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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Kamp Holland
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
KAMP HOLLAND is a new double vinyl compilation of Enfant Terrible which gathers sixteen bands coming from Holland. The label in the past focused their releases on minimal electronic / experimental pop and industrial electronic sounds influenced or produced during the late 70s / mid 80s. With KAMP HOLLAND Enfant Terrible is redefining things presenting sixteen tracks where some of them have been influenced by the sound covered by the label during the past years and some others are influencing the label for its future releases. Has something changed? Well, yes. I think that this is the most heterogenous release of Enfant Terrible as we find: pulsating and menacing electro sounds (good one "Bye bye" by Lesbian Mouseclicks), synth retro sounds (Bakeliet with "Don't Let Them Know", Neurobit with "Inner Hideaway", Pornologic with "Pterodactyl Extraordinaire" and Milligram Retreat with "AllÃégement"), great synth electro wave (really nice and melodic "Ruimtevaart Vooruit" by Staatseinde and a good dancey one "Desert" by Hunter Complex), orchestral breakbeat (Autonon's "Not For Immortals" reminds me of Venetian Snares), dark electronic sounds ( Milligram Retreat with "AllÃégement"), experimental noisy tunes (Puin+Hoop - Slaapstaking), percussive post punk (Hadewych with "Apse" sound like a mix of Einsturzende Neubauten and UK Decay), circus weird experimental tunes (Logosamphia with "La Hars" sounds like a 60s hammond toon song mixed with breakbeat on the final part), pure pulsating electronic noise (Peter Quistgard with "NONO" sound like a gabber track composed with a Commodore 64 while Murw with "Een Soort Van Geel" sound like a throbbing electro noise collage) and melancholic pop wave (like the closing "Itlien" by Treasure Of Grundo). Available in mid June.

Slick Idiot: Sucksess

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 11 2010
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Artist: Slick Idiot
Title: Sucksess
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Itchy Records
Rated: *****
KMFDM members En Esch and Guenter Schulz formed Slick Idiot after the 1999 temporary breakup of their main project, but have since carried on releasing 2 remix albums and a total of 3 studio albums ("Sucksess" being the third of those). This album features some live drums (Gregg Ziemba) and both male and female vocals (En Esch and Erica Dilanjian) as well as many of the signature sounds and techniques of KMFDM's two members (read intense EBM programming and guitar riffs). Overall the album is maybe a bit more minimal and less aggressive that what KMFDM might have accustomed you to, but there is plenty of hard hitting tracks left in there. Rhythmically "Sucksess" explores a variety of territories, including noise industrial ("Haller"), drum'n'bass ("Last Kiss"), four on the floor dance-industrial ("Wer Bist Du?"), techno ("Burn For Me"), more electro-rock/metal ("I.I.W.I.I.", "Daydreams") and of course the classic EBM sound you all know and love. Variety is also to be found musically, with a vague middle-eastern echoes in the "Imago" intro and weird musical cameos, like a hawaiian guitar intro... Slick Idiot is currently on tour in the US (throughout July) and will be selling this CD at shows only (for now), so if you want to get a copy and see the band live check out their website for dates.
Jun 10 2010
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Artist: LONE WOLVES
Title: Skeleton Tracks
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Lone Wolves is a band featuring members of UCNX, Amorphite, MC2 plus others. They recorded the five tracks of the SKELETON TRACKS during an experimental jam sessions and Momt is giving us the chance to listen to a good E.P. where creativity and energy don't find no boundaries. Post punk and electro industrial music are the core elements of Lone Wolves' music and every track has its own atmosphere. The E.P. opens with "No failing" where electro industrial percussions mixed with synth leads find a female vocal shouting slogans just to follow with a punk industrial tune titled "Noname" where a guy performs his best shouts helped by guitar riffs distortions. "Patience & stillness" changes everything with its melancholic piano mixed with digital feedbacks. "My name is betrayal" is next and the atmosphere turns tense with a mix of mid tempo rhythms, early e.b.m. electronics and female readings. The closing "Lowlit" is an upbeat electronic instrumental with synth pads and cool syncopated drum machine rhythms. At the end of it there's a sort of joke track where the sessions turns into an alcoholic happening. Nice release that is able to mix melody, aggressive sounds and energy.

HUMINOIDA: Huminoida Loves You

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 10 2010
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Artist: HUMINOIDA (@)
Title: Huminoida Loves You
Format: 7"
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After one year and half from the "Other side" 7", Huminoida is back and now only K.K. (ex Neuroactive vocalist) is left to please our thirst of electronic synth sounds. HUMINOIDA LOVES YOU E.P. contains three new tracks which function as appetizer of their first album that will be released later in this year. This new single finds K.K. inspired and willing to explore the classic synth sounds of the 80s finding new ideas and energy from fat synth bass lines and excited oscillators. The opening song "Obsession" is a mix of 80s dark wave and early e.b.m. (like a blend of John Foxx and Klinik) and it has catchy melodic lines and upbeat tempo. I really love it. Side B has two tracks that form a sort of suite where the first part "Bygone wars" is composed by melancholic mid tempo synth lines with WWII samples just to end into "Whiter noise", a slow piano/vocals ballad really touching. In ten minutes of music, Kimmo put so many ideas that all the "two sounds synth wave bands" will feel ashamed. Can't wait for the album...
Jun 07 2010
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Artist: Prospective (@)
Title: Perfect Evolution Of Humanity
Format: CD
Label: Fire!Zone (@)
Distributor: COP International/DDT
Rated: *****
Maybe it's because the talented singer Carola Muller dyes her hair with the same brilliant red by Sonja Kraushofer aka Persephone and Hannes Medwenitsch aka Nature Destroyed or the keyboardist Marco Thomaschewski weighs his fingertips on keys and frets in a way which could remind Thomas Rainer's one ' a trained musician could easily find other resemblances as well'¦- , some reviewers use to consider Prospective's style to L'Ame Immortelle's one, but if you listen The Dark Side of Life, their promising debut album, and its follow-up entitled Perfect Evolution Of Humanity, you'll easily guess this young band has not so many connections with the so-called Neue Deutsche Härte, even if they massively use similar aesthetics, based on a combination of hard EBM and gothic elements. Their lack of originality ' it's undeniable the sounds they use are too common and already heard with some exceptions (Rampage, Lovely Cruel Punisher)'¦- have been partially compensated by Carola's talent, somewhat meaningful and provocative lyrics (even if sometimes look too generic) and a slightly careful songwriting. I appreciate their efforts and I recognize Perspective's is still an unripe project as maybe they're still too young in order to compete against other successful band in a scene increasingly competitive and in my humble opinion the only way to stay on the stage is trying different pathways and a constant search of originality as implicitly suggested by some remixers ' especially the Lost Area one of The Light Faded (one of my favorite song proposed in this album), adding a propulsive electronic breeze to the original track and the Re : \Ligion Rmx of Slavery with a more martial step added to the heroic dreamy atmosphere of the untreated version, a sort of electronic ballad featuring hopeful words -. Let's wait their next stage to say it's just a transition to a new artistic and musical phase. I'm sure Perspective's polite band which could dare to develop a more personal musical language! It belongs to any Perspective by the way!


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