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Artist: SOILED (@)
Title: Happy land
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Electronic music with an aftertaste of minimal techno. Soiled has been defined underground techno punk, some driving rhythms building a bridge under grey meloides, this ep could be a soft version (but not that softer) of the releases put out by Mick Harris' Possible label (for those of you who have a good memory). Industrial techno?..not really, but the clouded sensation is pretty similar. Teessides Marcus a.k.a. Soiled has a minimal lo-fi approach to his tunes but it doesn't mean this record is poor under the production profile, it just mean this guy probably loves the naivity of early techno. Many of the sound used probably are analog or at least he probably used some virtual synth cause that's the impression you get. I think "Happyland" is an ironic title, there's no doubt the most of the tracks are far from being happy and the front cover adds an odd atmosphere, but the music is not even claustrofobic techno or post-industrial dance. Clean production and at times some melodies are really well done. Something reminded me of the early M.A.R.R.S. or S-Express but this not really acid house.
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Artist: NOISUF-X (@)
Title: Antipode
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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If you read this strange band name backwards, you get it that this is a side-project by Jan of X-FUSION, a good known German Electro/Industrial project. This NOISUF-X project was created to share the more Powernoise-influenced side of the main project. And so you get here 15 noisy tracks with distorted beats, never-ending monotony and some harsh structures. The main difference to other bands out of the Powernoise genre could be the fact that all this stuff is produced by somebody who has found his home in the Electro/Industrial genre. It could surely be that real Powernoise supporters would rate this release as too danceable Electro-minded. Indeed, Jan can not forget his influences here, so this release should also be able to please the fans of harder EBM/Electro/Industrial music. The whole stuff is of course reduced to a minimal composition effort, the destroying beats rule this scenario. Adding to this some more or less well chosen voice samples ("Die Tam-Tams klopfen nicht mehr", here available in three different versions) with the outstanding work "Happy Birthday", a track with funny voice samples which can also be discovered on the Alfa Matrix quadruple compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1". I have found also some outstanding pieces which provide several effected rhythm patterns to avoid too much monotony, for example "Apocalypse", "Das Ende der Welt" or "Axion". This release walks on the thin line between harsh EBM and Powernoise, so if you like this sound you should give this a try.
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Artist: KOJI ASANO (@)
Title: Final Insurance
Format: CD
Label: Asano production (@)
Rated: *****
Believe it or not it's "Asano-time" again, the more I give a look at his discography the more I think he's probably one of the most prolific and eclectic artists coming from Japan nowadays. These sessions see Koji playing the protagonist role mainly behind his beloved laptop and I think that's his most congenial dimension, the range of the recording goes from 1992 to 1994 and the locations are/were London, Tokyo and Saitama. The final result is really good, but considering the fact most of this recordings are ten years old, honestly some of them are incredibly ahead if compared to many of his contemporaries then. The first couple of tracks based in London is laptop "pushing till it gets almost distorted" music (imagine those "ass kicking" Mego releases) while the rest of the british compositions is mainly oriented toward "experimental laptop rumorism" versus ghosts of melody underneath. The following "songs" located in Tokyo have own much more to "electro acoustic music" or to "concrete" music that vaguely reminded me the 3"mcd on Metamkine ("Corridor" could be a composition signed by Chion). The closing session of the cd is the one recorded in Saitama, the oldest one (1992) but the also best: it reminded me of the cd "Sanctuary" where Asano was manipulating one of his classical composition through a computer, the minimalist feeling is the same even when he's not working with a piano and what a good taste!. If you never heard anything by Asano maybe this could be a good way to introduce your ears to his polymorphous musical dimension.
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Artist: XOTOX (@)
Title: [PSI]
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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To produce rhythmic Powernoise with all included ingredients like endless monotony and redundancy in music and composition still drags the black-dressed masses to the dancefloors of all dark clubs. German one man act XOTOX consisting of Andreas Davids returns here after two not expected successfully releases to present the newest effort [PSI]. The success of the previous releases made it also possible that the label Pro Noize decided to release next to the normal jewel case edition of [PSI] a special and limited DCD in a digipack. The normal CD (and so the part of this review) contains 17 new rhythmic sound manipulations, mostly integrating with steady distorted, sometimes destroyed rhythm patterns. The mood is hard, rough and disturbing, a real feast for the noise junkies. Some pieces stand out here, the opener "[Xo]toxic" presents a not to often heard diversity in the rhythms programmings. "Winterblut" does surprisingly add "real" vocals, hard and cold performed by Jan Lehmkämper from the German Electro/Industrial act X-FUSION. "Bohrung 25" earns as well a good rating for not depending on the overrated distorted Tekkno-like bass kicks and can submit the real Powernoise feeling. On the other hand I have noticed some tracks here which cannot convince by using of too ridiculous samples ("Tote Bäume", "Lass Mich", "Roboterkrieg") or they do not offer anything interesting because of the lack of inspiration ("Fieber"). Anyhow, as long as the distortion goes there will be a public form and an interest in this stuff. XOTOX can and will not reach the throne of some highly acclaimed acts like CONVERTER or IMMINENT. But this project also doesn’t need to hide its talent. An acceptable release for this music genre.

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Artist: KOJI ASANO (@)
Title: Takoyakikun
Format: CD
Label: Asano production (@)
Rated: *****
Koji Asano it's back and of course here you can get again some unconventional music, but could you imagine Asano in his "rock version"?!. This time Koji is not behind his usual laptop but he's playing the role of the "guitar-hero" in a rock (prog-rock) band. Prog music in Japan has always had a big resonance and that's the last of many exhibit to prove this old theory, infact this trio (based on guitar ,keyboards and drums) plays "old fashioned" songs with some "japanese extravaganza" here and there. Don't think of Boredoms, Yoshimi or Optical* 8, it's more "traditional-prog-rock" stuff, it sometimes reminded me of a free-reinterpretation of the early Crimson or a minimal new edition of the early Soft Machine even if the jazz element in this case is irrelevant. I think this release have a complete japanese use of melody and rhythms but just in a few particular moments (Ruins had the same sort of influence). But with "weird japenese music" (and you can bet with Asano the experimental element is always behind the corner) you always have to wait 'till it's really over. When the sixth track starts you'll be immediately cast somewhere else...Faust? Amon Dull?..hard to say that but whitout any doubt the song is more "experimental rock" oriented (the way Kraut founders meant it): a classical piano, a light drum and a definitely "odd" guitar melody, weird..damn weird! But my favorite track of the whole record. This' not ordinary rock, not even ordinary prog-rock, the result is partially good and sometimes interesting, honestly I prefer much more Asano behind his laptop but there's no doubt this guy has a lot of ideas and energy and of course talent.
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