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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Spectraliquid: Konkrete
Format: CD
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ad Noiseam
Rated: *****
The debut release for this new Greece-based IDM/Electronica-based label looks a bit like the little twin to the highly anticipated debut DCD compilation "Emerging Organisms" by the Chicago Heights-based Tympanik Audio label. And indeed, some similarities didn’t definitely happened by chance. Behind Spectraliquid stands among others Kostas K., who is also the responsible musician behind the Ambient/Industrial act SUBHEIM, which is signed to Tympanik. And it is the project SUBHEIM, which opens this comp and they can insert the first highlight here. "Howl" is a little Down-Tempo/Ambient-Electro-driven masterpiece in a best GRIDLOCK-like manner, rich in its melodic content and it features the female Katja doing some "howling" vocals. Second appearance of FABRICS isn’t lesser interesting, the monotonous bass line programming reflects a lot of the ideas, which have been provided and celebrated by THE KLINIK. FLAQUE, well, we come to one of my personal favorites, offers the same track like presented on that Tympanik compilation with the title "Black Shadows In The Fog". That’s a great example how to combine lush layers with a hectic rhythm performance, always and ever supported of a steady cardiac-pacemaker-like rhythm. PSYTECH offer a new track, but this one got remixed SUBHEIM, who can show their talent once again. Another Greece-based project named MOBTHROW is currently preparing a debut release for Spectraliquid and also this act is responsible for the mastering of this compilation. "Deathstep" convinces with it’s staccato-like percussive moments, which get more and more raging as long this tracks runs. Second highlight is the calm and melodic instrumental tune by the established act DETRITUS, which can – just like SUBHEIM - count on Katja (www.myspace.com/katjaspectraliquid) providing some smooth vocals. XSOZ stands for the harder IDM/Click’n’Beat-like kind and "Please Wait" can be discovered too on their upcoming release at the German underground label Fich-Art, which normally presents early and revamped works of acts like MORGENSTERN, ASCHE or SYNAPSCAPE...). Last but not least, the Belgian act AH CAMA-SOTZ is to name as being the second better known name besides DETRITUS, and they’ve produced a fair final tracks of this promising compilation. What I said already on that Tympanik compilation, counts for this strong debut release of this Greek collective too. It’s an amazing compilation which should be able to appeal to all fans of demanding Electronica music. A lot of talent is hidden here, so let’s discover some new blood until we have to wait for some coming releases of SUBHEIM, MOBTHROW, FABRICS and/or XSOZ.

Tracklist:

1. Subheim - Howl
2. Fabrics - All Rights Reversed
3. Flaque - Black Shadows In the Fog
4. Psytech - Finding Yeesha (rmx by Subheim)
5. Mobthrow - Deathstep
6. Yttrium - Zeitlicht
7. Desperation & Fugue - Half Of The Truth
8. Detritus - Lead Balloons
9. Throttler & Track Killer - Against The Machines
10. Xsoz - Please Wait
11. Ah Cama-Sotz - Depth Charge


TYSKE LUDDER: SCIENTific technOLOGY

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 21 2008
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Artist: TYSKE LUDDER
Title: SCIENTific technOLOGY
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Black Rain (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
Two years after their comeback album titled "Soujus", Tyske Ludder are bringing three new tracks (four counting the ghost track you find after 90 five seconds silence tracks). "Thetanen" (a track which seems to be against the Scientology organization, "Kinkat" and "Kamfgruppen" balance really well melody, e.b.m. energy and harsh sounds. The first two tracks are also potential dance-floor hits ("Kinkat" beginning and refrain are real catch ups). I've been also positively impressed by the ghost track, which is a sort of retro synthpop song with e.b.m. sounds and vocals. Actually I don't know if it is a cover or not but it is nice. As every single also the new Tyske Ludder has remixes. On this one we have Wertstahl and Feindflug on "Kinkat" (personally I prefer the original version, because the two remixers gave to it a classic e.b.m. treatment cutting off its peculiar approach to the genre) and Nurzery [Rhymes], E-Craft and Brain Leisure on "Thetanen" (nice versions but my impression is the same I wrote about their "colleagues").

CYCLOTIMIA: Deja Vu

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 20 2008
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Deja Vu
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay (@)
Distributor: Small Voices
Rated: *****
Re-pressing two sold out 10" released back in 2002 ("Same Time Same Place" and "Metamorphosis") and adding a new version of "Miserere MMI" which was included into New Death Order" CD EP, DEJA VU is the latest release by Cyclotimia. The CD opens with the digital ambient sounds and chants of "Miserere MMI", a short track which introduce us to the first lot of tracks coming from "Same Time Same Place". You read right, I said lot. Cyclotimia didn't want to reproduce the releases as they were but tried to mix the track list just to give a new structure to the album as it was a whole. The tracks coming for the first 10" are sounding more focused on the digital ambient psychedelic effect made of hisses, synth loops, light rhythms and vocal samples (there are also some exceptions like the semi industrial ambient "Same place" and the electronic gently tension of "Paradise X / Dub"). The tracks from "Metamorphosis", instead are a little more ambient and tend to create a different ambience, maybe more "spatial" with less digital grinding noises. Sometime when I listen to Cyclotimia I have the sensation of something of impalpable which tend to be distant. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I like it less because I'd prefer them to sound also passionate...
Apr 15 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
FESTIVAL DER GENIALEN DISSIDENTEN is the new 12"+7" vinyl collection compiled by Enfant Terrible. The album gathers bands which weren't included into the previous "Electronic renaissance" and which are mostly coming from the Netherlands / France / Belgium area. Agent Side Grinder opens the dance with a minimal electronic semi industrial short live track titled "There is a sound that always goes out". Then, we have a nice French/Belgium band called Dolina which with "Corridors" bring to the listener a good electro dark wave song. Vincent K. (project of electro music producer RA-X) plays a great electro version of Christian Death's "Romeo distress", here titled "White sheet glory". Great attitude, desperate cried vocals and retro electronics, make of this a perfect one. Nosztalgia Direktiva are next with "Here I am". Coming from Hungary they previously released their stuff, with the G.K. Agenda moniker, on Invasion Planete and here present a short track which recalled me early Die Form. Adolf Filter with "Inner walls" is presenting a retro electronic song in balance from melancholy and cold wave. Side B starts with :Codes, a Belgian band that released their previous stuff on Kommando 6 but which now is working with Enfant Terrible to deliver their cold electro. Next there's a robotic track in balance from early Portion Control and early Dopplereffekt, titled "The androgyne triangle" brought us by the newcomer Le Triangle De L'Androgyne. Pierre Normal, with "Orange", plays experimental electro wave (think about a strange version of Kas Produkt). The 12" is closed by "Catch a dream" by Yseult Descieux: a nice dreamy dissonant pop song which seems played with toys. On the 7" we have "Disco", the weird electro disco of Joungbloed (feat. Sofia E.R.) played with tambourines, blows and analog gear. The minimal pop of Coeuvert closes the compilation with "Celibataire". Be sure to purchase a copy of this compilation and you'll have the key to new fantastic electro analog independent music!
Apr 15 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
If you loved the previous reissue "Something Stirs (The Beginning 1981-83)" this new IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a release you won't miss. Collecting various compilation tracks coming from the 1983÷1986 period plus a couple of unreleased ones ("Marianne's dream" and "Into the waves"), the album is an in depth voyage through the early Third Mind period of the band. Before composing my personal favorite "Shrinkwrap" and "Pendulum turns" (those two were both coming from "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club" album and were a good example of alternative electronic danceable tunes), Attrition were experimenting with electronic sounds and dark atmospheres and participated to different great compilation which later have been marked as fundamental for the experimental/industrial scene. Albums like "The elephant table album" or Third Mind's "Life at the top" contained bands like Coil, Chris And Cosey, Muslimgauze, Portion Control, Lustmord, Nurse With Wound and SPK to name few. The twelve tracks of IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS span from ambient electronica with the distinctive female vocal of Julia to dark electro upbeat songs (see "The beginning of the end") with Julia and Martin duets, passing through the spoken word experiments with piano improvisations ("Questions") or the following classical electronics of "Which hand?". IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS isn't a collection of tracks which didn't fit an album release but it's a document of the different faces of a band.


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