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Artist: MATRIX (@)
Title: Deus Lo Volt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
A new release for the New York-based act MATRIX, it’s already their third full length album. After their time of being signed to the German Out Of Line label they needed a pause to concentrate again on producing music and on the fact that they now have to do all terms of a CD production on their own. This is a self-released and so self-funded work which continues the earlier works of this act presented on both predecessor albums "The War Is Over" and "Dreams Are Real". So you’ll get some Electropop music ranging between smooth Synthpop up to beating Futurepop, and – with "Turn To Dust" a never expected harsh Electro tune. John Sepulveda has added Ania Koslowska as a full member and she does some fine vocal performances on tracks like "Sweetest Illusion" and with a bit more aggressive tone on "Culture Of Shame", which is maybe the best known track here, because it was already featured on one of the Out Of Line label compilations. The strongest moments can be heard when both, John and Ania, start a duet like on "On Angels Wings". Also the ballad-like "Eastern Sky" gets my vote for being the most emotional piece here. Gary Suarez and Luis Brito of GASR helped out again with some further composing, guest vocals ("Senseless Game") and production – like they’ve done it on the bands’ earlier albums before. Three remix works can be heard here as well done by CGC, the Argentinean act ALIEN PRODUKT and from the Synthpop act IN-A-SENSE. So you’ll get a 73 minutes long full length CD of one of America’s most talented and experienced act around out of this genre and it would wonder me if this act got not signed soon again. Quality Synthpop music with a strong dancefloor attitude as well.
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Artist: SISSY
Title: All Under
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Sissy’s debut album ALL UNDER comes out from the minds of David Trusz and Johanne Williams. The first one was already active with several singles across many of the world's most respected electronic labels, while as a remixer he has worked on Groove Armada, Trafik and The Spoons stuff. The Canadian duo created a captivating formula that sometimes remember too much the latest Portishead (check Johanne's way of singing and the similar atmosphere created by the duo mid tempos). David used vintage synthesizers to have a warm sound and the result is really convincing and it will please all the lovers of sophisticated electronic music with jazzy/noir atmosphere. Personally I liked most tracks like "Wake up", "I see you" or "In the dark" where the mysterious vein was blended with a certain upbeat rhythm or a more personal arrangement that didn't make me think about the Portishead. It is a pity that all the album wasn't like these three songs.
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Artist: AUDIO WAR
Title: Under Enemy Control
Format: CD
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****

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Graham Rayner (ex Cubanate ) and Christian Weber (of K-Nitrate) released their previous Audio War CD "Negativity" the last year and in the review I did, I told that their method of composing their blend of technologic industrial metal seemed the result of an auto remix process. Now we have the opportunity to check what if their stuff was remixed by other people, because the new UNDER ENEMY CONTROL contains nine remixed or re-made versions of six tracks (the tracks are "Super freak", "Breaking down", "One drug", "Money shot", "Analyze") contained into the that album. On the remix front we have The Pain Machinery, Hyperfactor, Libitina, KreuzDammer and Action Directe while Audio War re-worked "Breaking down" (now "Low down mix"), "One drug" ("Stealth mix"), "Analyze" ("Dub" and "K-Nitrate De-humanize remix"). The whole work even if it is the result of different people sounds balanced and not too much different from the style of the duo. The only exceptions are the Libitina mix (because of its dark melodies), The Pain Machinery version of "Audio crash" (their version sounds like a techno industrial extreme assault) and Action Directe (they made out of "Super freak" an acid house industrial deranged track). I'd wish all my enemies would treat my music this way...
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Artist: Rich West
Title: Heavenly Breakfast
Format: CD
Label: pfMENTUM (@)
Rated: *****
It seems as though I’ve been getting a lot of jazz recordings to review lately, and I didn’t particularly think CHAIN D.L.K. was much into jazz. But, when you get a CD this good, you have to say something about it. (Besides, they want me to review everything that comes my way.) If you’re familiar with The Monks of Doom or Mike Watt, then you just might know who Rich West is. For the uninitiated, West is an avant-jazz (sometimes rock) drummer whose roots go back as far as Camper van Beethoven. Here, with group comprised of Bruce Friedman (trumpet), Lynn Johnston (saxophones, clarinets), Emily Beezhold (electric piano, Korg ms2000) and Dan Krimm (electric bass) West provides the percussive glue to hold this post-bop free-jazz ensemble together. West also throws in a bit of accordian for good measure, and probably also because he can play it. I’m not sure "Heavenly Breakfast" was the best title for what’s going on here. If your idea of a heavenly breakfast is five kids running amok at the breakfast table, cereal and milk all over the place, jam everywhere but on the toast and coffee percolating to the point of overflowing, then maybe it is. There is an incredible amount of free improvisation, and I’m not sure that all of it works, but when it does, it’s pretty engaging, of you like this sort of thing. There is a lot of contrasting dynamics, tonal shifts, and an undercurrent of tension in what West and his ensemble are doing here, and my gut feeling is that these guys area lot more savvy than they let on. West’s drumming is so sophisticated at times that it almost hardly seems to matter what anyone else is playing. And a good deal of the improvisation has that chaotic playfulness that comes across almost mockingly daring you to imagine where they’re going next. Sometimes the group seems to be in perfect sync in a groove, at other times in full-out frenzy, and still others where they are Sooooo far out, you just can’t fathom where they’re going. Crazy riffs gone wild seeming totally out of control, but then there’s always a grounding point they miraculously find their way back to, in sync, and ready to digress yet again.Some of "Heavenly Breakfast" is about as avant garde as jazz gets (and still be able to truly be called jazz). The individual musicianship is stellar, and when it comes together here on this recording as it often does, it’s a remarkable listen. Assuredly not for all tastes, "Heavenly Breakfast" might better be digested much later in the day.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Moonstarr Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Public Transit Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Um, excuse me Mr. DJ, this is hip-hop. Last I knew at Chain D.L.K., we don’t do no hip-hop here. I don’t care if Moonstarr is an Internationally reknown remix-king, you’re in the wrong venue buddy. Be that as it may, Moonstarr remixes tracks by Rednoise Distrikt, Povo, Ivanna Santilli, Feindrestar, Jazzanova, Ennio Morricone and more. Personally, I think Moonstarr’s just a little to drum-machine happy. It’s everywhere... in abundance... with prejudice!! I’ve heard the Jazzanova track remixed before, and better. It amazes me that guys like this who chop an’ slop other people’s music like this get called "artists". But hey, that’s another subculture I just don’t have time or mind for. Pass.
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