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Artist: THE PEPIBAND (@)
Title: panic
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Weird and funny name, this band hailing from Sicily has an honest sound, in a sense that has been quite a surprise, I can't say why, but I didn't know exactly what to expect. We're in front of a indie-rock, noise rock-band the way it used to be back in the Nineties and they've a good writing skill infact they recorded me of some forgotten italian heroes like Three Second Kiss or like Twing Infection and if you think one of them Is an ex member of the second band I was not "driving" on the wrong lane. The production is quite good and as I've said everything sounds has it has to and I mean it also in terms of technical skill since the musicians are ok, the vocals are good and while working on a classical noise-rock structure these guys have taste for catchy riffs. The global effect despite some dissonances is quite soft and lulling and I don't think being "old fashioned" is necessarily a fault above all if you consider this work sounds much fresher than many others looking for an easy restyle though a light touch of electronics. Never too heavy they've an itch for mid tempos and it helps making it all sound quite smooth and digestible. If writing a song is still what remains central for the essence of a release, these Sicilians demonstrate they're following the footsteps for good and the style is quite distinguishable which deserves them much respect for it. A nice band and a good work many of you into that kind of sound will love.
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Artist: ADERN X (@)
Title: polaroid
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Xevor (@)
Rated: *****
This double tracks downloadable cdr puts together a couple of live sets by this italian electronic musician. Ok, by writing "electronic" you may think I'm talking about some Warp, idm, dub-step musician, while Adern X has much to share with experimental music plaid with electronic devices. The recording is good and this' not exactly one of those releases were you immediately perceive it has been assembled during a live performance, to that add there's an overabundance of samples with a clear and easily distinguishable sound. The first of the two episodes has this "ordinary life reworked" feel due to the announcements at the airport or train station, but he slowly twist and reshape them mixing the result with some different elements. We're talking about long tracks since the first one is around twenty six minutes long and the other is about sixteen minutes. The suites are not exactly homogenous for their whole length, since you have really different atmospheres and the impression is he's introducing new episodes during the set which in terms of listeneability is a great thing. Despite the experimental feel Adern X manages to use some of those crippled samples that help the work to avoid the uneasy music definition. The second track more or less follows the same screenplay which gives a clear snapshot of the musical style of this guy, at the same time if compared to the opening episode, it deals much more with abstraction and presents a more uniform sort of landscape. Still rough but an interesting work.


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Artist: MAX DURANTE A.K.A. NOVA ELECTRO
Title: Invaders From Outer Space
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Boss of the labels Analog Dust, Sintetico, Macroaudio and the re-launched Prodamkey, Max Durante is well know in the electro scene for his releases as well as for his collaborations with Keith Tucker from Aux 88 and with Anthony Rother (on the project called Netzwerk Europa). On INVADERS FROM OUTER SPACE, the new release on Battery Park Studio, he presents himself as Nova Electro just to bring us four new tracks in balance from electro and detroit techno. The E.P. opens with "Digital dream", a minimal upbeat tune focused on a robotic bass line, rich bouncing rhythms and sparse filtered vocals. "Robot Edit" sounds like a dark electro version of the previous track with a catchy slow lead synth sound that produces a sort of hypnotic circular effect when listened with headphones. This is really Detroit sounding. "Where Is My Spoon" starts like a minimal nasty tune with an obsessive rhythmic bass line. When dry robotic rhythms and samples are added it sounds even more obsessive and menacing. "Electro punisher" sounds like a Detroit techno tune that goes berserk with those synth loops and samples which increase the intensity of the schizophrenia effect. Good one... P.s. Soon the release will be available on vinyl as cut on demand at www.templeplate.com
(Proofread by Johan Sebastian Bot)
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Artist: NATALIE BERIDZE / TBA
Title: Forgetfulness
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise
Rated: *****
Member of the artistic collective Goslab, Natalie Beridze/TBA is releasing her newest album FORGETFULNESS on Monika Enterprise. The new album contains fourteen new tracks in balance from electronic dance, industrial, spoken word, ambient and minimal electronics. With an overall atmosphere of suspension on time, the tracks show a multifaceted artist who is able to create hypnotic/melodic tunes that seduce and lead you through dreamy upbeat paths. Alternating episodes that could be used for a David Sylvian electronic album (thanks to the use of smooth atmospheres, rich sound textures and glitch noises) to industrial ambient based tunes ("Deeply superficial" has ambient piano moment and noise echoing blasts and "What about things like bullets" is based on a rhythm that seems sampled from Einsturzende Neubauten), cinematic piano based tunes (like on "Give my thoughts no tongue" or "Blue shadow") and dancey melodic melancholic ones (see "Forever has no shadow" or the beautiful "The face we choose to miss"). FORGETFULNESS is a really good album and I suggest you to check it!
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Artist: Grand Pianoramax (@)
Title: Smooth Danger
Format: CD
Label: Obliq Sound (@)
Rated: *****
Grand Pianoramax is a Swiss duo of talented musicians (award-winning jazz piano player Leo Tardin and drummer Dominik Burkhalter) more often than not joined by an american MC for their live performances (Black Cracker most of the times, who rhymes on two of the tracks of the album; and sometimes Mike Ladd, who appears on one track).
If you are wondering what a drummer, a pianist and an MC could possibly do together and why it would fit the pages of Chain D.L.K., keep wondering because it sure is hard to describe, but somehow fits our readership more than you might think.
Tardin plays piano, rhodes, K-station, harmonium and philichorda while he accompanies himself with funky bass lines and effortlessly switches between all these instruments and their treated alter egos. All the while Burkhalter lays down a number of smoothly flowing broken beats rich with syncopation, fills and the occasional uneven counts. Stylistically you will hear Tardin's jazzy influence and he'll make your head bop along with his funky playing, but sometimes he will make you feel like you are in the middle of an arcade video game galactic battle; Burkhalter keeps you rocking out steadily with laser sharp precision and a kind of live drum'n'bass aesthetic even when the figures are far from your average dance floor 4-4 and even though there really isn't any d'n'b per say on this record. The two MCs flow on top of everything making what is already an exciting and original musical offering even more out there and at the same time even more approchable.
The album was recorded between Switzerland and India (and features Karsh Kale on tablas on two tracks) and mixed in Germany in an old radio station control room with some funky old-school gear. The sound of the album is great and the attention to detail shows.
I highly recommend checking out this album (out now in Europe and dropping in the US in May) and catching the trio live (some US dates are announced for the spring).
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