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Robert Schroeder: Cream

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 29 2010
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Artist: Robert Schroeder
Title: Cream
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Rated: *****
I already talked about Robert Schroeder's music a couple of years ago, when I reviewed his Food For Fantasy latest release. Then I didn't know how much faceted his music could be and honestly I was curious to check his purest electronic music vein he was famous for (there was a reason why Klaus Schulze decided to promote him after discovering him). With his newest album CREAM, Robert Schroeder is back to his roots ideally linking this album to his 1979 debut ""Harmonic ascendant" thanks to six long tracks of analog electronic music (the shorter one is 8 minutes long while the longest one, the double). The album opens with "Magnetics", a tune based on a funky bass line with spacey pads perfect to start the voyage. "Groove electronically" sees Robert delivering a piano sonata enriched by vocal samples, choirs and lovely analog pads. LIttle by little this track grows thanks to upbeat drum rhythms and various synth arpeggios. "The zong" starts being menacing and experimental just to turn into a samba tune for aliens. "Funky spacetrip" sounds like an house mid tempo written in the 70s with cool vocoder filtered vocals and moog like solos. "Foaming waves" is perfect for a soundtrack: try to imagine a desolated place where wind and sand corrode the lands. Based on a guitar arpeggio with the add of lovely synth effects and a light drum beat it grows slowly like a wave of lava. The closing "Simply cream" is a great 16 minutes classic electronic music tune with many synth layers, rhythm changes and warm atmospheres. Classic and also with modern intuitions, CREAM made me discover the classic Robert Schroeder's and I'm glad it did!
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Artist: Strip In Midi Side (@)
Title: Your Stripping Experience
Format: CD
Label: New Model Label (@)
Rated: *****
Eight months after my review of their debut MCD, here are again the Strip In Midi Side with their first album. They got signed to New Model Label and they just released YOUR STRIPPING EXPERIENCE. On this album you'll find the five songs of the MCD (with the same running order) plus five new tracks. Well recorded and mastered (they chose Streaky Mastering, people who worked with Nitzer Ebb and Depeche Mode) the album shows well the multifaceted soul of the band: goth, industrial, new wave and pop are all elements that the four Strip In Midi Side are confortable with. On different tracks (for example "Art is insanity" or "I want") the band pass from rock industrial obsessive riffs/distortions, to British pop melodies creating an effective contrast where energy and irony coexist. "Bring me down", song that we already know, starts like a Apoptygma Berzerk tune just to turn into a melodic Peter Murphy one and follows playing with these influences adding a personal touch here and there. "You don't know" mix Nin Inch Nails to the best melodic moments of Foo Fighters (some melodies recall me "The pretender"). Like a giant sponge they four Italian guys absorbed the best sounds of those genres just to digest and spit them in your face. Upbeat, irreverent, energetic, YOUR STRIPPING EXPERIENCE is only waiting four your judgement...

Degada Saf: No Inzro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 28 2010
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Artist: Degada Saf
Title: No Inzro
Format: CD
Label: Mannequin (@)
Rated: *****
First production of the Rockgarage label and produced back in 1984, NO INZRO has been the first and only album released by Degada Saf on the last century (as you may know because of my review and my interview, they released a great new comeback album the last year), album that now is reissued by one of the most active Italian labels, Mannequin. Inspired by the dada movement, the band wrote lyrics using "phonemes and puns on words from different languages", as Fausto told us in our interview. The eight songs you can find on the album are amazing because of their mix of new wave/no wave melodies along with synth sounds inventive solutions. Using Simmons pads as well as different drum machines, guitars and keyboards, they created a wide palette of atmospheres. Tracks like "Loda loda", "Om" or the main tune, are almost industrial wave because of their saturated sounds and for the will of experimenting with sounds ("No inzro", for example is a nightmarish atmospheric electronic piece which step by step becomes more obsessive and dark). The opening "La rhumba de Shang Hai", "Tri banal" or "Zom Africa", instead, incarnate the pop soul of the band where Fausto's deep vocals are well backed by never predictable melodies. I think that for these reasons Giusto Pio (Franco Battiato long time collaborator) accepted to produce the single they released a couple of years later. Do yourself a favor and if you have the money to purchase only a CD this month, check this one first!
Oct 26 2010
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Artist: Redrum Alone (@)
Title: My First Kernel Panic
Format: CD EP
Label: Ufo Solar
Rated: *****
Redrum Alone is an Italian duo active since 2006, formed by Tommaso "Qzerty" Danisi e Piero "Peet"Pappalettere. MY FIRST KERNEL PANIC is their second EP which follows their first one "Patchcord", released in 2007. The four original tunes of the EP take as reference dance electro and techno music, focusing the mid tempo tunes on catchy melodies, vocorder filtered and clean vocals, bouncing bass lines and 4/4 rhythms. The MCD is opened by "Fractured reality", a convincing song which with the following "Oniricact Part 3", recalled me someway The Presets, a bit of Tomcraft and a bit of Tiga. "Using interface" is nice but is missing something (the vocals don't convince me too much). "Oniricact Part 2" is a nice electro techno atmospheric tune with stops and go and good dance beats. The EP is closed by a remix of "Oniricat Part 3" reworked by Digitalica: they turned the original track into a dance cinematic electro tune thanks to syncopated bass line arpeggios and subtle synth melodies. A nice EP which is available on the major digital tune shops or as CDr directly from the label for 3 euros only.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Compilation Vol.3
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
COMPILATION 3 is the new Solar One Music CDr compilation issued as usual in a 100 copies run. This time, Robert and Nico packed the new release with thirteen new tracks and three remixes (you can find them into the 3" CDr attached to the inner cover of the hand made digipack package). The compilation is opened by an electronic atmospheric great tune titled "R.F.I.D.", by Miami electro techno enthusiast AS1. Atmospheric electro continues with Komarken Electronics with a robotic tune with 8 bit like sounds, titled "Spaciousness". The same atmosphere is produced by Destral, that with "I love your fat ass" produce nice Miami bass driven sounds with bleeps and long pads. =UHU= is here with a remix of "Lyntas jazz", a track which mix minimal techno, house and electro. Aratkilo with "Blood-feud" changes the atmosphere adding darkness (check the menacing vocals) and obsessive synth lines to bouncing bass lines and hard 4/4 beats. Kan3da with "Gbg" ease the atmosphere thanks to robotic sounds and pads arpeggios. Alek Stark with "Am I wrong" is here with an obsessive tune of dark electro with vocoder filtered vocals and techno intuitions. "Planet 3" by Planetwalker is an electronic tune with synth alternating sound, electro funk bass lines and robotic atmospheres. SLF's "Aurora Borealis" is based on a circular melodic mechanical structure almost dreamy. Vagon Brei with "Ascension" present a cinematic electronic mid-tempo with nice melodies. The Exaltics with "Second choice" break the delicate atmosphere of the track before with techno industrial rhythms and epic/dreamy syth lines. Zyntax with "Sunset walk" mix ambient cold atmospheres, techno experimentalism and hypnotic melodies. Crotaphytus with "Bite 6" close the first CD with dreamy atmospheres, grinding rhythmical samples and icy ambient sounds. The MCD is opened by Clatterbox's remix of "Science of the naked men", a dark mid tempo track with early electronic industrial atmospheres (do you remind Portion Control?). Crotaphytus remix "Plug", a track originally by Katelectro Vs. Jauzas The Shining. They made of it a mix of techno industrial and dry electronic music with orchestral inserts. The whole compilation closes with The Exaltics remix of David Rottemeyer's "Logo 81", a nice electro upbeat tempo track with catchy obsessive melodic lines, cold pads and rich rhythmic parts. Make your purchase... quality is here!


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