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Artist: John B. Arnold
Title: Logorythms
Format: CD
Label: Compagnia Nuove Indie (@)
Rated: *****
This cd shows just one of the many possible evolutions of jazz at the beginning of the millenium. Logorythms features some impressive guest musicians such as like Uri Caine, Massimo Urbani, Marc Abrams, Daniele Tittarelli and many others coming from the jazz scene. If to the guest list for this cd, you add John Arnold basically plays electronic drums, yes!: "the whole is equal to the sum of its parts". Electric jazz that I'm almost sure the last Miles Davis would have appreciated, the musicologists reading out there will probably think of Davis during the "Marcus Miller era", no way! This is electric but not "synth jazz" and above all neither "cold crossover influenced by funk". "Cool jazz" atmospheres arranged with a straight beat, Arnold had to specify the 95% of the drums on the record have been played live and not pre-programmed, he did it for a good reason since I dare everybody to understand ther's no drum-machine here. Great production and classy refinement but the "cocktail" could be improved a bit, since the jazz soloist and pianos are not perfectly melted with the electronic drums. The global result of this work is that of jazz redefined in the view of a dj and it's kinda strange since that's not the real background of John B. Arnold. At times it may give you the impression you're listening a colder version of some releases on K7 but above all of those on Compost (the label of the legendary "Future sound of jazz" series). "Modern jazz with a mid-90ies electronic cut"?!.
Oct 25 2005
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Artist: GOD MODULE (@)
Title: Viscera
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Having started somewhere in 1999 on the small Inception Records label, this US duo has made its famous way now up to the top players of the globally Electro/Industrial scene. In North America now signed to Metropolis-Records, they have released with this "Viscera" album in Europe now their already 2nd full-length after the predecessor "Empath". Musically they are standing on the highest mountain of modern and danceable Electro/Industrial music, while not falling too deep into irrelevant Futurepop or harsh Hellektro themes. This is one of the very few releases which is designed for an extended club-use, as well as possible to listen to at your home entertainment. Just pick up the starter "The Source" with some fine included metallic noises in between. The vocals of front man Jasyn Bangert had never been that intense, roughly distorted, but not disturbing. So you get into this energetic Electro album and inhale the speed! Some lighter tracks are included as well with "Still so Strange" and "Sections", both featuring some female vocals. But this both tracks deliver only very short some relaxation, the speed is back with the other two outstanding tracks here, "Lucid" and "Winter Torture". My deepest respect, Mr. Bangert, this new God Module album is of course the best up to date, there is no real filler.
The skill is high and there is a lot of dancefloor potential on this whole CD. I should admit that this album will also available in Europe as a limited DCD featuring some remix works and extra stuff. A must for dancefloor addicts and worth enough to use for your home entertainment.
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Artist: PAUL DOLDEN
Title: Dèlires de plaisirs
Format: CD
Label: Empreintes Digitales (@)
Rated: *****
Composer Paul Dolden arrives at his fourth album on the prestigious canadian label Empreintes Digitales. As you probably know if you ever heard something on this label you know they often deal with material that's "learned music", but at the same time their rooster is full of musicians with a big personality: the obvious result is that the most of their releases is simply out of ordinary. Paul Dolden shows he combined such a big range of influences that's hard to think how he can mix it all together, do you think I'm exaggerating?...ok, who else ever mixed together "contemporary classic music" (it reminds me basically of many contemporary american composer of the last half of Twentieth century), keyboards that "taste" of Mike Olfield crossed with Philip Glass, fast guitar-solos in the style of Satriani tripping for Paganini exercises and a good amount of studio production?. The first four tracks are different movements of Dolden's latest work: "Entropic Twilights", "The gravity of silence. Resonance #5" and "The heart tears itself part with the power of its own muscle. Resonance #3" (great title!!) instead have been composed in the midst of the nineties, but the personal style of this composer was already formed therefore it all sounds homogeneous. Can you imagine "contemporary-classic-glam-music"?..well that's it! I think there's a lot of irony in the music and in the approach of this canadian: on the cover of this digipack there's the shadow of a long haired biker playing a violin while flying surrounded by mountains, some guitar necks are hanging on the back of his motorcycle and instead of being followed by gas his bike is followed by notes. I can't say I've been blown away by this cd but for sure I've never heard anything like that before.
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Artist: CHABZ / KRIZO (@)
Title: GrowGrow / Test Lies
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sonic 360 (@)
Rated: *****
Chabz and Krizo are two different projects linked because of the Hungarian collective Realistic Crew, which sees the partecipation of K. Vranic and Cs Kalotas (the two guys behind them). Sonic 360 release consists of a twin CD E.P. where each project present six tracks. Chabz's E.P. is titled GROWGROW and the six tracks contained are focused on hip hop rhythms and ambient sounds where East European flavours and sounds are dilated and melt into distorted basslines (dear to grime music). Scratches and feedback are mixed with synth pads and loops, creating a solid urban soundscape. Krizo's E.P. TEST LIES sounds a little more grime thanks to the different kind of rhymths used and thank to a more darkish atmosphere. Listening to "My empty things" seems to watch a noir movie of the future where jazz music turned into something sicker. "Delutan" is slighty more lounge thanks to the dilated piano lines and to the voice loops. "You" is a jazzy tune really dark and the vocal parts make it perfect for a Spillane book. With "Trashlife" the grime influences come back but mixed with experimental ambient parts. At a first listenind Krizo's E.P. is the one that I liked most but I have to admit that both of them are really good. England is not the only place good for this sounds, so check them out!
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Artist: REGENERATOR (@)
Title: Disease
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The already seventh full length release of the US duo REGENERATOR deals thematically with animal consumption and its effect on human health. Not new indeed – especially for this band – but still a favorite theme by several acts. REGENERATOR although try not to shock the interested audience nor they behave like preachers which try to push people on their point of view – they only try to make facts known so that everybody can decide on its own. If they will ever reach their target is doubtful. I miss something more shocking to grab attention, something what smacks people literally in their face. Nothing against the message transported with the nice female vocals, while the male and mostly in the background active vocals could need some progression. It is the music which lacks on interesting moments. Still the same poor bass line sequences, still the same sounds with no real variation and the overall Futurepop-like attitude – it bores after four heard tracks. It was meant to take some dancefloors at the dark clubs but I doubt more and more that the club visitors will dig this. Too much average here – only the track "End of File" makes a step towards with some differences on the drums and bass lines. This release only made me to have a listen back to their self-titled debut back in 1993, out on Hyperium. What do you think, was the main reason that I haven’t enjoyed it? Right on, I felt the music was too unspectacular...
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