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Artist: MILK MONEY MAFFIA
Title: Musik
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
MilkMoneyMaffia is a project of a Greenland's guy called Jark Gurken and MUSIK is his first release. Available as download only the seven tracks mini is the second of the Basserk's AllDigital releases. If with Drifter TV Basserk explored the acid techno, with MilkMoneyMaffia we're back on the pure electro field. The first track "Smelly finger" is a mid tempo minimal electro song with a grime bass line, while "Caramel" recalls m,e since the first drum hits, the Egyptian Lover electro style. "Stinky stanky" and "The Peanutbutter song", instead, are good for a Gigolo Records compilation. "Cuba Pete" is a mix of salsa cut-ups with a techno bass line. With "Gone" everything changes and we have a nice slow ballad with electronic sounds and brass samples. "Milkmoney" closes the mini with a good catchy electro mid tempo. Jark made a good debut and you'll be convinced by his powerful sounds and by his double filtered vocals which create a funny effect. Check three songs on his myspace page.
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Artist: 20.SV
Title: Apocalyptic Desert
Format: CD
Label: Autumn Wind Productions (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this disc excites me from the start. Veiled behind walls of decimated audio signals, buried entities of voice, guitar, synthesizers, and unidentifiable noise generators gasp for air from an 8bit radioactive soundscape. Floating on this green ocean of sonic obliteration are passing waves of decayed melody and radioactive timbres that ignite your ear canals while foreshadowing the destruction yet to come.

Constantly shifting densities fluctuate between onslaught, feedback and sandblast, with the occasional relent of high frequencies making way for the earthmovers to pillage towards a desperately needed, yet always denied moment of pause. Never resting on a single texture for long, Apocalyptic Desert manifests itself through pulsations that undulate and loop under the hand of its creator. One thing that sets this release apart from others of similar ilk is how he maintains (for me) a sense of liveness that makes this interesting and worth repeated listening.

20.SV is a noise project of Lebanese musician Xardas, who also released Burning Sigils under his actual name, Osman Arabi. I recommend listening to his music, particularly this album, at a very high volume for the intended effect. The ascent from zero to about 14 minutes is worth the price of admission alone. Further, Xardas uses both right and left channels to disorient the listener and create a trance-like effect which often lands in a surprisingly musical’ soundscape, that resonates more deeply with each listen. Its very effective, and I can only imagine what this would sound like in surround or live. Recommended to fans of extreme noise like Messiah Complex and Grunt.

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Artist: DRIFTER TV
Title: You Hear What Eye See
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Drifter TV is an audiovisual dance electronic act coming from Netherlands. YOU HEAR WHAT EYE SEE is a title that really fit their project, because the visual is really the counterpart to their music and sometimes I think that their visual art has more relevance compared to their music. The seven tracks of the digital only release shows the duo dealing with acid techno and techno electro in a nice way but after visiting their website and after checking their flash interactive creations you feel that the nice tracks contained into the release would be great if experienced along with those because most of the tracks tends to play around few loops where they are filtered, stretched, treated and mixed with samples and I have the feeling that also they created them thinking also to the acid effect created by their bizarre boyscout twins characters.
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Artist: RISE AND FALL OF A DECADE
Title: Love It Or Leave It
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
Three years in the making and stopped due to the sad departure of Pierre François Maurin-Malet, singer and writer of Rise And Fall Of A Decade, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT has been finished by Thierry Sintoni (one of the other two band's member), who succeeded also into assembling a track wrote by Carla Picchiantano (singer of Speaking Silence) who virtually duets with Pierre François on the ballad "In the time when". The twelve songs of the album shows a band really inspired and freed from any musical boundaries. The opening "Again" has medieval atmospheres (on its opening) mixed with breakbeat rhythms and wave melodies. "In the time when" musically recalls me early Dead Can Dance but under a pop key. "The federation of love" mix beautiful orchestral arrangements with electronics for a great upbeat pop song. "Bagdad is shining" mix lounge melodies with pop wave sensibility (it recalls me the fresh sensation felt with some old Scritti Politti songs). Another great track is "Don't save the museum" which behind its happy melancholy enriched by electronics and orchestral arrangement hide a critics to society (the riff says: "Protect what makes money, protect what makes us richer but please, don't save the museum"). LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT is a great album which shows a band that after twenty years had plenty of ideas and also succeeded into renewing their sound. The second CD of this release contains a tribute to Pierre François Maurin-Malet containing twelve reinterpretations of Rise And Fall Of A Decade songs made by Collection D´Arnell-Andrea, Nemo Sandman, 2square, Speaking Silence, Ben Born, Thierry, Hide and Seek, Richard Bontempi, O Quam Tristis... , Pierre-Francois & Thierry and Thierry & Ariane. The double package is sold at a bargain price of a single CD!
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Artist: NAEVUS (@)
Title: Relatively Close To The Sea
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Distribution
Rated: *****
After a year from their "Silent life" album, Naevus are back with their sixth full length CD titled RELATIVELY CLOSE TO THE SEA. The album opens with the beautiful and powerful title track. Apparently calm, the song, thanks to its slow and crawling rhythm explode on some parts thanks to a suffering guitar that with its controlled feedback gives to the track a dramatic touch. After this one we have three tracks where the the influence of folk (maybe Gaelic) is evident and it's mixed with Naevus post punk/neo-folk distinctive characteristic approach to sound. Violin, acoustic guitars and the great John Murphy drumming create great moments made of tension and dreamy atmospheres. The touchy moment comes with "The German", a track that behind its folk atmosphere hide the story of an homicide of an ex German soldier (my interpretation) who after the war moved from East Germany to find a new life but who ends killed hit by the shovels of the crowd he found going to a pub. After two other tracks ("Dented mess" and "The troubadour") we find a masterpiece titled "Go grow". It is a 18 minutes track where guitars, violin and accordion duet, making slowly increase the tension (see the Velvet Underground) without never losing the control or the boundaries of the song structure. Good one...
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