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Artist: LETHARGY (@)
Title: In-Macula Remixes
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
We have here a long awaited follow-up CDEP of LETHARGY’s impressive debut "In-Macula", out somewhere at the fall of 2003. But to tell you the truth, and maybe you have heard or read about it in online forums: this EP will maybe never officially released because the band and their label Black Flames ended up all co-operations in some bad terms. The whole situation seems very unclear and difficult for outsiders, so I advise you to make your contact to the band, the management Hellcity or the German distributor E-Noxe who could help here. To the music: LETHARGY do present us here a long 10 track EP which features several remix works by more (both Alfa Matrix recording acts IMPLANT and NEIKKA RPM...) or less known names (ISENNGARD from Mexico, MORPH UNKOWN from the USA...). This release was designed to bring some more danceable attitudes to the usually more melancholic stuff of this band. Some of the presented remix works can easily used to keep the dancefloors of all dark halls burning ("The Golden Light" and "Emotion" remixed by LETHARGY themselves, "Future Time" remixed by IMPLANT...). Most outstanding piece is the remix work on "Nothing to Hide" done by the French Electronica act OIL 10. Clear and marvelous female vocal performances done by Mayte Cruz and a rich melodic musically content make an impressive effort both enjoyable at home as well as useable on the dancefloors. Strong diversity is present here through the musically very different directions of the chosen remix bands although the whole atmospheric content get lost. Impressive release of a talented band hailing from Spain. It is a pity that their situation is currently very difficult and I wish them the very best that they will soon find a way to be present with new stuff for the audience.
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Artist: LEGOWELT (@)
Title: Dark Days
Format: CD
Label: Strange Life Records (@)
Distributor: Phear
Rated: *****
If you don't own a turntable or if you don't use peer to peer programs to share music, is highly probable that you don't know Legowelt. Danny Wolfers released about ten E.P.s (mostly on Bunker Records) and only one CD titled "Classics 1998-2003: A Selection Of Tracks From The Bunker Archive" which gathers some of his tracks released for Bunker Records. Well, this time with DARK DAYS, you've got the opportunity to get into Legowelt's realm at a cheap price (Phear, who's in charge of the distribution sells it at 7 euros) even if you haven't got a turntable. Deeply influenced by Detroit techno and other thousands of electronic pulsations, Danny is taking off his hat fourteen old tracks, which he tought lost and gone. Fortunately the tracks, which span through the 1992 ÷ 1997 period (i.e. from the early days), are available for the first time for the listening pleasure of all the Legowelt fans and for all the curious who wants to discover the inspired music of one of the most appreciated guys into the techno/electro scene. Tracks like the opening "Lego resistance", "Nowhere track", the following "Techno madchen" or "Myst" are able to mix ambient sounds and rough synth sounds with melodic loops, creating in this way a particular blend of dance experimental music which isn't only at the dancefloor service but it's also out there for you to enjoy. If you already know Danny's releases, well don't wait for tracks like "Total pussy control" or "Dirty tango" because this album contains instrumental tracks just like the ones you can find on releases like "Tower Of The Gipsies". Don't lose the opportunity to get this stuff, it won't last for long time!
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Artist: VENETIAN SNARES
Title: Rossz Csillag Alatt Szullet
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Released before one year has passed from his latest Planet Mu release titled "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding", Aaron Funk is back with a total different album titled ROSSZ CSILLAG ALATT SZULETETT. While "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding" was based mainly on rhythms, this new one sees Venetian Snares dealing with ambient sounds and orchestral partitures. I'm totally unaware about the language of the titles (Hungarian, maybe?) but the music is enough to make me appreciate the geniality of this project. The album contains eleven tracks that form somehow a soundtrack of a drama. The only note we've got about the tracks is starting this way: "What if, for just a day, we could both be pigeons?" and after some rows "Ultimately, as quickly as our world blooms, our world is discordant, and our pigeons are wounded, and as our world dies, we die, and we are extinct. If only we could kill ourselves over and over until we get it right". Even if most of the tracks sound like modern classical music played by a real orchestra Aaron mix it with his particular breakcore style, creating something really functional and fresh. The strings give to the tracks a dramatic feeling that makes you think about the European cinema of the early twenties of the last century and it's amazing to see how the fast rhythms give to it more energy. I don't know if I was able to make you understand what's inside this album but I assure you that you should give it a try!
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Artist: The Evolutionaries (@)
Title: Normalized
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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The Evolutionaries are a new collective from the tri-state area who pour all their love for industrial, ebm, rock and pop into their own blend of these genres. Right from the opening track you can unmistakably tell that one of their major influences is Trent Reznor (probably the era of "Broken" and "Pretty Hate Machine" mostly) but as soons as the singing starts you'll know that they are really heavily into the entire Nothing records roster. You do the math: you have a singer that sounds just like Marylin Manson and a tasteful and aggressive production that flirts with saturation just like NIN's sound does, add to that some ebm influences here and there and the obvious yet vaguely hidden influence of rock and pop (they mention Waits, Fripp and Bowie as some of their mentors) and you'll have an exploding mixture of sounds that will certainly please many of our readers. I personally dig this a lot because I grew up with NIN, but I can see how some might argue that The Evolutionaries might be a touch derivative. On the other hand, who isn't nowadays anyway... plus they say it themselves: "we are evolving"... Let's see what time brings us, I am sure as their evolution continues they'll hook us with more blazing industrial-rock.
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Artist: Sasha & John Digweed
Title: Renaissance: the Mix Collection
Format: 3 x CD (triple CD)
Rated: *****
Those who were in the market for dance music in the mid ninetees will most certainly remember the tremendous impact that the release of this record had on the masses in 1994, almost single-handedly establishing the controversial new Mix CD culture and setting the blueprint and at the same time the cornerstone for the dance DJ/club scene. "Renaissance" went gold in the UK and after ten years still sells. To celebrate its anniversary Renaissance recordings re-releases the masterpiece as a limited edition triple CD luxury 7-panel folding digipack with revamped artwork by NY artist Vault49 (www.vault49.com). The 44 track historic masterpiece has been remastered by the author themselves with newly available technology and even though at times it does sound a little bit dated or maybe too commercial, it still sounds incredibly contemporary even 10 years later. Think of it as the "Appetite for Destruction" album of dance music, or something like that.
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