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Artist: Angina P (@)
Title: 8 Rooms
Format: CD
Label: Notochord (@)
Distributor: Psychostatic
Rated: *****
Angina P is a very talented Austria electronic music artist who has seen her work featured in films/tv, compilations, video games and the in the top-selling download pages of sites like mp3.com. The young Dutch label Notochord recordings releases Angina P's first full length CD, featuring five original tracks of fast-paced breakbeat/drum'n'bass/ambient/IDM as well as three remixes by Semiomime, Edgey and Larvae. Beautifully packaged and produced, "8 Rooms" is really a vivid testament of Angina P's abilities and strengths. Obviously her music is so versatile that you could dance to it in a club, chill to it in a lounge or let it aid your vision of a movie. But don't wait for any of those to happen to you, go out and order this record. You can get it from Europe through the artist or the label or in the US through the distributor. If you are into Squarepusher, Plastikman, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Underworld, Apollo 440, Goldie etc or labels like Warp, Hive etc definitely give this a try.
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Artist: Robert Henke (@)
Title: Layering Buddga
Format: CD
Label: Imbalance Computer Music
Rated: *****

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Berlin-based Robert Henke is active under the Monolake moniker and makes a living as an audiovisual artist, sound designer, music software developer (Abelton) and mastering engineer. "Layering Buddha" comes out on his own label and under his own (real) name and is an exploration of the possibilities allowed by the encounter of modern technologies and vintage electronic music gear such as the FM3 Buddha Machine loop player, of which the Chinese duo has recently made a re-issue available (http://www.fm3.com.cn/buddhamachine.htm). The Buddha Machine consists of a lo-fi loop playback device with 9 low-resolution uncustomizable presets that will keep playing forever and that play slightly differently on different machines. Henke recorded these loops at 96k and has layered them to create comb filtering, phasing, flanging and what not. Using exclusively the original Buddha Machine sounds and tweaking them in pitch and frequency generated timeless and slowly moving pieces with a life of their own. The result is very entrancing, beautiful and very very cinematic at times. This CD is also available as a limited edition hand-numbered vinyl box set containing five grey 7" discs with full color label print.
Artist: William C Harrington w/ Jilli Dart (Spacekittii) (@)
Title: Recorded Live
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
William C. Harrington is a NY state native LA emigrant who's been wearing several hats within the music industry since he was a kid. He studied composition, performance, electronic music, music business law and management, record production with highly qualified and recognized names; he worked in the wholesale record industry; he toured as a keyboard tech with Zappa and Gentle Giant; he met with Burroughs about a spoken word electronic music recording; in other words, he's been at it for a while! Recently he released the album "Urban Electronic Music", a collection of loops, found sounds, field recordings and synth sounds recorded over a 30 years period which got him some play and some buzz and led him to release this 14 track live recording of his performance at Nova Express, in LA, in Sept 2006 with special guest Jilli Dart of SpaceKitti. This free CD features him on soprano sax and electronics and Jilli on guitar, sitar and effects and travels the corridors of improvised experimental/electronic, spacing from drones to noise, occasionally pointing in the direction of more rhythmically-defined patterns and flirting with some weird free-form of obscure guitar-impregnated idm. Keep an eye on Mr Harrington as I feel he'll have more in store for us pretty soon.
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Artist: MATHEW ADKINS
Title: mondes inconnus
Format: DVD
Label: Empreintes Digitales (@)
Rated: *****
From the day I've received it, I think I've been listening to this recordings many more times than those I planned to write this review, and it's been a great surprise. This cd comes in dvd format that means you're supposed to listen to this music via home theatre to recreate the same effect for which these compositions/installations have been projected. In the contemporary sound of Mathew Adkins there's a lot of electronics and while in many reviews they write about his electro-acoustic skill I think the listening of this collection of works reveal Adkins’ music deep electronic essence. Mondesin is cold, odd and leaves the potential listener wandering in a sort of trance, infact unlike many contemporary composers/musicians Adkins' music is beyond doubt expressive and emotionally charged but still cerebral. I think I'm gonna write something many of you will disagree with, but during the whole listening I got the sensation this music is really suitable with some Lynch and Carpenter's movies above all those where the locations become the main guiding line of the storyboard. This composer in some way follows the footsteps of Pierre Schaeffer and improves his ideas; I’ve read he received some international prizes for his composition and you from what I’ve heard he deserved it.
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Artist: DIGITAL GEIST (@)
Title: The Zero Engine
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
With a first look only on the cover art you may expect a kind of Techno/Trance-based music effort, and indeed – these elements can be discovered here besides some others. This is the debut full-length CD of Alex K and Newt, who are hiding behind this moniker and they offer as an interesting mixture of the above mentioned styles combined with some IDM/Electronica influences, Futurepop and a slight excursion into Electro-Clash music. So you’ll get a fine and detailed arranged album which will easily push your body to the dancefloors. With the track "Someone Like Me" they also have a piece on board which features real male vocals (though well manipulated with some vocoder effects...) and a real compositional background. Several "spoken word" inputs done by Krista Dragomer can be heard on 4 different tracks. This release also attracts attention because it has several collaborations and remix works available. With FRONT 242 working on "Someone Like Me" they could indeed win one of the biggest players internationally, also the Danish act NEOTEK has a good name in the Electro/EBM/Industrial scene. But it should be mentioned that both their remix works don’t push the sound of DIGITAL GEIST any nearer to EBM or Electro/Industrial music – they swim with the stream. Favorites next to "Someone Like Me" can be named with "Earworm (No Light Guides Us)" (what a fine synth layer work!) and the dry Techno-styled "Keep The Faith (featuring Christian K. of DHARMA LAB)". There’s a lot of talent and real effort behind this album and if you dig some of the above mentioned styles, you would be surprised by the diversity this release has to offer.
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