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Artist: Ahasverus (@)
Title: Evocation
Format: CD
Label: Ahasverus Records
Rated: *****
Ahasverus is the musical project of Swedish archaeologist/linguist Henrik Summanen. In the stunning booklet of his second work "Evocation", we find images of pagan (Mesopotamian?) gods. As for the music, there is a meticolous and ever-evolving mixture of dense "old school" dark ambient background mixed with distant chimes, bells and more environmental sources. The intricate network of sounds added to each dronework gives a less static feel to the compositions. An intrepid work that would definitely suck you into mystical depths, a must-hear for fans of Moljebka Pvlse and other non-conventional dark ambient artists.
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Artist: ENDE SHNEAFLIET
Title: Twistin' On The Tombstones
Format: CD
Label: Enfant Terrilbe (@)
Rated: *****
Do you remember the cool compilation released by Enfant Terrible the last year that gathered tracks by bands that recorded for the Dutch label Trumpett? Well this double album by Ende Shneafliet is an ideal prosecution of that releases as two tracks ("Aeroplane" and "Session Zeitgeist") were already included into that compilation. The 22 tracks contained into this limited release have been recorded during the 1981/83 period and released by Trumpett on tape on those years. Ende Shneafliet were an interesting band that focused their sound on minimal electronic wave experimentations and even if they lasted only two years their production is a must if you are a lover of early Joy Division, Minny Pops, Crispy Ambulance. The tracks pass from a bass/drum/filtered vocals structure to a synth/drumbox wave upbeat one passing also through ballads like "Rendez-vous Met Betsy" (that seems an eerie version of Cocteau Twins) or cold wave synth soundtracks like "Corps Diplomatique". Be aware that only 500 copies have been printed and I assure you that if you love this sound this release is a must have.
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Artist: DAVE SHOKH (@)
Title: Pure Shokholate - Kiddaz.fm sereis
Format: CD
Label: Kiddaz Fm (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Born in 1983 Dave Shokh soon started to remix his favourite tunes he recorded out from his radio. This simple process, he enjoyed so much, convinced him to pursue his dreams and in 1997 he performed in front of a crowd of 4000 people. In 2001 he meets Ron Flatter from Halle, then owner of the booking agency "Hi-Fi Bookings". Ron is so excited by Dave’s music that he gets him his biggest booking to date right away. It is here that he meets DJ Emerson and Holgi Star, artists from the label Kiddaz.fm Berlin. After a short time the label made his sign a deal for his first album "Shokh’n’roll". Things started to work so fast that he begun to tour nation wide and also on foreign countries like Japan. In 2005 he started his own label Dipolter, as well as his role of co-producer for DJ Karotte’s album "The One And Only". PURE SHOKHKOLATE is his latest releases for Kiddaz Fm mix series. On that one you can find Dave mixing fifteen tracks of the purest techno around. The CD starts with Dinka Dinka mix of Ash Cawlin’s "The plastic feet" and passes from my favourite track of the lot Zombie Nation’s "Money", arriving to Monika Kruse Vs Dave Shokh’s "Wann war gestern". Most of the tracks are based on rhythm and PURE SCHOKHOLATE could be equal to purest techno. It could be useful for you to have a tracklist just to help you out checking your preferred arstits. Anyway be aware that the compilation is well balanced and if you are a techno lover and you want something to party with, this could be a good one.

01 Ash Cawlin "The Plastic Feet" (Shokh & Rohr Rmx) – Echnoton Records Berlin
02 Karotte "Go To Bed" (Dave Shokh Rmx) – Kosmo Records
03 Matthias Tanzmann "Bulldozer" – Moonharbour Recordings
04 Zombie Nation "Money" - Ukw Records
05 Gabriel Ananda "Miracel Whop" - Platzhirsch Schallplatten
06 Dj Slip "Every Time It Takes A While" Brocksieper Rmx - Sub Static Records
07 Nasty & Tresher "Black Sourcery" - Electrix Records
08 Literon "Beat Dis" - Fortek Organization
10 Thomas Schumacher "Red Purple" - Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten Gmbh
11 Triple R "Six Sick Torros" - Traum Schallplatten
12 Heckmann & Kauffelt "Kookabura" - Trope Recordings/ Afultd. Germany
13 Harry Axt "Tag Der Befreiung" - Grandpetrol Recordings
14 Holger Flinsch "Average" Tony Rohr Rmx - Rotary Cocktail Recordings
15 Monika Kruse Vs Dave Shokh "Wann War Gestern?" - Electric Avenue Recordings 2006
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Artist: ARKTAU EOS
Title: Scorpion Milk
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
A very suggestive cdr. The work art is handmade and very arty. The music is mysterious and evocative. It is a single track and it lasts for several minutes. Although very minimal, it is moody and pensive. You will find ritual atmosphere, dark suggestion and lisergic construction. As it is stated in the inner sleeve, this recording deals with "waves beyond the mirror". There are no further words but if you want to get some more details, visit www.auralhypnox.com.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Springs, re:makes and remixes of RF
Format: CD
Label: Odd Shaped Case (@)
Rated: *****
Ryan Francesconi (RF) is a SF-based experimental/glitch-electronica/ambient artist who composes and improvises electro-acoustic pieces in which digital fabrications organically dance, hand in hand, with ethereal sonic manipulations of strings, horns, guitar and voices. Francesconi implements all this with real instruments tons of reverb and a software of his own, publicly available from his company Spongefork.com (talk about creative ways of making sounds)."Springs" is a compilation CD featuring 10 of his tracks reworked by nine of his best music pals (Familiar Trees, .Tape., He Can Jog, Sora, Greg Davis, FilFla, Sawako, Madori Hirano, RdL). Obviously, as you can easily imagine, the boundaries between remix and re-make are blurry, to say the least, but that's what happens (and what is supposed to happen for it to make sense anyway) when you cut loose of the outside influence and you let them run with it. This ambitious and maybe a tad self-celebrative release, has more to offer than just new versions of old stuff. The common denominator of all songs can probably be considered the way sounds are treated in relation to their originating source and spacially positioned with reverberation. The arrangments are sophisticated and the dreamy approach of the material blends well with the resulting magma of sweetened airness and cloudy spring freshness.
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