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goJA moon ROCKAH: Libido Cowboys

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 16 2010
Artist: goJA moon ROCKAH (@)
Title: Libido Cowboys
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
You could imagine the four members of goJA moon ROCKAH wandering about the kebab or weed-smelling and muddy narrow streets of some red district in Northern Europe wearing like cowboys with smoking guns acting as stand-ins for flabby cocks, animatedly chatting about new arrivals in sex shops or new flirtatious hookers after listening to the tile-track of their thirs albuym, Libido Cowboys, and the somewhat cartoonish story told in some of their songs mainly about lust, sex, unfullfilled love and so on, but maybe they're nothing but reporters of an artificial society whereas they observe and get inspiration from talent-scouts, crowding such places to look for a presumable new glamouresque music star or even a vote-sucker political candidate, a world inhabited by freaky creatures such Zombies on dope (!) showing off the brand new discovery of beuty treatment or a new glittering color for hair there's no real space for true feelings. The almost commonly accepted opinion which can be subsumed in the imperative principle "Sex sells" seems following the reversed movement of a burning cigarette and even if these German guys in their somewhat amusing 10 electro-pop songs try to entertain there's a sense of decadence coming out in many tracks (Erotik unser Eis, Geraldine or Tropische Liebe, whereas in a stereotyped tropical paradise there's still space for a love dream - "Es ist das Scheppern der Gedanken /Hier oben in den Baumen/Wo bunte Vogel wachsen/Und von der Liebe traumen" - which could disquiet any listener laughing after they depicted carnivorous pussies or similar stuff...). The neo of this album maybe stands, alas, in its not so original style: a part of some interesting arrangements partially reminding the primordial steps of ebm and hard disco and some electro-punk staining, I could say Libido Cowboys could stand as a funny act for foot tapping or for an hey-hey choir at stadiums and it doesn't really sound so sexy as lyrics could suggest. Maybe is it a purposeful choice?
Nov 16 2010
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Title: Computer Controlled
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Auditory Cortex Records
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Christian Askvig is a guy coming from Norway and he just loves analog synthesizers. He's active with different projects (his latest one is a techno influenced project called Polymorph) but this time we are here to talk about his electro outfit called Digitizer. Mixing classic electronic robotic sound with electro, genre explored by bands such as The Consumer or Der Zyklus, Christian composed five killer tracks where alternating bleeping sounds, hi-freq pads and syncopated rhythms paint sidereal atmospheres with a dance attitude, played by programmed androids. Using vocoder filtered vocals here and there, a bit of delay and "well-trained" arpeggiators, Digitizer is offering an E.P. that you won't miss if you love Kraftwerk, Luke Eargoggle and the fore mentioned bands. Available only as digital download at the major stores listed at Auditory Cortex Records' release page.

Poratz: Beat

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 14 2010
Artist: Poratz
Title: Beat
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: electroton (@)
Distributor: electroton
Rated: *****
Here is another Electroton 3' mini-CD release from Poratz, a project by Patrizio Orsini based in Livorno, Italy. It's the second release for Poratz, but I haven't heard the first. This one is dedicated to Japanese Glitch music artist Aoki Takamasa, which after hearing this mini-album isn't so surprising.

'Beat' is a stripped-down spare affair where even the track titles ('Aoky,' 'Casiotone,' 'Turntable,' 'Drumma,' etc.) are minimal. The best thing about 'Beat' is the intricacy of the quirky little tinkertoy rhythms. It really is all about beatz in a minimal format on 'Beat,' although there is often a lot going on. There is plenty of repetition too, giving most of the pieces a miniaturized machine-like quality. It could just have easily been titled 'Music For Little Toy Robots'. Even what little melodic content there is sounds mechanized.

In spite of the repetition, there is a good amount of creativity and playfullness in the programming within the limited framework of the dry sample sound palette. Most of it sounds electronic, which is as it should be, but I think Poratz dropped the ball on the 'Drumma' track. Normal voice samples of 'and the beat keeps going on'¦breakout' no matter how they're sliced and diced, detracts from the electronic ambience in my opinion. Should have at least used a vocoder or ring modulation.

If you like minimal electronic music with emphasis mostly on rhythm, you should like this. There are only seven tracks, and they're all short (nothing over 4 minutes) so it's over before you know it. A slight entry, but it never suffers from excess or over-indulgence and has kind of a happy-tone. Nice change-of-page for those for those who may listen to too much of the dark and dreary.

EMBRYONIK: Psycho Disco

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 14 2010
Title: Psycho Disco
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno
Rated: *****
PSYCHO DISCO is the first release by Salonica's producer Embryonik, that after remixing D-rama and Akeli and composing music for a theatre production titled "Polygraph", land on Binalog Production with a disco robotic fun track. The EP contains the original tune plus five remixes. Embryonik composed is nice dance upbeat one with 80s and 90s influences with robotic inserts and fun lyrics against electronic music (which hasn't real instruments and it's called.... "Psycho disco"). A bit retro electro and a bit Daft Punk, the tune will convince you for sure. The first to remix the track is 80s Stallone and they turn it into a solid 4/4 dance anthem with classic dance atmospheres a la Moroder. Boyz From Tronn opted for a remix in balance from Egyptian Lover and Miami Vice (that is 80s anyway). Russian Adults go for dance with house influences with fun vocals samples (actually they recall the Russian choirs). Led prefer to distort the bass line and to go for a minimal approach turning the track into a retro gaming soundtrack. Jfdc remix is the one that convinced me less because it is based mainly on drums (those sounds remind me of my Boss drum machine I purchased on late 80s) plus the main bass lines and some variations. Basically it sounds like a bossanova electro tune. You can check the preview on Soundcloud (

Wavefall: EP-Tronics

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 10 2010
Artist: Wavefall (@)
Title: EP-Tronics
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
I must admit that at times Alzheimer has taken part of me, as I nearly 'forgot' to review this latest EP oof Russia's leading Harsh Electro/Industrial project (Thank you, Slava!). Let's hope, that all responsible people behind artist and label can forgive my slowness. WAVEFALL have collected their own received foreign remix works to establish this new EP, which comes out in this often mentioned unique plastic cases, for which Advoxya Records is known for. Original tracks taken out of both of the projects' last two albums got included, which all got given trustful in the hands of some friends and label colleagues before, to prepare new and own interpretations. The result is generally satisfying, but mostly due to the fact, that WAVEFALL themselves have produced some alternative versions to one or another of their tracks ('Dedication', 'The Shadow', or 'Collider', just to name examples). Regarding the remix works by foreign bands, you can discover a lot of up and coming artists out of the Russian scene. Band projects like SALUSA SECUNDUS, INVALID LOVE, the Techno-Industrial project ID MOLOTOV, REQUIEM FOR FM, or the later to Advoxya signed new Dark Electro-hope NEXUS VI have all found a free slot with their remix contributions. Asides the remix of WAVEFALL's own side-project SKAZKA, the works of their label mates like THE-PULSAR and the Brazilian project DEAD JUMP can be named as being the best and outstanding interpretations here. Mostly this kind of compilation is pretty well suited to execute the dancefloors of the dark clubs, although this EP doesn't definitely not reach the same top-notch quality of an original produced work of WAVEFALL. It may belongs to the fact, that many artists provide a multiple sound outfit full of diversity, that's welcomed, but to reach a real floating unit in kind of a full-length album is hardly recognizable here. Rather stuff to fill the collection and to listen nearer to some or another talent hailing out of Russia's uncontrollable growing scene. Let's hope for a new original recording, because it seems a bit, that WAVEFALL try to bridge the required time to end the production for their hopefully soon to be released next album.

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