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Artist: D.Reamteam
Title: Parade 10.0
Format: 12"
Label: Shitkatapult
Rated: *****
Released ten days ago, "Parade 10.0" is the first single release of D.Reamteam, project of Shitkatapult label owners Daniel Meteo and T. Raumschmiere. Originally planned to be released on mid July for the tenth annual Shitparade, the single had a slight delay but it's worth your attention anyway. The single contains three techno tracks "Pult", "Kata" and "Shit" perfect for the purists of the genre. The first one grows slowly, it starts with a 4/4 beat alternated to a bleep. Then, a in levare bass line plus light synth noises, little melodies are added. Everything is quite minimal even if the result is quite catchy. "Kata" is a techno beast with reversed sounding synths, hypnotic rhythms and acid leads. "Shit" is the duo's "bastard son" thanks to its distorted obsessive synth monophonic leads, dark sounding pads and powerful snare drum beats... If you wanted a dark ambient track mixed to techno, this is it! Great release!
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Artist: Gudrun Gut (@)
Title: Going Up The Country
Format: 7"
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Rated: *****
This lovely diddlysquat from talented musician Gudrun Bredemann aka Gudrun Gut, Berlin music scene ambassador and label boss of renowned Monika Enterprise, on the contrails of her appreciated album "Wildlife" wisely digs up an evergreen again: the lighthearted whistled jingle of "Going Up The Country", whose notorious flute line and more recognisable distinguishing feature came from "Bull Doze Blues", an unknown blues gem written by Henry Thomas in late 20ies before American blues-rock band Canned Heat rearranged it for the above-mentioned song, which has been considered as the unofficial anthem of the legendary Woodstock festival, feeds this funny electronic version whose punkish claws and bewitching grace of Gudrun Gut's voice immediately catch listeners. On B-side, you'll find a peppy remix of "Tiger" by which Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble repaid the favour of Gudrun Gut's collaboration for "Fantasie Madchen", which was included in their new album "Miami", while all those who will prefer digital version of the release will be awarded another bizarre remix of "Going Up The Country" by long lasting partner-in-art and friend Thomas Fehlmann, who prefers to toddle in the land of slow funk. Another tempting musical invitation to go wilder and wilder!
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Artist: Miss FD
Title: Comfort For The Desolate
Format: CD
Label: Quantum Release
Rated: *****
Miss FD is back and two years after "Love Never Dies", "Comfort For The Desolate" seems to be lyrically the natural continuation to that album. This new CD always produced for her own Quantum Release Records, contains seven new tracks which spans from dark electronic ballads (check the opening "Never Felt Better", "Incompleteness" or the closing "The Grand Version" where piano and strings give the right atmosphere to the sense of loss and suspension) and electro pop songs where 4/4 powerful beats meets digital synth leads and pads and bouncing synth bass lines. On tracks like "Wanting Is Not Enough" or "Lover Of Fate" I imagine her like a sort of dark Kylie Minogue because of her sensual way of singing and because of her way to use the choruses. The tracks that remember me the most the old albums are "Dissolve" (a mid tempo with catchy melodies but with an overall dark atmosphere) and "Consciousness Of Awe" (a song which changes its skin as at first it's a sort of electro goth ballad and then it turns into something more dancey thanks to the introduction of upbeat rhythms). In my opinion, with this album, Miss FD wanted to redefine her style and at a first listening everything isn't falling into the right place. Only after some other spin, the album starts to show its potential. Anyway, you can make your own idea by checking all the songs here http://missfd.bandcamp.com/album/comfort-for-the-desolate
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Artist: Dr Guilty
Title: Caged Panoramas
Format: Tape
Label: Elephant Recordings
Rated: *****
Personal project of Gabriele Quartero, Dr Guilty, deliver their first release "Caged Panoramas" through Paul Mitchell's tape label Elephant Recordings. The label's aim is to alter the listener's emotion thanks to the merging any form of art: photography, film, installation and, of course, music. In Hindu religion, followers pray to the Elephant God at the start of a journey. They pray in order to help remove any obstacles and clear a pathway to enlightenment, prosperity and knowledge. For this reason, the elephant has been chosen as label's icon. Dr Guilty's album is the fourth release of the label and brings to the attention of ambient music lovers four tracks composed by layers of guitar reverb where the sound is a constant wave of pulsing drones. If "Everything's So Quiet" is a quiet fourteen minutes suite where slow guitar arpeggios fluctuate clashing into small melodies and humming sounds, the following "Mesa" and "Live Waves In An Old Movie" are an eight and an eleven minutes dark suites where hypnotic echoes slowly increase and find their zenith into small distortions. The release sounds nice for the lovers of the genre but, at times, slight variations into sound would help defining better the tracks.
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Artist: Trek With Quintronic
Title: Landing Plus
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Trek With Quintronic was the brainchild of two American guys called David Kane (Trek) and Paul Wilcox (Quintronic). They self released for their own label Bi Plane Records in 1980 and 1981 two albums: "Landing" and "Trek W/ Quintronic". Equipped with a Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 drum machine, guitars and several analog synths (Moog Taurus pedals, etc), the duo wrote nineteen tracks where a bit of glam (they where influenced by Bowie), psychedelia (really good their acid synth version of Eric Burdon and The Animals' "When I Was Young") and electronic rock (sometimes I thought about Sparks even if Trek With Quintronic were sounding less dramatic and pompous). The first album was sounding a bit more introspective and minimal, like the tracks have been written with guitar and then enriched with synth lines. The tracks of the second album were a bit more "wild", if you pass me the term: Paul's voice is more histrionic (like on "Be There Later On") and generally the songs are upbeat and dissonant, like they were a bit more punk. Here and there you can find choruses while distorted guitar duel with synth leads. Sounding dark and a bit crazy, "Trek W/ Quintronic" contains great songs with nice melodies and arrangements. Despite the fact that they recorded and mastered them relatively quick, the final result hasn't been affected. In this Anna Logue CD reissue, you can find both the albums plus two previously unreleased versions of 'Twin Forces' and 'When We Were Young - live' (both on the second album), remixed by Tejo Bolten of MECANO fame. These two sounds a lot more powerful and wild with upfront live drums and the latter sounds like a dancefloor hit. Paul and Tejo are currently working together while David has been active ever since as a solo artist as well as in a couple of bands (The Celibates, Nullstadt, Electroman, Decay Of Western Civilization, Them Jezzbeards). Check them and be ready for something "different"...
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