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JANOSCH MOLDAU: Follow Me + Not With The Son

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 09 2007
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Artist: JANOSCH MOLDAU (@)
Title: Follow Me + Not With The Son
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Janosch Moldau Records
Rated: *****
FOLLOW ME and NOT WITH THE SON are two new Janosch Moldau singles which are coming from his forthcoming album titled "Motel songs". The six tracks of the singles (four songs and two remixes) are confirming the good impression I had when I listened to his first album. Janosch has a good taste about melancholic atmospheres and electronic arrangement. "Not with the son" is as good as Depeche Mode's "Home" and if the album will have also some upbeat songs, it will be a good one for sure. The only thing that I don't think was a good move is to issue two singles of the length of about 14' each, because people generally don't tend to buy short singles if they don't see the video on MTV or something like that.

Covenant: In Transit

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 07 2007
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Artist: Covenant (@)
Title: In Transit
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Synthtic Symphony (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Do you remember DEPECHE MODE’s live-album "101" and the road movie, which accomplished it? Well, this new COVENANT-release is something comparable to it. Not only an ordinary live-DVD which so many acts like to release nowadays, this one is rather different. Of course, the second DVD and the additionally CD offer only the live performance of COVENANT taken mainly from their past "Skyshaper" world-tour, but the outstanding and quite interesting work hides in DVD1 "In Transit – The Movie". This one features several details on the band members’ live and behavior on tour, live in action, but also asides of the stage. COVENANT and the band members itself have presented themselves mostly very reserved and a bit shy in the past – but this movie offers also unexpected jokes and shows Eskill and Joakim relaxing and coming up with some very private stuff, which this act has never before given to the eyes and ears of the audience. Unfortunately they also announce the quit with the third band member Clas, who seems to be lately as being a bit isolated. Eskill and Joakim are watching out for a new member and it seems, that Daniel Myer of the German act haujobb. will join this Swedish act for future activities. But back on this movie which shows the typically live on and asides the stage, the hard work behind the gigs, some parties, some interviews, but also the stressy run to catch the next town. Several pictures and impressions are available, because COVENANT have played the whole world. Europe of course, the USA, Mexico and South America – but I guess the most impressive detail can be named with the trip through Russia to the far Eastern city of Novosibirsk with the Trans-Siberian-Trail. 20 hours in a train after their last gig to do join the stages in this far-away based Siberian town in front of an audience of about 200 people and then 18 hours the same way back – this also means euphoria for the being of scene-players. Latest news: this DVD-set has entered some high sales Chart positions in Germany...

ASHBURY HEIGHTS: Three Cheers For The Newlydeads

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 07 2007
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Artist: ASHBURY HEIGHTS
Title: Three Cheers For The Newlydeads
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
The German label giant Out Of Line signs on a Swedish Synthpop newcomer duo, well, already behind this news there seems to be hidden something special. And indeed, ASHBURY HEIGHTS can be called as being one of the best kept secrets which this relatively stagnant music genre has to offer. Consisting of Anders Hagström and Yasmine Uhlin, this debut album features 15 tracks with a strictly separation of each 5 tracks in a thematically frame of the past, present and future. Musically they present a huge 80ies Romantic/Wave-influence, but their music and the chosen sounds are fresh and right on target. John Fryer has done the production on this album and this fact already speaks for itself. Both, Anders and "Yaz" are sharing mutually the vocals, but they aren’t no longer a couple. They’ve been in the past and this album features several tracks drawing some reminiscences of the gone days ("Waste Of Love", "Smaller", "Corsair", "Cry Havoc"). Some ideal stuff to vanish heartbreak away is richly present, although all of the tracks are rather driving and straight-forward produced to offer a good dancefloor compatibility. With the cold and very mechanical sounding "Illusion" they prove also that they are capable to deal with some slight distortion effects on their synth textures. Best tracks besides the opener "Bare Your Teeth" and the final tune "Eternity At An End" is "Derrick Is A Strange Machine", the only one which fits likewise with the term ballad. Maybe here’s the point in which kind this band could be able to develop – to compose some slow and heart-felting stuff which touches also some sad souls. But anyway, this "Three Cheers For The Newlydeads" is an awesome and catchy-as-hell piece of quality Synthpop-music, and it still doesn’t seem to be clear, how far their train of success will drive. As you know, Out Of Line could lately place several releases like BLUTENGEL, CLIENT or AND ONE in official German sale charts, I therefore like to wish ASHBURY HEIGHTS a similar success.
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Artist: ISIS SIGNUM (@)
Title: Heartbreaker
Format: CD EP
Label: Advanced Synergy (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
This is surely another Mexican sensation, because Helder Camberos, the man behind ISIS SIGNUM, has created his own label with Advanced Synergy and ISIS SIGNUM can be surely named being the flagship of it. There’s electronic music available aside the harsh EBM/Electro rush provided by the big names like HOCICO, both of their side-projects RABIA SORDA and DULCE LIQUIDO, plus AMDUSCIA. ISIS SIGNUM can be sorted into the Future- and Synthpop-genre, while Helder’s project likes to point out that this style is Future-Clash-Sound, and he has recently built a side-division of his Advanced-Synergy-label to bring out all related releases under this moniker. The music of ISIS SIGNUM can be named as a high-skilled form of modern Synth-Electronica, which also likes to play with different styles like Trance or Techno. While Helder likes to concentrate completely on the music and the compositions, he adds mostly female guest vocalists to accomplish his tracks. "Heartbreaker" is the first release of a series consisting of two EP’s (this one and the upcoming title "Communication") and the coming album "Electrosensual", which comes itself in a paper box-set and an additional CD featuring remix works. The complete set finally consists of four different CD’s which all have some good content to offer, on which I will refer soon. Coming back to "Heartbreaker", which features the guest vocals of the well-known German diva SARA NOXX, this EP offers 5 different versions of this track plus a specially produced video clip. That Helder is able to produce such multimedia-CD’s speaks for the growing meaning and professionalism behind his work. The track "Heartbreaker" can convince with its panned bass lines plus a nice doze of extra-percussion elements, while Sara’s vocals remain cold. Additional remixes got provided by the well-known Belgian institution IMPLANT (excellent work, Len!) and rather unknown artists like LIA ORGANA & ELECTRIC PRINCE out of Greece, ACCORDING TO PHILLIP and PELTON, both hailing out of Norway. "Symmetry" is another piece available in two different and remixed versions here, which work as teasers of the upcoming full-length album and features Sara’s vocals, while "Unrestricted" is an exclusively produced so-called b-side for this EP. I think that the often used comparison of SARA to the legend ANNE CLARK has never been that been provided that obviously like on this track. Finally the last track "Energy", originally available on the ISIS SIGNUM-debut "Sigma Infinite", which got remixed here by the Mexican FERMIN AGUILERA. A lot of modern Electronica music to discover, just check out and give it a try. Soon more about this act...

The Mystic Underground: Madeleine

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 26 2007
Artist: The Mystic Underground (@)
Title: Madeleine
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Stereosonic Recordings
Rated: *****
"Madeleine", the new single by The Mystic Underground is surely a super synth-pop record from their forth-coming 2008 release "It Really Shouldn't Be This Hard". The duo is back with a well crafted hard hitting club and radio track. Valette's voice display a serious matter what captures the ear about the woman he's singing about. An adorable love composition with the familiar sound of Erasure. The single includes a remix version called Dancing Queen. Ultimately enough to be equipped with a hard hitting dance club edge with enthusiasm and energy. Synth melodies gives off an intense feel. Kick off your shoes and get your dance on!


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