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Artist: PERFECT VACUUM
Title: A guide to the music of 21th Century
Format: CD
Label: Acidsoxx Musicks (@)
Big Boys had a song titled "fun fun fun", this band instead is mostly based on fun without using a song title, it's quite explicit from the band pics and both for the music. Somehow this music has reminiscences of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, but that comparison would end being just too reductive. The ironic element is really present in the concept as you can judge both by the layout and from the music but I think I've to underline despite the ironic approach of the songs and the production are not superficial at all. Ok, honestly that's not exactly my cup of tea but I've to recognize most of the tracks present and interesting amount of bizarre elements and while there's some unconventional ironic taste that links most of the tracks they change considerably style here and there. Odd, funny but at the same time we're still dealing with an unconventional recording. Sometimes you may think they probably put together most of the tracks whole they where drunk but the result is overall good so thumbs up to whatever they took to put together such a goofy-spacey release. How can you comment music like this, it's out of time, of space and shows the musician skill of these guys is great but at the same time it makes you think these people has escaped from some sort of madhouse.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Dark Past 02 – The Politics of Detroit
Format: CD
Label: Dark Past (@)
Rated: *****
A quite surprising comeback for this Chicago-based small label now releasing their second compilation. Dark Past stands mostly for the lighter side of Electro/Industrial music and offers in the first instance space for Future- and Electropop-genres. The line-up of this new CD compilation includes already discovered names like PULSE STATE, the label head himself, active under his very own name, TED CIKOWSKI, or the raw SOFTCORE, this time side by side with the COP-recording female artist CHIASM ("Soulprint"). PULSE STATE opens this compilation with the track "Escaping The Unknown" in a known kind with clear arrangements, easy-to-follow synth and drum patterns and a satisfying vocal performance. This act still counts to be an insider tip, but maybe with more satisfying tracks like this one, and especially with the winning remix for INFORMATIK, this project will start now into a brighter future? Label chief TED CIKOWSKI has received two free slots on this new compilation, his music is more raw compared with PULSE STATE, but to me it still lacks of a clearer production, especially on the vocals. Better constituted seems to be the second track "Pegasys" with a better synth play. I also would like to spend applause to D:KONSTRUCT for their track "Calling Out Your Name" for being a quite satisfying Futurepop-track in vein of PRIDE AND FALL, but the second track "This Regret" alters the first good impression, since the support of guitar riff sounds rather disturbing here. SOFTCORE don’t offer anything for the laughs, they rather try to reach a slot in the Guinness Book of records, because of their multiple usage of the evil "F..."-word in their track "Kick In The Face". The music is an angry bawling and filled with guitars, just like the lyrics performance would require it. Good to see/hear, that they’ve decided to include an instrumental tune for their second slot. Finally I would praise the marvelous done track "Pray" by FIREWERK, which reanimates the old Coldwave tradition of acts like the early 16 VOLT or SISTER MACHINE GUN. All bands are hailing out of the Chicago area, so to collect them and to offer them a CD compilation especially to reach the local scene makes sense. I have doubts that the content of this compilation has seriously anything to do with the local politics, but however, this second issue generally rivals with the quality and content of the first compilation.

Tracklist -

1 Pulse State - Escaping the Unknown
2 Ted Cikowski - Equestriani
3 d:Konstruct - Calling Out Your Name
4 Chiasm - Soulprint
5 Softcore - Kick in the Face
6 Der Nistler - Star Trippin
7 d:Konstrukt - This Regret
8 Ted Cikowski - Pegasys
9 Softcore - Dying Trying
10 Firewerk - Pray

Assemblage 23: Spark

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 30 2009
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Artist: Assemblage 23 (@)
Title: Spark
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
May the pauses between two albums get longer, because we all get older – but is it me, or has it really taken a tiny eternity until Tom Shear would continue with his marvelous career under his moniker ASSEMBLAGE 23? "Spark" – the appetizer for Tom’s upcoming new album "Compass" comes out like a long-missed friend. Quality composition meets catchy Synth arrangements with the right speed to reach dancefloor-compatibility, meets Tom’s deep male vocal performance. Sure, "Spark" won’t re-invent his self-initiated music genre Synth-/Futurepop, but to me this track is about light-years better than "Binary", the Si-CD release out of "Meta". Unfortunately this counts only for Tom’s self-produced original version of this track, I am not too happy with remix contributions provided by COMBICHRIST and by Jade of BLAQK AUDIO. It shows once again, that only very seldom a remix can be able to reach the quality of the original – but what the heavily overestimated COMBICHRIST have produced here with plain and minimal bass lines and cow bells (?) is noting else than ridiculous. Two additional b-sides are available, on which the instrumental "Helicopter Girl" with it’s abstract synth drops rather reminds on Tom’s side-project NERVE FILTER, while "The Poison Moon" is well done enough to take part on an album – no filling stuff at all. "Spark" is all in all a good appetizer for the new album, although the remix contributions can not avoid the impression, that they got included because of business-related reasons.

CAPACOCHA: Sacrifice For Party

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Nov 29 2009
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Artist: CAPACOCHA
Title: Sacrifice For Party
Format: CD
Label: Basserk
Rated: *****
SACRIFICE FOR PARTY is the debut album of Capacocha. Coming from Holland, Capacocha is a one man band who describes its style as "electro rock n rolla outta controlla". To be honest this album offers something more of mere rock'n'roll or electro: the first thing that is popping out while listening to the album is that its nine tracks are high energetic distorted up-tempos where Capacocha blends in many influences. If "To make you fell better" sounds like Franz Ferdinand with a boost, the opening "Monster" is an electro punk anthem, "Follow me" recalls me LCD Soundsystem, "Neoconjerkative" starts with a bit of techno just to steer to electro punk with bouncing bass lines, "Shake it" is the sum of garage punk, punk blues (remember the Oblivians or other bands that were making records for Crypt during the 90s?) and a bit of funk. We have the best mix of genres in "Leave me" where 70s disco synth lines meet dissonant punk funk guitars: try to imagine a mix of Gang Of Four and LCD Soundsystem with dueting synth leads. The album won't let you down for a second and if aren't afraid of a bit of sane craziness mixed with punk, electro and more, Capacocha is the one to try.

Informatik: Arena

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Nov 28 2009
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Artist: Informatik (@)
Title: Arena
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
Only one month after their teaser "Come Together", INFORMATIK are starting a new autumn offensive by releasing this new studio album. In further news it needs to be said, that "Arena" got licensed to the re-animated German label Dependent, so European-wide distribution should be saved. And to complete the good news, INFORMATIK are supporting the British Synthpop-institution MESH on their tour currently in Europe while I’m writing this. "Arena" reminds a lot on INFORMATIK’s album "Re:Vision", released in 2004 – it follows a quite comparable concept. Both protagonists of this project, Da5id Din and Tyler Newman, are known for their skills, so they have decided to follow the example of "Re:Vision" and have produced several new remixes of some of their classics. Tracks like "A Matter Of Time" or their known small club hit out of the EBM-days, "Entropy", got completely revamped. You’ll too get the two announced winner remix contributions of their Spring remix contest, PULSE STATE and their remix of "My True Love", as well as THE SYNTHETIC DREAM FOUNDATION and their interpretation of "Temporary". As for new tracks, "Come Together" of course is included, but the new smasher "Falling" really impresses me – that’s one of their best tunes ever composed. And check also out the fat layered last instrumental track "The End", which reminds a bit on their classic "Retrogradation" if you check the rhythm performance of this slow tune. Although I still prefer "Beyond" in its kind, "Arena" is the ideal album to put a footstep into the doors of the European listeners.


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