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Artist: JONTEKNIK (@)
Title: Pride In Your Pocket
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Already available into the latest Martin Philip album I reviewed sometimes ago, "Pride in your pocket" and "Omnidirectional" born from a Jon Russell collaboration with Martin Philip. These two tracks immediately caught my attention because they have a rich melody, upbeat tempos and a great synth programming. Starting his music activity in 1988, Jon during the years collaborated with a Danish vocalist called Eva Christiansen, Claudia Bruecken, Holly Johnson, Onetwo (the project of Claudia Bruecken with Paul Humphrey of O.M.D.) and also Martin Gore while he was programming the rhythm tracks of the Onetwo tracks. The last years he released a solo album titled "Sounds from the Electronic Garden" but is ready to try new collaborations. Meanwhile you can enjoy the PRIDE IN YOUR POCKET single purchasing it directly from his website as a CD-r or digital download.
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Artist: TIZIANO MILANI
Title: Riflessione Compositiva di Assemblaggi Possibili
Format: CD
Label: Farmacia 901 (@)
Rated: *****
Tiziano Milani is an acoustic architect with different releases at his active: CD-Rs on Setola di Maiale and A.F.E., free Mp3s on Chew'z net-label, etc. He collects casual sounds and in some cases they are generated by touching, beating and breaking contact-miked objects. His works are the results of an alchemy produced by the mix of many layered sound sources. Also the track you find on RIFLESSIONE COMPOSITIVA DI ASSEMBLAGGI POSSIBILI born in that way and even if by saying that the result is a mix of tiny elements, it doesn't sound like an experimental casual mishmash of things. Tiziano is really good at using cracking noises, hisses, metal clanging sources and droning or humming sounds and the fifty four minutes of the track form an interesting and always mutating suite where noises and melodies coexist. The CD-r is limited to 50 copies and you can check an excerpt at the label's website.
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Artist: Hioctan (@)
Title: Under Control
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
When you’ll insert the brand new workout by Hioctan inside your CD player, you’ll maybe be tempted of warning your little sister for having tricked you by interchanging labels of Under Control and Roman Total War or Age Of Empires CD-ROMs, as the introductive Pax Veritas is musically quite close to those easy tunes you generally hear while playing war strategy videogames and you have to forward to the next track to avoid any undeserved telling-off and recognize this "exocrine" German band by their typical style, a sort of peeling patch scratched from the rustiest irons of EBM pots treated with dark-electro anti-rust lacquers! Maybe originality is not the key point of this release as Hioctan style could be easily traced back to Front Line Assembly or Suicide Commando ones, but it’s polite enough and without too many gewgaws in keeping with their intent of telling stories about history (the German one) by a language (and distorted vocals targeting different socially attainable entreaties and pre-packed conventional beliefs as well!) as direct as possible and even their battle against the so-called Hell-Electro, that side of EBM (a degeneration in Hioctan’s viewpoint) whose "anti-system" messages looks more as attempts of seduction on dance clubs than deriving from serious aims merging nowadays, could contain something in common with Neo-Classicist (but firmly Anti-Restoration!) artists. Don’t expect dance trank, but just some rushing and short-tempered tracks which could arguably be written and sung by that Old Boy born from the wicked fantasy by Park Chan-wook, if the first thing he had read a book on German history after his "awakening"! My personal favs are Pretender, Pax Americana (what an impressive desperate weeping sample as intro... !), Sonderbehandlung 14f13 (the name for the so-called special treatment sadly introduced in Bernburg concentration camp for the selection of prisoners according to eugenetic criteria... as you could imagine it’s a ferocious track addressing genocide during WWII), Passion of Cruelty and the Oriental-tinged Sacrifice My Fear. When referring to their music, Hioctan says it’s honest music for honest people ("Ehrliche Musik für ehrliche Leute!" in German). I wonder how an old German precept sentencing "erlich währt am längsten" (honesty is the best policy and pays at the end!) is fitted for Hioctan’s Under Control! Who can say?
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Artist: KLIPAR
Title: Black Cake
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Portugal, Klipar is the musical project of Diogo Cunha, guy who's also involved with Tales for Teens and Zombies For Money. BLACK CAKE is a download only E.P. that is presenting to techno/electro lovers three tracks of bouncing dancey distorted techno pistol pop craziness with a bit of dubstep. Ready to party with "Black Cake Box", "Hard to get that yo" and "No Pain" aren't electro gem but for sure are nice track that you'll enjoy when you'll need an extra shot of energy. At Soundcloud you'll find to download for free a nice bonus, a cool version of Star Wars' "Imperial March".
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Artist: MICHAEL MANTRA
Title: A.L.B.E.
Format: CD
Label: Silentes
Rated: *****
Active since the mid nineties, Michael Mantra creates music where the listeners is playing an active part in the process and not only because he's the fruiter of the sounds produced, but also because the sub frequencies Michael uses should stimulate the human brain helping to reach a state of deep relaxation. A.L.B.E. is the acronym of "Ambient liquid bass experience": musically we have different layers of fluctuating melodic bass lines that like sea waves create a cyclic effect that sometimes are joined by few rimshot / clap sounds. Everything is reduced to the essential and the structure is the result of Mantra's interest in Taoist principles applied to modern technology and musical expression. An album to test more than simply enjoy...
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