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E.P.G.: We Are Electro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 22 2014
Artist: E.P.G.
Title: We Are Electro
Format: 12"
Label: Electro Empire
Rated: *****
E.P.G.'s "We Are Electro" is the second release by the Electro Empire Records, label sub-label of Dominance Electricity and label that is deeply linked with the Electro Empire forum that you can find at http://www.electroempire.com/forum which is the longest established online community for the international Electrofunk, Bass and Technobreaks music scene. EPG a.k.a. Electro Pulse Generators are coming from England and wrote this anthem for the Electro fans, young or old, no matter the age. Using traditional instrumentation they take inspirations from classic electro acts such as The Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover or Newcleus. On "We Are Electro" you can fin loads of classic analog synths, 808 drum sounds and vocoder vocals that duel with scratches, synth stabs, deep bass lines, catchy melodies and everything to make of this tune a classic. Also, what it is interesting to notice, is that the song is like built of different modules which sums different electro styles and this is really nice. The limited edition 12" contains two version of the track and is available at www.saveoursounds.net but you can check it at this link first https://electroempire.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-electro

Three Winters: Chroma

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 21 2014
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Artist: Three Winters
Title: Chroma
Format: CD
Label: Termo Records
Rated: *****
Kim Solve, Anders B and Lars Fredrik Froislie are back, after their tape EP released on spring 2013, with the first Three Winters CD album titled "Chroma". Out on the Norwegian label Termo Records, the album contains the three tracks of the previous release ("Aeon Surveillance" is a new MKII version) plus eight new ones. On my EP review I wrote that I was curious to listen to a whole album by Three Winters and now that I was able to do so, I can tell you that this is a great one. You know, in the last decade a lot of bands have produced music influenced by late 70s / early 80s electronic music of the likes of John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream or . All bands that influenced bands like Zombi (and the other solo projects by Paterra and Moore), Zombie Zombie, Survive, Umberto, Xander Harris, Gatekeeper, etc. The difficult thing about this kind of stuff is to keep the music and the atmosphere interesting without focusing everything on the horror effect and I think that Three Winters won their bet. We have mid tempos with pounding 80s drum sounds (something similar to the Linn drum used by Human League on "Dare" and to the 808 on tracks like "A Thousands Piercing Lights") and catchy melodies that are enriched by fat synth sounds which roar like old lion kings. Vocals are sparse and filtered (check "Rapture") but are functional to the tracks. Arpeggios duet with leads while bass lines boast out of the speakers creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. You gotta check this out if you like the genre!
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Artist: Needle Factory
Title: Drunken Robot Pornography
Format: Tape
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The signing of UK's Needle Factory by the Manchester-based AnalogueTrash Records label has surprised a bit, since this project has already returned with a new release signed to D-Trash Records earlier this year. Now working as a solo project by Freddy Morgendorffer, this project presents us a more developed sound environment compared to the last physical album 'Goetia', released nearly two years ago on Unrepresented Music. There's still the Post-Punk-like attitude by Morgendorffer available, but nowadays also noisy and brutal sounding elements out of Chiptune, 8-Bit-, and Techno-/Acid-styles get their slot into the bizarre sound environment of Needle Factory. This crazy and explosive sound-cocktail mixed and programmed by Freddy has uncountable surprises in its holster. There's a lot of fire under the roof here and Freddy likes to kidnap the listener into his very own, mad dimension. The cover art with a unicorn, a rainbow on a Tron-like background should be already a warning for you that this music rams down all boundaries and obstacles. It's energetic, it's driving, and it's diverse sounding, which is definitely not designed for the faint-hearted audience. 6 firing arrows out of Freddy's crazy studio-arsenal which I would like to see/hear presented live on stage one day. Kindly note that this 6-track EP is available as a limited to 50 exemplars cassette edition ' get it if you can! 'Drunken Robot Pornography' is a raw sonic assault far above a cheap straining for effect, which will leave you amazed.

Neonsol: Citadel

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Neonsol (@)
Title: Citadel
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
With the help of members of the DK-Gang of Terror, UK's AnalogueTrash Records will be able to conquer the world! Neonsol is a newcomer-project consisting of both Denmark-based members Nina and Jesper Io and the third, Canada-based and quite prominent contributor, Frederic Scarfone (Memmaker, Iszoloscope, Norad). Originally established by Nina and Jesper in 2009 as a duo, Frederic joined in 2012 to complete their line-up. As a trio they played live at the Cyberworld XX album release-party in Copenhagen (October 2012) and also at the Braincorp's 8 Year Anniversary event (April 2013) together with Nachtmahr, ESA and Skyla Vertex. Musically Neonsol presents us Electro-/Futurepop music which can be counted to represent the state-of-art regarding sound-design, programming and production. All of you who are familiar with Frederic's efforts surely know about the high and very polished production standard of his work, although his other projects present quite different music styles. 'Citadel' is a 2-track single-release to a Bandcamp 'name-your-price' downloading procedure. It works well as a mouth-watering appetizer for the upcoming album 'Ecliptic', to be released soon via AnalogueTrash. It's a quite danceable Futurepop-tune with Jean-Luc de Meyer-like male vocals to lead the verses; while Nina's compelling voice rules the catchy chorus. This track here also receives a remix treatment by Claus Larsen / Leaether Strip. Original track and the remix give you a perfect example of the production differences of nowadays standard compared to Larsen's rather 90s-inspired sound design. Both versions have remarkable advantages and both deserve applause. It shouldn't wonder if we see and hear much more of this interesting project in the future and I personally think they are able to reach global meaning to the scene. It's a hard and work-intense way to reach world conquest, but talent always scores.

Koolmorf Widesen: JX​-​EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Koolmorf Widesen
Title: JX​-​EP
Format: Tape
Label: Wil-Ru Records
Rated: *****
Koolmorf Widesen is the musical project of Leonardo Barbadoro, a guy who lives in Florence who has released in the latest seven years two albums "Koolmorf Widesen" and "Melodies Fork Now" for ECG and EVES respectively. "JX'-'EP" is his latest release and it has been issued by Wil-Ru Records on tape. Influenced by IDM, glitch, ambient, electro, breakcore, jungle, acid techno and experimental music, Leonardo on "JX'-'EP" offers five new tracks that mix all these elements into a energetic mix that would excite every fan of electro music. Just to name few names that popped up into my head while listening to these tracks, I can name Aphex Twin (the analord EPs), CN or DMX Krew. "Zeleny Acid", "Natt", "7", "Night147" and "PS-5" are based on melodic sequences that are enriched by chopped rhythmical complex patterns, analog chirping sounds, soft pads and dark atmospheres. I like the way Leonardo build the tracks with those melodic lines leading the listener while other rhythmical inserts "attack" the core creating a controlled chaotic effect. Check yourselves what you shouldn't miss, here http://koolmorfwidesen.bandcamp.com/album/jx-ep


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