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Artist: MILK MONEY MAFFIA
Title: Milkshake The Remix Album
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
As stated by the title this digital release hasn't new MilkMoneyMaffia songs in it. If you checked the MilkMoneyMaffia's debut "Musik" (always available on Basserk as digital release) you already know his the particular vocal style (a filtered voice formed by high and low pitch variations) and the energetic danceable tunes he proposed. Well, this time we have three of those ones remixed. Ricky y Rulo open the release with a great version of "Caramel" (the "Lollipop remix") where the original vocals are now mixed with a bouncing bass guitar and a dreamy synth atmosphere just to be turned into a sexy '70s style tune. Kid Goesting opted for a distorted electro acid version of the same track. With Boemklatsch, we have a different version of "The peanut butter". This time the track has turned into a sort of acid dub where bleeps and syncopated drums hypnotize the audience. Next we have two versions of "Stinky stanky" re-worked by DJ Donna Summer and 3-1. The first one is a mix of different genres it goes from the break beat to the acid techno while the second one turns the song into a dilated electro distorted track. If Ricky y Rulo created a new atmosphere composing almost a new track the other four acts opted for the "let's make a party" approach but in this case the original tunes where already good at it. Nice release but if you don't know the original songs check those ones first.
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Artist: DEGADA SAF (@)
Title: Without Religions
Format: CD
Label: Disco Dada Records (@)
Rated: *****
I was reading the reviews section into the September issue of an Italian music magazine when I read with surprise the name of one of the most original Italian bands of the '80s: Degada Saf. At first I was thinking that someone finally reissued their first and only album released back in 1984 by Rockgarage, titled "No inzro". I read the review and it amazed me to know that WITHOUT RELIGIONS was a new album. I checked myspace looking for if they had a page and I found it. I started to listen to the new tracks and the first thing I thought was: "wow, they do sound different. There's nothing left of the old electronic wave sung in a strange language". The second thought was: "Oh boy, they sound great!". Fausto Crocetta (original member of the first line-up) and Michele Piovesan (he joined the original line-up when they started touring) updated the Degada Saf sound giving to it a boost: danceable atmosphere, great melodies and a bit of industrial electronic attitude thanks to granitic guitar riffs. If in the past their music was suited for a new wave/electronic audience, now they are head to head with bands of the likes of The Presets, Digitalism, Autokratz, etc. The album opening is the self titled "Without religions", an incredible electro blast with a catchy female vocal that sings here and there. The second track is a great electro aggressive song with refrain and all which sees Fausto vocals dueting with guitar riffs/solos. WITHOUT RELIGIONS proposes different atmospheres: we have "in your face" dance electro tunes ("Without religions", "Let me inside when I'm walking" which is an re-worked version of "Riz du fles", the second song from "No inzro"), instrumental mid tempos with catchy melodies ("White body love", "D.j. blood" and the closing "2080"), semi electro pop tunes with less distortions ("Divine" or "Born to criticize"). There's also an unrecognizable cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" with mid eastern atmospheres and blasting 4/4 drums. Degada Saf are back and I hope that they're back to stay! Check them as soon as you can at www.myspace.com/degadasaf.
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Artist: RE-DRUM
Title: S
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 2002 with five releases out, Pavel Aleshin's Re-Drum is releasing its sixth for the Polish label Zoharum Records. S is the title of the new CD which contains four untitled drone industrial suites. During 55 minutes the album creates since its first minutes an hypnotic almost psychedelic atmosphere with long humming sounds, distant noises, loops, vocal samples, etc. On the second and fourth track things change slightly because of the use of Tibetan samples (as far as it seems to me Tibetan blows and Tibetan litanies' have been used) enriching a lot the sound created as they are really absorbing per se. The first and third movements have good moments but Pavel opted for a minimal approach using pads and drones creating tracks that need an extra concentration from the listener.
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Artist: IN SCISSORS
Title: Orbis Terrarum Requiem
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
In Scissors second full length album is a good dark ambient/industrial record indeed. The nine tracks are always able to build a wall of tension where the dark ambient sounds are enriched by strings arrangements. Throbbing sounds and melody create a particular effect: industrial arrangements, orchestral neo-classical moments with percussions, strings and loops are alternated creating an interesting blend of genres that are able to fit very well the album concept (in this case the destruction of earth and nature caused by human beings). Like a virtual soundtrack to human decline ORBIS TERRARUM REQUIEM shake the audience to the bone offering an original an honest vision of a classic industrial theme.
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Artist: Nuclear Combination
Title: Virus
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Morphic Field Resonance
Rated: *****
This is a relatively new release by the German Morphic Field Recordings organization, which is an Experimental-minded net-label and forum lead by the participating bands (among others AGGRESSIONLEVEL 4.0, LETZTE AUSFAHRT LEBEN or NARCOTICA-RUS). So also this very first release of NUCLEAR COMBINATION is free to download, released and licensed under the Creative Commons agreement. The project itself is rather a collaborative effort, since it consts of members of projects like LETZTE AUSFAHRT LEBEN, E.I.D., and TOURETTE/NERVENLAEHMUNG. The protagonists behind this project, Nina (LAL), Andre (E.I.D.) and Markus (NERNENLÄHMUNG) have joined their forces together, to produce a mostly beat-oriented Powernoise-album featuring – surprise, surprise – the female vocals of Nina. But even if this fact sounds promising, be assured that the people behind this project don’t have an interest to present a heart-felting and beautiful performance, as the female lead vocals are raw and for the most part infected with lousy lo-fi effect manipulations. Musically these 12 tracks show some talent into the Noise genre, names like FORMALIN or ARZT + PFUSCH mixed together come to mind, while they leave higher musically surprises out. A favorite is the rather dark-instead-of-noisy track "Prophecy", which offers a wider musically spectrum. As for floor-compatibility, the rhythmical Noise-tracks like "Seelenarbeiter" and/or "False Prophets" should be able to feed the addicts. Also conspicuous is their use of German, English and Russian (!) lyrics, often also changing in between a track, that’s quite a rarity. Production-wise and especially regarding the end mix this album could need some polishing or it should be given in some approved hands to add a bit more dynamic. Nevertheless this one comes out quite satisfying for a debut, which got rewarded with a high number of downloads from their label website above.
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