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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...

Implant: You Can Watch / My Gun

 Posted by ElectronichEad 'a24/7distortedradiostationinmind' aka NeurodaNcer (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 08 2005
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Artist: Implant (@)
Title: You Can Watch / My Gun
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Rated: *****
Implant....a famous Belgian act in the scene in Belgium, and outside . Originally started in 1992, their first release was born in 1996. Making progress with their own unique electro sound, they have positively grown strong through the years and this special DJ edition, limited on 150 copies, is yet the 11th Implant introduction (besides the appearance on various compilations) to the world and a warning for their new album which will appear mid March. Basicly this 69 minutes long remix EP exists of 4 basic songs from which 9 are remixed by other acts, and 2 remixed by Implant. Implant's sound these days is a mix between dark electro, techno and snippets of goa-trance with vo-coded vocals by Len (one of the founders) and Els (a new female introduction). Remixers on this little bomb are Architect (Daniel Myer), Electric Universe, Delobbo, Spies, Monolith, Neon Electronics, Vendas Novas, XP8 and Diskonnekted. Another surprise is the collaboration of Anne Clark (remember "Our Darkness" or "Metropolis" back in the '80's ?) who injects her poetical wisdom on the tracks "Tune Up Your Chips And Circuits" and "Surface Tension".
*WARNING* This DJ EP is a bomb. This is much more than the typical dark electro-techno sound. This is clubfloor stuff asking for pounding speakers, sharp ears and active dancing people. The presented remixers add their own flavour to it, some uplifting it to dark techno and goa-trance with some industrial edges. My superfavs on this limited edition are the remixes done by Spies , Neon Electronics (a member from The Neon Judgement), Architect and the 'Acid Frenzy Remix' done by themself.
No doubt, this is not a cheap end product. Carefully listening makes you discover little hidden soundsnippets between the hypnotizing rhythms, and marks again the quality of the artist, the involved remixers and the label.

/Tonny/

VV.AA.: FUCK

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 06 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: FUCK
Format: CD
Label: Hive records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
In some instances this record represents a quite radical departure of Hive's normally inhabited territories. Known (at least to me) for producing refined quality breakbeat/noise-electronica oriented discs, Hive puts a new spin on what best represents them (funny, because based on the releases I have reviewed from Hive, I'd think this is almost the least representative, but I guess it's a matter of opinions and of how you wanna look at it). Extensive track selection and planning brought to "FUCK" (at least the title does represent Hive and their motto, because "Hive Records wants you to fuck. Fuck mediocre electronica. Fuck imature scenesters. Fuck censorship. Fuck sitting still, get up and break something" - and for that alone they'd deserve 5 stars, 'cause I fully agree... as long as you leave my Mac alone when you're looking for objects to smash! ;-)). But let's get down and dirty, 'cause everybody gets something out of this! Looking for distorted noise-core? Try the opening track by Pneumatic Detach. Looking for noisy nostromo-ish gabber-core? Look no further than Converter, but Censor or Unter Null will do just as well. Looking for beautiful, dark and at times glitchy electronica? Larvae, Hiv+ and Lapsed will provide you with an awesome example of how well those adjectives mix. Looking for Daft-type rhythm-noise/power-electronics? Railgun, Muted Logic, Exclipsect and Iszoloscope will work out just fine! Looking for spastic, glitchy and frenzy break-electronica/break-core/break-beat or whatever you like calling it? End is your fix. Looking for lush and reverberated trip hop? 32nd Kalpa + Leaf or the heavily jazzy-inspired Mago are just what you need. Looking for an unlikely mixture of Hearts of Darknessess, Beastie Boys, Aphex Twin and Darkraver? You'll be amazed and excited by Concrete Cookie vs Incredibad. Looking for beat-less dark-ambient? Vectorscope will give you a break.
As Hive owner smartly puts it: "DJs and club kids will find as much merit here as headphone recluses". Enjoy (and if you can try to get one of the first 200 copies of the run, which come in a special edition consisting of an extra CD in a slim-dvd box with inserts annd stickers, all in an electrostatic shielding bag like the ones you get your computer cards in).


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