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Artist: The Impossible Flower
Title: Roots and Fruits
Format: CD
Label: Afe Records (@)
Rated: *****
This album was recorded between 2000 and 2004, when TIF was just a solo project by Andrew David Daly (Garreth Dickson joined in 2004). Crackling processed piano, small clusters of unrecognizable instruments, reverse damaged guitar debris and a subtle sense of melody are the main ingredients for this album. The second track is called 'The Jig' and features an unprocessed acoustic guitar plucking which is now and then penetrated by glitchy loops. 'Honey and Bees' is my personal favourite here, adding some catchy female vocals to different layers of gentle backwards sounds. Can't really wait to see where things will go from here.
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Artist: KARSTEN PFLUM
Title: Idhax
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
The first words that pop out in my mind when I listen to this third Karsten Pflum CD, are: deranged, obsessed, minimal and cyclic. From the guinea pig that wanders in a garden between wires and broken amplifiers that you find on the cover, you realize that something is going on. When you start listening to the first track of the CD "Impulse 9" you realize that definitively something is happening: for the first five minutes i.d.m. rhythms make yourself lose your boundaries but after a break the rhythm turns into something more structured as well some melancholic melodies start to fill your room. After the first eight minutes of the album Karsten showed what you have to deal with as the whole album is based on the balance of these ingredients: rhythm, glitch noises, light melodies and suspended atmospheres. Having showed the essence of his music he didn't broke the toy, because each track has something to give and even if I appreciated some titles more than others, IDHAX is a nice album that dare experimenting with some chaotic moments (like during the whole "Draworder") but that at the same is able to create dark or heart moving atmospheres.
Artist: SYMBIOSIS (@)
Title: A midsummer night's dream
Format: CD
Rated: *****
This concept is based on the work of "dear ol' William" (to quote obliquely the mighty Morrissey) and you can get it both from the main title and from the title of each single track. Old fashioned ambient with a dark mood but still ambient and not dark ambient, therefore nothing to share with people like Lustmord, Bad Sektor, Alio Die or in the likes. I think the majority of the song comes from synth keyboards and that's the major connection to speak about ambient according to the way it was conceived from people like Eno. But that's not the only straight reference since you have all of these natural (somehow new age music strarted from here) samples like usual sounds, thunders, I think you got it. This recording is well done and well developed I think the guy knows how to work but I think he should better move forward from the "preset sort of" keyboard sounds. Not my cup of tea but if you're into ambient old school and keyboard music that's possibly addressed to you.
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Artist: Dezrok (@)
Title: They Love You Feel
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Burn records (@)
Distributor: Sumthing Distribution
Rated: *****

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Prolific NY-based dance music producer Dezrok just fully recovered from a scary motorcycle accident (rumor has it that his alluminium powerbook in his back bag prevented his spine from breaking and leaving him paralyzed forever and that he is still using that very same beat up G4 laptop to DJ at clubs around town!!!) and is celebrating by releasing his new "The Love You Feel" maxi-single on Christian Leone's Burn records/Fire Entertainment Group outlet (the release party is scheduled for Sept 14th at Lotus in NYC). The first peculiarity about this release is that Dezrok, for the first time in his solo career, steps up to the mic to deliver some good vocals on the opening "Main Love" mix. The five tracks flow consistently on the wings of the underlaying pounding beat that is pretty much the common denominator here. One of the most intriguing versions is probably "DezroK's dub love" version, which features slow progressions and minimalistic processing of his otherwise bombastic arrangments that will trip you out for almost ten fully entrancing minutes. The tracks also feature some female vocals that at times echo reminiscences of Delerium's daciest tracks.
You can listen and buy individual tracks from SumthingDigital.com at the link below or buy the CD from Amazon. If you like Dezrok's dance angle, also check out pop singer's Rietsa debut "Cold Shower", featuring Dezrok's production.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: International DeeJay Gigolos, Vol. 9
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Arrived to its ninth issue the Gigolo compilation it’s still a double CD packed with delicatessen picked up by label master DJ Hell. This time electro wave lovers have a lot to bite the first CD carries Felix Da Housecat version of "Jack U", as well as Fischerspooner, Miss Kittin & The Hacker remixed by Anthony Rother, DJ Hell remix of one of the most famous Grace Jones songs "I’ve seen that face before", Linda Lamb and Jor-el. After the first six tracks we have a little break and techno lovers could join in as Bodzin & Huntemann will make you sweat with their "Black ice". After that one it’s the G. Rizo turn with "Eye wanna cee u". Mike Perras, Terence Fixmer and Saturn V make you visit the house/techno realm for a little while just to prepare you to the minimal electro of Trike and -=UHU=-. Last but not least, you’ll find DAF’s "Der rauber und der prinz", the A side of the track you can find on the "New Deutsch" compilation. The second CD propose the same formula of the first one starting with the electro wave of Fischerspooner, Xlover, Hell, Christopher Just, Kiko’s & Gino and Freaks, everyone with remixed versions or with track only released on 12" (as Hell’s "Fun boy 3"). Digitaria are present with a track from their same album released only on mp3. Martin Matiske is present with "Japanese science", a track from his E.P. "Blackout" while Child are here with "Spoiled lips". Techno faces up again with Mick Wills’ "Scoop VII", a new unreleased track. Now it’s time to listen to new artists that will release something on Gigolo, so we can check out Replica (they are here with "Transmission" a track from their previous E.P. released on Noiselab), Mexican Sonido Lasser Drakar (their funky electro pop is so 80’s). The last two tracks present two techno electro acts: Masstyk (with "Dis era", a track from his Gigolo 12") and Herman Schwartz, a newcomer that present here an instrumental track "Nothing to loose". It’s not a thrilling one, but we’ll see. Wow... what amount of good tunes. As usual Hell with his compilations series is able to present the past and the future of his label in a perfect way and each time we discover a little more.
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