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Artist: David E. Williams Ensemble Experience Project (@)
Title: s/t
Format: 7"
Label: ur muzik (@)
Rated: *****
According to the press sheet David Williams, after a solo career, has decided to join a band that bears his name and the initial result of this decision is this strange 7" that try to reach a precarious equilibrium between traditional songwriting, curious experiments and eccentricity.
"Gert Flirts with Dirt Shirt Bert" is an experimental punk rock track that is a bizarre meltdown between Residents and Damned. "A Million Margarets" try to confuse the listener changing drastically the rhythm with slow saxophone lines and a quiet organ. "Soul Out of Shell" opens the b-side of this album with an almost country folk track, nothing really new but well written because it feature a remarkable acceleration that introduce the listener to "Scratch Put Now" a funny track that close this work with the folk flavour of the violin.
This album is really short, a little more than ten minutes, but reveals more ideas than longer and more pretentious work. Funny :)
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Artist: NOISEBRIGADE
Title: ROBOTO E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: Sauroid
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Fading doppler echoes. Ghost whispers. The onset of paranoia. Ducking around the corners to escape the ever watchful eyes that are placed everywhere. This is the sound of Noisebrigade's new "Roboto" EP released on Sauroid Records. Noisebrigade has this knack for weaving melodies and drum patterns that individually you'd never think would meld together - under his excellent guidance and sharp eye you wind up with a dense soundtrack that manages to never sound cluttered, with elements catching your attention, popping out at you. Reaching into your brain.
Electro purists will gravitate towards 'Inside Trader' but it's all the slower tempo tunes here that really stand out for me. The brilliance of the original 'I, Robot' is taken to new depths with the Exaltics remix version. 'Production Chain' sounds reminiscent of some of the best slower groovers from the album cuts released by Dynamix II and Techmaster P.E.B back in the day - cuts to burn one to, cuts to lay back and work out your rack of 18" subwoofers... this is deep cavernous electronic music. Finally, I'd be remiss to wrap up the review without mentioned the intense energetic 'Inside Trader' remix by Faceless Mind - mixing the best of Miss Kitten and Dopplereffekt vibes, this one will definitely be getting club play and heads on the dancefloor.
I'm fast becoming a fan of the Noisebrigade sound - once you get this one on your system or headphones, I think you will too.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Face The Darkness
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Twisted Flesh Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Someone could think, the Swedish Harsh Electro-musician Fredrik Croona would have lots to do with new recordings for his music-projects PROJECT ROTTEN, and his appearances in the highly recognized MENSCHDEFEKT (signed to Infacted Recordings with a licensing deal to Metropolis Records) and SYNDROME X/209, but no. He also felt the need to establish a new net-label, with which he likes to offer his most favourite music style for free to a wide-ranging audience.
'Face The Darkness' is the first release of this young label, but a remarkable one too. It surprises a bit, that Fredrik could evoke already with this first release such a forceful army of Hellectro-troops, but a lot of names of the roster presented on this compilation, have already recognized higher attention. C-LEKKTOR (signed to COP International, the Turkey import SADIZTIK INJEKTION (Hi Samet!), ÃBERBYTE (signed to Crunch Pod), the immortal US-act DIVERJE (Hi Tommy!), Estonia's SUICIDAL ROMANCE (Hi Dmitry), the already mentioned MENSCHDEFEKT, or Australia's ANGEL THEORY (Hi Charles) can look back with proud on their previous releases. Relative newcomer projects like the South-American SAY JUST WORDS (nice synth-pads offer a melodic contrast to the harsh pounding environment...), Germany's ES23 (offering with 'This Is Anarchy' a quite good, harsh, collaboration tune with Fredrik Croona's PROJECT ROTTEN...), or the Belarusian duo DIVERSANT: 13 are more than greenhorns and don't need to hide their talent. Also those bands normally promising a more variable sound outfit than the average and repetitive formula, have been remixed by notorious acts of the Hellectro-army (DIVERJE's 'Suffer This World' by CENTHRON, ANGEL THEORY's 'Memories Of You' by STAHLNEBEL & BLACK SELKET). A lot of infectious and hard hitting tracks thoughtful compiled, which only awaiting to storm your home entertainment and to execute some imaginary dancefloors - no space for resting guaranteed! So this compilation suits perfectly, to save your next Hellectro-party. If you're longing for more musically diversity, you may won't find too much here...


1 C-Lekktor - Living Dead
2 D-ToX - No Sympathy
3 ES23 feat. Project Rotten - This Is Anarchy
4 Sadiztik Injektion - Realize The Suicide (Aggrotrance Remix)
5 Diversant:13 - Silent Night 2010
6 UberByte - Hell Alamein
7 Diverje - Suffer This World (Centhron Rmx)
8 Suicidal Romance - S.H.R
9 Say Just Words - Abandonment Of God
10 Electric Breathing - Zerfall
11 Suono - Jungle
12 Syndrome x/209 - Sexuality
13 Angel Theory - Memories Of You (Touched By Stahlnebel & Black Selket)
14 Menschdefekt - The End

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Artist: Biodub
Title: Reisegefaehrte
Format: CD
Label: Ki Records (@)
Distributor: Dance All Day
Rated: *****
The first release of a newborn music label is always an important event as it could help to uderstand the sonic ground the label itself wants to dig and Ki's declaration of intent on this very first release is definitively a good preface on an hopefully rich volume to stock (and listen) in your audio library. The first signature on this label from Cologne is the one by the young dj and producer Biodub from Hannover, whose tracks I already listened to here and there maybe on some net label. His airy and luminous way of combining techno pulsations with dubby rhythms and chords, microbiotic and electronically scorched sounds as wel as deep basslines and sounds grabbed from environment or acoustic instruments, inspired by mental dynamics pushed by the contemplation over nature or by the appearantly utopic dream of an harmonic and peaceful coexistence between nature and technology - a sort of cultural meme of contemporary German scene as well as a supposedly desirable purpose for the whole mankind -, has many hooks with the repertory of other techno makers such as the ~scapist Kit Clayton's wavemorphing, the liquid electronic dub of Meteosound or Slownoise (the newcomer Jeremy Davies), the flowy techno-ambient by producers such as Sven Weisemann or the organic side of Sven Vath's vast armoury. Biodub's balanced music is enjoyable both for smooth and slow body oscillation and for relaxing in a full-immersive natural environment; all tracks are equally pleaseful but if I have to reccomend some for your mp3 device, I'll definitevely pick Dead Rider for its nice rhythmical dynamics as well as Massive Central, Ismic Sky and Subsistence for its half-bumpey half-relaxing power, showing off Biodub's talent with drumming and sense of rhythm (already showed off in the band Noetics)! Reisegefaehrte - which is going to be issued on CD, digital and 2 x 12" LP with the guessed graphical and photographical translation by Ki's Amelie Kai - is going to become one of your favorite travel mate, folks!
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Artist: Paragaté
Title: Gnosis
Format: CD
Label: Auraltone Music (@)
Rated: *****
According to gnostic principles, one of the possible way to the discovery of the divine element each human being has arguably stopped interacting with is not only knowledge, but also the contemplation of beauty. Beauty in nature, in arts and in music as well. I really don't want to make a theological issue or epistemological exploration in this space by observing for instance this "gnostic" ambient project could refer to the so-called Ophites or Serpentinians as the presence of the ancient symbol of Ouroboros, as portrayed by Theodoros Pelecanus in an alchemical tract titled Synosius - a symbol of human psyche according to Jung as well -, could suggest, even if some forms of arts are intimately connected to some system of beliefs, you could trust or not (I could just reccomend you to evaluate very carefully any kind of prepacked "spiritual" ideas or do-it-yourself dogmatic systems, religious movements or "philosophical" school to be unfrozen or cooked in 2 minutes just like spaghetti bolognese or thai noodles to be cooked in a microwave oven...!), and if you listen tracks of this issue like Cork on the Waves, a metaphor often used to describe turbulences in life, with the voice of someone making new age-like speeching, you'll easily argue this record could be related to some bizarre aquarian fan. To be honest, I found more interesting other compositional aspects of this release by this 4-member band called Paragate' (it's funny the circumstance this is their first release even if in reality could be considered a sort of "best of" as it's a collection of various recordings embracing a period of 22 years as the oldest piece Hello, an interesting sample of sound processing, had been recorded in 1987, whereas the most recent one, Liquid Siftings - my favorite one and the most "balanced" and contemplative one -, has been built and composed with Ableton Live in 2010!) as you'll notice that compositional (or computational!) methods adopted in each track looks like a sort of metaheuristic between free improvisation and a defined set of rules (some recurring chords, very slow rhythmical alteration, wise use of silence and pauses...), fatally close to the alchemical and gnostic belief according to which order can be created even from chaos thanks to knowledge or gnosis. There are many tracks leaving an aftertaste of incompleteness (for instance a track titled After The Fact stopped too abruptly after a warm mammal bass tone appeared... such a choice should be meaningful for someone, but not for me!), but there're also interesting ones such as the mentioned Hello, Gravity X and the final track Paradiso (it looks like a pre-set tune coming from the home theatre system of Amida aka Amithaba, the so-called Buddha of Infinite Light, the most adored celestial being adored by the buddhist Pure Land sect, mentioned in the info-sheets!). Don't expect to be illuminated by astonishing revelations coming from supernatural beings or divine messangers...I say, just enjoy it as it is.... or it's better to say, just contemplate the intimate beauty of Paragaté music!
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