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FOR A SPACE: Secrets Behind

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 28 2003
Title: Secrets Behind
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten/Black Rain
Distributor: Nova Media
Second release on Funkwelten, the new Black Rain sub-label devoted to electronica/ambient/chillout sounds, after EchoRausch who, by the way, mastered this cd. "Secrets Behind" is the re-release of the debut limited edition cd-r issued in 1998, followed by "Welcome 4000" released by Daniel "HauJobb" Myer's Basic Unit Productions. The press-sheet informs me that "this project has inspired a lot of musicians", which made me smile, aaw come on! But anyway this is good stuff. Nostalgic electronica combining soundtrack influences, polished soft beats and romantic melodies. Part Boards of Canada, part Kraftwerk, meditative and sort of lost in some kinder time zone. This is the kind of electronica you could put on while doing something else, unobtrusive but never letting your attention slip away. Good.

VVAA: Thisoriented

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 23 2003
Artist: VVAA
Title: Thisoriented
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Second sampler from the more and more active collective. I think all tracks are exclusive or unreleased live versions. Emphasys is on underground electronica, with various nuances - from the ethno-exoteric approach of Ah Cama-Sotz, This Morn'omina and Rapoon to the avantgarde/glitch one of Ultra Milkmaids, with an obvious presence of the unavoidable Warp-sounding styles. Resident projects and Sci-fi Industries prove once more to be in excellent form also in live sets, and Sunwolf is a name to be on the lookout for in the increasing Thisco rooster. Matt Howden's Sieben present, on their part, a bizarre track called "Luso in my heart" (great title) with an uncommon electronic-rhythmic background merging with Howden's violin and passionate vocals... quite romantic and noir sounding, actually. Other projects included are Spies-Inplant, Elektroplasma, Dither, Mimetic Data, and Mlada Fronta. Watch out for the new full-length by!

Visions of Excess: Sensitive Disruption

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 17 2003
Artist: Visions of Excess (@)
Title: Sensitive Disruption
Format: CD
Label: Tone Casualities (@)
Distributor: Shellshock (UK), Dark Vinyl GMBH (Germany)
Even though this was originally released on the Italian Minus Habens label in 2001 we gladly and warmly welcome the american version of the first album by Visions of Excess, the newest mutant deviant of electronic morphing coming from our loved Hollywoodian outlet Tone Casualties (who finally have a new site - check it out!). It is brought into existence by the skilled minds of Paul Browse (Clock DVA, the AntiGroup, System 01, Effective Force, 030 feat. Dr. Motte, Holy Language and Sub D.) and Nirto Karsten Fischer (Forced Media Prod.), with additional inspiration supplied by Brooklynite visionary poet Robert Anton Wilson. The audio-poetry of sonic manipulation that beams at you when listening to what all the synthesis, re-synthesis, granular synthesis, acoustic modelling and other sound generation techniques create, is but the proof of the abilities of the individual minds and of what they envisioned in "Sensitive Disruption", single-handedly delivered to you in the form of a staggering electronic music mix that makes of drum'n'bass' articulate break-ability its corridor and of experimental-noise sample-dome collage its runner. Truly hi-tech and astonishingly polished and gentle is the offering of these two researchers and their wisdom pal. The beats of this album are just incredible and connote the minimal music passages with a groovy feel of alien intervention. The recited parts give it that extra tense vibe which adds up with the dark atmospheres of some of the pieces and of the overall mood to make up for a giant example of terrific dark-experimental-electronics. It's probably hard for you to understand what I am wabbling about and it's hard for me to describe such an unconventional and yet spectacular work. It's like if everything makes sense but it's still so hard to explain... dataseed

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 06 2003
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Title: dataseed
Format: CD
Label: WTII Records (@)

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Originating from Florida and currently residing in party city of New Orleans, this American duo takes influences from everything, as the band claims, between the bizarre and powerful atmospheres of Coil to the dancefloor rhythms of Front 242 not to mention lots of newe influences as well. This latest release is heavily loaded with body rockin' EBM and a bit of Synthpop influences as well. The last three tracks are remixes by the such EBM greats as Assemblage 23 and the hard hitting Stromkern. "Enigma" features the vocals of Victoria Lloyd of Claire Voyant. is the type of band that both heavy EBM lovers and fans of high-energy Synthpop can enjoy. Their style ranges from the harder Industrial and technological soundscapes of artists like Front Line Assembly built into heavy EBM dance rhythms like what you'd expect from more recent artists like Icon of Coil. Their sound is highly modernized and always energetic. Vocally they have a bit of a strange range that utilizes bizarre harmonies. Lyrically intelligent and emotionally vibrant utilize every trick in the book from the gutteral/static industrial vocal and themes to the more soothing and emotional synthpop styles. "Brittle" is probably the most 'static' track on the album which fittingly also features a remix by Stromkern of the same giving it even more of an edge. I think the standout tracks on the release are "Brittle", "Zionsank", and "Leave This World" probably because of the stark contrast of style format of each track when compared to each to each other. "Leave This World" has what is probably the most synthpop melody for the chorus and I love the lyrics too, "I'm gonna take you for a ride and we can leave this world behind and everyone that's so unkind gets swallowed by the tide", a sentiment I'm sure many can relate to. This is an album that I'm pretty sure will simply continue to become more an more addictive the more I listen to it.

Z PROCHEK: Intravenous

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 05 2003
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Title: Intravenous
Format: CD
Label: Prototyp (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

Not only ebm, nor techno or synthpop but all of them at the same time. The Swedish duo formed in the year 2000 by Johan Otterheim and Martin Skanberg after releasing a MCD titled "In My Mind" wrote thirteen songs that are able to catch various kind of audience since they have got good melodies, bleeping sounds and punching beats. See for example the album version of "In My Mind" the following "Inflamed" or "Heal": they mix together distorted and melodic vocals along with dance attitude and dark moments. On some tracks they are helped out by Carolina Nilsson on vocals, thing that gives to some melodic parts a little of drama. Even if the first three tracks didn't impressed me, it's nice to notice how the album grow track to track being always interesting and giving in this way to the listener fifty seven minutes of enjoyable listening.

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