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Artist: TABA (@)
Title: Electric Red Light
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Produced
Taba is a guy coming from Bologna and his demo CD is a melting pot of eccentric rock and various experimentations with a little touch of jungle. The five instrumental tracks seems to be like his personal nightmares in loop (see for example the video of "Speedball" where the only theme is based on his feet squeezing an orange) and he tries to confuse the audience even more with his writings and images that you can find into the data session of his CD. Is he a genius or only an annoyed guy? Who am I to know it? Frank Zappa?
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Artist: Talamasca
Title: Zodiac
Format: CD
Label: 3D Vision Records
Distributor: 3D Vision Records
Latest concept from the gifted DJ Lestat, revolving around the constellations (as the title may tell you). Some tracks run a tad slow and ambient, only to give way to full out Midi-driven psychedelic dance, with constantly various time signatures and sections. Always something interesting around the corner! It can easily be played at a club or at a private rave, but be prepared also to change your dance movements every minute or so, this is not house techno! And each break in the beat and the slowing of the tempo represents the problems that can happen to each particular sign, as is the case in vice versa for the good things that can happen to that sign. Very interesting concept and also very innovative, flowing with a new wave of IDM (though not in the vein of what most consider IDM) coming from France and the 3D Vision label itself. Rating: 9. PS, check out this label’s artwork and website, this is some very neat stuff as well!
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Artist: I SATELLITE
Title: Auto:matic
Format: CD
Label: Omeganaut
I Satellite is a project headed by Rod Macquarrie. Unfortunately I've got no addictional informations about the guy and his website is still waiting for the final touch so it can't be helpful either. Anyway, from what I can hear his heros are people like Gary Numan (good his "I Want you" that makes me remember good tunes like "Music For Chameleons") and various classical influences such as Kraftwerk (see for example the instrumental "Retropolis") or sometimes echoes of Howard Jones along all the good 80's electro wave that made my day in those years. His sound is based on analog gear (the various Jupiter and Juno series along with Oberheim synthesizers and Roland old drum machines plus tons of other stuff) with the classical square wave sounds with those cool sweep fading sounds. As general atmosphere AUTO:MATIC sounds like a record produced at the end of the 70's and maybe if better produced the CD would sound a little more powerful but songs like "Automat", "Where In The World", "Out Of Space" and the already mentioned "I Want You" are good in any case without caring about sound production or else. Listening to this album you'll get that sense of dreamy science fiction mixed with pop that made you love the same heroes that Rod loves, so if it isn't clear enough, this is worth a check. Got it? ;-)
May 05 2003
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Artist: DAF
Title: Funfzehn Neue DAF Lieder
Format: CD
Label: Superstar (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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It could be difficult for every band to come back after seventeen years and demonstrate to themselves and to the audience that the project has got still a sense and kicks asses. This is even more true if we think that D.A.F. are one of the modern electronic/techno fathers along with Suicide and Kraftwerk. Did they succeeded? Globally yes. First of all I must admit that (as many of you, I think) I never listened to their last album released back in 1986 and titled "First Step To Heaven", so I've got to base my comments knowing the older ones and some releases of the projects Gabi Del Gado and Robert Gorl did during these years. Gorl respect Del Gado has been more active as he released different albums since 1984 (the first of them has been "Night Full Of Tension" which contains the sigle "Darling Don't Leave Me" which had Annie Lennox as guest vocalist). Del Gado instead after releasing an album in 1983 titled "Mistress" surfaced again with the project Daf Dos in 1996 (even if he started to work to it years before with the name OPD In Operation DAF). For more informations about the old years please visit our articles link into the archives section. Anyway, let's talk about this FUNFZEHN NEUE DAF LIEDER (Fifteen New DAF Songs). This new album starts were the DAF of the "Fur Immer" period and the DAF DOS stopped as most of the songs have got techno and the classic band's sound influences at the same time. Of the fifteen tracks I really appreciated the second half of them (starting from "Seltsame Freunde") because in my opinion DAF found the right balance between old and new sound. A track like "Algorithmus" would be a perfect single in my opinion but maybe they opted for "Der Sheriff" because of the particular political period (the song is an anti American anthem and also the video, which you can download from their website, ends with the American flag in flames). Also tracks like "Der Prasident", "Liebeszimmer" or "Ich Bin Morgen Wieder Da" are rhythm driven songs but they have got also melodic parts or other kind of changes that help making the song interesting and powerful. "Der Sheriff", "Ich Bin Tot" or "Die Luge" are good songs based mainly on obsessive parts (I know, this has always been a distinctive mark for the band) but maybe because of the sounds, which sometimes sound too digital, the songs sound a little static. It could be only a matter of abitude but I liked songs like "Algorithmus" immediately. Anyway, this has been a good come back and I warmly advice you to check this out.
Artist: The Frozen Autumn
Title: Emotional Screening Device
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Distributor: Middle Pillar
Who ever thought this electro-darkwave band will ressurrect after being put under ice by Diego because of the departure of his other half member, Claudio? In his place is Diego's long time girlfriend, Arianna, who was also part of another project with her boyfriend called STATIC MOVEMENT. The new release by this male and female duo is still the same like all the previous releases. Alot of good songs stands the album out. "Wintertag", "When You Are Sad", "Silence Is Talking", "Sperm Like Honey", "Freon Heart, Fayence Mind", "Second Sight (that feature two versions with each individual singing the song alone), and the self-titled "Emotional Screening Device" are my favorites. Strong ethereal vox, electro-rhythms and synthesizers constructs an electronic dynamic patterns with mid and fast tempos. Glad to hear this extraordinary Italian band making a comeback.
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