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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Mr. Velcro Fastener presents Deep Inside Vol.2
Format: CD
Label: e:motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Damn! We've got some really hot stuff here! Somebody just opened a can of some major ass kicking, and that someone is Tatu Peltonen and Tatu Metsatahti, better known as Mr. Velcro Fastener. The two Finnish DJs based out of Turku's ever-active electronic scene are back behind the decks for the second volume of their "Deep Inside" project commissioned by Berlin-based e:motion label and featuring a lot of hard to locate and rare unmixed full-length material. An extraordinary collection of gems that reflects the last ten years of making music together. By assembling some of their personal favourites and providing us with liner notes on why they chose each specific song, the two Tatu's re-trace their evolution and their artistic path all the way back to 1993. Throughout the compilation you can hear how much the duo's been influenced by Kraftwerk's robotic music and by their various electronic successors... The CD features the unique Brown+Booth duo Autechre, The Black Dog, Mouse on Mars, Fujiya & Miyagi, Mr. Velcro Fastener themselves with their Miami Vice-inspired "Testarossa" track (wasn't Tom Selleck the one with the Ferrari Testarossa in Magnum P.I. anyway?), Detroit-sould Kenny Larkin, Monolake (the porject by Robert Henke, who created the affordable music software Ableton Live who along with Acid, Reason and a few others is becoming one of electronic musician's favourite tools), Herbert alias 08 Doctor Rockit, H.E.A.D., John Tejada (also collaborating with DJ Sage on their indie-rcok band Meathe), Carl A. Finlow aka Voice Stealer (also known as El.ek.tro, Random Factor, Silicon Scally), Morgan Geist (from Metro Area, Titonton Duvante, Sage, Faumgeist, Ghee, Like This Production and founder of Environ records). Among other things nice brown carboard-looking deluxe digipack. Sit tight, this is a great ride!
Artist: The Gray Field Recordings (@)
Title: Sing 99 and 90
Format: CD
Label: Ethedrone (@)
Ex-J.U.N.K. (r.i.p.) and co-founder of the label Dead Records (r.i.p.), R. Loftiss started her own one-(wo)man-band The Gray Field Recordings, with contributions from two Techix members. After the 2001 "As One Cast Down by Sadness", she is now signed to Texas label Ethedrone on which she has just released "Sing 99 and 90". R. has always been into experimental music made of found sounds, spliced tapes, drones and distortions. Just by listening to the first track of this record you'll get a picture matching this description, but the nice thing about her music is that she is very heterogeneous and dynamic, so after the initial eight minutes of splintering farts and sheer glitching acute frequencies, you actually get to know a less radical and more artistic and dark side of her production. A short prelude of female choirs introduce the third piece's piercing distortions, thrilling and scary background noises, cut and delayed whispering voices and plenty of reversed sounds that would be a proud addition to many of today's horror movies' soundtracks. Another important element in her music seem to be the string instruments brought in by her male collaborators (violin and viola), so after a nearly classical, but vaguely nostalgic and rather noir duet of the two instruments, the stage is again theater of loud and hi-pitched saturated larsens. Eventually the strings come back along with a wash of reverb that gives them those grand and almost holy attributes. Aided by slowed-down mechanical background noises they build up a disquieting atmosphere that serves well at introducing what maybe are two of the most intimate and wicked compositions of them all: a heavily-effected room-sounding acoustic ballad with whispered poetic lyrics and a foggy distant-sounding almost celtic/pagan music floor with heavenly female choirs and more of those close up whispered poems that this time are so clear you can actually listen to them and follow through their vortex of alienating words and complex ambience all the way to where she confesses she must go and kill her husband now. The CD-R closes with a disturbing image of childhood-memory sounds that complete an already quite sombre picture. The one thing about this CD-R release, especially its last few songs, is that it's extremely graphic, intensely visionary, image-provoking, suggesting and discomforting. I wouldn't recommended if you can't sleep at night, but it's a very interesting work...
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Artist: Dj Sage (@)
Title: Moonshine
Format: CD
Label: Moonshine (@)
Referred to as ?merica's first lady of drum'n'bass?and one of the leading female DJ's in the international scene, West Coast DJ, producer and skateboarding clothing model Laura a.k.a. DJ Sage re-opened her record cases after her father's passing to spin some great tunes with her precise and charismatic style and her grooving and in the pocket skills. "Moonshine" features tracks by Cause 4 Concern, Keaton & Hive, M.I.S.T., her band-mate J.T., Klute, Nu:Tone, Rob F, Cyantific, Illformants and Echo (not the band we interviewed in Chain D.L.K.). The tracks flow into each other demonstrating great talent and moving the air in the room with gentle but firm resolution. Covering territories spanning (or should I say spinning?) from hard hard-hitting bang'n'bass to more splashing and spanking electronic breakbeats with occasional rasta-MC stuff DJ Sage keeps the dancefloor alive and reminds everybody of how much great and lively music comes from the electronic music scene every day in spite of its not so well being state in financial terms. The cute ex-punk drummer is currently working with indie rock band Meathe (featuring DJ/producer John Tejada) and running her own all-female owned Phylum record label. Her future projects include starring in the film "Three Chicks and a Bag of Tuines" due for release Q4.
Artist: Navicon Torture Technologies
Title: Church Of Dead Girls
Format: CD
Label: Malignant Records
With Church Of Dead Girls, NTT once again provides us with a slab of rotting flesh to fester in our brain and terrify us.
Ranging From the noisy-dark ambience(such as Wilt) to straight on death industrial(BDN).

The Packaging is a double length cardboard digipack, and the artwork is done by Scott Candey from Gruntsplatter/Crionic Media.

Disc one -Track one starts off with the track "the gates of hell open to reveal shiny white skin" which begins with a metal door opening and a confused woman going insane in front of you. the track evolves from soundscapes to nightmares, and starts the cd off in the direction of terror. Pulsating tones going back and forth causing you to lapse into a place of dread, and thats just the first 30 seconds.
As the discs progress we go deeper into NTT'S pain. With vocals that move back from distorted growls, to howls of pain.
By the time we reach track five-"beauty in these ruins", the disc chages to a minimal soundscape with bells tollinging in the backround and NTT screaming over the top. Pronouncing his pain for the world to hear.
The discs are varied and heavily evolving, but always in a good way and you never loose your sense of dread.
A Must for those who are into Dark Ambient Or Power Electronics.
Artist: JOY ELECTRIC (@)
Title: THE TICK TOCK TREASURY
Format: CD
Label: Tooth and Nail (@)
Distributor: Tooth and Nail
Listen to this cd, you'll get nothing but JOY and happiness. All of your frustrations, pain and worries will fade away. "The Tick Tock Treasury" is JOY ELECTRIC new release. An inspiring album. This synth-pop actis known for using vintage synth and moog sounds. If you have the earlier releases "Autobahn", "The Man Machine" and "Radioactivity" by Kraftwerk, well, this is what JE music sounds like. Apparently every song is very positive. I admire JE alot. For those who don't know who they are, they're a contemporary electronic christian group, who entered the music scene with their first debut release "Melody" back in 1994. I only saw two videos by them on TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network), a christian program that shows christianity programs for adults and children, including music videos. As for I know, there's not too many electronic acts doing spiritual contemporary music. Nothing's wrong spreading the gospel in songs, no matter what type of music it is. One thing that always puzzle me, every album JE release, no drum machines, samplers, computers, and polyphony are not used. And I wonder how in the world do they make good electronic music. I don't want to be picky about which tracks are good on "The Tick Tock Treasury" disc because all of them are. The songs that stands the album out I recommend "Such As It Was", "St. Glockenspiel's Science Faire", "(I Am) Made Of Wires", "J.E. Picturephone (Reflect You, I Connect You)", "(Design) The Blueprints Of Joy", and "(Play Each Note) By Metronome". If you are a Kraftwerk fan, trust me with no doubt, JOY ELECTRIC is the closest band that resembles their complex technique sound.
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