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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY / GENJINI
Title: Split 1
Format: 12"
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
SPLIT 1 is the first 12" of the SPLIT series and it is the first experiment of the genre for the label which is willing to present two A sides of different projects. Each band will bring their best tracks and each of them is getting a special cover for their side. The first project to start the series is $Jammie The Money and under this moniker is hiding the dj guy of the Nobody Beats The Drum band. He presents here two cool tracks of danceable electro in the Dutch style. "Getting warm" and "Dollars" are two really good tunes of dark electro with pumping bass and distorted synths. Great style and attitude distinct these tracks and are making sound $Jammie The Money like a master in the genre. We already knew Genjini and their "Das funkistador" because of the Basserk CD compilation "Some tunes". On their side the French band brings to the attention of the listener three new tracks: "Sarazvati Genjini botleg", "Tar digit" and "Mama house". The extravagant style of the French combo will make you remember their tunes because they de-construct melodies and beats just to built them back like they were remixing themselves. See for example how they treated the vocals on "Tar digit": they are like cut ups which find a new life between the analog layers of drum and synths. Try to imagine an electro remix of a rriot grrl band and you'll the have the idea. Their last track is a short one and it is a dissonant electro funky tune with distortions and stops and go. Just like an extreme and low-fi version of LCD Soundsystem. Great 12" which deserve your attention!
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Artist: ACRYBIA (@)
Title: Death, Birth And Marriage
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****

Formed in 1999, Acrybia is a Poland project which started as a death metal band. Their style turned into something more extreme during the years thanks to different line-up changes. Slowly the band increased the industrial influences and their latest full length for Beast Of Prey is showing well this new path. DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE is the first part of six of the Diabolus Opum series which will count six parts/bands and 666 CD copies in total. The six tracks of the album present a band (now is a duo formed by Shadock and Vauec) which changed so much their music that now they turned into it into a sort of dark industrial minimalism where drones are mixed with low bit rate samples (like on "Bridal mating" where metallic noises are coupled with a simple piano line with the following add of effected noises) or where the drones are looped and distorted creating an alienating atmosphere (like on "If you looking you will find - heaven for sale"). Sounding like an horror ritualistic industrial suite DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE has interesting moments as well as some others where the digital low bit rate samples confound a little the listener. Instead, the most melodic track of the lot, the closing "Gdy Juz Nic Nie Zostalo", is a good example of dark industrial experimentalism which create a convincing atmosphere being also accessible.
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Artist: Penjaga Insaf & Vestigial (@)
Title: Of Earth And Of Fire
Format: 12"
Label: Loki Foundation / Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
OF EARTH AND OF FIRE is the fist official release for both the projects involved. Penjaga Insaf is a German duo who previously released a CD-r titled "To Whom It May Concern" on Shortwave Transmission. Vestigial comes from Italy and already released a self produced 3" CD-r with track which reminded of the best Lustmord moments. On this new 12" you can find Penjaga Insaf bringing to your attention "Tenangan", a twelve minutes track really involving which, like a serpent, slowly crawls between effected field recordings (voices, rhythms and noises recorded in Indonesia by the band) and spatial synth pads. During the track's length you are like suspended in time and you'll be carried away by its semi ritualistic structure. Vestigial present here two tracks which sound like two parts of the same movement. "Summoned by panopticonian flames" and "The architect of ashes" are more hypnotizing compared to the Penjaga Insaf track and it confound the listener's senses with blasts and humming loops. Imagine to be underwater and to being listening to a sinking ship during an earthquake and you'll have pretty much the sensation these tracks give. A must...
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Artist: ALPHA
Title: The Sky Is Mine
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cat'n Roof Records (@)
First of all I'd like to point out that Alpha's music isn't my cup of tea at all. I'm not into lushy electronic music with soul components (I can't find a better way to explain it, even if sometimes it remembers me a sort of mellow version of Portishead) and I'm not into Massive Attack either (Alpha released something on their label). This double CD contains twenty four tracks where the sensual whispered voice of Wendy Stubbs enrich the electronic soul melodies performed by Corin Dingley. Fortunately for me there are also tracks I liked where the duo showed a little of their dark side (like on "Brood", "Push" or "Burn me again") and I also dug some instrumental experiments which were mixing jazz and electronics and some of the six remixes but they are too classy. If you are into these sounds I must admit that they are good...
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Artist: CRIA CUERVOS (@)
Title: CRIA CUERVOS Ilauna
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Locus of (@)
Rated: *****
Poor and simple packaging for what I consider the one of the best Cria Cuervos solo releases so far. Maggi’s last release on Afe records was ok, but I was not completely convinced of the final result above all if compared with the good collaboration with Bradley recently repressed on Small Voices. This simple 3" mcd Cria Cuervos works minimally, and according to my personal opinion pays homage to some of the early heavy weights in his category. With that I obviously mean people like Z’ev, Organum, Tietchens, Zoviet France, Watermann and so on. Given the fact I consider that to be one of the most interesting bunch in experimentalists for many reasons one of which is the fact those "heroes" were not limiting themselves to just use the industrial label since they probably couldn’t care less to be labeled this or that way a damn good example. About nineteen minutes of spectral sounds in which I perceive what I think it’s a chain (?) or a metallic thing that clinks looped like somebody is dragging it around like one of those prisoners in the Medieval castles (don’t ask me why I’ve wrote this bullshit?!?). This’ probably the darkest work this Italian has done, at the same time as I’ve told it’s damn old school but it gets you where he want to for it’s scary or even better it’s "spectrally" obsessive.

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