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Artist: COMA DIVINE (@)
Title: # 10110
Format: CD EP
Both Coma Divine members, C768 and Nox, also belong to Weltschmerz (one of the few good dark acts in Italy - see archive for reviews of their last work on Eibon, "Capitale de la Douleur"), respectively on drums and keyboards; in Coma Divine the former switches to "software, processing and noise search". Born in 2001, C.D. now debut with this self-released cd-r (with good pro-printed layout) offering 8 tracks for 23' - an uncommonly short length for the genre, but a good sign since they keep their music tense and to the point. 8 movements, or rather fragments, of obsessive dark ambient drones, at times verging on industrial for the heaviness of their textures. Clean keyboard patterns mixed with heavily processed samples, probably even some mangled field recordings. All sounding very digital and cold. The result is pretty good, though at times I craved for something more organic and distinctive - but a good debut nonetheless, let's say it's in the vein of Bestia Centauri, or Acherontia Styx to stay in Italy.
Artist: Letrotek (@)
Title: Kataklysmik
Format: CD
Label: Self Release
Distributor: MP3
"Kataklysmik" is the second release from Dr. Mad and Moonstone, known as the Letrotek. This album will pleased djs and ravers. As listening to the cd, alot of hard work has been put into it. All tracks are phat with hitting hard-floor beats fusing with synths and electronics altogether. I visualize strobelights, laserlights, dancing, sex and of course, can't leave out the drug ecstasy. You'll bob your head to cold cutting sharp razorblade tracks "Travelozity", "Klone", "Party Undergrownd", "Jaggyd" and "Organik Fuzion". And if you're a hardcore techno fan, prepare yourself for some wet sweaty hard groove dancing on "Supa Nova", "Head Banga", and "Purpyl Ectassy". These three tracks puts me in the mind of England's own techno lads Prodigy. If I play this cd to a couple of djs here in Birmingham, their mouths will drop wide open and they'll be in a great state of shock to find out the dynamic duo is from our hometown. It shows you that we do have alot of talent here in the deep south of the city, but no one and even record companies don't even realize it until now. For those who watch The American Idol, which I don't care for, alot of people have been raving for Ruben Studdart (who's also in an well-known r&b/jazz local band called Just A Few Cats) all over the United States and many times they have mentioned he's from here on the national reality television show.
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Artist: NOWAK
Title: I Am / / Love
Format: CD
Label: Rodeo Gay (@)
Coming from Chambéry, Nowak is the personal project of a misterious guy. Since he was a kid he played with sounds and a guitar with his friend Dj André Citroën (Nora Louise Kusma). He played guitar with different bands since he discovered at the end of the 90's bands like Aphex Twins and Squarepusher. I AM / / LOVE is his first record (as far as I know. The informations are not so clear about this point...) and he likes to describe it as "crazy jungle acid punk". Well, punk must be his attitude, because here it isn't any... The twelve tracks of the CD convinced me since the first listening as Nowak is able to mix skillfully so many influences: 70's disco, jungle, hip hop, pop music, 80's experimental music, etc. For example into "The Mother House" he mix jungle multi rhythmical rhythms with synths, dramatic strings parts and vocals that remember me of Sid Barret. The result is really charming. Instead into "Turbo Slug" certain parts recalled me the Coil of the "Love Secret Domain" era. Each track is different from the others and you can't really guess what's next. A good thing is also that Nowak don't forget to use melody, you know, stuff like Autechre is amazing, but after so many records based on pure rhythm, bleeps and desctuctured noise you lose the sense (if there is any...). This CD is highly recommended!
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Artist: CAP (Controlled Audio Programming)
Title: Statement
Format: CD
Label: Life Is Painful Records
Distributor: Novatek
Tried and true electro-industrial in the vein of older Informatik and Funker Vogt (be it a lot less technofied), lined to the brim with sharp electronic MIDI sequences and straight ahead stomp beats. The vocals also stay rather harsh throughout it, much like the aforementioned Informatik; dancey but still with a sense of harshness and drive. If you’re looking for something completely innovative, you’d probably want to look elsewhere. But if you’re like me and just want to get your rivet stomp on (haha) and just have some old school energetic industrial to slam to, this one is right up your alley. Rating: 8.
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Artist: TEX LA HOMA (@)
Title: Dazzle Me With Transience
Format: CD
Label: Superglider (@)
Tex La Homa hails from England bringing us echoes of Jesus & Mary Chain and Velvet Underground with a touch of electronic arrangements for how the vocals and instruments are sometimes treated. Try to imagine a slow version of Lotus Eaters performed by an indie band that uses also electro arrangements along with acoustic instruments. Formed in May 2000 by Matt Shaw, the project soon began to compose tunes. Soon after Tex La Homa released the first four songs EP. That record was released by Kamikaze Records as last release. The label was set up by Matt and Griff with the help of their friend Kerry. After this first record Matt has been joined by Mal, Richard and Griff to form together Superglider Records. The first release has been a Tex La Homa EP and soon after, joined also by Mooro, they released music by True Swamp Neglect, Sancho Panza, Betika, Seemonster, Robot Dog, Factotum and TLH. Talking about DAZZLE ME WITH TRANSIENCE I can say that for sure it's an intimate record but not melancholic. The soft atmospheres aren't self celebrating (you know how that "how miserable I am" attitude of some bands is) and songs like "Feel Tied Down" or "Launch" (oh my... The Jesus & Mary Chain distortions are still making school... hehehe) could make your day. Certainly you have to listen to albums like this being in the right mood because if you are in need of an energy's injection to shake your bones this could be harmful :)
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