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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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Artist: NARKOLEPTIK (@)
Title: Spectral Afterglow
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Coming from Romania, Narkoleptik started as a duo in the year 2000. The music was mostly based on horror soundtracks but after a year, when K.Y. left, Damon produced a noisy first release titled "Penitence" slightly changing, in this way, the music style of the project. At fall of 2002 Damon started to produce Narkoleptik's new release, shifting the sound from a noisy industrial approach to a more dark ambient based sound. The six tracks of SPECTRAL AFTERGLOW are slow, floating and dark, for sure, but listening them I feel they could work well as movie soundtracks as the atmosphere isn't static. You know, when you listen to some dark ambient releases the most immediate effect is to be trapped into a different dimension where you've got your feet tied to a stone and the weight make you fall into the deepest region of nowhere. Well, this isn't the effect I feel with Narkoleptik. The sounds are like magmatic loops which sometimes reach distortion, sometimes little pieces of melody comes out through the synthetic walls mesmerizing the listener. The first four tracks are really intriguing while "Vapours From The Tomb" and the minimal and 39 minutes long "Nightcloud Amnesia", convinced me less at a first approach but I think they need several listenings. This is a good self produced CD, give it a a try...
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Artist: Bunker Soldier (@)
Title: Triple Threat
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Neo Cultural Front records
Rated: *****

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Texas-based aviation electronics graduate, scuba instructor, airline pilot and, of course, musician Timothy Tyran and his project Bunker Soldier (really a trio) displays a great and rare to find a maturity in songwriting and production. Believe it or not he has been around making music and performing live for 10 years but has released only 2 records so far. To celebrate the decade, his third release, this 3 tracks CD single entitled "Triple Threat", came out. Sporting great music, dynamism and energy, Bunker Soldier goes from an aggressive and holy sounding heavily middle eastern influenced track, to what could be the next electronica anthem in every club across the world, only to wrap it up with a dancefloor-friendly electro tune."Warlocked" couldn't come at a better time and sounds like an Arab/American/German mixture of industrial/metal/rai influenced by Die Krupps, Front Line Assembly, Muslimgauze and Null Device."Flying" features 21 year old Norwwegian jazz singer Hildegunn Surdall and layers pads, heavenly voices and strong electronic textures in a way that reminds of Conjure One/Delerium."Fiirewall" is another instrumental track with some guitar activity, but mostly sticks around Gary Numan influenced electronic-dance territories.I am not familiar with his previous records unfortunately, and unless you consider heterogeneousness a minus, this is truly a great release and a fantastic celebration. I am looking forward to hear more (hopefully this CD-S will lead us to a full lenght album before another three years go by).
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Stereo Deluxe Two
Format: CD
Label: Stereo Deluxe (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Harbouring and nurturing some of the most talented and recognized European lounge music artists, German label Stereo Deluxe has gotten well known for their compilations series ("Slow Mo", "Coming Home", "Bassic Instinct", "Future Lounge", "Wildstyle" to mention a few...), and 2004 continues this tradition with the release of "Stereo Deluxe Two", the second instalment of this new series that exclusively features unreleased tracks and remixes especially carved for this release. Homegrown german talents and other artists from different parts of Europe shake the grounds with their several blends of loungadelic sonic cocktails of funk, electronica, dancehall, disco, trip hop etc... The tracklist features Bigga Bush (UK), The Strike Boys (D) with Emo (DK), Trio Eletrico (D), Soul'n'Soda (D), Robbyn Rhodes (FIN), Bobby Hughes Combination (NOR), Loungechic Prouctions (CH), Mo'Horizons (D), The Funky Lowlives (UK), Megablast (A), Emo (DK) plus a bonus track by Deluca & Majbour (D), who are the founders of the Stereo Deluxe record label and DJ team. No vinyl counterpart will be released of this CD.
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