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Artist: SILENCIO PERSONAL
Title: Sand & Dust
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Coming from Zaragoza, Spain, Silencio Personal is a synthpop duo formed by José Miguel Martinez (songwriting, synth programming, lyrics) and Daniel Lopez (drums, synth programming, arrangements). Playing since 2006, Silencio Personal are releasing this year their full length album titled SAND & DUST. The ten tracks of the album mix different stiles of electronic music: future pop/e.b.m. (VNV Nation or Apoptygma Berzerk are the main influences I can think of), synthpop (a bit of Depeche Mode of the early days influences are on as you can check on 'Say Goodbye') and ambient (just a bit, as when they use dreamy atmospheres and spacey sounds). Sounding now dance with powerful 4/4 hard beats (like on the opening 'These Walls', 'Slave' or 'The Same'), then dreamy and melancholic but always focusing on arpeggios and 4/4 mid tempos (like on 'We Are In This Together' and 'Death Is Just The Beginning') the duo, in my opinion, give their best on 'Space Traveller'. This track is a cool mid tempo with catchy melodies, a bit of melancholy, rich soundscapes and sensual atmospheres. The track takes advantage of the alternation of rhythmic stop and go and intimate vocals and it is also enriched by choruses and an overall dreamy atmosphere. This one is the most personal tune they composed and I enjoyed it a lot. The album contains also two nice remixes: a Silica Gel remix of 'Slave' (now sounding even more trance and dancey) and a Midnight Resistance remix of 'Whitered Life' (now it sounds faster with a mix of digital and bleepy synth sounds).
Sep 03 2011
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Artist: FLEC E.S.C.
Title: Body Snatchers
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Inductive (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Japan, Inductive is a new label which with this new Fleck E.S.C. EP titled BODY SNATCHERS is reaching its fourth release. I already had the opportunity to appreciate the futuristic chirping complex sound of Fleck E.S.C. and with this new digital EP we have the possibility to check five new tracks which follow the path traced by the previous releases. The release opens with 'C64', an electro mid tempo based on rhythmical patterns formed by bleeping sounds, bass synth waves and many tiny melodic synth parts. Everything is enriched by an 808 drum sound. The main tune comes for second and its based on syncopated upbeat rhythms and alternating bass sounds which cross each other clashing into spacey leads. 'White Trash' is almost a dubstep tune with electro inserts. It is based on stop and go parts and wobbling basses. 'Chemical Test' features Chiba Chemist on vocals. It sounds minimal and obsessive with many rhythms and chirping sounds. Chiba Chemist vocals sound like a warning while he raps surfing onto the throbbing waves. 'Mandrax' closes the release with more bass sounds mixed with sparse spacey pads and fragmented rhythms.
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Artist: ANTONI MAIOVVI
Title: Battlestar Transreplica / Trial By Bullet
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Seed Records
Rated: *****
After his release "The Divine Invasion" on the Italian label Sauroid, Antoni Maiovvi is back on Seed Records with a double CD album titled BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA/TRIAL BY BULLET. The tracks of the two CDs are imaginary soundtracks of two lost 70s Italian b-movies (on the Seed Records website there's a nice story about those lost movies and how the soundtrack survived). If on the Italian release, Antoni was focusing his songwriting on Italodisco atmospheres, here he's back at his late 70s analog synth upbeat electro style with nine new instrumental tracks. If you didn't check the previous Antoni releases but you're a fan of Umberto, Xander Harris and Steve Moore, well, this double album will please you for sure. Stop and go, mysterious atmospheres, warm pads and fat bass lines are the core of TRIAL BY BULLET and they are perfect for a giallo movie. Check the lead synth melodies of 'Murderfunk' and you'll realize how well they fit that kind of movies. Try to imagine a frozen frame of the murderer dying after a breathtaking run while the ending titles are screened. The four tracks of BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA, as the title could make you imagine, are more space oriented (check those synth wind noises and those dreamy synth pads) but always with upbeat rhythms and fat bass lines which duet with cool melodic synth arpeggios. The double album is also available in a limited edition CDs plus T-shirt. You can already pre-order that or the normal edition at Seed's shop. It will be released on early September.
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Artist: KAZUYA ISHIGAMI / MIKE SHITFLET (@)
Title: Might is right, but truth is truth
Format: CD
Label: Neus-318 (@)
Rated: *****
Kazuya Ishigami is back and again with an interesting collaboration. For those who don't know him we're speaking about the musician behind Neus records, this new cdr presents a couple of composition not so far from the style of other works involving this japanese. Minimal electronic music assembled in a couple of compositions slowly developed to bring every sound to its natural evolution. As I've said every track has been developed in a way that some of you will find traces of some classic electronic composer of the last years. There's no doubt both Ishigami an Shitlet are patient the consequent result is the fact that during the half an hour of the first movement it's really hard to avoid getting stoned, it sounds like a cerebral overdose. With a similar length the second composition brings forth some sort of melody all seems in suspension, by some means this could give some hints there's a japanese influence. The closing track from ecstatic becomes odd.
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Artist: FLUTWACHT (@)
Title: Mit Nichts
Format: CD
Label: Licht Und Stahl (@)
Rated: *****
It's a while I don't hear anything from this german band and here we go with this new release which shows me they've kept following their path. Industrial music, you can't beat the feeling and if this sentence fulfills your expectation this release it's probably addressed to you. Here and there the sound of this release reminded me influences from Deutsch Nepal and a bit of Brither Death Now, but just a few segments of the song, nothing more than that. The sound definition of the band has become quite good, and they managed to reach a discrete know how in changing the atmosphere from soft to extra heavy and back with slow progressions and the first track is a good example of this modus operandi. Despite the many harsh noise crescendos Fluwart maintain a constant balance between industrial music and dark ambient feeling so the end result is a certain hypnotic feel that helps you relax easily to their style. Sure, probably we're speaking about hard ambient or I0d better say soft industrial style, by the way that's the name of today spacial. An old school feel and a bunch of analog sources involved in the process.
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