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JODY CAVE : For Myria

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 03 2007
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Artist: JODY CAVE
Title: For Myria
Format: CD
Label: 12k (@)
Rated: *****
Another fine product on 12k and if you’re into the style of the label you c bet you won’t be disappointed by Jodi Cave. Soft, gentle, ambient electronic not so far from other bands of 12k’s roster and I’m talking about Minamo, Fourcolours and also Taylor Deupree himself (even if his last album is more and more "poppy"). I think you already know Deupree loves japanese musical aesthetics and even if this’ not "japanese electronics", the zen (apparent) simplicity of the music is definitely oriental. The sound of this "for Myria" is a blend of electro-acoustic and ambiental processed sounds on which he superimposed some sweet/simple childish lullabies. Quietness is overflowing from every track but though its relaxed atmosphere the whole listening is far from getting boring. In some ways this’ a good mixture of ambient music and electronics and though Jody Cave’s touch is very light, if listened via headphones you can’t but notice there’s an accurate sound research/rework behind this cd. Vibraphones and keyboards are the main instruments for the melody, while an organ drone creates the corpus of the song "untitled". Sometimes you have soft noises to color the canvas or even a "percussive sound", but don’t worry, label dogma has been respected: there’s still no rhythms. Cave decided to use a main instrument for every song and he concentrated on simple melodies and on sound processing where needed, the resulting album is quite homogeneous then. Without any doubt this music is deeply influenced by minimalism but weren’t minimalists influenced by african and oriental (gamelan) music?. If you’re into relaxing music you’d better give a listen to this as well as to other releases on 12k, it’s music for the soul. Melancholy will prevail...somehow.

MORDACIOUS: Torture Tactics

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 01 2007
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Artist: MORDACIOUS (@)
Title: Torture Tactics
Format: CD
Label: Telegrammetry Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Sooner than expected the Californian one-man act MORDACIOUS returns with a completely new studio album, again signed to the Miami-based Telegrammetry label. Since the predecessor "This Emptiness" has brought a non-expected and surprising success to him and his label, Mordacious Mortem wasn’t lazy at all. A refreshing of his sound outfit and his equipment was required, also the expectations of the audience didn't shrink. Let’s say it in advance – MORDACIOUS doesn’t disappoint. A more experienced use of his techniques to arrange his mostly based into Harsh EBM/Electro/Industrial-related tracks can be already discovered with the first tones of "Your Addiction", second track on this 16-track full-length album, after an evil spoken-word introduction entitled "Nothing Left". "What To Say", also available as a remix here provided by FILGAJA, "Follow Your Fears" and "Broken Hope" are tracks which will rival the biggest club smashers in the near future. Thumbs up also for the floating arrangements of the track "Lost", another favorite here. It is generally to recognize, that MORDACIOUS concentrates to feed the dancefloor junkies – no more whiny Goth-Electro pieces like some of them were present on the predecessor. The track "Confession" for example can impress with its pausing structures, a rather undistorted vocal performance, and proves that MORDACIOUS is capable to offer more than only the straight formula - one of the best works of this act so far. Applause also for "Inviting Terror" with it’s rather sinister textures, also the remix work of the BLC Productions-recording artist STIGMATA NL on the track "Runaway" provides a matured programming. It is conspicuous to note, that MORDACIOUS has developed during the last few months that much, that he’s now able to attack the throne of some scene-leaders like TACTICAL SEKT or DAWN OF ASHES. Of course, this isn’t at all new for the genre, also most of the lyrical content drowns heavily into the known "mass-murderer-blood-destruction" formula – finally – who cares? The end of line for MORDACIOUS still isn’t reached, that’s for sure. A lot of coming dates for release parties and the organization of several gigs are already in preparation. With 16 tracks here’s a lot of stuff to discover which concentrates to satisfy your inner need for some Pogo action. The request for MORDACIOUS seems to grow immense and I’m sure that this "Torture Tactics" will hit the predecessor release by miles.
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Artist: MIND CONFUSION (@)
Title: Reprocessed and Overdriven
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Consisting of the duo Mike and Noisyk, the Canadian Electro/Industrial outfit MIND CONFUSION returns after a longer phase in hiatus and offers a new full-length album. "Reprocessed And Overdriven" works as a kind of compilation – or "Best of..." collection – if you like so, and features recordings taken from both predecessor releases "At The End Of All Things" and "Lost Within The Decaying Fragments Of Chaos". Two cover versions on "Lobotomie" and "Tout Petit La Planete" and two new tracks are accomplishing this release. The music takes and combines influences out of post-modern EBM sounds, Industrial-like attacking guitar riffs and an energetic deep male vocal performance which can be compared in some way to P. Spilles of PROJECT PITCHFORK. Not the highest complexity can be heard for the electronic arrangements, they rather serve its purpose, but together with the integrated guitars and vocals quite convincing – and on some tracks surprisingly catchy like on "The Last Stand", one of both new tracks. Also "Faces Of Clay" and "Remains", the latter also released on the BLC Productions compilation "Annihilation And Seduction", are fulfilling this quality. Mostly the tracks are straight produced and should allow some dancefloors action, slower pieces like the ballad-like "Unborn" are rather an exception. The artwork was done by the legend Steph Dumais, www.raisinlove.com, for sure one of the most talented artists around. There’s no real reason to argue against this fine release, which provides a crystal-clear production and sound quality. Highest professionalism for this Canadian duo, let’s hope for a wider and international recognition.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Decadence Vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Koldfinger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Limited to only 300 copies DECADANCE Vol.1 is a compilation of bands who performed at the Decadence nights. The CD isn't available at shops and you can find it only at the Decadance event or through the label. The album contains fifteen bands/tracks which include Spiritual Front, :Bahntier//, Chants Of Maldoror, Alien Vampires, Ballistic, Lia Fail, Violent Diva, Bohemien, Monolith, Macelleria Mobile Di Mezzanotte, XP8, Blue Velvet, Noorglo, Blank and The Frozen Autumn. Most of the tracks are already available on the bands' releases and only five of them are new or remixed versions. As you can see the track list is varied and presents e.b.m., electro goth, industrial, rock folk and electro and you don't know the nowadays state of these genres you could have a sort of idea. On the interactive partition of the CD you can find a three minute video where you can have an idea of what you can find at the Decandence nights: people who let loose their inhibitions and abandon themselves to fetish extravaganza and perversion...

MILANESE : adapt

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 29 2007
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Artist: MILANESE (@)
Title: adapt
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
What a name?!... and what a release!! For non-Italians readers: a "Milanese" is a an habitant of Milan, this Milanese instead comes from England and only hell knows where he’s found out this funny moniker. The cover may look naive but you can’t even imagine how it embodies vividly the essence of the music featured on the cd until you’ve heard it. "Adapt" is a rhythmical release where "negritudo" and "africanism" are pumped at their maximum level. Milanese pays an heavy tribute to jungle music but while many of the vocals and the most of the beat patterns can make you think to Busta Rhymes??? Plunged in more minimal and electronic salsa (and above all with a sober production), the general atmosphere is dark as fuck!. At last as you can see from the cover, the black girl wearing a Milanese tattoo on her shoulder is a vampire (I think it comes from an eighties’ movie but I can remember which... "Space Vampires?") and as I’ve already said it’s a quite explicit manifesto of the music. The ninety per cent of the beats and many of the bass lines are saturated or simply distorted and they keep marching strong and mechanical like the heartbeat of an android. In most of the tracs the rhythmical patterns constitute more than the mare skeleton and you can easily guess he did a really good work to make them sound this way. The "flesh covering the skeleton" is made out of simple and well arranged sounds, while the bass lines are often crossed by some vocals. Sometimes the ambience reminded me "Meat Beat Manifesto in dub" if it was not for the fact "adapt" is far from dub except for those fast rappin’ who’s origin lays in jamaican. Without any doubt this one is one of the best blend of jungle influences, black music and electronics I’ve heard so far and it’s one of those records that really deserves the term: "boombastic!". While coming from a different scene, it’s surprising how close this release is to some of the things done by latest Techno Animal, Ice and Scorn. For example think to Kevin Martin and how he went deep into the process of extremization of drum and bass with his project named The Bug. Yo nigga!! Wake up nigga!!... "How can you say to me yo my niga, cursin' up a storm with your finger on a trigger, feelin' all the girls like a big gold digger... " (Public Enemy).



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