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Artist: 80TH DISORDER (@)
Title: Transform
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Melotrik (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Oulu, Finland, 80th Disorder is a band that born as an electronic combo and that changed just to turn into the four people indie/new wave influenced band. The four tracks contained into their debut MCD show a certain link with the '80s (mainly with the new wave/post punk movement) and with the 90's thanks to their tracks always in balance between the indie sound of Suede or Radiohead. Each of the four tracks have a different flavor and if "Desolate journey" seems a modern version of Southern Death Cult mixed with a good theatrical approach (this is the tune I preferred), the closing "Death in Venice" is sounding like the soul breaking Joy Division tunes (sort of). "Symphaty one" recalls me a little bit the Gene Loves Jezebel atmospheres but without the vocal gurgling. Also the opening "Transform" is a good tune and if you are into indie wave check this band, it could be a pleasant surprise.
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Artist: SAMARTZIS/ENGLISH
Title: One Plus One
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Room40
Rated: *****
A tight duo recording by two excellent artists from down under, namely the extraordinary turntablist Philip Samartzis (formerly involved with vinyl-manipulation forerunners GUM) and Lawrence English, author, among other things, of a wonderful disc on Crónica (see archive). I don't really know what they play, possibly turntables (duh!) and effects-Samartzis and laptop-English. The four tracks offered here are culled, I suppose, from a series of improvisations, and are wisely kept short and to the point (21 minutes total), but sometimes they're so good I wished they lasted longer. "Faster than Cold" starts with a frantic accumulation of loops, vinyl skips and pulses, soon paired by more recognizable digital bleeps and an almost regular, "techno" rhythm. "Gut Bucket Blues" is more droning and static, with a looped strumming sliding in and out of the mix, while the following "Goin' Back Home", arguably the strongest track of the ep, features a fragment of melody stuck in neverending cycles, soon submerged by a crescendo of high frequencies. "Phosphorecent Clouds" closes this nice disc (hopefully an appetizer for something more consistent) with a sort of tribal drumming and/or steady beat (think of Goem's "Disco"), but who knows if it's "just" a vinyl loop.
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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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