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Feb 06 2011
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Artist: The .invalid (@)
Title: To:Dust
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The .invalid is the project of Edinburgh based Seamus Bradd, known for his recent appearances as part of the Cease2xist live band.

To:Dust is the debut release under the title of The. invalid, and has been heavily anticipated in the UK Industrial scene, due to the popularity of "Cry Wolf", which has been available to preview for some time.

When asked as to why he started "The .invalid", founder Seamus had this to say:

'It's just cathartic. There's no grand concept behind it or anything; I'm just creating music that I'm passionate about with as much energy and feeling as I can muster, with the hope that other people connect with it in some way'

To:Dust is a loud affair, with monstrous kicks and heavily distorted bass synths vibrating the speakers under the, at times, chaotic vocals which really force home the feeling that this is an album of apocalyptic prophecy.

There are some nice 'Pretty Hate Machine" style bass sounds on there, along with some very interesting vocals effects, often de-tuning them to the point of dissonance, but just leaving enough melody in there to make it pleasant on the ears.

The Vocals are a stand out point, as they are as previously mentioned heavily de-tuned in the sung parts, which takes them very close to being just out of tune, but somehow the fragility of the vocal work's connection to the song's key adds to the feeling that everything is about to fall apart, helping to keep that sensation of chaos and apocalypse to the forefront.

All 3 tracks on this EP are a good listen in their own right, and this offering certainly shows that The .invalid could go a long way, and when you consider that this EP is available as a free download, this really is too good to ignore.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Werkschau
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control (@)
Rated: *****
Even if Werkschau (a German word meaning retrospective or showcase) has been issued to celebrate 12 years of history of the nearly legendary BPitch Control, the label owned and managed by Ellen Allien, a notorious and fuzzy glow-worm of the German scene whose quick mind and brisk work on the assemblage of such an enviable roster of amazing artists and musicians, caring this selection as well, it cannot be properly considered a sort of "best of" as you'll notice a lot of musicians who recently signed for Allien's label so that even it seems this unmixed selection is running back and forth at the same time and it seems quite eloquent the choice of a track by the new-comer Cormac, a refined Irish house producer djing at the Fabric, the glorious London's stylistical fairlight, together with the WetYourSelf crew, entitled The Present to stir listener's mind up, a cool and crispy sample of male vocal-house, echoed by the clapped brand new track The Kiss by the label boss, a sensual bell-ringing house hit. Then Ellen threws many other BPitch dices of musical pleasure - among which I particularly enjoyed Harmony of The Spheres signed by We Love, a crispy broken beating featuring some epideictic strings which could remind you the sound by Apparat or his collaboration with Modeselektor, the fussy teeny voice by Coma on the well-crafted groove by Dillon in Aiming For Destruction, the lovely electro-funk romance How We Moove by TimTim, a sort of more spiced make-up of Figurine, the trance-inducing gloomy tech house mantra by Sascha Funke on Hiddensee, the charming electrosoul vibrations of Day In, Day Out by Jahcoozi, the computational rhythmical games on West by Thomas Muller, the pacific chilly pattern of Plaetscher by Paul Kalkbrenner and the catching final track by Telefon Tel Aviv, the ethereal The Sky Is Black with the collaboration of the glowy guitar effects of Robin Guthrie - and after any fling you'll understand the reason why many people mention BPitch Control when they speak about the lustre of Berlin music scene and why Werkschau stands as a persuasive issue on the seriousness of their forthcoming shaking intentions of that scene. Long live and prosper to BPitch!

Here it is the tracklist of Werkschaus, that you can taste at the following address: http://www.bpitchcontrol.de/product/795

01.Cormac - The Present
02.Ellen Allien - The Kiss
03.We Love - Harmony Of The Spheres
04.Dillon & Coma - Aiming For Destruction
05.AGF/Delay - Most Beautiful Kill
06.TimTim - How We Moove
07.Sascha Funke - Hiddensee
08.Kiki & Lenz - Morning Maniacs
09.Zander VT - Gotta Look Up To Get Down
10.Jahcoozi - Day In Day Out
11.Mr. Statik - Sinphony feat. The Boy
12.Aerea Negrot - Deutsche Werden
13.Thomas Muller - West
14.Chaim - The Country
15.Paul Kalkbrenner - Plaetscher
16.Mark Broom - Refund
17.Telefon Tel Aviv - The Sky Is Black feat. Robin Guthrie
Feb 04 2011
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Artist: MIKE ASH
Title: Stop The Machines
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Active since the early 90s with Mashed and then with other projects such as Audio Assault, Interface, Space Cadet and Vyrus, Mike Ash is releasing through Binalog Productions, the first single under his own name. 'Stop The Machines' contains three tracks wherein electro and electro funk are the main influences. The release starts with the main track. On this one, we find obsessive bass drums leading the rhythm while spacey pads build the atmosphere. The tune is based on dry syncopated beats and synth leads alternating the pads. "Let the rhythm hit 'em" is a robotic electro track based on a bass arpeggio loop with synth effects coming in and out. Toward the end some pads introduce a bit of melody to the structure. "Back To The Oldskool" is a track influenced by electro funk and it's based on classic 80s characteristics (synth shots included). The whole release is focused on rhythmic and melodic variations playing around an idea and for this reason they sound a bit minimal. The good thing is that Mike succeeded in balancing both elements. (Proofread by Johan Sebastian Bot)
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: Dead Shall Rise
Format: CD
Label: Rebco Records
Rated: *****
DEAD SHALL RISE is the latest Flesh Eating Foundation album. It contains eleven new tracks which show really well how the trio is able to dominate guitar distortion and samples. Opening with the epic and melodically melancholic "The world revolves around you", F.E.F. set high the level of quality and they dare themselves to win the bet. The following track "For you" mix e.b.m. sounds and post punk attitude creating a melodic fast tune. "Dead shall rise" sounds like a cry of a not dead with obsessive bass lines and slow guitar solos. "Swallowed" and "Disappointed" sound like rotten robotic anthems with nice melodies and piano inserts. "Truth to be told" and "Blood us dry" sound like Killing Joke on acid. "Slow death of decency" is a crawling epic distorted synth based tune which explode on the final part. "Whe it all comes down" and "Disconnect me" are catchy tunes with electro industrial attitude. The closing bonus track "...And dance" sounds like a classic 80s e.b.m. tune also inspired by Alien Sex Fiend. DEAD SHALL RISE is a really nice album and I enjoined it. Try it, it could be yours for only 5'¬!
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Artist: BRASIL & THE GALLOWBROTHERS BAND (@)
Title: in the rain, in the noise
Format: CD
Label: Catsun/Monotype
Rated: *****
I'm sorry it took me a while to write this review, but sure in the meanwhile I've had the time to dedicate many listenings to this weird band coming from Poland. Brasil & the Gallowbrothers Band reminded me of some open musicians' collective operating here and there and with their roots stably planted in the seventies. We're not talking about freak-rock or anything close, this music is much closer to ambient/new age music or to movie soundtracks and i dare you to deny it's not easy to imagine a movie during fifty minutes length of this work. This band consists of four multi-instrumentists playing harmonica, flute, voice, guitar, marimba, synth, samples and several other things. The cd is a really freaky experience, the instrumental interventions come in and go out really gently and are well melted with the field recording, despite their psychedelic nature they never become too old-fashioned. After a twenty minutes opening track that grows like an acid trip, the surprise comes from a pop-psychedelic folk tune with vocals and a quite simple melody. The third song brings back to a quasi kraut atmosphere while the fourth episode has a particular song structure and brings the band into a diluted atmosphere. The closing episode reminded me a lot of Faust and by some means I'm tented to say these musicians have a lot in common with them and Can above all for what concern the musical approach to a "whatever feels good" idea. A soft and old-fashioned trip, nice.
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