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Artist: Celeste Noir (@)
Title: Dark Dancer
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
German synth-pop/horrorpop trio Celeste Noir is back with another club killer cd. This time it's a 7 song ep. "Dark Dancer" is not only on the lines of Depeche Mode, but also on the lines of New Order. Carsten, the band's singer is still at his very best with baritone vocals and the lyrics are seriously on the drama side with a sense of humour. Don't take them for granted, don't underestimate them because of their synthy bouncy sound. Celeste Noir always challenge themselves by making a perfect record that's different from their previous releases. Each song provides a catchy intro within 15-20 seconds that will get the listener undivided attention and worthy to pay close attention to. Like Depeche Mode and New Order, their music is punctuated by style and technique with perfection. The band is complete in control of their own music and production. They have that aggression to be cold and bitchy, but also with a lot of love to give and spread. They can take one simple idea, twists it, turns it, and inflates it to epic proportions combining repetition with a sense of the unexpected.. The German trio doesn't have to impress or show off. They deliver the best club/dance record. And this one is brilliant up to date.Tracklistings:1. Dark Dancer (Original)2. I Won't Cry3. Black Dog (2006)4. The Music of the Heart5. No Place For You6. The One I Left Behind (New Version)7. Still Alive8. Dark Dancer (12 Inch Mix)9. Dark Dancer (C-D-R Mix)
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Artist: GABRIEL PAIUK/JASON KAHN
Title: Breathings
Format: CD
Label: Cut
Rated: *****
Cut founder and renowned laptop/percussion improviser Jason Kahn here teams up with Buenos Aires-based composer and pianist Gabriel Paiuk for one of the best improv records I've listened to in a long time. It's almost hard to believe this was recorded in a single afternoon in Paiuk's house in November, 2004, given the intensity and the balance of its sounds. Kahn mostly works with high-end digital crackles, minimal feedback effects and subtle electronic drones, while Paiuk improvises at the piano, alternating between sparse notes and - my guess - chord plucking, scrapings and other instrument-played-as-an-object tecniques. What amazes is the perfect interaction between the two, and the stark beauty of these nine untitled fragments. Skillfully dosing pauses and constrained eruptions, but never really reaching full-on noise, Kahn and Paiuk create a work of apparent stasis where the underlying tension is at times almost unbearable, sensing it will never explode. "Breathings" has often reminded me of Rowe's and Tilbury's masterpiece "Duos for Doris" (especially its first minutes), which is also not that unsound given that Paiuk has played with the former. Improvised music at its best: both harsh and extremely refined, with an enviable taste for the choice and dosing of its sound events.
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Artist: Sidra
Title: A Swampadelic Blessing of Downtown SF - The Official Bootleg
Format: CD
Label: Afe Records (@)
Rated: *****
Paolo Bandera (of the post-industrial cult acts Sigillum S. and Sshe Retina Stimulants) and Tiberio Longoni (former member of seminal punk and psychedelic bands like Jumpers, 198X and Peter Sellers and The Hollywood Party) joined their efforts for the Sidra project. Sidra's music goes far beyond the codified notions of rock, jazz, blues and even electronica and the stodgy clichès of post-rock. It sounds like a more structured and jazzy version of the so called post-post rock played by artists on the Intr_version label. As they claim with grisly humour on the cover, this record may not be for all ... but for the open-minded be sure that those ten sonic-ectoplasms will take you for some serious trips!
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Artist: MORDACIOUS (@)
Title: This Emptyness
Format: CD
Label: Hypervoxx (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the first release for the Hypervoxx label, which is a subsidiary to Telegrammetry, which brought us the great "Weatherhead" compilations series or the well done debut of TAXIM. MORDACIOUS is the latest signing of this label group, but not unknown for sure, because this one-man act could already release two previous CD’s which caught some attention. The well recognized compilation appearance on "Weatherhead 1" also surely made the decision easier to add this act to the growing roster. MORDACIOUS’ music fits globally to the harsh Electro/EBM genre which still can earn a lot of popularity, just look to the growing armada of the NoiTekk label roster with acts like GRENDEL, LIFE CRIED or DAWN OF ASHES – all of these acts can be taken as possible references musically. Tracks like the fast paced opener "Dead To Society", "Burn It Down" or "Dream Girl" don’t let any wishes for some rough dancefloor execution unfulfilled. But Mr. Mordacious Mortem also tends to bring some diversity in the kind he adds his vocals to his tracks, they range between mostly clean and undistorted to rough and highly pitched distorted whispers. Not all pieces here spread the pounding aggression which leaves you pummeling for more, he also has arranged some pieces here which need some more rotations, also thanks to some experimentalism found in his synth/bass lines hooks (check out the title track...). This CD is decent done and produced, while finally it doesn’t offer anything what can be called new or not heard before. Fans of Terror EBM/Hellektro and what funny genre names some so-called promoters will invent for hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music in the next time should pick up this item.

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Artist: CORELINE (@)
Title: Please Keep Moving Forward
Format: CD
Label: Infekted Sound (@)
Distributor: Music Non-Stop
Rated: *****
This is the second official release of the London-based Powernoise/IDM label Infekted Sound, which has released before a compilation called "Rhythm For Decay", featuring some well known acts among others FLINT GLASS or ISZOLOSCOPE. When I received this CD and had a look to the cover art I expected at first to receive a kind of meditation release, he-he – but NO WAY! This solo effort by Chris McCall provides an almost fast paced hybrid of Powernoise, IDM, Glitch and Electronica compressed here in 9 original tracks and two remix works done by his label comrades of DYSPRAXIA and EVA/3. The chosen title can be understood as an order to keep your body in motion and it couldn’t chosen better. This is really hardcore stuff and surely not designed for the heart-fainted. Chris understands it well to keep all his elements well into the mix and here can be discovered some fine tune like the rotating and harsh designed Powernoise "Overdrive" or "Organized Sounds" and "Rollright (Far)" which both feature besides all rhythmically distortion some ominous synth layers. This release is harsh, noisy, disturbing, it features diversity with the integration of the mentioned styles, it’s addictive danceable without falling into that harsh EBM style mixed with Powernoise beats cliche – in short: you can’t ask for more. A marvelous output which can become a favorite for the genre fans. Also the fact that this release received the final mastering through the skillful hands of John Sellekaers in his well known Metarc studios proves the professionality behind this output. Well done, good work, keep it on.
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