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Aug 18 2011
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Artist: DAGOBERT / KALSON
Title: Astronauten
Format: 12"
Label: Dominance Electricity
Rated: *****
With a beautiful cover painted by one of the most renowned Argentinian cartoonist Juan Gimenez and available in yellow and green. There is a 12" limited print, (which also have a huge poster of the cover), black 12", CDr and a digital download version (these two have two bonus tracks). ASTRONAUTEN is the newest Dominance Electricity Dagobert/ Kalson split EP. We have to go back to 2003 to recall the last Dagobert release (the double 12" album "Sonic Sound Of Bass" has been just reissued). The Serbian producer Kalson had two digital singles out in 2008 and 2009 but he never had a proper release on vinyl. Let's start from A side with Dagobert. "Lunar Orbiter" is a short ambient space tune with laser blasts and nice beats and you'll find it only on the CDr and the digital release. "Astronomie" is the opening picked up for the vinyl and it sounds rich and deep with cool mid tempo beats, different melodic pads and treated vocal samples. It sounds like a space electro funk tune. "The Question S.E.T.I." opens with a blast with a catchy melody, bouncing rhythms and vocoder filtered vocals. Later breaks and stop and go enrich the formula. "Astronauten Weltenraum" is a dancefloor filler with synth sweeps and cool synth arpeggios. Melody, deep filtered vocals and bass frequencies do the rest and satisfy your desire for electro. Kalson opens his side with "Colosseum In Tokyo", a track originally written by DJ Gio MC-505 & Dr. Shingo. It focus on different arpeggio tracks, filtered vocals and mid tempo. It sounds cinematic and convincing. The second track is a "Astronauten Weltenraum" remix. Kalson doesn't change too much its structure (melodies and vocals are there) but now it sounds more like 80s electro. "Digital Baroque" is a good instrumental with atmosphere/rhythm changes. It keeps the melodies but changes the sounds step by step. "Obscure Nebula" closes the digital editions and it's a great slow instrumental that would fit a sci-fi soundtrack thanks to its epic atmosphere. Dominance Electricity did it again and it has given all the electro lovers another great release. Keep up the good work guys!
(Proofread by: Johan Sebastian Bot)
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Artist: COMPUTERUS
Title: Computerus
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Rated: *****
Computerus born in the early 2000s from Greg Kowalcyzk and experimental noise artist Trevor M. Wilburn, who has left the band forming a solo project called Iron Imp. Greg has been involved in the Toronto Industrial and Punk scene for over ten years being member of the Goth/Electro act Bitter Fall and the Industrial act Born Into Oblivion, then he formed the IDM/Electro/Hardcore/Gabber act Pink Noise, while writing songs and playing guitar in blues/rockabilly/surf/post-punk act the Blind Cats, playing bass for Mip, and drums in the Punk band Skullians. After ten years, Computerus is ready to spread the first self named album and thanks to the label Bug Crawling Out Of People we can check eleven tracks Greg produced. Computerus ideally can be filed into the industrial electronic scene that sees Ant Zen and Hands as the main labels. Tracks like "7 Souls" mix rich rhythm patterns to analog synth pads/basses to movie samples. The following "Creep" is based on percussive sounds, synth pads and samples. "Holy Hell" plays with similar elements but changes the sounds palette thanks to synth bleeps. Greg composed these tracks making them sound like there isn't no tomorrow and the feeling of an imminent catastrophe is vivid and pulsating
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Artist: SKULLFLOWER
Title: Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
It's a lot of time that I didn't check Skullflower's music. I think that the last of their records I own is the 1994 Helter Skelter Records 7", so I had to document myself, as usual, to be able to do a decent review. Skullflower for whom of you who aren't keen on music based on guitar noise, is a band born from when Bower joined up with Stefan Jaworzyn and Stuart Dennison (all three were playing together in Pure) in 1987. They had their first record out in 1988 on Gary Mundy's (a.k.a. Ramleh) label Broken Flag, which at the time, was the most relevant power noise label in the UK along with Come Organisation. Since then Skullflower based their music on noise suites but with the years they left the psychedelic influences aside and became more and more noisy. Their latest CD, FUCKED ON A PILE OF CORPSES, has just been released on Cold Spring Records and it's a matter of fact that now the band formed by Bower, Davies, Stokoe and Proctor is totally devoted to noise. The seven tracks of the CD, which have been recorded between 2009 and 2011 and the rear cover reports a phrase that could be revealing: sonik blasphemy invoked. For 36 minutes you'll be subjected to grinding power noise mixed with lo-fi guitar blasts. Hisses, constant streams of noise and guitar feedback will be an hard playground for every noise lover and under all that chaos you'll hear tiny signs of melody (like on "Sleipnir"). Brutal, primitive and devastating, FUCKED ON A PILE OF CORPSES is a record that, I admit, I won't listen again anytime soon. Now the challenge is on you...
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Artist: NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE
Title: EP
Format: 7"
Label: EE Tapes (@)
Rated: *****
Active during the late 80s/early 90s, Nostalgie Eternelle were a German duo formed by Stefan Heinze (aka Inox Kapell) and Dieter Mauson from Delta-Sleep-Inducing-Peptide. During that span of time they released different tapes and participated to many tape compilations. As far as I know they never had nothing released on vinyl until now that EE Tapes decided to make their music revive in the form of a four track 7" EP. Gathering four 1988 compilation tracks, EP, let the lovers of minimal synth sounds get acquainted with Nostalgie Eternelle's style. The 7" opens with "Without You", a track originally released on "Suoni Distorti", a compilation released back then by the Italian label Stella Mars. It is a sort of love/despair song which musically sounds like an early The Fall track (mainly because of the vocals), based on a bass line, synth monophonic bleeps and a drum machine. "Too Late To Be Sad" is an instrumental track with only synth sounds and based on an obsessive drumming/synth line with analog synth noises. Later a post punk bass line is added. Its atmospheres are kinda melancholic. "Conquest" is a synth wave/post punk tune with theatrical vocal interpretation where despair is the main element. "Just Darkness" was originally released on "Decline Vol.1" by the Italian label Discipline Prod (label run by Gianfranco Santoro, guy who is releasing in these days for his Final Muzik label a Nostalgie Eternelle CD compilation) and it is a minimal experimental synth tunes with monophonic noises, simple melodic lines and dissonant parts. Nice release...
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Artist: Falko Brocksieper (@)
Title: Alkem Nukem EP
Format: CD EP
Label: False Industries (@)
Distributor: i-tunes
Rated: *****
False Industries' folks are keeping their promise to the listeners about stocking their catalogue to a line of action inspired by the purpose of upkeeping the highest qualitative levels they can reach and this 4th release, signed by Falko Brocksieper, one of the father of the so-called sound of Cologne and founder of Sub Static (together with Mia Grobelny) and Karloff - two important brands in electronic music nowadays - bragging about a plenty of releases for renowned labels such as Resopal, Tongut, Tribstoff, Tuning Spork, Dumb Unit, whose style based on the hybridization of minimal techno with analog sound with an immediate hypnotical hook - I could reccomend to listen to his second album Heavy Day on Sub Static to have an idea of his sound -, which many other notorious producers (Sid Le Rock, Akufen, Gabriel Ananda, Benjamin Fehr, just to name a few) who asked remixes to him, corroborates such a noble purpose. In order to pursue the label's intent, Falko didn't assemble any techno tune, but leant towards some sonic solutions between computational textures and broken ambient paracentesis (the astonishingly cinematic wet catharsis of Westfalia with his powerful ultra-low frequencies and the hypnotical clicking of the beat-blemished Mellica - my favorite track - are great examples of this crossbreed) as well as an experimental approach, where he mixed together in an intriguing way different sonic elements such as in the title-track, Alkem Nukem (it's eloquent the fact Falko choosed the names of two German companies, who build atomic reactors, to give a name to this issue), where he inserted dripping bleeps and padded pulses inside the sulphuric cloud evaporating from a sort of processed white noise, and The Boy Who Turned Yellow, where he assembled a sort of orchestra from miniaturized and "muted" sounds including a "dirty" snare drum, some vocal syllabic samples - turned into percussive elements - and woods, a kind of musical cryonics who reminded to me some past tracks by Riou Tomita. This EP also includes two remixes of Westfalia - the former by NY-based Morgan Packard (Anticipate) where the original track sounds desiccated before injected in the chilling micro-dub groove, while in the latter Mark Van Hoen aka Locust (my favorite remix) manages to tighten the strings through a downbeat stepping on highly tense analog sequences - and two remixes of Mellica - a delicious arctic dubbed silent riding by the Canadian brothers Thibideau aka Repair and a sort of weird and nightmarish childplay by Benjamin Fehr and Lenique -.
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