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Artist: LaVant Garde
Title: Inside Out
Format: CD
Label: Sythetic Product Records (@)
Rated: *****
I'm going have to say that Germany have the tightest synth-pop bands in the world. There's something about them that really keeps me listening to synth/electro-pop. LaVant Garde is one of the newest hottest act around out of the industrial country. This two piece band is outstanding and have what it takes to make good club synth-pop dance music. The tracks are very simple, vocals are good and the production stands out very well indeed. The cd contains three music videos of "Dedicated", "Airs And Graces", and "The World We Live In", which you can download to watch on your PC. Very nice videos that will entertain you and contains footages from their concert. Worth checking out. My favorite tracks includes "Recall Of Night", "Take Me S.I.M.", "Not Enough", "Live Your Life (Rebirth)" and the instrumental "Somewhere Out There". I'm certainly looking forward to hear their next release!
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Artist: ADN Ckrystall
Title: Collection
Format: CD
Label: Meta-Wave Music (@)
Rated: *****
Meta Wave Music has released a historically significant collection of rare recordings by the band ADN Ckrystall. Their music is minimal electronic in nature but is really a sort signature for French obscuro new wave. All of the band’s rare recordings have been included in this limited edition (100 pieces) 32-song 2x CDR in a DVD box set. For minimal electronic fanatics the inclusion of the ultra rare "Jazz Mad" LP as well as the "In-Edit" 7" single will send heart palpitations through their collectors anxiety ridden chests. These are some of the most sought after and hard to find audiophile lust items there are. My favorites here are "Le Combat (Robin Hood)"and "Happy? Really?" which could be designated as the bands influential style signatures. If you need a comparisons, try the Strangler’s JJ Burnel’s project Polyphonic Size which was a more polished and produced version of this bands work or even some early things Kraftwerk. ADN Ckrystall’s music ranges from minimal experimental to robotic synthpop and then back again. Highly Recommended.
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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: Le Chant De La Nuit
Format: CD
Label: Illuminating Technologies
Rated: *****
If you follow Chain D.L.K. from early 2001 you probably didn't miss the interview I did with Autopsia. If you did, well, LE CHANT DE LA NUIT is the perfect way to know their music and their attitude (you can also find the interview I did into the interactive part). What LE CHANT DE LA NUIT exactly is? Well I can't think about it only as an album with an interactive section, because on the data section you can find so many informations that we can think about LE CHANT DE LA NUIT as a whole multimedia project. The musical part is divided into eight different tracks and it is a compilation of tracks coming from "Mistery science" ("Electrosphere", "(G)rave" and "Joy of chaos"), from "Humanity Is The Devil 1604-1994" ("Prologue" and "Delamentatione"), from "Palladium" ("Palladium 4" a.k.a. "Der Reichtum Des Vielen Und Das Eine") and from the side projekt compilation "Prager Kodex" ("Interdikt" by Hussite). The only track I don't know is "Tallow". If tracks like "Tallow", "Prologue" and "Palladium 4" are more based on the ambience created, "Joy of chaos" is structured like a suite where rhythmical parts and electronic intermezzos (with drum machine, sequencers, etc) break the tension by adding some dynamical inserts. "Interdict" is like a dark medieval track while with "Electrosphere" the atmosphere gets thick again blending choruses and electronic sounds just to form a march. "Delamentatione" and "G(rave)" don't release the tension and close the CD with some other epic sounds. The interactive part is divided (just like their website) into different sections: Discography, Gallery, Autopsia Television, Reviews, Smrt Kultury Jako Komodity, Downloads (links to the www.bombaj.cz website where you can purchase four of their releases as downloads) and interviews. If you'd like to have an in depth view of this important project, this one is for you!
P.s. This release is limited to 300 copies, so... hurry!
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Artist: ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER (@)
Title: Abandon Music
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
EMC is a duo made up of Ken Gibson (also active as [a]pendics.shuffle, 8fm, Pre Wig, Bal Cath and Rev Com) and Ian Read. By listenin to ABANDON MUSIC I thought instantly to this definition: raggae / dub music played by Autechre. In my opinion this give instantly an idea of the sound of the first half of the album, while the remaining five tracks are more like a deconstruction of a dance tune with deranged rhythmical parts where the tracks stops and go and at each stop they lose a part just like an old car that runs down the hills. The only exception is represented by "Adoption of the blank", where the ambient i.d.m. takes an hold and the crazy rhythmical parts are substituted by an electronic magma that makes its way through the radio frequencies. Even if the album isn't immediately enjoyable little by little the tracks shows their personality and make of ABANDON MUSIC a CD to discover.
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Artist: Jerry Colburn
Title: Smell the Love
Format: CD
Label: Strip Mall of Sound (@)
Rated: *****
A self-produced and -released solo artist out of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jerry Colburn provides many moments of brilliance with "Smell the Love", a CD of instrumental passages and interludes. Contrary to the title's riff on Spinal Tap, most of what you hear are two- to three-minute instrumental programmed drum loops that have a sort of hip-hop feel, festooned with Rhodes piano and organ sounds, and flavored with acoustic guitar and varied percussion. Although various influences are mentioned in his description sheet, to me this release is a lot more closely related to DJ Shadow than to Esquivel. The tones and textures are too diverse to pin him down, anyhow: mathematically idiotic chord progressions that somehow make perfect sense, passages which draw you into the plot of some intriguing movie even though all you have is its soundtrack. The music almost doesn't want to be taken seriously, but I insist it really is good, if you hear it through a good enough stereo and speakers (or headphones). Indeed, though, with song titles like "Buzzy the Squirrel", "Evening in Newark", "Shellfish Bop", and "Dildo Baggage Car", it's hard to keep a straight face, but that's probably Colburn's intent. And it seems that Mr. Colburn was a longtime drummer for punk, garage and improv bands, gigging all over his home state, until now deciding to move into the wonderful world of Experimental Electronica. Welcome, Jerry. (Although I have to dock half a star for the baby picture.)
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