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Artist: AUTO AGGRESSION
Title: Geräuschinformatik
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
After having heard a few compilation appearances of this German Electro/Industrial formation I expected to get a full-length debut album filled with Dark Electro music combined with some Powernoise elements plus a huge amount of German voice samples. Well, it is all here – but there is more – much more! AUTO AGGRESSION is the solo effort by Lukas Schneider, a student at the Institute for Computer Music and Electronic Media in Essen/Germany (WOW, to study there must be an unfilled dream for a lot artists...) and this "Geräuschinformatik" can be described as a kind of exam. True, this album differs a lot in kind and idea from comparable releases and expectations. The mentioned dancefloor oriented stuff a lot of you have already heard on three parts of the well-recognized "Septic" compilation series is not the only kind how Lukas is able to squeeze out of his machinery. I have noticed a lot of strange ideas in sounds, arrangements and kind of composing which break with all conventions of this music genre. Take some pieces like "Aufwärtsrosten", the strange rhythmic works on "Kubus" or his masterpiece "City of I.C.E.", which features some nice female vocals, and you have the strongest pieces here which try to break out from the death valley in which this music genre drowns. I am sure that Lukas did create and program every single sound here on his very own – nothing sounds here like heard before. Also the whole kind of this release breaks with expectations, here are no "Pain-Sick-Worlds end" - rambles, and here are no cheap effects on stolen drum loops – everything sounds clear and very well thought out. "Intellectual Industrial" is a catchword in the info sheet – well, this release is not far away from this. What you have to investigate to enter this music is a fair amount of a some more rotations than usually. You will be rewarded with a well produced Electro/Industrial album which is able to show hints and ways to avoid the lack of new ideas. It is also a brave release for the rising German label Dependent and it will be very interesting to see, how the audience will react on this. Give it a try – you won’t regret it!

GLADKAZUKA: Panamena

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 18 2005
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Artist: GLADKAZUKA
Title: Panamena
Format: CD EP
Label: Sonic 360
Rated: *****
Never thought that it was a pity that Cure didn't record other songs like "Let's go to bed" or that New Order didn't record other songs in the like of "Blue monday". Well, this isn't the exact case but into the four GladKazuka's songs you can find all these atmospheres and more. Hailing from Colombia the solo project is part of the download only label, Sonic 360. The four tracks that will be available to download from Napster and Itunes starting from the 25th of April will convince you that this project is innovative even if its roots are deeply grounded in the '80s. "Panamena" has got a driving bass line which sound just like New Order (you know that flangered sound, don't you?) mixed into a bleeping and popping melodic tune that it's capable to catch immediately your attention. This song could work so well on the radio... The second one "Solo me gusta contigo" seems a joke with that treated vocals. It seems a dance tune sung by a cute mouse and it's fun. "Take me" sound like a dance tune coming from the '70s/'80s period but with a launge arrangement. The fourth tune "Doblan" mix '90s ambient dance experimentalism with '80s sounds. This E.P. has been a surprise for me and I assure you that it is really cool and it makes you wonder for more!

CODE MACHINE: No Time

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Apr 14 2005
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Artist: CODE MACHINE (@)
Title: No Time
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Frédéric Hélière is the man behind the Code Machine project and NO TIME is his first album. The thirteen tracks of the CD present a good powerful sound which is a blend of future pop and e.b.m. which mix classic '80s e.b.m. solutions with the melody of modern electro pop. The resulting sound is throbbing, danceable and sometimes it seems a fastened version of the old Die Form (if you know "Autolyse" you know what I mean), where synths are used like razor blades. Sometimes distorted guitars come by just to add some rage. Most of the tracks are good enough to be released by a label (with a little production re-tuning) and it isn't a case if Frédéric is looking for someone insterested enough into his project. He's already preparing new tracks for a new album. Give them a try by visiting his website.

OBSERVE & CONTROL: Utopia

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Apr 04 2005
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Artist: OBSERVE & CONTROL (@)
Title: Utopia
Format: CD
Label: Archetype Multimedia (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by an Israeli guy called Tom Cohen, Observe & Control has been the first e.b.m. band formed in that land. I don't know if this could mean something talking about the quality of the music that Tom is playing but after listening to his first official album I could only say: wow! UTOPIA is a blast! Observe & Control is able to mix clean, catchy and melodic vocals with energetic and well produced electro tunes. Danceable but not sell out, the music that Tom produce take the highlights of bands like Wumpscut, Hocico, Apoptygma Berzerk and personalize i,t giving to it a bright new life. Each track is a hypothetic single but the album isn't like a best of, because the different atmospheres (darkness alternated with more danceable tunes) make of UTOPIA a varied album that is able to give new life to the genre that something is lacking of new ideas. Fourteen tracks for fifty five minutes of good music will make you forget the last compilation made out of remixes you bought and that you listened to only once!
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Artist: LETHARGY (@)
Title: In-Macula Remixes
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
We have here a long awaited follow-up CDEP of LETHARGY’s impressive debut "In-Macula", out somewhere at the fall of 2003. But to tell you the truth, and maybe you have heard or read about it in online forums: this EP will maybe never officially released because the band and their label Black Flames ended up all co-operations in some bad terms. The whole situation seems very unclear and difficult for outsiders, so I advise you to make your contact to the band, the management Hellcity or the German distributor E-Noxe who could help here. To the music: LETHARGY do present us here a long 10 track EP which features several remix works by more (both Alfa Matrix recording acts IMPLANT and NEIKKA RPM...) or less known names (ISENNGARD from Mexico, MORPH UNKOWN from the USA...). This release was designed to bring some more danceable attitudes to the usually more melancholic stuff of this band. Some of the presented remix works can easily used to keep the dancefloors of all dark halls burning ("The Golden Light" and "Emotion" remixed by LETHARGY themselves, "Future Time" remixed by IMPLANT...). Most outstanding piece is the remix work on "Nothing to Hide" done by the French Electronica act OIL 10. Clear and marvelous female vocal performances done by Mayte Cruz and a rich melodic musically content make an impressive effort both enjoyable at home as well as useable on the dancefloors. Strong diversity is present here through the musically very different directions of the chosen remix bands although the whole atmospheric content get lost. Impressive release of a talented band hailing from Spain. It is a pity that their situation is currently very difficult and I wish them the very best that they will soon find a way to be present with new stuff for the audience.


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