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Artist: SYSTEM:FX (@)
Title: High Definition Violence
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Born in early 2007 System:Fx is an e.b.m. trio coming from London. Even if they formed recently they aren't newcomers as their keyboardist Steve is active in the scene since late '80s. HIGH:DEFINITION:VIOLENCE is the band's first MCD which present to 90's e.b.m. lovers four original tracks and for remixes of "Turn to rust" reworked by Uberbyte, Autoclav 1.1 (an interesting version which gives to the track a widen arrangement made of orchestral strings, piano and ambient sounds mixed with electronics) , RBN and Moose Hunters. "Virus", "Turn to Rust", "Static" and "Bullets, Bombs, Blood" are good tracks that balance energy, melody and mild distorted vocals. HIGH:DEFINITION:VIOLENCE is a nice E.P. but unfortunately the band didn't try to revive a genre which lately don't offer nothing innovative.
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Artist: Dead Jump (@)
Title: Post Immortal
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A new full-length album from Brazil’s leading act DEAD JUMP, which is his second release signed to the Hungarian label Advoxya-Records. Alex Ramos globally brings out an album consisting of remix works, new interpretations of some tracks taken originally from his last success-album "Immortal" and some goodies taken from his nearly 8 years old album "Post Mortem", which hasn’t made it over to good old Europe. There hasn’t too much changed stylistically in the music of DEAD JUMP, Alex has become through the past years a big name in the Hellectro/Harsh-EBM camp, who especially seems to get a pattern for several young newcomer acts hailing out of all different countries based in South-America. Especially the 5 tracks taken of the classic "Port Mortem" album are standing out a bit, since they’ve been produced in a time where no one was thinking on Hellectro and the rush following this genre. It has to be mentioned too, that they also stand out, because they offer a rather rebellious and rough attitude, especially tracks like "Joke" or the fabulous Extendet Version of "Post Mortem" could be considered as Brazil’s answer on some LEAETHER STRIP smasher tracks. Nowadays Alex’ recordings are swimming a bit too much with the average mass, but this also belongs on the fact, that this special genre of Electro/Industrial music is filled with a heap of newcomers just around the corner preparing for a debut on a monthly basis. The newer stuff is a bit exchangeable , while the 5 recordings of the "Post Mortem"-era have its originality. Last but not least, 3 additional remix contributions on the newer tracks "Burnout", originally taken from Alex’ last EP "Scare Mix" accomplishing this EP. Participants are this time the Chilean act DIE BRAUT, the Polish one-man act CONTROLLED COLLAPSE and the Greece-based act IAMBIA. The last mentioned wins this internal contest with a hammering result, while CONTROLLED COLLAPSE receives a special price for the highest originality to turn a dancefloor-oriented original into a slow sound Dark Electro tune. For fans of Mr. Alex for sure a must-have item, I would like to see, how Alex continues with new recordings. Good stuff overall, but the newer recordings could need some more inspiration.
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Artist: Kite
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Quite of new "idea" to release music by the Swedish Progress Productions label, because in times of a drastically lack of sales they’ve decided to sign with this duo consisting of Christian Berg and Nicklas Stenemo and to release their debut as being only a 4-track-EP. Both band members seem to be able to call on a wide musically background, names like The Mo, Strip Music or The April Tears are rather witness of their involvement into the music business. One thing’s for sure, Progress wouldn’t take the risk of the release of this 4-track-EP, if they wouldn’t see and calculate behind it – it looks a bit like that a small independent label is able to release Chart/Pop/Alternative-related acts, which always requires some special efforts. KITE could be indeed the next big Electro-Synthpop-thing, at least for higher sales in Sweden. Their music compiles the influences of the Pop/Wave-inspired romantic coldness provided by timeless classic acts like very early ERASURE, ULTRAVOX or NEW ORDER with some Italo-Disco elements, but of course recorded after the current state-of-art. The vocals though are sort of charismatic and at times a bit "outranging", lets agree to name this "very emotional", but surely far away from that typical gay-ish Synthpop-kind someone would expect. This 4 tracks are strong compositions, 2 of them ("Ways To Dance", "Say it Ain’t So") are suitable with some dancefloor actions, while the other both "My Girl And I" (interesting acoustic guitar sounds) and "Learn To Like It" are rather ballads. A nice and unexpected addition to the band roster and I’m quite sure that this EP is only the appetizer for a soon coming full-length album.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of 9th Season
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cocoon
Rated: *****
THE SOUND OF THE NINTH SEASON by Cocoon is a sum of what happened during the nights at the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt. Mixed by the label's boss Sven Väth, the compilation is divided into two parts/CDs: "disco" and "invaders". In the first CD (the one I liked most) Sven is mixing ten label's minimal techno tracks which I appreciated for their capability of blending rhythm, melody and a certain hypnotic atmosphere. The one which stands out of the lot, in my opinion, is the opening "Symphony for the apocalypse" by Mathew Jonson. Techno with also a bit of house will entertain you creating cyclic tunes which growing little by little show a wide range of sounds. A CD not only to dance to. The second CD is the one I appreciated less, because is focused only on minimal house tracks that aren't enjoyable outside the dance floor, because there's no sense of melody. The tracks create a certain atmosphere and stick with it for about four/ten minutes without catching my attention that much. At this point I can say that this is pretty much dedicated to dance floor addicted who'd like to refresh those party nights at home.

TRACK LIST:
cd1:
1. Mathew Jonson - symphony for the apocalypse (new age revolution)
2. Styro 2000 - liver donor (bang goes remix)
3. Sasha - the mongoose
4. Ahmet Sisman - buiya
5. Timo Maas - subtellite
6. Alex Flatner feat. lopazz- perfect circles
7. Radio Slave feat. Danton Eeprom - grindhouse (dubfire remix)
8. Virtualismo - mismoplastico (serge santiago maxi edit)
9. Smith & Selway - total departure (cirez d rmx)
10. Väth vs Flügel - trashbindance

cd2:
1. Anthony Collins - reeves
2. Kollektiv Turmstrasse - her aus holz mix
3. Sis - orgsa
4. Johnny D - orbitalife
5. Quenum - vault element
6. Reboot - vandong
7. Sven Tasnadi - waiting for you again
8. Pigon - promises
9. Microworld - this is my friend (disco version)
10. Robert Babicz - dark flower (joris voorn magnolia mix)
11. Luke Solomon - spirits (prins thomas disko-tek miks)
Artist: Radio Radio
Title: Alarm 1 Alarm 2
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Radio Radio is the name of the band. a 4 peice quartet that hails from Tulsa Oklahoma and really is hitting the circuit in the states. The just played Reggies in Chicago with Camera and put on a well received show. Radio Radio consists of Greg Hosterman on Vocals, Paul Cristano on bass, Jay Hunt on guitar and Paul Sanders on drums. Very reminiscient of early Bowie and a plethora of 80's New Wave danse hits complete with a video screen to match computer images that blend with the music and create almost a wold of electronics for all to see. We begin with Track One, " Alarm 1 Alarm 2 " which is a sure fire danse floor hit straight off the bat. Greg sings to us, " Alarm 1, Alarm 2 she left you on the run, Alarm 2 it was you ." A tale of signs of neglect and broken promises. Definately something we can all relate to. I really liked this track live and danced my butt off to it and a race to get this cd reviewed right away cause it touched me and rarely that happens. Guitar, lights and mesmerizing stature and vice from Greg and you get a sure fire band that is going somewhere. We move on to Track 2, " BBC" which was a cool track that seemed like a ode to one lost love that he will never forget. Greg sings, " Always have my heart and always and forever now. " True, words, true heart and true belief in this one. We proceed into Track 3. " Ghost ' which was a haunted love song that grows on you as it haunts your psyche. Greg sings so sweetly to us , " And I'm never gonna give up the ghost, never give it up, rationalize it away, no I'm never gonna give up the dead, I'm full of surprizes and I'm one step closer." Words that scream to us through voice and vision and make us wanting more. Lastly is what I feel is the best track on the whole album that is really going to be played on the radio. Track 4, " I Computer " which is a danse floor cosmic sure fire hit. Greg sings, " Do you dream about the man that you will become, don't be frightened now, hold your breath now, computer ?" A super abstract almost Tron like world that takes us into the world of man and machine and how technology is winning the race. This is a 4 song album and every song in it's own right deserves to be heard and experienced live. Radio, Radio is calling to you to tune in and turn on. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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