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Artist: RICHARD CHARTIER
Title: Current
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Room40
Rated: *****
A new ep from one of the masters of digital minimalism, microsounds or lowercase, you choose the tag. "Current" is a 19'50" composition released by the ever excellent Room40 in its series of finely designed quasi-3" cds, coinciding with Chartier's 2006 Australia/Japan tour. The track starts with high-end frequencies, soon smudged by white noise, then plunged deep in an ebb and flow of ghost frequencies. All at a very low volume, of course. Described like this, it could sound all too easy, but Chartier does know how to put a careful assemblage and, most of all, an engaging atmosphere in the most anemic sound matter. It's nothing that you wouldn't expect from him, but with such a quality production this is surely not a defect.
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Artist: VV. AA.
Title: Jukebox Buddha
Format: CD
Label: Staubgold
Rated: *****
You've probably read about the latest hype gadget, but here it is: the Chinese duo FM3 (its member Christiaan Virant, to be exact) found a Buddha Machine (a "battery-operated meditation device" playing a sequence of loops, with one-touch control parameters) in Beijing, decided to adapt it with their own sounds, and spread a certain number of modified versions around. Many musicians, including Brian Eno, soon went crazy for it, and here we have the first sampler of Buddha Machine-based compositions. Being after all a loop playing device, don't expect anything particularly new technically-wise: it's minimal/repetitive music like any other, the true difference laying - as always - in the quality and fantasy of each performer. Wang Fan seems to stick to an almost pure layering of drones, while Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Henke (of Monolake/Ableton fame, and composer of a recent Buddha Machine-based cd) and sunn0))) lean on ambient, Adrian Sherwood and Doug Wimbish on eerie trip-hop/dub rhythms, Es on Coil-esque cosmic music, Alog on an almost exclusively vocal composition, etc. And of course leftfield beat-based electronica is represented as well (Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Gudrun Gut, Mapstation). Blixa Bargeld stands alone in terms of weirdness with the bird tweets of "Little Yellow", but the most convincing interpretations come from the above mentioned Henke and sunn0))), together with the feedback-driven track by Minit and Sun City Girls' ghostly psychedelia. A curious and entertaining sample, though honestly with only few truly outstanding moments.
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Artist: LEAETHER STRIP
Title: Faetish EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
A new EP from the leader of the DK Gang of Terror, Claus Larsen aka LEAETHER STRIP, released on Halloween 2K6. Also again a proof of his currently high productive phase, on which I had my first doubts with its predecessor, "Walking On Volcanos". I really thought on mass-production rather than to offer quality and the rich textures LEAETHER STRIP is known for. After checking "Faetish" I finally come to the result, that he works on some parts hard to reach again the intensity of his old glorious days. 10 tracks at all give you again the impression to hold already a new full-length in your hands. Tracks like "Manic Aggression", "Watch It Burn" and "Punctured Eyeballs" can spread the same aggressive attitude like the classics "Strap Me Down" or "Nothing Seen – Nothing Done". You need a comparison title? Well, here you go with an unexpected 2006 version of "Adrenalin Rush", surely one of the biggest club hits Claus has ever produced. Thumbs up for this work! The title track instead can’t follow this pieces, a bit too simple constructed I would say. Some more trips into his more orchestral-arranged side is presented with "We Walk With Pride (Moscow 28th May 2006 version)" and "The Kitchen Knife (Pocket Knife version)". Also a cover version is featured again, this time "Tears Run Rings" originally composed by Marc Almond. With "Frank Tovey Told Me Things" he has also composed a homage to some electronic pioneers to give them a hug for their early work. If you were comfortable with his last releases "Walking On Volcanos" or the full-length "After The Devastation", you will dig this release for sure. Claus could integrate a bit more inspiration than on "Volcanos...", also simply alone with the killer version of "Adrenalin Rush" this EP is a must-have. Also available as a special DCD edition featuring a 5-track special CD called "Halloween" – of course a limited edition for the die-hard fans.
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Artist: THE OPERATIVE (@)
Title: An adoring circle af Radical Calamity
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
After some well recognized underground releases out on his own website www.mechanismz.com, THE OPERATIVE and Crunch Pod Media have decided to unite their forces. So here’s a first mutual released full-length release of this one-man act, which provides a mixture of Powernoise tunes, flavored with some Breakbeat, Ambient and IDM influences. At times some voice samples provide the content of the tracks (strange example: "Disembodied", "A Man, A Fuse, A Bomb"), also some sparse included vocals ("Dead Beat") are joining the scenario. Mostly straight and rhythmically arranged ("Dawns Turbulent Rise", the angry "Dead Beat"...), the tracks also leave some space for trips into some more experimental fields, just check the atonal sounds on "Fleeing Tribal Rule". The winning point for THE OPERATIVE can be named in the huge diversity which is rich offered here. It needs some attention and also a few more rotations until the listener will be able to discover the whole content. Who by the way stands behind THE OPERATIVE? Well, he keeps in secrecy and wears a mask also on gigs. Go out, buy this album and check his activities.
Artist: Switchblade Symphony
Title: Serpentine Gallery (Deluxe Edition Double Disc)
Format: CD
Label: Cleopatra
Rated: *****
The beautiful Goth female duo Tina Root and Susan Wallace will always be remembered for being one of the finest gothic underground acts in Gothic Subculture history. SS has been on numerous of compilations, released two cassette albums and one cd on their own. The talented femmes got signed with Cleopatra Records quickly. Their first release with the label became a huge success best selling record in 1995. Now ten years later, the label re-released this classic dark album as a double disc deluxe edition. The first disc contains all eleven original songs when it was release. The second disc contains some tracks from their self release cassette albums "Fable" and "Elegy". And demo tracks from the self release cd "Scrapbook". Unheard unreleased tracks are included as well, which was recorded during their recording for "The Three Calamities" studio session. There are two tracks from their live concert shows, an radio interview, and an enhanced feature video for "Clown" you can download and watch on your computer. A collector item to have that's worth the money. Switchblade Symphony has inspired many fans with their music and glitter glamour style little girlish look. The gothic beauties made have broken up because of music differences, but their music is not forgotten.

Disc 1

1. Bad Trash
2. Dissolve
3. Wallflower
4. Wrecking Yard
5. Clown
6. Cocoon
7. Dollhouse
8. Sweet
9. Gutter Glitter
10. Mine Eyes
11. Bloody Kisses

Disc 2

1. Waiting Room
2. Chain
3. Rain
4. Numb
5. Ride
6. Novocaine
7. Wrecking Yard
8. Sweet (Burning Mix)
9. Blue
10. Live 105 Radio Interview
11. Clown (Video)
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