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VV.AA.: Global Surveyor Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 04 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Global Surveyor Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Dominance Electricity (@)
Rated: *****
Available as bonus album with the triple vinyl edition of "Global Surveyor Phase 3" and also available for purchasing alone (as CDr or digital download), GLOBAL SURVEYOR REMIXES is not a simple spin off of remixes and tracks who didn't make it to be on the original project. We could say that this is a second wave of the original project which you shouldn't miss as well as the main release. The CD contains four new tracks by Audiohead ("Global domination" is a short tune is a menacing instrumental introduction), Komarken Electronics ("Avoid society" is an upbeat mid tempo sounding robotic and atmospheric at the same time), E-Control ("Vision" is an hypnotic tune with liquid sounds, squared rhythms and catchy melodies) and Magnetic Bass Force ("Cold surface" is a tune with throbbing bass lines, dreamy pads, filtered vocals and dance attitude) plus eight tune which are presented as remixes but that should be considered as new tracks, because to the remixers have been provided only the vocal lines of the original, so, The Exaltics (Robert did two great versions, the first one is more ambient and mysterious and the second a bit inspired to Detroit techno), Scape One (great electro tune with 808 drum sounds and sci-fi atmosphere), Dr. Schmidt (epic and mysterious this remix is powerful and relaxing at the same time), Roadking (their track seems recorded by a b-boy of the next century), Crotaphytus (as usual, they sound menacing and a bit techno just like the final remix was made by Godzilla), Rob Real's (a bit dubstep and grime but with a big electro heart, this tune sounds like coming from a nightmare) and Dark Vektor (electro funk is the key, and as usual, Ivan Arnau doesn't fail!) gave their version of "Global surveyor" being true to their original style since they had to write new music from scratch. The incredible thing is that all the artists (remixers and not) provided to Dominance Electricity electro tunes sounding really dark, just like they agreed to do so (and they didn't as far as I know). Anyway, as I told you, if you loved the original compilation and you love the sounds of labels such as Solar One, you have to get this!
Nov 03 2010
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Artist: Cauterised
Title: Trifler Comes Clean
Format: CD EP
Label: M.O.M.T. Records (@)
Rated: *****
After "Trifler Gimmes Ox" and "Trifler's Revenge", Cauterised (side project of Quartersized, a.k.a. Ian, M.O.M.T.'s boss) is back with TRIFLER COMES CLEAN, a four track EP which make of samplerism its virtue. Taking as inspiration old B-movies, the EP offers nice tracks where despair and irony blend creating ghoulish soundtracks. The mysterious atmospheres of "Satanus naked" with female choirs and piano haunted melodies make me feel at home (I love 50s and 60s B-movies) and I feel them like an audio transposition of the movies you can find into the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Films. Also the following "An education" (where a slowed down orchestra duet with an obsessive loop) and "Linda finds joy" (melancholic strings duet with noises, children's laughs and monsters' breaths) follow the same path creating a great mood. "Voodoo magic" closes the release with a psychedelic atmosphere made of distant organ sounds, percussions and female samples. Run! They are coming to get you!
Oct 31 2010
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Artist: Lazy Late Kids
Title: Francis And Friends
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
After almost a year from their debut, Lazy Late Kids are back with a new EP titled FRANCIS AND FRIENDS. Coming from the fourth chapter of the Some Tunes compilation series, "Francis" has been remixed by four label's mates: Bronstibok, helped by Mc Complex, created a dance grinding track with catchy vocals, Aerotronic opted for stop and go formula with lfo filters on the wild, Klipar focused on a dubstep/pistolpop approach and Jey Key for sudden stops with reverbs, long pauses and exaltation of the key melodies. The release doesn't have only remixes, you can find also two original instrumental tunes: "Revenge" sounds as Lazy Late Kids were remixing themselves, because it recalls a bit the structure of "Francis", "Crusader", instead, has classic grinding bass lines along with cinematic strings/cembalo section and it sounds like a distorted dance version of a Morricone track.

Diversant:13: Glamour & Pathos

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 30 2010
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Artist: Diversant:13
Title: Glamour & Pathos
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
Hellectro is always same-sounding, repetitive, monotonous and at least boring. Really? Come on, guys, and give this new talent hailing out of Belarus a fair chance. They of course do not re-invent the wheel of a car, but what they do here, sounds harsh, with passion and dedicated to the subject. 4 original tracks are featured here, plus 6 remix works by projects out of the Russian Harsh Electro/Industrial underground-scene with names like ZWEIFELHAFT, [DE:SOURCE], PSYQ, DIRTY BIRD 13, NANOBIOTICS, or that pure cover version on the title track by UNGRACE, which adds a rocking Crossover-feeling to the hard, straight-forward produced music. What counts is the sound, the energy and the sweat spent into the production of their own compositions and DIVERSANT: 13 are acting like a hurricane, which blows away the mediocrity out of too many artists in this genre. 'C*NT (feat. Miss13)' is a linear EBM-tune, which offers a bizarre sound vocal performance by the female guest vocalist Miss13. The track 'Electroscum, Inc.' additionally comes out raw, with some raging guitar riffs, and can be counted as being the most forward-moving tunes. The bass lines and the straight beat-work of this quartet are sweaty and breathtaking, while the difference to some central-European substitutes lays in the language, and a bit in the kind, how they perform their abrasive vocals. Thematically surprisingly not reflecting the deeds of the next mass-murderer, this quartet offers a nasty essay about the typical scene-affectation by its patronages ' although I don't speak Russian/Belarusian languages. 'Glamour And Pathos' is a promising first release for them, and they should be able to continue in this style. Thrilling enough produced to kick multiple, better-known projects out of the stadium, keep on rawking!

Code 64: Trialogue

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 30 2010
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Artist: Code 64 (@)
Title: Trialogue
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
After their well recognized appetizer 'Stasis', released earlier this year as being a 5-track download-EP, the new formatted trio of CODE 64 offers a new and long awaited studio-album. As expected, this album follows the mood and impression already discovered from the 'Stasis'-EP, while it has some additional outstanding tunes to consume. Telling the listeners some tiny and charming sci-fi related stories of the how to leave our home world and to settle down in indescribable different worlds, CODE 64 offer a skilful and very modern form of Synth-/Futurepop-music, which is able to rival with the biggest names out of this music genre. Highly polished synth arrangements, diverse and intelligent chosen sound programs, and the crystal-clear performance by the new vocalist Hendrik Piehl - these all are ingredients featured here to cook a delicious ear-dinner. 'Stasis' is one hit, but 'Deviant', 'Higher Ground', or the fantastically arranged 'S.O.L.' can easily follow and should be ideal tracks, to safe any Synthpop-party. Highlight is nevertheless the sentimental ballad-like tune 'Oblivion', which slows down the rushing action and spends a spectacular, nearly chill-out like atmosphere with perfect synthesizer drops and a catchy vocal performance. Although that this album looses a bit of intensity after the 8th track, and yes, I don't think, that the half-baked tune 'Masquerade' isn't an ideal Single-follower to 'Stasis', the first half of this album I tend to call as being one of the most impressive Synth-/Futurepop-albums ever released. CODE 64 has had a good name in the past, but it won't wonder too much, if they will be able to enhance their international reputation. The band can already report about Chart-entries in Sweden's official album-charts. The talent is featured in this new band formation, so don't miss this album!


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