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Artist: Hardwire: The industrial Hardcore Tech (@)
Title: Keyboard Cowboy
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Some kick-ass hard-hitting cool shit is being thrown at us all the way from Arizona. Hardwire: The Industrial Hardcore Tech is a young and unexperienced duo, but I assure you that you wouldn't tell neither that they are young, nor that they are unexperienced. Their mixture of electronics, industrial, metal and hardcore displays a rare maturity and style. Altough this kind of music has seen its time pass by in the record industry, fans and lovers of the true electro-industrial-metal genre (like myself) might still appreciate certain releases. Personally, I really like "Keyboard Cowboy", especially because of its heavy similarities with some of my old-time favourite bands, such as Die Krupps (first and foremost, I've hardly ever heard a band that resambles to Engler's old project this much - at least on some songs), KMFDM, Rammstein, Sepultura (another disappeared first-rate act!), Ministry, Fear Factory, Flugshaedel, Headcrash, Bytet and many others. If you are a moshing metal head approaching electro-industrial, or if you are an electro-freak looking for heavier emotions, or if you simply can't make up your mind on where to go and what to lean towards, this might be the perfect compromise: scratching, hard, heavy, powerful, aggressive, digital, technological, cold and cool. Highly recommended for people who know what they want (then again, maybe not...).
Jan 09 2005
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Condominium
Format: CD
Label: Mousike Lab (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
Mousike Lab is a small italian label run by Lino Monaco and Nucola Buono (Retina.it, Qmen, Resina) and Marco Messina (99 Posse, Nous, Resina). Inspired by JG Ballard's book, "Condominium" represents Mousike Lab's small contribution to that cause (or better yet, to the cause that opposes the future described in that book, considered one of the milestones of cyberpunk), as well as an attempt to create a physical structure where artists sharing the same vision can meet. These artists are: Mondii, Claudia Bonarelli, Ether, Dj Vadim, Populous, Slicker, Mum, Modern Institute, Frame, Tadd Mullinix, Pentole & Computer, Tarwater, Retina.it, Velma, FM3. Musically speaking, "Condominium" brings you idm, electronics, ambient, glitch electronics. The level of quality is very high, especially if you consider it's a compilation of mostly rather sectorial names. Once again, Mousike Lab has proven that there still is quality around, you just have to look harder. Welcome to their first sonic building.
Jan 09 2005
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Artist: Retina.it
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Mousike Lab (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
Retina.it is a duo based in Pompei, near Naples, Italy, who, ever since the early nineties, when they met, have been making music together under different monikers (primarily as Qmen, and most recently as Resina) and they've been keeping busy collaborating with DRM, Nous, 99 Posse, among others. Once they put aside their interest for techno music, today Retina.it is a careful and skillful research in the fields of refined electronic sounds and sophisticated atmospheres. Their fine blend of minimal beats and waves wouldn't look bad at all in the Warp catalogue, as they explore the thin boundaries of the semantics of today's digital music's denominations, from glitch electronics to idm, from ambient to trance, and from chill out to lounge, where you'll only hear sparse and distant echoes of what once was a techno outfit. Although their history demonstrates that it's no big deal for them to be noted by international labels, this time around they've decided to use their own label to put out their new record. This self-titled CD comes in a beautiful digipack with art work inspired by fractal design and represents nothing short of their fifth release, after their 2001 debut "Volcano.Waves 1-8" on Chicago's Hefty records, and their three 12" and one EP entitled "Nulla", "Manifesto", "Strutture" and "Immediate Action". In my book they're highly recommended.
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Artist: RE_AGENT (@)
Title: Abandon
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The name RE_AGENT I discovered the first time on the fourth chapter of the legendary "Futronik Structures" compilation series released by the US label DSBP at the fall of 2003. This one-man project consisting of Justin Tripp hailing from Toronto was one of the outstanding surprises with his dark Electro piece "Heaven Falling" on this comp. Finally Justin has collected all his current works and has released this first official CD. It is a self-released product – unbelievable if you take a deeper look and listen into art and music. Having heard often enough acts like WUMPSCUT or rising US acts like the older stuff of INFORMÄTIK or IMPERATIVE REACTION, Justin tries to work out his own personality in composing, sounds and song structures. Although that also Justin does not create something really new here (but who by the way does create something new???) I am pretty much surprised by his efforts with how much professionalism and good ideas he is able to compose his stuff. "Weak and Wounded" comes here with good distorted vocals and is a track along the known WUMPSCUT line I have already heard in an intrumental version. Majestic and outstanding is "Never Satisfied" and proves that Justin is also able to create more slower tracks which do not push the audience obviously to the dancefloors. Adding to this the Dark Electro pearls "Brain Death", "Die Alone" or the already mentioned "Heaven Falling" plus two good remix works done by PROSPERO and DISPLACER and you can get an imagination what you get here. You can’t go wrong with this release if you are into dark EBM/Electro/Industrial music and again – it is a self-produced release. I think that the big labels of this genre should give up their hibernation and check this band out too. RE_AGENT needs to be signed and is just another fine proof next to WEAVE or FRACTURED of a maybe new generation of Electro/Industrial artists hailing from Canada. Make your contacts and ask Justin to purchase this great release!

Tracklist:

1. Abandon
2. Weak and Wounded
3. Heaven Falling
4. Never Satisfied
5. UWMRFL
6. Brain Death
7. Under Blue
8. Creeping Up On You
9. Heaven Falling (Displacer remix)
10. Weak and Wounded (Prospero remix)
11. Die Alone (demo)
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Artist: FINESSE AND RUNAWAY
Title: Finesse And Runaway
Format: CD
Label: Schematic (@)
Rated: *****
Finesse and Runway is the joint project of Miami natives Dino Felipe (already active on Schematic with solo releases) and Melba Payes and their self titled CD is their first album. Immediately at a first listening the tracks sounds fresh, energetic, musically kinky just like the good stuff, back in the '80s (like the lushy Soft Cell songs). Even if Finesse and Runaway sound is son of punk, electronic just like a good mixture of USA punk (Crime, maybe could be the right name for their attitude) and The Normal (do you know their unique and basilar 1978 single "Warm Leatherette"?) but Dino and Melba know very well how to mix experimental solutions with melodic impetuosity and a little bit of disco fashion. The result is really convincing me and if you have just bought your copy of the last Le Tigre album (just like me) asking yourselves were all the energy and ideas went, try this album. There aren't guitars but tracks like "Steam n' suds" or "New materials" will convince you to try something more varied and full of good intuitions. Finesse and Runaway aren't the quintessence of pop but if you also dig bands like Adult, this could be the right move!
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