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Parralox: Supermagic

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 23 2010
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Artist: Parralox
Title: Supermagic
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Conzoom Records (@)
Rated: *****
Available on MCD (only 500 copies available) and as digital download with a different track listing (the titles are the same but the remixes artists differ) SUPERMAGIC is the first single which anticipate the new Parralox album "Metropolis" due for November 2010. The Australian duo on this new single mix the sensual vocals of Amii with upbeat electropop packing a song that is ready to hit the charts. Recalling a little another Australian girl named Kylie Minogue, the music of Parralox has the same power but it sounds a bit more dark compared to the latest two album of the Aphrodite girl of pop. On the digital edition you can find five different mixes of the main tune (the two O-Phase edition take the original vocal melody and paste it into different, cool as well, music structure while Silica Gel make it turn into an emb alternative pop hit). Along with "Supermagic" you can also find three new songs: "Time (Dark Version)", "Homecoming (Edit)" and "Failure (Reproduction) (Edit)". The first one is a mid tempo winner, a sort of Madonna plays dark pop. "Homecoming" is a pop song with 90's e.b.m. sounds and "Failure" sounds like like early 90's Depeche Mode with a pop female singer as guest.

Estate: Nuclear City

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 22 2010
Artist: Estate
Title: Nuclear City
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Minnesota, Josh Johnson and Dan Kram are Estate, the newest Mullet Records' signing. NUCLEAR CITY is their debut release and contains five fresh tracks of dance wave that will make your feet moonwalking in no time. Mixing funky bass lines/guitars, clear catchy vocals and synth spacey chords/solos (as on the only instrumental, "Blow J"), the duo pop out six instant classics. Years ago labels would have advertised a release like this as a double A side single, because no song is a loser. The opening "Nuclear city" and "In the red" are two song that for sure will catch immediately the attention of the listener. The info sheet names Hall & Oates to explain what kind of song writing quality the duo reached and this is their debut! Dreamy atmospheres and upbeat rhythms are the trademark of the EP and the Gilgamesh remix of "Write to make" (the sixth track of the lot) shows well how this choice is a winner one.

Rock Stone: Girl Talk

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 20 2010
Artist: Rock Stone (@)
Title: Girl Talk
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Corporate Records
Years ago there was a band called Lifestyle, they released an album then I never heard of them. Aug Stone in 2003 released a single titled "Cherry Vanilla" which I reviewed. A couple of weeks ago he contacted me to tell me about his E.P. he released with Ian Catt (of Saint Etienne) and to tell me that on the Corporate Records' website he put some of his old recordings on a "pay-what-you-want" basis. GIRL TALK contains five songs which spans from the synthpop of the nice opening "New val" (which recalled me a bit Freezepop freshness) and the following "Starring Amelia", to the electronic Jesus & Mary Chain 60's polished version of "Dreaming Of Catherine", passing from the ballad "Sarah's Records" (a sort of happy pop version of Jesus & Mary Chain with few synth sounds) and "Danielle's Hair" (a slow ballad with acoustic guitar and synth which recalls me a little Lou Reed's ballads but made in a synthpop key).

VV.AA.: Chicken Accelerator

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 20 2010
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Chicken Accelerator
Format: 12"
Label: Astro Chicken (@)
Rated: *****
CHICKEN ACCELERATOR is the first release of a new German label called Astro Chicken. Dedicated to spaced out disco/electro sounds the label starts its journey presenting four cool tracks brought to us from four different bands: Hyboid, Starlight Hammer Sounds, Telebot and Sternrekorder. "Vogon poetry" by Hyboid has the task to start the dances and does it with an electro spacey upbeat tune. "Starlight Hammer Sounds" with "Turrican 2" sounds a little more robotic but always upbeat, with cool melodies and nice arpeggiator progressions. Telebot's "Disco dump" is a mid tempo with moog solos and alternates disco 70's atmospheres to dark atmospheres. Sternrekorder close the compilation with their "Geh lieber nie", which is the only song to have vocals and it's an upbeat song with 80's electro melodies and nice echoed German vocals. Sebastian Hübert of Astro Chicken Records did a great job gathering four bands that will be able to make you enjoy even more your galactic trips!

Dawnfine: Imperfect Thoughts

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 19 2010
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Artist: Dawnfine
Title: Imperfect Thoughts
Format: CD
Label: Hybrido Records / Soulshadow Store
Distributor: Wave Records
Rated: *****
The international promotion campaign of the Brazilian label Wave Records (among others PECADORES) made it possible to discover Brazil's biggest talent in the Synth-/Futurepop-genre since the renowned trio of the 3 COLD MEN: DAWNFINE, also operating as a trio, have released their debut album under the flag of small local labels/record shops like Hybrido, in collaboration with Soulshadow store and Sensorial Discos (distribution in Brazil). Although a debut release, the three members of DAWNFINE seem to be friends since the mid-90ies. Hailing out of Goiana City, Marcus Paulo (vocals), Jeovane Cazer (synths, guitars) and Jethro Mendonca offer a catchy form of Alternative-/Pop-music mayhem, which draws a strong influence out of the golden 80ies with acts like DEPECHE MODE (of course!), AND ONE, or some of the Scandinavian-based idols like early APOPTYGMA BERZERK or NEUROACTIVE. Quite big and international renowned names for possible comparisons, this trio perfectly blends the best extracts to integrate them into their own sound. Synth arrangements and their sound environment are professionally chosen and are satisfying higher musically tastes ' while I wouldn't go that far to call this band in any form innovative. DAWNFINE are experienced and matured musicians, who know well, how to push the right buttons, without touching new or before undiscovered music paths. The completely in English offered lyrics provided through a smooth and well sounding male vocalist are too witnesses for their longing for international recognition ' since all terms of the production are flawless, this target should be reached soon. Keep an eye and an ear on them!

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