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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Some Tunes
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Basserk is a new label heading from Neatherland and SOME TUNES is their second release which shows the aims and sounds of the label’s roster. The CD opens with a convincing electro distorted tune by Mignon ("Death race") remixed by Patric Catani and if there was a good way to start, this was a really good one. Aux Raus is next with "This is how this works" a breathtaking electro punk anthem that gathers electro sounds, a distorted guitar and a cool melody for a 130 bmp track (or something like that). Genjini is next with "Das funkistador", a nice electro funky lo-fi track that will make you move your asses. 3-1 already released a 12" for Basswerk titled "Dont’t destroy" and here they present a new track, "Gold" a nice track with a certain English flavour (I hear a little bit of latest Chumbawamba atmospheres). Kook Feat. Roxxy Bione already had a release on Pale Music and on this compilation present "Nobody knows" a convincing electro dancey tune. Elle Bandita along with the Scandals (the band of the Pale Music chief that here remix Junesex) and Melomanics play a cool kind of punk with dance attitude while the Dutch Drillem with "Bug" blend western (yes, I mean the movies) atmospheres with crazy electro dance extravaganza. Now it’s the turn of Transformer Di Roboter. I loved so much their cover E.P. that I was curious to check an original tune and I must admit that they didn’t disappoint my expectation as with "Hi-end" I found the elements that made me love their sound (that lo-fi casio syth sounds here enriched with a distorted bass line and several other cool keyboard sounds) into a song that has a perfect melody and which is impossible not to dance to. Sneakthief present here "Les yeux fermes", a nice track of their electro funky style but this time the track is based on guitars/bass guitars sound with a sampled French voice. Nobody Beats The Drum is one of the different Dutch bands on this CD (in total we can count eight out of fourteen) and their "Turn up the box" is an electro dancey tune that sometimes remembered me the latest Daft Punk. Dumbvox and Lucky Goat are the last ones. The first one with "Guardian" present a mixture of electro and e.b.m. and the latter with "No worries" is here with a nice electro reggae tune. At this point I imagine you’ll have understood that this compilation is worth the purchase and you have just to visit www.basserk.com to order your copy!
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Artist: JERICO ONE>
Title: Exterminator Blues
Format: CD
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Pinnacle / Nova Media
Rated: *****
The British Urbcom label sends out a new sign of life, this time in form of the second studio full length release of the maybe most known act of this underground label, JERICO ONE>. Not the second release at all, this act could release before a remix EP of their biggest smasher "No Blind Runner" and a live recorded album. It seems a bit that Urbcom couldn’t receive the expectations with their last distributor, the German SX Distribution, they now can count on a combination distribution between the UK-based Pinnacle and the German Nova Media Group, surely a good choice. Consisting of one half of the Urbcom label owners, J. Hookens, this new full length is not just one another Electro/Industrial album of another bloody newcomer – no, this work needs some more attention because of the musically content. Some of you may have their famous mentioned track "No Blind Runner", featuring Marc Heal of CUBANATE doing some guest vocals in mind, which made it also on the famous BLC Productions compilation "Interbreeding II: Industrial Mutation" and which has become a play list favorite by some DJ’s. But if you expect a filled album with related stuff, you then will rather disappointed by this effort. The music of JERICO ONE> is a kind of mixing between Electro/Industrial with some steady influences out of Dark Electro, sci-fi and IDM structures. This counts especially for the rhythm patterns offering some at times weird structures far away of that expected 4/4-on-the-floor kind. Breakbeats, also several other percussion elements can be heard and on several tracks these elements are the driving forces which keep the globally static pieces their motion ("Flashing Light", "Bodyshock", "Obsidian" or the title track, to name a few). The music is mostly relative monotone arranged, often based on some dark and cinematic styled synth layers, while I haven’t found it "nightmarish" how the info sheet tends to explain it. Ominous – yes, but only with a little thrilling factor. Think about some smoother works of Dirk Ivens, the DIVE release "Grinding Walls" comes to mind – to have a possible taste how this album got produced, while both acts on any other point don’t show any musical similarities. Although that several tracks here seem to drown in a musically static and motionless kind, it’s quite fun and interesting to let this album flow – a good pair of headphones is required for this. An album to follow for sure, but to be a bit open-minded is needed.
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Artist: BABYLONE CHAOS / MOS[K] (@)
Title: Anatomia Del Ruido
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Rated: *****
New release for the San Diego-based NEIN Records label, providing us this time a split-CD project featuring both mentioned acts. BABYLONE CHAOS are hailing from France and they present rough Power Electronics at times rhythmically, but mostly Electronica-like arranged. Rhythmical yes, here and there, but it isn’t that kind of hard Techno-inspired patterns and this stuff is generally not focusing to be danceable. Very hard structures at all, also with a lot of samples out of different music styles. No easy listening for sure, more of that kind which needs several rotations to grow on you. The second project MOS[K], which by the way runs by NEIN Records label chief Roberto Royas aka Otrebor 7, differs a lot by providing Powernoise pretty much dedicated to dancefloor compatibility, but also without falling into this reduced Techno formula. To me the better and more impressive stuff which also seems to offer some more routine in the arrangements. Five tracks are presented here by both acts, plus each band has constructed a remix work of a track from the other band – so in all 12 tracks featuring some really good and well achieved Powernoise/IDM/Glitch stuff, which is a must-have for the fans. Please note the limitation of this release of about 777 numbered pieces.
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Artist: PAUL KALKBRENNER
Title: Works
Format: CD
Label: Bpitch Control (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The 137th release by Bpitch Control is a remix project wished by Paul Kalkbrenner. He decided to make available to other artists he appreciate, all his sources that he used for his previous releases (he did 21 releases, counting 12" and albums, since 1999) and he let them pick up the track they preferred just to do of it whatever they wanted to. In this way the Wighnomy Brothers, Sascha Funke, Agoria, Ellen Allien & Apparat, Joris Voorn, Alexander Kowalski, Modeselector and Michael Mayer picked up tracks coming from "Steinbesser", "F.fwd", "Self", "Press on", "Tatü-tata" and "Superimpose". Also Kalkbrenner did a remix and he picked up "Der berserker", a track originally included into the album "Gemeinsam der berserker". The original tracks have been heavily changed as people like Agoria, for example, on their remix of "Page 1, 2, 3" took only an accordion line from the original version. The various tracks sound now span though minimal techno to ambient with upbeat parts or breakbeat tempos. The remixers did a good job as the tracks have different mood changes (within the same track) and this sense of growth keep them interesting for the whole length.