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Artist: Blitzkrieg Baby
Title: Kids' World
Format: Tape
Label: Belaten (@)
Rated: *****
One year after their debut album on Neuropa, Blitzkrieg Baby are back with a new release titled "Kids' World" on Belaten. It contains four new tracks, a new edit of "Children In Uniform" (coming from "Porcus Norvegicus") and four tracks that have previously been released on compilations ("Half Pig Half Man", "Broken Child", "Incinerator Symphony No. I" and "Your Happy Place"). Kim Solve, Anders B., Bjeima and Mr. B. on "Kids' World" put on the plate all their hate toward this world's contradictions and miseries thanks to "Kids' World", "Loop", "The Swine Supremacy" and "Those They Could Not Fuck, They Killed". The opening track is a blasting industrial atmospherics tune (almost symphonic) with 4/4 beats, choruses, rhythmic noise loops and a powerful declaiming voice. "Loop" seems to be recorded in the gutters with its mix of low frequencies metallic reverbering noises, drones and filtered vocals that towards the end turns into a tribal war hymn. With "The Swine Supremacy", the atmosphere gets darker and rhythms and vocals are the main elements. "Those They Could Not Fuck, They Killed" is an atmospheric industrial tune based on hissing synth sounds and pounding beats. The new version of "Children In Uniform" has a new mix which enhance its power and the bass melodic lines. If you loved the first album, you won't miss this one where Blitzkrieg Baby give their vision of industrial with electronic pop and neo-classical influences. You can check it here http://belaten.bandcamp.com/album/kids-world-ep
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Artist: Lagowski
Title: Redesine +
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This new album from Andrew Lagowski marks the return, after more ambient-oriented projects, to territories admittedly related to 90s IDM and techno. So the classic form related to well known warp artist like Autechre or LFO resonate in the tracks of this album. Esthetically speaking, it's not something new but, in this case, the important question is if the form is well constructed and enjoyable from the club perspective and the goal is achieved.
The album is divided in two parts: the first one is the proper 'Redesine' album where all tracks are constructed in an almost classical IDM mode: the juxtaposition of a complex dance beat, a bass line, a soundscape and a sort of loop in synch with the beat. From the lyric intro of 'Skylanes V.8' to the rhythm driven samples of 'Binary Wave Rider', from the warp-influenced tunes like 'Carpenter V.9' and 'Urxeye' to more techno oriented tracks like 'They Follow You Everywhere (Vanilla Mix)' or 'Vocal Impulse Test' this part is enjoyable as it's carefully produced and it escapes the cliches of the genre.
The second part '+' is the reissue bonus and is composed by four tracks: 'Carpenter V.1' constructed as a long synth introduction to a final part constructed upon a drum'n bass pattern. 'SL6' based upon a rhythmic synth line. 'From Without V.13' an almost synth pop track without vocals and 'Raj Deep (3rd Level)' revealing EBM influences.
Even if the first part is perhaps more catchy for the dance floor, the second is more courageous in search for a path untaken i.e, a personal musical form. Almost recommended for EAI fans and nice for everyone else.
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Artist: Atom™
Title: Ich Bin Meine Maschine
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Rated: *****
If you try to break a block of diamond into small pieces, you cannot modify its intrinsic preciousness, and little sonic pearl could be considered as a brilliant, which has been cut by masterful chiseler from a giant diamond, the excellent album "HD", a (post-modern? retro-futuristic) magmatic flowe over modernity and a sort of bittersweet parody of mktg-pop logics that Uwe Schmidt aka Atom HD recently flung on an increasingly conforming music market. The sublty kraftwerkian tribute-track "Ich bin meine maschine", whose title is an adjustment of Kraftwerk's "Ich bin eine maschine" inspired by a statement of the cybernetician Heinz Von Foerster, is undoubtedly one of the most representative track of the underlying "policy" of "HD" as well as of the irriverent flair of its author. This little masterpiece got remixed by three talented techno chiseler: the remix coming from techno legend Dave Sumner aka Function is maybe the most mechanical one (it's not a chance that the original vocal line has been reduced to one obsessively repeated word, "maschine"...), even if he gradually phases in by means of mesmerizing smoots and frozen air particles, while the most "club-fitted" version is maybe the opening one from Hamburg dj and producer Alexander Rhida aka Boys Noize, who mostly overlaps the crescendo of the original version, but the most attractive for my eardrums (and maybe the one which is less "danceable") is the reinterpretation of Uwe himself in the guise of Linear (another camouflage!), who manages to mould a sinuous groove from a fistful of almost ethereal sonic murmurs!
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Artist: The Games
Title: Circus Minimus
Format: 12"
Label: Anna Logue Records
Rated: *****
Coming from Wirral (UK) and formed in early 80s by Steve Knott (Synthesisers, Guitars, Vocals), Colin Hughes (Synthesisers, Percussion, Vocals) and Brendan Coyle (Synthesisers, Percussion, Vocals), The Games released only two singles "First Law Of Games" b/w "Child's Play" in 1980 and "Dance This Way" b/w "Love Canal" in 1982. They participated on a compilation titled "Street To Street Volume Two" released by Open Eye Records in 1981 with two tracks: "Unrest In The Real World" and "The Song". After years of hiatus, Anna Logue Records tracked them down and offer to the lovers of electronic synth pop eleven tracks that made me think about early O.M.D. but with a personal twist. They were sometimes pop (like on "First Law Of Games" or "The Song") and other times more electronic (like the synth experimental instrumental "Dance This Way") and then a bit more wave (like on "Love Canal"). If you love the English sound of the early 80s which mixed dry guitars with electronic synth sounds and that particular pop that bands like Josef K were playing, try this one. You can check the whole album here http://thegames.bandcamp.com (this is the unmastered version the band is selling digitally).
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Artist: Marek X. Marchoff
Title: Funeral Musik fur Jenny Marchoff
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This release from Marek Marchoff has a personal reason: after his grandmother passed, he spent a couple of hours in studio and recorded this tracks. After 15 years, the result is published and all track titles are related to some places so perhaps it's a suggestion that memories are triggered by them. The musical result are clearly influenced by Coil as it shares a couple of characteristic: his project related content and lack of over-production.
The atmospheric synth 'Thorpe Lea Road' introduces the listener to an hypnotic loop slowly creating a sad mood. The longest track of this album, 'Egham', is opened by a child's voice and a loop above some sparse noises that constitute the first part of the track, after a quiet soundscape the third part is based upon a metallic beat. 'Orylska' is quiet introduction to 'Brixton', a track reminiscent of sci-fi influences. The Coil-esque synth of '27th Street' drowns the listener in moving memories. 'Broadway' is track based upon a deep and sad melodic line. 'Amityville' sounds like a cover of 'Amethyst Deceivers' while 'Chrysler Benz-New Yorker 86', with his noise infrastructure, takes the listener to the void that closes this album.
Evaluating this album is unseparable from the consideration of how the result met his intentions so there's only one thing to say: this is moon musick. Almost recommended.
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