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Artist: Voltaire
Title: To the Bottom Of the Sea
Format: CD
Rated: *****
I just recently saw Voltaite live in Chicago with the Helblinki Sextet that is a band from North Carolina. Both bands were amazing. They both have albums that rock. First we start out with the album Oratory by the Hellblinki Sextet that is quite unique as their stage performance was. Fully packed with violin, accordion, guitar, mandolin, percussion, bass , trombone and trumpet backed with the most unique vocals from lead singer Andrew. We open with track one called " The End " which is a dark tale about a land below that is dark, witty and cunning as ever. Everything flows nice and rhymes to the core and their is surprises around every corner. Progressing on we move to track 3- Kerosene which is a Southern sounding track that really stands out alot. A morbid ditty about chaos on a Saturday night at the bar. Guns, mayhem and debauchery is what this album is made of. Hellblinki is not what it seems, it creeps, it makes it's move and grows on you track after track and won't let go.

Voltaire ~ Down at the bottom of the Sea is quite the album to remember. Pirate lore, krakens and the beast from Pirate bay not to be forgotten. Voltaire opens with track one, " The Industrial Revolution " Voltaire sings, " It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by taking choice away from you." Witty, charimning and to the core. We move to the classic track 4 called " Happy Birthday a clever song about the problems of getting old. Voltaire sings, " You're so old you smell like dust and now your bones begin to rust ." This could by far be the future Gothic day anthem for all future generations to come and go. Truely a crowd favorite and to be remembered and not forgotten. The next track 5 called " Coin Operated Goi." which is a parody from the Dresden Dolls song, " Coin Operated Boi ." Truely a club favorite and the best parody of a song I have heard of in a long time. Voltaire sings, operated goi, can't hang with the Moyles, he ain't got the curls. I say we convert him, it ain't gonna hurt him." We'll maybe down below." Voltaire follows this song exact to the original style just made it goi instead of boi. Voltaire is truly a genius when it comes to turning things around and making them better than ever than the original was. Moving to track 7, called " The Beast of Pirate Bay." a clever tale about the beast that lay in the bay and how all should beware. The song has a nice ring to it and really speaks to you, at least it did to me. We skip to track 10 " The Ship's Going Down reminds me of the band that played till their death in the movie Titanic. This song is unique, dark and amazing. Voltaire sings, " Though we'll drown, there's no need to frown, cause we're all going together. " Truely a dark tale and one not to forget. Trak 12, is called " Death, Death" is the song to remember, dark, witty, charming and a song we can all relate to. Voltaire sings, " Death, death, devil, devil , devil, devil, evil, evil songs, hell, you know that's how I get along,. " The rest of the album calls to you as the sea does and draws you down deep and encompasses you, consumes you and forever possesses you to listen.
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Artist: MACDONALD, FUJI, DAVIDSON, TAMURA, BANCROFT
Title: cities
Format: CD
Label: Nu Jazz (@)
What Brian Morton wrote in the notes inside the booklet of the cd is true, this is utopian music, but I don't agree completely on the fact there's a juxtaposition of cultures, sometimes you have that kind of tension but just every once in a while. This' one of those works that makes you think jazz is not dead yet and there's hope for what looked like a dead end street. I know the jazz label is a bit reductive for this release so let's say we're in front of one of those rare blends were you find jazz mixed with contemporary classic music together. The piano and the saxophone characterize most of the features of this face, but the other two elements of this four-piece don't act like com-primaries since their effort in most of the tracks ends being really discrete but considerably important. A good example of the peculiar sound of this line-up could be represented by "Two Block East" where you have a free jazz horn and drum section fighting a body to body fight with a scary piano. But that's one of the "loud" tracks, when playing quiet this quintet opts doubtlessly for transfiguration and the abstract cover fits really well with the music. Even if they play some electro-acoustic parts in most of the tracks the sound is not made out of strangulated, un-played notes or whatever. The result is odd but just for the phrases they use and for the resulting dialogue. Even if it has its own personalities, this band is surprisingly heterogeneous, which if taken by itself it's a result. An odd but catchy record, modern but still reinterpreting tradition in its own way, abstract but still music from the planet earth. It's rare to offer something so interesting in some genres, this one of those records that shows there's a light at the end of the jazz-tunnel.



Oct 30 2009
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Artist: MINUSHEART
Title: Disease
Format: CD
Label: Echozone
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Formed in 2007 by Diver and Benden, Minusheart are releasing for Echozone their debut album DISEASE. Containing ten tracks and four remixes the album proposes a varied blend of electro ebm music influenced by industrial and electro pop. Tracks like "Don't feed the cats", "Feel the pain" or the opening "Icehouse' are good for clubs with their 4/4 pumping drums and others like "Future lies" (this one is my favorite because of its dissonant piano and mysterious sounding vocals coupled to upbeat rhythms) or "Burning star" (a melancholic dark electro pop mid tempo with male/female duet and guitar riffs) are showing a different side of Minusheart's sound focusing the sound on melody and rough/soft sounds contrast. Most of the tracks with upbeat rhythms recall me the ebm bands that were recording for KK and I think that Diver and Benden have been influenced by the sound of Vomito Negro or Force Dimension. The four remixes by Fragment Machinery, Accessory, Config.Sys and Momolith offer a mix of industrial, ebm and a bit of goth (check the opening of Fragment Machinery's version of "Iceburn") but don't excite me too much (except for Fragement Machinery) as they tend to flat the sound to only one genre thing that Minusheart succeeded to avoid.
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Artist: TANZKONSOL
Title: Tanzkonsol remixed
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
After the debut release of some months ago, Basserk release, as digital download, an EP of remixes containing three versions of "Learn from your mistakes" (reworked by Lazy Late Kidz, MilkMoneyMaffia and Quick & Brite), one of "New York" (Homework did the remix) and one of "She left me" (with Bronstibock on the mix). The first four versions present a down to the bone edition of the tracks focusing the sound on rhythms and basic melodies, while Bronstibock revisited "She left me" giving a personal touch to the song by using filtered vocals and a raw approach to sounds (check the grinding low-fi bass sound).
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Artist: CLP
Title: Strictly Confidential
Format: 12"
Label: Sugarcane Rec.
Distributor: Music Response
Rated: *****
Available on vinyl and digital download on Sugarcane Records starting from the next 16th of November, STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL is the remix E.P. (to tell the truth it seems more like an album to me because it contains ten tracks) but if it will be sold at an E.P. price that's neat. Unfortunately I missed the release of the album but I had the chance to check CLP with their "Homecourt/Dip Shorty E.P." and I can assure that also STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL is a blast even if it is contains only remixes of tracks coming from CLPs album Supercontinental. You know that I'm an home listener and I don't appreciate music based only on rhythm and loud sounds and sometimes remixes sound like a mishmash of the original tunes. Well, this time I'm glad that the ten tunes of this release are great electro tracks with bumping rhythms and instriguing vocals. Performed by Lazersword, Lando Kal, Sweat X, Fs Green, Nic Sarno, Spenza, Top Billin and CLP themselves the songs have still the hip hop influences, the energy and the freshness of the original versions. Do yourself a favor by checking it at the band's website.
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