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Artist: La Funcion De Repulsa (@)
Title: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions
Distributor: Noise Kontrol
Rated: *****
La Funcion De Repulsa is a group, backed by their Genital Productions art collective, from Mexico that has been around since 1986. After several years of silence they are back with a new album where electronics takes over and drives the style of the compositions as never before... Everything seems to be focused on rhythms and beats and the electronic aspect adds to that, in addition with the distorted vocals and occasional guitars, creating a weird mixture of industrial, breakcore, dub, electro, synth-core. This melange of styles, especially when they use vocals and guitars, makes them sounds like some italian electro-noise artists (think Brusaschetto, Nude, CP01 or others). Lyrics in Mexican and English.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 89mm_minimum.movies - Offbeat
Format: DVD
Label: e:motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Very interesting and remarkable project originating in Germany and based on a collaboration between the label e:motion, who accustomed us to quality CDs and DVDs based around electronic music, and 89mm_minimum.movies, a groundbreaking german organization who made it their mission to help indiependent short-movies video makers and directors distribute their productions more effectively. 89mm_minimum.movies was founded based around the idea to distribute short movies on this 89mm square medium that many have forgotten (especially Mac users ;-)) called the 3'5" floppy disk, which can hold up to four and a half minutes of music, obviously compressed and nowhere near full size screen quality. That's where the Berlin based e:motion label stepped in. They offered 89mm the possibility to do what they do on DVD, which obviously allows for much greater quality of image and sound as well as bigger amount of material. The "Offbeat" project is a collection of 13 non-commerial short movies with styles ranging from regular movies to puppetry, from 3D cartoon type design to animation of photographs. Most movies are without speech, working around the music, letting the imaginery speak for itself, and I think all filmmakers are from Berlin, or Germany anyway. You'll find unusual and out of the ordinary independent film culture packed nicely and presented with electronic music backgrounds provided by Christoph De Babalon, Sergej Auto, Ming, Zorn (not the sax player), Barbara Morgenstern, Don Air, Bob Harz, Angie Reed, Duriz, Anthony Rother, Swag and Jahcoozi. The DVD also comes with a nice color booklet with info in english and german about the movies, their source and their authors plus bonus material about and by the individual filmmakers.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Apocalipsyche (a dark compilation)
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions (@)
Rated: *****
The Mexican label Genital Productions, in collaboration with Taladro magazine (which this compilation is sold attached to - see magazine reviews section as well) and the Art records, released a new compilation featuring fifteen bands. Even tough the title is "Apocalipsyche (a dark compilation)" there really are bands from all over the map (musically as well as geographically), not just dark, not just Mexico: Projekt (electro-dark from the UK), Minuit (interesting project sounding like latest Einsturzende Neubauten, from Mexico), Angelhood (experimental noise from the US), Anubis (experimental power-rhythmic-noise-trash-core from Mexico), Nexus (aggro-industrial with goth voice, from Greece), Detritus (the band behind the label and the organization of this CD, who play experimental electronics and are obviously from Mexico as well), Forgotten Sunrise (dark wave with heavy guitars and electro from Estonia), Ogo (more Mexican industrial/experimental), Sanguis et Cinis (dark wave from Germany), Nude (electro/experimental/post art-rock from Italy), Tetriconia (Dying Bride-type dark metal with slow heavy guitars, violins and female dark wave vocals from Mexico), Luna in Caelo (arhythmical cure-ish electro-wave with female vocals from Chile), Mesias (art-dark-wave from Mexico), Nervenbeisser (light electro-pop mixed with heavier guitar and German-style guttural male voice, from Germany). Front cover with photography of japanese bondage.
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Revolution Is A Business (For Young People) + Belarus / Teenage Action E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords
Rated: *****
While I'm waiting to completing the interview to Ambassador 21 I'll entertain you talking about their last two releases (a new CD album titled "Akcija" is on the way, anyway...).
The first release is a single containing two version of one of their controversial tracks titled "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)". During less than 10 minutes you'll experience a total assault of technological punk called by musical media: digital hardcore. For sure reading this term a name will pop up into your head: Atari Teenage Riot. Well, I'm not a big fan of the ATR and I admit that I listened only few of their tracks. By what I heard I can tell that Ambassador 21 are kinda "melodic" if you think about the digital chaos the German band was able to produce. "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)" is a sort of band's anthem, which with this song show their awareness about being a band with social / critical lyrics. The track is really amazing and it could be seen like a Belorussian version of "God Save The Queen" for the new millenium. The second release is an E.P. which isn't really an E.P. if you think that it lasts 50 minutes, but it is a kind of extended single because it contains fourteen versions (in total) of two tracks: "Belarus/Teenage Action" and "Love". For the remixes the band called people that someway share the same vision about music. For this reason Proyecto Mireage, Fanny, Schizoid, Chaos As Shelter, Not Half, Dhc Meinhof, Noize Punishment, Ctrler, Dj Christ, Karaoke Vomit and Satan Braten give their version of the aforementioned tracks expanding them, distorting them, adding to them distortion or taking off the vocal parts creating in this way new tracks. I'm ignorant about this kind of music, so I was amazed to see a very positive and creative scene I didn't knew. I hope that you'll have the opportunity to see Ambassador 21 during their European Tour that will start on April. I can't wait to listen to their new release!
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Artist: ARTEMIY ARTEMIEV
Title: Time, Desert And A Sound
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
There ins't a better title than TIME, DESERT AND A SOUND to describe the music of the lastest Artemiy Artemiev release. Since the first minute you're wrapped by warm sounds of flutes, hissing pads, hums of unknown human nature (the sound it's the same of the Buddhist priests when they pronounce "OM"), far percussions, etc. The atmosphere is kinda magic and the effect doesn't vanish on the second track "Time". The five tracks of the CD are like long suites linked one to the other because of the similar sounds used and also because the similar atmosphere of the whole CD. Here and there you can find also some kind of melodies but they seem to come out from the wind and in this way you can't tell exactly how they sound like. Sometimes the atmosphere gets darker and when you arrive at the third track the sound of an acoustic guitar ligths for a moment the ambiental effect created before. This doesn't lasts that much, because after a couple of minutes chaotic sounds based on pads and metal percussions start to join the dance duelling with the guitar. The following "A Sound" and "Mysticism Of Sound Part II" are two long and hypnotic suites with light changes and play with tension creating moments where acoustic and synthetic sounds textures form a web of sound which sometimes sound too static. If you appreciate ambient experimental music and you like to be caught by hypnotic sounds, this CD might interest you.
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