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Artist: ANGELSPIT
Title: Hideous And Perfect
Format: CD
Label: Black Pill Red Pill
Distributor: Nova Media / Pater Noster / Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After moving to Germany for a year to promote their music at the best and after extensively touring with KMFDM, Frontline Assembly, Front 242, Angespit release, for the new label Black Pill Red Pill (available in the U.S. on Metropolis Records and on Darkest Labyrinth in Japan), their new album HIDEOUS AND PERFECT. Available in Europe and Australia as a luxurious three gate fold wallet with a 16 page booklet and a folded poster containing the lyrics on its rear, HIDEOUS AND PERFECT shows the band at their best bringing to their fans twelve new tracks. Listening to the album a couple of times I was amazed by how the duo balanced the distortions with the sampled handmade percussions (they recorded much of the album's pounding industrial percussion at an abandoned shipping yard in Sydney Harbour) and electronic instruments. The sound is powerful but always in control, there's no compression and the female/male vocals along with the granitic guitar riffs give to the sound a great effect. Angelspit industrial electronic sound is an intelligent blend of melody, rhythms and energy impossible to ignore. With this version of the album you'll be able also to enjoy their visual vision where DestroyX incarnate a cyberpunk Japanese doll and ZooG a "Clockwork orange" dandy...
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Artist: Attrition (@)
Title: A Tricky Business
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Rated: *****
Younger generations could just imagine the explosive ferment swirling in the crowded classrooms of 80s English arts' schools and what it happened in the Coventry's ones was something that would have some consequences on the way of music making. Coventry is not only one of the milestones of 2-Tone ska, but also of verified intersections between various musical genres with DIY punkish attitude and one of the founder of the most "evergreen" electronic music band coming from those music fields, Martin Bowes '“ originally giving a precious contribute to give a voice to the Coventry scene through his Xeroxed fanzine entitled Alternative Sounds '“ is conscious about that and we could easily say that he worked as a sort of magnetic stone grabbing different sources for inspiration of moods and musical ideas orbiting around Coventry's school backyards! We widely illustrated and gave support to this big work of reissues of some of their best albums as a consequence of the renewed interest in their rich repertoire. That's why we're proud of announcing the reissue of one of their most interesting release '“ a respectable enterprise by Two Gods recordings -, A Tricky Business, an album which was partially performed in the mentioned arts school, but release only in the beginning of the 90s by the Italian music label Contempo. You could wonder why the fashion hierarchy press didn't give any visibility to them, but nowadays time has changed and the overstanding interest in the roots of electronic music has given the possibility (better later than never!) to know the most unpredictable voices coming from the music produced in a past not so really remote... A potentially tricky business as well!!! By the way, you could easily notice that this album is not only an excellent mixture of dark-wave, industrial rock and steaming slices of Euro-pop, but also a melting pot of black humour, romantic lyrics (I particularly appreciate the general mood expressed in The Rising Tide... really tear-jerker!!!...as well as the erudite lyrics '“ and music as well... - of First Love... Mr.Bowes, if you're reading to this review, well... I have to admit we shared your second love... I hope you're not jealous!), gothic '“erotic fades (... the forerunners of philosophy standin' behind a potential suicide girl could be find by cruelest commentators in the lovely "Can I be you right hand man?" lovely sung by Julia Niblock, the second Attrition leg!!!), ghostly tinged eyes peering into the gloom (or better into some glooms!!!), the entrancing lyrical grip and the breathy voice of A Girl Called Harmony... We invite to discover by yourself other parenthesis of this interesting document from this great English band... I'm just noticing I repeated the word "Coventry" too many times... There's no 6 without 7... Our respect to Coventry's juiciest music fruits! ... and to Attrition's music of course!
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Artist: LUSINE
Title: A Certain Distance
Format: CD
Label: Ghostly
Rated: *****
As reported by his bio: "Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for 10 years now". During these years he recorded for different labels (Hymen, Isophlux, U-Cover) before "landing" on Ghostly and he created different kind of electronic landscapes where rhythm and ambience were the main element. With his newest album A CERTAIN DISTANCE he moves his music a step ahead by adding to his fluffy rhythmical complicated texture beautiful melodies and vocals. Helped on "Two dots" and "Twilight" by Vilja Larjosto and by Caitlin SHerman on "Gravity" on vocals and lyrics, Lusine enriched its music widening the musical spectrum. If tracks like "Thick of it" or "Baffle" are already able to burst many feelings thanks to multi layered sounds and rhythms (loops and synths create an ever changing flow of different sounds), the tracks with vocals add that touch of soul that you wouldn't expect. It's so relaxing... it welcomes you into a comfortable place like you're laying on a fluffy cloud watching to a beautiful starry night.
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Artist: Voide (@)
Title: Lazy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
The sun is high, the beaches are filled and mostly people have better things to do than to work. But David Almgren alias VOIDE likes to interrupt those sedating summer impressions with a new release entitled "Lazy", a 3-track Si-CD, which collects all of his earlier this year released "sample tunes". It’s because David has decided to test some new possibilities of his self-marketing of VOIDE and has given out a few free downloadable tracks via his Bandcamp profile. And he has still a heart for the silver disc addicts out there, I got the pleasure to receive a copy of this physically product. 3 tracks are on here and the things are starting with the title track, which – to everyone’s surprise – features a natural sounding vocal performance of David. Well, if lyrically recommendations of how to spend the whole summer day (..."always remember: be lazy!") performed in a related kind to a news moderator are of your preference, seems to be doubtful – on the other hand I can’t imagine to discover such lyrically content with his known sci-fi and futuristic manipulated voice. "Into The Sun" is the second tune and to me the highlight of this release. It can be named as being the missing link to David’s top-notch tunes "Electrolyte" and/or "Toxic", both available on his last studio album "Humachine", and the sweet Electropop-tune "Love" featuring the German female singer Suzi Electric. Because "Into The Sun" introduces us another female collaborator with the Australian-based Pixieguts (check out: www.pixieguts.com), who adds some warmth to the high-skilled sci-fi-related Synth-Electronica – a great vocal performance fits well to a great synth programming. Third, last, but not least track is "Traffic", which once again proves David’s favor, to use vocoderized vocals as well as to prove again his talent to create tasteful synth arrangements. Too bad, that this all finds an end after only 3 tracks – but you can be assured, that David hasn’t released any filler stuff to shorten the waiting time to his next full-length album. Moreover, his well-done collaboration with Pixieguts requires a continuation.
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Artist: Riverz End (@)
Title: Possible
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Rated: *****
A free download-only item available from the website of the Russian label Lagunamuch and even if the label warns the listener, not to try to understand the sense of this nickname, I am highly interested to know who stands behind this mysterious act. And regarding the nick-name: well, what’s wrong to name a band project after a title of the SKINNY PUPPY-album "Last Rites" (is that a fair interpretation, Mr. Daut?)? This project is a very well-done surprise – what do I say? – maybe the best free downloadable surprise since years! Cinematic and dark sounding Electronica in some way comparable to FLAGUE or ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ unites with a rhythmically outfit, which often draws relations to THE KLINIK – this marvelous soundtrack drives most of the latest Tympanik, Hands, Hymen/Ant-Zen – releases against the wall! Too bad, that this epic trip ends after only 35 minutes, but I’ve lately seldom heard anything else addictive. As for the highlights well-balanced through this available 9 tracks, there’s in the first instance to name the title track, since "Possible" is a pearl of an authentic Dark-Electro-tune with programming abilities very near to FIX8:SED8 or OBJECT. "Fresh Wound" or "Magenta Violence" impress with complex rhythm- and percussion-programming abilities by using multiple Hi-Q – constructions. Rather more scary and ominous sounding are tracks like "Huge Face" or "Other Dreams", which both concentrate to leave the listener breathless with its thrilling atmospheres. Last, but not least, the ultra-wide reverberating effects used on "To Forget World To Remember World" have something special, too. Well, what finally can go wrong, if also Athur Berent of ABSTRACT AVENUE is aboard by offering a decent cover art for this new Russian talent? Have I mentioned above, that this item is freely available? – this is a must-have download, get it!
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