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Artist: ENT
Title: Fuck Work
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru
Rated: *****
I was not familiar with Italian duo Ent's previous self-released production, and I don't know why I expected a rather typical glitch electronica. This is only true for the fourth track of this work, "Milk Oblò", which is not bad in itself, but is by far the least daring and engaging of this wildly psychedelic album, wrapped in a lush and nauseously coloured digipack (with a sort of giant whale formed by assorted sweets and flowers... ugh!). Using vinyl loops, guitars, keyboards, drums, electronic programmings and whatnot, Ent betray a clear musical bulimia, mixing turntablism, electronica, blues, kraut and psychedelic rock; the results are not always as focused as one would wish, but surely make for one of the most curious and varied discs I listened to in the last few months. All tracks are quite long and composite, with often unexpected and apparently contradictory developments. Take the opening "Beating Cherry Nipples", for example, where plucked string loops match with suspended notes, to be later replaced by tacky space keyboards, until a sparse acoustic guitar picking (somehow reminiscent of their friend Giuseppe Ielasi's recent excursions in "Gesine") closes the piece. Something similar happens with the following tracks, i.e. "All Night Long" (more vinyl loops and crackles, then a slow motion psychedelic blues) and "Eternal Plans" (arguably the best one, with rarefied sounds, micro loops and a dreamy finale, with a round dance of dazed sounds). The last track, "Nothing for Money", begins with droning patterns, then, after some uninteresting digital beats (a bit like the above mentioned "Milk Oblò"), there's a great crescendo with ecstatic drum patterns which definitely reminded me of good old kraut rockers. Though not everything works fine in Ent's poppy cut'n'paste, Scariot and Bortoluzzi surely know how to prevent boredom, with a taste for plagiarism and bizarre collages which could even remind of Nurse With Wound's least solipsistic experiments.
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Artist: VANVÅRD (@)
Title: Liv I Vardens Slutskede
Format: CD
Label: Deathpropaganda Records (@)
Distributor: Plutonium Distribution
Rated: *****
VANVÅRD is one of the almost uncountable side-projects of the hyperactive both members of SEVERE ILLUSION, Fredrik Djurfeldt and Ulf Lundblad. Released on the small Deathpropaganda Records label, they present here a new effort which drifts a bit away from the hard ripping and destroying EBM/Electro/Industrial sound of their main project. They also decided here to praise their home country and to use mostly Swedish lyrics. My knowledge in Swedish language is... - let’s say not available. Therefore I must say that the titles of 11 of about 12 tracks are really interesting and full of fantasy chosen names for me - with the one exception "Missing Eye", the only one track which features English lyrics. Musically... well, first of, take your seatbelts and take care of the volume of your home entertainment. The upcoming noise can maybe cause some awful nightmares to you. And take also care for your neighbors and respect their wish for some silence. Then make sure to give this album some more rotations than usual - the stuff here is hard to find accession to. Think about the most sickest SEVERE ILLUSION pieces with extremely noises and distortions, then add a strong dedication to classical works like THE KLINIK’s "Face To Face" for some rhythm programmings on several tracks here, or some experimental demo stuff of early SUICIDE COMMANDO to this and you have a kind of description which maybe fits somehow. Favorites can be heard with "Hans Eget Fel", also available in a different remix version, and "Socialt Betingat Nederlag", if you look you some danceable tunes. Personally I like more the Powernoise-influenced pieces like "Det Roliga Tar Slut" and "Murarhantlangerskorna", which seem to be the best example to fit all ingredients of the VANVÅRD sound. Of course, this is not the music designed for the fainthearted - how could you expect this by the SEVERE ILLUSION musicians? It also does not follow any trendy hypes - this is definitively old-school influenced EBM/Electro with a strong Powernoise dedication. A very rude, rough and dirty effort by these Swedish talents, on which I lastly would like to criticize the poor green cover art, which does not deserve the name "art".

GD LUXXE: Make

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: GD LUXXE
Title: Make
Format: CD
Label: Angelika Köhlermann (@)
Rated: *****

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Arrived to his fifth full lenght release as Gd Luxxe (counting also "Vendetta" that is a five tracks MCD), Gerhard Potuznik bring to the attention of his audience a mature album titled MAKE. Starting with "Submission" back in 1999, where the Gerhard's music were more influenced by new wave and especially by New Order, the project moved on with 2003 release "The 21st door" where Detroit techno was the main influence while the vocals were recalling a New Order style. Things changed with 2004 Ersatz Audio's "Between Zero and Eternity" where the new style was facing up. Techno left the space to a less acid atmosphere and sampled guitars were dueting with a upbeat rhythmic structure. The new album MAKE sum all the previous influences giving to the songs a strong structure that make me remember early John Foxx. The songs see bass guitar and electric guitar being treated and mixed with samples creating a mixture of electro post punk coming from the future but really connected with the 80s. "Brick", for example, gathers a 4/4 rhythm at 130 bmp (or at least, it sounds like that) with sampled guitars that create a metallic raw background, while the following "Your airlines" is a short suite that sounds like a Philip Glass track. "Laserlight" instead sounds like an instrumental electro dance tune. It's amazing to see how well all these influences are mixed and how the whole album sounds convincing and fresh. MAKE has been released in the States by Tigerbeat 6 and in Europe by Potuznik's own Angelika Kölermann. Believe me, this release is a must!
Artist: Hell
Title: GroBenwahn - 1992 - 2005 / Monotonie Durch Automation - NY Muscle Interpretationen
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Gigolo Records
Rated: *****
This is a double CD album from HELL. The first disc is a "best of" and the second disc is a "remix" CD. As this artist has been around for over a decade, this should be an exciting addition to your collection of electronic music. This double CD also features 9 unreleased versions of HELL's best anthems so it's not one of those put together a "best of" CD and make a quick buck type of release. This is actually worth buying.
Artist: Alcyone
Title: The Stars Are Real
Format: CD
Label: System Recordings
Rated: *****
Not bad for a debut. This is a mix of ambient, dub, trance, breaks, and deep house. Fans of Orbital, The Orb and William Orbit take note. The singing talent of Suzanne Sterling is superior. She has worked with other artists before but the only one I am familiar with was a band called SKYCLAD, which is a metal band but then again it could be a different band. Alex Newman's production skills is tremendous. This duo has worked with Medicine Drum before as keyboardist and lead vocalist. Alcyone is a group everyone into this type of music should look out for. This duo is destined to be great and I am looking forward to seeing them progress as time goes.
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