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Artist: ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (@)
Title: Rare Robotnick's
Format: CD
Label: Hot Elephant Music
Distributor: Audioglobe
This CD is absolutely fantastic, for different reasons. First of all I love the Italian 80's bands and the electronic ones especially. Second, Alexander Robotnick stuff ain't that easy to find. I know that Materiali Sonori www.matson.it has still got some copies of his first MLP on sale but all this stuff is rare material which hasn't never been released and I assure you that it's a real pleasure for every 80's lover. The twenty two tracks are coming from Robotnick's '81÷'87 period (most of them are coming from the early 80's and only one, "Neighbour", has been recorded in 1992) and are unreleased tracks or demo versions of his hits. The first two tracks "Dance Boy Dance" and "Hola Macci Kola" are new remixed versions of these classics and Maurizio Dami succedeed into refreshing them by giving them a sort of techno touch without spoil their 80's sound. If you never had the occasion of listening to tracks like "Hola Macci Kola", "Problems D'amour" or "Ciucci Kola" don't miss this release or you will regret it later. During the sixty eight minutes of this CD you'll experience fine 80's dance sounds, early electronic experimentations a la Residents, jazz tracks played via midi sounds ("Scrapple For Apple" by C. Parker) and much more. Don't miss also the Hot banana/Grossomodo release of a maxi-single containing four tracks: "Les Grands Voyages de l’Amour (remastered)" , "Supermarket (remix)", "Problèmes demo" and "Viens chez moi", a new track composed with Michel Amato (The hacker) and Kiko. Alexander Robotnick has also developed a lap-top-DJ-set and is currently DJing at a number of clubs in Europe: Spartacus (Aix-en-provence), Pathos (Munich), Splash Festival (Marseille), 333 (London), Amuse (Amsterdam) Culture Club (Gent- Belgium), Metropolitan (Dublin). See you there!
Nov 12 2003
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Artist: COLONY 5
Title: Structures
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Started as a duo, Colony 5 became a trio after the release of their first CD "Lifeline" and now that they released their second album STRUCTURES, they are turned out a duo again but with different band memebers. Anyway, without concentrating on band's story, let's focus our attention on the new album which is better respect their first one. Even if STRUCTURES presents a sound similar to most of the German synthpop bands this time the tracks sound more personal and convinced me more respect the old ones. Tracks like "Hate", "God", "Unaware" (which has got a certain techno print) and "Band Of Brothers" are melodic, rhythmic and catchy without being too trendy. The only note I can do is that the vocal's melodic lines are a little too similar and this sometimes spoil the final result. The CD has got also a CD-rom track where you can find all the lyrics and watch to the "Black" video which got some exposure on the satellite channel Onyx.
Nov 11 2003
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Artist: INTRICATED (@)
Title: A:Void
Format: CD
Label: Silent Being (@)
Intricated is a band coming from Denmark and A:VOID is their second album (even if it's their first who's been officially released). Their music is a mixture of synthpop, ambient and new wave. The three influences are well mixed and just to give you an exact idea of how they sound like I can say that: the melodic structure is generally a sort of melancholic synthpop while the ambient influences are "hidden" between the background layers' sound. The new wave influences, instead, consists of some guitar intuitions that here and there make me remember of the Cure of the "Disintegration" period. The album is not that bad but in my opinion it lacks a little of energy and this couldn't be in contrast with the melancholic atmosphere they create. For sure there are good tracks ("Game Over" and "Galled" are my preferred ones) and intuitions but that sparkle of energy would help so much... This CD has been released by a label created by the effortst of different artists who are gathering because of their passion for electronic music with a melodic foundation and an introverted, melancholic, edge and this is a good thing.
Artist: Kasual Tease (@)
Title: Score
Format: CD
Label: Kasual Tease Productions (@)
Kasual Tease is a fetish production company here in Birmingham, Alabama. They put a cd together, which is industrial music for the soundtrack "Score" for their fetish shows. All 15 tracks are instrumental with samples with electronics being manipulated. The music score is produced by gothic/industrial producers Bleed and Evilucion. Some of the tracks have a Nitzer Ebb and Nine Inch Nails sound. "Score" is another best industrial cd I recommend to get besides Envy Is Blind "The Eyes Of Time's Conception." Here's some tracks that's interesting and enjoyable; "Sexual Intimidation," "Obsessed With Flesh." "No Soul Mix," "Falling Into Damnation," "Die For Her," "Gloomy Sundayz," which have a sample of the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday singing and voice manipulated like she's singing from the grave; and "Pain Mix," a track that's used for Kasual Tease promo fetish show video. "Score" is best described s/m bondage and sexual stimulation music. To contact them for shows, the e-mail address and phone numbers are: delilahborealis@aol.com, (205) 918-0566, (205) 592-6545.
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Artist: Satoru Wono
Title: Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise
Format: CD
Label: Sonore (@)
Distributor: King International (Japan), Chronowax (France), Forced Exposure (USA)
Franck Stofer's now Tokyo-based label's 20th release is this interesting experimental avantgarde record by eclectic and prolific pop artist, composer, producer, DJ, writer, book-author, Max/MSP Commu community member, critic and of course noise-music maker Satoru Wono. His obsession with structure and his new concept album is made from only two sources: sine wave (which is one clean tone/frequency with no harmonics) and white noise (which is basically every frequency playing together). It's tempting to file it under glitch-electronics, but considering where the sounds are originating from this is really a much more pure experience and exercise of form, a symphonic sonata for the body and the mind. Check out some intellectual noise experimentation!
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