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Artist: [de:ad:cibel] (@)
Title: Klondike
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
One of the strongest point of the debut album by the German bouldering duo [de:ad:cibel], hiding the musical ids of Daniel Galda and Armin Kuester, could lie in the power of amusing different kind of listeners by preserving a certain stylistical unoiformity: amalgamated by appreciable EBM structures and deafening bass lines for the likes of Front Line Assembly or Funkervogt fan-base and considerably insisting on topics such as depression, religion and faith (I enjoyed some "marxist" remembrance in the lyrics of the song Jerusalem Syndrom whereas any builder of make-believe system on the basis of revealed religion acts like a pusher/seller: "...Verkauf ich euch mein Opium./Ein Konstruct aus Angst und Regeln/Die Warheit wind indoktriniert/Mit Richtig- oder Falsch-Befehlen/Die Herde grundlich selektiert" as well as the invitations on reflection on the real final aim of some religious doctrines in the song Human Product - "These lies are corridors of mundane power/to hold the might they built a watchtower/superstition was the fundament/they used it as an instrument"), ironic critics on consumerism (it's somehow funny the ideal breaking of the sacred trinity of the socio-economical system - buy, consume, die - hinting at the words of the humorous song Too tired to consume, making a long list on an enjoyable danceable psychotic electro movement of "prescribed" quinine for keep someone's finance healthy or for celebrating the scene...allelujah!) and its consequences on human relations (songs such as Architecture or B.I.I.D. arguably insists on the refusal of distorted way of considering feelings, mixed up with low-grade bodily functions) and even some conceptual statements (I enjoyed the neural connections activated by songs such as Heteronomy or One Of 47 - maybe the best song of this album -, forcing thoughts while moving dancin steps...), these lads could be even appreciated by a large range of listeners as they're able to satisfy classical dark-electro fans (One of 47, Architecture), cyber-goth or mindful techno addicts (Monster Train's ferocious march or the less rough grip of Selektionsfunktion and Geteert und gefedert should switch their hungry neurons on...), synth-pop or future-pop lovers (tracks such as the above-mentioned Heteronomy or Between My Headphones and even more "romantic" songs such as Nobody hurts like I do could be injected in their lower abdomen...), but I won't be surprised to see some reviews of Klondike on metal mags as well. Concerning the quality, Klondike ideally traces a reversed Gaussian route as I listened to more well-crafted works in the beginning and in the end of the record, being the highest peaks Jerusalm Syndrome (featuring some icy treatments on the harsch Daniel Galda's voice...) One of 47 and Geteert und gefedert. It's nice the idea of showing the dynamic range of each track! Even if they're not really newcomers of the scene if you just consider for instance that Daniel was keyboardist for Das Ich's live stages (...and it's not casual that sometimes you'll have the impression of listening an electrified version of Das Ich as well...), I could say it's really a brilliant debut!

FLECK E.S.C: Bruxia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 02 2011
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Artist: FLECK E.S.C
Title: Bruxia
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ghost Technology
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Franck Collin also known as fleck E.S.C is a French producer based in tokyo and BRUXIA is his newest release under this moniker. Released digitally by the Croatian label Ghost Technology, BRUXIA's nine tracks will make you start 2011 with a blast. Catchy melodies, rich rhythm section, fat sounds, vocoder, electro and electronic influences make of this release a great one. The album whose title refers to the habitual involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth (usually it happens at night when you're asleep), opens with "Function 1", an electronic mid-tempo which mix suspended atmospheres, funky leads, syncopated rhythms and vocoder inserts. "Conspiracy" opens the dances with a truly rich intricate robotic rhythmical web of sounds, like it was a mix of Dopplereffekt, Kraftwerk and Drexcyia. "Alternatives" it's an amazing tune that will convince you in no time thanks to its cool synth sounds that being alternated and enriched with samples and catchy melodic lines. Franck's ability to pick up cool crisp analog synth sounds and to build a very well balanced mix will pop up immediately during your listening of this album. "Dr Spook" (a great robotic electro techno number with classic electro drum sounds, fat bass lines and bleeping noises), "Videodrome" (an electro mid tempo tune sounding mysterious and menacing) and "Dizzy flow" (a track that sounds like an ambient electro tune influenced by Detroit techno) are the evidence that this genre has so much to offer if you know where to look at. Thanks to Ghost Technology 2011 looks promising and BRUXIA will shine during all the year. You can check the preview here: http://soundcloud.com/ghosttechnology/fleck-e-s-c-bruxia-preview
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Artist: Driver & Driver (@)
Title: We Are The World
Format: CD
Label: Staatsakt (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
Nitro's been filled in the engines of this German music drivers and they look not so interested in directions...they look more interested in being on their way in top gear running over any possible stylistical path, which they cross without caring about pedestrians and pursuers possibility to eat their dust. They just grind eternal stones under their caterpillar musical wheels leaving behind their shoulders a world sinking like a torpedoed merchant vessel by retracing those uneven road surfaces, partially paved by other memorable German musicians such as T.Raumschmiere, rich of junctions and ramps going towards hip hop, industrial, punk, noise, funpunk, techno, rockabilly and many more musical languages, wisely mashed up in a somewhat brutal way. It has alreaby been emphasized by my collegue Maurizio in his previous review of this issue both the impressive way of playing live drum by Chris Imler (one of these two drivers!) being a recipe able to add a roughly guessed grip to D&D formula and their connection with other past notorious duos like Suicide and DAF (...and tracks like the unruly Back to L.A. or Wohin whose playful melody reminded to me the intrusive jingle scored in a Coke tv adverts, glueing - somewhat ironically - the ideal friendship between German and American, a stylistical alliance highlighted by the use of both English and German even in the witty lyrics). So that it's not my intention to be repetitive or make a track-by-track commentary of it, but I cannot avoid in reccomending this energetic pill to you... don't miss it out!

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!
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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.


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