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Mlada Fronta: Dioxydes

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 27 2005
Artist: Mlada Fronta
Title: Dioxydes
Format: DVD
Label: Parametric (@)
Rated: *****
The new release by Mlada Fronta is a beautiful DVD in a metallic case packaged with a dozen full size postcards, stickers and what not. This time Remy Pelleschi wears even more hats than he usually does: besides being in charge of the entire musical production of the DVD (I didn't call him a producer, I now know he doesn't like the term...), he also operated the video camera and directed "Dioxydes" and its filmed contents. Dedicated to John Carpenter, but probably equally or at least somewhat influenced by Ridley Scott as well, this twelve chapter experimental movie presents audio-visual works which borrow from every day urban landscapes to transform its surroundings in complex operas of architectural arbitration, where common view angles and scenarios turn into new shapes and new visions. Suitable to a number of different state of minds, "Dioxydes" will provide multi-sensory gratification to all those who are in search of a relaxing experience, or an entrancing escape or even just a completely conscious full immersion into the admirable work of an obviously multi-faceted and talented artist. The DVD also contains a Quick Time video of a live performace, pictures, logos and interview and a couple of short films with Mlada Fronta music, where the sound is actually even more obviously synched with the picture. The sound of Mlada Fronta keeps drifting away from its original form, in a very evolutionary manner, and builds a thick crust of ethereal electronics that crawls beyond the surpassed need for defined rhythmical patterns reaching a new nirvana of sonic obsession, which this time is greatly aided by the eye.

FAKE: Los Angeles Synthetic

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 23 2005
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Artist: FAKE (@)
Title: Los Angeles Synthetic
Format: CD
Label: Static Sky Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
FAKE is the solo effort by Clint Carney of SYSTEM SYN who had indeed a successful year 2004. But if you look for some similarities you wont find too much. FAKE is much harder and features some nice system critically ingredients. It seems that Clint offered us here a personal side of what's happened with and around him with a huge influence of the nowadays political and social situation. LA seems to have his very own interest and I have the feeling that Clint even just get more angry with the results of the US president election, some tracks ("To the Land", "Money to Kill for" or "Wake Up') here can be easily called acoustic results after a post election shock. While I really enjoyed his critically and full of sarcasm filled lyrics woven in harsh distorted and sometimes vocoderized vocals the music itself brings globally Dark Electro/EBM with a decent slap-in-your-face attitude. It is not that too overpopulated SC EBM output which have had too often in the clubs for years, it is more filled with some varied programmings and ideas. Globally a typically US Electro sound, this is something that Europeans will never be able to program, and also the decent included GEETAR on "To the Land" for example doesn't disturb me at all. Outstanding pieces next to the already mentioned are to me the title track and "UnEvolved" which can make you storm the dancefloors. SYSTEM SYN fans should give this (too?) rough output a test run at first, I personally prefer this FAKE effort. A big recommendation to get this!

Sliptbeat / Rumpistol: Copenhagen Jazz

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 20 2005
Artist: Sliptbeat / Rumpistol
Title: Copenhagen Jazz
Format: 10"
Label: Auditory Designs recordings (@)
Distributor: VME
Rated: *****
Not sure whether the CD is fucked up or my player doesn't like cheap CD-Rs, but it doesn't matter too much because the original for-sale version of this split EP is actually released by Auditory Designs recordings on 10" vinyl (beautiful format)...I didn't get much listening out of this but from the few un-affected minutes, I could tell that Splitbeat are into jazzy downbeat lounge-chillout. They are a Danish duo that uses drums, electronica, rhodes, trumpet and vocal samples. The flip side is left up to the electronic artist Rumpistol, who I didn't get the pleasure to check out because of what I said above, but who I read offers a 12-minute-long track called "Crowds" featuring the talented Rasmus Kjærsgaard on tenor saxophone.Basically what we have here is an all-Danish product, three tracks, nice rare format, beautiiful relaxing music from Northern Europe, just what you need to cuddle up in these cold days.

Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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 ( 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
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.

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