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Artist: Informatik
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Rated: *****
When Informatik released samples of their new album, "Beyond", some people were afraid that they follow the path of Apoptygma Berzerk, from EBM to something between synthpop and rock. Fortunately, the album as a whole proves that they did not change their style so much.
They started to use guitars. The guitar is dominant in a couple of songs (for example "As We Lay Silent") which makes them sound "warmer" than before. Those who expected this album to be as synthetic and cold as "Nymphomatik", let alone previous releases, may be disappointed, as it is not so gloomy indeed.
The difference between this and the previous release is visible even in their titles. "Nymphomatik" was sort of automatic, mechanical, while "Beyond" is much more organic. Also, there are no elements of trance music anymore. It may be perceived as drawback as well as an advantage. However, the band found a balance between new and old sound, and "Beyond" is a mixture of songs close to rock music ("As We Lay Silent") and electronic club hits, such as "Simple".

Lyrics have changed too. They are still about human relationships, but there is no trace of despair in them as in the case of "Nymphomatik". The lyrics are more mature and no one is singing that love is not for him anymore, which certainly is good.

If you like Informatik, or futurepop as such, give "Beyond" a try, but be aware that you will face new, less aggresive side of Informatik.

LE][X: Quarantine

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 28 2009
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Artist: LE][X
Title: Quarantine
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Dead Channel (@)
Rated: *****
This isn’t surely the freshest release around released and marketed by the influential Russian Dead Channel label and promotion group. I was holding this thing for a while, have had some email correspondence, but totally forget about to take care on it. I recently came back on it while cleansing some emails, I gave it a spin – and I’m totally impressed! One thing’s for sure, I do never again underestimate a release and the musically abilities of an act from where it hails – LE][X is a mysterious Electro/Industrial project hailing out of Ufa, a bigger Russian city with a population of more than 1.000.000 people, very near the Ural mountains. Musically I would to throw this act in similar shelf of the musically direction, which has made acts like the Swiss SWAMP TERRORISTS that famous. "Quarantine" offers not less than 20 tracks of a massive Electro/Industrial assault with dark synth bass-lines, pounding and hammering rhythms, which often integrate D’n’B and Breakbeat influences, accomplished with a diverse sounding sample work. Vocals got provided on only a few tracks and then in Russian language, while most of the tracks have English titles. I must say, that this one is real firework full of diversity and entertaining from the first to the last track. A big talent hides behind LE][X and I even can’t name the artist behind it, because the attached artwork of this free downloadable release doesn’t offer too much info. Too bad, I even can’t tell you if this act meanwhile has started to present itself through a MySpace-account. However, this album is a great discovery and worth any download (licensed under Creative Commons rights), and I hope to hear more from this act. Check the above named link to the Dead Channel group for more info.

NG-Pro: The Place To Be

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: NG-Pro (@)
Title: The Place To Be
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Although already formed and active since 2000 I must admit, that I haven’t heard of this EBM/Electro/Industrial-act hailing from The Netherlands before. All of their releases have been self-produced so far and this album "The Place To Be" is their second full-length, accomplished by two additional MCD-releases. The fact shall not at all disturb you, because this trio consisting out of Niels, Gerwin and Bas is capable to work professionally without th helping hand of a label. "The Place To Be" is sort of a reference, how a self-produced album should be. A crystal-clear sound quality, well-done compositions, skillful arrangements and the belief into the own abilities. Pressed professionally on a real CD with a smooth looking cover artwork, this release satisfy higher demands. Musically the band surely doesn’t reinvent the wheel – they of course have patterns they like to follow. I tend to name their infamous countrymen of ANGELS & AGONY, VNV NATION and/or SEABOUND as being references, just to let you know, that NG-PRO plays in a wide field between Future-/Electropop and EBM. The tracks with the best worked out melodic synth layers get the vote as being the finest works of them, like the opener "Star # 9" or "Today". A track like "Ebriel" then turns more into the EBM direction and should be able to appeal to all fans of that genre. With tracks like "Judgement Day" and the funny "Pretty Lisa" they prove their sense for the effect of well-chosen voice samples. "The Place To Be" is an album to follow without hesitation and I keep the fingers crossed, that this album is only a take-off for them to some higher recognition of the international audience.

Project Blue: Duality

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Project Blue
Title: Duality
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
This is a newcomer project hailing out of Denmark and newly signed to the British Urbcom label. Martin Host is the sole brainchild behind PROJECT BLUE and he provides a first EP featuring 4 tracks. Musically his efforts are based into the wide field between Futurepop and harder EBM. The first 2 tracks "Pressure" and "Loveslave" are straight-forward moving tunes to keep the masses in motion. "Loveslave" also comes out quite rough through some overdrive effect manipulation on the repetitive bass lines, which provides a hypnotic impression. As for constructive criticism, both tracks aren’t high-end compositions and extracting their power and message only out of some repetitive shouts – well, Martin can do better. Both further tracks "Embrace" and Breakdown" are rather smooth oriented, but show his convincing programming abilities and are of course better and more in-depth compositions. Martin’s voice performance suits perfectly with this style of music and has still enough potential to sound unique into this overfilled genre. Hard to judge completely on Martin and his project after only 4 tracks, but let’s hope, that he can return soon with a full-length album.
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Artist: Jérôme Chassagnard
Title: (F)light
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Since there hasn’t been too much activities with Jérôme’s main music project AB OVO, he has decided to record a solo album, featuring a lot of influences taken out of his private preferences. "(F)light" is definitely a lighter music outfit than AB OVO and he produces a sort of intelligent Electronica sharing more on Dub and Breakbeat elements instead to fall into a noisy kind. Several tracks a beat-driven pieces which would allow some dancefloor movement like "Hazy", "Alternate Reality" or "Resonance", but the preferences are rather based on the moody tracks offering some strange ambience. "A Short Story About..." can be named as being a highlight here, although the chosen sounds remind strong on a thinkable Electronica-sequel to DEPECHE MODE’s "Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)". Thumbs up also for the atmospheric outro tune "Light" with its melodic touch and mysterious samples thrown in. "The Fan" surprises with a guest vocalist appearance by Guillaume Eluerd, while "Circle Of Memories" features a musically collaboration with the German one-man act FLAGUE. The most weird sounding track has to be named with "Snowflake" which is drive by a repetitive acoustic guitar-riff and various voice samples. And as seldom as this happens, I totally agree on a sentence taken out of the release info sheet: "this album holds a perfect balance between beat and drift". So it is, highly recommendable.



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