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Artist: This Morn' Omina
Title: Momentum Of Singular Clarity
Format: CD EP
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Wow! The return of the international renowned Industrial-musician Mika Goedrijk under his main project THIS MORN’ OMINA promises a lot, although this new release is only a 5-track-EP. Together with partner in crime Sal-Ocin (EMPUSAE, TZOLK’IN), he has decided to hire with Spike a third member for all future productions of this Belgian IDM/Industrial outfit. These five tracks are musically more based into the Dark Electro genre featuring a slight Tribal influence, instead of Noise, a quite surprising, but welcomed development. The main track is "Momentum", available in two versions, a hard and forward moving tune, which should be able to appeal the dancefloor-oriented people. No cheap Hellectro relations included, this piece is one of the few smooth pieces consumable at your home entertainment too. "Nuraghi" starts with some fine layer sounds which remind a lot on TZOLK’IN until the beat and some sparse inserted vocals dominating the scenario. Another highlight has to be named with pure instrumental tune "Ananda", which leaves completely out all floor-compatibility – it’s the dark mood well presented through tasty arrangements, which score here. Again – all I can say is "wow!" – this EP is a mouthwatering new sign of life of this Belgian collective. When to expect a new album... ?
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Artist: Northern Kind (@)
Title: Wired:
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
British Synth-/Electropop-duo NORTHERN KIND returns with a second studio album and it seems, that the both protagonists, Sarah Heeley and Matt Culpin, have decided to release it as a collaborative effort with the UK-based Electronically Yours community (www.league-online.com). "Wired:" generally continues with their smooth and catchy music already discovered through their debut "53 Degrees North", combined with one of the best female vocalists around. The music itself offers a high dedication to the glorious 80ies Romantic-/Wave-Pop era, although Matt Culpin knows well to push his buttons with his state-of-art recording abilities. Like with lot productions out of this special music genre, the music can be unbeatable well done and flawless produced, if the vocals do not fit completely to satisfy the highest demands. The audience rather tends to rate a release after the quality of the vocal performance, the music often has to take a backseat. But what I mentioned above, Sarah provides brilliance with her nice timbre and tracks like "Electric To Me", the rather slow and ballad-like "Into The Blue" or the social-critical "T & Text" offer the most passion behind. Dancefloor-oriented tunes are featured too with "Pleasurely That Machine" or "Dirty Youth", while some vocoder experiments on the vocals in "Tranquil Eyes" can’t be left out. The hearts of the Synthpop-oriented audience should be beating faster with this well done album, which I highly recommend to purchase.
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Artist: In[Perfektion] (@)
Title: s/t
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enoughrecords (@)
Rated: *****
Another goody out of the rich source of the Portugal-based Enough Records label, offers us now the debut release of IN[PERFEKTION]. They decided to come out with their early demo recording, because this music project around mastermind Walter and his female half Charlotte (Walter is also part of the Hellektro Holocaust-recording artist HYSTAKMINE...) recently works hard on the last production efforts of an official debut album. And friends of the rather poppy sounding Futurepop-genre should continue to read on, since these first 4 tracks can be seen as Portugal’s answer on ASSEMBLAGE 23. A very good timbre of Walter, plus a not-so-obviously-danceable song composition effort, keeps these 4 tracks amazingly interesting. Some would call it a weakness, not to concentrate completely on dancefloor-compatibility, but – wouldn’t a track like the opener "Closure" offer the same impressive magic with this extravagant drum programming than with a rather 4/4-oriented kind of work? Not at all – track 4 "Willing For Suicide" attracts with a dreamy and catchy synth pad sound. It’s all well done with this four tracks and this band should be able to earn a rich harvest also on international events.
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
New York-based Electronica-wizard Frank Mokros is back with a new double CD album. Disc 1 offers the new studio work of Frank, which continues with his futuristic IDM/Electronica music we could discover with his last year’s brilliant album "Elekatota: The Other Side Of The Tracks". The presented variety and diversity in his music arrangements somewhere based into genres like Ambient, IDM, Noise and Industrial can be heard very seldom – Frank has the abilities to write perfect film scores for Sci-Fi- and Cyberpunk-related movies yet not produced. Multiple layered, high complexities in the production of synth and drums/percussion – yes, Frank’s music is demanding – but the listener gets so much rewarded for his full attention, which is required to consume his masterpieces of music. TOTAKEKE is one of the very few founded flowers, which someone can be identifying with. Normally tend to I prefer the rather straight arranged tunes, which allow some Industrial dancefloor movements. Tracks like "Disconnected Inside", the harsh and nearly Powernoise-like "Anterograde Amnesia", and the extremely catchy title track services this greed well. But here are 2 additional pearls needed to be mention, "Permanent Note", reminding with its mighty basslines and the rather slow tempo on "Bio-Mechanic"-like FLA featuring more complexity, and the eerie "Patient HM" with its simple, but so damned effective piano sound inserts. But all of these good things don’t end here, because Tympanik Audio has decided to assign all free slots of your CD players with Disc 2. This second disc offers some new interpretations of "Pull The Plug" and "Ignorance" provided by Frank himself, some new amazing tracks ("Gone", "Can’t Feel Time" and "Buried Is... " – A-MUST-LISTEN-TO!) and several remix contributions by Frank’s highly-acclaimed label comrades. ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ ("Permanent Note"), the raw PNEUMATIC DETACH ("Anterograde Amnesia" – how could someone think, that Justin Brink would put his fingers on any additional tune? Nice cover art too, Mr. Brink!), AUTOCLAV 1.1 ("Lost And Falling" – can a remix score against an original? It can! Well done, Mr. Young!), LUCIDSTATIC ("The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes"), ACCESS TO ARASAKA ("Contusions" – that nervous hacking hi-q programming offers creativity – a new talent to follow!), FLINT GLASS ("Patient HM" – nice try, Gwenn, but that’s one of the most difficult remixes. Nothing can rival with the brilliant original) and the Slovakian heroes of DISHARMONY ("Memoria" - quality as usual, Ryby, we’ll come on your new tunes soon... ) are featured here. I could slander again through this whole album and will be surely find several additional gimmicks and attractive things to report of. It’s a matter of fact, that albums of TOTAKEKE won’t never get boring and the music offers so much new facets to discover, which I could easily use as an additional apology, why I’ve delayed the review that long. However, get this masterpiece!

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Artist: One For Jude (@)
Title: Bonheur Dynamique
Format: CD
Some colleagues of the music press experienced some troubles in attempts of labelling the Parisian band One for Jude's style, maybe �cause it's not so important the percentage of dream- folk, cold wave, French pop, indie rock, electronic or psychedelic scraped together in their musical formula: it's a matter that record owners are going to successfully afford indeed! What counts is the fact that the band made up of Billy Amzal (voice, guitar and producer), Yonathan Ebguy (voice and guitar) and Benoit Sellam (bass and keyboards) manages to interpret in a sufficiently convincing way the lyrics they use to play. After 5 release, 2 LPs, some concerts (they also shared live stages with renowned musicians such as Clan Of Xymox, Yann Tiersen and In My Rosary) as well as some spotted presences in different compilations (the most remarkable among them is maybe the one tribute to Sol Invictus by the neo-folk label connected to the nu folk fan-zine Cynnfeird), One for Jude celebrates their 10th birthday with a new album, Bonheur Dynamique, showing a more mature approach to the composition and melody building as well as some slices of interesting psychotic narrations on the presumable dynamics of happiness. Piano fillings, chiming electronics, lightly distorted guitars and moaning atmospheres cross over the nine tracks of this album.

They alternate French and (French-stressed) English in their wordy hood trying to sneak in listener's good graces with fanciful melodies and smokeproof rocky postludes and we have to remark that even the foolishly ill-treated voice of the singer (sometimes rushing, sometimes growling, sometimes snatching looks like a Gardenale-treatment's young boy, moaning for having dramatically awaken by a work-team of noisy bricklayers invading his quiet space!!!) could have a sense if you analyze the sometimes hermetic lyrics (the reverie of the nice character depicted by the song The Rational Dreamer?!?!?), often diverting towards bizarre intimate cameos (what an astonishing assertion standing behind phrases and quotes such as the one you could hear at the end of the title-track: "En peintre du destin il dessine à l'exil des courbes de les reves"!!!) and pert attitude (exhibited in some songs such as Une fois '“ "Allow me to insist/I could have killed or loved/Or forgotten all the world/For a penny of that love" '“ or John Is Dead '“ "Hey you, won't you be my lil cocoon/And my dreams and my dearest moon?"). And well, they show great compositional skills '“ nicely refined tracks such as Bonheur Des Hommes, the lovely A Toi Qui Passes (you'll easily produce reveries while listening to the "ritournelle" featuring a crystalline guitar arpeggio... ) or the crafty Reine Du Passe '“ here and there and that's enough to justify their decennial existence. Snappishly snaky and exquisitely doomy!
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