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La Funcion De Repulsa: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: La Funcion De Repulsa (@)
Title: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions
Distributor: Noise Kontrol
Rated: *****
La Funcion De Repulsa is a group, backed by their Genital Productions art collective, from Mexico that has been around since 1986. After several years of silence they are back with a new album where electronics takes over and drives the style of the compositions as never before... Everything seems to be focused on rhythms and beats and the electronic aspect adds to that, in addition with the distorted vocals and occasional guitars, creating a weird mixture of industrial, breakcore, dub, electro, synth-core. This melange of styles, especially when they use vocals and guitars, makes them sounds like some italian electro-noise artists (think Brusaschetto, Nude, CP01 or others). Lyrics in Mexican and English.

VV.AA.: 89mm_minimum.movies - Offbeat

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 19 2004
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 89mm_minimum.movies - Offbeat
Format: DVD
Label: e:motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Very interesting and remarkable project originating in Germany and based on a collaboration between the label e:motion, who accustomed us to quality CDs and DVDs based around electronic music, and 89mm_minimum.movies, a groundbreaking german organization who made it their mission to help indiependent short-movies video makers and directors distribute their productions more effectively. 89mm_minimum.movies was founded based around the idea to distribute short movies on this 89mm square medium that many have forgotten (especially Mac users ;-)) called the 3'5" floppy disk, which can hold up to four and a half minutes of music, obviously compressed and nowhere near full size screen quality. That's where the Berlin based e:motion label stepped in. They offered 89mm the possibility to do what they do on DVD, which obviously allows for much greater quality of image and sound as well as bigger amount of material. The "Offbeat" project is a collection of 13 non-commerial short movies with styles ranging from regular movies to puppetry, from 3D cartoon type design to animation of photographs. Most movies are without speech, working around the music, letting the imaginery speak for itself, and I think all filmmakers are from Berlin, or Germany anyway. You'll find unusual and out of the ordinary independent film culture packed nicely and presented with electronic music backgrounds provided by Christoph De Babalon, Sergej Auto, Ming, Zorn (not the sax player), Barbara Morgenstern, Don Air, Bob Harz, Angie Reed, Duriz, Anthony Rother, Swag and Jahcoozi. The DVD also comes with a nice color booklet with info in english and german about the movies, their source and their authors plus bonus material about and by the individual filmmakers.

AMBASSADOR 21: Revolution Is A Business (For Young People) + Belarus / Teenage Action E.P.

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 19 2004
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Revolution Is A Business (For Young People) + Belarus / Teenage Action E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords
Rated: *****
While I'm waiting to completing the interview to Ambassador 21 I'll entertain you talking about their last two releases (a new CD album titled "Akcija" is on the way, anyway...).
The first release is a single containing two version of one of their controversial tracks titled "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)". During less than 10 minutes you'll experience a total assault of technological punk called by musical media: digital hardcore. For sure reading this term a name will pop up into your head: Atari Teenage Riot. Well, I'm not a big fan of the ATR and I admit that I listened only few of their tracks. By what I heard I can tell that Ambassador 21 are kinda "melodic" if you think about the digital chaos the German band was able to produce. "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)" is a sort of band's anthem, which with this song show their awareness about being a band with social / critical lyrics. The track is really amazing and it could be seen like a Belorussian version of "God Save The Queen" for the new millenium. The second release is an E.P. which isn't really an E.P. if you think that it lasts 50 minutes, but it is a kind of extended single because it contains fourteen versions (in total) of two tracks: "Belarus/Teenage Action" and "Love". For the remixes the band called people that someway share the same vision about music. For this reason Proyecto Mireage, Fanny, Schizoid, Chaos As Shelter, Not Half, Dhc Meinhof, Noize Punishment, Ctrler, Dj Christ, Karaoke Vomit and Satan Braten give their version of the aforementioned tracks expanding them, distorting them, adding to them distortion or taking off the vocal parts creating in this way new tracks. I'm ignorant about this kind of music, so I was amazed to see a very positive and creative scene I didn't knew. I hope that you'll have the opportunity to see Ambassador 21 during their European Tour that will start on April. I can't wait to listen to their new release!

BUNKER SOLDIER: Triple Threat

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 15 2004
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Artist: BUNKER SOLDIER (@)
Title: Triple Threat
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Neo Cultural Front
Rated: *****
Bunker Soldier is the Timothy Tyran's personal project and TRIPLE THREAT is his third CD release since 1996’s "Quite A Dilemma". This new release is a CDs containing three songs: "Warlocked", "Flying" and "Firewall". The first one is an instrumental track full of Middle Eastern melodies which seem to float within the guitar riffs and the electro instruments. "Flying" is the real single of the three. Here the 21 year old Norwegian jazz singer Hildegunn Surdal gives her voice making of this an electro pop tune really radio friendly which reminds me of Gary Numan of "The Fury" period. With "Firewall" (the track I appreciated most of the lot), the Numan influence is more clear as this one is an instrumental track which seems to come directly from the album "I Assassin" along with "Music For Chameleons". All in all this is a good single and I'm confident that Timothy will be able to refine all his influences and skills to do a perfect album in the near future.

Rector Scanner: Vocoder

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 12 2004
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Artist: Rector Scanner (@)
Title: Vocoder
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Distributor: EFA Medien
Rated: *****
Rector Scanner is a relatively new EBM/electro one-man band from the Berlin area that draws inspiration from Kraftwerk, Ligths of Euphoria, Depoche Mode, Klirrfaktor, Armageddon Dildos etc. Altough Agro hasn't been making music foor very long, he quickly scored a deal and got involved in loads of remix works for a number of different bands including Armageddon Dildos, Mastertune, Final Selection, Massiv in Mensch, Legacy of Music, R-O-B-A-T-O and others (quite an inspirational role model to new comers, I would hope). "Vocoder" is not a collection of all these remixes (like you might expect), but rather Agro's very own interpretation of all the influences that have made up his listening experiences and his friendships. Germaniac EBM textures are mixed in with dance-friendly anthems, funky atmospheric productions ("Spielzeug" for example is retro-fashioned but not too derivative, which makes it interesting) and sparkling and popping electro-werkian connotations sprinkled all around the record. You may think of it as sci-fi retro-pop electro body music, or something along those lines... The title "Vocoder" seems to have been chosen wisely, if you know what I am saying... Lyrics are in german and the booklet has a very nice art work.


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