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PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF: Hochstapler

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 16 2007
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Artist: PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF (@)
Title: Hochstapler
Format: CD
Label: Zweieck Recordings (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Hidden in an exclusive metal-case featuring laser scripts and a 16-sided picture-photo-book here comes out a new full-length release of this German duo. Being the phoenix out of the ashes of the relatively known act THE DUST OF BASEMENT this duo, consisting of Sven Wolff and Lance Murdock, is already musically active since 1998 and could release previously two full-length CD’s and two MCD’s under their label Zweieck Records. Some of you may have discovered them also with an excellent compilation appearance on "Annihilation & Seduction", the debut release of the US label BLC Productions. This duo takes its musically influence out of the daily work of construction workers, it shall be the musically paraphrase of all happenings on building sites. It isn’t definitively not yet-another-NEP-clone styled EBM formation with a shouter providing "sweat-muscle-machine" poetics – while it is old-school minded. The musically arrangements take mostly their influences out of some late-80ies remembrances and remain instrumental, here and there only interrupted with some voice samples out of a radio and at times with a politically background ("Ostberliner Bauarbeiter"). Two tracks here, "Gefahrstoffe" and "Doppelmeisterschalter" are featuring SARA NOXX providing some cool guest vocal performances – especially "Gefahrstoffe" should lead the masses to the dancefloor with its ripping EBM bass lines. Also favorites I would like to name with "Zusatzfunktion" and "Korrosionsnarben", which both feature the complete musically dimension of this duo. A fine release with a decent musically concept – not like anything else heard before. How do they call it? Electro-Ambient for Tower Crane Conductors? Well, let’s say: good work, men!

VV.AA.: The Vital Terms Of Rupal Records Compilation

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Mar 15 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Vital Terms Of Rupal Records Compilation
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
First compilation of the German Rupal Records, which concentrates to present new and until now unreleased works of the signed label acts and out of the related X-Cem collective, accomplished with some international guests, which have been here and there involved into some business actions. So the biggest top-seller acts of the international scene are left out here, the responsible compilers therefor have taken a look to add quality and promising newcomer acts. The surprises of the comp are starting already with the first track done by a project called RUPALHEADS, which seems to be a project of the responsible people behind the label. Old-school-EBM bass line meets vocoderized vocals – yep, a nice introduction. WYNARDTAGE aka X-Cem chief Kai Arnold offers with "Cold Massive Blue" already a new Dark Electro tune. Some progression to more complex arrangements and some orchestral-like layer sounds can be heard, but it’s globally in his known style. With DERMA-TEK, lately besides DSBP now world-wide signed to the famous German NoiTekk label, the gates to some Hellektro tunes will be opened. "Lost Cause" is an older track of this US-based act taken from the unofficial same-titled debut EP. This EP should be hardly available also for die-hard fans, therefor it’s a fine initiative to offer here and there some goodies like this remix work of GRENDEL out of this release. Stefan Bens aka STIN SCATZOR returns after a longer time in hiatus. Lately he adds some sampled guitar riffs to his rather minimal EBM/Industrial sound and somehow this reminds me strong to his side-project with Johan Van Roy, LESCURE 13. DAVANTAGE themselves are of course also present with a new track. Deep male vocals combined with ripping bass lines, but also some outbreaking rhythm patterns – interesting arranged, but no club filler. A merciless and rhythmically Dark Electro/Powernoise assault follows with ACYLUM’s "Ich bin das Böse", which again proves the outstanding talent of this act – more from this, please! Czech Republic’s finest act DEPRESSIVE DISORDER are one of the so-called guests and provide their already known track "TV Freak" taken from their last album "In Depth". Hats down and hands clapping for the cool appearance of the DAVANTAGE side-project FUTURE TRAIL featuring cold female lyrics and excellent synth textures and bass lines. Whatever has driven the people behind the act THIS FISH NEEDS A BIKE to figure out this band name, tz-tz. The music awakes some minimal 80ies Pop/Wave remembrances. Follows then the recently released German act VIRTUAL VICTIM aka Christian Glaß providing a Dreamix of his most successful and known track so far, "Away" – a bit more melodic than the album version presented on his official debut "Transmission". An interview with this promising newcomer act will be follow soon on our site here. DIVERJE aka DSBP label chief Tommy T could also enter a free slot on this compilation and he offers a still unreleased remix work of one of his best tracks featured on the last DIVERJE studio album "The Distortion Chamber", "I Walk Alone", originally written in a collaboration with Wrythe of the US act LEXINCRYPT. Responsible for this remix is once again the New Zealand-based act THE MERCY CAGE – they are known for quality music and remix works providing the whole range between Electro-Pop, Industrial and Coldwave music. The Brazilian act KLAUSTROPHOBIK then can be for sure sorted under the moniker "known only to insiders". Some of you may can remember to discover this name on compilation compiled by Johan Van Roy, "Decoder", out on the German Infacted-Recordings label. Rusty and hefty pounding EBM with raging vocal performance by the band leader Nildo could be a possible style description. ACYLUM and WYNARDTAGE have again united to perform another new version of their track "Lords Of Darkness", the title track of their last year’s mutual release out of the Rupal Records/X-Cem Fanatics Series. Comes then the male/female-leaded act FORMALIN, often and well seen guests on several X-Cem collective compilations – and once again they can surprise with a rather straight but dark melodic track featuring whispered female vocals and lesser distorted drum patterns. LA MAGRA provide also a new tune in their known Dark Electro style and this comp finished with a to me unknown project called LINALOOL, which is also based musically into the Dark Electro style with distorted vocals. This compilation does well and gives a cool introduction to all relevant signed acts to this label. The guest appearances are well-chosen and it will be nice to see in which way this promising label continues.

Tracklist:

01 Rupalheads - Vital Terms Of Passion
02 Wynardtage - Cold Massive Blue (Extended Version)
03 Derma Tek - Lost Cause (Grendel Remix)
04 Stin Scatzor - That Bloody Wall
05 davaNtage - Conference/Rejoice (Vocalized)
06 Acylum - Ich bin das Böse
07 Depressive Disorder - TV Freak
08 Future Trail - One Time Focussed
09 This Fish Needs A Bike - Putting My Suit On
10 Virtual Victim - Away (DreaMix)
11 Diverje - I Walk Alone (The Mercy Cage Remix)
12 Wynardtage meets Acylum - Lords of Darkness 2007
13 Klaustrophobik - Don´t Tell Me Lies
14 Formalin - Velvet Sinphony
15 La Magra - Auf Ewig
16 Linalool - Change Day To Night

EATS TAPES: Dos Mutantes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 15 2007
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Artist: EATS TAPES (@)
Title: Dos Mutantes
Format: CD
Label: Tigerbeat 6 (@)
Rated: *****

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Do you remember when in the nineties a lot of new sub-genres were surfacing? When labels like K Records started to release stuff was one of the first times that I heard talking about lo-fi music. Well, listening to this second album by Eats Tapes, titled DOS MUTANTES, this is the term that came to my mind. Their name along with their music are making me think about alien beings that ate old tapes of electronic music and then someone recorded their digestion's noises. The result is a cut up of eletronic lo-fi music that sounds like a battle of old Amiga video games. The patterns are looped just to form a particular robotic soundtrack and, for example, on "Full blast" it seems to listen to the battle plan speeched by a 56Kb modem. The duo plays particular and inspired instrumental tracks that will please the lovers of 8bit sounds.

VV.AA.: American Gigolo III

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 13 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: American Gigolo III
Format: CD
Label: Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Third volume of the American Gigolo series, the one compiled and mixed by Princess Superstar is the best so far. I’m telling this because she took the best electro tunes of the label and she mixed everything creating an hour of non stop party. She also did a sort of mash-up on some tracks by blending: Vitalic "You Prefer Cocaine" with M.I.A.’s "Bucky Done Gun", Miss Kittin & The Hacker "1982" with Sebastien San’s "Interplanetary [Lightspeed Mix]", The Presets "Steamworks [Princess Superstar Remix]" with Crooklyn Clan’s "Yes We Can", The Diskokaines "Rock A Boogie [Arr Rmx Live In Nyc]" with The Model’s "You Are Always On My Mind", Fischerspooner "We Need A War [Dj Hell Berlin Mix]" with Traxx Presents The Dirty Criminals’ "Mtt Inversion", Diddy & Felix The Housecat "Jack U Vs I’ll House You [Dj Hell Mix]" with Hell & Richard Bartz’s "1234" and Bodzin & Huntemann "Black Ice" with Hell & Anthony Rother’s "German Body Machine". Along with these tracks your can find fade ins and fade outs that are mixed with Hell "Let No Man Jack [Abe Duque Remix]", Mu "Let’s Get Sick", Digitaria "Teen Years", Djs Are Not Rockstars "European Accent" (one of her projects) and so on. On this album you won’t find any rip off or any moment where you’ll stop to dance. Twenty tracks to discover (some of them are exclusive) and to re-discover into a renewed version thanks to Princess Superstar!

COMTRON: Follow The Money

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Mar 12 2007
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Artist: COMTRON
Title: Follow The Money
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rush Hour Recordings (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Comtron are a duo coming from the Netherlands and as many people who live there, they have eletro funk music in their D.N.A. It's a matter of fact and labels such as Clone or Creme Organization are the evidence. Formed four years ago, the duo, present themselves as a musical branch of the Comtron Group. From their presentation we can read: "The Amsterdam based Comtron Group was setup four years ago to warn people about the sinister undertones of the corporate world. The group attach their message to their unique strain of punch driven, electric funk. Rumor has it that these industrious men made their fortune trading new media stock that while making them rich, left them disillusioned and feeling exploited by the evil system they found themselves caught in". Following this scenario, the duo title each track with something dealing with marketing and bad business side effects. So, we can find titles of the likes of "Greed & finance", "Material world", "Profit", "Evil machine", "Bad business", "Heart of China", etc. Musically the duo produce the finest electro around and you'll surprise yourself bouncing your head by listening to their music. Their robotized vocals will intrigue you as well as their subtle melodies will stick themselves into your head. The first CD contains sixteen tracks of pure energy and the second one has a forty five minutes mix of music that will please each dj. Beware the bad business... Comtron are here to stay! P.s. Check their tracks on their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/comtronmusic.


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