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Artist: Satanicpornocultshop
Title: Anorexia Gas Balloon
Format: CD
Label: Sonore (@)
Rated: *****
Japanese quintet (with friends) SataniPornoCultShop are probably the best asian counterpart to the western heros of the plagiarism movement, the sampling art community and cut'n'paste avantgarde/concrete music movment. In other words if you appreciate the mad multi-source collage experimentation by the like of Negativland, KLF, Le Forbici Di Manitu and so on, this is certainly your cup of tea (did I just say tea?). American Hip hop and pop, french romanticism, british drumn'n'bass, canadian electronics and of course loads of Japanese weirdness is packaged inside "Anorexia Gas Balloon", an album that, among other things, covers the Velvet Underground, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Pat Metheny and more. The '80es meet the '90es and together they jump all the way to the future, where bits of frenetic noises clash with particles of music, bits of pop art and broken beats. The French musician/label person Frank Stofer put this out on his Sonore outlet, for the joy of all those who don't have Yens in their pocket but are constantly on the lookout for fresh and absurd audio weirdness. Now kick back and have your musical Chaji ceremony!
Feb 21 2004
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Artist: PTI (@)
Title: S.O.S. EP
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Distributor: WTII records
Rated: *****
Starting out like nice-sounding power-noise, the "S.O.S. EP" (which is more like a full lenght album really) quickly turns into an EBM work based around skillfully crafted treated sounds, dancefloor-friendly electro-industrial rhythm structures and filtered vocals that follow the lead of the masters of the genre. Chicago based duo PTI has learned the lesson of the prioneers and, although their sound palette is not bad, they don't seem concerned with freshing things up (which of course seems to be a general trend). There are some good moments in the CD and, aside from some vocal performances I wouldn't be too happy about, it overall is a pretty good CD, that strives for a balance between melody and distortion. To add to the table are remixes by Assemblage 23, cut.rate.box. and Dubok. Full album expected later this year.
Feb 21 2004
Artist: Totakeke
Title: Lament
Format: CD EP
Label: Frozen Empire Media
Rated: *****
Totakeke is another great project of Frank Mokros(Synth-etik, Ativ). This one released on Frozen Empire Media. Coming in a slim jewel case this cd has 7 tracks, 2 of which a remixes of the title track by Imminent, and Klangstabil(antzen, MHZ). This cd starts off with a droning ambient soundscape and moves into a rythmic mixture of drum-n-bass, and idm. As each track unfolds the cd continues to have soft over-lying synths and droning backgrounds, which set it apart from the bombastic rythmic noise of synth-etik. Not as to say that the drums aren't present but up until the last track they are more subdued, giving a more relaxed feel to the cd. Moving in and out of generes, this cd is complex and highly enjoyable.
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Artist: Hearts of Darknesses (@)
Title: Music for Drunk Driving
Format: CD
Label: Schematic
Distributor: Asphodel
Rated: *****
It's always nice and makes us very extremely happy to see that some unknown new and up coming artist we believed in or tried to help in the past with an interview or by reviewing a demo of, makes it or lands a deal with a record label. This time the lucky party was Frank Musarra, composer, performer, mc and, recently, member of Stars as Eyes. I first saw him perform as Hearts of Darknesses in some club in Brooklyn, just his mic and a cd player and his crazy moves... Imagine somebody who just got bit by a tarantula and dances the poison off as if the floor was covered with nails on fire, or something along those lines... Basically he screams and jumps around, allegedly he even broke his collarbone once falling after getting entangled in his microphone cord... "Music For Drunk Driving" is a pretty good representation of what the audio at that show was like. Epileptic digital core with a punk attitude and an electronic soul, glitch noises, distorted vocals, un-even beats and all of that. Now all he needs is a wirless microphone and he's good to go! Read the interview with Hearts of Darknesses on these pages.
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Artist: The Strike Boys (@)
Title: Playtime
Format: CD
Label: Stereo Deluxe (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
After their debut on Wall of Sound, The Strike Boys are back with their third album "Playtime" (second on the german label Stereo Deluxe), which includes a bunch of funky-ass breakbeat club tunes that will make you bounce.Thirteen tunes featuring special guests Danish reggae-dubber Emo, 21 years old female Mc Blaze, Ballet Nuernberg dancer Cyrena Dunbar, Eddie Greeme and Malente.Groovy electro-funk with soul and ambient influences. Luscious, shaking, trippin tunes that are easy and pleasing to listen to. If this won't be a home run the boyz definitely hit a strike in the club scene.
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