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ROBERT COSMIC: Restarting My Robot

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 27 2010
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Artist: ROBERT COSMIC
Title: Restarting My Robot
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
RESTARTING MY ROBOT is the first release by the Spanish electro producer Robert Cosmic and it is my bad if I'm reviewing it after his second release he did for Pip Williams' Shameless Toady. Out for Battery Park Studio, this three tracks EP starts with a banger main track. Based on bouncing mid tempo rhythms, fat bass lines and spacey synth pads, the track sounds mysterious, powerful and a bit dancey thanks to its syncopated rhythms. "We back" is the second tune and mixes electro funk and dark electro atmospheres. Bass sounds alternations and nice samples are its force. "Synth conversations" closes the EP with robotic rhythms, bouncing bass lines and a bit of acid sounds. If you love Spanish electro, you can't miss this release!
Dec 22 2010
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Artist: DRIVER & DRIVER
Title: We Are The World
Format: CD
Label: Staatsakt
Rated: *****
Driver & Driver is the creature of Patric Catani (aka Candie Hank, Puppetmastaz, EC8OR, etc.) and Chris Imler (aka Golden Showers and many more). On this project, the two German producers felt themselves freed from any boundaries and ideally, having a giant blender, they put into the fifteen tracks of their debut album WE ARE THE WORLD r'n'r, techno, e.b.m., electro and punk influences. I know that telling you so, you can think that this album is a sort of mishmash of sounds and influences but you should know that people can make the difference and Patric Catani and Chris Imler made that difference. Listening to WE ARE THE WORLD I can say that a major influence have been a famous duo active in Germany during the last thirty years: D.A.F. Probably the fact that Chris Imler plays the drums live is helping making that link with D.A.F. a reality but Driver & Driver are more than a duo influenced by the Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (even if someone would have told me that "Der kleine ernst" was the new D.A.F. single I would have believed him). Powerful drumming and German recitative vocals are the core of many tracks, so keep that in mind and add raw techno synth distortions, r'n'r melodies (like on "Hello, hello" or "Underwear"), retro synth melodies mixed with techno ("Back to L.A." sounds like Yello playing electro techno), mad electro tunes ("Wohin" sounds like a broken toy nightmare and "Sparen" like a techno folk song) and dance electro (like on "Kein model"). The album will be out at the end of January 2011. In the meantime you can download the opening track "Kurchen" from the band's website.

Sadiztik Injektion: Global Genocide

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 18 2010
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Artist: Sadiztik Injektion (@)
Title: Global Genocide
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
Turkey hasn't been so far that place, where to hunt for the freshest, international operating Electro/Industrial artists, although this one-man project, established by Samet Ozgur, can already look back on some years into the Harsh EBM genre. Samet made his most well-known compilation appearance on 'Noise Terror Vol. 2' so far, released by Dependent in collaboration with their side-label NTP, which got founded by Johan van Roy of SUICIDE COMMANDO. So at some point, Johan has been responsible to introduce Samet to a wider audience. 'Global Genocide' in its kind, and in its cover art, is simply that kind of an album, you would have expected: a highly danceable work featuring a straight 4/4-on-the-floor-attitude, rough and distorted vocals with lyrics proclaiming another end-of-mankind-drama, cool sounding scream- and cyber-war-like samples, and Techno-/Industrial-inspired synth sequences and bass lines. So far so good, I can certificate Samet a good talent to service the right drug for all dancefloor junkies out there in the international based dark clubs. Tracks like 'Mechanical World's Chaos', 'Realize The Suicide', or 'Cyber Terror' are hot enough produced, to cause an ultimate stomp-feast. But what 'Global Genocide' definitely misses, is an own and unique outfit, a problem, which most releases nowadays are suffering of. Samet falls a bit too often into repetition of his chosen sounds and rhythm elements, and he also doesn't allow one or another of his tunes to break with its straight and harsh attitudes. A bit more courage to try something different, something, what could add more personality into his tunes would help. A good addition for all the still hungry distortion-kidz for sure, but in no way stuff to discover, if you're longing for a more demanding experience under a pair of headphones for example.


Black Hole Nine: V. 2.0

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 18 2010
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Artist: Black Hole Nine (@)
Title: V. 2.0
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Mutant-Tek Records (@)
Distributor: Disconexus
Rated: *****
Congratulations, the relatively small Spanish label Mutant-E, here in form of their newly established side-label Mutant-Tek, could arrange the deal with this Venezuelan Harsh-EBM talent, which has left impression by an international audience with their freely available last album 'Velocidad de Escape'. In between, and only a few months ago, this band has additionally released a 4-track-EP 'Rebirth & Remixed V. 1', with which the band has picked out 4 tracks of 'Velocidad...' to re-vamp them a bit with a more dancefloor-oriented sound design. To set all of this a crown on the head of the responsible musicians, this simply entitled new album 'V. 2.0' puts an end to the previous recognized phase of this band. Unfortunately this band currently suffers a bit of some problematic conditions, because it seems, that Siva Black, the leading protagonist behind this project, had to move and has left Columbia to settle down in Mexico. Not a problem normally, but it seems, that the band formation itself consists out of thin ice, because the new audio part 'V. 2.0' got completely produced and recorded by Siva Black alone. That is really a pity and alters the quite good impression, which the predecessor has left, because it has been some of the good inserts of the second official band member Kaiper, who could integrate vocals and some Black-Metal-like guitar assaults, which have been synonyms for a relative unique outfit of this band. The new tracks, especially those stomping tunes like 'Shoot It In The Head', or 'Cheap Shepherd', are convincing in its typical Hellectro-/Harsh EBM-environment, but they lack of this tiny influence, which Kaiper normally would add. And vocals, no matter, how much distorted and fx-processed like a cookie monster they may sound, are still the most important instrument in a mix, 'V. 2.0' completely avoids this essential element. Too bad, because to offer only instrumental versions leaves an unready impression of this album, so let's hope, that they can decide to collaborate as a complete unit again. This DCD set compiles all three releases of this band to an important collectable-item, also and because if you don't like to hunt for their free downloads available at their web resources.

Dec 15 2010
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Artist: BLACK ELECTRONICS
Title: Suited Scums + Rhythmic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Black Electronics are duo of producers that collaborate living in different countries: they are Greg Maierson (from Detroit) and Dieter Köpke (from Germany). SUITED SCUMS and RHYTHMIC are their debut releases which came out on digital format the first of December on Binalog Productions. Containing six and five tracks respectively, the EPs mix techno fragmented rhythms, electro bass lines and melodic flashes. Alternating mid and fast tempo rhythms the duo tend to build dancefloor alienated atmospheres which on the first release have been influenced also by ambient (check the opening "Insert & Play Now = False & Is Release" and "Bomboombooom Error#3") and by a bit of acid (on "Source Code: Unknown" and "Manic Cockroach#9"). I can't say that I fell in love with these tracks at the first listening but at third I started to get the point: the fact is that even if there are some melodic lines if you follow those ones you'll get nowhere because frequently they are like hints or fill ins, the key to enjoy Black Electronics' music is to let yourself go with the flow and then wait for an element that will pick you up to lead you through the rhythms and sounds.


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