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Tesla Boy: Liberating Soul

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 22 2010
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Artist: Tesla Boy
Title: Liberating Soul
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
After few months after the release of their album "Modern Thrills", here's again Tesla Boy rocking your stereo system with a new EP of remixes. This time the Mullet's roster members have been called to remix LIBERATING SOUL and Tad Willy, Estate and FM Attack gladly replied. The EP contains five tunes: the first one is a "Radio edit" of the tune which let us remember how cool it was the original version. Estate are the first to work on it and they gave to the track a new melodic line keeping only the vocals and it sounds so fresh. They used their characteristic staccato keyboard style with cool moog like solos. Tad Willy remixed the track twice, giving to the audience a dance spacey remix with warm atmospheres and a dub remix which dilate the sound, opening it up with funky bass line, warm synth pads, tiny long leads, echoes and reverbs. The release is closed by FM Attack. They focused their remix on the warm pads and new wave clean guitars. Really nice release which is confirming once again Tesla Boy as one of the best pop wave act of the period. Exclusively available here http://www.junodownload.com/products/liberating-soul/1642340-02/?ref=dlk

Alpha Point: High Like The Angels

 Posted by Marc Tater   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 21 2010
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Artist: Alpha Point (@)
Title: High Like The Angels
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
This new EP of Moldavia's 'Rocking Futurepop project' ALPHA POINT acts a bit like a twin release to their first, also on Synthematik released EP 'Alive'. Two new and original tracks and the usual addition of 3 remix contributions on the title track by Mr. ALPHA 'Rush' POINT himself (Relaxed Mix), the label colleagues of [systemshock] (Devildance Mix) and from PERSONAL SPACE (Cuttin' Wings Mix). Mr Rush offers again his successful formula of Futurepop-inspired Electronic sounds, combined with gritty guitar riffs. He does this well sounding, but also relatively expected and without thrilling musically experiments. Compared to the powerful and with mighty guitars supported b-side tune 'God's Anger', I tend to rate the title track as being the better one, since it leaves a bit more room to take a deep breathe and it offers a bit more relaxing and catchy arrangements. While I'm not too impressed with the relatively uninspired Techno-/Trance-Electronica sound in use at the remix of [systemshock], and at Mr. Rush's own re-interpretation, I tend to declare the work of PERSONAL SPACE as being the discovery of this EP. May someone calls that remix a strong dedication to Alternative/Pop-related genres much based in a well-known British MODE-style - I call that a surprising good performance of the 'how-to-produce-an-authentic-sounding-remix' schoolbook, which explores a relatively different sound-environment compared to the original composing artist. Quality stuff of course, but the most remarkable surprise has been produced by a remixing artist ' strange, unexpected, but true!

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Artist: Purple Fog Side
Title: Project:Rentgen
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
If one of the oldest and best known Russian Goth-/Dark Wave-bands like PURPLE SIDE FOG (2 albums available on Shadowplay Records) decides to collaborate with Synthematik ' in no negative meaning a pure net-label ' then there must be growing a kind of sensible sensation in the minds of the responsible band-members. The certainty, that the days of the physical product, the CD, are counted, may can be taken as a reference, that this formation has documented the will to collaborate. On the other hand, Synthematik has made themselves a good name during the last half year, to be an excellent promoter by using multiple kinds of online resources to gain a maximum of attention, so why not to give it a try? This freely downloadable album consist of an experiment of PFS ' they have recorded all featured tracks in kind of a real-time mode, which means, that they have produced song by song in a strictly declared time window of 1 ½ months, starting all compositions completely from scratch. The band has used online communities and has uploaded any raw demo version of these tracks for their fans and listeners to start a mutual interaction. Completely remixed and mastered after this experimental phase, this 10 all new tracks (plus 3 remix contributions by ALPHA POINT, X-TI, and ELEKTRONNOE OBLAKO, plus an alternative radio version in Russian language on 'My Secret friend') are far away from being demos or uninspired stuff established out of a short expiration time. I am unable to draw comparisons to their Shadowplay recordings, as I am unfamiliar with them, but especially tracks like the already mentioned 'My Secret Friend', or 'Crystal Castle' offer enough potential to impress Goth-, Wave, and Electro-minded listeners completely. Especially the intended contrast between the raw- and dark-sounding male vocalist to the compelling, nearly angelic vocals of the female counterpart can be called exceptionally well-done. This album may needs 2 ' 3 spins more to disclose all good elements, but it is definitely worth to invest it. So there's only one thing I would like to know from the band: what is a 'PVC Slut'?

Culture Kultür: Spirit

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 21 2010
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Artist: Culture Kultür
Title: Spirit
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
1992 was the year when Europop crossed the borders of the Old World and stormed the music charts worldwide (with the exception of especially Islam-oriented countries). That was the founding year of Culture Kultür, a Spanish act that celebrated its success equally worldwide (with the exception of especially Islam-oriented countries). A couple of songs from CK's previous album which was released not less than five years ago are still to be heard in the clubs. In my personal opinion CK is a band that in spite its presence in the charts and clubs is still underestimated by the majority of the people in the darker electro scene. 'Spirit' is an album that has a good shot to change this situation. By the way, to prevent any potential misunderstandings of the title; 'Spirit' is not about alcohol consumption.
The act follows here the same musical direction it took on its previous album 'Reborn'. Namely, the so called Underground Electropop, as many people call it. CK wrote an album full of totally danceable beats and beautiful melodies that bear a somewhat sullen touch with rather real life-oriented lyrics. It is an electro album about real feelings and not cyber wars in another galaxy a thousand years later from now.
The album has got a number of good tracks, each being a good reason to purchase 'Spirit': the opener 'Sieged', 'Drum Machine' is an optimistic song not about advantages of a healthy heart, 'Toxic Pulse' revives the club vibe of the first years of the current century. 'Love will tear us apart', as you may have guessed, is a cover of the undying (undead?) number by the British Joy Division. The album may remind you of VNV Nation in some places, especially the 'ballads' such as the dreamy 'Silence'.
'Spirit' is predominantly conceived as music for your feet; however it has something to offer for your head, too, if you are ready to take a closer look at the lyrics.

Baxter: In Between Remixed

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 07 2010
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Artist: Baxter
Title: In Between Remixed
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
Released in November 2009, "In between" is the debut album by Baxter. It was released by Mullet Records and you know that Justin loves remixes, so it was the right moment to release an E.P. with reworked versions of tracks coming from that release. On IN BETWEEN REMIXED we have seven songs remixed by artists coming from the label's roster which give their personal touch to the original tunes. Tad Willy is the first and he took "Somewhere Else" and enhanced its electro funky spirit with 4/4 beats, syncopated bass lines and cool synth bouncing leads. Justin/Casio Social Club, picked up "Going Soon" and focused the remix on 4/4 dancey rhythms and electrofunk bass lines and synth chords. Sare Havlicek is next with "Approval" and it sounds dance, smooth and perfect for an 80s party. Estate remixed the main track and made of it a new wave pop tune, as it was an A Flock Of Seagulls hit. Chaz Bronz focused his remix of "Insider" on lounge atmospheres in balance from house and electro. ODahl remixed "Overlap" and now it sounds dance, pop and bouncy. Nuvo Rich closes the release with "Sleeping In The Green World", a song in balace from 70s electronica and 80s disco. If funkadelic electro dance is your thing, this release will warm your dancefloor.


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