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Artist: THE EXALTICS / GOSUB
Title: The Exaltics Meets Gosub
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
The Exaltics meets Gosub is the first of a series of split 12"s that will find The Exaltics meeting cool names of the electro scene. The first to celebrate this series is the Miami producer Shade T. Scott, actually active under the monikers of Gosub and Dcast Dynamics. Anyway. A Side contains two The Exaltics tracks: "My Language" and "I.M.O.E.H.". After the last year EP "They Arrive" released by Clone, which contained six tracks that were exploring the experimental side of Robert's music, on this release, he bring to the attention of his fans two electro paced mid tempos which mix ambient pads to a more complex and fast rhythmical structure. Fast bass lines alternates ice keys and warm pads creating a nice mix that sounds alienated but also confortable. Side B contains two new Gosub tracks "Plug In" and "You Can't Escape The Present". I loved so much Shade's album "Watchers From The Black Universe" and "Plug In" is bringing me back to those atmospheres thanks to the classic Gosub's low slung bass lines and that Miami electro flavor. On this one vocally he recalls me also a little Egyptian Lover but a kind of dark one. The second track is a nice electro melodic vocal jam which seems to have been recorded underwater. Do sea-monkeys took control of his studio? Funny one indeed. This is another cool Solar One release and now I'm curious to know who'll be the next The Exaltics' guest...
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Artist: FORETASTE
Title: Love On Demand
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product
Rated: *****
I saw them live the last year and I checked some of the new tracks and I already knew that their next album would have been a good one, just like the old ones. Live they had nice videos running behind them and now, listening to Foretaste's LOVE ON DEMAND I recall them. On the album the tracks catch immediately the attention of the listener for their mix of dreamy vocals and powerful synth lines/bouncy rhythms. The album opens with a perfect way: an analog synth arpeggio coupled by a bass wobbling sound and a 4/4 bass drum/snare beat. Since from the song's titled, which is "Alone With People Around", we are introduced to the album's theme: our time's difficulties of sharing emotions with someone who's living with us. The song has a catch phrase that sums it up: "I'm living in a life where everything is fake, I drink away the pain but everything's the same". The following track is "Do What You Can", a really nice mid tempo tune where you can check the contraposition of analog bleeping noises, little distortions and the clean passionate vocals of Lover XX. Musically all the album plays with these sound contrapositions and they work really well but we don't have to forget what's evident since the first listening: Foretaste are able to write cool and catchy synth electro songs that now sound danceable but dreamy and then powerful and melodic. Check the single "Superstar" with its refrain's sound explosion or the distorted synths/pads on "Today". Compared to "Terrorist TV", LOVE ON DEMAND, sounds a bit more varied thanks to its apparent quiet moments that after a while blast into a rich web of snyth pads/leads and drum machine beats but also thanks like "What If". It is a melancholic tune with no drum beats that finds its power into the warm vocals and the bass frequency of the synth pads coupled to other little synth arpeggios. It has the same feeling of the Depeche Mode's tunes sung by Martin Gore. Anyway... LOVE ON DEMAND is an album that is worth your attention and if you're a collector, it is also available as double CD edition, with the add of a live album "Live On Demand".
Jan 27 2012
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Artist: MORPHOLOGY
Title: Information Paradox
Format: 12"
Label: Cultivated Electronics
Rated: *****
With a new distribution deal with Clone, Cultivated Electronics is back with the first release of 2012, a new Morphology EP. Coming from Finland, Morphology are a duo which in the last three years they released different vinyl 12" on Zyntax Motorcity, Abstract Forms, AC Records, to name few. The new EP is titled INFORMATION PARADOX and contains three new tracks plus a Sync 24 remix of the title track. The EP opens with the title track, an upbeat syncopated track that recalls me of the best Zerkalo tunes. It mixes Detroit electro and a bit of Miami creating a sort of warm/cold contrast. "Escape Velocity" is a 4/4 electro tune with crisp bass lines and catchy melodies. It kinda grows thanks to the add of floating spooky pads and more rhythmical parts. It sounds nasty and mysterious. B side is opened by Sync 24 with the "Information Paradox" remix. For this one Sync 24 choose to give to it a dark flavor thanks to obsessive fast arpeggios, spacey keys and eerie pads. The 12" is closed by "Tangent Spaces", a track that mixes aquatic and hypnotic atmospheres. It gathers upbeat tempos, dilated pads and melodic catchy piano inserts. This is a quality release that you will gladly check if in love with the electro genre.
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Artist: Koji Asano (@)
Title: Solstice Eclipse
Format: CD
Label: Solstice
Rated: *****
According to someone, the agonizing frequencies which sound like unbracing a weak compositional framing, feeble dynamics of a bundle of withering sounds emitting a sort of mournful hum, compressed as it is in a very narrow range of values, a certain grieving aura of doleful dreariness evoked by the slow variations of some sound which looks like coming from corroded organ-pipes performing during solemn obsequies taken and played through overcranking, such a time-stretched fading evaporating during the whole listening experience as well as such a title, Solstice Eclipse, having been Solstice the "trigger" of his weighty discography and the name of Koji Asano's sort of label, together with the remarkable slowing down of issues (this is just second release over 5-year span by this Japanese composer, well-known for his prolificacy) could be interpreted as an elegant way to wriggle out of music scene (rumours denied by the recent issue of "Polar Parliament"). I prefer to consider such a release as the result of influences from our days, so that behind those unrecognizable sound sources due to the abuse of time-stretching (someone could argue it could be an over-expanded guitar tone, even the general sound of Asano's 47 minutes and 48 seconds lasting drone recalls the failing sound some Chinese toy keyboards emit when battery is low!) the sonic translation of a feeble ray of light during eclipse, which in crisis times could be easily considered a metaphor of something slowing or dying or if we bravely associate it to some notorious irritating measures such as ACTA, PIPA or SOPA, it could be thought as the suited metaphor of the fading of free knowledge.
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN
Title: December Rose
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: House Of Analogue
Rated: *****
"December Rose" is the newest Empire State Human single and it is the first one for the new label House Of Analogue. The new release contains only two songs but they confirm the band, now a duo, inspired and fresh after more than ten years of activity into the synthpop scene. I want to talk about the "B-side" first. "B For Baby" is an instrumental song that fits the Holiday season just passed by. It gives me the same feelings of a warm fireplace and the same joy of kids playing with snowballs. "December Rose" is an upbeat romantic song with sax inserts that sound just cool. They really gives to the track the spice that is like a nice ribbon on a gift box that will please every synthpop lover. Aidan sounds passionate and energetic as usual, so this is a good comeback that will prepare their fan to the forthcoming new album.
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