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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK
Title: The Legends EP
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music International
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
It's some time that I was waiting for a new Punx Soundcheck release. Their double album released a couple of years ago amazed me (see my review and my interview with them), so I was willing for more. This new E.P. contains two reworked tracks coming from their debut album (the night versions of "Idiot crowd" feat. Boy George and "In the dark" feat. Steve Strange) plus two new ones featuring Marc Almond (now is explained at full the reason of calling this E.P. THE LEGENDS), with one of his passionate performances on "Saint now" (a 4/4 sensual dance mid tempo) and Linda Lamb (she's active as a solo performer and did also a 12" on Gigolo Records as well as being active with the Silures) on "Flowerpower" (an electro mid tempo that sounds like an electronic march with the sexy vocal performance of Linda, aided by Marc Almond on some duets). As usual Punx Soundcheck did a good work and if you loved their previous release for sure you'll dig this one also.
Artist: TwoDeadSluts (@)
Title: OneGoodFuck
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Nasty, nasty, nasty. From the graphics to the sound. Just nasty. Feedback squealing, thick droning tones, distro vox and bad attitudes. File under psychopathic noise. If that’s your cup of arsenic, go for it. 3" disk imbedded in a 5" disk. A six track soundtrack of mental and moral breakdown. And I bet they take that description as a compliment.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Future Sound of Jazz Vol.11
Format: CD
Label: Compost Records (@)
Distributor: Roof Top Promotion
Rated: *****
Jazz has gone through many changes in these many years, from Dixieland, the Big band, to Bebop, to Fusion, to Hard Bop to Free Jazz and everything in between and everyone has their favorite in this most malleable of forms. What makes it jazz? The instrumentation? The beat? Does it really matter? To purists it certainly does, the conservation of traditions and forms are set in history and easily demonstrable. But musical forms never stand still in my experience and definitions thus must change as well. With all that said the producers of this eleventh compilation from Germany find themselves unapologetic in their use of the word jazz to describe what they are about. They do take it upon themselves to precise the definition with a category called "advanced dance music" thereby I believe expressing the central theme of the importance of the beat. In these tracks we find all manner of musical expression building on a "jazzy" beat loop. So if the music is built on jazz rhythms is it still jazz, no matter what else is layered on top? After all, Jazz is no stranger to mixtures of beat and non-Western culture. As with all compilations there will be tracks you like and those you don’t, but that’s the fun of compilations. There’s a chance you might discover something that opens up the chakras.
Artist: Uglyhead (@)
Title: Outward
Format: CD EP
Label: Automation Records (@)
Rated: *****
The second of two Eps released for the band tour (why they didn’t just put both together and get a single disk is beyond me. It may have something to do with fact that these disks are the results of two attempts at trying to get a second full-length CD finished to no avail.) Anyway, the sound is bit better than the first Ep, more high frequency info and the sound isn’t quite so muffled. Four tracks of electro rock angst. The songs sound a bit unfinished in places but still some interesting bits here and there, with the last track bringing the heavy guitars in for a nice change of pace after the electrobabble of track #3.
Artist: Uglyhead (@)
Title: Inward
Format: CD EP
Label: Automation Records (@)
Rated: *****
Music for disaffected youth. One of two Eps that were released for the tour. Four tracks ranging from mediocre to pretty good. The band really shines when they stray from the usual and let the twitchy electronics speak for themselves.
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