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MIND.IN.A.BOX: What Used To Be

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 01 2008
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Artist: MIND.IN.A.BOX
Title: What Used To Be
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Yes, this is still a release of the German Dependent label, but surely one of last items until they close the doors. For me this is still a shock, because regarding the offered quality released through Stefan Herwig’s label, there’s currently no label available which could have that potential to rival with them. However, this release of Austria’s MIAB comes quite surprising. "What Used To Be" wasn’t to me that sort of a striking track taken from the still marvelous "Crossroads"-album. It seems that the responsible musicians behind MIAB have given this piece some months to grow in them, because the both new versions created by MIAB themselves ("Short Storm" and "Long Storm") are once again that catchy and breathtaking arranged, that MIAB should be able now to expect euphoric reaction from the dancefloors. More than ever before MIAB could work out a track, which features both, an unstoppable floor-filling attitude and decent consumption on your home entertainment. No boredom on here, but a catchy and nearly Futurepop-like tune with addictive synth textures. Add to this a rather average third version by Peter Rainman plus a new and unreleased "b-side"-track entitled "One Day", which can follow the stuff of the album "Crossroads". Even if this short SiCD is limited, it is a must-have for the fans - finally the recent happened position No. 1 at the German DAC charts are a proof for the quality. Regarding Dependent – somebody has to wake me up from this nightmare...

Voide: Evolution

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 31 2008
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Artist: Voide (@)
Title: Evolution
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Although VOIDE is his new music project and has started in 2K6, the Swedish Electro/Industrial-musician David Almgren can’t be at seen as a greenhorn. David already started to experiment with electronic-based music in 1984 and can look back on several music projects in quite different directions. Nothing which could grab enough attention for a possible break-through, but a lot of stuff to learn and to grow on. The result of his growing can be discovered on this new full-length album entitled "Evolution". Compared to the rather spacey background Electronica tunes mostly presented on his early last years’ debut "Space Sponge", VOIDE offers a refreshing new form of Electro-Pop music, which finds musically inspiration in the pioneering works of KRAFTWERK, YELLO, ART OF NOISE or other Synthpop-driven artists with a strictly dedication to the romantic kind of the 80s Pop/Wave-culture. Of course, some of David’s textures as well as his recording abilities are sounding up-to-date, but this doesn’t at all weaken the first impression. He also couldn’t resist to offer his vocals in this mostly vocoderized "robotic-voice" style, which has made KRAFTWERK that famous. Most of the tracks offer a straight-forward and beat-oriented attitude, I finally hope that a DJ will be courageous enough to play this kind of music. Everything on this album sounds coherent and nearly epic, while he’s picking up several themes like the ongoing development of the man – machine dialogue and several astronomy and Sci-fi-related things. Both tracks out of VOIDE’s Si-CD released only a half year before, "Computer Nation" and "Dream Machine", are available on here too, and can be named as being the most catchiest tracks here, while pieces like "Motivator" or "R-Evolution" penetrating the boundaries to some EBM-minded areas. Another great proof, that Electronic-based music has had its heydays around 15 years before, but as much as I adore this album and the artistically concept behind this fine project, it needs to be mentioned, that "Evolution" is only David’s third best work so far. After a now 9-years-old daughter, the entirely Chain D.L.K. staff likes to send out congratulations and all best wishes to the whole Almgren family for the sweet female family addition, which happened to see the light of life during the last week.

Psyche: Club Salvation

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 22 2008
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Artist: Psyche (@)
Title: Club Salvation
Format: CD
Label: Rivetting Promotions (@)
Rated: *****
Psyche formed in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in late 1982. Through the years they gained a cult status for the, here included, Q Lazarus cover of "Goodbye Horses" (that appears in the "Silence of the Lambs" OST) and released many albums with a distinct but ever-evolving style mixing ebm, minimal synth, synthpop and a softer blend of industrial. The first album was out on the legendary New Rose label, home of French coldwave bands Charles De Goal and Résistance and famous for having put out the first cd edition of Virgin Prunes. From the beginning the nucleus of the band consisted of Darrin Huss - with the help of many collaborators. This collection is meant both for fans that didn't follow Darrin's latest progressions and for people approaching Psyche for the first time because includes some classic stuff. There's also an update to their classic hit called "Unveiling the Secret 2.0" (which came out in 2006 both on cd and 12" with lots of interesting remixes). Judging from the many dates on Darrin's myspace (http://www.myspace.com/psyche), Psyche are alive and kicking in 2008.

COMANDO SUZIE: Probres Chavales

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 21 2008
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Artist: COMANDO SUZIE
Title: Probres Chavales
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Released as the previous split 7" by Punch Records, here's the first full length by Comando Suzie. Sung only in Spanish language, POBRES CHAVALES brings to the lovers of electro wave eleven songs in balance from dark minimal electro and synthpop. As for the single, Comando Suzie, is formed by Raul Lopez, Ella and helped out by Demian (active as O Paradis, as you probably already know). If I'd tell that it's the first time that I listen to electronic Spanish music I'd lie, because I know Aviador Dro (best known as the Spanish Kraftwerk even if most of their songs aren't comparable to the ones of the German gods as they sound different and born from from a totally different background). Instead for Comando Suzie I'd avoid any link to Kraftwerk as this time we have something different: Comando Suzie play a minimal electro pop a melancholic and dark but also capable of proposing potential hits like "Descabello" (arranged differently it could be a dance hit) or a dark anthem like the following "Disciplina". Proposing a blend of Die Form meet Telex the trio made a good debut CD that unfortunately has been printed into a limited edition of only 333 copies. Check them on the Punch Records page and hurry!

The Crystalline Effect: Hypothermia

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 14 2008
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Artist: The Crystalline Effect (@)
Title: Hypothermia
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Well, I just noticed that I’m a bit late with the review on this release, so let’s hope the best that I can resist the spoken curses of the Siberian tiger :-P . The Australian duo of THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT is one of the new signed artists to the growing Advoxya-armada consisting of Pete Crane and Elenor Rayner. Although I had discovered them only with some compilation appearances (Crash Frequency, Interbreeding) before, this bands has a past with a previously released album "Glass" out on the defunct Polish label Black Flames. This seems to be a fact which still hurts the band, because thanks to the not-happened promotion efforts of the undergoing Black Flames label, the sales of their debut went down to be almost ridiculous. Musically and technically there’s nothing to complain with the efforts of this duo. They play live as often as possible in every thinkable country, they are active members of the Australian Crash-Frequency-community, they invest a lot into self-promotion, Pete is also a member of PLAGUE SEQUENCE, another international recognized act – in short, they’re one of those bands a label nowadays wishes to sign with. This EP nevertheless is the result of a bad happening for this band, because this release was initially planned to be out under the title "Do Not Open". But since the complete content of the originally planned EP went illegally online on a Russian piracy download portal, band and label agreed to refresh the track list and to offer the listeners some more exclusive stuff. So you’ll get here some newer recordings of the band which offer a decent look-out to the upcoming new album. And with 14 tracks this EP is still richly filled. "Hypothermia", the title track is a straight and catchy moving Futurepop-tune, which could give out a small club hit. The initially planned title track "Do Not Open" rather represents the more-Trip-Hop side of this duo. Several remix works accomplishing this EP, you’ll get to hear some cool tunes by BLANK, IMPLANT, NEGATIVE FORMAT, URCEUS EXIT, NEIKKA RPM and both Advoxya-bands CB and SCHYZZO.COM. You’ll see on this illustrate list that most of the acts share the sort of more "intelligent" produced Electronica efforts – this fits well with the diverse attitude of THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT. This is a quite good and regarding the chosen sounds on-top of the times released EP, which guarantees valuable stuff to listen and to dance. A nice appetizer to their next album.


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