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VV.AA.: Face The Darkness

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 12 2011
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Face The Darkness
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Twisted Flesh Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Someone could think, the Swedish Harsh Electro-musician Fredrik Croona would have lots to do with new recordings for his music-projects PROJECT ROTTEN, and his appearances in the highly recognized MENSCHDEFEKT (signed to Infacted Recordings with a licensing deal to Metropolis Records) and SYNDROME X/209, but no. He also felt the need to establish a new net-label, with which he likes to offer his most favourite music style for free to a wide-ranging audience.
'Face The Darkness' is the first release of this young label, but a remarkable one too. It surprises a bit, that Fredrik could evoke already with this first release such a forceful army of Hellectro-troops, but a lot of names of the roster presented on this compilation, have already recognized higher attention. C-LEKKTOR (signed to COP International, the Turkey import SADIZTIK INJEKTION (Hi Samet!), ÃBERBYTE (signed to Crunch Pod), the immortal US-act DIVERJE (Hi Tommy!), Estonia's SUICIDAL ROMANCE (Hi Dmitry), the already mentioned MENSCHDEFEKT, or Australia's ANGEL THEORY (Hi Charles) can look back with proud on their previous releases. Relative newcomer projects like the South-American SAY JUST WORDS (nice synth-pads offer a melodic contrast to the harsh pounding environment...), Germany's ES23 (offering with 'This Is Anarchy' a quite good, harsh, collaboration tune with Fredrik Croona's PROJECT ROTTEN...), or the Belarusian duo DIVERSANT: 13 are more than greenhorns and don't need to hide their talent. Also those bands normally promising a more variable sound outfit than the average and repetitive formula, have been remixed by notorious acts of the Hellectro-army (DIVERJE's 'Suffer This World' by CENTHRON, ANGEL THEORY's 'Memories Of You' by STAHLNEBEL & BLACK SELKET). A lot of infectious and hard hitting tracks thoughtful compiled, which only awaiting to storm your home entertainment and to execute some imaginary dancefloors - no space for resting guaranteed! So this compilation suits perfectly, to save your next Hellectro-party. If you're longing for more musically diversity, you may won't find too much here...

1 C-Lekktor - Living Dead
2 D-ToX - No Sympathy
3 ES23 feat. Project Rotten - This Is Anarchy
4 Sadiztik Injektion - Realize The Suicide (Aggrotrance Remix)
5 Diversant:13 - Silent Night 2010
6 UberByte - Hell Alamein
7 Diverje - Suffer This World (Centhron Rmx)
8 Suicidal Romance - S.H.R
9 Say Just Words - Abandonment Of God
10 Electric Breathing - Zerfall
11 Suono - Jungle
12 Syndrome x/209 - Sexuality
13 Angel Theory - Memories Of You (Touched By Stahlnebel & Black Selket)
14 Menschdefekt - The End

Gushing Cloud : Prism Shelter

 Posted by John Gore   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 08 2011
Artist: Gushing Cloud (@)
Title: Prism Shelter
Format: CD EP
Label: Intanglecat (@)
Rated: *****
Gushing Cloud [love the name] is basically Gus Kumo. A delectable mixture of electronic music genres all done in a satisfying fashion, giving the listener something different every 3-5 minutes with most of the tracks running into each other to produce a nice suite-like atmosphere. There's seven tracks on this CDR/EP of electronica, hip hop beats, ambient atmospheres, and general sonic experimentalism that keeps things interesting. Nice dark ambiences too. Check it out if you have ADD or just like a good mix of things musical.

EMBRYONIK: Space Cadet

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 08 2011
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Title: Space Cadet
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Embryonik is back and after "Psycho disco" they are ready to rock the space dance floors with a new track titled "Space cadet". The song is an upbeat electro dance tune based on warm pads, great vocoder vocals and spacey atmosphere. George/Embryonik distributed a shorter version on Juno Download as appetizer just before the release of this EP. SPACE CADET contains fourteen versions of the original tune where you will find three different Embryonik remixes ("original", "instrumental" and the cool electro but not spacey "moonbeam") plus eleven other versions from eleven different producers. Here's a quick description of each of them. Noisebrigade decided to enhance the space experience by giving the track a psychedelic flavor with TR808 beats, pads and vocals. Pip Williams mixed retro electro with a bit of grime and house. Binalog Productions on their "Freestyle mix" kept only the main bass line just to play with the tune giving to it a... freestyle flavor. GFC version sounds mechanical and electro with 4/4 hard beats. The Discoballistic remix has different passages that play with minimal melodies and arpeggios exploding on some sections. Urban Midnight made it sound like a particular electro dub song. George Tsakiris made a robotic minimal song with hard beats, basic leads and pads here; Plus the sample tricks of the original vocals. Rambla's remix has part of the original synths mixed with dub grime bass lines and hard beats. Darksphere slowed down the track making of it a sort of minimal electro dub tune without the characteristic dub sounds. 80s Stallone, true to their name did a nice 80s dance version a la Moroder. Jowie Schulner is the last one to remix "Space cadet"; It is so lush with the 80s cinematic feel that I could imagine the closing titles of the compilation just like at the end of a Robocop movie.
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 Posted by Madden Wachsenhoff of City of Bass   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 08 2011
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Title: Plastic Fog
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Having grown up in the 80s, it's downright strange to see young kids today walking around rocking that era's fashion. A few weeks ago I saw a young lady walking downtown and I had to do a double-take; for a second there, I thought 1983 Madonna had come back in a time machine. My point? There was a lot of bad s--t that came out of the 80s, but amidst the waste there were a few gifts that have stayed to this day - one of them being the Italo sound.
The new release from Noisebrigade, PLASTIC FOG hit's all of the right buttons and simultaneously takes you to 1982 dirty rotten scoundrel cocaine drug clubs and modern-day dark bunkers in Rotterdam and Berlin. Bunkers where the crowd rides these rhythms in lockstep with Dj's spinning the platters. The cokes still there, but the new generation is getting off more on basslines.
The PLASTIC FOG EP mixes it up with the dancefloor Italo groovers of 'Soldiers' and the most excellent 'Hacking Your Brain', as well as the more abstract funk of 'Plastic Fog' and 'Bullets and Diodes' for the headphone phreaks.
Topping it off with some banging electro remixes from Darxid, Hyboid and Embryonik, this is a killer release from Italian producer Noisebrigade. Out now on Binalog Productions.
Mar 04 2011
Title: Conclusion
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic
Rated: *****
C.H. District is the musical outfit of a Polish guy called Miroslaw Matyasik. He started under this moniker on 1996 and he also cooperated writing music and , sometimes, acting for three theatre groups from the Silesia area: Cogitatur Theatre, Apart and Suka Off. In 2002 he got a deal with M-Tronic label and the year after released his first official album split with Duuster. In 2005 he released a full length for the same label titled "Slides"and then we have to wait until 2010 for the release of the latest one, CONCLUSION, album which has been licensed to Tympanik Audio for the north and south America. CONCLUSION contains ten new industrial electronic i.d.m. rhythmically driven tracks which are more similar to Oil 10 than to the sound proposed by Ant Zen or Hands labels. Tracks like the main title, "Practical tool" or "Go out" have a danceable pitch mixed to ambient and others like "Shrink" or "Burnaut" (this one features synta[xe]rror), are cool melodic dreamy robotic tunes with powerful beats and a cinematic feel. Then, "Like a human", featuring Tomtylor on vocals, shows new ways of exploring the genre thanks to a rich sound palette (Miroslaw uses many beats coupled to cool electronic textures) where melodic vocals are a great counterpart to an energetic dreamy sound. Really nice album...

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