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Artist: SIURISMO
Title: The Uninvited Guest
Format: 12"
Label: Monkeytown Records
Distributor: Rubadub
Rated: *****
First release of the newborn Monkeytown Records, label run by the two members of Modeselektor, Siurismo's THE UNINVITED GUEST is a six tracks MLP that can be filed under a new genre: "weird dance electronic gem". From the info sheet I read that "Siriusmo, aka Moritz Friedrich, is a real survivalist, played in a band for many years and is a fan of old keyboards. As a professional artist (painting, illustration, graffiti) Siriusmo lives off temporary jobs and even does construction work now and then". Well, I can only tell since the first track titled "The door" that Moritz is able to mix catchy electro beats, irony (the fake vocals of the wolf who's trying to catch the three little pigs is hilarious) and great sounds. The main track is a mix of electro and techno with upbeat tempo and obsessive but catchy melodies. "High together" is starting like an electro salsa tune and then it blasts off like an electro funky dance irresistible song. "Nights off" is a nice instrumental electro pop tune a la Digitalism but a bit more melancholic. "Let me in" is techno, electro and grime at the same time and it is really bouncing. The closing "Von kopf bis fuss" is an orchestral/techno short madness. This 12" will be released in June, don't miss it and write on your calender that at the end of the year will be out also Siurismo's debut album always on Monkeytown Records. Great release indeed!
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Artist: CROSSOVER
Title: Space Death
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
The fact that Punch Records was changing was already evident with their latest compilation I reviewed here few months ago. Crossover's new album SPACE DEATH is the first full length release after that compilation and now we can see that Tairy definitely focused his attention on electronic music (but nothing is definitive and even if the next label's release will be a new 12" by ex Ersatz Audio's Magas, you can never tell what's next with Punch Records). Anyway... Let's talk about Crossover now. The duo is active since early 00's and released two albums on Gigolo Records (their second one "Cryptic and Dire Sallow Faced Hoods Blast Off into Oblivion" has been released in 2005). Their music could be superficially filed under electro and even if in the past they have been invited to fashion events their music has more than one disturbing/disturbed elements. Calling their style "gloom" music, Crossover on SPACE DEATH delivered ten songs in balance from electro with minimal arrangements and dancey attitude and something with a sort of theatrical approach (see for example the closing "Caveman To Spaceman" which musically seems a jazzy weird version of the opening "Black Mess" or the semi Devo like craziness of "Computer Simulated Mountains"). The lyrics have been written on a summer in the Arizona desert and someway also the music have that sort of acid approach. Check five tracks at the Punch Records' release page.
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Artist: NIKO SKORPIO
Title: Psilocybe Necrophilia
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
The album title refers to a mushroom which grows on decomposing flesh so for his newest album, PSILOCYBE NECROPHILIA, Niko Skorpio applied the same transmutation process to music using Km of old tapes to give birth to new music. From death arise new life so the six track of this album are like born from an alchemical process. Musically most of the tracks sound experimental and ambient but with a certain amount of tension which is crawling between the sounds of the CD. The treated tape cut-ups, sound like struggling dead souls and the whole result is a sort of psychedelic death trip.
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Artist: Nebulo
Title: Avutma
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
That’s a big scorer point for Hymen: every release they bring out surprises in one or another way, nothing seems to be foreseeable. This also counts for the French act NEBULO, the music-project of Thomas P. Musically this "Avutma" album offers a sci-fi sound-trip into a very own cold and foggy world. Pianos and organs got several times fx-manipulated to build a musically ground construct. Synth layers and subtle modified beats accomplishing this surreal scenario, which can described as a mixture of Ambient, IDM and Clicks’n’Cuts. The Ambient influence is surely the most recognizable ingredient, since this album doesn’t offer too much hectic and the possibility of a rhythmically movement. Some crunchy beatings here and there invade the walls of sounds to fill in at least some linearity. At times this complete sound scenario leads into a climax of surrealism and a real psycho-hypnotic impression. Not that easy to follow track by track, this "Avutma" album seems to be designed to satisfy the die-hard Ambient-Electronica freaks only. To me this album is a bit too personal-minded and it could need some more light extracted out of a more mass-compatible sound construct – but that’s only a personal impression. Not bad at all, but maybe this work requires too much spins from the listener until completely satisfaction joins in?
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Artist: T_ERROR 404 (@)
Title: Million Thoughts
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line (@)
Rated: *****
X-Line can be surely named as being one of the best known net-labels hailing out of Russia. It is the legitimate follow-up label to NBK-Records, but with respect on the current hard times, they release their stuff as digital downloads for free under the Common Creative License. The label X-Line is part of the Alter-X Promotion Project, which at least consists of three different labels. X-Line itself stands for a crossover between EBM/IDM, while Absetzer provide rhythmic Powernoise and the third Space-Time Continuum takes care on various forms of Ambient music. T_ERROR 404 is surely one of these promising and still need-to-discover-them related acts and they stand luckily for a hard Electro/EBM sound, which doesn’t remind on a daily doze of repetitive Hellectro-mutations. "Million Thoughts" presents a wide-ranging style between classic Dark Electro music ("Million Thoughts", "Solaris") to powerful rhythmical Noise-like tune ("One On One", "Sky Surfer"). This musically diversity for sure helps T_ERROR 404 to earn respect for their work, although they not reinvent the wheel. Also good to hear that they still prefer a subtle form of audio compression, instead to a volume make-up for breaking the highest peaks. EBM/Industrial can still be an aesthetic form of experimental-oriented music, and this talented Russian act proves this well. An act to follow without doubts and I hope for a better and international recognition for them. Also good to see and know, that this act has conceptual releases in stock, which seem to fit with the musically outfits of the above mentioned three labels. As I said before, this album is available for free in both formats MP3 and lossless FLAC directly from the X-Line website.
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