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Artist: Kinetix vs Pylone
Title: Sonology
Format: CD
Label: Sound on Probation (@)
Kinetix a.k.a. Gianluca Becuzzi is an italian artist active since 1999, and after several releases during years debuts on France based Sound on Probation. I would call Becuzzi a sound designer, a pretty abstract sound designer concerned with experimentation on the synthetic side of the sound. Along the two long tracks (that seem pretty much connected into a single long work) Kinetix layers on extremely extended ambient backgrounds a pletora of recurring micronoise patterns that are probably the very interesting part. The recurrence of the same parts probably makes the composition a bit redundant anyway due also to their minimalism. The hard work on the composition is clearly intelligible, but not an easy listening at all.
This split is the third release for Pylone, as usual on Sound on Probation. We are still on the sound research side, still with a concern on minimalism and micronoises, but with a flowing shape given to the four composition, a flux as the bio states. It's a form that captures more deeply the listener comparing with Kinetix, due also to a wider variety of sounds manipulations involved, as well for the background drones that vary from still minimalistic shapes to some deeper capturing sound waves. The same concern on digital experimentation emerges from the cover artwork made by Véronique Weil.
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Artist: Synapsis
Title: Materia
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Zoharum is a nice label from Poland devoted to ambient/noise/industrial, and this is the second release in their internal IYHHH series after the Krzysztof Stanislawski CD. Synapsis come from Poland as well and feature members of Antibiotix, Multipoint Injector and more. I don't have any details about the concept under the title "Materia", but from the cover (an old engraving showing a blacksmith at work) and the titles (half of them in Polish) I guess it's a concept about (iron) substance going from a shapeless state to a final corroded one via human shaping (the blacksmith), but it's just a deduction that made the whole listening very interesting indeed. In fact on the long, expanded and noisy drones, a lot of sounds are layered as if they were coming directly from some ironworks. The whole mood is sombre, it gives the word "industrial" a proper sense moreover, and sticking to that the most interesting parts are the noisest ones and the ones that (at least) resemble real field recordings rather than the more synth ones, "iron on iron" rather than finger on key. A very appealing work that really sticks to the cd player.
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Artist: Binalog Freq
Title: Funk Mechanic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
Coming from Athens, Greece, Evangelos Zacharopoulos is the man behind Binalog Freq and the Binalog Productions label. In two years of activity he already produced two albums and fifteen singles/EP with his own moniker and his label already hit fifty five releases! Covering a wide array of electronic music which spans from techno, electro, idm to electro funk, Binalog Productions is releasing the latest single by Binalog Freq titled FUNK MECHANIC. The single contains two different versions of the main track ("Original" and "Hard & soft synth dub") and a remix reworked by R21 (the "Man machine remix"). The original tune is an instrumental upbeat tempo with 80s industrial/ebm influences (check the hard rhythms) and electro funk bass/lead lines which finds an even more industrial robotic rhythmic section (mitigated by soft ambient pads) into the "Hard & soft synth dub". R21, instead, revisited the tune giving to it an analog electro flavor with 4/4 syncopated rhythms, bouncing bass lines and spacey pads. Nice... P.s. Exclusively available at Juno, here http://www.junodownload.com/products/1622670-02.htm/?ref=dlk
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Artist: Pip Williams
Title: Resistance Is Futile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE is the newest release by a Londoner guy called Pip Williams (his real name is Phil Ventre). On this EP released digitally by Binalog Productions, he delivers five new tracks in balance from old style electro, a bit of Detroit techno, Miami electro and spaced out atmospheres. Opening with the menacing self titled tune based on vocoder vocals, spacey synth sounds and syncopated electro rhythms, the EP follows with "Scanners" and "Ozone Layer", two upbeat electro tune in balance from old style electro and ambient atmospheres just to end with "Spiralled Out Of Control" and "Future Past", two tracks that thanks to their lush atmospheres make me think of Miami. Check this release at the Soundcloud Pip Williams' page and purchase it exclusively at Juno here http://www.junodownload.com/products/resistance-is-futile/1625971-02/?ref=dlk
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Artist: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (@)
Title: Sinister Whisperz
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
Just after some live performances in Chicago, home-base of the legendary Wax Trax!, the notorious label which issued the first works of the long named band My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, inheriting its denomination from the title of a track of the score for an unreleased movie (Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult) on the style of Russ Meyer by Marston Delay aka Buzz McCoy and Frank Nardiello, former band mate of Ministry's Alan Jourgensen, the so-called Washington wives, id est the committee of famous groomed wives (Tipper Gore, Pam Howar, Sally Nevius and Susan Baker'¦women which could be condemned to oblivion if they would have not married important American politicians'¦it smells like patronage, you know'¦) founding Parents Music Resource Center (the association spreading Parental Advisory's stickers'¦), looked so attracted by the provocative language and performances adopted by these folks that asked for censorship on the basis of suspicions of being messengers of Satan'¦ a potential danger for the absolutely upright education of their children! We're not so interested in this kind of fuss, being just blowing smoke, overcooked matters by the usual conformists as we think that it's even more interesting to highlight the stylistic importance of this band, which ideally could wean a lot of later industrial band (..and not only industrial to say properly!), preferring to understate the right-thinking opinion on their art as we can actually do and even having joked on it by other funny provocations on the stage and by choosing self-ironic titles such as Kooler Than Jesus or A Daisy Chain 4 Satan'¦ it's more important to us to remember they were probably the first ones to add in the classic martial industrial song's structure some recipes taken from funk and disco and adding a bizarre touch by inserting some funny samples grabbed from horror B-movies mixed with pumping electronic beats and dark synths which reminded the somewhat ridicule soundtrack of those pieces of filmic work, being maybe bands such as Negativland their real successor in this way of composing!

That's why this first release of a series introducing a collection fully dedicated to a revision of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult's issues and wisely entitled Sinister Whisperz should arouse the curiosity of all gothic/industrial/ebm followers which ignore their rich stock of creepy (!) stuff, focusing on the Wax Trax! Years running from 1987 to 1991 and perfectly retreated by Buzz McCoy, who expressed enthusiasm for Rustblade idea as it declared It was like visiting old friends after 20 years by remixing those songs and it was nice to finally add some sonic sparkle to those dusty, old tracks'. It includes most of the forerunning hits of the more plastic industrial dance wanton scene featuring sex charged and sleazy tracks such as Leathersex, A Girl Doesn't Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover'¦'Cuz It's Hot (what a title!!!) or the funny Le Carnival Mix of Nervous Xians, irreverent sprinkling on the notoriety PMRC was able to give them such as the above-mentioned A Daisy Chain 4 Satan, the ironic and iconic And This Is What The Devil Does or the previously unreleased track Satana Rising. So are you fearing for you children'¦yet?
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