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TWIN MACHINE: Generator

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 29 2004
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Artist: TWIN MACHINE (@)
Title: Generator
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Rated: *****
Twin Machine is a German duo active since 1996. They already released an album so this brand new GENERATOR is their second one. The twelve tracks of the CD at a first listening gave me a sense of deja vu and when arrived to listen to the fifth track "God money" I realized that these sounds remembered me the early Depeche Mode as well as the KK bands of the early eighties (and a little bit the Portion Control or Chris And Cosey) and this pleased me a lot, because it is something no one I knew tried to do. Also Marco Dames voice is really appropriate for this kind of sounds because it is melodic and powerful at the same time. Only few times the band uses filtered vocals and whole sound is fresh and familiar at the same time. Step by step listening to all the tracks in a row, the listening of the album make you beg for more and this is something not that much usual these days. Twin Machine succeded into mixing old e.b.m. along electro pop without offering old and usual formulas. I don't know how their first album "Neo" was like but I assure you that GENERATOR is worth your attention!
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CD
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.

VV.AA.: Urban Woman .01

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 26 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Urban Woman .01
Format: CD
Label: Abysoma (@)
Distributor: Ibiza Music & Clothes (Cafe del Mar company)
Rated: *****
Abysoma is quickly becoming one of my favourite outlets for downtempo/chillout/lounge music. Based in Madrid, they keep an eye out for beautiful electronica discovering and promoting new artists otherwise mostly unknown (especially here in the States) and put together great compilations such as this very one: "Urban Woman .01". As the title suggests, this compilation CD features female fronted artists or songs with a female voice. Mostly spanish artists including Luis Junior (check out his great solo CD on Abysoma - reviewed elsewhere on these pages), Mantrox, Luis Junior, Nuits de Songs, The Other Room, Nacho Sotomayor, Funkana, Luis Vaquero, Croma Lite; all contribute one or two songs each (including chill version remakes of the Twin Peaks and the Gladiator movies' themes) and together bring this compilation to the highest levels in quality, making a dual statement about the female presence in the scene and about the quality of work originating in such an overlooked and underestimated musical underground scene as that of Spain is. I might have wished for a little more of the female vocals (don't expect so much lyrics and singing, it all mostly focuses around layers of smooth ad libs and sampled hookes) but I am just being plain picky here. I wholeheartedly recommend this gorgeous CD to all you loungy bastards out there! ;-)

Muslimgauze: No Human Rights for Arabs in Israel

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 26 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: No Human Rights for Arabs in Israel
Format: CD
Label: Vivo / The Label
Rated: *****
Lots of records by Muslimgauze have been coming out lately, and many of them portray the most electronic side of his production, which to me is a pleasant re-discovery. With this frame of mind, polish label Vivo released a 550 copies limited edition of "No Human Rights for Arabs in Israel", a six tracks CD mostly based around electronic beats with vague hints to percussions and other sounds. Included are the title track, two versions of "Teargas" and three versions of "Refugee", one of which, along with the title-track, were originally released on a 10" out on Staalplaat, who by the way licensed this material and did the art-work for this CD. Also two of these versions are actually different versions of the songs "Wabi Araba" and "Herzliyya". As always the sound is mostly if not completely focused on its rhythmical side. There are less interruptions in the flow of the beat than in other records. This CD was released in a multi-fold ecopack, according to Vivo records' use (www.vivo.pl) and was co-released by the Muslimgauze's official webmaster's own label The Label & XZF (www.the-label-xzf.net).


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