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Artist: Telerotor (@)
Title: Mobilitat
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Rated: *****
Telerotor is the merged product of Klaus, Danijela, and Rene Jochim of Telepherique, and Roger Rotor’s own Roger Rotorboth well known staples of Ant-Zen’s ever-expanding catalogue of noise-core heavyweights. The theme behind Telerotor’s second release, Mobilitat, is based on the fast paced world of today. In particular, Mobilitat is based on the speed, and resulting convenience, of today’s mass transit systems.

Mobilitat is structured by a layer of perpetual 4X4 beats thumping away over an active, sample-heavy background showcasing the sounds of mass transit. The compositions are thick, and prone to complex keyboard textures flowing throughout as ambient noise bubbles in and out of the foreground. Tracks like "Rain Hill" and "Larmkulisse," both with more subtle 4X4 (less techno) beats, are so full of sound and content I could put them on repeat and get lost for hours.

Depending on my mood, the overly constant beats are either comforting and hypnotic or just slightly annoying. The ambient noise and delicate keys beneath the technoid beats, however; are what really win me over about Telerotor’s Mobilitat. My personal bias against techno does not stop this from being a phenomenal album. The atmospheres created by Roger Rotor and the Telepherique crew are so rich I find myself actively searching for the right context and time to listen to Mobilitat.
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Artist: LVXUS
Title: Cloudland
Format: CD
Label: Suilven (@)
Rated: *****
This cdr release features two long tracks evolved around the "simple" idea of "ambient music". I can't say why, but these two suite (above all the opening one: "Watercourse") have a "new age" atmosphere and the sound brought to my mind "Artificial intelligence" (on Warp records) a real milestone for what concern idm and ambient music. This cdr also reminded me of a lot of electronics acts from the same period, the "know it all" among us will probably remember labels like Astralwerks, Warp, Rephlex around the first part of the nineties put out a lot of stuff with this kind of sound. Keyboard and cyclic-loop domain with a soft atmosphere suitable for "meditation" and if there's no hidden meaning behind the titles "Watercourse" and "Cloudland", define the dimension in which Lvxus are gonna bring you. Sometimes it all sounds a bit old-fashioned, but after all a lot of "glitches" and "drones" electronica tend to be uninspired and so cold that is obvious there's people searching for something different (dj Hell, Passarani for example). Without any doubt it's music that puts you in the right mood, lay down and relax.
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Artist: Felix Laband
Title: Dark Days Exit
Format: CD
Label: Compost
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Felix Laband is like a sophisticated classy european-sounding artist who mixes the glitchy and cold feel of electronic music wiith the romance and the artistry of classical music and the french tradition of street music with the dutch attitude towards experimental music... The truth of the matter is, he is South African and has been making music and other types of arts for a long time (even though he is still 20 something). In his music you can trace back influences such as Kapotte Muzik, Flying Saucer Attack, Stereolab, Notwist, early Kruder & Dorfmeister, Forest Mighty Black, Taran, Boards of Canada, Autechre etc and labels such as Staalplaat and Warp. Delicate, soft, smooth and refined, he will take you through a journey of sound and visions that honestly will hardly ever make you think of Africa.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Subharmonic in Dub
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Collision (Cause of Chapter 3) (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
To be released on July 19th, this double CD by dub-mastermind Bill Laswell and friends is named as if it was a tribute to his productions under the Subharmonic label umbrella (one of the two sub-divisions of the Axiom record label that he founded with John Matarazzo in the early '90es in NYC). Collision (Cause of Chapter 3) thought well when they decided they'd put out this double-CD that basically collects the best of the best of the avantgard-experimental-electronic-dub music scene (a lot of which was going through a peak of popularity in New York, between the eighties and the nineties). Partnering up with Laswell on these CDs you'll find the incredible talents of as John Zorn, Mick Harris , Jah Wobble, Sly Dunbar, Robert Musso, Anton Fier, Alex Haas, Nicky Skopelitis, Haruomi Hosono, Gabe Katx, Bernie Worrel, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Brain, DXT. The first CD contains more of the avant-rock/free-jazz/fusion tracks, while the second CD is dedicated to the more electronic/dub/ambient cuts. With 16 tracks spread across 150 minutes, this great pair of discs (also available in a 1000 copies limited edition 180 gr. vinyl edition with 350 gr. cardboard 4 colour paginated sleeve) is for every mood an experimental music lover can be in and will hardly disappoint anybody.
Jul 18 2005
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Artist: PSYCLON NINE (@)
Title: INRI
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk, Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Nova Media, Metropolis
Rated: *****
The debut of this trio hailing from San Francisco, CA, "Divine Infect" has gathered a lot of success and recognition, more than band and label could expect. The reactions were that fine that the US label Metropolis Records finally decided to make a license commitment with the German label Noitekk to release this new CD "INRI" under own flag as an Metropolis artist. Congratulations to this. Well, the band has worked on a new release and here it is. The look on the cover lets you already realize that you hold a kind of a conceptual album in your hands. A naked "female" Jesus Christ with the nails of the crucifixion pinned through her arms could cause trouble with several pseudo-catholic communities which are richly present in the USA. "INRI" takes up the essential questions of the bible and/or the Christian belief and the band reinterprets it new in their very own style. Musically the band seems to make a development since their debut which was based pretty much into the Terror-EBM style. The elements are still rich present here and also the vocals (are they high pitched?) haven’t lost any form of aggression, they are sounding a bit like the ugly neighborhood boy and need some rotations to find acceptance. PSYCLON NINE could fill in some more melodic synth layers which have won more and more meaning, and also here and there some guitar riffs to thicken the bass lines. "The Feeding" is finally the most guitar-driven track here and I am sure the short-hair Electro purists will get toothache by listening to this! But calm down, here is enough energetic Electro-infiltrated stuff to blow out your mind. My favorites can be found with the tracks which feature the most remarkable melodic content like "Lamb of God", "Harlot" or "Nothing Left". Mass movements on the dark club floors are guarantied with "Faith : Disease" or "You Know What You Are". Finally I understand the enthusiasm at the Metropolis base, this act with this quality release is a must-have!

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