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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!
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.




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