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Artist: Jean-Paul Bondy (@)
Title: The Path of Most Resistors
Format: CD
Label: compost records (@)
Distributor: Rooftop Promotions
Ex-pat American Bondy, who lives in Berlin, out on this German dance label, gives us his take on various styles of electronic music, using guest vocals for the most part from various quarters of the electronic world. The disk open with the preachy hiphop track "Something is not right" blaming most of the world’s problems on the US (a popular past time I’m sure in Europe right now). Track #2 gives us a very Duran Duran inflected track. I can’t help but hear the influence of Kraftwerk here on many tracks, especially track #3 "xeno persuasion" which copies the deadpan Krafty vocals put through the ubiquitous vocoder. There are some interesting sounds here, as well as the usual bloops and bleeps of this type of dance music and altered vocals should satisfy the fans of electronic dance music everywhere. Heard a sample of the Bonzo Dog Band’s song "The Urban Spaceman" in track #6 (does Neil Innes have a lawyer?), a sample from "Blade Runner" in track#8 "L.A. Is Burning" (how about Ridley Scott?). The final and longest track (12 min. 29 sec.) is where he pushes past the hit maker dance track and does something interesting, starting with the languorous "bit by bit" and then moving into the dancey "ear worms". Personally I liked the first part better. This is also available on itunes, and as a 2lp.
Artist: Prometheus Burning (@)
Title: Beyond Repair
Format: CD
Label: Hive Records (@)
Distributor: metropolis-records
Comprised of Greg VanEck and Nikki Telladictorian Palmer of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, this duo has been together since 1999, Prometheus Burning being birthed in 2001. "Inspired by the early Industrial acts of their youth such as Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Download, Pyschic TV, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Frontline Assembly, and the glory days of Wax Trax, they set out to create an emotional, experimental, and harsh sound true to the roots of Industrial, yet innovative and expressive enough to push the envelope in a post-Industrial music era." Not much possibility of catching the lyrics in the din so if they do have a message, outside of the obvious "dance till you drop" variety, it’s pretty well lost. What we have here is the usual distorto vocals that sound like they’re run through a vocoder taking their furry place in the din. A decided Cyperpunk vibe throughout. Lots of heavy beats with good variety and some experimental spice thrown in for good measure. I like the beats but a lot of this genre of music everything else seem to melt into a static hiss. Lots of emphasis on the highs and lows and not much differentiation between instrumentation, like everything was run through a distortion box. I guess this makes sense on the dance floor but listening to this CD all the way through is a bit much and makes one a bit twitchy at the end. Probably on purpose. I checked out other sites to see what was said about the release and everybody seems to think they’re the next big thing, so what do I know.
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Artist: PSYCHEDELIC DESERT (@)
Title: Keshiki
Format: CD
Label: Pharmafabrik (@)
Rated: *****
Japanese project Psychedelic Desert's first album is titled KESHIKI and it has been released by the Italian label Pharmafabrik. The CD contains two minimal and long suites which seem to pay their tribute to cosmic music and which are true to the project's name because of the ambience created. The tracks succeed into creating a layer of fluctuating synth like sounds which stimulate the brainwaves of the listener. The only weak point I'd like to underline is that the tracks are based on similar sounds and being about 40 minutes long each one, they could made the listener loose his attention if not deeply involved into the lysergic sounds. The second half of the second track changes its sound a little bit thanks to some feedback and to what to my ears seems to be a treated guitar.
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Artist: REPTILJAN
Title: Archaeodermophagia
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Printed into a limited edition of 104 CD-Rs and having a special handmade package (there are also some blond hair included) ARCHAEODERMOPHAGIA is the new work of Reptiljan, one of the Niko Skorpio's musical projects. Being described as spontaneous compositions for bass guitar, contact microphones, fm radio and delay and distortion pedals, the CD contains seven tracks where it really hard to recognize what is what. The tracks don't seem to have a sort of structure and the main thing you'll be aware of is the phase of the stream of sound. The phases are spanning to light feedback with background noises to hard distorted mayhem where it is better you won't have your headphones on. There's also tracks which follow a different scheme, like "Metsanpeittoon" where the classic music coming from a radio channel is "infected" with noises little by little just to be sampled and treated on loops. Also on the following tracks there are traces of a certain musicality but they are rapidly overwhelmed by noise and chaos. I appreciated the most structured moments where I found some form of "organized chaos" but noise for the sake of it isn't my thing...
Aug 12 2007
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Artist: XmH (@)
Title: Time To Play
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Born from an idea of ex Active Disorder's Benjamin Samson and helped live by Pieter Sperling and recently joined also by Charlot Wever, XmH present to the lovers of strong e.b.m. their second release / first album TIME TO PLAY. Containing eleven songs and four remixes the debut album of XmH is a strong e.b.m. danceable album with lotsa energy and pounding rhythms. I know that there are tons of bands that have this kind of sound, so you'd ask what is XmH's peculiarity. Well, first of all Benjamin vocals aren't filtered and he do really shout his lungs out. Second, even if their music doesn't stand out for originality, their tracks are well conceived and you'll would enjoy them if you are searching for an album that would work well on clubs as well on a boring day when you are in need of a energy shot. "Rape your God" already had some kind of success on the alternative Dutch scene and for sure that one is the best of the lot. Also the mixes are doing their job and I appreciated "Global killer" version by Ng-Pro and "Rape your god" revisited by Jesus Complex. You can purchase the album directly from the band for 10 p+p included...
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