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Artist: SETH TROXLER
Title: Boogybites Vol.5
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control
Rated: *****
Mixing music and making out of it an entertaining album isn't simple but I found that Seth Troxler succeeded into the difficult job by creating a smooth playlist where he easily switches musical genres passing from electro to house, making a stop at the techno gas station. Troxler began his DJ career in 2002 at the age of 16, playing at Detroit club "The Works" and working as a clerk at Detroit’s famous "Melodies and Memories" record store and since then he improved his skills remixing for Minus, Adults Only and Fever Ray to name few. Upbeat tempos and mid tempos are alternating with ease and this is so evident into the passage from Kiki's "Cinema Obscura" to the following Nicolas Jaar "Time For Us". Released into these days this is a compilation you'll gladly want to check! Here's the tracklist:
01 Seth Troxler - Intro
Ryan Crosson - Amb 1
02 The Royal We - Party Guilt (Dinky's Arp-A-Pella)
03 Luciano - Fran Left Home
Mike Shannon - Sweet A Pella
04 Craig Smith & The Revenge - The Soul Part II
05 Baeka - Right At It
06 Dinky feat. Update - Westoid
07 N/A feat. Rosina - Fables and Fairytales (Deniz Kurtel Remix)
08 Spektrum - Freakbox (Richie Hawtin's Uncontrolled Edit)
09 Alexi Delano - Molar One
10 Jabberjaw - The Connie Shake
11 Heartthrob - Signs (Thrill Cosby aka Seth Troxler Remix)
12 Birds And Souls - Birds And Souls
13 Roman Flügel - Stricher
14 Fever Ray - Seven (Seth Troxler Remix)
15 Kiki - Cinema Obscura
16 Nicolas Jaar - Time For Us
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Artist: Dieb (@)
Title: Modules Ep
Format: 12"
Label: False Industries
Distributor: What People Play/PIAS
Rated: *****
The release number 1 (generally standing as a sort of framed definition of stylistical boundaries and possible directions... call it "concept" if you prefer!) of the new born (sex undefined) baby label from Tel Aviv, False Records, has been signed by the 31 yrs old sound-morpher Til Kerlin aka Dieb, whose production skills borrowed to visual art (he collaborated mainly with esteemed visual performers such as Tomi Paasonen and Tom Neubauer) and some vinyl releases on the Italian label Citymorb – ... and he gained a certain respect in the ultra-indipendent electronic scene through them even if almost uknown... - seem to have been refined further one so that you could appreciate on this ep everything but a playset on Traktor. There are just two "Modules", the first one (numbered 0) is a deep techno movement (very close to ambient), reminding to us a sort of dance-ization of a record by Origami Galaktica remixed by Robert Hood or Akufen (!), rich in subtones, diving basslines, reverbs having a different rate of viscosity with the percussive set so as you could easily compare sounds and rhythm acting like the liquids inside the glass missile-shaped capsule of a Lava Lamp!!! The second Module (numbered 4) hold more tickling and foggy sounds, silently swarming on a 4/4 (with irregular accents disappearing just by the end of the track... ) gummy basslines... it sounds almost scary, but really atmospheric as well. This 001 release is spiced by the presence of two remixes as well: one by the Israeli producer Yair Etziony – drawing a sort of electronic shadowy dub mixing clinging and liquid sounds with a peaceful set of "muted" drones and slow sordid drums – and one by the renowned Uk electronic musician Tim Martin aka Maps & Diagrams, which obtained a rainy and luminous aggregate of ambience frequencies disassembling Module 4, something you could appreciate after a fatiguing work day. There’s some abstract tones reminding to us the era of Staedtzisism (you’ll better understand what I’m speaking about if you remember some releases issued in the beginning of the century by labels such as ~scape... ), but this first release is a good way to start a pot-purri of brand new musical scents... Enjoy it!
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Artist: Velvet Acid Christ
Title: Caustic Disco
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis / Industrial Music
Rated: *****
As much as I can go conform with the new full-length album of VAC, this digital download-only release has to be reviewed critically. It may makes perfect sense to release the kicking "Caustic Disco" out of "The Art Of Breaking Apart", as this one promises to be a club smasher from East to West Coast, but the artistically content of VAC themselves is quite reduced. It really seems, that the duo Erickson/Loomis has lost any interest to investigate own and unique ideas into this 7-tracker. The title track got remixed 4 times by foreign acts and I tend to name the MINDLESS FAITH-remix as being the one, which completely fulfills the plan to storm the floors of the nationwide dark clubs. The remix of KALTE FARBEN can’t follow the original, but I guess, that wasn’t to expect, since this German project has always convinced with rather bizarre sound sculptures, instead to produce stuff related to the (main) stream. What you’ll get additionally is an "Alternate Mix" of the album instrumental tune "Killed In Space" and two yet unreleased tunes entitled "Mental Ich" and "Zombie Sex". These both tunes seem to be rather relics out of Bryan Erickson’s deleted side-project TOXIC COMA, as their bizarre structures and the chosen samples approving this. No stuff in that quality, the "normal" VAC-fan would expect, both really smell like stinky filling stuff. Too obviously business-related decisions alter this release a lot, while the MINDLESS FAITH remix of "Caustic Disco" kicks brilliantly asses!

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Artist: Velvet Acid Christ (@)
Title: The Art Of Breaking Apart
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis / Industrial Music
Rated: *****
Often dead-written, as well as often on returning – Bryan Erickson still polarizes the fans of Electro/Industrial music. Now back with a new album, he has again hired his long-year partner Todd Loomis to help out with the producing procedure. But what several announcements about the content of this album have reported in advance, has become reality, "The Art Of Breaking Apart" is a quite different sounding VAC-album, which only on a very few moments reanimates Bryan glorious deeds of his "Fun With Knives/Twisted Thought Generator" – days. I still think, that his teaser track on the last years’ "Septic"- compilation ("Black Rainbows") has been a shock for his fans and wasn’t that clever chosen. Good to know and to hear, that not everything has completely changed. The addition of acoustic guitar sounds is surely the biggest and most striking improvement in the sound outfit of VAC. If this all got completely live played and recorded, or if newer PlugIn – technique has helped out here, is one of the unsolved questions, but who cares? The result is globally edgy and very emotional sounding – VAC may have never been sounded that Goth-related on their newer Electronic-driven era until now. Not a bad addition and it may needs 2 – 3 spins more for the die-hard fans to accept this new stylistically direction. But is it really a new direction? I don’t think so, just check out Bryan’s early rather demo-like self-produced albums like "Fate" for instance. Even if those early recordings lack of a well done studio recording procedure, his signature into this rather Goth-like style is already recognizable. This all ends into the same consequence, to integrate clear and undistorted vocals into some of the rather acoustic-driven tracks – just check "Killing A Stranger" for example. I hear already those "pure heresy" screams of the die-hard Electronica-fans, but be assured, that VAC have also understood, not to break completely with them. "Caustic Disco" is one of those straight-forward arranged tunes with a steady 4/4-on-the-floor beat work, quite comparable to classics like "Wound", "Pretty Toy", "Dial8" or "Fun With Drugs". "Tripped Out", as well as both instrumental tunes "Vaporized" and "Killed In Space" should help the Electronica-minded fan to find this album attractive enough. "The Art Of Breaking Apart" convinces in both styles, the already known Electronica-driven, as well as the not-that-new-discovered acoustic-driven one. This mixture even adds more emotion into the music – and approves once again the great talent of the both responsible protagonists.
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Artist: Suicide Commando (@)
Title: Implements Of Hell
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis / Industrial Music
Rated: *****
That Johan van Roy’s newly signed contract with the German label giant Out Of Line hasn’t altered his traditionally well-going support and distribution via Metropolis Records, is surely a good point for all US-based listeners of the Belgian sound-slaughter. New albums from him are generally a feast for his fans and it seems to be quite sure, that also "Implements Of Hell" will reach a high level of recognition through in and out of this music scene. But this fine fact can not tarnish the impression, that this new album has been produced under a high pressure of time and it seems to be a bit unready – that happens, if you decide to deal with the biggest sharks in the sea. There are good reasons for Johan, since his private life throughout the past 3 years has taken a lot of episodes, which can let a normal musician struggle. At least we have to congratulate to his newborn family addition named Liam. Those things take influence, no matter how much someone would argue against this. "Implements Of Hell" is generally that kind of album you would expect from Johan, but it unfortunately doesn’t come up with surprises. At least nearly half of the featured content is already known for his die-hard fans, another typical sign, that this album got compiled in a rush. This album holds his already 2 years old smasher "Hate Me" in a new and revamped version, both tracks of his last teaser release "Die Motherfucker Die" and "Come Down With Me", both tracks of his 7 " vinyl single "Until We Die/Severed Head" - and at least especially this fact is a hit in the faces of all buyers of this special limited item. No worked-out thematically emphasis, this album rather acts like a collection of typically SC-related themes, like his always and often recognized aversion against religion, one serial-killer related track, mankind, death, hate and envy. With "The Pleasures Of Sin" this album offers an ideal additional stomper to the already known "Die Motherfucker Die", especially dedicated to the Hellectro-kids, while his older fans will rather select his both tunes "Until We Die" and "Severed Head". Possible future releases with remix works seem to be near with "God Is In The Rain", which could follow this album soon as being an additional promotion tool. "Implements" of course comes out too in a special limited box-set, which features a bonus remix CD, a shirt and other goodies – at least also this doesn’t surprise, as well as the musically content. Well, I can reduce the result of this album on the slightly disrespect formula, that the cow still gives milk – so why should Johan change anything? It even gets difficult, if the "cows" start to think. "Implements..." is an average SC-album, but this means, that it is still better and more intensely produced, than any other 08/15-project out the Harsh EBM/Hellectro-genre would be able to offer.
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