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Apr 21 2011
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: Red Or Blue? (Remixes)
Format: CD
Label: Meka Prods (@)
Rated: *****
RED OR BLUE is a remix album containing different versions of two Cruise [CTRL] songs coming from their latest album "How's Annie?": "Where is Alice? Alice who?" and "Pomona Road". The album opens with the beautiful cinematic version of Brain Leasure, who mix orchestral sounds with acoustic guitar, slide guitar and dark ambient effects. Sobria Ebrietas se.22 remix "Pomona Road" giving to it a dark e.b.m. flavor thanks to industrial noises and mysterious atmospheres/vocals. HIV+ remix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" mix harsh industrial and obsessive e.b.m.. R3 Mute go for a similar approach on their version of "Pomona Road" but their used more electronics and less noises. Lambwool recorded a convincing version of"Where is Alice? Alice who?" mixing melancholic orchestral melodies and sparse synth arpeggios/rhythms. People Theatre gave a nice electro e.b.m. flavor to "Pomona Road". Operation Of The Sun mix of "Where is Alice? Alice who?" is a nice electro e.b.m. tune with hard beats and dreamy synth pads. Babylone Chaos mixed industrial e.b.m. to minimal electronic for "Pomona Road" while Laag for "Where is Alice? Alice who?", opted for a minimal approach with e.b.m. rhythms and samples. Bruit:Fantome did an hypnotic electronic version with acid attitude. Final Cut is the last band of the CD and they remixed "Pomonda Road" making it sound slow, nightmarish and obsessive. Most of the remixes focus their sound on the horrorish approach to atmosphere and played around the original ideas adding new sound layers but there are some of them that are outstanding.

THE EXALTICS: Irresistible

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 21 2011
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Artist: THE EXALTICS
Title: Irresistible
Format: 12"
Label: Last Known Trajectory
Distributor: Interstellar Sound
Rated: *****
'Irresistible' is the newest EP from The Exaltics & is the second 12" that Robert Witschakowski has released on the Last Known Trajectory label. The EP contains seven new tracks which are perfect as the soundtrack to the alien invasion The Exaltics' music is about. The EP opens with "Uncontrollable Forces", a short introduction which, like a tribal drum mixed with an air raid siren, sounds like a warning. "Irresistible" has a fast syncopated bass/drum rhythm which, along with the hypnotic arpeggio, duet with alien hisses and noises creating a dark scenario. "Relentless" sounds like thousands robots marching commanded by a mad scientist who plays his organ to lead them toward the city; Acid sounds and synth echoes do the rest. "Calculate" plays with Detroit electro style thanks to its synth pads in conjunction with syncopated bass lines. "Negative Agency" sounds acid and robotic thanks to 8bit grinding bass lines and pads. "Apocaliptic" is a mid-tempo track which sounds like a medical ventilator while the artificial heart of a cyborg is about to stop. "Indescribable" is an outro that literally is a heartbeat coupled with echoing sounds and hisses. With this one you realize that there's no escape... As for all the Last Known Trajectory also 'Irresistable' has a plastified tin foiled cover and a poster. Cool release!
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FLECK E.S.C.: Electro Space Cookie

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Apr 20 2011
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Artist: FLECK E.S.C.
Title: Electro Space Cookie
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Just months after the album 'Bruxia', Fleck E.S.C. is back with a new album titled 'Electro Space Cookie'. Released on Binalog Productions, the new album contains ten new tracks. Fragmented rhythms, Detroit techno/electro atmospheres and a minimal approach to melody is the core of sound. Fast looping rhythms and melodies duet as if obsessed by a software bug, creating a constant flow of minimal bleeps and beats. Sometimes tracks (like "They Are Watching" or the following "Next Life") are enriched by vocals filtered by a vocoder but are generally composed focusing on rhythmic alternations and tiny melodic progressions. Franck Collin used many tiny sounds creating a rich web of sound which needs the attention of a casual listener. The tracks immediately catch the attention of the electro lover, but 'Electro Space Cookie' isn't exactly a pop album to whistle along with.
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R21: Minimum Remixes

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Apr 13 2011
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Artist: R21
Title: Minimum Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
MINIMUM REMIXES is the newest R21 release out on Binalog Productions. It has the original R21 tune (which was included into the double vinyl compilation "Advanced Funk Vol.1") plus nine new versions reworked by new electro producers. Mike Ash and DJ Xed didn't vary too much from the original structure, they preferred working on rhythm variation and stop and go's. Microslav did a great version enriched by new catchy melodic lines and robotic atmospheres. N-Ter's version plays with electro funk melodies and dark atmospheres. Mirage (the dj chosen to rock on the forthcoming Street Sounds UK Fresh Reunion) made a nasty version with hard beats and mid-Oriental melodies. The Grow remix sounds claustrophobic and robotic with warm pads, bleeping sounds and filtered vocals. Pip Williams enriched his upbeat mix with a raw bass sound, dub influences and spacey synth sounds. Binalog Freq focused his mix on obsessive 4/4 hard beats and nice techno acid influences. R21 closes the EP with a "Slow and low" version of their track, which now sounds like a nice electro ragamuffin tune.
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HIV+: Anthology Of Noise

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Apr 07 2011
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Artist: HIV+
Title: Anthology Of Noise
Format: CD
Label: Meka Prods (@)
Born in Spain in 1968, Pedro Penas y Robles, moved in France and on early 90s he was djing at Trolleybus in Marseille. He started his activity under the HIV+ moniker in 2000 and the year after he signed for Divine Comedy Records. With different albums on this label as well as on Caustic Records and Black Flames Records to name few, Pedro, after collaborating with and remixing many bands such as Hocico, The Hacker, Sonar, Nitzer Ebb, etc. in 2008 decided to stop to play. Three years after Meka Prods decided to collect on a limited to 100 CDr run HIV+'s rare tracks, remixes (made by and for HIV+) and collaborations.ANTHOLOGY OF NOISE contains fourteen harsh industrial tracks where you can check Pedro's style made of rich percussive hard beats, distortions, minimal melodic loops and aggressive atmospheres. The tracks I preferred are the ones that mix genres that could be unrelated but which give unexpected results: check Pedro Peñas y Robles & Laurent Maltinti's industrial flamenco of "Vaya Con Dios (Normotone Edit Version)", the electro techno sounds of The Hacker & HIV+ "Novo Disko" (a song which remind me of D.A.F. as well as the following Millimetric's "Coco Pino") or the Die-6 Vs Splatterpunk remix of "Warm Leatherette" (a remix of a cover could be an hard judging thing). Fans of harsh industrial would be pleased by the remix of Hocico's "Born To Be Hated". A nice way to say goodbye... On this CD you'll find:
R3MUTE_less than zero feat HIV+ (Normotone rmx II)
SENSORY MINDFIELDS aka HIV_doors to kiev (instrumental)
AQL_milano d'agosto (sensory mindfield rmx by HIV+)
HIV+ atomic kashmir (remixed by SONAR)
HIV+ I heard a strange noise
HIV+_warm leatherette (Normotone version)
HOCICO_born to be hated (remixed by HIV+)
EMPUSAE_dark alchemy (harsh floor mix by HIV+)
PEDRO PEÃAS ROBLES & LAURENT MALTINTI_vaya con dios (Normotone edit version)
BUZZ berlin (HIV+ version)
NÃVÃ_insane robots (cold machine mix by HIV+)
THE HACKER & HIV+_novo disko
MILLIMETRIC feat. HIV+_coco pino
HIV+_warm leatherette (Die-6 vs SPLATTERPUNK rmx)


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