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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK
Title: Black & Gold
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
BLACK & GOLD is the latest release by Punx Soundcheck and it's their second album. Printed only as a double vinyl album, BLACK & GOLD will reserve some surprises for whom appreciated their previous "When Machines Ruled the World". The new album, like the old one, is divided in two different parts: one more minimal/techno/house and the other more techno/electro (thanks also to the vocal performances of Naommon, Linda Lamb, Marc Almond and Digitaria). The minimal approach to sounds is evident since the first track "Phantoms" where distorted bass lines are mixed with vocal samples and 4/4 rhythms. The hypnotic approach continue with "Make That Noise" where the techno party approach is the main element. "Metropolis" is a little darker with its catchy mysterious melody. Always based on techno sounds but also with a little of electro. Techno/house is on "Dress & Shoes", a track that features Miss Odd Kid on vocals. The electro influence starts with the sixth track "Mothercity" where the Naommon vocals meet upbeat rhythms and electro loops. Marc Almond gives his vocals on two songs, "Exhibitionist " and "Saint now" (this track was included also on "The Legends EP" along with "Flowerpower", also present here) and his performance, as always, makes the difference. Also the closing "WhiteSugar" is an interesting song with techno loops and reverbered vocals but also with catchy electro inserts here and there. Even if this one is different from the previous album I suggest you to check it out, because Punx Soundcheck are always a band that is able to deliver good music.
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Artist: FORETASTE (@)
Title: Terrorist TV
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Three years after the release of their debut full length album Foretaste are back with their second one titled TERRORIST TV. The French duo during these years worked hard to deliver a good album. Behind such a tragic title, you'll find stories of love that goes beyond death (see the couple of flight 21 that on "21" are about to die hand in hand), betray ("Play the game" and "All I know"), self destruction ("Autoportrait"), etc. These classic themes are like in opposition to the album title and in my opinion there are two key elements behind this choice: the TV that propose junkie reality programs (and for this reason it could be seen as a terrorist, because it tries to undermine our intelligence) and the second is the persistence of the love/hate/despair themes despite all the terrible things you can see on the news and, in this case, it is the surviving of everyday feelings over the death scenes showed on the TV screen. Musically the album is a good synthpop album with melancholic atmospheres delivered using upbeat rhythms. Listening to it a couple of times you'll discover at least four or five hits. My personal ones are "The Prototype Of Love", the following "Play the game" (on this one the female vocals are captivating), "21", "All I know" and "Anachronic". The album will be released on September 11... another reason for calling it TERRORIST TV.
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Artist: METAORGANISM
Title: I: Baphomet
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Divided into five different movements I:BAPHOMET is the first album of a series of audio documents performed by Niko Skorpio under the Metaorganism moniker. The sounds created for this album form an entity on its own: Niko linked different analogue and digital devices which were communicating data back and forth. Each slight change in the chain could have changed the resulting sound. In this way the human interaction was very limited and the tracks made of drones, hisses, frequencies are like recordings of distant galaxies. Niko and his machines created a sort of dark ambient/alchemical suites ruled by Baphomet, the devilish goat who has written Solve/Coagula on his/her arms. If you are into ritual music like the early Ain Soph records, try this one...
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Artist: JEAN CLAUDE ADES
Title: Finally!
Format: CD
Label: Swings Records (@)
Producing and djing for the last decade the French-German Munich-Ibiza based guy called Jean Claude Ades is releasing on October the tenth his first full length album titled FINALLY! Released by Swing Records/Great Stuff the album contains twelve tracks where Jean breaks every boundary by mixing a lot of genres. Since the opening "Spanish Harlem" you'll be stimulated by a techno base duetting with a Spanish style guitar with the add, on the final part, of a soul/house vocal. The following "Shingaling" is a classic salsa track written by Louie Ramirez in the 60s and then recorded by Kako And His Orchestra. Jean mixed the latter version with techno inserts and pumping mid tempo rhythms. The following "Total love" mix classic techno bass lines with house vocals but changing a little the formula here and there with electro/funk moments. The album mix reworked versions of past hits like "I begin to wonder" the Danni Minogue hit that now is present with its "2008 remix" (its has more techno inserts and more tweaking on Dannii vocal parts). Also present "Someday", "Fly Away", "Slap That Bitch" which have been produced with German house star Tom Novy and performed by ex-Snap vocalist and Madonna background singer Niki Harris. With her we have on guest vocals Tara Mc Donald (Armand van Helden’s top vocalist who also stars in the new David Guetta single). Personally I'm not into house music at all but I really appreciated the way Jean Claude Ades mixed the genres and how he used the techno parts (see the inserts on "Out there" for example or the whole "Slap that bitch" and "African voices").
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Artist: MAN’S LAST GREAT INVENTION
Title: None
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
It took me a while to review, but it was worth the wait, infact a good record is still a good record after a while..sometimes that’s not the way it is, you’re right, above all when coming down to genres like electronics which really linked to the sound... but this really far from electronics. Man's Last Great Invention share much more with psychedelia than many other bands using drones and feedbacks, do to the lo-fi nature of this recording and to the really good quality of the music they reminded me a lot of an underrated band from the not so recent K records catalogue, I’m talking about Yume Bitsu (..hey after having wrote their name I’ve discovered I’ve just one of their 4 releases, shame on me). The band was somehow Kranky oriented but more minimal, more punky and if you ask me these characteristics are quite similar to MLGI, in someway the fact they’re on this subsidiary label of Public Eyesore can confirm my opinion, but I repeat: the comparison to such a good band as Yume Bitsu is much than deserved. The package in someway follows the recording and is quite minimal but equally as good and after drone music had become in someway quite popular they’ve gained enough point to go and break your money-pig to give em some money. Differently from other releases on Eh? Label, this one is not "anal" and hyper-cerebral but is much more accessible... maybe it will lead also some inveterate freaks into some new kinds of psychedelia. While the recording is rough but expressive the only possible remark is that concerning the division of this whole session in tracks, ok, they probably did it to help the listener have some rest during this trippy listening, but this’ nothing but a long session and also well done, therefore there’s no need to cut it... if the dear 2008-listener can’t take the time to listen to a long session, well he or she can go fuck himself (freak power!...or "grind finale"! But I’m fed up with people complaining about long records).
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