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Artist: RAMON TAPIA
Title: Mini Jack
Format: 12"
Label: Great Stuff (@)
Rated: *****
With few releases releases and remixes on labels like Turbo, Craft Music, CR2, Yellow Tail, Blu Fin (also under his side project El Carlitto), Ramon Tapia increased his confidence into his music and refined his style also thanks the everlasting support of Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Jimpster, Peter Kruder, Gusgus, Luke Solomon and Martin Eyerer. This double 12" gather seven new tracks which sound in balance from minimal techno, ambient and trance. Two of first tracks of the lot "Tanzgefuhel" (which features Neka), "Ufo" and the closing "Enterprise" stick on the trance minimal techno repetitive scheme with hypnotic rhythms and sounds, while the opening "Mini jack", "Just me", "Morning funk" (the ones I preferred) have more variations with stops and go, treated vocals, ambient pads. "Can you dig it" is a little different from the others because mixes spoken word, house intuitions and minimal techno rhythms.
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Artist: RUKKANOR
Title: Despartica Face Two
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Robert Marciniak is a really active guy: he runs with Marcin the Rage In Eden label / distribution, always with Marcin he did an album under the Across The Rubicon moniker plus during the latest year and half he did a couple of Rukkanor releases ("Despartica face one" and the Rukkanor/Cold Fusion collaboration "Silk road"). His latest Rukkanor's release is this DESPARTICA FACE TWO. As for the first part, DESPARTICA's lyrics are excerpts of classic 19th and 20th century poetry (William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Emily Bronte, etc.) but this time the music differs a lot from the the last year's release. If on "Despartica face one" martial industrial was the main style, on DESPARTICA FACE TWO Robert surprised everyone by changing almost totally the sound palette as 80's electronic with a bit of e.b.m. has been his main influence. Try to imagine a martial bumping version of Visage, with the same decadent/romantic atmosphere(check the vocal/piano duet of "When you are old") but with a little bit more aggressive attitude: just like an industrial version of early John Foxx. The clean vocals of Robert (only on "The dead" he treated them) balance really well the music, creating an interesting contrast. This is one of the best albums of this year's fall!
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Artist: NADIA SOHAEI (@)
Title: Talking To Myself
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
Actually this is the CD I preferred of the new lot of Decadance Records' new releases. Classical pianist and mezzo soprano singer, Nadia Sohaei collaborated in the mid 90's with Trans-X and then started to compose soundtracks under her name and then with the Thai-Essence moniker. The solo project and TALKING TO MYSELF started to take form with the help of Nik Wejedal who joined her in 2007. Mixing orchestral arrangements, synthpop melodies and bumping rhythms Nadia Sohaei is able to convince electro pop lovers thanks to her vocal abilities and also thanks to the personal mixture of decadent atmospheres and electronic catchy sounds. Mid tempo seducing atmospheres and danceable tunes alternates creating a nice mix. Blinking an eye to the lovers of modern synthpop with electro e.b.m. influences (see Ashbury Heights) Nadia Sohaei adds to the palette her classical past experiences and a touch of drama that help spicing up the formula.
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Artist: KANNONAU
Title: Initium
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles
Rated: *****
Alternating post punk impetuosity, a bit of neo-folk, a bit of new wave, a light martial/tribal touch with a heavy sprinkle of dark atmospheres, Kannonau packed their first official full-length INITIUM with eleven tracks. Listening to the tracks it's evident to a smart ass like me the impetuosity I named earlier but punk music taught that geniality and honesty is the best way to express yourself and music should born from the union of the both. Following this lesson the three members of Kannonau did their best and succeeded into giving a vibrant touch to their songs. The theatrical singing highlight their poetical English/Italian lyrics and the music create a good suspended atmosphere in balance between rock (the use of traditional rock instruments) and industrial culture solutions (the choice of creating twisted and dark atmosphere with everything you have).
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Artist: THIS VOID INSIDE
Title: Dust
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
This isn't my cup of tea because This Void Inside play a genre I'm not interested into but I know that they could raise a certain interest within the goth audience so if you are into Him you could find DUST quite interesting. This Void Inside mix metal riffs, synth melodies and catchy refrains with easiness and taste. Tracks like "Send me a sign" or the ballad "Time will tell" are good for the average MTV audience. The tracks tend to repeat a consolidated scheme but there's a good balance of different kind of atmospheres.
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