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Artist: :WUMPSCUT: (@)
Title: Cannibal Anthem
Format: CD
Label: Betonkopf Media / Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
It’s like the same procedure like last year, Rudy R. of :WUMPSCUT: releases at spring time a new CD. While his critics expect another low repetition of his past two albums "Bone Peeler" and "Evolve", the master himself has finally found enough inspiration and luckily a theme for this new album like nobody else could handle it. Cannibalism is surely a pervert kind of human being which people better like to hide to death. I am not sure if Rudy has picked with this theme something what has happened around him (like the German cannibal of Rotenburg...?), or if he tries to bring light into own personal experiences (uuhmmm, what I do not hope...) - also, if his stuff here is well enough explored for a doctrine work, but nevertheless it is nice to see (the comic stripe work of Je Wagner, www.todesart.de) and hear the concept. It surprises maybe a bit that almost all track - with the one exception of the title track - are offered here completely in German. No special English version for all the people waiting for the Metropolis Records license version - well, I really thought, that this "experiment" was buried after "Böses Junges Fleisch / "Eevil Young Flesh" - but anyhow it works well here. Musically this new album offers that stuff which too many people seemed to miss on his past work, aggressive cuts ("Wir Warten", "Recht Vor Gnade") go in a mutual way with calm and melodic pieces ("Die Liebe", "Pass Auf"), instrumental pieces ("Auf Der Jagd") go in a unit with female-leaded tracks ("Pass Auf", "Hunger"), which are so typically for Rudy in all phases of his :WUMPSCUT: existence. His efforts here are distinct shown here, more clear then the previously released SiCD with both "Die Liebe" and "Jesus Antichristus" could really expect. Both tracks are maybe the ones which do not really fit with the overall concept of this release - better said, both tracks are changeable. So coming to a result, it is obviously that Rudy is still to young to make a retreat into retirement. For all of his futile copycats I have the suggestion to go back into their bathrooms to practice, and practice, and practice - own built ideas could maybe help a beautiful day. This is definitively the best :WUMPSCUT: release since "Embryodead" 10 years before - with all that respect that both albums cannot be compared!
Mar 21 2006
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Artist: ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (@)
Title: Krypta 1982
Format: CD
Label: Creme
Rated: *****
Alexander Robotnick did it again. He put his miner helmet on and digging into his archive of old recordings he found eighteen unreleased tracks. Most of them are instrumental electro tracks, only "Mexicana", "La folie" and "Appuye sur le champignon" have got a classic song structure with lyrics and all. Being mostly instrumental we’ve got to focus our attention on the atmosphere that Maurizio Dami wanted to create with the tracks. So, if the opening "It’s not my life" is an acid ambient intro, "Intro for live performance" is an electro pumping track based on simple melodies that catch immediately the attention. And again, if tracks like "In the krypta", "Studio 01", "Base dance" or "The dark side of the spoon" sound just like they are the fathers of techno music, "Via del salviatino", "Salt peanuts", "Ar stack 1" or the eight minutes long "Salt peanuts 4" show another side of Maurizio’s music, because they are particular tracks that sound now ambient and now experimental (see the space ambient track "Salt peanuts 4"). Being the second volume of the "Rare Robotnicks" collection, KRYPTA 1982 is less immediate respect the first volume, because the first one was gathering tracks colleted from a wider period (1981÷1987) and it had more classic songs but KRYPTA 1982 is a good example of early electro tracks and it contains also some fun songs like "La folie" and "Appuye sur le champignon".
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Artist: Francky Brown
Title: New Slogan
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Ozore Age / Play It Again Sam (@)
Distributor: Toolbox records
Rated: *****
Immagine what a drum'n'bass record mixed by Sam Sever would sound like and you probably get a vague idea of what this category-elusive fella' sort of sounds like... Guitar player/DJ/programmer Franck Guillotin (previously with Black Maria and also known as BJQ/Brown Jurnior Quartet) teamed up with Dj Monolythe (scratching away on the tables) and packed up this "New Slogan for Hip Hop and Jungle" CD, that (you guessed!) features a mixture of Chuck D-ish hip hop grooves, Tricky-ed out jungle vibes, twisted Bad Brains-inspired reggae/ragga elements, Mind Power-referencing acid jazzy sounds and MC-ing that might easily remind you of Cypress Hill's nasal monotone rhyming or Jamalski's jamaican/american-style on some of the tracks. Interestingly enough all of this still comes wrapped in and around Francky's experience on the six strings, with slick licks and sneaky riffs camouflaged between these urban sounds and fast-paced chill beatz. This is (and better be!) the new hip hop generating rising up!
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Artist: A Million Billion (@)
Title: Today We Love You
Format: CD
Label: Filthy Schoolgirls (@)
Rated: *****

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Ryan Smith is a Brooklyn-based (hey neighboor!) laptop artist who has lent his skills to the like of The Silent League, Mogami, Stars Like Fleas, Public Enemy among others, before deciding to invest his time into a solo project that he called A Million Billion. His debut record, "Today We Love You", which follows his completely different sounding mostly acoustic EP "The Filthy Schoolgirls" (feat. Joan Wasser of Rufus Wainwright band and Kevin Thaxton of The Silent League), is a freaky orgy of sounds and beats that comprises crazed arcade videogame-like sounds and saturated zapping synth lines, merging in and out of each other at the speed of merciless and continuously interrupted cut & pasted rhythmical structures that add a dense sense of frenziness to the entirely frantic atmosphere... At times in the record, the whole thing lays back for a minute and takes a breather by utilizing some less schizophrenic compositions and even occasionally introducing vocals and guest musicians Shannon Fields (Stars Like Fleas, The Silent League), Jeff Snyder (Scattershot), David Nemerson and Megan McCoy. If you are familiar with artists such as 1L (on RES FREq recordings), Next Life (Cock Rock Disco), A Bit Crusher (Unschool records), Satanicpornocultshop (Sonore rec) or if you like the most brutal and least refined of Richard James' creations or, even better, if enjoy Squarepusher, Puzahki, Xiu Xiu, and stuff like that, you might find that A Million Billion is tailored to your CD collection!
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Artist: BLIND FAITH AND ENVY (@)
Title: Murder Of A Girl
Format: CD
Label: Silver Echo Music
Rated: *****

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After their first album released back into 2004 for Nilaihah Records, Blind Faith And Envy decided to quit that label and to work on their new album starting their own label Silver Echo Productions. They worked hard and after two years of writing and tweaking, the band finally released MURDER OF A GIRL. On the new album the band changed slightly their style adding a dark element that wasn’t present in their sound (check "Silver echo inside" for example). Another difference that I noticed is a certain song writing maturity and the will of creating songs with different styles: if "Smallest rewards", "Secret affair" or "Dirty town" are electro synthpop pumping and catchy songs, "Orchid", "Water and land" and "Murder of a girl" are melancholic ballads with seducing arrangements. If I was them I'd turned the melancholic ballads into the style of "Write to stay", but only because I’m not a romantic person and I prefer when a ballad has got a bitter taste. When you purchase a copy of MURDER OF A GIRL I’ve also direct access to a website section where you can download exclusive songs: "Just like anyone" and "Lock box" from the MURDER OF A GIRL sessions, "Fallen" from "The charming factor sessions", the unreleased instrumental "End well" and the duo first song ever recorded, titled "The lights are going out".
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