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Artist: Keith Canisius (@)
Title: Ferris Wheel Makeout
Format: CD
Label: Quince (@)
Distributor: Darla Records
Rated: *****
At last, the debut album by Keith Canisius, Rumskib's mastermind. Last year's Rumskib debut was without a doubt the most exciting record I have heard in a long while from the new generation of shoegazers, the so-called nu-gaze. The music on "Ferris Wheel Makeout" doesn't wedge so deep into extreme and abstract territories as with Rumskib. Here Keith sings and plays drum machines, synths and electronics with the only help of his friend Jonas Munk AKA Manual. The first song here is "The Sea Me, Feel Me" - (here in a different version from the one present on the "Little Darla Has a Treat for You V. 25") and it is a visceral composition with lots of hidden melodies (again Cocteau Twins must be a heavy influence on Keith's music). The overall beauty of this album overcomes some horrible IDM patterns on some tracks (yes, I can't stand even the slightest traces of Intelligent Dance Music anymore... my problem). Way less head than heart, this album contains some deep romantic moments. Great.
( cd release by Quince Records - digital release by Darla Records )
Artist: Stirner (@)
Title: Incubator of Hate
Format: CD
Label: Smell the Stench (@)
Stirner is the harsh noise project of Tony Mulder of the Netherlands. Incubator of Hate is one of many releases currently available from this artist. Incubator of Hate is a four track release, two tracks are only approximately two minutes of length, and two are approximately 20 minutes long.

Incubator of Hate is brutal and painful from the very first second. High-pitched drones tear through the foreground, digging into the listener’s brain and causing what feels like a temporary form of brain damage. Warring distorted factions of aggravated noise argue and toil menacingly in the background. Throughout the album the high-pitched drones and distorted factions battle for attention, both either jumping forth or dropping out randomly, only to be replaced by other, more aggressive twists with each movement.

To say the least, this album is made for fans of noise. On that note, this is a great taste of what underground noise should be. Incubator of Hate lives up to its name. There were times that I was convinced that the noise really did not like me as a person, and was looking for a way to cause me harm. Good stuff.
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Artist: iTAL tEK (@)
Title: Cyclical
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
First Milanese and then iTAL tEK, hard to say if up there at Planet Mu they've an explicit obsession for Pasta-Land or cause, in someway these moniker may sound exotic, I find it funny since while Anglosaxons look for exotic names the rest of the world choose anglophone monikers for their projects. As I've already said several times, Planet Mu at the moment is one of the best beat-driven electronic label, and Alan Myson won't disappoint the diehard fans of the genre. Elegant dubstep music with some soft-techno reminiscences and yes, an all british accent that generally makes the difference beside making it also more interesting. Some will probably find some interesting connections with Burial, melodic-wise it also reminded me of some early Black Dog but don't ask me why, since I don't think Myson has nothing to share with them. This cd has been in heavy rotation for a while right when I wanted to listen to some nice rhythmic electronic music, its structure are quite simple in a smart sense (equals not "poor"), the production is damn good and the global atmosphere is shady but not depressive. iTAL tEK's "Cyclical" is designed a real killer for classy clubs playing this style, but believe it or not I've been playing it during several night drives and the feeling was great. "Still shores" deserves the nomination as of of the best themes for night trips ever: bravissimo!.
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Artist: Mixturizer (@)
Title: Exploratio -- Saturatio
Format: CD
Label: Smell the Stench (@)
Rated: *****
Mixturizer is the experimental noise project of the co-owner of Spanish label, RONF Records. Exploratio – Saturatio is the first Mixturizer album to be released by Australian label, Smell the Stench. Exploratio – Saturatio is a collection of five songs, ranging between 5 and 20 minutes in length.

With Exploratio – Saturatio, Mixturizer manages to find an equilibrium between structure and chaos. The chaos, often what sounds like guitar-generated noise, becomes a dynamic voice of its own; a polar-opposite of the stability provided by the ever-churning rhythm. It is easy to fall into an uneasy trance listening to this album, only to have all peace ripped away at the slightest change in structure.

Exploratio – Saturatio takes a different angle than I have previously been exposed to in Mixturizer’s work. The sound of Exploratio – Saturatio is a mix of dominating, rhythmic layers of stability accompanied by dynamic, harsh screeching tones of chaos. Each track is writhe with sounds, densely compacted, and neatly exploding at the seams. Mixturizer’s Exploratio – Saturatio is definitely a worthwhile addition to an already worthy discography of sounds.

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Artist: ATHANA (@)
Title: Remixed 05-08
Format: CD
Label: West Audio Productions
Rated: *****
Athana is a project coming from Stavanger/Norway where Alf Terje Hana and Arne Hovda freed their musical ideas and intuitions. Both of them have a background as musicians as Alf Terje Hanas has recorded and played with dozens of big Norwegian artists. Arne Hovda, has worked with artists like, Getaway People/Robbie Williams/Tim McGraw/Chris Barron plus many more. Their music is influenced by jazz as well as from pop but on REMIXED 05-08 something different happens. From an idea of Helge Olav Øskendal (a.k.a. HOH) Athana tracks have been remixed giving to the remixers the freedom to do whatever they wanted to. So, if the album opens with the dancey rock of "A-AA" remixed by Sternklang, it follows with the house/jazz reworks of Ost&Kejex. Mungolian Jetset's Cruusin' With The Henleys make sound "Ocean 0306" like a good Sting song. Uko Jürgen Nussbaum remix of "Luskesangen", instead, sound like a slow funk wave song sung by Chris Cornell. The approach change with Nes, thanks to a noisy break beat attitude which make turn a rock jazz track into something more interesting. Thing that Cüret brought to its limit by accelerating and looping little song parts and adding broken toys noises, etc. Also Vasøk preferred experimenting a little with noise and dub but the real challenge is to follow the hypnotic rhythmic loops that Qrt used for "Porten". Lingout, instead, light the bomb by providing a gabba distorted edit of "Alien elephants". The lovers of experimentation will appreciate the freedom the remixers had but I find that the album lacks of homogeneity for the one that didn't know the original versions.
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