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Artist: THE REMOTE
Title: Too Low To Miss
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Formed by DJ Ashley Casselle, Ben Lost on vocals and with the help of Paul Rogers (Sasha's collaborator) and house producer Asad Risvi, The Remote on their first album TOO LOW TO MISS are able to blend 80s flavour electronic songs (check "She’s going out tonight") with house rhythms and electro techno catchy moments (like on "Big design"). Even if their style is mixing with the genres they are able to create a fresh mixture where the déjà vu is out of sight. Tracks like "Play it rosa" remind me of Paul Haig but The Remote produce tracks where pop melodies are surrounded by tiny bleeps, strong rhythms and thousand of other electronic sounds that layered make you lose your senses. Often you'll find yourself being attracted by the sounds while you were following the melody of a song. The 80s new wave influence is present in many tracks but if you want to check a catchy one, try the instrumental "Right meat" or the closing "Change your mind". If you look for electro punk, check the "Like you" guitars but if you want to try some electro ambient "Bream" is the one for you. This is a cool way of mixing genres and TOO LOW TO MISS is an album you’d want to check if you are into new wave and electro dance sounds.
Jun 29 2006
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Artist: ASHIS MAHAPATRA
Title: orange of
Format: CD
Label: True-False (@)
Rated: *****
This' a double debut: both for the label and for the musician, this' a drony experience hence if "lysergic emanations" is what you're still looking for, well go on reading, please. The genealogic tree of drone-music could be divided in different categories and "Orange of" could be filed under the "melodic" one... like Kranky? yesss...the good feature is the same, above all if you have in mind the most electronic oriented releases of their catalogue but it’s more melodic and lass psychedelic, I’d say softer than many artists on Kranky. Who knows, probably this record is an electronic oriented one more than a "dronic" one but I think by what I’ve said you got more or less what kind of listening it is. I don't know that much about Ashis Mahapatra but he's been able to amaze me from the very first listening, his music is cerebral but not depressive at all and has a touch of "joyous eternity" which fits really well with summer's stillness. Too bad the layout is ok but as good as the cd, cause this berlinese? indian? american?...no I’ve not gone completely out of mind, this release has been composed and recorded between Brooklyn, Berlin and New Delhi. You think this particular in itself is irrelevant? No way, this music is borne out of a mind trip and really helps to trip away.

THE-PULSAR: Re-Awakening

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 27 2006
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Artist: THE-PULSAR (@)
Title: Re-Awakening
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
Sooner than expected the Russian trio of THE-PULSAR returns with a new remix EP (please check out the current interview with them here on our site...), comparable conceptually somehow with their label mates of CYCLONE B, who also just released their great "Demolished" EP. The biggest difference can be found in the list of the "who is who" – the acts which have created remixes. While CYCLONE B have chosen mostly internationally known acts, THE-PULSAR against to this have concentrated to offer some unknown names mostly hailing from the national borders of Russia and Hungary. I have never heard of acts like ID MOLOTOV, SANGUIS IN NOCTE, REPUS TUTO MATOS, [T.3.R], [R_000] PROJECT or SPIN PROVIDER, but after this listening experience I have no doubt, that we'll be soon invaded by a quality new Eastern wave of Electro/Industrial. This wave will start soon, because the label Advoxya Records just announced the signing of another Russian act called WAVEFALL, which will soon release a debut CD on this promising label. On this "Re-Awakening" EP they united with THE-PULSAR to create a new version of one of the best THE-PULSAR track, "Father". Also a name always worth to remember is the Russian trio of ALTERA FORMA. This trio offers here a remix on "Leaving Underground" and I must admit that I have seldom heard before such an effective way to use a vocoder on given vocals. Excellent programming abilities turn this track into a nice Futurepop cut, it is only a pity that this marvelous piece got faded out to the end. SANGUIS IN NOCTE is definitively the next name I still have to check out later on, they did some remarkable remix work on both "Leaving Underground" and "Resistance". Also here on both remixes I am surprised by the additional programming work of this act – I tend to say that this remixes can hit the originals. Two new tracks of THE-PULSAR can also discovered here, "Myself" as the opener (which also receives a quality remix work by [T.3.R.], and "Last Pray" as the final track of this amazing 12-track EP, which also would work well as a full length CD. Both tracks show a good development from their earlier stuff and also a special sense for some unconventionally structures, like rich presented in "Myself". The Hungarian label mates of THE-PULSAR, SCHYZZO.COM are also present and - as usual - they add the distortion factor to the track "Resistance" and give this piece a trashy club feeling. This is a nice trip to some unknown but damned talented efforts and THE-PULSAR did choose some excellent acts for some remix contributions on their stuff, from which we in the Western oriented world still have to hear from. I’m sure we will hear – sooner maybe then someone can think of...

IMPLANT: Fading Away

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 27 2006
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Artist: IMPLANT (@)
Title: Fading Away
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
A new output of Belgium’s most dedicated studio wizard, Len Lemeire, and his known IMPLANT moniker. Released to be an EP, but 12 tracks close to what can be called a full-length album. As usual, Len’s music is still hard ton categorize. He’s one of the very few talented musicians who is able to handle with lot of diverse styles ranging between EBM, Electro, Dark Techno, up to Trance and Electro-Clash. This release is another fine proof of his unbroken talent. His high prolific work is known also internationally, and some known scene acts have made some valuable contributions, like the female Dark Pop/Wave icon Anne Clark, who gave her known voice for three tracks here. We have also big names like LEAETHER STRIP (offers a remix on "Was It Always This Way", added his own voice to the track and produced in this way a nice duet with Anne Clark...), ZOMBIE GIRL (a remix for the title track, plus a special vocal appearance of front girl Renee C.-Komor...), the sorely missed US legend CUT.RATE.BOX (a remix for "Murderous Thoughts", hopefully the time in hiatus for this acts ands now...), NOISUF-X (a "piano-versus-distortion" remix of the track "Your World", also featuring Anne Clark...), UNTER NULL (guest vocals on "You Push Me", plus there’s also a rough remix by C-DRONE DEFECT of this track on here...), NEGATIVE FORMAT (a typical remix on "Murderous Thoughts"), MILLIMETRIC and AUTO-AUTO (both created remixes for "Fading Away"). So get a full scale of modern Electro/Industrial music which should be able to satisfy all tastes. A lot of stuff to pick up, no filling stuff available here, this release will rotate often in your player, get it!
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Artist: FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY (@)
Title: Artificial Soldier
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
FRONT LINE are back, now mutated to a four-men super act. Bill Leeb could add next to Rhys Fulber his other partner in crime, Chris Petersen, and the new band member Jeremy Inkel. The info sheet promised a lot regarding the quality and that "FLA will pass all expectations". Well, to say it in short, this "Artificial Soldier" can not at all be called that outstanding, it is more a mixture of already known elements and earlier presented styles in the long time career. Think about a combination of "Hard Wired" and "Epitaph" flavored with some D ’n’ B elements and you may got an idea how it is. That also means, that the more melodious coarse presented with "Civilization" has found a sudden end, the new stuff is more energetic and harder constructed. This is maybe for one or another fan a good new info, but I miss some of their typical fat synth layers on this new album generally – their bombastic melodic input on "Artificial Soldier" is more reduced, but with respect to a few exceptions. So it took a while until found completely entrance to this album. The opener "Unleashed" is one of the best tracks here, featuring all the mentioned elements with Bill’s typical vocals well set in – like it or not, a lot of people see in the sound of Bill’s vocals the one and only weak point at FLA generally – I would say that they are a trademark which deserve respect and attention. Also well done is the second piece "Low Life", on which I like the experiments on Bill’s vocals for the refrain. "Beneath The Rubble" features a remarkable melodic content which grabs my attention, while I have my problems with the four following pieces "Dissension", "Buried Alive", "Dopamine" and "Social Enemy". Too much of the mentioned D n’ B elements are mostly causing hectic here, FLA can never fill in their own signature – in short it means you hear the tracks once, you hear them twice – then you forget them. We have then here two tracks featuring guest appearances for the vocals, Jean-Luc De Meyer of FRONT 242 ("Future Fail") and Eskil Simonsson of COVENANT ("The Storm"). While both compositions will also not reach the hall of fame for FLA, the vocal input of J.-L. De Meyer can totally satisfy and features the known and beloved intensity, the input of Eskil Simonsson against to this seems misplaced. His voice may works well on Futurepop productions, but here it bores. Finally we have the best track of this album, "Humanity (World War Three)". Call me a bit old-fashioned, but – isn’t it conspicuous how similar it sounds to "Infra Red Combat"? Yes, that’s the piece that saves my day (and also this CD...). Add to this a hidden track afterwards, an experimental instrumental cut. As for a generally result, well – the surprise lays somewhere in between. I for myself was pretty much impressed with "Civilization" and it’s lighter but also darker mood, no wonder also that I tend to say "never" to call this album as outstanding. But I am sure that FLA will score with "Artificial Soldier" especially in the USA thanks to the more presented guitars and up-to-date styles. And – the most important point – it is FLA – and so still a quality product generally.


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