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Artist: HERBST9
Title: The Gods Are Small Birds But I Am The Falcon
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
After eleven years of activity Herbst9 release their fifth album titled THE GODS ARE SMALL BIRDS BUT I AM THE FALCON. With such statement the band take inspiration from Assyrian and Asian mythologies, lamentations, prayers and ancient rituals. With a primitive approach to sound Herbst9 composed nine tracks that form an unique sonic scenario made of hisses, tribal percussions, drones, trumpets, growling voices and minimal melodic lines. For sure this is a record that you won't be able to enjoy listening skipping tracks or choosing the one you dig most (maybe after a couple of spins you would like to take a deep listen to a particular track) as "The laments begin" (the one I liked most along with the following"Must I Die? - because of my holy song") opens a different world made of sidereal echoes of ancient earthly rituals. The minimal compositions have as counterpart a rich amount of great sounds which are able to create an hypnotic effect. Check some excerpts at the Loki Found website.
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Artist: TERMINAL SOUND SYSTEM
Title: Constructing Towers
Format: CD
Label: Extreme (@)
Rated: *****
I wish you already know Skye Klein for this guy, beside being fifty percent of most underrated Relapse band ever (Halo), with his release of the last year titled "compressor" gave us a real masterpiece of rhythmic-electronic music. It’s still hard for me to understand if this "Constructing towers" is better or at the same level of its predecessor, by the way I can assure you Terminal Sound System is the living proof electronic music can still be seductive, interesting and catchy without necessarily being "anal" or experimental. While it’s true that this new release picks up where "Compressor" left off, I think the most interesting quality of this new chapter is the introduction of melody, not the previous Klein’s recording was just cold and ass kicking, but this time some of the tracks are softer and more accessible for an indie customer and not just for a learned electronic/IDM listener. He’s left some of those electronic post jazzy passages intact, you’ve some good examples like "Firefly Butoh" and above all "Duchamp Falls", where it all sounds like after the interreing of Peace Orchestra we have a new Arthur starring "The Sword in the Stone", but my impression is there are a lot of shoegaze/post-rock riminiscences like in "Alaska", "Zodiac" and "Theme for Broken Home" (which is probably my personal favorite of the cd). The atmosphere is nocturne as always and the visionary flag is again high on top but you’d better give a look to the clips with which Terminal Sound System has decided to complete some of the tracks and you can watch them for free here: http://www.terminalsoundsystem.com/towers/. I can’t exactly say Klein opened a new "phylum" in the taxonomy of music, but I have no doubt his personal bland of Drum'n'Bass, IDM, electronic jazz, post-rock, etc. is brilliant, ass kicking and elegant. If you’re one of those filling the ranks of discontent listeners complaining "after Richard D James, Autechre and Seefeel everything had become stagnant" it’s time to stop complaining and to try this 2008 viagra for your ears.





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Artist: 2000 AND ONE
Title: Neverending Cycle
Format: 12"
Label: Eevo Lute Muzique
Rated: *****
With a completely restored and re-mastered audio, refaces from the vaults of Eevo Lute a 2000 And One E.P. originally released in 1992 titled NEVERENDING CYCLE. Formed in 1989 by Dylan Hermelijn and Daniel (Dj Dano) their sound was more into acid music (see their first E.P. titled "2000 and One - The Sound of Planet Earth"). For their second one they refined their sound as NEVERENDING CYCLE is more in touch with Detroit techno and ambient. Containing four tracks the E.P. spans from the minimal but energetic dark atmospheres of "Line dimension", a catchy techno acid tune that will catch even a casual listener. "Mono bass" has a quieter atmosphere but under the ashes the fire is still alive as it sounds a little ambient but still with a lot of techcno arrangements. "Geometric nature" with a different drum set could be a great electro pop tune (it's melody could be good for a catchy Human League song) but 2000 And One opted for an acid analog drum sound and ambient pads on the background (it sounds nice anyway). "Fokuz" closes the 12" and its drum is 100% Detroit techno while the synths are more ambient thanks to a light sytnh pad melody. On its final part an acid sound (it seems a TR303) jams creating a particular ambience.
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Artist: DYNAMIK BASS SYSTEM
Title: The Mighy Machine
Format: CD
Label: Dominance Electricity (@)
Rated: *****
Taking inspiration from the 80’s Miami Bass and West Coast Electro Funk sounds the Dynamik Bass System project took form on 1990 as a one-man project by German electro producer Thomas Werner. Taking other people on board, Dynamik Bass System released the first 12" E.P. in 1998 on International Deejay Gigolo Records (on this release you can find the final mix of "Arabian dreams" and "Electronic"). During the next ten years they released only two 12"s "Don't stop compute" (you can find here the main track) and "Robotmachine". Presented with a nice comic heavy metal style cover (great idea the keyboard/music system robotic skull) THE MIGHTY MACHINE is the sum of all these years and contains twelve tracks ("Electronic" and "We are binary - but we have human needs" are exclusive to the CD edition of the album) of which six unreleased ones that will amaze the lovers of classics such as Arabian Prince (you can find here a DBS remix of his "Innovator") and Egyptian Lover. Roland TR808 sounds, vocals filtered using vocoders, pumping rhythms, mysterious atmospheres and middle eastern melodies are the key features of this release that every electro funk lover won't miss.
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Artist: COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER (@)
Title: In The Cube
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
With the latest releases Rage In Eden is confirming their high standards and this first Compulsive Shopping Disorder is the proof. Looking at their past catalog I had the feeling that Marcin and Robert were aiming to widen even more the sound offer of their label as already releases like the ones of The Well Of Sadness, Ad Ombra, Outofsight or Inner Vision Laboratory were different from the consolidated industrial/martial/dark ambient genre. Compulsive Shopping Disorder as well as the second chapter of the Rukkanor's "Despartica" series brings to the audience's attention 80's atmospheres with electronic sounds. IN THE CUBE is a solid album of electronic cold wave where the seven tracks are able to make you fluctuating between razor like sounds, bleeps, synth pads and detached vocals. Lyrics paint a depressing scenario where the sense of solitude and loss (well represented by the graphics/photos of the three panels of the digipack) describe the uncertainty of these decades. Adding a bit of early e.b.m. attitude on a couple of tracks but keeping a minimal approach on the use of their electronic instruments for all the tracks of the album, Compulsive Shopping Disorder convinced me and if you are into early Kirlian Camera you must check them.
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