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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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Artist: CEDIGEST
Title: Walking In The Flesh
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
After their self released albums “When Evil Returns” (released in 2006) and “Evisceration” (released in 2007) CeDigest got signed by BLC and they should have released their debut album on that label. One year ago Avi on the band's website wrote that they weren't working with BLC no more and now that their new album is out we are aware that they now have a contract with Noitekk. WALKING IN THE FLESH is a nice industrial e.b.m. album with some surprises. Besides presenting classic tracks based on unintelligible lyrics and electronic distortion, the band on tracks like "Displaying the wounds" show their metal influences (some melodies and the grind riffs remind me of Carcass) that has been quite a pleasant surprise. Also the fact that they don't base their sound only on sonic aggression made me appreciate their sound because the first songs of the album ("Evel returns", "Fermenting remains", "All will be lost" or "Bound") show a melodic attitude on the synth lines that sounds catchy. This along with some 4/4 dancey attitude will make you want to check WALKING IN THE FLESH.
Artist: Zeraphine
Title: Whiteout
Format: CD
Label: BMG Rights Management
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
First thing first: this is a Zeraphine album. All the electric experiments Sven became known for in the last year have not made their way onto “Whiteout”. The album and the lyrics are very comparable with the previous releases by the act. It is a rather melancholic gothic rock, if labels are absolutely necessary.
After an intro the band kicks off with “Lieber Allein” (Better Alone). Honestly, I do not share this opinion, but you do not have to agree with the artist to enjoy the music.
“Out of Sight” bears rather noticeable mark of Placebo, which is a good thing.
“Tomorrows Morning” gives place for piano, cellos and errr… a fair portion of melancholy. Unsurprisingly. “Louisa” the closest definition you can give this number is a love song.
“Rain Falls” is a very emotional one. “Du fragst nicht mehr” hmm that old issue again, relationshiTs. Some things cannot be forever. Some are not meant to be. Zeraphine seem to know it, too. You may hear something of Oomph! in the chorus.
The title song reflects on past experiences and mistakes. The demons are still there and must be faced.
Zeraphine show serious professional skills though the there are no surprises in the band’s sound at all. It would not hurt if there were a couple of faster numbers. All in all, this is a good album. Fans of slightly less merry rock music will find it surely appealing. Not the best to get into the party mood however.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Der Wanderzirkus
Format: 12"
Label: 3000 Records (@)
Distributor: Kompakt
Rated: *****
Some grandma still reminds those times those multicolored marches when the sound of a calliope tunes or fast tempo galops together with shouting clowns, smiling kinkers and rubbermen announcing the coming of a circus in town. Now times have changed and even if someone could argue that a lot of contemporary clowns wear silk ties, elegant suites, leather carrying cases and expensive Rolex chattering about financial crisis or social matters, some Berliner folks spreading frenzy techno tunes understood their touring throughout clubs could be logically associated to a moving circus (literal translation for the German expression Der Wanderzirkus) and so decided to reprise that fabulous and freaky world to try a fitted comparison to this compilation supported by Laurent Garnier, Gabriel Ananda, Funk-Werkstatt and Kombinat100, being all gorgeous entities for techno-addicts. Promoted by the guys from 3000* Records, this digital release (always on 12”) is intended to show the most prominent catchers framing the show, introduced by a refined remix by Monollo Bass of the stomping techno track Am Utkieck from Schauffer & Zovki, being my personal favorite one for some nostalgic samples of babies playing nearby the seaside and that melancholic touch added to the tech-house typical groove by the sound of a synth harmonica,an emotionally warming welcome before Seiltanzer (literally “the tightrope acrobat”), a dubby euphoric party banger with some flamboyant sound trickeries that are going the delight all the fans of some notorious techno labels such as Resopal.

The freakiest side of the show has been given by Dreher & Smart’s Affenzirkus, proposing a sticky engine of wood blocks and clappy rhythmical set, paused by a nice descending melody spottily reprised by a sort of little rascal’s whistling, while the deepest track under the chapiteu is the powerful Manege Frei by Neutron, a perfect sample of German tech-house with elegant dubby glossy sound and a catching 4/4 with slight percussive variations. This is just the first of a series of releases whose second part including tracks by Carsten Rauch, The Glitz, Funkwerkstatt and Schaufler & Zovsky, has already been announced. Hey Rube! All out and over!!!
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