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Artist: DAVE SHOKH (@)
Title: Pure Shokholate - Kiddaz.fm sereis
Format: CD
Label: Kiddaz Fm (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Born in 1983 Dave Shokh soon started to remix his favourite tunes he recorded out from his radio. This simple process, he enjoyed so much, convinced him to pursue his dreams and in 1997 he performed in front of a crowd of 4000 people. In 2001 he meets Ron Flatter from Halle, then owner of the booking agency "Hi-Fi Bookings". Ron is so excited by Dave’s music that he gets him his biggest booking to date right away. It is here that he meets DJ Emerson and Holgi Star, artists from the label Kiddaz.fm Berlin. After a short time the label made his sign a deal for his first album "Shokh’n’roll". Things started to work so fast that he begun to tour nation wide and also on foreign countries like Japan. In 2005 he started his own label Dipolter, as well as his role of co-producer for DJ Karotte’s album "The One And Only". PURE SHOKHKOLATE is his latest releases for Kiddaz Fm mix series. On that one you can find Dave mixing fifteen tracks of the purest techno around. The CD starts with Dinka Dinka mix of Ash Cawlin’s "The plastic feet" and passes from my favourite track of the lot Zombie Nation’s "Money", arriving to Monika Kruse Vs Dave Shokh’s "Wann war gestern". Most of the tracks are based on rhythm and PURE SCHOKHOLATE could be equal to purest techno. It could be useful for you to have a tracklist just to help you out checking your preferred arstits. Anyway be aware that the compilation is well balanced and if you are a techno lover and you want something to party with, this could be a good one.

01 Ash Cawlin "The Plastic Feet" (Shokh & Rohr Rmx) – Echnoton Records Berlin
02 Karotte "Go To Bed" (Dave Shokh Rmx) – Kosmo Records
03 Matthias Tanzmann "Bulldozer" – Moonharbour Recordings
04 Zombie Nation "Money" - Ukw Records
05 Gabriel Ananda "Miracel Whop" - Platzhirsch Schallplatten
06 Dj Slip "Every Time It Takes A While" Brocksieper Rmx - Sub Static Records
07 Nasty & Tresher "Black Sourcery" - Electrix Records
08 Literon "Beat Dis" - Fortek Organization
10 Thomas Schumacher "Red Purple" - Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten Gmbh
11 Triple R "Six Sick Torros" - Traum Schallplatten
12 Heckmann & Kauffelt "Kookabura" - Trope Recordings/ Afultd. Germany
13 Harry Axt "Tag Der Befreiung" - Grandpetrol Recordings
14 Holger Flinsch "Average" Tony Rohr Rmx - Rotary Cocktail Recordings
15 Monika Kruse Vs Dave Shokh "Wann War Gestern?" - Electric Avenue Recordings 2006
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Artist: ARKTAU EOS
Title: Scorpion Milk
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
A very suggestive cdr. The work art is handmade and very arty. The music is mysterious and evocative. It is a single track and it lasts for several minutes. Although very minimal, it is moody and pensive. You will find ritual atmosphere, dark suggestion and lisergic construction. As it is stated in the inner sleeve, this recording deals with "waves beyond the mirror". There are no further words but if you want to get some more details, visit www.auralhypnox.com.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Springs, re:makes and remixes of RF
Format: CD
Label: Odd Shaped Case (@)
Rated: *****
Ryan Francesconi (RF) is a SF-based experimental/glitch-electronica/ambient artist who composes and improvises electro-acoustic pieces in which digital fabrications organically dance, hand in hand, with ethereal sonic manipulations of strings, horns, guitar and voices. Francesconi implements all this with real instruments tons of reverb and a software of his own, publicly available from his company Spongefork.com (talk about creative ways of making sounds)."Springs" is a compilation CD featuring 10 of his tracks reworked by nine of his best music pals (Familiar Trees, .Tape., He Can Jog, Sora, Greg Davis, FilFla, Sawako, Madori Hirano, RdL). Obviously, as you can easily imagine, the boundaries between remix and re-make are blurry, to say the least, but that's what happens (and what is supposed to happen for it to make sense anyway) when you cut loose of the outside influence and you let them run with it. This ambitious and maybe a tad self-celebrative release, has more to offer than just new versions of old stuff. The common denominator of all songs can probably be considered the way sounds are treated in relation to their originating source and spacially positioned with reverberation. The arrangments are sophisticated and the dreamy approach of the material blends well with the resulting magma of sweetened airness and cloudy spring freshness.
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Artist: UBERGANG (@)
Title: Fear Leader
Format: 12"
Label: Low Res (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Formed by JC (known also as Christoph De Babalon, he did releases for Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore Recordings, Fischkopf, FatCat, Zhark and Tigerbeat6. He runs Cross Fade Entertainment (CFET), a label that released n1tro, Zbigniew Karkowski, DJ Scud, Merzbow, I-f, Somatic Responses and Unit Moebius) and GC (graduated in jazzguitar at the Kunstuniversität in Graz/Austria in 1999, he was a student of Harry Pepl and Karl Ratzer. Since 1990 he hasparticipated in several bands, multimedia performance projects and releases including Austrian Audience V/A and 95h Farmers Manual) Ubergang is the representation of their own music vision: extreme, free from boundaries and energetic. The duo in their debut 12" E.P. released by Low Res present four tracks where gabber and grime are their basement where other style such as free jazz, industrial metal a la Godflesh or ambient experimentations find space. Each track has different and radical changes. Pick up the closing one "Fallout": it starts with an electronic ambient background, after 90" a grime/gabber rhythm is added and then at 3’43" the rhythm changes taking a linear form, a distorted guitar starts to play dissonant melodies and the synth turns into a bass line. You know that I like when bands blend different genres into a powerful mixture and Ubergang are good at it!
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Artist: EGOEXPRESS
Title: Hot Wire My Heart / We Do Wie Du
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ladomat (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Released back in 2005 by Ladomat/Mute after five years from the previous album "Bieker", HOT WIRE MY HEART has now been re-released (without the Mute distribution) as a double CD containing the original album plus WE DO WIE DU, a CD of remixes, rare 12" and new tracks (you can find "Memories Can Wait", "Live At Sirius Prime", "Aranda (Lawrence Remix)", "Everybody (Lowtec Remix)", "Zwergenbrot", "Don't Pray Where You Slay", "Beautiful Music / Dangerous Rhythm", "Knartz IV (Abe Duque Remix)", "Fool Of The New City" and "Springfield"). The duo formed by Mense Reents and Jimi Siebels don’t simply play techno or electro music and "Aranda" is a perfect example of what I mean, because they took an acoustic guitar, a synth and made a beautiful psychedelic/melancholic song. For them there’s no problem into changing radically musical ground from one track to the other because you’ll recognise their touch anyway. If "Knartz IV" opens with a voice that tells "Oh no, it’s techno music" and the title song is a perfect example of a techno track, tracks like "Drehwinkle" has a good part of experimentation with sounds/structure that make you think that Egoexpress are something more that a band that make good tracks to dance to. There’s no doubt that "Braune Brücke" is techno, but try the closing "Links eine hand" and you’ll realize that the duo is able to make also good electronic songs with a punk attitude. If you are in need of a breath of fresh air, try this one...
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