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MAY-FLY: Flight Into The Darkness

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 19 2006
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Artist: MAY-FLY (@)
Title: Flight Into The Darkness
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
It is more the darkness of a human mind which is provided here by Torsten Vogel’s solo project MAY-FLY, another promising act under the wings of the German X-Cem community, which is more a united collection of bands than a real label. Torsten is also responsible for the lyrical content of the big WYNARDTAGE underground smasher "Sterbehilfe", so this fact may has helped him to join the forces of Kai Arnold at X-Cem. Nevertheless also MAY-FLY offers some interesting stuff here on this debut which make it valuable to purchase this release. Globally said, MAY-FLY are an active part of the new and refreshing generation of hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music made in Germany, also the whole X-Cem roster falls under this term. The music of Torsten is straight produced, mostly 4/4-on-the-floor EBM with some milder undertones as well. A small portion of Synthpop can be discovered here as well. The vocals are mostly slight distorted, but Torsten also tries here to integrate diversity and so some experiments with a vocoder ("Outbreak") for example can be heard. The lyrics provided in both languages German and English often fall into some cliches like diseases ("Outbreak"), religion ("Which God..?"), vampires ("N.O.S.F.E.R.A.T.U."), wars ("Sturmfront") – in short: nothing what can not be found somewhere else in this genre is missed here. This counts also for the music, really new stuff which couldn’t be heard somewhere else before is not available here, but it fits generally well with the music offered by the X-Cem roster. Best tracks are the harder and straighter pieces here, "Which God...", "Raper" and "Soulcatcher", while I’m not into the so-called club hit "Ich Will Tanzen", which gives an excellent example how an embarrassing voice sample can ruin a whole track – maybe this is the reason why this track could grab so much attention???! Please note also the well done remixes created by Torsten’s X-Cem mates CYBER WHORE (a cool sounding male/female vocal duet on the track "Angelie"), both WYNARDTAGE and LA MAGRA (have worked on "Ich Will Tanzen" – both I prefer rather more than the original...), and the amazing ACYLUM ("Raper": reduced to the message itself, but again damned effective produced...). Some good tunes are on here – so go out and purchase it.

DJENJER: vortex

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 19 2006
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Artist: DJENJER (@)
Title: vortex
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Minimal-industrial music - minimal electronics? To be or not to be?!...differently from Hamlet, the matter this time remains the same. I think the main source for the opening track is a cable connected to an amplifier and than manipulated with a naked hand or with any possible human conductor in general, add some distortion effect, a reverb, a flanger and you probably have it. Sometimes it gets more rhythmical, sometimes it could be the acoustic and ultra-minimalist answer to Panasonic’s debut, but it’s a bit too "to the bone" to be realisticly compared. The sound is not bad at all, but it’s a bit vague so vague it’s hard o get the real point in most of the track (shapeless or not). Probably Djenjer is into few weapons/instruments but used as much as he can, but it sounds a bit incomplete. I think if he would had some more samples/sounds the future will look brighter... but maybe he will pursue this "reductionist" path demonstrating I’m completely wrong.
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Artist: GLORIA NUDA (@)
Title: Dictate from beyond
Format: CD
Label: Frost Fundation
Rated: *****
Gloria Nuda is the name of a duo working in the industrial-electro field. They melt theatrical speeches with distorted vocal approach. Sounds are both industrial and a bit epic (such as in the case of "A lonely prophet").The duo formed in 2003 and they finished the album in 2005."Abduction part 2: mutation" is particularly effective as well as "A wish of obnubilation". Its melody is catchy enough to be loved after the first time you listen to it. Synthetic structures are used with piano and deep voice.This is a concept album based on an aliens' domination...

AIDAN BAKER: remix

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 14 2006
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Artist: AIDAN BAKER (@)
Title: remix
Format: CD
Label: Aidan Baker (@)
Rated: *****
When Nomeansno were singing "oh no Bruno... too much is not enough!" they didn’t know Aidan Baker yet, if action speaks louder than words: his discography speaks really loud!. This time differently from the project in which he's directly involved this canadian musician has put together an incredibly well assorted bunch of remixers to reinvent some of his songs. I really mean "well assorted", generally I happen to hear good remix-records with some good tracks, but hardly it happens I'm satisfied by the whole cd, this' one of this few excerptions to that. Baker's drony, dark and melodic music is a good substance to be moulded by the talented hands of any good musician, but while giving new shape to the sculpture many of the remixers have kept its original spirit untouched. Funny, every once in a while I've had the impression some of Aidan’s original influences (Swans, Godflesh to name a couple of em) resurfaced from the bottom of the pool. From Andrea Marutti's ambiental loops of the opening track to Building Castles out of matchsticks' opus (definitely post-broaderickian), from the danceable new tissue of Naw to the desolation of Wilt's version of "breaking points" a-la-Codeine, the listening is really relaxing. Absolutely good.
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Artist: TOMCRAFT
Title: Hyper Sexy Conscious
Format: CD
Label: Kosmo Records (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****

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If I should sum the review of the third Tomcraft’s album titled HYPER SEXY CONSCIOUS I would only write: "wow"! I mean, this album is a smash! It contains all the elements that a dance album needs: good tunes, rhythm, house as well as techno and electro elements all blended into a perfect formula. Produced into his home studio in Munich, Tomcraft called Tai Jason for production (he also did the rap parts into the smash hit "Sureshot" and the electro gem "Quelle heure est il") and Rolf "Jam El Mar" Ellmer (from Jam & Spoon) for the creation of three tracks ("Electronic toys", "Roots" and "Dirty Sanchez"). For the female vocals he called Dacia Bridges and Stephenie Coker (she sung into "Bloated" a sensual soul’n’blues electro track and into "Da disco", a house track where her bluesy vocal enrich the cool melodies created by Tomcraft, Tai and Trokken & Lützenkirchen). The album opens with "Sureshot" (which is also the first single released after the album), a track that will convince you in no time with its hip hop techno structure (if you love Prodigy tracks of the likes of "Breathe" or "Smack my bitch up", you’ll love this one) and which is also present as bonus into the version featuring Sido & Tai Jason for an even more rappier version. "Quelle heure est il" is a perfect track for the electro lovers and it has already released as a single the last year. Check its 4/4 rhythms and the funky guitar...I’m sure you’ll love it! House techno is present with the following "On screen" where Dacia Bridges gives her sexy performance on vocals. "Roots" changes the atmosphere of the album turning it into a dark soundtrack with long synth pads and a catchy rock guitar. There are so many high points into this album that it is difficult to name each of them but each track contains something new that will catch your attention while your feet will start moving since the first notes of the album. Tomcraft is a well respected producer, he did remixes for Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds and Dandy Warhols to name few and this is your chance to check his skills in full. Don’t lose this opportunity!


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