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Sep 28 2010
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Artist: Pip Williams
Title: Resistance Is Futile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE is the newest release by a Londoner guy called Pip Williams (his real name is Phil Ventre). On this EP released digitally by Binalog Productions, he delivers five new tracks in balance from old style electro, a bit of Detroit techno, Miami electro and spaced out atmospheres. Opening with the menacing self titled tune based on vocoder vocals, spacey synth sounds and syncopated electro rhythms, the EP follows with "Scanners" and "Ozone Layer", two upbeat electro tune in balance from old style electro and ambient atmospheres just to end with "Spiralled Out Of Control" and "Future Past", two tracks that thanks to their lush atmospheres make me think of Miami. Check this release at the Soundcloud Pip Williams' page and purchase it exclusively at Juno here http://www.junodownload.com/products/resistance-is-futile/1625971-02/?ref=dlk
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Artist: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (@)
Title: Sinister Whisperz
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
Just after some live performances in Chicago, home-base of the legendary Wax Trax!, the notorious label which issued the first works of the long named band My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, inheriting its denomination from the title of a track of the score for an unreleased movie (Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult) on the style of Russ Meyer by Marston Delay aka Buzz McCoy and Frank Nardiello, former band mate of Ministry's Alan Jourgensen, the so-called Washington wives, id est the committee of famous groomed wives (Tipper Gore, Pam Howar, Sally Nevius and Susan Baker'¦women which could be condemned to oblivion if they would have not married important American politicians'¦it smells like patronage, you know'¦) founding Parents Music Resource Center (the association spreading Parental Advisory's stickers'¦), looked so attracted by the provocative language and performances adopted by these folks that asked for censorship on the basis of suspicions of being messengers of Satan'¦ a potential danger for the absolutely upright education of their children! We're not so interested in this kind of fuss, being just blowing smoke, overcooked matters by the usual conformists as we think that it's even more interesting to highlight the stylistic importance of this band, which ideally could wean a lot of later industrial band (..and not only industrial to say properly!), preferring to understate the right-thinking opinion on their art as we can actually do and even having joked on it by other funny provocations on the stage and by choosing self-ironic titles such as Kooler Than Jesus or A Daisy Chain 4 Satan'¦ it's more important to us to remember they were probably the first ones to add in the classic martial industrial song's structure some recipes taken from funk and disco and adding a bizarre touch by inserting some funny samples grabbed from horror B-movies mixed with pumping electronic beats and dark synths which reminded the somewhat ridicule soundtrack of those pieces of filmic work, being maybe bands such as Negativland their real successor in this way of composing!

That's why this first release of a series introducing a collection fully dedicated to a revision of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult's issues and wisely entitled Sinister Whisperz should arouse the curiosity of all gothic/industrial/ebm followers which ignore their rich stock of creepy (!) stuff, focusing on the Wax Trax! Years running from 1987 to 1991 and perfectly retreated by Buzz McCoy, who expressed enthusiasm for Rustblade idea as it declared It was like visiting old friends after 20 years by remixing those songs and it was nice to finally add some sonic sparkle to those dusty, old tracks'. It includes most of the forerunning hits of the more plastic industrial dance wanton scene featuring sex charged and sleazy tracks such as Leathersex, A Girl Doesn't Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover'¦'Cuz It's Hot (what a title!!!) or the funny Le Carnival Mix of Nervous Xians, irreverent sprinkling on the notoriety PMRC was able to give them such as the above-mentioned A Daisy Chain 4 Satan, the ironic and iconic And This Is What The Devil Does or the previously unreleased track Satana Rising. So are you fearing for you children'¦yet?

R21: Robot Funk

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 27 2010
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Artist: R21
Title: Robot Funk
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Musical project of a guy coming from Reading (UK) called David Mott, R21 is delivering his first release on Binalog Productions after releasing some EPs on Devine Disorder under the DJR21 moniker. This new digital release, exclusive to Juno Download, is titled ROBOT FUNK and contains three new tunes: "Robot funk", "PopBot" and "Groove 1". Listening to the lot different times is evident that R21 is in love with robotic upbeat tempo rhythms, fat bass lines and analog pads where melody paints a main theme and the alternation of the different elements enrich the formula. In balance from Kraftwerk, Drexciya and Dopplereffekt, Dave succeeds into creating good electronic tunes made of spacey sounds, squared rhythms and robotic dance atmospheres. Dig it!

Collapse: In despair

 Posted by Borys Catelani   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 24 2010
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Artist: Collapse (@)
Title: In despair
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Amadou Sall can be considered a veteran already. In the early nineties he used to play in Treponem Pal, a band that through out a few albums pionereed the crossover of metal and electronics. Way more metal than Nine Inch Nails, more rock oriented than Young Gods, less claustrophobic that Godflesh, yet an original force, the first experiment of this kind coming from France, one of the first in Europe. Collapse formed in 1997, and evolved till this 6th release into something that can be easily filed under EBM in every record store. Their biography cites VNV Nation, and you can really feel a stronger concern on melody comparing with older releases, but still trying to indulge on some form of aggression. The mission is not perfectly executed indeed, the (up)beats are mostly very danceable, the arpeggiator works damn good, but feels like something is missing, and this is about power. Vocals are a bit too rough to be melodic, but yet not too angry. The many guitar samples fill in perfectly but a bit too much in the background, and the whole sound sometimes is a bit spoiled. It's about artistic choices that no one can criticize, but feels like the band is approaching the shores of catchiness and dancefloors with a strong heritage of aggressive approaches in both music and lyrics without knowing how to perfectly deal with it. I would call it a transition record and I'm definitely looking forward the following one because I believe that Collapse can really give its own definition of industrial rock.
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Artist: NOMMO OGO
Title: across time and space
Format: CD
Label: Record Label Records (@)
Funny I happen to review this release right after having bought a repress of Hawkwind's classic "Doremi Solfa Tido", not that they have that much in common music wise, but there's no doubt they both deal with space, earth and other astral amenities. This release on Record Label Records is a kick ass object itself: it consist of a small box-jewel box that contains the cd and the booklet and the graphic of the whole release reminds me of ancient drawing explorators were drawing when coming back after one of their many journeys. In opposition to what my incipit may suggest, this is a particular electronic release that made me think to some Warp records heroes during the "artificial intelligence" days, but "across time and space" is heavily influenced by some religious, crepuscular ambient music and by some modern electronic artists. I'm putting the emphasis on this "modern" influence since Nommo Ego is far from those wishy washy revivalists trying to pass you some old ideas as new, if you take care to the particulars, and you listen to the rhythmic sounds he uses I dare you to tell me this guy present to his time. I think a title like "across time and space" may give you a good idea this music is probably meant to travel and during several listenings that's what I've done sat back on my sofa and wandered across time and space. At the same time don't take it as an hint to think this' one of those monumental releases dealing with eternity and with ancestral dreams and so on, despite its nightly shade this work has much more to share with melancholy than with a "lost in a forest" kind of experience. This is definitely what I call an inspired release, give it a try.


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