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Artist: COMPUTO
Title: Banana Tits
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vermin Street
Distributor: Addictech
Rated: *****
Active since mid '00s with releases on Xeriscape Records or Ill Pill Records, Computo is also beta tester for NI Reaktor and Maschine and did different tutorials on YouTube on how to make wabbling bass sounds using Massive. BANANA TITS is the first Computo release for Vermin Street and it contains two original tracks and one remix for each of them made by Encanti and DLX. "Banana tits" is a fun track which sounds like dubstep coming from a Donjey Kong game with timpani drum, melodic wobbling sounds and nice vocal samples. Encanti on their remix substituted the jungle atmosphere with a sort of citizen frenzy, making it sound kinda insane if you know what I mean. "Sweet death" is the second original tune and it has a main funky lead sound which toward the middle of the track get overwhelmed by the bass and by the dubstep rhythm which change totally the atmosphere in a wicked way. The DLX remix, plays around the original concept changing a bit the elements with that funky lead that goes in and out. You can check the tracks excerpts on the label's website.
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Artist: T_error 404 (@)
Title: Modify
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line (@)
Rated: *****
Already some months before released, the latest full-length and still freely downloadable album of the Russian one-man project T_ERROR 404 gives us an update about the musically coarse of the second owner of the Alter-X promotion group, Mr. Denoizer. With 'Modify' he could create a detailed follow-up to the last release 'Million Thoughts', as this one turns out to offer a playing time of more than 90 minutes. Generally Denoizer continues his path, to offer straight and speedy Electro/Industrial tunes, which tend to integrate a colorful fusion between different music styles like Dark Electro, TBM, Synthpop or Powernoise-like inserts. There's is enough stuff to share some wild-Pogo-like dancefloor movements ('TransCommunication', 'Modify'), while those energizing tracks like 'Angel (Cloned)' offer a good Powernoise-entertainment. But personal favorites to me are the more clearer, more classical arranged Dark Electro tunes like 'Exhalation' (good Russian voice samples, good synth-pads and interesting, temporary break-beats), or 'Out Of Body' (eardrum-cutting Hi-Q sounds, nice effect-processing on the vocals...). Not to forget the 3 remix contributions by the Belarusian up and coming Harsh-EBM-talent DIVERSANT: 13, ZWEIFELHAFT and a collaboration with project of DJ Jana Dark, DARK RAD, on the track 'Shade'. All of them offer a still danceable, but of course different sounding interpretation of the T_ERROR 404 recordings. That there's also hidden a bit humor behind this project, proves the cover version on a Mark Oh track 'Tears Don't Lie', which concludes this long clocking and very diverse produced release. I'm not that sure if I should prefer this one compared to the predecessor or vice versa - no musically direction or a planned float of an album seems to be foreseeable on 'Modify', which makes it a bit difficult and demanding to follow all tracks after another. It does good to hear, that Mr. Denoizer doesn't like to fall too deep into any death valley, which Electronica can always offer ' on the other hand, some tracks would come out a bit better, if they would be polished and sorted in the track list a bit better.

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Artist: Access To Arasaka
Title: Void [];
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Welcome in the world of bits and bites, or better said, the nearly unexplainable musically outer-space-dimension of Rochester-based Rob Lioy. A new full-length album after the previous released masterpiece 'The Lesser Oppidan' for all of you hungry IDM-genre fans, and Rob continues as expected his march to explore undiscovered spaces of Electronica/IDM music. There's a track list, yes, while the titles itself are seemingly generated by computerized codes happened by chance (examples? '', 'config.syn_seq''¦). Rob could also easily avoid it to invent such a complex sounding track-list, as this album doesn't offer a recognizable pause between his compositions, as this is seemingly indented too. 'Void []; to me offers the best moments, when Rob decides not completely to trust into his terrific abilities to program tricky Glitch/IDM-like rhythm patterns ' the more atmospheric side of his work filled with precise reverberating fx and multiple synth-layers, like with euphoria listened in 'term/echo' for instance, is to me the better one ' although especially this kind always evokes those tireless comparisons to GRIDLOCK. Rob may can find some comparable elements in the works of the too early gone IDM-heroes Cadoo/Wells, but to me 'Void[];' is a step further to depart from this. 'The Lesser Oppidan' may has been a bit easier to consume, especially if the listener is relative ingenuous and unfamiliar with Rob's recordings, while with this new one he definitely grows artistically. You'll get another fine worked-out masterpiece full of abstract IDM/Electronica music worth to sink in and to be checked out under a good pair of headphones. Get it!
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: On The First Of November
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
It has again taken longer with me to review the newest effort of Tympanik Audio's most iconic artist TOTAKEKE a.k.a. Frank Mokros ' much longer than the first of November I must admit. However, here are another 10 reasons to concentrate and to sink in completely into the sonic and fictional-driven music-outfit of this highly talented artist. This new album differs in a few aspects to the predecessors of Frank. 'On The First Of November' isn't at all that easy to consume and this album doesn't offer a track-list. 10 untitled tracks, as well as the photographic art provided by Salt mainly consisting of frozen leaves, rather remind on a conceptual release. Also musically, Frank has already offered more accessible works, although this can't be seen as flaw, at least not in the case of TOTAKEKE. All tracks are once again skillful arranged and are filled with uncountable pads, layers and massive atmospheres. The diversity in his complex arranged beat-work and drum-patterns searches another time for a constant rival still to be discovered. So it can't be generally a flaw to concentrate with TOTAKEKE on a more Experimental-minded outfit, instead to offer once again an album filled with Industrial-Dance-tunes, as here could hide a musically death valley of repetition. New is also the fact, that Frank has installed a kind of a guest 'vocalist', Mr. Redils, who offers his rather ominous sounding speech-singing on the track 1, 6, and 9. Frank Mokros shares musically formulated art with us, his listeners, and I really am unable to point out an all-time-favorite track out of these 10 tunes. Each of them has ist own attraction itself, so this album is another fine example to take some free time and to sink into this more than 70 minutes clocking sound experience, which lefts the listener breathless and endlessly fascinated. 'On The First Of November' sets the standard of modern and skill arranged IDM/Modern Ambient-Electronica music on a high, nearly unreachable level.
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Artist: MISS FD
Title: Love Never Dies
Format: CD
Label: Quantum Release Records
Rated: *****
Miss FD with her newest album LOVE NEVER DIES redefines slightly her music thanks to a minor use of distorted sounds and less e.b.m. influences which characterized her Frightdoll albums and some songs of the debut CD she did under the Miss FD moniker. LOVE NEVER DIES contains seven songs and it's quite short (it is about twenty seven minutes) but despite this, it succeeds into creating a warm feeling where the listener can check the many moods of Miss FD. In only half hour, she leads her fans through electro goth dance atmospheres (like on the opening "Moment of fade" and the following "Losing ground") that show an artist influenced more from Depeche Mode than from e.b.m. "Cry for you" recalls her old atmospheres and after the short instrumental "Temporary relief" there are some surprises that will show you the other side of Miss FD's music. "Negaverse" is a song that alternate piano ballad atmospheres to dance electro e.b.m. ones, mixing melancholic atmospheres to catchy upbeat rhythms with strong vocal choruses and "Away from here" plus "In love, loss and neon", are two songs based on piano where FD opens her bleeding heart with two passionate ballads. Dark, passionate, melodic and energetic, LOVE NEVER DIES is out there since St. Valentine day for you to check...
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