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Artist: Super Jupiter (@)
Title: EP 03
Format: CD EP
Label: Only For You
This Oslo, Norway based three-piece is the cup of tea of every synth-pop lover out there. They have a little fanbase out in their cold hometown who was waiting for them to finally release this CD EP (considering they had been featured on national Norwegian radio winning a demo contest and on and local TV with a video clip). superJupiter go from catchy to cheesy and from dancy to romantic electro-pop so if that's your playing field the ball is now in your court.
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Artist: Chango Feo (@)
Title: Alaska
Format: CD
Label: Hive (@)
Chango Feo play a grainy blend of experimental IDM electronics and ambient-noise. Their so called «shifting tapestry of werid frequencies» will cover not only the walls of your brain but must likely the entire dynamic range that your stereo playback system allows, so be prepared for a sonically diverse and ear-challenging work of love, where subconscious material is mixed in with straight in your face audio-attacks and vocoder-filtered speech. This enhanced CD features a Metawerks studios produced video clip with performances of Butoh (a bizzare Japanese style from the late '50es) and featuring dancer Abe "M" Aria and Bob DeNatale (from the Flesh & Blood Mystery Theater in SF, where Chango Feo is a resident composer). The CD comes in a limited edition of 100 copies in a metal case, but unfortunately we didn't get too see that.
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Artist: Zentropia (@)
Title: Fables of the Celestial Night
Format: CD
Label: self-released
San Fran based duo Zentropia's sixth release (two EPs and four full lenght albums) "Fables of the Celestial Night" is an instrumental mayhem of illbient-dub-noise with a thick skin and a psychedelic approach. Everything is loose and the armospheres are expanded, dreamy, nightmarish, relaxing, epic, grand, ancient, gorgeous, chaos-friendly, rapturing and intense. All these adjectives apply because of the very nature of their compositions and the way employed sounds interact with each other in the given space. Timeless soundscapes with low rumbling drones, deep bass lines, distant distortions, huge delays, delayed percussions, disquieting noises, layered pads. Rarely they get side-tracked from the wide and dark open black holes their music makes you think of by a more (but not too much) standardized approach to dub with organ hits, minimal drumming etc. If it wasn't for those the album can be located somewhere between the powerful cold machine-generation sounds and the warm floating airy sonics. If we must recurr to names you'll have to deal with plenty and distinctively different ones (just to mention a few): bands such as Zoar, Vidna Obmana, Scorn, Bill Laswell, Terminal Sound System, Rhythm and Sound, Shakatura, Larvae, Koji Asano, Saafi Brothers, Freeform, Dream Into Dust, Show of Exxageration, Anaphylaxis, Hollydrift, Kava Project, The Devouring Element; and labels such as On-U Sound, Asphodel Cold Meat Industry, Nonplace, Different Drummer, Select Cuts/Echo Beach, Ant Zen, Musica Maxima Magnetica and there could be sooooooo many many many more... By the way, my hat goes off to one of the sweetest and most original CD jewel cases I have ever seen in my life: something like a UFO-looking circular outer-space-type peace-sign-like plastic case that rolls open like a full moon who quickly becomes a half moon... Amazing.
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Artist: Deep Dish
Title: Toronto #025
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
The Deep Dish duo continues to travel the world and mix music for the dancing crowds. After their 2001 Moscow release, this double CD paints a picture of Canada's finest pumping underground music. Global house music lifestyle for the new millennium, sexy, passionate and dark. Sharam Tayebi and Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia take house to a less bumpy and more relaxed space, with funky low bass lines, real vocals, mostly lush and sensual, expanded dub soundscapes, layers of synths and electronica and pretty atmosphere of happiness and love. Check out the label's website for a list of the cut in the mixes.
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Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
From the midi ghettos of the NorthWest (I like that!) arrive Cyanotic, a duo that experiments with power noise, electronics, industrial, ebm, guitar riffs, synth-core and occasionally even hardcore techno, almost gabber beats. I must say I am positively impressed with the quality of their music, their programming and their song-writing. Considering they're a young band and that this is their debut EP you wouldn't expect as much from them, but they really pulled of a well done EP. If you need comparisons think about Bile (with whom they have been touring) or 16 Volt and other bands like that. So if you are into industrial-ebm music (distorted vocals, strong guitar riffs and all of that) you should definitely check 'em out, 'cause they're good.
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