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Artist: Saemskin
Title: A Simile For Murder
Format: CD
The artist is called Saemskin so is the label/recording studio that produced this and put this out. I guess there aren't that many names left in the world. But don't get confused. According to this album, this is a one-man band of some sort of industrial music, as many are in this genre. The music is somewhat repetitive and slightly dancy beats are incorporated to the atmospheric keys. The vocals are spoken for the most part, none are actually sung. The whole CD presentation is sufficient enough but the music simply sounds cheap. Perhaps Saemskin used cheap music softwares to create this brand of music? This isn't my cup of tea.
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Artist: 3-1 (@)
Title: Take A Picture
Format: 12"
Label: Basserk (@)
Distributor: Lowlands
Rated: *****
3-1 already released a 12" for Basserk (they were the label's first release) and they are helping people knowing the genre that they call pistol pop. The main track "Take a picture" sounds balanced between Devo and B-52 and it is really a great tune, energetic and electro punk. "Sweat is dripping" has an electro robotic kind of punk attitude and it closes the first side already giving you the sensation that you spent your money in a good way. Side B contains three tracks. "In the bassment" is less electro thanks to its guitar samples and it sounds a little more "dancey indie rock". "In the morning" sounds like the hangover song of an electro punk guy. Fun and particular at the same time. The closing "Boyband" is an electronic punk anthem with distorted drums. Following my tastes I have to say that I preferred the first side of the E.P. but generally the whole record is worth your attention. Ideally, there's another track that is part of this record, it is titled "Living in the dark" and you can download it for free at the basserk.com website. If you look at the record rear cover it was listed as the third track of side A and it fits really well that place, because is more electro respect the three tracks that are on the B side. A pity we have it only as an mp3 file. If you don't have a turntable no more, check iTunes and download it...
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Artist: KUBRA
Title: Control Issues E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Arne Weinberg (@)
Distributor: Clone
Rated: *****
Kubra is the project of Tim Hoogesteger (aka Dj Tim and Frame Six) and Bas Ror. Dj Tim already had different hits in the 90's and then again as Frame Six on the Raygun label. Bas Ror is the resident dj at the Bootleg DJ Cafe in Rotterdam and he's also part of the Cybernetic Broadcasting System (their motto is "The robot is your friend") with I-F and other different acts. If you want to check their webradio, check their website at http://cbs.nu. Limited to 500 copies ROMANTIC INTERFACE is their first release. On this one the duo delivers four tracks that blend electro funky influences with techno and if the first two cuts "Unknown swimming object" and "Aqualiscious" are really club friendly and melodically rich, the two tracks of the B side ("Timespan" and "Future reference") are more particular because of their hypnotic semi oriental rhythm mixed with a techno ambient approach to the sound.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: International Deejay Gigolos CD Ten
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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A compilation of the International Deejay Gigolos series is always something particular and also this time, the tenth, Dj Hell decided to surprise us with 11 tracks of label’s newcomers, four tracks for the first time on CD and several new tracks of Gigolo bands already on the roster (see the beautiful new Mount Sims’ track "Nailed to the wall", for example). 26 tracks for an amount of 156 minutes (18 of them are unreleased!) of electronic throbbing club tracks which span from minimal house, passing through electro and techno. The first CD opens with a new Gigolo act coming from Berlin, Woody. His long "August (appetizer version)" is a pumping instrumental track, a little minimal its melodic lines, but it’s an appetizer. Kikumoto Allstars, Sebastien Sen and Outlander remixed by Kevin Gorman keep the heat high proposing tracks based on rhythm and distortion just to prepare the field to the new smashing Mount Sims song. "Nailed to the wall" is an amazing electro track which will please the fans of his previous album. Herman Schwartz proposes a variation of the Blade runner theme on his "Replicant’s suffering". Lady B changes the ambience with a particular atmospheric techo electro track based on vocal samples. Evol, presents a track with an opening driven by a distorted guitar just to turn into an instrumental electronic tune. Paul Chambers is on with a techno tune while Foremost Poets present a smooth electro funky track. Voltique are a DJ duo and are in with "Supersmile". The CD closes with the cool electro ambient extravaganza of Felizol (music project of Greek film director Yiannis Veslemes) and with Moonbeam Presents Pak&Vak that with their "Vision (Main mix)" bring to the attention of Gigolo lovers a track which starts like a minimal tune just to turn into an electro hypnotic one. The second CD opens with Kevin Gorman and his sampled experimentations (it sounds like Pacman on acid) and follows with an electro version of "Jack your body" thanks to Jamie Anderson & Jesse Rose. Minimal distortion is the way chosen by Inge Neuss and following, for those who missed the 12", you can find Dibaba with "Happy birthday Mr. President". After that one a couple of released tracks thanks to Huntemann ("37°" is coming from his latest album on Gigolo) and to Sebastien San. Igors Vorobjovs comes from Lithuania and his "Intelegencija" is a good mysterious electronic instrumental track. Dj Hell is following with his remix of Human Resource’s "Dominator" and ninth come The Presets with their smash hit "Are you the one?". Rebecca Von Kalinowsky is another newcomer and her "Dance" is an hypnotic track based uniquely on a looped bass line, drums and her treated voice. Arbotique heads from Belgium and his "Chin eater" is a techno hammer. Close the compilation The Model with "You are always on my mind" and The Activator with "Hate lazer city". There’s enough for everybody and if you are curious to discover the next sound of the label this is the starting point!
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Artist: NECRO FACILITY (@)
Title: The Room
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
This Swedish Dark Electro duo returns with its second CD release, again signed to the uprising Progress Productions label. Oscar Holter and Henrik Bäckström are keeping faithful their already known sound, they offer once again Dark Electro/EBM/Industrial music heavily influenced of the traditional Vancouver-school, i. e. SKINNY PUPPY to their "Too Dark Park" heydays with a small relation to FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY. Well, a lot of acts have been tried through the years to copy more or less the PUPPYan sound attitude – but I’ve never heard such a perfect kind like the efforts of this duo. It’s more than the same arrangements and sounds – they can really integrate the right mood, the broken song structures, some background guitar riffs - also the vocal performance could be seriously done by Ogre himself. Therefore this release is a kind of a long missed friend – I don’t like to argue against PUPPY’s drastically change of style, but to me their best times were the pre-"The Process" days. I’ve lost a lot of interest in them after "The Last Rights", like it or not. Tracks like "Dogma", "Anubis" or "The Box" are definitively the closest to the PUPPYan kind, while "Kite" with it whirling bass lines rather reminds on FLA – anyway, this duo has its patterns and I like to respect and support this. Finally it’s much appreciated if authentic Dark Electro won’t get thrown into the same musically drawer like Hellektro/Harsh EBM – although I see already some tacky arguments about "not offering an own musically identity" in some forums. At least it needs hefty to criticize that this 1 CD standard release of "The Room" is with only 38 minutes playing time unacceptable short – the addition of maybe two more tracks would help out of this misery. Of course – like with every Progress Productions release – there’s available a limited 2CD edition, so you’ll have to act ASAP until it’s sold-out.
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