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Schwarzes Fragment: Seelenkiller

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 01 2011
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Artist: Schwarzes Fragment
Title: Seelenkiller
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ionium Records (@)
Rated: *****
I don't believe, that a successful story like a fairytale repeats in our current times, if the protagonists try too obviously to warm up already discovered ideas available on the market for longer than a decade. Too much of the musically ingredients in usage by SCHWARZES FRAGMENT are drawing relations to the same formula, which brought TERMINAL CHOICE 1995 ('Totes Fleisch') unexpected success. This EP offers fair produced Electro/EBM-like arrangements on all 8 tracks, which blend Goth- and Future-/Synthpop-genres here and there, plus you'll get plain and cliche-filled German lyrics mostly dealing with the usual and repetitive darker themes and feelings of someone's daily life. It cannot be said, that this fusion would not promise success, but - as stated above - I doubt, that this happens again. Sometimes the lyricist manages hard to find a useful rhyme provided by a male singer, whose usage of FX on the vocals draw another comparison to TC, okay, but more often the music itself comes out relative toothless compared to the early days of above named idol. How can anyone 'try' seriously to reflect a rather complex, psychological theme like a 'Borderline Syndrom' with a simple structured broken relationship framed by a cheesy Futurepop-like outfit? Well, TERMINAL CHOICE to me earned in 1995 a lot of success and recognition out of nothing, by chance, and purest luck. If SCHWARZES FRAGMENT would be able to score comparable, this would be another wonder of the world...

GOLABEK: Babe (Don't Feed The Wildlife)

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 01 2011
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Artist: GOLABEK
Title: Babe (Don't Feed The Wildlife)
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Jonathan Kaye is a 17 year old guy who's living in L.A. and since he was 12 he's producing electronic music. Under the moniker of Golabek he just released his first single for Mullet Records. BABE (DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE) is a disco song that starts with a soul incipit that seems coming from an old Stevie Wonder album. Soon after the song opens the dances thanks to its upbeat rich disco falsetto glamorous atmosphere. Mullet Records' boss Justin Winks when received this tune thought that Scissor Sisters sent him a demo. The second track is a remix of the first one which has been reworked by the 16 year old Zack Urman aka Zaku-Chan. Alway coming from L.A., he enhanced the 80s atmosphere of the track thanks to a bouncing fat bass line, wobbling synth pads and nice catchy synth arpeggios. Really nice single for two newcomers!

N_SAMBO : sofà elettrico

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 31 2011