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Artist: _ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT (@)
Title: Till The End
Format: CD
Label: Russian Gothic Project
Rated: *****
Second full length CD release for this Russian one man project consisting of DJ Negative aka Sergey Losyakow, this time released through the organization known as Russian Gothic Project. Already the first tunes on this new full length show already the difference to the EBM-like structured debut "R.I.P." – Sergey could gain some more maturity on his equipment and he tends separate better between styles. Although that fine appreciated EBM style of the debut turns a bit in the background, his new output shows more diversity and development. Danceable tunes like the glorious "Birthday", which impresses through some excellent played Synth hook lines, "Idiom" or "Terror Fashion" should be able to keep some masses in motion, while a piece like "Paparazzi" are more designed for the open-minded audience thanks to the featured breakbeats here. The slowly arranged "Thoughts" once more proves the musically diversity and provides some acoustic guitars as well – it’s like music for some sad and gray rainy days. A lot of to discover here on this disc, which is – as usual for a DJ – an instrumental album. Some plans are existing about a collaboration with Tommy T. Rapisardi of the US label DSBP, whose voice out of a Cyberage radio show got sampled here on the last track "...The End", for a new DIVERJE album to be released at the fall. Good work, well chosen and tasteful arranged electronic music – keep it on!
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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