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$JAMMIE THE MONEY: Get Paid

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 25 2009
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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY
Title: Get Paid
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
$Jammie The Money is back bringing to your ears some more bouncing rhythms, grime distortion and fun. The digital E.P. opens the dances with "Break even", a track that each The Prodigy lover should check. "Get paid" with its syncopate rhythms will drive you crazy thanks to its stop and go and to its dancey attitude. "Monkey in my brain" features MilkMoneyMaffia on vocals and it could be a great electro grime single. The filtered toy like vocals are fun and $Jammie great choice of rap'n'grime sounds/arrangements will make of this one your favorite tune of the week. The closing tracks "The money maker" is a mid tempo tune with many stops and go, crossing sounds, bleeps and energy. You can check each track of this E.P. at the Basserk website.
Aug 21 2009
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Artist: ZONK'T
Title: Beat Wins You And Me
Format: 12"
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Out on September like the newest Heal album and, as well as the other one, available only on vinyl, BEAT WINS YOU AND ME is the latest Zonk't album. Mixing dub, electronic experimentations and focusing its structure on minimal variations of rhythms and sounds, Laurent Perrier is releasing a good album where each track is able to create its own peculiar musical atmosphere. The five tracks of the album pulse and throb trying to find a way out through your speakers using sounds that change frequently. Filters and distortion is used to make the sounds change and to give the impression that they are kinda living on their own. In this way the track change, evolving and convincing the listener. Only the fifth tune "Glaire" didn't convinced me in full because it's less rich sound-vise but this don't affect the whole result of the album. Watch out for it...

Ionic Vision: Bitter Isolation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 17 2009
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Artist: Ionic Vision (@)
Title: Bitter Isolation
Format: CD
Label: Machineries of Joy / COP International (@)
Distributor: DDT
Rated: *****
Well, isn’t this album already one year old? Anyway, COP and of course their sub-label MOJ (machineries of Joy) gave it recently out for promotional purposes, so here we go now. Back on top of the Old-School-EBM scene, the Belgian trio IONIC VISION offers for the most part again the known formula of their Neo-Body-Music. Musically very near to their idols of the veteran days like DAF or NEP, Sven Lauwers and Andy DeDecker themselves are meanwhile old enough to get called veterans – early demo tape recordings turn back to 1991 if I’m right, so may they are already idols for all the younger Neo-Body-acts like JÄGER 90, KOMMANDO XY or ADAC 8286. Not to forget the third, still hidden band-member Louis Zachert, who takes care to add the right mix and production tricks to their fat and smacking bass line sequencing work. IONIC VISION are still an appreciation for most of the short-haired EBM-maniacs, although they seem to be pissed regarding the poor amount of attention, they get in their home country. Belgium – in the good days the starting point of the true EBM movement, but nowadays only a small and relatively insignificant Mid-European country musically infiltrated by nameless plastic Pop music - doesn’t seem to have any interest to spend only glimpse of attention for IONIC’s efforts – they are definitely more recognized and renowned by the international audience. This maybe explains the chosen album title, the comfortable looking armchair they can’t explain – IONIC VISION are sounding more raw and rough than ever before. The older Sven Lauwers gets – the better he knows to set in his screamo voice – and a good and electrifying male shouter is pretty much important to guarantee success in this special music genre. "Bitter Isolation" offers 100 percent full-scale Old-School EBM separated into 16 tracks, from which 12 tracks are original compositions. Remix contributions can be heard from ORANGE SECTOR or THE HORRORIST on "Die Macht", one of the very few tunes, in which IONIC VISION are presenting German lyrics, as well as the two remixes of "Sleep", which are to me the better ones. With the hired Louis Zachert and his wizard-like golden hands in the back, IONIC VISION present themselves on the highest throne this specific genre has to offer.

Hystakmine: Hedonistic

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 17 2009
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Artist: Hystakmine (@)
Title: Hedonistic
Format: CD
Label: Hellektro Holocaust Records (@)
Rated: *****
Another new release by the Hungarian label Hellektro Holocaust Records brings us the debut of a new Portugal-based three-men outfit. HYSTAKMINE got formed with prominent band members, since this project consists of Walter of IN[PERFECTION] (currently in the final stages to release an official debut album – more about this talented Portuguese music project soon in this heading...) and Hypecrash and Chainheart of EDEN SYNTHETIC CORPS (ESC – check our interview and reviews about them on here...). So here aren’t bloody greenhorns at work and this can be easily recognized, since the arrangements of HYSTAKMINE follow a higher technically standard compared with the label mate of SYNDROME X/209. "Hedonistic" shall feed the inner need of your usual Hellectro-consuming-experience and this works for the most part. "Thrill" or "Allergy" set fire under the feet of the dancefloor-junkie, while the highlights of this album can be rather found in the musically more thrilling tracks like "Winter’s Pulse" or "Lust", which impresses with a muscled bass-line programming. The overall good impression, which this album leaves, gets altered through the unnecessary integration of at least 5 pure instrumental tracks, which lack of originality or they are that uninspired arranged, that they can’t attract attention at all. Also the speedy "I Am The Reaper" feeds too obviously the often discovered cliche this genre seem to be trapped into. A must-have release for all the Harsh Electro enthusiasts – I agree on this with the label info – but it remains the question, why especially the both gentlemen of ESC felt the need, to come out with a side-project in a pretty much comparable music style...

Syndrome X/209: Feline Daemon

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 06 2009
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Artist: Syndrome X/209
Title: Feline Daemon
Format: CD
Label: Hellektro Holocaust Records (@)
Rated: *****
According to the chosen name of this newcomer label, it’s no longer a riddle, which musically content will be presented with this as well as with all future releases. We’re welcoming Hellektro Holocaust Records out of Hungary to the international scene and wish them good luck, to invade the dancefloors of the worldwide dark clubs by storm. Hellectro/Harsh EBM is still a promising formula for success in this rather niche-like music genre, although it endlessly repetitions start to rumble in my stomach. It fits, that also SYNDROME X/209 out of Stockholm, Sweden, are completely new to the scene. Consisting of Kettil Sundberg, this music project offers the first steps on a pressed silver circle with a globally satisfying result, if you’re a genre addict. Hate towards to a person out of his personal life has been a quell of inspiration – so the description in the attached label info sheet. Well – nothing else? Jazz and Grindcore have been his previous musically playing fields, but he got fed up with those and has concentrated more to produce Techno, which turned more and more into that Hellectro/Harsh EBM environment. Kettil knows how to punish his machinery to produced the expected bass lines and lead synths – but as expected – his arrangements are still too foreseeable and the used sounds still lack of an own signature. No problem at all since the normal user stomps to everything presented and Kettil isn’t an exception. However, he hits at best the target with some rather dark-minded and ominous sounding tunes like the title track or "Blad", while those speedy contributions like "Rage" rather leave question marks in the faces of the listener. But best track – and this one really needs to be pointed and named out – is the last slow, with orchestral-sounding arrangements constructed track "It’s All Over". This track stands for the biggest discovery: He is able to produce real music! Let’s hope, he continues to develop with a possible next album and allows more different sounding tracks to strengthen his expected outfit.


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