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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Danza Meccanica - Italian Synth Wave 1982-1987
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin Mailorder (@)
Rated: *****
Covering rare or unreleased tracks of Italian synth wave bands, DANZA MECCANICA have already sold out the 500 copies available from the label (but you can find some copies through mailorders all over the world like at Anna Logue Records) and it will be reissued in CD format with bonus tracks. The ten tracks of the album cover mainly the first half of the 80s decade (only "The Story of The Death Boy" by XNO has been released in 1987 and it was into their MLP printed by Supporti Fonografici) and span through synth wave sounds with goth influences (the aforementioned XNO), minimal wave (we have Victrola's beautiful synth melodies of "The mutant glow", Janitor Of Lunacy with a song coming from the compilation tape released by VM fanzine plus Carmody with "Vulcani", a song from one of their demos), electro synthpop (the Monument's version of "Veiled lady" you can find here is an outtake from the MLP "Age" and has the Simmons drum sound that characterized that record) and electronic wave (we have the great dark atmospheres of Vena, Intelligence Dept. with a song from their demo, Chromagain's "Wake up" is an outtake of their MLP "Any Colour You Like" released in 1985 by Supporti Fonografici, Tommy De Chirico with the B-side of his single "Open your eyes" and Lisfrank's dark electronic sounds are here represented by a different edit of "Identity"). All the songs are great tunes and represent very well the Italian underground wave of the 80s (and in this case Alessandro covered a lot my city as Carmody, Tommy De Chirico, Monuments and Chromagain were from Torino) but be ready for more, because Janitor Of Lunacy, Chromagain and Intelligence Dept. will see full length releases out this year. Watch out for more!
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Artist: BUZZ (@)
Title: Cyberclash Live @ Aligre FM-Paris
Format: CD
CYBERCLASH is the newest Buzz's album and it contains a live recording of a short concert they did for a Parisian radio station called Aligre FM. Formed by Dragan Vujcic and Jean-Christophe Van Thienen, Buzz are a French band active from the mid 80s to the end of that decade. They passed through different line-up changes and recorded some 12"s for Danceteria during the late 80s and self produced several releases as well. Reforming in 2006, the band participated to different compilations and self produced compilation and remixes albums. CYBERCLASH gathers, with no overdubs or remixes, eight tracks coming from the past history of the band such as "Kennedy" from their 1986 12" as well as "Berlin" from the "Sexe" E.P. plus new tunes they recently wrote. Live, Buzz, sounds like a cold synth version of Skinny Puppy thanks to their vibrant guitar riffs and obsessive synthetic drums rhythms. You can check some of their songs at their myspace page at www.myspace.com/buzzbiz
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Dante's Kitchen
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released back in 2004, DANTE'S KITCHEN is the last album of the reissue series and this edition has all the songs of original release plus the four bonuses that were issued on the Russian print. DANTE'S KITCHEN is one of the best Attrition's album of the new millennium as its ten tracks are structured like a concept album where the female/male vocal duets are supported by the sound of a tormented violin played by Rafael and by upbeat synth bass lines. Sounding dark and sensual tracks like "Two gods" or "Dante's kitchen" were ready to become instant band's classics. Inspired by Martin's personal life facts (you can read the interview I did on that period on this very magazine under the interviews section) DANTE'S KITCHEN tells of a trip down to hell where the kitchen is everyone's everyday inferno. The first time I listened to the album sometimes it recalled me the latest Clock DVA because of its ambience and because of Martin's whispered vocals. The bonus tracks are three interesting re-visitations/remixes of "The head of Gabriel" (Philip Hickman, Pablo Sonic Terrorist and Empire State Human reworked it giving to it a tribal orchestral ambient arrangement, a gabber sound and dark electro wave mix) and a re-assembled acid dark electro version of "Dante's kitchen" by Sveldt.
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Artist: Tonikom (@)
Title: The Sniper's Veil
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
The mysterious mistress TONIKOM is one of the very few females available in the modern IDM/Electronica music genre. After her marvelous debut "Epoch" 2 year before on Hymen, here’s with "The Sniper’s Veil" the enjoyable follow-up album, which again points out the musically preferences to several stylistically related colleagues. There is at first to name her varied rhythm and percussion work. By integrating influences out of Downtempo, Trip Hop, Trance and Breakbeat you can be assured to hear diverse patterns in her tracks far away from repetitions. Her rhythm work as being the energizer for hr global sound out, she also convinces with well-though Electronica themes, which quite often express a sentimental mood – which is contrary to her rhythmic work. And to unite these different influences track by track in perfection, that’s the target to reach. This of course works on some tracks better than on others, both highly addictive tunes "The Source (Album edit)" and the more than 11 minutes striking opener "Temporarius Delirium" are approving this plan, while the most catchiest tune can be discovered with the quite linear arranged "Watching From Here". "The Sniper’s Veil" balances well between "float-and-go"-music, an ideal and demanding album to listen and to move to.

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Artist: ASSEMBLAGE 23 (@)
Title: Compass
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis / Industrial Music
Rated: *****
The inventor of the Futurepop-genre is also one of the survivors of this often dead-written music style. Tom Shear did it again, and I guess almost all of our readers or listeners of Electronica music have discovered him and his famous work. "Compass" provides 10 tracks in its regular version, but also a limited edition featuring a bonus CD with remixes and additional new and unreleased tracks, can be purchased too. Tom’s compositional signature is still the outstanding part in his tasteful arranged sound environment, although an ongoing slight dedication to some acoustic instruments can be noticed too. Did I hear real guitars in "Leave This All Behind", for example? More than 2 years in the making it is may explainable, that Tom offers one or another tracks, which are lyrically still a settlement with ex-president George W. Bush ("How Can You Sleep", but what a great ballad of a track!). "Compass" generally seems a bit of a thoughtful album, subtle and filled with Tom’s own review of his personal episodes that can happen in life. "Spark", as being the teaser release to this album, stands for the rather danceable and highly catchy moments of this album, and to me, only "Impermanence", "Smoke" and "Alive" can follow this masterpiece and seem to be ideal invitations for additional CDS releases. I wouldn’t go that far, to call "Compass" as being his best work so far, but it is another constant good work of a matured musician. This album got also released as a limited edition, which features a second CD with 5 unrleased extra tracks. If an artist decides to offer own and unreleased works over that usual remix works collection, it seems to be quite logical, which of the both available versions you should try to purchase, shouldn’t it?
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