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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Some Tunes
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Basserk is a new label heading from Neatherland and SOME TUNES is their second release which shows the aims and sounds of the label’s roster. The CD opens with a convincing electro distorted tune by Mignon ("Death race") remixed by Patric Catani and if there was a good way to start, this was a really good one. Aux Raus is next with "This is how this works" a breathtaking electro punk anthem that gathers electro sounds, a distorted guitar and a cool melody for a 130 bmp track (or something like that). Genjini is next with "Das funkistador", a nice electro funky lo-fi track that will make you move your asses. 3-1 already released a 12" for Basswerk titled "Dont’t destroy" and here they present a new track, "Gold" a nice track with a certain English flavour (I hear a little bit of latest Chumbawamba atmospheres). Kook Feat. Roxxy Bione already had a release on Pale Music and on this compilation present "Nobody knows" a convincing electro dancey tune. Elle Bandita along with the Scandals (the band of the Pale Music chief that here remix Junesex) and Melomanics play a cool kind of punk with dance attitude while the Dutch Drillem with "Bug" blend western (yes, I mean the movies) atmospheres with crazy electro dance extravaganza. Now it’s the turn of Transformer Di Roboter. I loved so much their cover E.P. that I was curious to check an original tune and I must admit that they didn’t disappoint my expectation as with "Hi-end" I found the elements that made me love their sound (that lo-fi casio syth sounds here enriched with a distorted bass line and several other cool keyboard sounds) into a song that has a perfect melody and which is impossible not to dance to. Sneakthief present here "Les yeux fermes", a nice track of their electro funky style but this time the track is based on guitars/bass guitars sound with a sampled French voice. Nobody Beats The Drum is one of the different Dutch bands on this CD (in total we can count eight out of fourteen) and their "Turn up the box" is an electro dancey tune that sometimes remembered me the latest Daft Punk. Dumbvox and Lucky Goat are the last ones. The first one with "Guardian" present a mixture of electro and e.b.m. and the latter with "No worries" is here with a nice electro reggae tune. At this point I imagine you’ll have understood that this compilation is worth the purchase and you have just to visit www.basserk.com to order your copy!
Sep 11 2006
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Artist: JERICO ONE>
Title: Exterminator Blues
Format: CD
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Pinnacle / Nova Media
Rated: *****
The British Urbcom label sends out a new sign of life, this time in form of the second studio full length release of the maybe most known act of this underground label, JERICO ONE>. Not the second release at all, this act could release before a remix EP of their biggest smasher "No Blind Runner" and a live recorded album. It seems a bit that Urbcom couldn’t receive the expectations with their last distributor, the German SX Distribution, they now can count on a combination distribution between the UK-based Pinnacle and the German Nova Media Group, surely a good choice. Consisting of one half of the Urbcom label owners, J. Hookens, this new full length is not just one another Electro/Industrial album of another bloody newcomer – no, this work needs some more attention because of the musically content. Some of you may have their famous mentioned track "No Blind Runner", featuring Marc Heal of CUBANATE doing some guest vocals in mind, which made it also on the famous BLC Productions compilation "Interbreeding II: Industrial Mutation" and which has become a play list favorite by some DJ’s. But if you expect a filled album with related stuff, you then will rather disappointed by this effort. The music of JERICO ONE> is a kind of mixing between Electro/Industrial with some steady influences out of Dark Electro, sci-fi and IDM structures. This counts especially for the rhythm patterns offering some at times weird structures far away of that expected 4/4-on-the-floor kind. Breakbeats, also several other percussion elements can be heard and on several tracks these elements are the driving forces which keep the globally static pieces their motion ("Flashing Light", "Bodyshock", "Obsidian" or the title track, to name a few). The music is mostly relative monotone arranged, often based on some dark and cinematic styled synth layers, while I haven’t found it "nightmarish" how the info sheet tends to explain it. Ominous – yes, but only with a little thrilling factor. Think about some smoother works of Dirk Ivens, the DIVE release "Grinding Walls" comes to mind – to have a possible taste how this album got produced, while both acts on any other point don’t show any musical similarities. Although that several tracks here seem to drown in a musically static and motionless kind, it’s quite fun and interesting to let this album flow – a good pair of headphones is required for this. An album to follow for sure, but to be a bit open-minded is needed.

_ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT: Till The End

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Sep 10 2006
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Artist: _ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT (@)
Title: Till The End
Format: CD
Label: Russian Gothic Project
Rated: *****
Second full length CD release for this Russian one man project consisting of DJ Negative aka Sergey Losyakow, this time released through the organization known as Russian Gothic Project. Already the first tunes on this new full length show already the difference to the EBM-like structured debut "R.I.P." – Sergey could gain some more maturity on his equipment and he tends separate better between styles. Although that fine appreciated EBM style of the debut turns a bit in the background, his new output shows more diversity and development. Danceable tunes like the glorious "Birthday", which impresses through some excellent played Synth hook lines, "Idiom" or "Terror Fashion" should be able to keep some masses in motion, while a piece like "Paparazzi" are more designed for the open-minded audience thanks to the featured breakbeats here. The slowly arranged "Thoughts" once more proves the musically diversity and provides some acoustic guitars as well – it’s like music for some sad and gray rainy days. A lot of to discover here on this disc, which is – as usual for a DJ – an instrumental album. Some plans are existing about a collaboration with Tommy T. Rapisardi of the US label DSBP, whose voice out of a Cyberage radio show got sampled here on the last track "...The End", for a new DIVERJE album to be released at the fall. Good work, well chosen and tasteful arranged electronic music – keep it on!

MORDACIOUS: This Emptyness

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Sep 08 2006
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Artist: MORDACIOUS (@)
Title: This Emptyness
Format: CD
Label: Hypervoxx (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the first release for the Hypervoxx label, which is a subsidiary to Telegrammetry, which brought us the great "Weatherhead" compilations series or the well done debut of TAXIM. MORDACIOUS is the latest signing of this label group, but not unknown for sure, because this one-man act could already release two previous CD’s which caught some attention. The well recognized compilation appearance on "Weatherhead 1" also surely made the decision easier to add this act to the growing roster. MORDACIOUS’ music fits globally to the harsh Electro/EBM genre which still can earn a lot of popularity, just look to the growing armada of the NoiTekk label roster with acts like GRENDEL, LIFE CRIED or DAWN OF ASHES – all of these acts can be taken as possible references musically. Tracks like the fast paced opener "Dead To Society", "Burn It Down" or "Dream Girl" don’t let any wishes for some rough dancefloor execution unfulfilled. But Mr. Mordacious Mortem also tends to bring some diversity in the kind he adds his vocals to his tracks, they range between mostly clean and undistorted to rough and highly pitched distorted whispers. Not all pieces here spread the pounding aggression which leaves you pummeling for more, he also has arranged some pieces here which need some more rotations, also thanks to some experimentalism found in his synth/bass lines hooks (check out the title track...). This CD is decent done and produced, while finally it doesn’t offer anything what can be called new or not heard before. Fans of Terror EBM/Hellektro and what funny genre names some so-called promoters will invent for hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music in the next time should pick up this item.

LOST SIGNAL: Eviscerate

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Sep 07 2006
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Artist: LOST SIGNAL (@)
Title: Eviscerate
Format: CD
Label: 23 DB (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
We had to wait a while for this comeback – the comeback of the year maybe - and at some online forums already some rumors came up that this known act has ended all activities. But Charles Rehill returns here with a new full length CD almost five years after his successful debut "Catharsis", which got released originally on the long out of business Inception Records. "Catharsis" to that time became a classic and tracks like "Strain" or "Regret" are still up-to-date sounding Futurepop pearls. Maybe also thanks to the fact that "Catharsis" got produced by Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23, Charles could enter a not expected attention and this debut album brought him on the same stages like the mentioned ASSEMBLAGE 23 and VNV NATION. For some reasons Charles had unfortunately to take a break from being a musician – that’s hard for him today, because nothing will be like it was, his absence was surely a bit long and Charles has almost to start from scratch again. Luckily Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23 still stands faithful to Charles, this time being leader of the label 23DB Records, which now brought us this new "Eviscerate" album. Although there isn’t a special website up for this label, please keep in mind what happened with Tom’s last featured act, BACKANDTOTHELEFT, they got signed to Metropolis Records. An initiative which could also happen to LOST SIGNAL. By listening this new album I got the impression that the globally sound of Charles hasn’t changed that much. The kind of composition, the sound and the kind he sets in his vocals and several Synth arrangements show some similarities, but before people start to argue against this and spread nonsense words like "stagnancy", they’d better take a look to this music genre called Electro/Industrial/Futurepop with all the highs and depths of the past years generally. Although five years later released than the debut, "Eviscerate" sounds modern and like a logical follow-up – and so it is. Some musical maturity also Charles has experienced through the years like the use of some IDM and Breakbeat elements ("Distance"). So "Eviscerate" holds all expected properties on board, danceable Synth-/Futurepop tunes like the catchy "Locked Away", "Drowning" or "Perfect Sky" go in an undisturbed connection with slower, ballad-like tracks like "Mourn" or "Blind". Also Charles’ introspective kind of lyrics avoiding almost all cliches often heard in this genre are surely another outstanding point not only of this production – no, it’s a trademark of Charles generally. So we got a nice comeback release which doesn’t leave any wishes unfulfilled. Charles Rehill sends out a stronger signal than ever, hopefully it won’t get lost for another five years.


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