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DEKAD: Monophonic

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 06 2011
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Artist: DEKAD
Title: Monophonic
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Three years ago I reviewed Dekad's second album "Confidential Tears" and now it's time to check their latest one titled MONOPHONIC. Passed from a trio to a solo project of JB Lacassagne, Dekad didn't lose their distinctive mix of electro e.b.m. and synthpop that was already into "Confidential Tears". On the eleven songs of MONOPHONIC I still hear echoes of late 80s Depeche Mode, Evils Toy or Covenant but JB knows how to tweak things up and he kept these sounds only as reference and sound-wise he opted for analog sounds instead of the cold synth 90s sample based sounds. In this way the bleeps and fat bass lines he used on tracks like "Hands Over Me", "So Sorry" (song enriched by the guest vocals of Lover_XX a.k.a. Sylvie Billy, singer of Foretaste) or the following "What If" (on this one Member U-0176, singer of Celluloide, is on backing vocals) are really making the difference by warming the atmosphere and giving to the whole tracks a crisp sound. We all know that love relationships are hard to deal with but the pain and suffer JB sings about find a comfy place to rest thanks to these sounds.

ELASTIK: Critik

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 30 2011
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Artist: ELASTIK (@)
Title: Critik
Format: CD
Label: Koma Records (@)
Rated: *****
CRITIK is the second and newest album by a project coming from Paris / France called Elastik. Thomas Prigent is the main guy behind it and he collaborated with different people who composed the lyrics and sung on most of the album tracks. We have Horror 4o4 on "Ekymose", "Toxic" and "Skalpel" (she did a spoken word performance in French language while Thomas built a strong musical background in balance from industrial, new wave and experimental electronic music), Faustine on "Automatik" (this is a powerful track that begins with an hypnotic tiny bell melody and that grows slowly with the add of distorted drum beats and bass lines just to find its climax when catchy piano / bells melodies joins the great Faustine's performance), Cecilia H on "Organik" (this is an upbeat track based on warm synth bass lines, reverberated clean guitar arpeggios, analog drum machine beats that add pathos to the Cecilia H speech), Cheval Blanc on "Synkrone" (this is a melancholic tune with a nice piano / distorted reverse guitars duet with the add of powerful hard beats. Cheval Blanc is a guy who here performs his French speech) and Black Sifichi on "Insomniak" (this track is a mix of upbeat beats and minimal electronic melodies and Black Sifichi vocals sounds like a speech of an English actor). We have also three instrumental tracks ("Kristal", "Nevrotik" and "Klone") where Thomas build a strong mix made of industrial electronic music and catchy melodic intuitions or creates a nightmarish mix of piano echoes (on "Klone"). CRITIK is a great album which is able to mix cinematic atmospheres, cool sounds and convincing vocal performances. You can check the whole stream on the label's website.

-=UHU=-: Return Of Atlantian EP

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Jun 27 2011
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Artist: -=UHU=-
Title: Return Of Atlantian EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Sauroid (@)
Rated: *****
After the Noisebrigade release, here's the second electro marked release (code blu) of the Sauroid label. This time they flew to Latvia to bring to you, -=UHU=- (that stands for Universal Human Underground). After the last year 12" EP titled "Electrofunk Systems", -=UHU=- drops a new EP with six tracks influenced by Detroit electro and Kraftwerk. Using mainly analog synth sounds, Gatis Pastars (the guy behind the project), creates a mix of robotic atmospheres with catchy melodies. Chiptune sounds and warm synth waves will warm every lover of pure electro music. From the opening "Base 808" you'll be seduced thanks with distorted pulsating monophonic sounds and hard beats. Mixing mid and fast tempos tunes, Gatis, proposes a balanced track list. Similar to the lost island Atlantian, where civilization probably has a high level of scientific knowledge when compared to the human evolution. The EP includes also a Komarken Electronics remix of "Energum". A track that originally sounded fast and obsessive with catchy lead synth which, with the help of Komarken Electronics, now has turned into a cool mid tempo electro track with bass line arpeggios and sidereal pads. Are you ready to be doomed?
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Hired.Life: End Of Line

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 26 2011
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Artist: Hired.Life (@)
Title: End Of Line
Format: CD
Label: Gravitator Records (@)
Rated: *****
A newcomer project signed to the Russian Gravitator Records label, but with a well-known protagonist involved: Hired.Life is an EBM/Electro/Industrial-music producing trio, which consist of Serge Vorobyov (a.k.a. Case, former member of both, Denergized and Ex-Delicto), Andrey Klaus and Pavel Grudnev. Hired.Life can be therefore seen in some way as being the result, of what has left after the demise of Denergized, the promising Dark Electro duo out of Königsberg (Kaliningrad), which has gone quite too early after only one album signed to the Hungarian Advoxya Records label (check our interview with this duo somewhere placed in the interview section on here'¦). Musically there are significant differences between Denergized and the compositions of the present under Hired.Life. As being a trio, it shouldn't wonder too much, that all of the featured band members are trying to incorporate their own preferences regarding the choice of sounds, styles, and directions too. Hired.Life is lighter oriented and allows Synth-/Futurepop elements to find a constant slot, although the first two tracks, 'Hire Me' and 'The Factory', are pretty much based into the already mentioned Dark Electro vein. The kind of singing, as well as the sound of his vocals of Serge may is the most comparable element reminding on Denergized, because at latest with track 3, 'My Catwalk', the general sound environment turns out to be more smooth. 'My Catwalk' with its catchy synthplay, as well as the easy-to-follow compositions of both tracks, 'For Ever and A Day' and 'Nightcity Fairytales', should be the ones finding its listeners with the lighter audience. As being a good point ' and this can be heard on nearly all featured tracks on here ' the kind of composing has been developed a lot, and stands on a much higher level in comparison to Denergized. The arrangements are layered and filled with tasteful inserted synth-pads and the band members can prove advanced programming abilities. 12 own compositions and two additional remix contributions by Fr@ktal and the Moscow-based Spin Provider are including diversity. 'End Of Line' is a good and satisfying Electro-/Industrial album, although it won't be able to match with unique global-players of the scene. That wasn't to expect from a newcomer project, which still needs time to find the ideal direction. But it's definitely not the 'End Of Line' for this project.

METACOMPLEX: Polymer Matrix

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 24 2011
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Artist: METACOMPLEX
Title: Polymer Matrix
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
'Polymer Matrix' is the first MetaComplex release for Binalog Productions. For this single, Tamas Olejnik included three good tracks which have robotics rhythms and sidereal atmospheres. The single opens with the title track "Polymer Matrix". The tune has a Detroit flavor thanks to its spacey leads and powerful analog bass lines. "Implanted Soul" showcases robotic rhythms, sidereal pads and bouncy fat bass lines. "Polymer Matrix II" closes the single with more syncopated rhythms and ice-cold melodies. MetaComplex did a great job with all of these tracks and they are all very enjoyable. If you love Detroit and Miami electro be sure to check this out!
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