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JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS: The Shape Of Things

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 04 2012
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Artist: JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS
Title: The Shape Of Things
Format: CD
Label: Metamatic Records
Rated: *****
"The Shape Of Things" is the follow up to "Interplay", which was the first John Foxx And The Maths album. The project born from the collaboration of Foxx with electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards), who is best known for his 2008 album "Twenty Systems". Composed just using analog synths the Maths isn't an archeological project as for John Foxx is like to be back to "the place of the murder", because he already used those keyboards on his early days (I saw a photo where he program one of those with notes of patches he did decades ago) and it's like he went back to find a new creative vein. "Interplay" already showed how well the duo interaction worked and if that album was sounding bright and energetic with some epic moments (like "Destination"), "The Shape Of Things" is like it's the darker sister album. Containing short instrumentals (like the opening "Spirus" or "Psytron" and "Astoria", to name few) which set an intimate atmosphere that sounds a little experimental, the first song "Rear-View Mirror" seems to come from "The Garden" or "Metamatic" albums. Foxx and Benge sure know how to create a gem alternating arpeggios to catchy melodic lines. "Talk" has a menacing bass sound and a fragmented rhythm line and John sounds like in trance. "September Town" is a nice mid tempo with bright atmospheres and prepares to the low frequencies of "Unrecognised", a passionate mid tempo a bit melancholic. "Modreno" is another experimental instrumental and after that the sound explodes with "Falling Away", another mid tempo where Foxx plays interludes of distorted guitar which work as counterpart to his calm vocals. Bright atmospheres are back with "Vapor Trails" and I find that the alternation of dark/bright/experimental sounds is working great and none of all the fourteen tracks of the album is a rip off. The CD contains also two bonus tracks: another version of "Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)" featuring techno producer Matthew Dear (now the track sounds even more dark with those 4/4 beats and drone sounds) and "Where You End And I Begin". Featuring Tara Busch, electronic composer also endorsed by Moog, the track is a nice dreamy upbeat tempo with Tara on vocals. "The Shape Of Things" is a great album and convinced me even more than "Interplay". It will be out on March 23rd, take a note!

Diamondback Kid: Action Reaction

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Feb 28 2012
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Artist: Diamondback Kid (@)
Title: Action Reaction
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Diamondback Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
DBK's 'Action Reaction' is the 3rd release on his own label Diamonback Recordings. EP features 4 brand new tracks and 3 remixes by The Men Who Knew Too Much, Embryonik and the... truly yours ;)
Opening track 'Frontier' is a wonderful piece of electro, built around dreamy pads, clever hooks and solid beats, a perfectly balanced between a sweet dream and a nightmare sonic equivalent. 'Ghosts' is a strange hybrid of hip-hop, p-funk and... new wave. It also features a vocoded nursery rhyme and it's definitely the most charming (and interesting) track in this EP, along with the following one, 'Blue Sky', a new-wavish piece of nu electro, highly addictive after a few listens. 'Action Reaction' is the last of the original DBK tracks, a quite experimental electro-techno instrumental with a little theme that brings echoes of 808 State (at least to the ears of an old man like me-lol).
The Men Who Knew Too Much transform 'Frontier' to a haunted ambient track and this is perhaps the most attractive of the remixes. 'Action Reaction' gets the Embryonik treatment ie a strong electronic disco injection and the result is a truly great club track based in a Moroder-ish groove and built around George's analogue madness. Simply irresistible! Last (but not least ;)) there's a remix of 'Ghosts' by the truly yours and DBK (actually the man added a few but crucial for the consistency of this remix overdubs and i thank him very very much for this!). Take a listen and... review it yourselves ;)
Overall 'Action Reaction' is a truly great EP although not your average electro/bass release (and that's good, very good!). Variety, that's the key word and 'Action Reaction' is a real winner in this field. Available as a digital-only release by Wednesday, Feb 29, first on Junodownload (http://www.junodownload.com/products/action-reaction/1917574-02/), then, by the 7th of March, at all the digital outlets, including DBK's Bandcamp. Grab it!

NEON ELECTRONICS: Keylogger

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Feb 26 2012
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Artist: NEON ELECTRONICS
Title: Keylogger
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Rated: *****
Dirk Da Davo aka Neon Electronics, is one half of the famous Belgian band Neon Judgement. Active since early 80s with them, Dirk started his Neon Electronics project at the end of the 90s. His new album "Keylogger" is his fifth and it sounds his darker one to date. Inspired by the social world situation and by the consequences on our planet, the album contains ten new tracks, a cover of "The Fear In My Heart" (song originally written by Luc Van Acker), a Neon Electronics remix of "Prejudicial Silence" (originally by Millimetric), one remix of "Over And Over" plus three remixes of "Under The Worst Condition" performed by Action Nano (a label's mate), 9 Elma vs Lyynk and Dj Element. Three tracks ("Glimp", "Over And Over" and "Rhythm") see Dirk collaborating with Radical G and "This Thin Air" features JMX. Musically the album spans from powerful electro (like on "For A Second", "Rhythm" or the following "Prejudicial Silence" which has nice female cold vocals) to the semi electro techno of "Plastic World People", passing through electro r'n'r intuitions on "Greed" or e.b.m. ones on "Glimp". On much of the tracks you'll find also guitar riffs helping into the creation of the energetic sound you'll find overall the whole album. Catchy melodies, cools sounds and upbeat rhythms make of this an album you have to check. Definitively!

POPSIMONOVA: Yellow Lamps

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Feb 22 2012
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Artist: POPSIMONOVA
Title: Yellow Lamps
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Romance Moderne
Rated: *****
"Yellow Lamps" is a one track single which functions as appetizer for a next imminent release. Popsimonova was one of the founding members of the Croatian electro band Dekolaz which were active around the year 2006. After leaving the band in 2008, she started her new solo project Popsimonova and participated the year after to the Enfant Terrible compilation "Radio Resistencia" with the track "Obrisi". "Yellow Lamps" is an obsessive tune with cool synth sounds, cold vocals, retro ebm rhythms and atmospheres. Popsimonova is able to alternate interesting sounds keeping the melodies to the essential but giving to the track a good sound palette. She already performed live on one of the Romance Moderne nights in Bruxelles. Follow her...

VV.AA.: Bass Warriors 2

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Feb 20 2012
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Bass Warriors 2
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Devine Disorder Records (@)
Rated: *****
About 2 and a half years after "Bass Warriors" (DDR 014), the excellent Devine Disorder Records label releases the sequel, a mini compilation of dark electro tracks by some of the finest producers around.
"Bass Warriors 2" gathers in a 5-track EP the talents of Dwellz (label's head honcho), Mike Ash, Rawtary, Zerodouble and Dexterous Numerics. Sound is ranging from the futuristic dystopia of "Amoeba" (fly track by Dwellz) to the tough funk of "Bass Man" (Zerodouble), through the experimental vibes of "Freaky Bitch" (my fav track by Lithuania's finest, Rawtary) and the more straightforward dark electro of "Flying Saucer" and "Dannz" (by the one and only Mike Ash and an extremely talented newcomer in the electrofunk scene, Dexterous Numerics, respectively).
Mastered to perfection by a man (or... machine?!) who needs no introduction, R21, this is a release you just can't miss. It will be available digitally by Sunday, Feb 26, so, all you freaks, save some bucks for a heavy dose of electro dopeness!


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