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Artist: Tesla Boy
Title: Liberating Soul
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
After few months after the release of their album "Modern Thrills", here's again Tesla Boy rocking your stereo system with a new EP of remixes. This time the Mullet's roster members have been called to remix LIBERATING SOUL and Tad Willy, Estate and FM Attack gladly replied. The EP contains five tunes: the first one is a "Radio edit" of the tune which let us remember how cool it was the original version. Estate are the first to work on it and they gave to the track a new melodic line keeping only the vocals and it sounds so fresh. They used their characteristic staccato keyboard style with cool moog like solos. Tad Willy remixed the track twice, giving to the audience a dance spacey remix with warm atmospheres and a dub remix which dilate the sound, opening it up with funky bass line, warm synth pads, tiny long leads, echoes and reverbs. The release is closed by FM Attack. They focused their remix on the warm pads and new wave clean guitars. Really nice release which is confirming once again Tesla Boy as one of the best pop wave act of the period. Exclusively available here http://www.junodownload.com/products/liberating-soul/1642340-02/?ref=dlk
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Artist: Alpha Point (@)
Title: High Like The Angels
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
This new EP of Moldavia's 'Rocking Futurepop project' ALPHA POINT acts a bit like a twin release to their first, also on Synthematik released EP 'Alive'. Two new and original tracks and the usual addition of 3 remix contributions on the title track by Mr. ALPHA 'Rush' POINT himself (Relaxed Mix), the label colleagues of [systemshock] (Devildance Mix) and from PERSONAL SPACE (Cuttin' Wings Mix). Mr Rush offers again his successful formula of Futurepop-inspired Electronic sounds, combined with gritty guitar riffs. He does this well sounding, but also relatively expected and without thrilling musically experiments. Compared to the powerful and with mighty guitars supported b-side tune 'God's Anger', I tend to rate the title track as being the better one, since it leaves a bit more room to take a deep breathe and it offers a bit more relaxing and catchy arrangements. While I'm not too impressed with the relatively uninspired Techno-/Trance-Electronica sound in use at the remix of [systemshock], and at Mr. Rush's own re-interpretation, I tend to declare the work of PERSONAL SPACE as being the discovery of this EP. May someone calls that remix a strong dedication to Alternative/Pop-related genres much based in a well-known British MODE-style - I call that a surprising good performance of the 'how-to-produce-an-authentic-sounding-remix' schoolbook, which explores a relatively different sound-environment compared to the original composing artist. Quality stuff of course, but the most remarkable surprise has been produced by a remixing artist ' strange, unexpected, but true!

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Artist: Purple Fog Side
Title: Project:Rentgen
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
If one of the oldest and best known Russian Goth-/Dark Wave-bands like PURPLE SIDE FOG (2 albums available on Shadowplay Records) decides to collaborate with Synthematik ' in no negative meaning a pure net-label ' then there must be growing a kind of sensible sensation in the minds of the responsible band-members. The certainty, that the days of the physical product, the CD, are counted, may can be taken as a reference, that this formation has documented the will to collaborate. On the other hand, Synthematik has made themselves a good name during the last half year, to be an excellent promoter by using multiple kinds of online resources to gain a maximum of attention, so why not to give it a try? This freely downloadable album consist of an experiment of PFS ' they have recorded all featured tracks in kind of a real-time mode, which means, that they have produced song by song in a strictly declared time window of 1 ½ months, starting all compositions completely from scratch. The band has used online communities and has uploaded any raw demo version of these tracks for their fans and listeners to start a mutual interaction. Completely remixed and mastered after this experimental phase, this 10 all new tracks (plus 3 remix contributions by ALPHA POINT, X-TI, and ELEKTRONNOE OBLAKO, plus an alternative radio version in Russian language on 'My Secret friend') are far away from being demos or uninspired stuff established out of a short expiration time. I am unable to draw comparisons to their Shadowplay recordings, as I am unfamiliar with them, but especially tracks like the already mentioned 'My Secret Friend', or 'Crystal Castle' offer enough potential to impress Goth-, Wave, and Electro-minded listeners completely. Especially the intended contrast between the raw- and dark-sounding male vocalist to the compelling, nearly angelic vocals of the female counterpart can be called exceptionally well-done. This album may needs 2 ' 3 spins more to disclose all good elements, but it is definitely worth to invest it. So there's only one thing I would like to know from the band: what is a 'PVC Slut'?
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Artist: LPF 12
Title: Inhibition Level
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Abstrakt Reflections (@)
Rated: *****
I don't know, how often I wrote this phrase, but: it is the year of comebacks! LPF 12 is a Northern-Germany-based one-man-project which has been highly active with its musically assaulting efforts somewhere between DIVE and harsher MENTALLO & THE FIXER in the years between 1993 to 1995. Those have been the days, where bands had to record demo tapes as being the most affordable medium, and LPF 12 has entered a lot of stock lists of tapes labels like Obscura Records, Side-Line, Catkiller, Crewzine, or Crippled Abortion Tapes. Also a few CD compilation appearances became reality and Sascha could enter a free slot on such highly recognized releases like 'An Ideal For Living (Gothic Arts Records)', 'Neues Elektro Blut Vol. 1 (Khazad-Dum/Side-Line)', or the 'Vertigo Compilation Vol. 1/1996 (magazine + CD comp./Celtic Circle Prod.)'. In 1996 Sascha stopped abruptly his musically path and he set LPF 12 in hiatus. It has at least taken 14 years, until he decided to re-animate his beloved project with a bang. He's seemingly a hyperactive musician, who isn't able to take off his nervous fingers away from his equipment to relax for a while, because since early 2010 he has now produced music to fill 5 (!!!) different releases available on different labels. After an own released downloadable EP entitled 'Vicious Circle' via his bandcamp website, he presents his album 'Inhibition Level' signed to the Abstrakt Reflections netlabel, and so his official second release during this year. Compared to his previously discovered label colleagues like APPARENT SYMMETRY and IN A MINDSET, Sascha's LPF 12 acts a bit like a bird of paradise. His rather classic Electro-/EBM-related background can be easily recognized, because Sascha's tracks are focusing for the most part on abstract produced rhythm patterns, while his above named colleagues are stronger in producing luscious and haunting Ambient-like moods. Another obvious ability contrary to his label colleagues is his usage of vocals with real composed lyrics. Sascha's tracks are straight and rhythmic-oriented arranged, although his stuff isn't compatible to any Harsh-EBM/Hellectro dancefloor attitudes ' he rather offers stuff which creeps over the eardrums into the brain. I tend to point out 'Break My Core' as being an awesome example, how to install experimental rhythm pattern with a handy composition line and raspy vocals ' a tiny masterpiece, which balances well on the thin line between Dark Electro and Noise. With the haunting 'The White Room' he also proves a good sense to produce a different sounding, rather Dark Ambient-related tune ' while he still can develop in some things in this playing field. Some remixes and collaborations with MISSRATENER SOHN, MC1R (Hey Nick!), MENSCHLICHE ENERGIE, or DECI?HER are featured too on this album, and especially the remix of the German fellow IN A MINDSET on 'Towards Nowhere' charms the ear-channel with intensely produced synth sweep sounds. 13 tracks in all and a lot of good things to report from ' LPF 12 hasn't reached any end of rope and will continue highly productive path.

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Artist: Culture Kultür
Title: Spirit
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
1992 was the year when Europop crossed the borders of the Old World and stormed the music charts worldwide (with the exception of especially Islam-oriented countries). That was the founding year of Culture Kultür, a Spanish act that celebrated its success equally worldwide (with the exception of especially Islam-oriented countries). A couple of songs from CK's previous album which was released not less than five years ago are still to be heard in the clubs. In my personal opinion CK is a band that in spite its presence in the charts and clubs is still underestimated by the majority of the people in the darker electro scene. 'Spirit' is an album that has a good shot to change this situation. By the way, to prevent any potential misunderstandings of the title; 'Spirit' is not about alcohol consumption.
The act follows here the same musical direction it took on its previous album 'Reborn'. Namely, the so called Underground Electropop, as many people call it. CK wrote an album full of totally danceable beats and beautiful melodies that bear a somewhat sullen touch with rather real life-oriented lyrics. It is an electro album about real feelings and not cyber wars in another galaxy a thousand years later from now.
The album has got a number of good tracks, each being a good reason to purchase 'Spirit': the opener 'Sieged', 'Drum Machine' is an optimistic song not about advantages of a healthy heart, 'Toxic Pulse' revives the club vibe of the first years of the current century. 'Love will tear us apart', as you may have guessed, is a cover of the undying (undead?) number by the British Joy Division. The album may remind you of VNV Nation in some places, especially the 'ballads' such as the dreamy 'Silence'.
'Spirit' is predominantly conceived as music for your feet; however it has something to offer for your head, too, if you are ready to take a closer look at the lyrics.
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