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Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 20 2005
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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
I've already reviewed this record back in June when I was sent the advance promo copy by their promoter MSO so I won't be repeating what I already said. You can read my review by clickin on the name Sasha at the top of the review (http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=1317). It's a great album, very intense, very true. Finally a different type of DJ album, where the DJ really is a musician and a producer and doesn't just label and market himself as such simply because he installed Reason on his computer. Sasha is a complete artist, one who takes his art beyond the mere act of mixing a bunch of records together in one continuous flow of music, one who re-works, possibly re-writes other people's songs, a symbiosis of a remixer, a mixer, a producer, an arranger, a writer, a Dj. Sasha is all of this and "Involver"'s re-elaborations of music by Unkle, Felix Da Housecat, Grand National, Spooky and Ulrich Schnauss prove it! What is really outstanding and worthy of mention and pretty much convinced me to review this album one more time is the art-work and packaging that the final release of "Inolver" comes in. I've never seen anything as beautiful and original. You'll have to see it yourself. The CD is packed in between a bunch of glossy postcard looking photos with notes about the song on the back (one photo for every song) plus cards for credits, back cover, front cover and more. All of these cards are shaped like a square with its outside edges bent inward. All of this is inserted inside an equally shaped soft plastic unfolding shell... Truly unique and magnificent... and what do you know, this review turned out longer than the original one ;-)

Madison Park: Boutique

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 19 2005
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Artist: Madison Park
Title: Boutique
Format: CD
Label: BasicLux records
Rated: *****
Basic Lux is one of the most interesting and creative electronica/lounge labels out there (you can tell that by their original and unique advertising campaigns) and I have a fond memory of their first "New Sound Theroy" compilation released a few years back (of which two new volumes have seen the light, one of which, the third one will be reviewed here momentarily). The two label owners James and DeAnna Cool are obviously also the main band in their catalogue. They record as Madison Park and produce a refined blend of classy pop, dance, nujazz, electronics and house. But don't expect any hammering dancefloor anthems, but rather chilled, fresh and funky tunes infused with melodic pop vocal lines and disco beats and attitude. The CD features collaboration tracks with and remixes by producer Lenny B, Sunday People, GrooveOholics, Souldrider and Bryan Odgen. Madison Park know what it means to flirt with a commercially viable approach while keeping their heart in uncompromised electronic music territory.

Peas: Filters

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 18 2005
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Artist: Peas (@)
Title: Filters
Format: CD
Label: Kanpai records
Distributor: Domo
Rated: *****
DJ, drummer and producer Peter "Peas" McEvilley started out in Miami and toured as a drummer with Inna Sense. He also wrote for Hollywood records, Miramax, ABC and is producing an all female band called the Gemz. After the Earthdance/United Beats of Peace Tour, he decided to make a CD whose tracks were to include a sample of Japanese world music master Kitaro. If you are a Kitaro fan you might recognize every sample in these songs, but if you aren't or you just can't tell because they are seamlessly mixed in with Peas' downtempo electronica, fear not, you are still in for a treat. "Filters" will delight you with soft and smooth breakbeat lounge music made even more enjoyable by female vocals. Another fine and refined electronic music release from Kanpai records.

VV.AA.: A Very Unschooled Christmas

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 17 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: A Very Unschooled Christmas
Format: CD
Label: Unschooled records (@)
Rated: *****
I wish we had this CD to give away when we had our anti-Xmas "Kill Santa!" CD giveaway a few months ago, it would have been the perfect soundtrack for that contest, or for the Billy Bob Thorton movie "Bad(der) Santa" for that matter!!! Yeah, this is an even badder or deader santa we're talking about... Unschooled records packed together twelve electronic artists who took turns at destroying every merry Xmas song you can think of, from "Little Drummer Boy", to "Do They Know it's Christmas Time?", from "O Holy Night" to "Silent Night", from " White Christmas" to "Jingle Bells", from "O Little Town of Bethlehem" to another half a dozen classics. If you know the artists involved (Decomposure, Captain Ahab, Plat, Multi-Panel, A Bit Crusher, 1980, Doofgoblin, Ochre, Obliminal, 1st Class Lounge, Plan 29, Skates) you must know that you'll be dealing with majestically performed and skillfully programmed step electronics, glitch electronics, break beats, drum and bass, break core, noise, lounge etc. Equal parts of freakiness, quirkiness, coolness, noisiness, grooviness... It's great music with a great unconventional and anti-conformist sinister twist!

JANOSCH MOLDAU: On My Own + On My Own Remixed

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 10 2005
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Artist: JANOSCH MOLDAU (@)
Title: On My Own + On My Own Remixed
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Minimal, melodic and sometimes melancholic, Janosch Moldau made two really good versions of his debut single ON MY OWN. Unfortunately Janosch has been caught by the music industry fever of releasing a second version of the single (including exclusive remixed version of the tracks), even if only one CD could include them all. Fortunately all the tracks of the two CDs are good enough to pass on this fact. The first single contains the original version of the song plus an "extended step mix", a new track "Life is moving" and a remix of "Redeemer", track that will give the title to Janosch's first album. The second single, contains five tracks: three remixes of ON MY OWN ("Carbonate mix" "New hookpark mix" and "Liquid theme") and two remixes of "We are laughing" ("Grain could mix" and "Exit mix"). All the remixes are kinda ambient with some i.d.m. inserts and give a new life to the synthpop tune of the original versions. Also, the original version of the tracks isn't strictly the kind of synthpop influenced only by 80's, because on those ones you can find modern electronic arrangements and digital sounds. Even if this is the first release of the project I can say that Janosch is ready to perform head to head with the big names of the electronic scene. Well done...


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