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Flexkiks: Freeland

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 22 2009
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Artist: Flexkiks (@)
Title: Freeland
Format: CD
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Sad, but true, this review can be seen as an official obituary for this three-men collective. FLEXKIKS, signed to the Russian Lagunamuch Record label, consists of Alex Matrosov (Alexandroid), Liam-Arthur Berent (yes, that multi-talented musician also responsible for ABSTRACT AVENUE) and Vladimir Muhlberg. Only a few days after I received this album, the sad news flash via the label website came in, that Alex Matrosov died under mysterious circumstances in Riga, Latvia. Our condolences to all involved, family, music colleagues and the label. Having this tragically event in mind, to review and describe the music style of this release seems to be the most unimportant thing someone can think of. On the other hand, "Freeland" is sort of a classic album, which balances extremely well out the boundaries between Electro/Industrial and IDM, that it would be a pity if you’d never heard of it. Tracks like "RedoBox" and "Find It" offer food to join the dancefloors, while both calm and melodic pieces "Portobello.Rd." and "Freeday 10AM" let the user sink into a spacey world. Thumbs up also for the hypnotic track "F1", while both German titled tunes "Zwischenraum" and "Lückenschluß" leave the most the discovered course of music by adding some acoustic guitar elements as well. "Freeland" is a well-done album, which offers the best elements out of those two styles and it has even more interesting stuff if it comes to talk on musically diversity. But I guess the initially mentioned tragic event destroys all hopes for an additional follow-up album.