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Artist: NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE (@)
Title: Notre Debut
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik Eighties
Rated: *****
About a month ago I reviewed the first Nostalgie Eternelle reissue of their music which was a 7" EP released by EE Tapes. Now, as I anticipated back then, Final Muzik, the label of Gianfranco Santoro, guy who released some of their tracks back on those days with his label Discipline Prod, has just released a CD which gathers twenty band's tracks that have been released during the 1988/1991 period on compilation and tapes. Available on a run of 600 digi slim CDs, NOTRE DEBUT shows really well what was the sound and the attitude of the duo formed by Stefan Heinze and Dieter Mauson: they used monophonic synthesizers to create pulsating drones and noises or noisy bass sounds adding to them sometimes clean reverb guitar, bass guitar, drum machine obsessive pads (which sometimes were treated adding distortion and reverb) and now icy detached or then melancholic vocals. Nostalgie Eternelle, in this way, were balancing their tracks spanning from industrial instrumentals (like "A Chilly Draught") to minimal synth paranoid tunes ("The Oak"), passing through minimal synth wave ("Skin Trade" or "Amazement"). Try to imagine a mix of early Cabaret Voltaire influenced by D.A.F. and Joy Division and add some cold and fog. Of the previous EP you can find only the track "Just Darkness", so if you'll become a fan, you'll have to purchase that one, also. Someone said that they are gonna to come back soon. If it's true, this compilation (which I hope it won't be the only one, since they recorded so many tunes in only four years) it's the right way to prepare yourselves to their new sound. This is the second release of Final Muzik Eighties sublabel. Stay tuned for more delicatessen from the past... P.s. Until the end of October the CD will be sold at a very special low price!
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Artist: Mike Ash/Fleck ESC
Title: London Tokyo Connection EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Devine Disorder Records
Rated: *****
It's hard to be objective when you have to review a release by one of your favourite artists who also happens to be a good friend. Let alone a case like this one, ie a split EP by two of the most talented electro producers of our time, frequent collaborators of the signer and really great guys, UK's Mike Ash and France's (or should i write Japan, as he's based in Tokyo) Franck Collin (aka Fleck E.S.C.)! But i'll try to let aside the echoes of Mike's killer EPs on Binalog Productions, Mars Frequency and his own (short-lived) ElectroCat Records, those of Franck's incredible albums on Ghost Technology and BP, as well my relationship with the fellaz, and write like an impartial reviewer... (ok, you are not convinced, but i can't do nothing more to change that-lol). Oh, dare i say too that Devine Disorder is one of the freshest labels around and that i looove their releases?(!)
Anyway, what we have here is a 4-tracker based on the clever idea of "we're both doing a track each and then remixing each other's track". So, Mike delivers "Mindstate Liberate", a strong obsessive dark electro/acid tune, driven by dope beats and focused on distorted vocals that repeat: "Mindstate/liberate/activate/evacuate/concentrate/eliminate/activate/assassinate", while Franck unleashes his genuine electronics to come up with the minimal vocoded electro "Symptoms Shaping", yet another eccentric Fleck track in which what happens in the background is simply... indescribable! On his remix of "Mindstate Liberate", Franck slows down the tempo and builds an imposing track over a Kraftwerk-ish beat, while Mike transforms "Symptoms Shaping" into a dancefloor monster, destined to rock hard every mutant club over the galaxy!
I can't choose... Really! This is a KILLER EP by two electro masters and it's stuck on my ipod since i received the promo! A must-have, it will be available at your favourite digital stores by Wednesday, September 28, so keep an eye on it ;) (previews here: http://soundcloud.com/devinedisorderrecords/ddr030-mike-ash-fleck-esc)