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Artist: DRESSED IN WIRES (@)
Title: Behold My Mighty Star
Format: CD
Label: Estrunax Records
Rated: *****
BEHOLD MY MIGHTY STAR is the first official album by Dressed In Wires, a solo project headed by Simon Earp. The ten tracks of the CD gather irony (try to think how songs titled "First gay black president" or "I can see myself cumming in your hair tonight" could sound), electronic sperimentalism and good intuitions. Particular vocal samples gives humanity to the tracks while razor blade sounds (like the ones on "Aphids in me") give rhythm, cutting in two the atmosphere just to make space to new rhythmical structures and to some sick atmosphere. Everything is packed with a DIY atmosphere and the insane imprint of the project makes you wonder what's coming next. When IDM bands seem to be too pretentious, Dressed In Wires arrives just to clean the blackboard of modern music with his impetuous way of doing. If you think that Simon's music is a joke, you're wrong as he seems to be dead serious about what he's doing. If you are into industrial, IDM and electronic sperimentalism allow me to suggest you this project, then let me know what do you think about it.

TACTICAL SEKT: Burn process

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 13 2004
Artist: TACTICAL SEKT
Title: Burn process
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
A maxi-cdep thing (12 tx, 72') for Tactical Sekt, aka Anthony Mather (vocals, keyboards, programming) and Beam (drums + noise creation), featuring 7 new tracks and 5 remixes by Haujobb, Solitary Experiments, DJ Rexx Arkana (Bruderschaft), [:SITD:] and Reality. Tactical Sekt play hard-as-nails electro with emphasis on pounding beats and "evil" filtered vocals. Exactly like Grendel, who I've just reviewed - it's astonishing how these bands sound like each other. A die-hard fan would probably be able to tell them apart, but honestly, wouldn't it be for the cover, I'd have a hard time doing that. But anyway, this is decent electro, and the above mentioned fan would probably sweat on this one.

NAMNAMBULU: Distances

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 09 2004
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Artist: NAMNAMBULU
Title: Distances
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Rated: *****

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First released the last year thanks to Infacted Records, Namnumbulu's first album DISTANCES has been released for the States by Nilaihah Records which added to this new version a track ("Now or never - Dopamin mix") and the video of "Memories". Coming from Switzerland, Namnambulu is a duo formed by Vasi Vallis and Henrik Iversen. The band's sound has already been paragoned to bands like VNV Nation, Assemblage 23 or Camouflage (I'd add also the Apoptygma Berzerk of the "Welcome To Earth" period). The tracks generally are based on melody (thanks to Henrik's deep vocals) and on rhythm (only the closing "Apart" is a ballad a la Depeche Mode). The web formed by layers of sequencered synthetic sounds duet with the melody forming a good mixture of danceable future pop. There isn't a best track as the twelve tracks equally have a good dose of melody and rhythm. At the moment the sound of the band's hasn't reached its top, talking about personality but DISTANCES is a good first album which will be able to make the band gain a certain following.

Taxi: The Accessory

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 05 2004
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Artist: Taxi
Title: The Accessory
Format: CD
Label: Infracom! (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it: my number one record of the week! Now I'll likely stop listening to any other records, let them pile up, while I enjoy this multiple times a day, multiple days a week or driving my car in the sun(set), 'cause that's just how beautiful it is. Two years after their debut "Blue Zero One" on the german label INFRAcom!, the British trio composed by Paul Cullen, Simon Lovejoy and Joel Laundy, are back for another portion of lush, silky, smooth, loungy, jazz, trippy electronica. "The Accessory" blends rhythm&blues with electro, jazz with trip hop, nu-jazz with acid-jazz, classical with ambient, techno with downbeat: sweet deep&digital, uppright and cello bass lines, with mushy keys and rhodes comping, layers of ethereal textures (strings, pads), groovy percussive carpets (triangle, bongos, congas, shakers, cabasa, drums), jazzy guitar parts, orchestral arrangements, breath instruments (flute, trumpet), distant world music influences (indian sitar) and of course the delicious and warm voice that sings all the way through the record. If all of this doesn't help just think of them of very personal (and UK-sounding)combination of Massive Attack, Rebro, Echo, Groove Armada, The Future Sound of London, Portishead, Delerium, Antenne, Lamb, Autechre, The Flying Dutchman, Sasha, Chance's End, Kaskade, Luis Junior, Marquess Wyatt, Joe Clausell, Coppe', Device, The Brave, Saafi Brothers, Laurent Brondell influences. Need I really say more? Hit single potential is to be found everywhere in the record, but the opening track should do it all alone! Albums of this kind come around only every once in a while, and when they do you better jump on them and enjoy while the magic lasts (although I must say the band's desire to create tunes that will stand the test of time is probably fullfilled by the beauty of these timeless compositions). The CD comes as a black-surface CD and its art work makes it look exactly like a vinyl (I have seen others do this, but Taxi's is definitely the closest to vinyl-looking I ever got). The CD also comes with a Mac/PC-compatible rom track that has lyrics, pictures and a link to an exclusive mp3 bonus track. We should all have enough for a week of joy, right? So now let me shut up mates and let's enjoy and chill out...
Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Apell (@)
Title: Beaver Street & Beyond
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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Definitely winner of the "most original way to bribe a music reviewer" award because he enclosed a sweet candy bar in his promo package, this mate is definitely not lacking ideas or innovative approach to marketing and music (a peek at the song titles should be enough proof of that). Melbourne, Austialia, based indiependent artist and producer Anthony Pell's second release as Apell, "Beaver Street & Beyond" represents an original and groovy album of seducvtive electronic music, convincingly flirting with jazzy flavors, rock approaches, 70es glamour, disco-funk fun, dub effects, industrial attitude, drum'n'bass aesthetics, retro samples and more. Mostly downtempo electronica, the tunes are easily captured by the free flying spirit of uptempo break beats that make it even more exciting. The everyday sounds (samples and location recordings from Australia) definitely offer a lot in terms of personal touch and originality, but also a heavy use of guitars (even classical ones) help better define its character. The key of interpretation lays in the eclectic and brilliant mind of this dynamic and pro-active fellow who came up with this music. This album is so diverse and multifaceted in style that it could appe(a)l to a number of different music fans, including those who like Massive Attack, Unkle, Groove Armada, Zappa, Radiohead, John Zorn and many others. The only negative thing I would mention, if I had to, is that even though the album goes by without getting boring and maintaining a certain frenzy excitment, it also lacks in outstanding episodes, or potential hit-singles, if you will. Everything is interesting and cool, but nothing is mind-shattering phenomenal, altough I can see Mr. Pell might be on the right track.
There's quite a buzz around Apell's music, at least in Australia, so I suggest you make some time to figure out if it is worth your time, because it was worth mine.


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