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PIP WILLIAMS & THE HIDDEN PERSUADER: The First Replicators

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 07 2011
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Artist: PIP WILLIAMS & THE HIDDEN PERSUADER
Title: The First Replicators
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Shameless Toady (@)
Rated: *****
The third Shameless Toady label release is a Pip Williams collaboration with The Hidden Persuader (moniker used by one of the founders of the Access Tonal Communications label). THE FIRST REPLICATORS sees the duo delivering four tracks which mix techno and electro. If you have checked other Pip Williams stuff, you know that he's great at creating rich structures where cascading rhythms ride chunks of melodies. On this collaborative release you'll find what you are already used to, with some electro robotic or syncopated funk-rhythm sound (like on the closing great "Close your eyes" and on "Uber funk"). All four tracks are capable of keeping the listener interested and exited, thanks to upbeat rhythms, catchy synth sounds and cool melodies. You can check the whole release and purchase it at http://shamelesstoady.bandcamp.com (Proofread by: Johan Sebastian Bot)

The .invalid: To:Dust

 Posted by Steve Fearon (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 06 2011
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Artist: The .invalid (@)
Title: To:Dust
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The .invalid is the project of Edinburgh based Seamus Bradd, known for his recent appearances as part of the Cease2xist live band.

To:Dust is the debut release under the title of The. invalid, and has been heavily anticipated in the UK Industrial scene, due to the popularity of "Cry Wolf", which has been available to preview for some time.

When asked as to why he started "The .invalid", founder Seamus had this to say:

'It's just cathartic. There's no grand concept behind it or anything; I'm just creating music that I'm passionate about with as much energy and feeling as I can muster, with the hope that other people connect with it in some way'

To:Dust is a loud affair, with monstrous kicks and heavily distorted bass synths vibrating the speakers under the, at times, chaotic vocals which really force home the feeling that this is an album of apocalyptic prophecy.

There are some nice 'Pretty Hate Machine" style bass sounds on there, along with some very interesting vocals effects, often de-tuning them to the point of dissonance, but just leaving enough melody in there to make it pleasant on the ears.

The Vocals are a stand out point, as they are as previously mentioned heavily de-tuned in the sung parts, which takes them very close to being just out of tune, but somehow the fragility of the vocal work's connection to the song's key adds to the feeling that everything is about to fall apart, helping to keep that sensation of chaos and apocalypse to the forefront.

All 3 tracks on this EP are a good listen in their own right, and this offering certainly shows that The .invalid could go a long way, and when you consider that this EP is available as a free download, this really is too good to ignore.

MIKE ASH: Stop The Machines

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 04 2011
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Artist: MIKE ASH
Title: Stop The Machines
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Active since the early 90s with Mashed and then with other projects such as Audio Assault, Interface, Space Cadet and Vyrus, Mike Ash is releasing through Binalog Productions, the first single under his own name. 'Stop The Machines' contains three tracks wherein electro and electro funk are the main influences. The release starts with the main track. On this one, we find obsessive bass drums leading the rhythm while spacey pads build the atmosphere. The tune is based on dry syncopated beats and synth leads alternating the pads. "Let the rhythm hit 'em" is a robotic electro track based on a bass arpeggio loop with synth effects coming in and out. Toward the end some pads introduce a bit of melody to the structure. "Back To The Oldskool" is a track influenced by electro funk and it's based on classic 80s characteristics (synth shots included). The whole release is focused on rhythmic and melodic variations playing around an idea and for this reason they sound a bit minimal. The good thing is that Mike succeeded in balancing both elements. (Proofread by Johan Sebastian Bot)

FLESH EATING FOUNDATION: Dead Shall Rise

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 04 2011
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: Dead Shall Rise
Format: CD
Label: Rebco Records
Rated: *****
DEAD SHALL RISE is the latest Flesh Eating Foundation album. It contains eleven new tracks which show really well how the trio is able to dominate guitar distortion and samples. Opening with the epic and melodically melancholic "The world revolves around you", F.E.F. set high the level of quality and they dare themselves to win the bet. The following track "For you" mix e.b.m. sounds and post punk attitude creating a melodic fast tune. "Dead shall rise" sounds like a cry of a not dead with obsessive bass lines and slow guitar solos. "Swallowed" and "Disappointed" sound like rotten robotic anthems with nice melodies and piano inserts. "Truth to be told" and "Blood us dry" sound like Killing Joke on acid. "Slow death of decency" is a crawling epic distorted synth based tune which explode on the final part. "Whe it all comes down" and "Disconnect me" are catchy tunes with electro industrial attitude. The closing bonus track "...And dance" sounds like a classic 80s e.b.m. tune also inspired by Alien Sex Fiend. DEAD SHALL RISE is a really nice album and I enjoined it. Try it, it could be yours for only 5'¬!

QUARTERSIZED: Questions

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 28 2011
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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Questions
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: What A Carve Up! (@)
Rated: *****
QUESTIONS is the newest EP by Quartersized and it is the first for What A Carve Up!, label set up to release in digital download format all the music produced by Ian Proudfoot with whatever moniker he'd like to use at that moment. The EP is opened by the main title, a track which include electro dub and ambient influences under the shape of a mid tempo horror cinematic tune. Also "Scare anyone" is based on the same atmospheres but with the use of syncopated tabla percussion as rhythmic instrument. "Desire" sounds like a slowed down blues with industrial dub influences, while "I had to laugh" is pure ambient dub with upfront bass guitar and synth distortions but it is the one that I preferred less because it didn't create the mysterious atmosphere the other three were capable to. Vocal samples and loops enrich the formula as usual. You can preview the whole EP at the bandcamp website and purchasing it for only 1 pound.


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