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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Now 04
Format: 12"
Label: Underscan (@)
Rated: *****
The fourth and final release in the "Now" compilation series By Underscan Records delivers tracks by Slemper, Lambert, 3tronik and Fibla. A mixture of contemporary electronica from abstract HipHop to dance oriented electro experiments (see under file Autechre, Aphex Twins and Matmos).SLEMPER open the game with a future dance-floor glitch techno tracks named "Dusdatikaf", focus himself on the discovery of new sounds and his compositions go from straight drum’n’bass to experimental electronica. Slemper is Maarten Meussen from DenHaag who just released his debut album "Mismatch" on the Belgian Aecletrick.LAMBERT (Akira Inagawa), with his track "Kaudyoe", focuses his research on samplers, computer and synthesizer, creating relaxed atmospheres, beautiful tones and melodies and leads us into a sort of lo-fi handmade hiphop stylebeats.Fabien Florin (Aka 3TRONIK), in his "Verwirrung" shows us the harder and wide side of electronic soundscapes. A deep and obscure sound with influences from Aphex Twins and Autechre to Matmos.FIBLA is well know in the world of todays electronica. Subtle rhythms patterns, lunar sound and melodies, deeply belonging to the nowadays diversified electronic scene. Influences? From Autechre’s isolationism and Beaumont Hannant’s deep ambient, to Orbital’s and Matmos’ stratified patterns.The complete series with all tracks from the four 12" records will be available on cd in autumn 2006 as a follow up to this release.
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Artist: Centrozoon (@)
Title: Angel Liquor
Format: CD
Label: Divine Frequency
Rated: *****
Centrozoon is a German-based electronic trio revolving around touch-guitar player Markus Reuter (Europa String Choir), painter, synth and percussion player Bernhard Wöstheinrich (The Redundant Rocker) and singer Tim Bowness (No-Man). Since 1998, they have been delighting us with fine electronic ambient music and their latest record "Angel Liquor" contains five tracks spanning over one hour in lenght that cast a hi-pitched cloud-flavored veil of ethereal synthscapes and atmospheric guitar sounds. In this particular record, Tim Bowness' voice is either not present or has been treated, just like the guitar, to the point where you cannot even make out what the original source of the sound was. In other words you won't be hearing any singing and the percussive elements are also very few and far in between. This sporadically paced approach makes for a very cinematic experience that you'll probably best enjoy in a lowly lit and quiet environment. In other words this is not your average hop-on-the-train iPod record. Try to thoroughly enjoy these hovering and hypnotic thin-layered patterns and you just might be discovering and re-discovering new subtle nuances with every new listening pass.
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Artist: SUONIMMAGINE
Title: Live @ Teatro Miela
Format: CD
Label: Setola Di Miale (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I've heard about Stefano Giust was a while ago, I knew he was not just the man behind Setola di Maiale but also a talented musician, time flies and beside improving his improvisational/musician skill his label has been around for thirteen years right now. This live is the product of a trio recording featuring Giust on drums, Giuseppe Mariani on laptop/trumpet and Vito Maria Laforgia on double bass and amplified saw: a good hint referred to the experimental nature of the performance. Judging from the band name (it means sounds-image) this' should have been a music plus visuals played simultaneously. Sure it makes you think to some learned/classical rumorism read concrete/electroacoustic, but what's surprisingly good is the attention they have for improvisation meant as ?extemporary composition? (as Braxton and many others would define it). If it was not for the fact he mainly worked with composition, it brought to my mind some works performed by Andrea Centazzo and it means thumbs up for the trio!. This cd is soft, well recorded (is a live performance at last) and deep; every musician?s tension is in control while waiting for his turn. Suonimmagine's needle pierces silence carefully like a junky pierces carefully his harm when shooting heroine for the first time.
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Artist: DVATION (@)
Title: Metamorphose
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is the new full length of one of Germany’s most talented newcomer acts in the wide filed of the Electro/Industrial genre. After having discovered this talented duo on some compilations on labels like Wire or the X-Cem community, they have here 14 track and over 70 minutes long CD, completely produced from the first note up to the ending product on their own. And the more I listen to this "Metamorphose", I ask myself, why this act isn’t signed until today. Musically they pretty much based into the Dark Electro/EBM genre, their style fits well with acts of the NoiTekk roster for sure. TACTICAL SEKT, GRENDEL or the new released US act LIFE CRIED come here as a possible reference to my mind. DVATION somehow presenting well this harsh Endzeit/Hellektro style of EBM/Electro, yes – they kick some of the established acts out of the field! The arrangements are filled with several interesting ideas, especially for the rich and detailed produced rhythm patterns. Add to this some rough and brutal distorted vocals – genre-typical I would say. They don’t take any prisoners for sure with the included favorites "Rotten, "Respectless – You Bitch" and of course "Smouldering Hatred". Please note also the fast paced "Razorblade Games" and the final and very dark piece here, "They’re Watching You". Again – I don’t get it why this act isn’t signed. What are the A + R managers of the big Industrial labels doing all days? Sleeping, maybe?Fans of the above mentioned acts take some bugs and purchase this great item from the source! A band to follow immediately.
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Artist: AM INC. (@)
Title: Feuchte Hosen
Format: CD EP
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
Okay – this is for sure the fun-pack of the quarter! "Feuchte Hosen" (wet trousers – better said: wet slips, uuuhmmm...) is – of course – a part of a used voice sample maybe out of a teeny comedy. Released under the ProNoize label it shows already the musically coarse – take this sample and combine it with hammering and of course rhythmically Powernoise-inspired efforts. Ready done – Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have definitively the next CLUB HIT! Add to this some remix works created by well known scene-related acts like NOISUF-X and XOTOX, both also recording under the ProNoize wings, and also some remix works more dedicated to the classic Electro scene done by the well known [S.I.T.D.] and the label comrades of MECHANICAL MOTH. Yes, this track has more to offer then simply hanging in overdone distortion and endless monotony, nevertheless the genius of course is based in this voice sample. The man behind this project is Sebastian Stockdreher of the smoother project ANGELUS MORTIS and with AM INC. he presents us here his harder side of music ranging between Electro and Powernoise. Three more tracks can be heard, all of them are nearer to any Electro/EBM production than to Powernoise, but okay. The music is instrumental and is filled with voice samples. 8 tracks in all on this EP which should feature one of the most recognized club hits for the next evenings in the dark clubs.
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