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Artist: Komet (@)
Title: P.S.T.
Format: 12"
Label: False Industries (@)
Distributor: Whay People Play
Rated: *****
The signature on the third release by the newborn label False Industries cannot be so highly esteemed like the one by Komet, musical alter-ego of the renowned co-founder of Raster Noton (formerly Rastermusic) Frank Bretschneider, one of the most talented innovator amidst the overcrowded minimal techno scene, bringing out another delicious pie of perfectly razor cut beats, growling punchy digital bass sequences and distinguashable mechanical hearth pulsations. Accordingly to minimalist approach, it seems that every looped sound has been added in the magmatic amalgama in order to let the listener appreciate the perfection of the forging process all over the session, where Dr.Frank seems amplifying the sounds of the breath and the cardiac beat of an engine by his personal stethoscope. Among the three auscultations, I particularly liked the first one, P.S.T09, where some delicate sounds introduces the track before the pasty begins tasting burned by smoked bass sequences, and the third one, Flights 09 for his slow minimal involving obscure progression, but also the remaining one, even if a little bit eccentric and not really addressed to dancefloors, entitled Clap 05 sounds really interesting.

Dr.Breitschneider is not greedy as well as he shares his auscultations with other well-versed beat forgers, including False Industries label-boss Yair Etziony, who adds some entrancing drones to Clap 05 (maybe the remix which preserved more original elements of the source code), among which there are some brilliant versions, in particular the "nostalgic" one of Clap 05 by Donnacha Costello under the moniker MSF, who tuned the track into a piece which seems coming from the primordial archives of 90s post-Detroit techno forgers such as Dietrich Schoenemann or Taylor Deupree featuring nice bubbly synths cauterizing and cymbal-propelled stomping beats, Lobeygram aka Gabe Morley's one (maybe the most defaced version of Clap 05, but not less interisting than the original track...) and the eccentric foggy dubstep make-up of Stream by the mysterious moniker Tramway V, maybe the most groundbreaking among the remixes included in this juicy release.
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Artist: The Birthday Massacre
Title: Pins and Needles
Format: CD
Label: Cellar Door / Dependent - Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
And there's once again that violet-black colored phenomenon, which hasn't reached the end of rope on its trail of victory and international reputation. THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE offer us a new album musically pretty much in that style of Alternative-Electronica/Goth-Rock music, which has a serious chance for unexpected high album chart entries. The music sounds perfectly arranged enough, so that the matter of success only belongs on the amount of bucks investigated into promotion. At least for this point, no one is able to argue against the actions especially in Europe with efforts of different promotion agencies to take care of a functional mass-promotion. In times, when grandpa and 'mom start to whistle those chart-breaking tunes by UNHEILIG or HURTS, why shouldn't there a higher interest in TBM? For the track 'In The Dark' they've produced a professional video clip, and the current tour through diverse countries should be another milestone for this project. Musically their formula between classic Goth-Rock, Electropop-like Synthesizer-arrangements and Mrs. Chibi's brilliant and angelic vocal performance offers them all possibilities of entertainment, no matter, which of the mentioned styles has your personal preference. This ingredients completed by crafty and heart-felting composition qualities and of course supported by a top-notch studio production, should be enough reasons to give this project some respect. Die-hard Goth-Rock fans may will find their sound outfit quite too smooth arranged and their compositions a bit too far into the area of the Pop-/Alternative-music genre, but who cares? It's relative foreseeable, that TBM will reach and receive more new fans and friends, instead to loose too much of their supporters of the early hours of the band. Outstanding tunes asides 'In The Dark' I tend to name with their rather smooth and melodic tracks, 'Alive' and 'Pale' are worth a mention. Fans of the harder, a bit more driving tracks will find in 'Control' an ideal tune to share some movement on the dancefloors of the dark clubs. Good in all, although some tracks are sounding a bit too comparable to each other. TBM also leave out any unconventional musically surprises as all of their tracks on this album are turning out into a relative similar style.

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Artist: Nordarr
Title: Neues von Gestern
Format: CD
Label: Electric Tremor (@)
Rated: *****
New stuff for fans of the rising old-school EBM-sound, which follows the tradition of veterans like DAF, NITZER EBB, IONIC VISION, or early POUPPÃE FABRIKK-recordings. NORDARR, a German one-man-project consisting of André S. (PROCEED), is that sort of an Anhalt-EBM-project, for which the Electric Tremor label is known for: straight and marching kick-and-snare works, rotating synth bass-lines, minimal EBM-arrangements reduced to the most limited requirement and a raw male shouter behind the microphone. Lyrics got provided in both German and English mostly by André himself, but also with help of some guest singers. Produced by Pontus Stalberg (SPETSNAZ) stands for an experienced professional contributor behind the mixing desk, so if you're fan of this style of music, you can't go wrong with this release. As expected, true innovations you won't find, and you shouldn't expect it on such a release. As well and correctly stated in the booklet to this CD: 'Veränderungen sind nur sinnvoll, wenn sie Dinge besser machen', NORDARR follows traditions and lives the motto of this slogan. A bit rebellion to proclaim ('Ein Sturm', 'Untergang', 'Das Kollektiv'), a bit critical regarding religion ('Exkommuniziert' ' remixed by LEÃTHER STRIP a.k.a. Claus Larsen, who adds successfully with one of his typical played synth sweep sounds a wider musically value), well, also lyrically everything comes out as expected. NORDARR stands for another well-suited project in this special style and appeals to fans of PROCEED (of course!), SPETSNAZ, or SEQUENZ-E, if it needs further comparisons.
Dec 03 2010
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Artist: ROBERT COSMIC
Title: Rare Objects
Format: 10"
Label: Shameless Toady (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from the north of Span, Roberto Perez, is delivering his second release under the Robert Cosmic moniker after the "Restarting My Robot EP" released by Battery Park Studio this year. Available on 10" and on digital format thanks to Shameless Toady, RARE OBJECTS contains only two tracks: "Rare objects" and "Visita al espacio" (translated is "Visit to the space"). The main song is a great nu-electro tune with 808 upbeat syncopated rhythms, vocoder filtered vocals, different layers of melodic synth leads plus catchy synth pads. The whole result is a robotic dark tune with space here and there. The B-side is a nice instrumental which recalls a little the first one because of its sounds and bpm but it's more focused on the bass line and on the spacey pads with the leads enriching the atmosphere on key moments. It's a short single but for sure you'll find yourself playing it several times in a row.
Dec 02 2010
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Artist: DVS NME (@)
Title: Sentience
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Johan Sebastian Bot is coming from Colorado. At his active he has a lot of tracks he posted on his Soundcloud page but, as far as I know, SENTIENCE is his first release with the DVS NME monicker. The EP contains two original tunes and three remixes (two of "Sentience" and one of "Norse funeral"). The peculiarity of the main tracks is that they have no drums. I know that talking about electronic music without drums could make you think about ambient music but "Sentience" and "Norse funeral", could not be filed under that genre, because the rhythm is present and it is generated by synth arpeggios. In balance from dreamy atmospheres, ("Norse funeral" has nice warm synth pads along with soft leads) and cinematic sci-fi atmospheres ("Sentience" melodic progression is catchy and evocative) DVS NME did two cool songs I'm sure you'll dig. About the remixers: they all added rhythm lines to the tracks, keeping the bass line and the main synth leads and added syncopated percussive drum lines with a bit of Mediterranean flavor (Binalog Freq on "Sentience" used bongo sounds and a lot of "stop and go", just to exalt the cinematic essence of the original tune), retro sounds with several new melodic arpeggiator lines (Pip Williams remixed "Sentience" and he kept the main melody but used different synth sounds) and electro robotic atmospheres that substituted the original dreamy ones (Rawtary on "Norse funeral"). This is a nice release and you'll find it on sale from Junodowload starting from December the 13th.
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