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VV.AA.: Eklectra

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 03 2005
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Eklectra
Format: CD
Label: Elusive recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Elusive's third release is a 20 track sampler CD featuring 20 Irish artists that have been keeping busy with electronic music. Surprisingly the mixture of talents and names (pretty much all newcomers, at least to the US market) appears to be very contiguos in style, very consistent in quality and very cohesive all around. It's actually awesome to find about all these names with one single CD, considering how small the island is and how much more there has to be outside and beyond these acts and their genre. Cool warm downtempo chillout moods with swinging trippy beats and warping sounds whose atmospheres embrace you like those of your favourite idm artists. You'll come across vocal and instrumental pieces, but the common denominator remain the plush sonorities and the stylish sleekness. Discover: Jimmy Behan (his debut is also available on the same label and reviewed elsewhere on these pages), Townparks Foundry, Illegal Kids, Halfset, Stereo Nimrod, Ebauche, Schtat, Leonids, Chequerboard, Merlot, Thalamus, Herv, Psy, Colourfast, Formica v MUX, Roytron, Murmansk, Samadrone, Felix Rex, Eddie Rocket, Bill Nelson (the only non-Irish in the batch). Gorgeous, creative, impressive, hypnotizing and "elusive", just like the artwork by Japanese artist and Psychology Professor Akiypshi Kitaoka.

Jimmy Behan: Days Are What We Live In

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 03 2005
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Artist: Jimmy Behan
Title: Days Are What We Live In
Format: CD
Label: Elusive recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Irish producer Jimmy Behan is one of the figures that stood out in Elusive's compilation CD "Electra" (reviewed elsewhere on these pages) so the label, also Irish, has made a move and signed Behan for his debut (fourth disc for the label). "Days Are What We Live In" is a collection of ten nordic ambient-electronica compositions with flavors of lounge music, experimental music and idm. His uncompromisingly organic and wholeheartedly lush magmatic blend, sounds like a vivid and fruitful encounter of Autechre, Boards of Canada, Bjork and others. Beautiful debut indeed!

AntiQuark: Neon H

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Feb 03 2005
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Artist: AntiQuark (@)
Title: Neon H
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After "Mask" the AntiQuark girls Maren and aunt Ant (you might remember their names from interviews on Chain D.L.K.) are back with their new album "Neon H". As I expressed my honest (not too positive) opinions about their debut, which I didn't like very much, the two lovely chicks might expect me to be evil again, but this time around, although perfection hasn't been reached yet, they definitely got a better shot at it. Written, arranged, produced, recorded and mixed by the couple, based out in San Diego, California, "Neon H" is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. A layered structure of electronic music provides for soft grounds on which samples, strings and eccentric vocal parts are laid down in multiple tones and approaches, recalling memories and influences spanning from germaniac ebm to more american experimentation. You can buy this for very cheap off of their site. Eight tracks of this will accompany for a shy half hour and will prepare you for their upcoming remixes album.
Feb 03 2005
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Artist: RASPUTIN
Title: Das Leberwurstbrot
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
Rasputin's first album DAS LEBERWURSTBROT has been a surprise for me, because it gathers old and new techno/electro influences by sounding like a crossover of old and new D.A.F. passing through John Foxx and Kraftwerk. Rasputin wants to keep his personality hidden and I don't know if the name has been chosen because of Grigorij Rasputin, the mad monk which coming from a modest family ended by being one of the most influential man of the Russian throne. I can't tell what the lyrics are about, because they are all sung in German but I assure you that Rasputin's music is rough and tense. Even if it contains a lot of melody, there's always a sense of controlled violence on the eleven tracks of the CD (the twelfth is only a eleven seconds noise track which divide the two parts of the album). The violence explodes into all its beauty thanks to the remixes made by Ambassador 21, Asche, CTRLer, Iszoloscope, Punch Inc and Hell G. Definitively this is one of the best records of this early 2005!!!
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Artist: MILITIA CHRISTI
Title: Non Timor Domini, Non Timor Malus
Format: CD
Label: Cursed Land (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Born in 1209 the original Militia Christi is a well known association that gathers baptized people who want to live in an active way their being catholic. Musically I can't tell you who Militia Christi members are but they are coming from Rome and they have just released their second album through Cursed Land. I don't know if the band is taking inspiration from the catholic movement but I really doubt it, since on "Verax Vitis" you can find samples of Aleister Crowley's recording of him reading his poem "La gitana" (if I'm not wrong it is that one). In my opinion they wanted to create something mysterious just to spice up things. Anyway, since we've got no elements to judge their faith, let's talk about music. Well, if you want me to tell the truth, the first time that I listened to NON TIMOR DOMINI NON TIMOR MALUS I thought "Oh my, it is so much time that I don't listen to Madre Del Vizio!". To be more specific, try to imagine an electro and up to date version of Christian Death / Madre Del Vizio passing through the '80s Roman band called Carillon Del Dolore with also an e.b.m. attitude (to be honest there are also tracks that are kinda industrial like " Cogitata Malus", "Verax Vitis" or the closing "Pater noster" where organised rhythms and melodies leave the place to litanies, chants and samples creating dark ambient tracks). All in all the result is kinda catchy and if you don't mind about the fact that on the lyrics Jesus Christ/ God or the cross are named a hundred times you can dig their music.


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