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Artist: Empty (@)
Title: Never Get To You
Format: CD EP
Label: Aphotic Audio
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
No, this isn’t the long-awaited first full-length album of Australia’s Dark Electro duo EMPTY – "only" a new CDEP, but a release with some remarkable content. "Never Get To You" at least seems to be a kind of a fresh breeze, because with the title track, the band has integrated a quite different and unexpected musically course. As being lately for the most part inspired through IDM/Electronica music, Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet show and prove easily, that they fit well also with the elements extracted out of this style. Take on one side the latest audible results of DISMANTLED and try to mix it with the last lighter DISHARMONY recordings, and you’ll get a glimpse, how smooth and almost "sweet" this duo can sound. Still multiple layered, but the often pronounced comparison to FLA and aliases often presented through that typically sci-fi-related sampling work and the newly discovered lighter synths sounds turn a bit into the background. This can be also recognized through the clearer sounding male vocals, the huge fx manipulation got reduced especially for the main track. Besides "Never Get To You" and its four remix contributions by DISMANTLED, PASK, IAMMYNEWT, and ANGEL THEORY, you’ll get one additional new track entitled "Forgotten Dreams", which rather focuses to present an IDM/Break-Beat performance combined with the typical vocoderized male vocals, which we’ve often heard from EMPTY. This one stands pretty much in the shadow of the title track, since it lacks of a clearer catchy attitude. "King of Kings" is finally a cover version originally composed and recorded by The Models – do I hear on it tendencies to a calmer and more melodic outfit? However, I see the need to release this teaser EP, especially to "warn" the harder Electro-minded purists, that EMPTY can sound diverse. Check our newest interview with both protagonists on here, to pick up the newest info about this Australian duo.
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Artist: KIKI
Title: Kaiku
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control
Rated: *****
Active since the mid 90's as dj, Joakim Ijäs produced his first album for BPitch Control back in 2001. During the years he did many mixes (check for, example, his volume of Boogybytes) and 12"s and it was time he took some time off to produce his second full length titled KAIKU (which in Finnish is meaning "echo"). Having in mind something enjoyable also for an home listener, Kiki built an eclectic tracklist that take inspiration by techno, house, electro and classical music. The album opens with "Autumn leaves", a techno mid tempo with viola inserts and ambiental noises here and there. The following track "After the storm" is a ambient house/jazz mix while "Good voodoo" is a good Miami house vocal track with dark melodies. "No words necessary" mix a sampled guitar sound with house and 70's spatial syths (a very cinematic sound). "Starslider" has obsessive house loops mixed with ambient pads."Immortal" is one of the best tunes with viola, ambient sounds, techno arrangements and Pirica vocals that recalls a bit some Bjork tunes. With "Death railway" and "Twins" techno/electro is the way to go but the first one has smooth sounds that give to it an intimate atmosphere. "Moghadishu" house techno with tribal approach convince also thanks to its dissonant melodies but tension raises with "Living with FFWD" thanks to the Wendy Carlos' "Shining" samples and to whispered vocals. The album closes with "Helios", a cinematic tracks based on rhythmic noises and strings.
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Artist: PETR PASSIVE
Title: Fat Sauce
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Each time that Basserk release something is a surprise. They got in contact with Petr Passive few months ago and they already have his release ready to be spread around. Formerly know as the breakcore act and producer Autonon, Peter van Drunen is a Dutch guy who will please your ears if you are into techno electro music. His raw sounds and his style in balance from obsessive electro (check "T-town"), bouncing melodic retro tunes (check the "Sun shines in my eyes" or "Super nintendo") and grime (like the opening "Witness the pitless" and "Johnny Zero") is able to catch immediately the listener's attention thanks to a good mix of distortion, melody and rhythm. If you are looking for a perfect release check this one. It's available at iTunes and Beatport.
May 26 2009
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Artist: Cygnosic (@)
Title: A Deity In Pain
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This provocative record by the young Greek (from Old Athens) producer Georg aka Cygnosic (an acronym maybe referring to the famous neutrinos' storm related to the disappearing of Cygnus X-1, a supernova supposedly turned into a black hole discovered in 1964 and responsible for the mentioned storm which hit even Planet Earth in 1981, grabbing the interest by a lot of scientists' symposiums, according to which it was the first astronomical object widely accepted to be a source of massive X-rays, useful to explain and study the phenomenon of black holes) could be the musical answers to the Kitamori's dilemma according the double divine personality (a piece of good news for psycho pills' factories!), as Georg chooses this religious references picturing a sort of portrait of an angry and unmerciful divinity to enwrap his well-crafted and catchy music, constantly oscillating between EBM, techno and music for movies (an attitude featuring Georg's music confirmed by his recent collaboration with the emerging and promising Greek film-maker Fokion Bogris for the soundtrack of a movie entitled Catharsis... ). His distorted use of voice could be associated to this painful god's complaints about human race (it could be fitted to Kitamori's quoting stating that "when the pain of man becomes the symbol of the pain of God and unites with the pain of God, man's pain is in turn healed. What heals our wounds is the love rooted in the pain of God"... hope I don't look too intellectually snobbish to our beloved readers!), its rhythmical electromechanical patterns seem to initiate to ritual dances for forgiveness and for the praise of this dreadful deity which lose its patience. There're some references to the funny fake believing of Discordianism, when Georg identify one of the sign (and reaction... ) of divine pain in the aim of spreading chaos in the first powerful track, in references to the moon eclipse in the second one entitled Luna Obscura (a well-done "chaotic" remix ends up this cheeky tracklist for people which usually enjoy dancing on this kind of hard rhythms in darkish dancefloors), in the geometrical basslines and catastrophic sequences of Zero Tolerance (the structure of the track reminds to us Juno Reactor's "Bible of Dreams" as well as some pieces of Klinik's repertoire... it's not so difficult to fix into memory the lyrics of this song... just repeat the title continuously!). Some slices of terrifying dialogues and malevolent sneers in the filmic You Stink Of Fear, a sort of interlude evoking the awakening of this deity in pain (don't be afraid!), and an adamantine EBM hurdy-gurdy with a reversed sample of breaking chains in Throw Away My Dust anticipate one of my favorite tracks, Neva55 '“ we sincerely ignore the reason why Georg tribute this track to an old Russian radio!!!-, an highly-danceable track well seasoned with samples of distorted typewriting and anti-aircraft alarms which will surely shake your bodies... This deity looks really disappointed in the soteriological One O Two, a really suggestive track which should not to be heard by people affected with persecution manias! As Far As We Can Go with his catchy gripping could be alternatively entitled As Far As You Can Dance, while a distorted horn and metallic bumpy rifle-shots enrich the nice techno movement of In The Lag Of Time! There are some bodies of evidence confirming the theory according to which some Greek composers looks to be devoted to seraphic choruses, inserted everywhere in this album... it should arguably be a sort of trademark of music coming from Greece '“ a sort of devotional tribute to the Hellenic respectable descendents?!?!? -! We're not sure that this record could lenify this deity's wound, but we're almost sure about the fact the this deity in pain is going to get possession of your body!!! Are you ready to get into the terrible will of a deity in pain, men?!?!?
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Across The Divide / Heretic Angels
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
Reissuing all the back catalog Attrition is now printing live albums. They are sold separately but being released on the same period I'm reviewing them together. Anyway... ACROSS THE DIVIDE is a live album of a concert held in Holland in 1984 during the Attrition/Legendary Pink Dots tour (the first Attrition tour outside UK) and it has never been released before. On this one Attrition were Martin Bowes, Julia Waller and Ashley Niblock and it contains tracks coming from "The attrition of reason" and "Voice of God" EP. It has been recorded directly from the mixer and even if the tapes were twenty five years old there's only a minor flaw during the opening "Pendulum turns". If you like minimal electronic wave with post industrial attitude this one is for you. HERETIC ANGELS, instead, have been released already for Trisol in 2000 but it have been unavailable for long time. It contains ten songs recorded in 1999 during the band's USA tour. Christine Reid replaced Julia Waller on vocals and that was the period when Attrition collaborated with Franck Dematteis (he played violins and viola and he came from the Paris Opera) at the "Jeopardy maze"/"Etude" albums. Here the sound see the caractheristic Martin/Christine vocal duets and the tracks turned from minimal electronics to dark electronics influenced by early e.b.m. The tracklisting have songs coming from "3 Arms And A Dead Cert" ("Prelude" and "Acid tongue"), "The Hidden Agenda" ("Lip sync", "Interference" and "The mercy machine"), "The Jeopardy Maze" ("Atomizer - custom mother"), 'A tricky business" ("A girl called harmony", "Right Hand Man" and "The second hand"), "The Eternity EP" ("I am eternity"). Both the CDs have a remastered sound and are representative of a different period and if you are a fan for sure you'd be interested...
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