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Artist: UCNX
Title: Run your body
Format: CD
Label: MOMT
Distributor: MOMT
Rated: *****
I gotta confess, I am a terminal fan of Front 242 and this work follows their sound rules beat by beat, riff by riff and scream by scream. But there is more, the artistic operation is very smart, because UCNX used – remix and tortured to the GODS of EBM classic havy metal tracks of the 1980s. For sure this is an EBM old school work, but is so nice to hear this kind of brutal approach that I cannot say nothing bad about it; EBM is in the same time violent but even simply and straight like rock and roll/punk I love to hear this music, it transmits non stop action and great strenght. From the website of the label: "UCNX is an audio assault project based out of NJ/Philly (USA) from Douglas Sudia and John Monette focusing mainly on the industrial/electronic/alternative scene.Theirs is a fusion of various styles ranging from classic Electro-Industrial, IDM, Coldwave, Ambient, and Noise into a collection of storming club and experimental tracks with strong vocals, an overall rock sensibility, and strong respect to the past acts of the Wax Trax and Re-Constriction days, without being stuck in them." The voice, the effects and the classic EBM distortion over the voice are well recorded and MOMT, we gotta say, is making a very good job selecting very different artists, aggressive and really dude; let's move ahead MOMT you are in the right direction!
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Radio Resistencia
Format: CD
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Each time that I receive a promo packet from Matijn often I'm surprised and this time it happened the same. RADIO RESISTENCIA is a CD compilation gathering eighteen bands, same of them new on Enfant Terrible and some others not. The first surprise is that Enfant Terrible opened a section of the label to CD releases and the second is that Martijn decided to open the label to new genres. So, on RADIO RESISTENCIA you'll find something more than electronic sounds. The CD opens with five bands/songs that aren't sounding electronic at all but they are really interesting as they mix post punk noisy intuitions (Swann Danger and Black Ice), noise ballads with light industrial rhythms (Headcollision with their "Fireman"), melancholy piano low-fi ballads (Saralunden with "Les mains d'un autre") and dreamy ballads with accordion and female vocals (Louisa La Chouf with "Thousand miles of dreaming"). Electronic music starts with the great "Obrisi" (it is a convincing minimal electro track with old e.b.m. influences and a catchy female voice) brought by the Croatian band Popsimova and the same atmospheres are covered also by Flying Bodies with "Transformer" and by Florence Fast Fan Club with the instrumental "Subliminal neurosis". "Something ahead" by :Codes bring us to the D.A.F. atmospheres of the "Fur Immer" period. Agent Side Grinder is the first band I know of the lot and they present "The screams" a track of cold electro wave. Dolina from France with "Once again" are here with a good track of old electro wave. Kim Ki O are from Turkey and their "Mutsuzsunuz, Hepiniz" is a really nice song influenced by 80's electro wave with pumping bass lines, drum machines and a duet of dreamy synth lines and female vocals. Model Z with "Military march" offer a cold synth track influenced by early Die Form. Also Le Moine are from France and their "Amnesia" is a nice instrumental electro wave voyage. Antlers Mulm bring a different version of his "Painted graves" coming from the beautiful "Of Withered Sparks" I already reviewed here months ago. Distel with "Fand" are the darker band of the lot: they made a track made of minimal sounds and nice subtle melodies. Wermut with "The systematic destruction of craving" bring to the audience a track based on a 4/4 pumping industrial like snare drum with an obsessive sequenced bass line and a razor guitar. Oplen from Sweden close this great compilation with "Music for trains", a lo-fi electronic instrumental obsessive tunes. Check some excerpts from the label's website and don't miss this release!
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Artist: Psy'Aviah
Title: Entertainment Industries
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Rated: *****
I seem to have a certain proclivity for European female vocalists, at least when it applies to electronic music. From Miss Kittin or The Knife to 64 Revolt, I'm likely to be more into a project as soon as I hear that sexy foreign accent. Which brings us to Psy'Aviah, a Belgian project on the Alfa Matrix label (possibly one of the few projects that share the same homeland as the label), who just so happen to have some damn sexy female vocals, not to mention pretty spiffy music.


"Entertainment Industries" is Psy'Aviah's second full length album, though I have yet to here their first effort, so I can't compare them. What I can say is that this is 16 tracks of solid inventive EBM/ Electropop goodness. The majority of the tracks lean more towards the EBM side of things, with a focus on creative synthlines and beats that aren't afraid to get dirty and experimental, though never outright noisy. The pop side of things is explored only really on a few songs, my favorites of which are probably the catchy "In the shadows" and the slightly eerie (in a good way) "Tired". But they're all very solid tracks, and they can only really be fit into proper genres in a broader sense, as they definitely have their own take on danceable electro.

If you like your EBM with more bite to it and would enjoy some electro pop that wasn't trying so damn hard to sound like Apoptygma Berzerk and the like, I highly suggest you check this record out.


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Artist: Bodyhammer
Title: The Lateral Line
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Mizukis Box (@)
Rated: *****
Also the US-based label Mizukis Box (DUBOK, ONLY FLESH) has to suffer under the current lack of sales of physical CD’s and has decided to release the follow-up EP of BODYHAMMER for free. You’re of course free to donate a sum, if you think that the provided music by the DUBOK-musician Heil is worth it. To me you should seriously consider this, because also the featured tracks on "The Lateral Line" are impressive. Heil continues generally his music direction, which drifts away from the smooth and melodic-influenced Futurepop-sound of DUBOK. BODYHAMMER stands for a darker and rather EBM/Industrial-oriented sound outfit, which features his extremely processed vocals, diverse rhythm constructions and aggressive pummeling synth bass-lines. A higher complexity thanks to his programming abilities can be noticed, a little Vancouver-inspired influence (FLA) here and there is surely available too. "The Lateral Line" features 5 new own compositions and 2 remix contributions by the label mate TOUCH SENSITIVE. As for a favorite, the speedy "Pole Position" or the opener "Hun Bastards" keep some bodies moving, while "Transient Technique" seduces completely as a listening experience. Heil scores once again and has hammered out a fine follow-up to his still highly recommendable double-CD debut "Neutral Base Culture/Zero Dark". Epic Dark Electro, which completely entertains.
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Artist: ARNE WEINBERG
Title: Alpha & Omega
Format: CD
Label: AW Recordings (@)
Distributor: Clone
Rated: *****
A couple of years after his first album "Path Of The Gods" and after several 12"s, Arne Weinberg is back with his second full length titled ALPHA & OMEGA. Released for his own label, the album will be available at the end of March as a double 12" and 200 copies limited edition double CD (the second disc contains a collection of unreleased ambient tracks). The new tracks span from the ambient techno of "Everlasting" and the following "Never surrender" to the house/techno of "Defining negative spaces". Most of them have a certain Detroit influence on the rhythmic parts having analog drum machine sounds with an "hyperactive" structure. Arne creates ambient scenarios using synth pads and then adds tiny synth melodies which keeps the track interesting. The contrast of tension (the anxious rhythmic parts) and calmness (the ambient sounds) is a characteristic of ALPHA & OMEGA, an album which sounds various and strong at the same time.
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