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Artist: INTERNATIONAL HYPER RYTMIQUE
Title: Uncity Nation
Format: CD
Label: Ocean Music
Rated: *****
Interesting debut album from this French band, they play a kind of pop rock which owes a debt to band like Blonde Redhead and Pulseprogramming. It's unusual from releases like this, but the best part of it, are the experimental pieces like "Monday 7 24", "City nation" and "La plus petite tempête de neige". The rest is well written and played, it's a good car album but non so original to say it will be in any playlist of the year.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vermin VS Noah23 EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Vermin Street (@)
Distributor: Additech
Rated: *****
Noah Brickley a.k.a. Noah 23 has almost 20 years of activity into the independent hip hop scene with ten albums on his back. The people at Vermin Street decided to celebrate with a collaborative E.P. where you can find Vinyl Blight (Vermint Street's Nick musical outlet) duetting with Noah on the original mix of "Blackstone" followed by five remixes of the tune. They are brought you by Mochipet (the Glitch Hop version is based on lead synths and man, he knows how to make those oscillators work!), Dsub, the man behind Boston's Glitch and Wonky Hop monthly "Lost In Bass" and partner of the Glitch.FM radio show of the same name, brings a less aggressive version which is still able to make you bounce while the synth pads create the atmosphere. Innerfuze's Itc Hop version keeps out the main melodies and replace them with reverbered drums and bass frequencies. ParanoidZen's Head Spin mix sounds like a two step/d'n'b dark psychedelic one. ArcRunner is the last one and turn the track into a grime industrial tune. Another great release that you'll find exclusively at Additech starting from May the 26th.
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Artist: AUDDIE
Title: Ein Bergamotte
Format: 12"
Label: Full Panda
Rated: *****
With fifteen years of activity into the electronic field, Auddie is releasing his latest 12" for the Full Panda label. The opening track "Bergamotte" is a eight minutes techno obsessive tune based on bass lines alternation. The second one, "Goldmund", is a bit more hypnotic with looping elements and light industrial rhythms here and there which couple the analog drum beats. The third and last one "Craz electron" is based on minimal rhythmical and melodic progressions with the add of treated vocal and guitar samples toward the third of the seven minutes. Nice one...
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Artist: MUSIC BOX
Title: November
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Lydian Label
Rated: *****
Music Box is a collaboration between Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and Todd Baker and NOVEMBER is their first E.P. Mixing i.d.m. rhythms, kinda romantic or lounge jazzy piano melodies and great guitar lines the duo have created a particular music made of many layers. The complex structure characteristic of minimal techno music won't stop the occasional listener to relax digging the mood of the opening "November" or the following "King fisher". Try to imagine an i.d.m. version of King Of Convenience and you'll have pretty much an idea of Music Box's sound. Along with the three original tunes you'll find a cool remix of "King fisher" where all the instruments have been cut into tiny peaces and plaid creating a nice i.d.m. lounge track where the main piano chords duet with fractal sounds.
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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE
Title: Through The Falling Eyelid
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum Records (@)
Rated: *****
After the last year re-release of Different State's 1996 album "Knar" I forgot how they sound nowadays as the split with Sigil have been released on 2008 and "Knar" is more comparable to Godflesh than else. Anyway... THROUGH THE FALLING EYELID is the newest full length of the Polish combo which now is composed by Marek Xavier Marchoff (tools, alchembient structures), Laura Marchoff (angelic voice), Jarek Szczyglak (guitar) and Keith Rudolf. Just like their tracks on "Spazmatic[k] Spell", the ten you find on this one present a wide array of atmospheres and sounds that span from the industrial ambient electronic atmospheres of the opening "Isolate: stone cold heart", to the retro electro industrial sounds of the closing "Manifest: through the falling eyelid", passing through the cinematic samples orchestration of "Project: verses without words" or the i.d.m./industrial experimentation of "Challenge: formal experimentation", the jazz/industrial improvisations of following "Damage: bleed from their souls" or the slow dub electronic industrial atmospheres of ""Signal: I'm out". Here and there you'll find light guitar solos or vocals that shyly contrast the paranoid atmosphere created. An album that needs time to be fully appreciated because sometimes it sounds fragmented but if you are in the mood for industrial experimental sounds, give it a try.
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