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Artist: BORIS HAUF (@)
Title: Clark
Format: CD
Label: Sijis (@)
Rated: *****
Minimal and elegant electronic music for Boris Hauf, nothing more that that, everything is quasi essential during the listening. The sound choice is accurate and the mastering done by Todd Carter in Chicago pushes everything at the right place. I think if poor Satie is still wandering up there teaching somebody the discipline of "un-expressivity": down here Boris Hauf shows the lesson has been learnt by heart. This music is a skinny blend between danceable beats and "wide-range" electronics, I think if I'll say idm the most of you may visualize something melodically oriented but that's not the case. As I was saying "clark" is not melodic at all and sails much more in a pool where soft noises, bleeps and beats are the water. If you give a check to Hauf's discography you'll discover he's a "restless child" but if sound quality and song assembling in electronic music does still make sense...all of this hyperactivity brought "ability". "Le chien" is probably the only pure fragment of minimal techno kicking inside this record but somehow the whole "portrait is evolved around this same figurative thought", you will have an hard time finding dance clubs where you can move your feet to songs like "ken doll in the wind" or "she was a state trooper". Lately I got the idea many electronic musician are fusing more and more that genre with post-industrial moods (c’mon, the succes of Pan Sonic disclosed a whole world of possibilities), maybe that's the wrong impression but with weird "objects" like Hauf it’s hard to believe that’s the wrong one.

SBASSSHIP: Encryption

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 28 2006
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Artist: SBASSSHIP
Title: Encryption
Format: 12"
Label: Dominance Electricity (@)
Rated: *****
Sbassship is the main creature of the Dominance Electricity guy Matthias Wiese. His latest release ENCRYPTION is a 12" containing two tracks: "Gegen den rest" and "Rock the planet 2098.2". The first track is a classic retro electro tune with a German filtered vocal track. It is based on the alternance of bass / drum and synth melodic lines. I don’t know why but it makes me think about the Terminator movie. "Rock the planet 2098.2" is more tense and techno, the bass here is like running trying to catch the drum machine. The voice isn’t used that much, you can find it after 3’50" and it’s like a couple of sentences spoken by a robot and at the very beginning of the track as a breath but it is intriguing anyway. This release is limited but Sbassship should release his debut album during 2006. I can’t wait to listen to it!

TV: Skin

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 28 2006
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Artist: TV (@)
Title: Skin
Format: CD
Label: Common Prayer (@)
Rated: *****
After a couple of years from "Filth, Lust, Lies", TV are back with their new album (the second) which is simply titled SKIN. If on the first album the band sound was an intriguing kind of industrial e.b.m., on the new one the sound is a bit less aggressive but it is really interesting how the band managed it, creating a mixture of late Clock D.V.A. (do you remember the whispered voice of Adi Newton on tracks like "Eternity"?) and Front Line Assembly. Tracks like "Neurotic love" or the following "Kind of devotion" have a sort of driving evil atmosphere where the rhythm isn’t the main thing. It’s good to see how the band made different musical influences join together as the album alternate classic e.b.m. songs like "Skin deep", "Culture", "Vortex of pain" or the closing "Heart body mind" with tense tracks based on long synth pads and dark vocals. There’s no need to say that the band succeeded into the test of the second album and they are worth your attention.

FADERHEAD: FH 1

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 26 2006
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Artist: FADERHEAD (@)
Title: FH 1
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Since this project hailing from Hamburg, Germany, received some well reactions with their contribution for the "Advanced Electronics Vol. 3" compilation ("The Protagonist", also on this CD available), the audience was waiting for a debut release. Signed to the fall of 2005, FADERHEAD are recording now under the flag of the German Accession-Records label. But also with the creation of a website there’s still a lot of mystery behind this act. Some might expect a typical 242 inspired EBM project regarding that "R23" copying guy - no info, no further names, no biography - so there’s still the question of what’s it all about. Old school EBM with hard and straight kick and snare work is surely one integrated music style on this debut release, but this not another NEP cloning rip-off. Parts out of other music styles are sparse included, but I would say that the global kind belongs more to minimalism. Simple constructed bass lines and synth parts concentrating on the essential - I must admit that I expected a bit more. Favorites can be named with the harder and danceable tracks like "O/H Scavenger" or "Burning / Dancing", and check also out the hidden track to the end. Surprises can be found in the lyrical content, FADERHEAD are one of the very few out of the genre which avoid to fill in that "Cyber-Death-Murder" pattern. This release features textures about the club life ("The Beat Has Started") and real love songs ("Melt Into Your Eyes") instead, plus there’s also a strange vocal performance called "Mattaku" in Chinese/Japanese or what-so-ever lyrics. Again - it is satisfying for a debut, but a bit more efforts to the music would work well.
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Artist: ONEBOMB>ONETARGET
Title: Ich gegen mich
Format: 7"
Label: Hirntrust Grind Media (@)
Rated: *****
Shame on me! the review of this 7" has been delayed 'till now...my record playerf was broken, I've been kidnapped by alines and many other bullshits. by the way better late than never. "Power noise is da shit!" here and it will rip your ears apart erasing that smile of every listener caugh off guard: the music is dead serious. The first side is a great noise-blast that will give an hard-on to all the fans of Masami "Merzbow" Akita and early Murizio Bianchi, a simple cover but a name that leave no misunderstanding: Onebomb>Onetarget, the message is clear. The first side of the 7" fills perfectly in the genre, thus you're gonna receive nothing but a pure noise-blast. On the b-side of this vinyl the sound terrorist changes the blend but while the noise matter is almost analogous, I can't say I appreciated the "power-noise meets electro-keyboard" thing, somehow the idea and the result are odd but it's all a bit misleading or maybe out of focus. Notwithstanding both of the songs, as I've already said, have a similar forge, but on a two track records it works quite well. That's an overall good release above all if that's a debut.


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