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Artist: WAVEFALL (@)
Title: Huge Frustration
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya-Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
To discover new Electro/Industrial music hailing out of the unknown territories of Russia has still a kind of an exotic touch, no matter how much signs of movement lately came alive. Also this Moscow-based duo of WAVEFALL doesn’t need to fall into "huge frustration", because they got wisely picked up by the Russian/Hungarian label Advoxya-Records. Luckily this label has still an open ear to the musically evolution of their home countries and/or Eastern Europe generally, the mostly Western-oriented scene surely could spend some more attention. Otherwise we would miss this fine – maybe finest – musically effort so far coming out of this area. WAVEFALL present us a 13 track debut release, which will leave you knocked out on the dancefloor pummeling for more! They surely fall into the harsh EBM/Electro category and take some influences out the well known works of HOCICO, PUNTO OMEGA or some acts of the NoiTekk roster. It can be fine recognized the globally try of this duo, always to integrate complex melodic hooks into their arrangements, maybe more than any other else act playing related stuff. Unbelievable that this is a debut, because the music already stands all possible comparisons. These Russian duo stands eye to eye on the same quality level like the mentioned patterns, so let’s hope that they get heard. Favorites are rich included, the opener "On My Knees" and the following pieces "Eclipse (Brute Version)", "Dedication" and "Love Consumer" are tough and rhythmically-oriented tracks. The next pieces to mention are "Loneless" and "Damnation", which both slow down the tempo, while offering a more catchier Dark Electro melodic content. Double plus-good also for the most authentic work here "New Form", which offers a more alternative and more experimental kind of rhythm programming. This release is for sure one of the most outstanding works so far of the quality label roster. Hopefully the audience pays the well deserved attention...
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Artist: AND ONE (@)
Title: Bodypop
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
I still remember the day where I was looking for some EBM stuff pressed on good old vinyl at a big German department store, which normally doesn’t hold any music stuff like this. I then have found the first AND ONE 12" release "Metalhammer" and although that I hadn’t a possibility to listen to that stuff in advance, I took the risk and bought it. Well, those were the days back also of Machinery Records, which has left business already since a long time. AND ONE with Steve Naghavi remains – but has there too much changed musically through the years? Sure, the technical possibilities did grow and develop, but already after the first two listens to this new full length of one of Germany’s best known Synth-/Electro-Pop acts I’ve found so many compositional similarities with older stuff of this that it would be right to start this resume. Nobody has expected a dramatically change of style, kind or direction – AND ONE maybe tend to copy themselves – so does this make them authentic? A trademark for sure, this can be said with no doubt. And no – I don’t like to follow the advice to "invent" a new genre name, which could be easily come to mind to some bored promoters in face and with respect to this album title. I tend to say that the high Media Control chart positions of this album are a funny, but financially surely required side effect, because this album doesn’t give the impression that this would be planned somehow. It is the same charisma and mood known out of the late 80ties like more or less available on every AND ONE album, which leads the musically scenario, although that the teasing release of "So Klingt Liebe", available in three different MCD versions, would only need a VIVA/MTV-compatible video clip to storm some high and not expected single chart positions. Of course, here you got one of the best and clearest studio productions around and besides the already released both singles "So Kling Liebe" and "Military Fashion Show" it features some more Synthpop pearls like "Enjoy The Unknown" and "Love You To The End" – both surely possible tracks for a third Si-CD release. So this is the known AND ONE formula, mostly Synthpop with pending tempi, at times ballad-like arranged ("The Sound Of Believer") featuring Steve’s charismatic and clear voice. Nothing what would surprise – so it has to be!
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Artist: THE PRESETS
Title: Beams
Format: CD
Label: Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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I don’t know what magic formula used Kim Moyes (Drums) and Julian Hamilton (vocals and keyboards) but their debut album is a blast! Already released in their homeland Australia by Modular Records, BEAMS bewitched DJ Hell who wanted immediately release the album also for Gigolo Records. It’s difficult to explain what is able to catch immediately your attention but if you pay attention to The Presets’ way of making songs it’s like picking up the best bands of modern punk funk scene (LCD Soundsystem to name one), blending it with catchy melodies a la Bloc Party, filtering them with dance arrangements and 80s flavour. After the opening "Steamworks" (a mid tempo electro funky warm-up song) you can find one of the best tracks of the album: "Are you the one?". This track is damn brilliant. Three minutes of dance electro punk (but you have also to check "Girl – you chew my mind up" if you want another breathtaking energetic electro punk track. Is like Iggy Pop with a synthesizer!) with real drum sounds and an upbeat tempo that exalt the catchy melodies. Julian is a great singer because his dramatic interpretation of the lyrics. The album contains two kind of songs: the upbeat dancefloor killing ones and the sinuous electro ballads (like "Girl and the sea", the following "Black background" good to dance to but also great to listen while you drive by night. There’s also space for two particular tracks: "Worms" (a little twisted and experimental but really interesting and nice) and "Beams" (a lounge symphonic slow track a little sixties and perfect for a goodbye). This record is just great! Watch out for The Presets touring with The Rapture...
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Artist: LAB 4
Title: None Of Us Are Saints
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Resist Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Lab 4 are a duo formed by Adam Newman and Lez Elston. They met in 1991 at a recording studio in Oxfordshire where Adam was in house programmer/engineer and Lez was working with his band M.A.D. Adam joined M.A.D. for the following three years as a drummer. At the end of 1994 they decided to form Lab 4 thanks to a deal offered from a German label Pod Communications. Since then their live show started to gather more and more people who made of them one of the biggest act of the hard dance/techno scene. Their sound melts industrial goth intuitions (they also look like two goth guys) with English techno acid sound and beside playing live, recording and remixing people, the duo composed music for film and television covering everything from lounge jazz, breakbeat, hardcore and house music to a classical score for the BBC or for different worldwide advertising campaigns (Reebok, Polaroid, Camel, Sure, Pepsi and Bacardi, to name just a few). Four years ago they released "Virus" on Tidy Trax and they had to wait so many years for their new one because they changed label, joining Resist Records. Now two months after the release of their double album they decided to call it quits because they lived the last fifteen years on the road and hardly they were able to record an album or to live a proper life. To their fans they leave NONE OF US ARE SAINTS, a double CD packed with twenty two tracks (two acid remixes of their cover version of N.I.N.’s "The perfect drug" reworked by DJ Starscream and by Nightbreed) of their characteristic sound impossible to ignore. If you never heard of them, just try to imagine an house/techno/e.b.m. train that never stops or an early version of Prodigy meet Cubanate but taken to the next level where a fibrillating heartbeat run the rhythm. So long...
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Artist: SINBEATS (@)
Title: Sinbeats
Format: CD
Label: Fuego (@)
Distributor: Sx Distribution
Rated: *****
Sinbeats’ self named CD is the third full lenght of the German band heading from Frankfurt and existing since 1990. The new album born after a long time of sound re-definition and after a new line-up change. The sound of the band succeeds into blending the 80s new wave/rock sounds (some names that come up into my mind are New Model Army, Alarm, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Fields Of The Nephilim) with 90s/’00s post rock melodies. If tracks like "All the Sundays" or "Shell beach" recall me The Suede, "I want my analogue life now" surprised me with an opening part a la Misfits just to change into something like the latest Franz Ferdinand as well as Sinbeats’ ballads like "Annabel Lee" or "Durango". The band’s sound is powerful and sincere and they convince with their blend of rockish pop wave.
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