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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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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 01 2011