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VV.AA.: Berlin Insane III

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 26 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Berlin Insane III
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Pale Music (@)
Rated: *****
Pale Music since three years ago organize each year a show called Berlin Insane that is held at the Club 103 in Berlin. Each year different bands and dj heat up the dance floor of the club with catching melodies and distorted rhythms (check also the website www.berlin-insane.com for more info on the Berlin Insane club tour). Compiled by The Scandals the third volume of BERLIN INSANE compilation present forty tracks of "sex rock and sleazy electronics" (as stated on the cover). The first CD contains nineteen tracks and it is more focused on the electro/techno side of dance music. Within the others you can find: Einsturzende Neubauten’s Rudi Moser bring us "Solo n.1" a dark track based on bass guitar and light metallic percussions, Miss Yetti picked up a minimal techno track titled "Never come back" from her latest album "Insights", Punx Soundcheck are present with "Vanity, poverty, revenge" with Marc Almond on vocals, Näd Mika is here with "Too intense" (an electro punk track coming from her upcoming album "Electronic beat bitch"), Bruder & Kronstädta with "Yalla" present a track influenced by hip hop, techno and punk, Atomizer with "Ball & chain" remembered me early Fischerspooner, Cycle with "Apple tree" incarnate an electro version of Pretenders, Bakterielle Infektion whip their synths to bring us "Actors on stage" which recalled me the atmospheres of Normal’s "Warm leatherette", The Drugs with "Liv'n die 4 Rock 'n' Rol" incarnate a mix of Cramps and D.A.F., Sexo Y Droga with "Hot hot woman" recalled me bands like Nine Pound Hammer (they were on Crypt). CD2 contains mostly bands that focus their sound on the punk side. Bands like: The Nothings (their "I like drugs" is really a punk 77 track), Junesex ("Get’s close to mine" sounds like Blondie with electro instruments), Kesse Teens ("Chica chica" recalled me Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Kook’s "Club Gorgeus" is electro, punk and funk at the same time, Quasimodo Jones ("Cannibal woman" sounds like Devo on acid) while Monotekktoni with "I have done" seems a goth band with a broken sample (but they are really interesting). With Liquid Ice we are back on the electro side with the beautiful ambient robotic "Ignorance bliss". BERLIN INSANE III is a good chance to check the health of the new electro/techno scene and believe me if I tell you that it is in good health!

PUNX SOUNDCHECK: Berlin Moon

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Apr 25 2006
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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK
Title: Berlin Moon
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Pale Music (@)
Rated: *****
BERLIN MOON is a hell of a release and if I tell you so, it should be enough to purchase it. Since I’m good and I want to do my work the right way, I’ll tell you something more. The two tracks you can find here, reworked by eight different people of the European and American dance scene, were part of a two track limited 7" released by Punx Soundcheck’s label Icon Series. The tracks are by Punx Soundcheck themselves and see in a very good shape Marc Almond on vocals. Lately Marc is working with different djs producing good electro stuff and he someties is also djing around the world (he visited Torino during the Olympic Games for a dj set at the Palazzo Nuovo University). On this release you won’t find the original tunes (since the single is out of print you can find them on the compilation "Berlin insane III" and on the first album "When machines ruled the world" by Punx Soundcheck that will be released anytime soon by Pale Music) but five versions of "Vanity, poverty, revenge" and three of "Neo burlesque" by Punx Soundcheck, Miss Yetti, The Scandals, Mount Sims and Alex Stark for the first and Replicant, Lotterboys and Terranova for the latter. Every version is a blast but check out these ones first: Punx Soundcheck (they reworked a little bit the original electro version), Miss Yetti (she gave to it a minimal techno treatment), The Scandals (they did of it a punk electro gem), Mount Sims (which kept the basic melodic lines to do a minimal electro intriguing tune) and Replicant (he already collaborated with Mr. Almond, see my review of their "Face Control E.P." and he did a good version of "Neo burlesque" with pumping rhythms and acid sounds). I told you... a hell of a release!

TANKT: Club Life

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 23 2006
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Artist: TANKT (@)
Title: Club Life
Format: CD
Label: Static Sky Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Originally self-released, later on licensed and marketed to the US-based Static Sky Records, this the already fourth release by this Melbourne-based Australian duo. Also they are permanent and active members of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com). TANKT, consisting of the duo Dave Foreman (music) and Roberto Massaglia (vocals), provide a well produced Electro/Industrial album mixing the elements between EBM, Synth Pop and Futurepop with well thought lyrics full of social and politically criticism. To fit with the title "Club Life" (the cover art doesn’t fit with the title, note – these are not dancing people...) they made no break between the tracks from 1 to 4 as well on the tracks 7 to 10. Mixed in between are some more experimental arranged tracks, especially "The Storms Of Beslan" reminds me on some old KLINIK stuff. This of course can be named diversity and it shows that this band has the abilities to offer satisfying results taken out of several styles of Electronic-based music. Their critically acclaimed piece "Bush On Fire" is also available here and please note also the special and very personal content in "Night Ride" dedicated to Roberto’s died father. As I said, this album is extremely professional produced and it is no real wonder, that it got picked up by Static Sky, although that this promising US label is now in hiatus. Check out the Crash Frequency website, or check back the DSBP website in the USA (www.dsbp.cx) to get it right now.
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Artist: INTRASONIC (@)
Title: At The End
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is self-produced but yet very professional release of another new talent out of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.chrashfrequency.com). The band is leaded by Toby Craig and hails from Fremantle, somewhere based in West-Australia. Musically they play a kind of well produced Electro/Industrial, here and there mixed with some guitars. A possible comparison could be named in the well known US acts SPAHN RANCH to the "The Coiled One" phase, while it should be said, that Toby doesn’t reach the same brilliant results for the sound of his voice like Athan Maroulis. Nevertheless he is a talented vocalist as well and he doesn’t need to come along here tons of FX to re-strange his voice. INTRASONIC added some more diversity in the arrangements, also a real experimental dark Electro piece combined with some rough rhythm programmings can be heard in the title track of this CD. Favorites well designed to hit the dancefloors of the dark and alternative clubs can be named here with starter "Sanctuary" and moreover "As Pitch As Black". At the later part of this CD INTRASONIC also slow down the speed of some tracks and they add some more classic instruments like a piano to their tracks (the very emotional "Adore", or the gloomy "Miss You" for example...). This is a more than convincing release of a new talent from Australia and I can only recommend to discover them somehow. Use the given contacts to the Crash Frequency community here or check back the website of the band. Satisfaction guaranteed!

PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE: Dead Or Alive

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 23 2006
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Artist: PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Dead Or Alive
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Another Claus returns here and the rising Alfa Matrix label seems to have a special fable to release old school stuff for the elders. Again a veteran release of the well known German act PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE, giving the audience a kind of special "Best of..." compilation. Not just a simple compilation, because Claus Kruse has worked hard in his studio to create for all relevant classics a special revamped 2006 version. This is a special "Thank You" for all of his fans and a special release for all new listeners which tried hard to get stuff via internet auctions of this band. His scene hits like "Das Ritual", "Kill The 6", "Reduction" or "Gold" received a completely new sound design, and the globally result is satisfying for both, supporters of the new style as well as old school lovers. Not all of the new versions do it right for me personally (the "Smalltown Boy" cover version of BRONSKI BEAT, or "Reduction"...), I still prefer the mood and identity of the original recordings. You’ll also find here a few rare to get live recordings for hits like "Kill What Kills You" or his cover version of THE KLINK’s "Moving Hands". Also to find here are three special remix versions done by the new Alfa Matrix signing TECHNOIR, Claus’ special friends from Hamburg SERPENTS and from CYSONIC. Please note that there is also available a special DCD edition of this release featuring on the second CD the real "Best of..." and some very hard to find B-sides and rare recordings. Act soon and try to get this limited edition item which is a valuable and historically important release.


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