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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electronic Manifesto
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
A DCD compilation set brought to us by the Spanish label Caustic Records which provides the excellent idea to collect several rather underground acts of both countries France and Spain. It is a fine collected initiative to offer these acts a platform to publish some promising material. And indeed, I have found here several tracks and artists on which it is hard to believe that they haven’t been yet recognized by a wider audience. Also the both compilers of the darkest pieces out of both countries speak for quality. CD 1 got compiled by Pedro Penas Y Robles – better known under his band H.I.V.+, while the second CD was compiled by DJ Dogme, who stands behind the French label and online community Axess Code. Additional help they received on the production and the artistic concept by Caustic Records label chief Manix S. and from Yann Soutre of the French act REMAIN SILENT (...why not on here with a new track???) providing the mastering of this DCD set. The French act NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT opens this compilation with a new and rather slow tune, which once more approves their status. PUPPYan-like ominous synth layers, complex programmings and the authentic vocals of Laurent K. (STIGMA) celebrate a strong recommendation to check out more of their stuff – now signed to the US-based Vendetta Music/Electro Aggression Records there should be something out soon. Pedro aka H.I.V.+ has united here with THE HACKER and offers a rather danceable version of "Növö Disko". The "black sheep" on this whole compilation is the guest appearance of PSYCHE providing an updated version of the classic track "Unveiling The Secret 2.0". CHRISTOFFER KAH has to mentioned here too and can totally convince with a danceable track featuring rather old-school EBM bass lines, dark restranged vocals and great melodic content. And have you ever thought about that the French old-school EBM act VOID KAMPF can provide a convincing Dark Electro-minded instrumental tune, instead of "body-muscle-machine" shouts? They can – hats down – but have I heard an obviously use of a FLA sample ("Infra Red Combat") in their track? However, it’s one of the best surprises here! PAIL, the Spanish project leaded by Manix S., comes up with a new euphoric and danceable Dark Electro track, which makes hungry for more! TANNHAUSER, next to PAIL also signed to Caustic Records, is an act which – to my shame – I haven’t discovered anything about. What a big mistake, as they can prove here. A lot of fine tunes to check out here and while CD 2 maybe features the lesser known artist names, it stands head to head in quality to CD 1. SENSORIAL RESPONSE is a new signing for Caustic Records and their first audio sign of life is a fine worked-out instrumental piece. EMBRYO is a new cooperation project by Bruno L. of NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT and Dominique Debert of BRAIN LEISURE – they aren’t afraid to use some guitar riffs to provide a different kind to their rather classic EBM-inspired tunes. Comes then one of my most favorites, E:S.R. with a new and unreleased alternative version of "Regression", which should even raise the collector’s value of this compilation – excellent quality as usual from this fine French act. Musically in a comparable style comes then a collaborative effort by both relatively known French acts BRAIN LEISURE and SKOYZ, while the following cooperation between H.I.V.+ and DEADCELL (= Bruno of NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT) reminds strong on some INTERLACE/NECRO FACILITY tunes featuring a fine but dark melodic content. Best surprise to me is the return of the French act DATA RAPER aka Anthony Dupre. He has released one album called "Carbon Flora" on the French label Brume Records, but afterwards it got silent around him. Fantastic programmings, rich and detailed synth textures, vocoderized vocals – let’s hope and keep all the fingers crossed that he will return. We then get into the part where the searching qualities of DJ Dogme are asked for, because behind names like MIND NECROSIS FACTOR, QUANTIC CHURCH, ZAUBER and SPLATTERPUNK are hiding mostly undiscovered acts – not lesser talented for sure, but they stand mostly in their very first beginning of a career – as far as this is possible in this poor scene. EX_TENSION I need to mention as well, and I hope that this French act will finally soon coming up with a long announced CD release on Cortex Records. The veteran act K-BEREIT also receives a free slot providing straight EBM bass lines with rather chaotic textures. This is globally one of the finest compilations around of the last six months for sure, especially and thanks to the fact that the generic Trance/Techno-inspired Hellektro formula hasn’t find any free slot. The compilers have done a great job and could collect quality, congrats to all of you. Some more and mostly known names I miss here (TAMTRUM, ALLIED VISION, CULTURE KULTUR, OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF...), but this maybe would mean they have to replace some talented newcomer... However, I hope for a continuation, the second chapter has to follow, please...

CD1 selected by HIV+_

1.NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT "memento"
2.LAAG "submit"
3.MAURI "critical day (feat. Victor HAZE)"
4.THE HACKER & HIV+ "növö disko"
5.TERENCE FIXMER "substance"
6.PSYCHOSOMATIK "release me (industrial mix)"
7.PSYCHE "Unveiling the secret (PEOPLE THEATRE ext. version) "
8.CHRISTOPHER KAH "urban night"
9.VOID KAMPF "restore hope (instrumental)"
10.PAIL "dignity corrosion"
11.TANNHAUSER "born in fear"
12.GEISTFORM "alter"
13.LTNO "lucyfer rising (SCHOOLBUS TEENAGE Rmx)"

_CD2 selected by DJ Dogme_

01.SPROG "discordia ( M-linc vocal)"
02.SENSORIAL RESPONSE "Your life is mine (instrumental)"
03.EMBRYO "save me from myself "
04.E.S.R "regression ( Human wasteland mix)"
05.BRAIN LEISURE vs SKOYZ "the maze"
06.HIV+ vs DEADCELL " transmutation (rmx)"
07.DATA RAPER "prosium"
08.MIND NECROSIS FACTOR "senescence"
09.QUANTIC CHURCH " millenium jihad"
10.ZAUBER "funeral imagination"
11.EX_TENSION "freedom (Ultimate mix)"
12.TWINKLE vs SHIZUKA "?"
13.K-BEREIT "blue halo"
14.MUCKRACKERS "fraktion 27"

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Artist: DAMERO
Title: Happy In Grey
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Damero is the project of Marit Posch, a gentle girl which works at BPC and HAPPY IN GREY is her first album. The album contains eleven tracks that fit very well the title as they give the idea of the sound you can find inside warm houses into a cold and grey winter. Marit's voice gently paints little melodic pop moments that are enriched by multi layered sound structures created with glitch sounds and little distortions and everything is in balance from i.d.m., techno and electro pop. Some tracks sees famous guests like Apparat, Nevis Peak, Zander VT or AGF helping out Marit (which did a good work already by herself). Generally the tracks have a similar melancholic atmosphere (thing that I found having a certain importance for the first listening) but if you listen to the album carefully you can hear a good amount of different sounds that will make you see the tracks under a different point of view. The tracks I preferred are "Right wrong", "Okay okay" and "Things gone" because they are a good example of upbeat songs with a little of melancholy.
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Artist: Ljova (@)
Title: Vjola: "World on Four Strings"
Format: CD
Label: Kapustnik records
Rated: *****

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Lev Zhurbin a.k.a. Ljova is a classically trained NY-based Russian viola player, film music composer and arranger with noteworthy credits in the music industry that include Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, Bond, Matmos, Assif Tsahar, George Davidson, Savion Glover, Ryuchi Sakamoto, the Electric Light Orchestra and others.

As you might expect from such an eclectic artist, Ljova likes to bring together the musical heritage and culture from a number of different countries and regions, including China, India, Iran, Japan, Russia, Tanzania as well as gypsy music from Romania and France.
You will hear a lot of that in this debut CD of his, which presents 13 original compositions, a Bjork cover and a Romanian traditional piece. Beautiful arrangements of multiple tracks of viola drawing complex soundscapes, beautiful harmonies, intriguing dissonances, enchanting atmospheres and moving melancholic compositions that have a remarked taste for distant cultures and fashionably old.

Although this is a mostly viola-only record (except for one track where he is aided by accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman and by an upright bass somewhere else), surprisingly this debut doesn't really feel over-played, prolix or self-indulgent for the most part. It is not a virtuoso solo album (although you can obviously detect the skills), but rather an album that takes a cinematic approach to the matter at hand and achieves a vision of moody, atmospheric classically-inspired experimental film-type music.
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Artist: HEAL
Title: Starting Back
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier don't know rest, he's always working to something new. It is amazing that he's running a label where every project of its roster is headed by Laurent himself. This time after seven years from the previous album "Extension" we have a new CD by Heal. STARTING BACK is the most melodic work to date made by Laurent and if the first Heal album was approaching to dub and ambient just like the Scorn of the first period did, the new album changes everything by introducing elements of jazz, 70s progressive rock (check "Chute d'oreiller" and its approach a la Goblin) and hip hop. Blending everything just to compose an ideal soundtrack for a futuristic noir movie, Heal did something new where the dub element is still present and you can hear it by listening to the bass lines but the new influences enrich the sound creating a new and fresh mixture. The fifteen instrumental tracks sound mysterious and if you check "Mainmise" you'll be seduced by its oriental melodies. Good one!
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Artist: SYSTEM
Title: Tempo E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
After five years from their latest album released by Scape, System is back with a new four E.P. released by Denmark Rump Recordings. Each member of the trio has been busy with their solo projects (Future 3, Opiate, Dub Tractor and Acustic) and with production work and I presume this has been the reason why it took a while to make something new. The new release sees the trio dealing with dub-step and two-step but filtered with their personal way, made of subtle melodies, razor blade sharped drums (the way the rhythms are filtered make them sound like metal) and fragmented structures. The multi layered track sound particular thanks to the presence of cold sounds along with the dub treatment and the semi jazz melodies. Starting from few loops the tracks soon grow thanks to new sounds that create a digital gentle avalanche.
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