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CAR CRASH SET: Join the Car Crash Set

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 22 2008
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Artist: CAR CRASH SET
Title: Join the Car Crash Set
Format: 12"
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed in New Zealand at the end of 1981 Car Crash Set were a trio formed by David Bulog, Nigel Russell (both at synthesizers and song writing) and guitarist/producer Trevor Reekie. They produced locally during the 1983/86 period a 12" titled "Two Songs" (including "Outsider" and "Fall from Grace") and participated to the compilation album titled "We’ll do our best" with their track "Toys". Their mixture of electropop and new wave make me think of a mixture of New Order and late Human League (but New Order influence is massive on songs like "Heart of stone", "Another day" or "Fall From Grace"). Their sound made with Tr 606/808 drum machines and other Roland gear (Jupiter-4, MC-4, System 100m modular, System 104 sequencer as well the Korg MS20) coupled with a crispy guitar sound make their music sound still fresh. This album brings to light the songs I already mentioned plus four demos and it also prepares the audience for a band comeback as David and Nigel are working at new tunes using always the old Roland gear!

SPOON FAZER: Bam Boo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 19 2008
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Artist: SPOON FAZER
Title: Bam Boo
Format: 7"
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Simon Patterson was active as drummer on early '80s with different Devon and London bands. Apart from drums he started to work with synthesizers and he did his own musical project under the name of Spoon Fazer. With this name he did "Music 2 Dance 2" 7"EP (Project Records, UK, 1980), Sunset 12"EP (Illuminated Records, UK, 1982) and two tapes "Bam Boo" and "Just another Man-in-Sect". Anna Logue picked up four tracks which fit most its music ground and did this 7" E.P. "Rising Sun", "Kyoto", "Festival" and "Back to the Beginning" show well the passion/obsession that Simon had for Japan. The melodies and some rhythmic solution have been influenced by the music tradition of the "land of the rising sun" and mixed with the synthetic sounds used are able to create a particular blend. Sometimes a little naive but nice. I'd like to suggest "Rising sun" to the people who like the Dalis Car album and "Back to the Beginning" to the lovers of John Foxx of the "Golden section" period.

TWINS NATALIA: When We Were Young

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 19 2008
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Artist: TWINS NATALIA
Title: When We Were Young
Format: 7"
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
The passion that Marc and his friends who work at Anna Logue Records releases is true and this 7" is the real proof. Basically, Twins Natalia is a collaboration between Steve Lippert and Marc Schaffer from Anna Logue and three members from Poeme Electronique (you should have read recently my review of their single). Marc wrote the melodic lines, Steve did the main structure while Dave Hewson arranged and added more melodies. Sharon Abbott wrote the lyrics of both the tracks "When We Were Young" and "Kleiner Satellit" and with Julie Ruler sung the songs with their characteristic beautiful touch. This is a perfect electropop single with analog sounds, a bit of melancholy and catchy tunes.

VV.AA: Rückwärts Im Uhrzeigersinn

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 06 2008
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Rückwärts Im Uhrzeigersinn
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Rated: *****
RÜCKWÄRTS IM UHRZEIGERSINN is a new double vinyl compilation released by Das Drehmoment Records. You know me and my tastes and you should know that there isn't any of their releases that I didn't like and unsurprisingly the same goes with this one. Gathering sixteen bands with one song for each of them RÜCKWÄRTS IM UHRZEIGERSINN isn't focusing only on electronic music and this is the thing that surprised me. Syn with "That's you" play a new wave/punk cool track that recalled me the best Blondie tunes but it's like Syn played with the dark side of the songwriting. We already know some of the names involved into this compilation as Makina GirGir, Replicant (here with a beautiful dreamy electronic pop hit titled "Forbidden"), Dream Disco, Datafreq, Polygamy Boys and Lesbian Mouseclicks have already released different stuff and some of them have tracks on Das Drehmoment releases (do a search on our reviews to get more info).There are so many good tunes to dig on this double album. Try Dj Gio MC-505 (project of an Italian guy called Giosuè Impellizzeri, active also as reviewer on different websites like Basebog, Disc-jokey and music producer) with his "Intellivision", a retro electro track that sound like the best Clone singles. Dig also Lesbian Mouseclicks' "Double Dèjà-vu", a mysterious minimal pop tune or the electro extravaganza or Transactive Electrozone who with "The tourist" ignite the atmosphere with a neurotic approach. Starcluster feat. Elke B. with "Jusqu'à la Fin" bring some early '80s electro romance. The instrumental tracks need more attention because they sound less immediate but the whole compilation sounds cool and deserve your attention. You can check the excerpts at the label's website.

Patenbrigade: Wolff: Demokratischer Sektor

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 02 2008
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Artist: Patenbrigade: Wolff
Title: Demokratischer Sektor
Format: CD
Label: Zweieck Recordings (@)
Distributor: Soulfood Music
Rated: *****
After three full-length albums with respect to the quite unexpected success of the last years' album "Hochstapler", the German duo PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF currently releases a kind of "Best of..."-album. Maybe a logically evolution, since Sven Wolff and Lance Murdock have stormed with their club-friendly EBM/Electronica music on the 3. Stage of the category "Top Single Act National 2007" by the German DAC charts, just behind NORTHERN LITE and MELOTRON. A collection it is, yes, but a quite interesting one, because this more than 74 minutes running album offers mostly alternative or revamped versions and/or remix contributions, a concept which drifts away of the normal collection. None of their big club smashers has to be missed on here, "Turmdrehkran" (also featured in two additional remixes, one by ABSURD MINDS), ï"Gefahrstoffe" (featuring the vocals of SARA NOXX), "Maurerradio" (also available in different versions, one remix by LESEROTIQUE turns into an acoustic Rock-Pop experience � quite unusual...) or "Ostberliner Bauarbeiter" (with an additional contribution by KIEW) are richly present. A bit communism here and there seems to be present, even in those tunes, in which they include voice samples by the politically leaders of the past German Democratic Republic. A new track - and another safe club smasher - just features the same syndrome, "Stalinallee", let's hope, that they quite know what they are doing here, I don't see a serious reason to praise this Russian dictator, whose deeds to remain in his frontal might position have been cruel and brutal. However, the music, pleasing free of any Hellectro-boredom, hits the nail and mostly, out of experience, the audience stomps to everything, who is thinking on some drastically content while joining the dancefloors? Quite well done overall and a nice music addition, which is still impressive done enough also to get consumed at your home entertainment, too. I guess, it's time to watch a bit behind the curtains and to document the manifesto of these both tower-crane leaders with an upcoming interview...


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