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Artist: GOLDPEOPLE
Title: Music Don't Stop
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Jive Records
A perfect single composed by one electropop genius which in the past was into basilar bands such as Human League and Heaven 17. We're talking about Mr. Glenn Gregory which with Goldpeople composed this awesome hit! I've got no idea who the other members are or what they're going to do but the single contains seven versions of the track and everyone is awesome. This song had put a spell on me, I can't stop singing along with it! If you want to pass some quality time with your friends here are the lyrics. They should be right but I transcribed it while I was listening to it and I apologize if I did some mistakes, you know, I'm always a foreign... "Sometimes in my mind good times feel so far away but the sunrise in your eyes helps me make it through the day. Just when I think that I had enough love it comes taking me even higher. That's when I say I don't wanna stop. Let the music play this higher. Music don't stop". :)
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Artist: BIRKE / LEYKAM / PANASENKO
Title: Act On Impulse
Format: CD
Label: Frank Mark Arts (@)
ACT ON IMPULSE is the first common release by Martin Birke (Casualty Park), Daniel Panasenko (Sandbox Trio) and Roman Leykam. Soon after putting this CD into my CD player a couple of names and album titles came into my mind: Rain Tree Crow and their album and David Sylvian / Fripp album titled "The First Day". I know that thinking about these two albums the first thing you could remind is the deep voice of David Sylvian and in this is a different case because all the tracks are instrumentals (only "Uninvited Guest" has got some vocal parts) but what made me think about those musicians is the similar approach to sound and the particular way of playing instruments. ACT ON IMPULSE is a great CD full of pathos and great atmospheres. The thirteen tracks have been composed between 1999 and 2002 without pre-rehearsals and the tracks have been recorded by improvising (I think that this is the main explanation of why the musicians chose this album's title). Influences of Sandbox Trio merge with the unusual self-willed e-guitars by Roman Leykam, partly rhythmic, partly calm, hypnotic as well as bizarre ambient landscapes and the effect is something you won’t expect because there are no weak moments or meaningless arty experimentalism. If you love these sounds give a try to this album, you won’t be disappointed.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Morgan-Arrakis
Format: CD
Label: Lotek (@)
I'm kinda weird on this one,given it's techno-house. If it's on the dancefloor and it's reasonably good I'll dance,but given that I listen to this at home just relaxing it doesn't make too much sense to me. Straight,tried and true house music that bored me at home but walking home from the Madison Street Station in downtown Chicago,it was great. It's more energy music which I had to situate myself to. Not really at all into techno-house,but it's pretty nice regardless. It's not AK1200 but hey you can't ask for everything. Rating:6.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro club attack - The classix I
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: XXC/Zoomshot
Distributor: Audioglobe
The usual slab of more or less famous electro/EBM acts on this double cd in the "Electro club attack" series. This time the sampler seems to be focused on harder old-school styles, with the likes of Dive, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy, Die Krupps, Die Form, etc. But also the more recent projects included lean on the more violent and in-your-face side of the genre, with some examples of the Ant-Zen undercurrent (Synapscape, Hypnoskull, Imminent Starvation…). Other names featured: Velvet Acid Christ, L'Ame Immortelle (of course!), Oomph!, Terminal Choice, In Strict Confidence, Covenant…
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electroacoustic Music vol. VII
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Electroshock (@)
Distributor: Gamma-Shop, Groove.nl (NL), Cue (D), Eurock.com (US), DWMmusic.com (US), Marquee (JP)
The seventh volume of the "ElectroAcoustic Music" sampler collection on Russian label ElectroShock records is a showcase of ambient/experimental artists from all over the world. Most of the compositions are from the past two years, but one of the two longer suites is actually dated 1969/1970 and is by Jorge Antunes, from Brazil. With its nearly 17 minutes, his four-part opera takes up more than one fifth of the entire duration of the second disc, and in the same fashion a nearly 13 minutes long three-part experimental ambient-noise symphony by French Claire Laronde opens the first disk.
Of course, in accordance with the title, next to the mostly electronic pieces of the majority of the artists there are also very interesting compositions that focus on the use, abuse and manipulation of acoustic instruments, like for example the Dutch Roderik De Man's clarinet; or the Mexican Rodrigo Sigal's beautiful long piece for multiple cellos and noises; or the American Robin Julian Heifetz blasting and chaotic track including several brasses with orchestral arrangements but industrial-noise interferences.
Other artists include the well known Vidna Obmana (Belgium), Geert Verbeke (Belgium), Lukazs Szalankiewicz (Poland), Michal Bukowski (Poland), Jose Mataloni (Argentina), OOPHOI (Italy), Arie Shapira (Israel), Mirjam Tally (Estonia) and Eternal Wanderers (Russia).
An applause is definitely deserved for giving space to those artists from South American or Eastern European countries that are rarely to be seen on compilations like this, proving that there too is experimental ferment, even if small, in remote geographical places. This effort should definitely represent a reason for pride, along with the great musical value that this double CD has and will have for documenting the history of today's electro-acoustical experimental music.
PS: By the way, since I haven't done this before when reviewing other albums from this label, it's about time for me to do it now: I am talking about presenting sincere compliments for the beautiful art work and design of all Electroshock releases, which always combine style and beauty, great photography and tasty xdigital art. Konstantin Galat (kg@tennisi.com) is the man behind the elegant and polished visual art that makes every Electroshock record peculiar and pleasant to look at as well.
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