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ECHORAUSCH: Different.Waves

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 26 2003
Artist: ECHORAUSCH (@)
Title: Different.Waves
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain/Funkwelten (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is a reprint of EchoRausch's double lp released by Jetlag records in 2000, with three unreleased tracks, for a total of 17 songs and 71' worth of music. EchoRausch is the personnel who owns the eponymous studios responsible for many productions and masterings of the Black Rain/Noi Tekk rooster, so it seems appropriate that they get re-released by Funkwelten, a new Black Rain sub-label devoted to "Space, Chillout, Ambient and experimental sounds". The press sheet quotes Boards of Canada and Future Sound of London as akin' projects, which I'd surely subscribe, maybe even adding Autechre, though EchoRausch are definitely less obsessive and skeletal. Educated, refined Warp-sounding electronica with equal space for fat beat patterns and ethereal melodies - part ground, part sky. This will certainly appeal to fans of the above mentioned style, I'd say it's a pleasant and above average production.

Codec: Tension

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 20 2003
Artist: Codec
Title: Tension
Format: CD
Label: Component Records
Distributor: Component Records
Old school ambient electro... .. a mix of Autechre atmospheres, Gary Numan circa "Berserker", a bit of Headscan, and Download’s "Effector". Old school synthlines merge over top of minimally placed and constrained beats, with those charming analog synthlines. Sounds at times like the perfect IDM, at others great videogame music for something like Megaman 2 or Guardian Legend. The CD has no particular strong points as this is another one of those CD’s where the flow is in song to song, though I do happen to love "Like Machines". Great for those who love an old school, analog feel to their electro, and it’s hypnotizing qualities. Rating: 9. Also recommended are the above mentioned bands and CD’s, as well as Lassigue Bendthaus.

Suzuki Kid: 2002 AC/DC CD

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 19 2003
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Artist: Suzuki Kid (@)
Title: 2002 AC/DC CD
Format: CD
Label: Total Zero (@)
Yo yo motherfuckers, whassup!!! Suzuki Kid's latest "AC/DC" CD on Total Zero blasts Dive-like distorted power-electronics/industrial beatz, sometimes even approaching drum'n'bass territories in a way that Aphex Twin would, but inserts an interesting new urban element to characterize the sound. Gangsta-electronics? Urban-industrial? Power-beatz? Whatever you wanna call it... It's basic rhythmical material with not much of a melody or of sounds to be found. You'll hear samples from movies (Putney Swope, Urban Menace) and lyrics by Rage Against the Machine singer Zack De La Rocha, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Sade, plus other layers of noises, distorted signals, mixed voices and disturbing stuff like that... All tracks are included twice, the second time around just the beatz so that you can come up with your own rhymes, in full street style! If we got your interest check out their re-released back-catalogue on mp3.com or on the label's website.

Asmodeus X: Wolf Age

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 18 2003
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Artist: Asmodeus X (@)
Title: Wolf Age
Format: CD
Label: Black Pepper
Asmodeus X's new full length album Wolf Age portrays a band that undecidedly balances between neo-classical/dark/folk and electronic/ebm/industrial. Their unresolved exploration in search of a definite soul weights a little too much on the final result, in my humble opinion. If you ask me there is nothing wrong with experimenting and being eclectic, but the risk is to sound inconclusive and to miss the point. Personally, I believe their electronic soul is better developed than their dark/neo/folk one (in terms of songwriting, quality of employed sounds and singing style). On the other hand if you are one of these people walking the fine line between the neo-folk/classical mysticism, the good old ebm sequencing, the guitar-friendly and dance-friendly dark/goth scenes this could be right up your alley. The trio dares comparisons with Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Death In June, Ministry and although each of these bands alone is better than the next and it is hard to imagine that a band could even get close to a mix of all four of them, I must admit it kind of points you in the right direction if you are considering this for your CD shelves (just don't expect the sum of all four!). If you wanna go for it it's for sale through our Rhythmus.net partner site Lattex recordings. Best thing would be to check out some mp3's first (and with bands this multi-faceted check out a bunch of them). If you are interested there will be a DVD release of a film called "Shut Eye" featuring a video of their song "Wolf in the Sky" directed by David J..

Lightphaser: Artificial Cyberlogic

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 18 2003