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VV.AA.: Chicken Accelerator

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 20 2010
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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!

Code 64: Stasis

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 19 2010
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Artist: Code 64 (@)
Title: Stasis
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: iTunes
Rated: *****
A download-only release from Sweden's Progress Production seems to be a new method for them to publish some appetizers. After more than 5 years and a glorious past signed to the Swedish label giant Memento Materia, this Swedish/Norwegian Synth-/Futurepop project starts a comeback ' nowadays with the integration of the new singer B. M. Borg who replaces Henrik Piehl. And to say it quite clear ' this new vocalist does his best to convince the listeners already with the both featured tracks 'Stasis' and the exclusive b-side 'Game Over'. While this b-side turns out to be a bit harder, more edgy, compared to the main title, 'Stasis' is a catchy club-hit with a sweet Alternative-/Pop-attitude, presented in four different versions. Asides the 'normal' Radio Edit especially the KARANDA remix caught my attention. I normally do not like too many unnecessary remix contributions, but this remix adds a chilling impression to the rather straight oriented original version. In all a quite promising appetizer for the upcoming third album of this project, which will be named 'Trialogue', to be released via Progress Productions in early autumn.

Roman: Roman

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 17 2010
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Artist: Roman
Title: Roman
Format: CD
Label: Karaoke Kalk
The newest Roman self named album is his third and contains ten new tracks which show really well his multifaceted musical soul. Pop is the core and the key of his work and each track has a different arrangements where you can find rich orchestral sounds, folk instruments, electronic (check the dance sound of "Traffic" and the particular effect of the spoken word), jazz, 80s indie pop (check "Despair when young" for this) and more. Roman histrionic approach to vocals make me think of him like an actor who choose music instead of theater. Now happy and then melancholic (like on the closing "Shoot" where piano and strings make of it a touching song), Roman made an inspired album that you'll dig if you want to spice up your pop music collection.

Kosmodromm: Kosmodromm 1.0

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 09 2010
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Artist: Kosmodromm (@)
Title: Kosmodromm 1.0
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Synthematik (@)
Rated: *****
Some new stuff brought to us by the Russian Synthematik netlabel, KOSMODROMM is a Dark Synthpop/Goth-project out of Belarus. Consisting since 2010 as being the one-man project by Eiden Dark (vocals, lyrics), he can still rely on the musically helping hand of D-emsi (programming, arrangements) and several session musicians. This project unites the ability to produce smooth synthesizer melodies, combined electronic beats and gently Dark-Wave atmospheres. Most striking in their sound environment is the sound of the baritone-like vocal performance of band-leader Eiden Dark. In combination with the Russian language and all of its difficult accents and punctuation, this vocal performance seriously reminds on some opera-like stuff taken out of a 50-years-old past. This release is a collection of some self-produced singles entitled 'Stalker' and 'Pustoj Gorod', originally released by the band in 2009. For this free downloadable album, these tracks got completely revamped and newly mastered. Additional remix contributions by up and coming acts like ALIEN 2064 and FRACTAL DECAY offer at least a bit more dancefloor compatibility, which is more than the originals would be able to offer. Not a bad one, but this sound outfit generally needs some usage through multiple spins to get completely satisfying.


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