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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Il Circolo Della Vela Vol.6
Format: CD
Label: Il Circolo Della Vela
Rated: *****
Used as a card of a mysterious club called Il Circolo Della Vela, the sixth volume of the compilation with the same name offers twelve bands/tracks of the Italian industrial/wave/experimental scenes. The major change from the old volumes is that this time participated also bands that have already released different albums or who are kinda historical (see Rinf, MGZ and Maurizio Bianchi). The compilations opens with a new Rinf track: "Panic trotter". Their sound is always tense and nervous and someway it recalled me a bit the late Einsturzende Neubauten. Next we have a great electro ambient track by Keith, a dark e.b.m. tune by Klonavenus and an experimental feedback/guitar based track by Carlomargot. Ius Primae Noctis with "Change forever" give their version of electro aggro grind. Condanna is next with "Cranio loop", a track based on a noisy loop with variations. Next we have Spargle In Grey & Maurizio Bianchi with a live track recorded in Graz titled "The sky gets grey" which is based on violins, samples and guitars. Sandro Codazzi with "Aftermath" proposes a nice retro electro tune titled "Aftermath". Teatrino Elettrico with "Senza titolo" pass from experimental acoustic noises to semi power electronics sounds. DJ Pellegrino Ernetti with "Fuori day musei" gives his idea of sampleism as musical art creating a sort of reverse sounding 80's electro tune which didn't impressed me that much. Sinclair is next with "The routine song (London dub factory mix)", a nice pop electronic tune with dub intuitions. MGZ closes the compilation with a remix of his "Non basta mai" coming from "Ho visto tempi migliori" album.

WLADIMIR M.: Electronic Muzique

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 06 2010
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Artist: WLADIMIR M.
Title: Electronic Muzique
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevolute
Rated: *****
Digging into their vaults, the Eevolute label found the ELECTRONIC MUZIQUE E.P. The record have been produced on the late nineties by Wladimir M. and it sees Wladimir helped on production by Stefan Robbers. They deliver four versions of the track giving to it different arrangements which go from the electro of the opening "Electronic muzique", to the experimental ambient spacey of "Electronic space" passing from the minimal electro of "Electronic beats" and the ambient experimentation of "Electronic ambiance". The E.P. is closed by a new remix delivered by Moderated. For this one we have a techno electro mix with bouncing rhythms and retro sounds. Nice one!

NOISY PIG: Replica

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 06 2010
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Artist: NOISY PIG
Title: Replica
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Bernardo Santarelli after last year's album "Disaster #1" is back with a six songs MCD where, helped out by Brezel Goering (Stereo Total) and Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Partyline) on vocals on and guitars, he's giving to the audience more of his techno punk synthpop music where instruments sounds like toys. Bouncing sounds, vocal duets and 4/4 drum machine beats are the main elements of Noisy Pig sounds who on this new E.P. REPLICA sound like an electronic version of a riot grrrl band (also because for the sarcastic lyrics with queer topics). Check the new version of "Hulla hulla" and the Odd remix of "Panda brain" along with the opening "Hey jumper" to have the right idea of what Noisy Pig is about and... jump! The MCD is only available at shows or via mail order at info@noisy-pig.com

JONTEKNIK: Pride In Your Pocket

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 02 2010
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Artist: JONTEKNIK (@)
Title: Pride In Your Pocket
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Already available into the latest Martin Philip album I reviewed sometimes ago, "Pride in your pocket" and "Omnidirectional" born from a Jon Russell collaboration with Martin Philip. These two tracks immediately caught my attention because they have a rich melody, upbeat tempos and a great synth programming. Starting his music activity in 1988, Jon during the years collaborated with a Danish vocalist called Eva Christiansen, Claudia Bruecken, Holly Johnson, Onetwo (the project of Claudia Bruecken with Paul Humphrey of O.M.D.) and also Martin Gore while he was programming the rhythm tracks of the Onetwo tracks. The last years he released a solo album titled "Sounds from the Electronic Garden" but is ready to try new collaborations. Meanwhile you can enjoy the PRIDE IN YOUR POCKET single purchasing it directly from his website as a CD-r or digital download.
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Artist: Patenbrigade: Wolff (@)
Title: Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger)
Format: CD
Label: Zweieck Recordings (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
The fine times of "Electro for Turmdrehkranführer" seem to be over, as the status of their famousness grows and grows. German duo PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF offers a new full-length album with a slightly smoother sound outfit than ever discovered before. Lance Murdock and his partner Sven Wolff have reduced their EBM ingredients to integrate a rather more Futurepop-related sound design – although their kind to produce tasty arrangements remains to be the same. "Baustoff" should be able to appeal all of their old fans, they surely will receive several more supporters with this new outfit, which comes out thick and well-thought produced. To reach a higher status of recognition it helps, that they also hired several guest vocalists like Stefan Leukert, Andy Pitzinger (PAINBASTARD) Julia Beyer (CHANDEEN), Antje Schultz (IN STRICT CONFIDENCE), Antje Dieckmann, or André Hartung (SERO.OVERDOSE). Also continuing you’ll get their accident reports happened at the job, as usual placed in short interrupting tracks. This time they could hire the renowned German observer and criminal-biologist Dr. Mark Benecke. To point out the best tunes, I nevertheless prefer the "real" compositions, "Fehler 404" featuring S. Leukert, or the catchy "My Mountains" providing Nadine Stelzer for the lead vocals are worth to mention. Their previously released teaser "Voyage" featuring Antje Dieckmann got also included.
PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF satisfy once again their old fans as well as new and curious listeners with their high-skilled and in-depth produced Synth-Electronica music. If there’s really a tiny flaw worth to pick out, it may could be advantageous, to produce more own tracks featuring own vocals. "Baustoff" offers besides an intro and outro tune only one track "Popmusik für Rohrleger", featuring complete own and original PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF efforts. What happens, if their guest vocalists won’t find the time to perform with them during live gigs? Do they have to perform without their hits, like the ones mentioned above? But thanks to additional live performances providing their own identity and with the help of their guests, they should easily climbing up several more stages to reach famousness. A quite entertaining album and worth to check it out!


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