated: *****
It’s just the second release by the new born Israeli techno-label False Industries and it seems it is already trying to define its stylistic boundaries, maybe an improper term if you carefully listen to this Ep by Junkie Sartre & Hexaquart - what a great moniker ,,,referring to a conspiration/concoction between existensialism, drugsters and nerd culture??? -, alter egos of Ulrich Schnauss - skilled musician whose notoriety has been gained for its elegant chill-out workouts being just like a well-done attempt to give a shoegazer pretty suite to electronic pieces throughout some release licensed under Domino and City Centre Office - and Richard Davis - one of the most distinguishable tech-house stylist which signed some appreciated releases for Kitty Yo and 220Volt -, a moniker already bestowing the catalogue of Force Tracks and Muller Records. The main difference between their style and the loads of housey minimal techno tunes which invaded the nowadays music market stands arguably in their skill of dynamic spatial dimension these techno-makers are able to confer to their sound, maybe inherited by the DUBbiest side of the German techno.

The false industry looks more like a chemical lab or a whiskey distillery when you’ll listen Jonestown, an excellent dub-techno ambient work with a rhythmical pattern propelled by clicking electronic claves on the fourth step, a gummy bass drum sound and massively delayed agogo and low congas on a gurgling of liquids evaporating in airy sounds on a carpet of smoky synth-pads, while Lost Weekend, the second track of this funny release, begins with crunchy sounds, a flat kick drum and treated metallic vocals turning into a smelling bunch of soft chords and spatial pads which are going to caress your ears and oscillate your bodies. Both tracks show an almost maniacal attention for the details, the main reason explaining the interest this kind of music still induce in a lot of listeners and reviewers, which rightly consider it cool samples of high-quality sound forging!
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