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Artist: POLYGAMY BOYS (@)
Title: The Pleasure E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Beauty Case Records (@)
Rated: *****
I already talked about Polygamy Boys when I reviewed their split live CD with Sneak-Thief. THE PLEASURE E.P. is their third release and it presents four powerful mixes of electronica, e.b.m. and techno. The vinyl opens with the "Polygamy Boys Theme", a long instrumental pumping mix of dancing analog music just to close the first side with "Pleasure Patrol", a mysterious track that recalls some D.A.F. stuff because its structure based principally on a bass line and a drum. "Der Kommissar" opens the B side with a dark '80s e.b.m. track and let "The Un-known" close it with the dreamy vocals of Lindsay J. which duet with the hard drum/bass lines of the duo. THE PLEASURE E.P. sees the band at its best as the tracks are presenting different kind of influences but keeping the distinctive mark of the band. This isn't just dance music!
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Artist: THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR (@)
Title: XRV
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Rated: *****
After self releasing two full lenght albums, The Dignity Of Labour successfully found a proper contract by signing to A Different Drum and releasing this eight track E.P. The new MCD gathers two new tracks "Xrv" and "Oxygen" (no, it isn't a Jean Michel Jarre cover), coming from the next homonymous release. The four remixes of the first track are made by Nevarakka, Eric Lymon, the band itself and Scott MacLean. The other track is "Vinyl Bliss" and you can find two covers of it: one remixed by the band and the other by Color Theory (Brian Hazard took care also of the additional mixing and to the mastering). This has been the first time I was listening to Kirk Taylor's Dignity Of Labour and since the first time I liked the tracks and the style and I was quite surprised that any comparison band's name wasn't popping out in my mind: there aren't evident signs of Depeche Mode or Yazoo even if '80s electro pop and new wave are clearly an influence. Maybe the fact that Kirk started to play this genre in the '80s, first with a proper band called Prophet and then as The Dignity Of Labour, is the answer and since then Kirk developed his own style. From what I listened on this MCD, I think that the next album will be a surprise, so write yourself a note and don't miss it...
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Artist: Bio Carbon 13 (@)
Title: Igorist
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Bio Carbon 13 is the creative project by Igor a dear friend of mine. He will be playing on August 28th, 2004 at 836 w. Aldine, Chicago IL. Ig hails from Chicago, Il and is starting to play several venues. His new album Igorist has just come out, you can download it from his site. This album is quite exceptional and different from his other older which were much more electronically based. This new album is very dark and brooding and much more gothic sounding. Track six- Trast, Ig sings about a long lost love saying, "did you know when I dreamnt of you?" very thought provoking and moving. Track eight- Claudia is a gothic love song and reminds me of "Xymox's "Louise". Very slow and melodic and sad and down to the point. This gentleman sings his very heart and soul of the one that got away and wasnt meant to be as he expresses. We end this album with Track ten- "Fade to Black" that really compliments this exceptional album. Ig sings to us, "My reflection in the mirror as I fade to Black" and has us practiically fallling into a deep, dark transe as we listen to this. This perhaps could be the danse flloo hit but the rest of the album has a lot to promise for danse floors worldwide. Do something different dial 13 and listen, you might just not be the same again. 5-stars
Artist: Y-luko
Title: Kerion Celsi
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Y-luko is an artist that hails from both Germany and Chicago. He works with Leo as well, who is also heavily involved in this band. He is respected everywhere and is even working many respected individuals. He is a very hardworking individual that never stops putting out good music. One of the tracks I liked the most was Track 13- Empty Again, reminded me of earlier Current 93, very thought provoking and very spritual. He sings, "my soul is born to exist", very powerful and all knowing. Track 14- Ecstasy ( yrzzwe) is a very dansy track reminscent of something from Cold Meat Industry. Heavy vocals with oil drumming sounds, Y-luko sings, "from nowhere to go so far away have to deal with my pain." Marching beats in the background and electronics everywhere exploding like a nuclear war. This track stands by itself and is the headliner for this album, even though it is second to the last track on cd. The rest of the cd is well produced and is also dansy as well. Look for Y-luko to always rock the house and with such great people he works with, his fame will always be known. 5-stars
Artist: Infinity Interrupt (@)
Title: Antartica Starts Here
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Infinity Interrupt is a duo consisting of Jacob Fisher and Jason Walker. This band hails from the Chicagoland area. Antarctica Starts Here is a very diverse album not like anything I've heard before. Every track on this album would be very fitting for a sci-fi soundtrack, thats for sure. Track five- Half-Life 23 stuck out the most. Haunting background vocals from Christine from Flutter- a an chicagoland ethereal band compliment this track, jacob sings, "we he send his angels or has we fallen from the sky?" while samples of over dubbed movie scores take over. This band has the most things going on in each track. Track after track is like a space ride to infinity literally. Infinity Interrupt plays on August 28th, 2004 at 836 w. Aldine, Chicago, Il ..come check out this band definately from another world. 5-stars
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