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Artist: 1L
Title: Das Nonstop-Programm
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq (@)
Missing the eighties? Try to take for a spin OneL's debut "Das Nonstop-Programm" an album that in todays' revival of that era sounds so stylish that even non-musical magazines such as Wallpaper* (interiors architecture art fashion entertaining travel) reviewed it, and positively too! 1L says it's inspired but not nostalgic of the '80es, so basically you'll get all the analogue sounds, the vintage instruments, the cranky sounding drum machines, the arcade Atari video game sounds. Synthesized computer funk with synth line hooks that will make you rock your bootie on and off the dancefloor. Also included is a cover version of Jacko's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", performed entirely backwards (including vocals) - we'll see if that gets him out of trouble...
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Artist: Bacground Music for Foreground People
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq (@)
Presented at NYC's Metropolitan Museum Of Art, "Bacground Music for Foreground People" came into being as an experiment to let blind people "see" by converting images into sound. Not the first experiment in its kind, "Bacground Music for Foreground People" is a 74 minute long track created feeding digitized images to a computer that generates sounds based on RGB color values and X/Y positioning of the pixels. To that sub-bass information has been added subsequentially. Besides the concept, it is interesting to listen to this track as hints of melodic lines and portions of what seem logical beats are randomly generated and continuously warped. If you like Staalplaat releases this one is definitely for you.
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Artist: Clip
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq (@)
One of the best glitch electronics album this year comes from the newest electro-industrial label in town and it's by Clip. Not much knowledge of Clip's whereabouts is granted to us, but they/he/she quite obviously master(s) the art of generating polished but at the same time scratchy cosmos of micro-rhythmical structures allegedly created by means of fucked up and faulty electronic machinery. Fuzzy and sharp, occasionally gently oiled down with smooth ambient sounds. What I do like so much about this particular release, compared with dozens of other glitch-electro album we get here, is that this one focuses on glitch-based beats, which makes it all much more interesting, intriguing, sophisticated and exciting. As for all RES FREq releases you get Lazar's mastering and a super fair price of $6 dollars. Don't miss out.
Artist: The Cruxshadows
Title: Frozen Embers
Format: CD
Label: Dancing Ferret (@)
This is an ep with a new single called "Winter Born (This Sacrifice) and acoustic version from their new release "Ethernaut" and feature remixes of some tracks from their 2002 prior release "Wishfire." It includes a couple of different versions of "Return (Coming Home)" by other artists who did their own re-making of the track such as Assemblage 23, Tenebrous an Dreamside. While Future Bible Heroes did a remix for "Go Away" which have a beautiful melancholic synthetic feel that goes along with Rachel's violin melody. The original version of "Deception" from The Succubus Club, A Soundtrack to: Vampire the Masquerade appears on disc. Two extra tracks that's b-side can be hear; "Dance Floor Metaphor" and "Sinking." There are 13 songs and 69 minutes of gothic tunes with some ebm beats. The Cruxshadows is a band that's one of a kind and a innovator that have gained alot of success and fans from around the world throughout the USA to Europe. They will make history in the underground gothic and music scene.
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Artist: Device
Title: Pussy
Format: CD EP
Label: RES FREq (@)
Another fine release by this new NYC outlet is represented by the first in a series of three CD EPs by Device, D'Vis. This first CD features three tracks that explore the more beat-focused side of ambient electronica, with edgy and resonant sounds, Aphex Twin-like dreamy waveforms, British lounge/techno type bass lines, hi hat patterns, samples of phone messages from ex girlfriends (oops, I guess I am not the only one who did that in a song ;-), layers of synth pads, melodic synth-pop keyboard lines and more rhtyhmical structures of different types. What I haven't mentioned in my other review of RES FREq material, is that we finally are in the presence of a label that has a fair pricing policy of their CDs. This one for example you can get for just 3 bucks, ain't that something?
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