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DVS NME: Metastasis

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 29 2012
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Artist: DVS NME (@)
Title: Metastasis
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
A year after the digital debut released by Transient Force titled "Begin Sequence", DVS NME is back with a new album titled "Metastasis". This time Johan self-produced a CD containing eleven new mid tempos instrumental tracks. On this new one the sound of DVS NME has slightly changed. Maybe because of the production or maybe because of the sounds used but, on the previous album tracks like "Superluminal" or "Astrogate" made me think about Dopplereffekt or Drexciya. Those tracks had complex rhythms and multi-layered synth lines but the sound on 'Metastasis' isn't giving me that razor like effect. Bass and mid frequencies have been enhanced and to me it seems that Johan kept distortion under control. While composing the new tracks, I think that emotionally he has been inspired by different themes, as suggested by the heart dissection containing mechanical parts that you can find on the cover. If on "Begin Sequence" we had a robot willing to visit new lands and to do new experiments, on "Metastasis", we have a human being who is experiencing new life facts. We have titles like "Disappeared", "Apart", "Solitary", "Disassembled" and "Redesigned" which don't let us fantasize much about what the themes are. Musically, "Metastasis" is a bit more sidereal sounding but it contains always the electro elements you would expect to find into a DVS NME release. We will await this space explorer coming from Colorado watching the sky from our window, just to find out what his next mission will be....

Redrum Alone: De Redrum Natura

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 29 2012
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Artist: Redrum Alone (@)
Title: De Redrum Natura
Format: CD
Label: Ufo Solar
Rated: *****
After one year and half here we are talking about Redrum Alone again. The Italian duo formed by Tommaso "Qzerty" Danisi e Piero "Peet"Pappalettere is now delivering through Ufo Solar their first full length "De Redrum Natura". The album contains eight new original songs plus two covers: Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" and CCCP's "Emilia Paranoica" (track which has been included on a compilation sold along with XL magazine and printed in 80000 copies). Since the last time I talked about them, they played into several clubs and festivals around Italy, opening for international acts like Kruder & Dorfmeister, T.raumschmiere, Tying Tiffany, Aucan, etc and they also became Waldorf endorser. The new album is convincing me more compared to the previous EP and it sounds also more powerful and catchy. The whole sound and the songwriting is recalling me Digitalism and I like to think that in Italy we have a band that sounds that kind of electro dance which is based a lot on good melodies and cool sounds. The album opens with a short self named track where vocoder, dry sounds and arpeggios welcome the listener. "RevolutionAir" is a nice mix of arpeggios, fat distorted bass lines, 4/4 rhythms and melodic vocoder filtered vocals. There are different of their tracks that would please also the lovers of the French electro sound (Daft Punk, Justice or Kavinsky to name a few), check: "Remote", "No Guitars Were Used In Making These Tracks" or "MidNight". "User Interface", instead, mix hard electro beats, in levare distorted bass lines, electro house pads and filtered vocals and it sounds just nice. The two covers a really good as they took the original versions and transposed them into the Redrum Alone world changed them a lot but keeping alive their spirit. You almost won't recognize "She's Lost Control", but if you aren't purists, you'll love this energetic upbeat version. Is strange to hear "Emilia Paranoica" with cool arpeggios and dance rhythms but this doesn't matter, because it sounds good. As you can imagine by what I wrote, I liked a lot "De Redrum Natura" and if you love cool melodic songs with dance attitude give to this album a chance and go to see the duo live, they are playing around...

Parade Ground: A Room With A View

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 17 2012
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Artist: Parade Ground
Title: A Room With A View
Format: Tape
Label: Other Voices Records
Rated: *****
Formed by the brothers Jean-Marc and Pierre Pauly in 1981, in Brussels, Belgium, Parade Ground channelled their energies into energetic music made of hard beats, paced synth lines and the melodic voice of Jean-Marc. In 1982 they participated to the Nationale Rockmeeting LP compilation and soon after they met Daniel B. and Patrick Codenys of Front 242, beginning a collaboration that is still active. In all these years, the band has on their back only two full length releases. Their first album "Cut Up" was released by Play It Again Sam Records, as well as their following singles released on 1987/88. For they second official album "Rosary", we have to wait until 2007, but a couple of months ago, Minimal Maximal, released the band's 1989 lost album, titled "The 15th Floor". Their real second album. This tape "A Room With A View", gathers songs recorded in 1988 that, as far as I know, were unreleased. The eight tracks mix e.b.m. atmospheres with new wave songwriting structures. It's like they felt the urge to release their energy without forgetting to give to the songs something more to the "in your face" approach. In this way, we have semi synthpop tunes with upbeat hard rhythms, melodic vocals, strong bass lines and some dance moments like on "Cursed By My Name". They sometimes recalled me Fad Gadget but with more melody. You can check the whole release here http://othervoicesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vox-15-mc-a-room-with-a-view.

Natural Assembly: Arms of Departure

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 12 2012
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Artist: Natural Assembly
Title: Arms of Departure
Format: 12"
Label: Avant! Records
Rated: *****
Coming from London and born the last year as a solo project of Jesse Cannon, after the release of the first demo, Natural Assembly became a duo with the arrival of Z. Zsigo and soon after made two other tapes. Now, thanks to Avant!, they are ready for their major release, a 12" vinyl EP titled "Arms Of Departure". Influenced by industrial electronic music and new wave, the duo packed six tracks where reverberated drum hits mark the rhythm while analog synth lines build the melodic background of the tracks. To the whole you have to add resounding vocals that sing quasi unintelligible lyrics. Being capable of making anxious atmospheres, the duo's lyrics are quite decadent and tormented. On "19.03.12" they sing: "The warmth of the springtide guides the blossoming of the child through the dull fog of life enduring the bright fractures of times existence" and on "Ruination": "Trapping me tight, the structure forces me down, our bodies entwine but our spirits will fadeout". They the right companion to the other label's bands Lust For Youth, War and Contrepoison. Nice...

Diamondback Kid: U.F.O.

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Jun 11 2012
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Artist: Diamondback Kid (@)
Title: U.F.O.
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Diamondback Recordings (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
It's getting better and better with every new release on Diamondback Recordings. This one, 6th of the label, is the brand new EP by the prolific founder and owner, the Diamondback Kid, and it features 5 tracks, all different versions of the wonderful, solid piece of electro, "U.F.O.".
Original track sounds 'phat' if also ethereal as the result of the combination of tough basslines, strong electro beats and dreamy pads. As with most DBK tracks there are also crossing genres elements like acid touches and pop melodies, elements that make the sound of this great artist unique, characteristic and recognizable in the electro scene, also accessible to the 'unsuspected' fans of electronic music.
Thomas Kress' remix sounds cold and robotic just like the personal productions of this German artist extraordinaire. Very cool version!
Then we have The Men Who Knew Too Much with a really imposing remix that follows the duo's dark ambient path, however it is uptempo and groovier than their previous works. Outstanding!
Next comes my version ("Binalog's Space Trip") and, of course, you are the ones who will judge the result ;) I just like to write that it was one of the tracks I really enjoyed remixing!
An instrumental version closes the release.
"U.F.O." deserves attention not only by the electro fans but also by every fan of electronic music in general. It is a solid release, put together nicely and it features some remarkable remixes worth of checking them out. It is now available for purchase on every fine digital outlet and, of course, on DBR's Bandcamp. Buy!


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