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R21: Minimum Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh 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)

COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER: Fear

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Apr 07 2011
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Artist: COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER (@)
Title: Fear
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Three years after releasing "In The Cube" on Rage In Eden label, Compulsive Shopping Disorder are back with a new self produced album titled FEAR. Mastered by Martin Bowes of Attrition, the new album finds the Polish trio dealing with seven new tracks which compared to the old ones sound more e.b.m. influenced. The album starts with an obsessive minimal industrial electronic track titled "Endless night". With this one, Compulsive Shopping Disorder, set the atmosphere for the whole album composing an hypnotic industrial electronic suite made of synth pads and minimal melodies. The track prepares the listener to "The riddle", a tune based on rhythm / melody repetitions with whispered vocals and warm synth pad lines. In balance between nightmarish atmospheres and energetic mid tempo e.b.m. riffs the album offers also a dancey track that could please the lovers of early K.K. era: "Cold corridor". Alternating cinematic atmospheres and minimal wave intuitions the band succeed into giving life to their cold despair... "I want to forget and fall in your arms / fear is coming back".

SYNC 24: We Rock Non Stop Remixes

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Apr 06 2011
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Artist: SYNC 24 (@)
Title: We Rock Non Stop Remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Cultivated Electronics
Rated: *****
Active under the Sync 24 moniker since early 00s, Londoner musician Phil Bolland is also the man behind the 'Cultivated Electronics' label. His latest EP was released on vinyl last year; The release had four tracks with genres ranging from electro, minimal electronics to Detroit techno. Now, I'm here to introduce you to Sync 24's newest EP released for CE
Digi (digital sublabel of Cultivated Electronics). The new EP contains three remixes: two of the main track "We Rock Non-Stop" (Scape One and Heuristic Audio reworked this track) and one of "Chosen Module" by Clatterbox. The EP opens with Scape One giving a dark touch to the already robotic tune, enhancing the uneasy feeling that the original track had already been successful in doing. Focused mainly on rhythms, the original tracks lead the audience through syncopated beats and ambient pads with shots of upbeat bass lines. Heuristic Audio, for their version of "We Rock Non-Stop", decided to press the pedal on the post sci-fi atmospheres creating a breathtaking mix made up of menacing
atmospheres and growling pads. Clatterbox, instead, used cyborg laser beams and crystal synth leads to enrich their melodic sequences on the new version of "Chosen Module". Good one!
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HUMINOIDA: Whiter Album

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 05 2011
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Artist: HUMINOIDA
Title: Whiter Album
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After three singles Kimmo Karjalainen is finally landing with his musical project Huminoida (which is an odd, poetic Finnish word meaning "to hum","to make a humming noise") with his first album WHITER ALBUM. Available in a folded limited deluxe CD packaging and double vinyl / CD bundle, the album contains eleven old and new tracks. If you already checked the singles "A/B" and "Huminoida loves you", you already know the longer version of "Bigone Wars / White noise", the minimal wave upbeat hit "Obsessions" and the Ballard influenced lyrics of "Other side". Mixing a bit of synthpop, electronic experimental and minimal wave 80s atmospheres and sounds, Kimmo is packaging a great album where catchy epic melodies are enriched by his voice which is now sounding detached and now passionate. He loves synth analog sounds and all the tracks are a hymn to the warm sounds of the early John Foxx and Gary Numan records. If you love The Normal, Robert Rental, Fad Gadget and Thomas Leer, for sure you won't miss this. Check the new "Adding shades to monochrome", "The sound of synthesizers" and "Part time isolation" and you'll find yourself trapped into fat growling pads, dry retro analog 4/4 drum beats, melancholic atmospheres with a bit of noir romance. If you want a dark upbeat song, "Ride" is the track for you, thanks to its guitar riffs and to its hypnotic structure. If you prefer to let yourself go to synth experimental sounds which turn into an obsessive synth suite with reverb thickening the sound while filters make their dirty job on laser like synth leads and on a blasting bass line, "Folk of the twilight counties" is here for you. The CD is already available and it's ridiculously cheap: you can have it for 11 Euros p+p included worldwide. The vinyl will arrive soon from the factory. A must...


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