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Artist: öND (@)
Title: For Influence Blooms of the Subtle Wing
Format: CD
Label: Somnambulant Corpse recordings (@)
öND joins the Somnambulant Corpse recordings family with a dark-ambient creation holified a by ritualistic approach and roughed out around the edges by processed noises of all sorts, but still minimal in a typical American style and isolationist in a cold Russian way. Hard to describe really, but essentially gloomy, sad and huntingly sparse. Expansive drones disturbed by suffocated distortions drowning in a fluid magma of retro-looking soundtrack material. Sometimes hints of shy electronica appear in the foggy background and remind of Germanic or Russian dark-electro-ambient artists that would fit in the Electroshock catalog. Teutonically scary and most definitely cold and isolated vibes that diffuse and swim through the environment this CD-R is played in. Nicely packaged in a DVD case with a beautiful color cover illustrating a total solar eclipse in a surprisingly bright cloudy sky.
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Artist: Paul van Dyk (@)
Title: Global
Format: DVD
Label: Mute (@)
German composer, producer and pioneer of the electronic music club scene Paul Van Dyk celebrates a decade of activity with Mute's release of "Global" a nicely packaged folding DVD+CD digipack featuring 13 tracks available as separate tracks or as one continuous mix (in stereo and 5.1), both as audio only and as audio+video. The tracks are powerful, refreshing, happy and majestic and include "We Are Alive", "Seven Ways", "Forbidden Fruit", "Beautiful Place", "Another Way", "Tell Me Why", "Step Right On", "Words", "Together we will Conquer", "A Magical Moment", "For an Angel", "Animacion" (from the Mexican film Zurdo), "My World". The DVD itself is fantastic for its truly global content. An exciting travelogue witnessing PVD's globetrotting experiences through cities such as NY, SF, LA, Miami, Tokyo, Bangkok, Mexico City, Ibiza, Berlin and in the UK with footage of fans and their statements, plain travelling, concerts and performances (inluding Berlin's Love Parade, the British GateCrasher open air, PVD's label Vandit night, Amnesia, Christopher Street Day and so on)... Besides some unexplained level changes in the DVD and the fact that some footage reminds of the lame MTV generation, the proof that electronic music does work as a universal language, no matter what cultural background you are from, lays within the almost two hours of frenetic, involving, pumping audio and imaginary of "Glabal". For those who want more, there are also several video clips, commercials, film trailers, an interview and a Mac/PC Flash animation. Truly impressive and awesome at the same time. Rarely has rave culture, electronic music, techno/trance dancefloors merged so well and been so compelling at the same time. It just pulls you along! Top notch stuff!
Artist: Jenn Vix (@)
Title: 3
Format: CD
Label: Umbrella Music Co. (@)
Enter the matrix where darkness, the future, and dreams collide in one single clash. Jenn Vix third release "3" is a powerful brilliant album. This is my very first time hearing about this one woman electro-darkwave act. Her music is so captivating and will pull you into another diminsion. Another time, another place, which will draw you in the future. Music so extraordinary with a dark and futuristic feel. The young lady in her twenties is inspire by The Cure, Gary Numan, and Siousie and The Banshees. You can tell by listening to the structure and design the music is composed and arranged. Morelikely, it's Gary Numan meets Siousie and The Banshees. Jenn's voice is strong which brings out the emotional feel throughout the songs like "Stuck", an electro mid-tempo beat with sweet piano melody, soft dark bassline with a Cure edge, and guitar strumming beautifully altogether. "Open Your Eyes" is a dream-like state track. Smooth soft synths and bassline that have the Clan Of Xymox feel. There is also a guitar version. A hard hitting track "Broken Angels Singing", which been on my playlist couple of times at the club spinning resembles Siousie and The Banshees style. A nightmarish tune with a gothic twist. "Wires And A Dream" and the instrumental "Nimbus" have that Gary Numan future atmospheric sound. Both tracks can go extremely well to a sci-fi motion picture soundtrack. Another instrumental "Electronic Tribute to Toshiro Mifune" is indeed possible for an anime soundtrack. If Sam Rosenthal heard this self release album, he'll probaly want to sign Jenn Vix right away because her music absolutely fits for his Projekt darkwave label. "3" is an remarkable established well done cd. A sci-fi fore tale about dreams and seeing the future while being plugged and hook up with wires. This idea reminds me of the movie The Matrix.
Artist: Velvet Vimoz
Title: Boy
Format: CD EP
Label: Audio Assembly Productions (@)
Velvet Vimoz is: Alpha B-voice; DLB-voice; and MBJ-electronics. This New Jersey trio produced a six tracks dance vibe cd ep. "Boy," which is the cd title and single kicks off. This track reminds me of Orbital. Fast techno beat with synths playing happy poppy melodies. The disc includes a music video of the single also. Next two tracks "Girl" and "Kids" both have the same music with samples. Now "Kids" do have a another sample which does not appear in the track before it. The trancy "Vienna Sky", "Moz Trance" and "Nine9" will take you on a journey with it's thriving keen beats that's unstoppable. As listening to "Moz Trance", I heard a sample of ex-porno star Traci Lords "Fallen Angel" from her 1994 "1000 Fire." "Boy" is a danceable ep album which is more appropriate for a rave and club party that'll keep you coming back for more. 10 stars.
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Artist: Penal Colony
Title: Unfinished Business
Format: CD
Label: DSBP Records
Distributor: DSBP Records
What do you get if you mix up Liam Lynch’s rants, Nine Inch Nails style industrial rock minus Trent’s often forced warbling of pain, William Burroughs and a sense of DIY aesthetic that makes you think that this could come from a Belmont/Clark type music scene? This would be the bastard child of that mix, creating industrial rock and many other elements in the mix for the thinking man. One moment dancey, the next is kinda like hard rock for the dancefloor, with plenty of DIY midi-fed sequences in between. This is a bit like the step Mr. Reznor should have taken after "Downward Spiral" (which of course came the awful whiny booty-funk of "The Fragile"), with a more fun edge than I think NIN ever had. Not to mention some of the most creative titles in quite a while. Of particular note are Falling Down The Stairs (Scotch and Water Remix),and the Strike Down remix of the title track. Fun fun fun for the goofier side of the industrial rock spectrum! Rating: 10
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