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Artist: COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER (@)
Title: Fear
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Three years after releasing "In The Cube" on Rage In Eden label, Compulsive Shopping Disorder are back with a new self produced album titled FEAR. Mastered by Martin Bowes of Attrition, the new album finds the Polish trio dealing with seven new tracks which compared to the old ones sound more e.b.m. influenced. The album starts with an obsessive minimal industrial electronic track titled "Endless night". With this one, Compulsive Shopping Disorder, set the atmosphere for the whole album composing an hypnotic industrial electronic suite made of synth pads and minimal melodies. The track prepares the listener to "The riddle", a tune based on rhythm / melody repetitions with whispered vocals and warm synth pad lines. In balance between nightmarish atmospheres and energetic mid tempo e.b.m. riffs the album offers also a dancey track that could please the lovers of early K.K. era: "Cold corridor". Alternating cinematic atmospheres and minimal wave intuitions the band succeed into giving life to their cold despair... "I want to forget and fall in your arms / fear is coming back".
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: We Bring You A King With A Head Of Gold
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Three years and half have passed since the release of the folk compilation "John Barleycorn Reborn - Dark Britannica" and now, always thanks to Cold Spring Records, we are here to celebrate once more the crop-spirit who 'dies' in the harvest and and reborn in the following spring when the fields come back to life. No matter how much we are technocratic or futuristic as we should follow our natural cycle and connect again with our mother earth. The thirty four artists gathered on this double compilation titled WE BRING YOU A KING WITH A HEAD OF GOLD, give their personal vision of ancient pagan tales using original tunes or referring to traditional folk songs playing passionately their tambourines while guitars arpeggios create now joyful and then dark melodies. Rise your voices loud following the chants of Tinkerscuss, Kate Harrison, Autumn Grieve, The Fates or Jennifer Crook and follow the flutes and violins dancing around a fire with your fellows. This time you won't find any rock or psychedelic sound, only folk. Here's the full playlist:
Disc 1

1. Barron Brady - 'Earthen Key'
2. Laienda - 'Little Drummer Boy / Anvil'
3. The Rowen Amber Mill - 'Blood And Bones (Ciderdelica Mix)'
4. Tony Wakeford - 'The Devil'
5. Kate Harrison - 'England'
6. Drohne - 'The Hooden Horse / An-Dro'
7. Corncrow - 'The Cutty Wren'
8. Sproatly Smith - 'I Shall Leave You There'
9. Tinkerscuss - 'Black Sarah'
10. Cernunnos Rising - 'Hear It With My Heart'
11. Mama - 'The Fool Of Spring'
12. Magicfolk - 'Green Man'
13. Wyrdstone - 'Lost At Ty Canol'
14. Emil Brynge - 'Devon Dream'
15. Kim Thompsett - 'Lords And Ladies'
16. Dragon Spirit - 'Always Be Ours'
17. Philip Butler And Natasha Tranter - 'Jack The Mommet'
18. Touch The Earth - 'Ancient Landscapes'

Disc 2

1. Relig Oran - 'Ye Mariners All'
2. Autumn Grieve - 'Within Hollows'
3. Ian McKone - 'Searching For Lambs'
4. John Parker - 'Manningham Blues'
5. Rattlebag - 'The Tyburn Sisters'
6. The Fates - 'The Song Of The Fates'
7. The Hare And The Moon - 'The Three Ravens'
8. The Kittiwakes - 'Lynx'
9. Venereum Arvum - 'Robin Sick And Weary'
10. Telling The Bees - 'Fithfath'
11. Richard Masters - 'The Wind Knows'
12. Demdyke - 'Mother Carey's Chicks'
13. Beneath The Oak - 'Oh Earthly Man'
14. Sedayne : Sundog - 'A Wee Brown Cow'
15. Ruby Throat - 'Swan And The Minotaur (Troubled Man)'
16. Jennifer Crook - 'Ribbons Of Green / The Dream Waltz (Live)'
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Artist: SYNC 24 (@)
Title: We Rock Non Stop Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cultivated Electronics
Rated: *****
Active under the Sync 24 moniker since early 00s, Londoner musician Phil Bolland is also the man behind the 'Cultivated Electronics' label. His latest EP was released on vinyl last year; The release had four tracks with genres ranging from electro, minimal electronics to Detroit techno. Now, I'm here to introduce you to Sync 24's newest EP released for CE
Digi (digital sublabel of Cultivated Electronics). The new EP contains three remixes: two of the main track "We Rock Non-Stop" (Scape One and Heuristic Audio reworked this track) and one of "Chosen Module" by Clatterbox. The EP opens with Scape One giving a dark touch to the already robotic tune, enhancing the uneasy feeling that the original track had already been successful in doing. Focused mainly on rhythms, the original tracks lead the audience through syncopated beats and ambient pads with shots of upbeat bass lines. Heuristic Audio, for their version of "We Rock Non-Stop", decided to press the pedal on the post sci-fi atmospheres creating a breathtaking mix made up of menacing
atmospheres and growling pads. Clatterbox, instead, used cyborg laser beams and crystal synth leads to enrich their melodic sequences on the new version of "Chosen Module". Good one!
(Proofread by Johan Sebastian Bot)
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Artist: HUMINOIDA
Title: Whiter Album
Format: CD + Vinyl
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After three singles Kimmo Karjalainen is finally landing with his musical project Huminoida (which is an odd, poetic Finnish word meaning "to hum","to make a humming noise") with his first album WHITER ALBUM. Available in a folded limited deluxe CD packaging and double vinyl / CD bundle, the album contains eleven old and new tracks. If you already checked the singles "A/B" and "Huminoida loves you", you already know the longer version of "Bigone Wars / White noise", the minimal wave upbeat hit "Obsessions" and the Ballard influenced lyrics of "Other side". Mixing a bit of synthpop, electronic experimental and minimal wave 80s atmospheres and sounds, Kimmo is packaging a great album where catchy epic melodies are enriched by his voice which is now sounding detached and now passionate. He loves synth analog sounds and all the tracks are a hymn to the warm sounds of the early John Foxx and Gary Numan records. If you love The Normal, Robert Rental, Fad Gadget and Thomas Leer, for sure you won't miss this. Check the new "Adding shades to monochrome", "The sound of synthesizers" and "Part time isolation" and you'll find yourself trapped into fat growling pads, dry retro analog 4/4 drum beats, melancholic atmospheres with a bit of noir romance. If you want a dark upbeat song, "Ride" is the track for you, thanks to its guitar riffs and to its hypnotic structure. If you prefer to let yourself go to synth experimental sounds which turn into an obsessive synth suite with reverb thickening the sound while filters make their dirty job on laser like synth leads and on a blasting bass line, "Folk of the twilight counties" is here for you. The CD is already available and it's ridiculously cheap: you can have it for 11 Euros p+p included worldwide. The vinyl will arrive soon from the factory. A must...
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Artist: Diego Arandojo y Mauro Savarino
Title: Las 77 Paginas
Format: DVD
Label: GH Records (@)
Rated: *****
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This is a movie, not a record. I don't know why a label like Gradual Hate put a film in a catalogue full of music but ... who cares? This is more relevant to music than a DVD made out of a concert footage.
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If information is a classical theme of Industrial music, this movie is an hymn for culture. The plot seems simple: there's a book of 77 pages made in 77 copies donated to 77 chosen few by a mysterious god called The printer. The reason is simple and explained in the beginning of this movie: the worse of human attitude is oblivion. When the Earth is in the apocalyptic process of becoming again the Pangea, an unique continent as theorized as in the beginning of the history of the human race, the only resource against extinction is the book that contains the knowledge of mankind.
This movie seems more a video than a proper movie but has a great feature: it's constructed as a silent film. Apart from reconstructed TG parts describing the situation, all the dialogue is done by a narrator also because it seems than all the keepers of a copy of the book are blind and, perhaps, mute. The result is a charge against the part of humanity that choose a safer ignorance instead of an harsh truth. To see.
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