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Artist: Bunker Soldier (@)
Title: Triple Threat
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Neo Cultural Front records
Rated: *****

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Texas-based aviation electronics graduate, scuba instructor, airline pilot and, of course, musician Timothy Tyran and his project Bunker Soldier (really a trio) displays a great and rare to find a maturity in songwriting and production. Believe it or not he has been around making music and performing live for 10 years but has released only 2 records so far. To celebrate the decade, his third release, this 3 tracks CD single entitled "Triple Threat", came out. Sporting great music, dynamism and energy, Bunker Soldier goes from an aggressive and holy sounding heavily middle eastern influenced track, to what could be the next electronica anthem in every club across the world, only to wrap it up with a dancefloor-friendly electro tune."Warlocked" couldn't come at a better time and sounds like an Arab/American/German mixture of industrial/metal/rai influenced by Die Krupps, Front Line Assembly, Muslimgauze and Null Device."Flying" features 21 year old Norwwegian jazz singer Hildegunn Surdall and layers pads, heavenly voices and strong electronic textures in a way that reminds of Conjure One/Delerium."Fiirewall" is another instrumental track with some guitar activity, but mostly sticks around Gary Numan influenced electronic-dance territories.I am not familiar with his previous records unfortunately, and unless you consider heterogeneousness a minus, this is truly a great release and a fantastic celebration. I am looking forward to hear more (hopefully this CD-S will lead us to a full lenght album before another three years go by).
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Stereo Deluxe Two
Format: CD
Label: Stereo Deluxe (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Harbouring and nurturing some of the most talented and recognized European lounge music artists, German label Stereo Deluxe has gotten well known for their compilations series ("Slow Mo", "Coming Home", "Bassic Instinct", "Future Lounge", "Wildstyle" to mention a few...), and 2004 continues this tradition with the release of "Stereo Deluxe Two", the second instalment of this new series that exclusively features unreleased tracks and remixes especially carved for this release. Homegrown german talents and other artists from different parts of Europe shake the grounds with their several blends of loungadelic sonic cocktails of funk, electronica, dancehall, disco, trip hop etc... The tracklist features Bigga Bush (UK), The Strike Boys (D) with Emo (DK), Trio Eletrico (D), Soul'n'Soda (D), Robbyn Rhodes (FIN), Bobby Hughes Combination (NOR), Loungechic Prouctions (CH), Mo'Horizons (D), The Funky Lowlives (UK), Megablast (A), Emo (DK) plus a bonus track by Deluca & Majbour (D), who are the founders of the Stereo Deluxe record label and DJ team. No vinyl counterpart will be released of this CD.
Mar 15 2004
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Artist: BUNKER SOLDIER (@)
Title: Triple Threat
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Neo Cultural Front
Rated: *****
Bunker Soldier is the Timothy Tyran's personal project and TRIPLE THREAT is his third CD release since 1996’s "Quite A Dilemma". This new release is a CDs containing three songs: "Warlocked", "Flying" and "Firewall". The first one is an instrumental track full of Middle Eastern melodies which seem to float within the guitar riffs and the electro instruments. "Flying" is the real single of the three. Here the 21 year old Norwegian jazz singer Hildegunn Surdal gives her voice making of this an electro pop tune really radio friendly which reminds me of Gary Numan of "The Fury" period. With "Firewall" (the track I appreciated most of the lot), the Numan influence is more clear as this one is an instrumental track which seems to come directly from the album "I Assassin" along with "Music For Chameleons". All in all this is a good single and I'm confident that Timothy will be able to refine all his influences and skills to do a perfect album in the near future.
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Artist: The Soil Bleeds Black (@)
Title: Mirror of the Middle Ages
Format: CD
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Possibly the most important medieval music outlet in the United States, and if not that, definitely one of the most representative of the genre, The Soil Bleeds Black (composed by the Riddick brothers, Mark and Michael, musicians/graphic designers/label managers, and by singer Eugenia Wallace) are back out on the road to middle age folk perdition and the paganism of the six senses with their sixth official release. Originally released as a limited edition vinyl with slightly different tracklist and graphics, this "Mirror of the Middle Ages" comes out as an eco-packaged CD, an entire year after the 12", which isn't the most fair course of action in my opinion... Musically it shows a band striving to achieve a greater authenticism. This choice is quite obviously revealed in the selection of more traditional tunes and the type of instruments (a departure from electronic gear and an embracing of acoustic percussions, flutes and other breath instruments, stringed instruments etc). In the past years I can only remember one band that was equally intense and realistic (the italian medieval art collective La Camerata Mediolanense) so if you are a lover of this genre you shouldn't miss out, unless of course you already have the 12".
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Artist: Dawn Desiree
Title: Dancing, Dreaming, Longing...
Format: CD
Label: The Fossile Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Ex-Rain Fell Within singer, Dawn Desiree is now pursuing her solo career as a pianist and soprano. She dives into ethereal compositions surrounded by arrangements of strings, breath instruments, percussions and synthetic electronics, and sustains the atmospheres with textures of piano and multiple layers of vocal overdubs. After her well received 2001 CDR demo and her track on the Zillo compilation (the legendary dark/wave/goth/electro publication from Germany) as well as several past and ongoing collaborations, Miss Dawn is looking to carve out her own dimension in the not so little niche of this genre. Surely fans of dark-wave and ethereal music will have plenty of appreciation for this work of hers, which was released in a nicely packaged digipack by The Soil Bleeds Black's label The Fossil Dungeon. Top notch production, design and presentation.
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