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Artist: BOBBY SOUL et LES GASTONES (@)
Title: 73% Phunk
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Inmusica
Rated: *****
Here we go with Genova's own godfather of funk, we've been talking about him when reviewing Audiodevice, since he was featured as a singer. His own project with Les Gastones is funk to the bone as you can easily guess from the records' title, but in the drink you're gonna taste a little bit of acid jazz, a slice of italian pop flavor and a spruce of soul. Funky easy listening that reclaims the airwaves both when following a dance route and when it surrenders to soft heartbreaking tunes. Classic fm-funk/fm soul style, thus if you're looking for some weird "white-funk extravaganza" you'd better leave your hopes, just some hip-hop incursions but I don't think it will surprise anybody since it's a natural marriage. After many listenings I think this guys really kick ass above all when going for the slowest cuts, but I can imagine when playing live the fast tunes are a sure shot for a crowd who's there to dance till death. I dunno if you know Enzo Avitabile but mr. Soul reminds me so much of him and I think it's a great comparison since Avitabile is one of the few artists mixing italian music, traditional ethnic reminiscences and afro-american influences and giving it all credibility. For example give a listen to "sSull'onda buona", or "Dammi un brivido" and tell me if this not the typical mid summer chart climber!?, here you have some other potential hits, but this one is my first candidate for the heavy rotation if you're into the style. Usually that's not exactly my cup of tea, above all for the fact many italian pop productions get suffocated by a bunch of plastic like sounds, but this could be a good follow up to bands such as Dirotta su Cuba with the considerable difference this time the singer is not a lady but a gentleman. Hard to say if it gets the popularity it demands, but I've no doubt about the fact it's a good product. For what concerns the product itself, here you have a double cd with some live tracks and some videos to make it all even more appetitive. Don't worry, I've not mentioned intentionally James Brown, Steve Wonder, Isac Heyes, Barry White or Marvin Gaye, but this double cd pays such a tribute to these black masters you hardly will distinguish the different influences. A soulful, danceable artifact that could also make it in the heart of those who loved early Jamiroquay and Us3, just more "traditional" and much more poppy.
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Artist: BLEIBURG (@)
Title: Open Wound
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded live in Kassel on the 23rd of July 2007, OPEN WOUND contains thirteen tracks in the classic Bleiburg style. Always in balance between industrial, bouncing e.b.m., a bit of martial and dark ambient dub this Bleiburg live recording is a nice live concert which give to the listener a good idea of the band's sound. Presenting instrumental songs as well as sung pumping industrial e.b.m. ones (and at this purpose Steve Rukavina has been helped on vocals and synth by E.W. Schroeder a.k.a. MDMA) the album succeeds into keeping the audience interest always alive and this is a good thing. The album collects Bleiburg well know songs such as "Gulag Good-bye", "Na Rad!", "Nezdrava Tvorba" or "Good evening, Zagreb" and for this reason it could be a good starting point for whom who don't know them. For the fans of the project there's also available a DVD-r (in a limited run of 300 copies, like the Cd-r) with the complete recording of the concert (with the extra track "Wohin Wir Gehoren") which capture well the atmosphere of that night with a good audio recording (the same mixer recording of the CD-r) and a good quality image.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: IFS5 Lenny Dee presents COLD FUSION
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Industrial Strength Records (@)
Distributor: Soundbase
Rated: *****
This DCD collection got compiled by the international renowned DJ Lenny Dee and released on his very own Industrial Strength Records, the first Hardcore Techno label active since 1991. "Cold Fusion" comes out in beautiful digi-pack and offers a cross-section of multiple Techno-Hardcore and Gabber tracks to prove, that the musically boundaries to the too often praised EBM/Industrial/Powernoise genre is floating. With acts like TERRORFAKT, here presented with 2 appearances ("Achtung" – CERVELLO ELLETRONICO Remix and "Headcase" – Floppy Disk Remix), this prove is an easy game. Some more appearances can convince in a comparable style, THE SPEED FREAK, the ultra-speedy, pseudo-aggressive and with Metal-guitars supported MOSHPIT, the saturated CUT A KAOS or KONEY. Of course this music has to be consumed louder as hell and won’t let you chill out, it is stuff to storm the dancefloors for some wild Pogo action. This reminds a lot on the successful but too repetitive "Terrordome" compilation series, even if some of the here featured pieces have a somewhat more harsh and distorted outfit. No stuff at all to sink in and to listen to in an armchair, but a new pounding torture for the dedicated fan of the genre. To me consumable in small dozes, but as a whole a bit too strenuous.

Track listing:

CD 1:

01. LENNY DEE - EXTREME MASH (the intro)
02. DJ EARTHQUAKE - STEP INTO THE PIT
03. THE EMPERATOR & CHROMATIC - MENTAL FEAR
04. FIEND & BROKEN RULES - SHARPER IMAGE
05. CUT A KAOS - DEDICATED TO...
06. TERRORFACT - ACHTUNG (Cervello Elettronico remix)
07. STAN GREWZELL ELECDAS GRAUEN
08. TERRORFACT - HEADCASE (FLOPPY DISC REMIX)
09. KONEY UNREGISTERED
10. DAISY & STORMTROOPER - MINDWALKERS
11. MOLECULEZ - LEGALLY INSANE
12. FORSAKEN IS DEAD & CIK - WHERE U AT
13. TYMON - PASSING BY
14. MANGA CORPS - THE HUNTER
15. BROKEN RULES - NORMAL OPERATION
16. GERMAN RHYTHM DISASTER - THE END

CD 2:

01. THE SPEED FREAK - GIVE ME A CALL
02. LIFE:::RUNS:::RED MEETS TYMON - DISTORTURE
03. TYMON - GUCCI
04. STORMTROOPER - TODESVOGEL
05. OPHIDIAN & TIEUM - NOTHING I CAN’T HANDLE
06. LENNY DEE - THE DREAMER (promo remix)
07. DELTA 9 - NO MORE REGRETS (inyoung & static remix)
08. FIEND & BROKEN RULES vs LENNY DEE - BREAK YA HEAD
09. TIEUM & LENNY DEE - I DON’T LIKE YOU (neophyte & evil activities remix)
10. PARTYRAISER & THE NEGOTIATOR- NO NEGOTIATIONS
11. JAPPO & LANCINHOUSE- EXLXAXL (NEOPHYTE & EVIL ACTIVITIES REMIX)
12. DJ SKINHEAD - THE ULTIMATE CUMSHOT
13. AKIRA - RIPPIN FXXKIN STRENGTH
14. ISR CREW - SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR LENNY
15. MOSHPIT - EYESORE
16. RIFF GLITCHARD - INSTANT MASH
17. MOSHPIT - WE KILLED JAH

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Artist: Blackfilm (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Tympanik Audio
Rated: *****
Second release for the Greek Spectraliquid-label and with BLACKFILM they like to present their first foreign act. This is a mysterious one-man music project whose protagonist likes to hide himself and stays away as much as possible from any photo. He presents a sort of cinematic Ambient/Electronica music with a dark environment. The chosen band name is a trademark and BLACKFILM can impress with moody atmospheres and ominous soundscapes. As for further ingredients, some orchestral-sounds as well as some well chosen voice samples get some inserts. The cover art, done by Kostas K. of SUBHEIM, shows some dark gray and rainy autumn-like landscapes which reflect excellent the attitude of this album. As for musically comparisons, names like SUBHEIM, FLAGUE and GRIDLOCK come to mind, but BLACKFILM scores also with a completely different rhythmic outfit. Some tracks here seem to be created by chance or at least the rhythm section offers a lot of improvisation and a real "live" feeling ("Come & See" or "Stalingrad", the latter nails the listener with a playing time of more than 10 minutes...). It isn’t that "lets-program-and-distort-an-Electro-drum-kit-attitude", and the tracks tend to drift in unforeseeable directions. Another favorite of the IDM/Electronica-related audience is "Sonar" with it easier-minded arrangements and lighter percussion work. An album with an impressive artistic background, which is far above your usual Electronica experience. It is well-thought arranged and demanding music in which the listener can’t sink in after only 1 – 2 spins. It requires a bit time, attention and dedication. Packaged in a beautiful digi-pack offering some of the best photo images by Kostas K, which compliments this excellent release.
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Artist: Wynardtage (@)
Title: The Forgotten Sins 2002 - 2005
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Even if a so-called "Best of.." album would be a bit arrogant for this German Dark Electro institution, the project of Kai Arnold has jumped on the train of victory in the last 2 years. His albums "Evil Mind" and "Praise The Fallen" reached a higher and unexpected level of success and WYNARDTAGE seems to become a global-player in the Electro/EBM/Industrial-scene. This new album is nothing else than the re-recording of the early demo tracks by this act. The request of his growing mass of fans made it possible, that Kai decided to revamp his early recordings and to give the audience something special. Of course all tracks got remastered, and so the given title announces it well, these tracks are a bit dated and can’t be compared too much with his successful new albums – although the tendency is recognizable. Tracks like "Dein Fleisch" with its bloody Splatter/Horror-related lyrics therefore causing a smile in the face of the listener. But WYNARDTAGE wouldn’t be WYNARDTAGE, if there wouldn’t be something special on this album. Some collaborations with the LA MAGRA-musician Louis Cyphre have occurred in the past ("Dunkler Schatten", "Flieh Mit Mir") and Kai’s all-time-smasher "Sterbehilfe" has received another update to a 2008-version. He also has created with permission a cover version of one of his all-time favorites, CALVA Y NADA’s "Rascheln", a big Electro/EBM club-hit 12 years ago in Germany. Since also this collection has stormed immediately the German DAC charts and the encouragement of his fans is in safe conditions, this one once again documents the growing exposure of this German act.
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