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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Vineyard & Evil remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: EevoNext (@)
Rated: *****
THE VINEYARD & EVIL REMIXES is the first EevoNext full length and, from my point of view, unfortunately it contains remixes of only two tracks: nine version of The Vineyard's "Florence" and two of Evil's "Wladimir M.". I'm not arguing but, even if the new versions are good, I see an album as an occasion to find many interesting tracks of a certain band/label and it's a pity that for a first full length release this isn't true. Said this, the album sounds great and also the idea to give to different people only some parts of the original tracks (coming from the restored album released the last year) was a good way to stimulate remixers' creativity. The people involved were Brendon Moeller aka Beat Pharmacy, Arne Weinberg, EevoNext member The Moderator, Dutch techno heroes Duplex, Dave Tarrida, Justin Berkovi, Neurotron, Ravemaster 'Altern8 aka Nexus21' Mark Archer, Peter 'Baby' Ford and lone islanders 'Skye Radio'. Everyone mixed their distinctive style with the original track making them sound new, different one from the other and fresh. Dub, techno, electro and minimal are well represented here and you can also find a bonus unreleased and restored remix of "Florence" reworked by Peter Ford.
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Artist: Diskoteket
Title: Diskoteket
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: afmusic (@)
Rated: *****


This self titled debut release from Swedish post punk/ goth project Diskoteket is certainly a treat. The press release for the album name drops both the Sisters of Mercy and the Talking Heads as aural references, and I can actually see that a bit, though much more so in the case of the former than the latter, as this is much more in the 80's goth/ post punk scene than an artsy fartsy venture.

That said, this definitely isn't another sisters copy cat band. Not at all. There are a lot of influences to be heard in Diskoteket's sound, but they fuse them all together in a voice than is their own. All of the songs on this 7 track ep have a vibrant, dramatic energy to them that I very much enjoy. The bass is very much up front in the mix, right next to the atmospheric synth work, through in more of a Joy Division sense than a funky Gang of Four style. The guitar reminds me at times of both the Banshees and The Cure, though it's more texture than a leading instrument. The drums are awesome as well, very tribal with lots of rolls thrown in.

But I have to say that it's really the vocals that do it for me. Anna-Karin's vocal style is very interesting and wild sounding, with lots of trilling and passionate over-emphasis that works really well. Unlike many foreign bands, Diskoteket don't sing songs in english, which for me is fine, as it makes the vocals even more otherworldy sounding.


This is a very nice record and I very much recommend it if you at all enjoy goth/ post punk type of stuff.
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Artist: KAA ANTILOPE
Title: VPRO RadioNome April 2 1982
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded live for the RadioNome radioshow, broadcasted by the Dutch radio and television broadcaster VPRO, VPRO RADIONOME APRIL 2 1982 is the fist and maybe last chance to know a particular band called Kaa Antilope. They produced a sort of experimental/pop mix where melancholic melodies were coupled by analog sounds creating a particular atmospheres. Since the first listening I found the ten songs of the MLP perfect as a post catastrophe soundtrack, for example. The apparent fragile musical structures are toughened by the various synth noises that create a sort of theatrical approach. Check "Red bushes" and "Rise up helicopter, like a bird" excerpts at the label's website and you'll get a good picture of their sound. The 12" is limited to 500 copies and will have also liner notes written by band's friends.
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Artist: Die Perlen
Title: Stadt.ep
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: FireZone Records / Black Rain media group GmbH
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
The new EP of this duo from Nurnberg, Germany deals with the phenomenon of a big modern, smoggy, loud city; the events and the emotion related to it are rather ambivalent. Some contemporaries cannot imagine their lives anywhere else while others cannot stand the city living conditions. Ever asked yourself what goes to make a city great and unique? These are primarily the people you share your city with. Not the architecture or beautiful ponds in the park.
The band has already released three full-length albums and after its nine-year long existence is no newbie on the underground horizon. Ferdinand Ess and Katja Hah call their musical style TelektroPonk which involves elements of Electro, Pop, Funk and Techno. Apart from keys they use guitars, computer and kaosspad combining faster beats with clear vocals both male and female. The languages they chose to use are French and their native German. The EP depicts the moldy and grotesque sides as well as the glorious ones of the 21st century metropolis. For those of you whose idea of how the German language sounds is dominated by the post-war films and Rammstein (who play on those clichés) try to listen to Die Perlen (the pearls). Katja’s singing will leave a very mild and melodic impression of this language.
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Artist: DAMIANO MERCURI
Title: European Music And Ballads From Renaissance And Baroque Era
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
Damiano Mercuri is the guy behind Rose Rovine E Amanti but he's also a trained classical guitar player. He has studied at the age of 13 under the guide of the great Italian guitarist Carlo Carfagna and took his musical degree at S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome with maximum score cum laude. Studied flamenco with Juan Lorenzo at S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. EUROPEAN MUSIC AND BALLADS FROM THE REINASSANCE AND BAROQUE ERA is the first album for The Eastern Front sub-label "Folk" and as far as I how it is his first album where he performs this kind of music. The CD is divided into three sections: early English music, early Italian music and early Spanish music and gathers music by John Nowland, Robee Johnson, P. Cutting, Philip Rosseter, Vincenzo Capricola, Ludovico Roncalli, Cesare Negri detto il Trombone, Vincenzo Galilei, Alonso De Mudacca, Luis De Narvaez, Gaspar Sanz plus various anonymous. The twenty seven tracks played with acoustic classic guitar have been performed in different places and show well Damiano's passion for this music and are enjoyable also by ignorant people like me and this is a great gift for a musician...
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