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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
This is how every DJ's album should be made in the new millennium! Finally somebody that displays some serious creativity and hands-on production, and, what do you know, from the one I maybe least expected it. After the success of "Airdrawndagger", two years ago, Dj Sasha's new album "Involver" (to be released June 22nd) presents an artist that has undergone some serious artistic growth and evolution, a Dj that has taken Djing to the next (ultimate?) level: each and every track has been written, remixed, re-produced or re-edited for the sole purpose of the creation of this album. So it's more than just spinning and mixing and blending a bunch of records together, Sasha's "Involver" is almost a real artist album. Contrarywise to the live environment he now has the tools and the time to make everything sound as if it is his own creation, and most importantly he chooses to do so. The tracklist includes pieces by Grand National, Shpongle, Petter, Unkle, The Youngsters, Spooky, Lostep, Felix da Housecat, Ulrich Schnauss. Sasha's artistic re-working covers all grounds from ambient, to funky-dance, from house to chill out, from electronica to lounge music, from world beats to latin-brazilian influences. Lots of ethereal voices and arrangments find their way into the sneaky electronica-based format of "Involver", which totally makes it a winner in my book.
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Artist: Rich West
Title: Bedouin Hornbook
Format: CD
Label: pfMENTUM (@)
Rated: *****
Written and produced by L.A.-based drummer Rich West with the aid arrangments of other performers of the city of angels, such ass Chris Heenan (reed - who, unless somebody forgot to write there was a Didgeridoo, is able to make one of his horns sound like one of those beautiful Australian instruments in an extraordinarily close way), Bruce Friedman (trumpet), Jeremy Drake (guitar) and Scot Ray (tuba), "Bedouin Hornbook" is definitely to be filed under the improvisational free-jazz no-wave experimental music shelf. I don't have any info as to how much of this was scored and how much came up at the moment, but I'd say that compared to other albums you'd find on the same shelf, this one is most definitely "organized" and the compositions follow a logical direction and evolve in a more orderly fashion, so to say. In other words its very musical, which to me is a plus, and feels like a classically trained orchestra taking off on the wings of the free spirit of jazz, art-rock, kraut-rock and occasional sparks of latino, classical music etc. These fine musicians certainly know how to play together and it actually sounds like there's many more of them playing together at once. The tuba comping and solos and the drum arrangments are especially fascinating and the arrangments of the horns and the guitar also interact very well. The entire album is quite interesting I must say, and will appeal to fans of Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Jeff Kaiser, Peter Frohmader, Jacopo Andreini and that entire scene, and will especially please those who appreciate that scene but wish for a little more composition and a little less improvisation.
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Artist: STIGMATA FLESH INFERNAL (@)
Title: Transmutation 003
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
TRANSMUTATION 003 is the second SFI demo I received and I have to say that respect the previous "Dead Flesh Heaven" with this one Salvatore reached a better level of composition. Being an half way between goth, metal and e.b.m. the tracks could compete with the sound of bands like Hocico or the early Terminal Choice. The sound of this release is more definite and powerful and even if on some points you can hear that the demo has been produced at home, the five tracks are a pleasant surprise. Power, distortion, stops and go are well arranged and also the rate of sickness reaches an optimal value. If you are into e.b.m. goth and you like sick atmospheres, give to TRANSMUTATION 003 a try.
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Artist: Cruciform Injection (@)
Title: Epilogue
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****

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The fourth album by Cruciform Injection, released just a few weeks ago, takes a twisted turn into a more claustrophobic and sick direction. Its ill-lighted atmospheres clash with the electronic-driven EBM structure and the boot stomping industrial dance attitude and become one impactful yet minimal attack (which might sound like an oxymoron, but obviously finds some applications). The addition of two new members to the changing line up (a guitar player and a keyboardist) might have caused this slight alteration in sound, but I am sure the production by Oliver Tarancweski (of Evils Toy/T.O.Y. and Re/act) and the mastering by Guido Fricke of Haujobb have contributed to the album in its entirety. I just realized that one of our contributors already reviewed this CD here at Chain D.L.K. so I won't keep you much longer, you already have two opinions to base your next shopping spree on.
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Artist: Screams for Tina
Title: 2003 A.D.
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Strobelight records (@)
Distributor: Indigo (Germany, Austria, Sweden), E.N.D.E. (Italy), Metropolis (US), Resurrection (UK)
Rated: *****
Screams for Tina are an icon in the Los Angeles goth scene. When after 10 years on hiatus they have shown signs of life and activity, last year, German-Austrian label/mailorder Strobelight, was quick in picking them up for the delight of all you fans of the true classical gothic sound. Just four tracks make up this Mini CD, the last one being a remix of their anthem "Eleven Eleven", which originally was released on a Cleopatra records compilation in the eighties. If you are into goth-rock you should definitely give this a spin, because it goes back to the roots of the eighties US/UK sound, and because even though it is just two guys with a drum machine, guitar & bass and a voice, thier sound is powerful and throbbing and they are obviously back in the game and ready to play.
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