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Artist: OVER THE ATLANTIC
Title: Junica
Format: CD
Label: Carpark Records (@)
Rated: *****

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First released on Involve Records in New Zealand, Over The Atlantic’s debut album JUNICA has now been reissued for a worldwide distribution by Carpark Records. The two releases differ because two tracks of the first edition ("Life Of A Seed" and "Never Listening" are the missing tracks of the new print) and because the different track listing. Over The Atlantic is a duo formed by Bevan Smith (also active as Signer) and Nick Brinkman (who played guitar in several bands since he was a teenager) who’s able to blend pop freshness (thanks to their way of singing, using also different vocal tracks one dubbed on the other) with late 80’s influences (see the opening "Starsign" that sound like a Jesus & Mary Chain outtake or "France" that sounds just like the My Bloody Valentine did). But don’t think about Over The Atlantic as an outlet of old sounds because the duo bring pop to a new level, using guitars and laptops just to create light melodies and catchy tunes. Be sure to check the nine minutes of the closing "Fly to the States", this will prove that Over The Atlantic isn’t only about nice pop songs.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: NEIN RAID Compilation
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a kind of label compilation of the San Diego-based Nein Records and it offers you mostly two tracks of each signed or related bands to that label. Also some well named guests are featured here to keep this compilation interesting. So the presented music deals mainly with some rough Powernoise efforts in both kinds, rhythmically (EPIDEMIA, the Crunch Pod Media recording artist C/A/T featuring Crunch Pod chief Ben Arp, MOS[K], the well known Hands-recording PROYECTO MIRAGE and also H.I.V.+, no further need to introduce this act) and static XIPE TOTEC, COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL EQUATION, but also Ambient tunes (HAR_ROOT) and some real Electro/Industrial pieces (SLAAVE). Something special got offered by – as usual MIMETIC BE-AT with a slight oriental arranged track and CHUIBIT, a side-project of the Spanish EPIDEMIA providing us a kind of "good-night" Synth tune for a tight sleeping. So diversity is well filled in here and almost everyone can be able to pick out his favorite genre. A bit open-minded is surely helpful here, good compilation.

Tracklist:
1. Epidemia - Fiebre en la Pasarela
2. C/A/T - Headshot
3. Proyecto Mirage and Pablo Guiareta - Knowledge about Christianity
4. H.I.V.+ - Havoc 2027 (Le Diktat remix)
5. Mos[K] - Raid Beat
6. Mimetic Be-At - SDAA27
7. Xipe Totec - Copilli Quetzalli
8. Mos[K] - Scape Motion
9. Slaave - Burning Souls
10. Complex Mathematical Equation - Equation of Circle
11. Cubuibit - Thelma y los Duendecillos
12. Har Root - Border Hack
13. Har Root - Hacktivist
14. Slaave - Viral Staircase
15. Complex Mathematical Equation - 1,110 ft/sec


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Artist: MISSTRIP (@)
Title: Sibylline
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
When I received this CD from Prikosnovenie I double read the label name on the cover, because Misstrip is sounding like nothing they had previously released. It’s like the label is wishing to do a big step by producing a band that could fit the MTV listings. Misstrip sound mix a little bit of Bjork (see the vocals on tracks like the opening "A ticket to death" or on "Alcamy) with electronics a la Sneaker Pimps as well guitar riffs that make me think about Evanescence or Lacuna Coil. The different tracks offers these kind of sounds alternating delicate moments to energetic semi metal atmospheres but having always electronic arrangements. The vocals cover a wide range of musical styles as sometimes it recall me the heavenly style, so dear to the label, the fore mentioned Bjork and the energy of the rock metal bands. The production is real at the top and the "A ticket to death" video is well packet. The only thing is that for my tastes this kind of music is too mainstream but for sure Misstrip will be able to break the walls of indifference that surround the new projects. Good luck!
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Artist: Frank Tovey
Title: FAD GADGET by Frank Tovey
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Mute / EMI
Rated: *****
This is a 2CD/2DVD collection as a long awaited and need melange to praise one of the leading pioneers of electronic music generally, FAD GADGET aka Frank Tovey. Frank died too soon in 2002 after a heart attack and this documentary got selected with permission by his family, the Mute clan with Daniel Miller and several friends, band members and collaborators who did follow the extra-ordinary life of Frank through the years. A new 60 minutes long documentary with several explanations by among others Boyd Rice, Dave Gahan, Martin L. Gore and so on, live cuts, video clips of the thoughts and extravagant performance by Frank is surely the highlight of this collection item. The audio stuff of course features all relevant milestones of his unforgettable music career, "Back To Nature", "Ricky’s Hand" (co-produced by Daniel Miller of Mute – isn’t it not funny, how much sounds and ideas featured in this track got two years later used on a well known album named "Speak And Spell" by a young and unknown band called DEPECHE MODE???), the always used and still on airplay "Love Parasite" or the ordinary "Collapsing New People". But also his later career after Frank has decided to drop his FAD GADGET moniker and simply start to produce under his very own name. Besides the electronic content of his music he started to integrate more acoustic instruments like guitars, a banjo and some real drums. He has created to those days a modern kind of Folk music, which was highly underrated for sure. "Bridge Street Shuffle", the cover of a British classic "Sam Hall", or "The Liberty Tree" are for sure the outstanding pieces of his work. In 2001 he re-animated FAD GADGET to join DEPECHE MODE on their "Exciter" tour, 21 years after the days, when DM supported FAD GADGET on his gigs. Frank was a real visionary and true performer and it’s hard to pick up all relevant info in this review. For all of the younger people listening electronic-minded music I can only recommended to purchase this historical important item – you can learn a lot from it! A must-buy for the elders of course which re-animates the life and being of this unforgettable musician. Essential!

DVD DISC 1

Frank Tovey by Fad Gadget Documentary

TV performances and promos
1.Ricky's Hand (Neon, a short film by Alex Proyas) 2. Life On The Line (Karrussel TV performance) 3. Collapsing New People (Formula Eins TV performance) 4. Luxury (Karrussel TV performance) 5. Luddite Joe 6. Bridge Street Shuffle 7. Sam Hall 8. The Liberty Tree 9. All That Is Mine

Grand Union, a short film + hidden easter egg

DVD DISC2

Live performances: New York City Mud Club Coitus Interruptus

Hacienda - 28th Feb 1984 1. State Of The Nation 2. Coitus Interruptus 3. King Of The Flies 4. I Discover Love 5. Ideal World 6. Collapsing New People 7. One Man's Meat 8. The Ring 9. Jump 10. Ad Nauseam 11. Lemmings On Lover's Rock 12. Love Parasite 13. For Whom The Bells Toll 14. Ricky's Hand 15. Back To Nature

Whatever You Want 1. Intro 2. Coitus Interruptus 3. Sheep Look Up 4. For Whom The Bells Toll
Hotel Suburbia 1. Life On The Line 2. For Whom The Bells Toll / Interview 3. Ladyshave 4. Back To Nature
Exciter Tour 1. State Of The Nation 2. Ricky's Hand 3. Love Parasite
The Garage 1. Worried Man 2. Ricky's Hand 3. Collapsing New People 4. Chasing The Blues Away 5. Luxury 6. The Box 7. Ladyshave 8. Love Parasite 9. Fireside Favourite 10. Coitus Interruptus 11. Ad Nauseam 12. Back To Nature

CD DISC 1
1.Swallow It 2. Jump 3. Ideal World 4. Luddite Joe 5. Under the Flag II 6. Bridge St Shuffle 7. Sam Hall 8. The Liberty Tree (Single Version) 9. Cities Of The Plain 10. Chasing The Blues Away 11. All That Is Mine

Collaborations
Frank Tovey and Boyd Rice 12. Easy Listening - Ex 2
Mkultra 13. Immobilise

Unreleased tracks
14. A Place With The Pigs (theatre music)
15. Sleeper

CD DISC 2
Unreleased Demo Tracks 1. State Of The Nation 2. The Box 3. Salt Lake City Sunday 4. Coitus Interruptus 5. Back To Nature
Released Versions 6. State Of The Nation 7. The Box 8. Salt Lake City Sunday 9. Coitus Interruptus
Fans' Top Five 10. Back To Nature 11. Ricky's Hand 12. Ladyshave 13. Collapsing New People 14. Love Parasite
T emple X Tribute 15. Sorogui




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Artist: ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT (@)
Title: R.I.P.
Format: CD
Label: UnderIze Records
Rated: *****
This is the musically output of DJ Negative aka Sergey Losyakov who hails from Moscow, Russia. He presents us here with "R.I.P." which surely is meant a reference to the strange project name, his vision of electronic music and how it has to sound. Like several of his more or lesser known DJ colleges (ADAM X, GLENN LOVE...), also the music of _ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT offers a mixture of different styles which works well for the moment. Globally said there’s a decent EBM mood on this first debut CD and this is much appreciated. Not that Techno-inspired hardcore stuff of nowadays productions, more the finer kind of the old-school. But Sergey also understands it well to integrate some slower and more experimental-minded, like the Ambient-inspired track "Think Twice". Favorites I’ve found with "The Lost Train", a fine arranged Chill-Out EBM piece and the dramatically produced "The Ring", a real floor smasher. Several samples which got used in this track are taken out of the same named Japanese movie. Already with this well done debut Sergey demonstrates that there’s more talent than simply to scratch some vinyl records on the turntables. Keep it on, Towaritsch!
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