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DREAM DISCO: In Your Eyes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 18 2007
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Artist: DREAM DISCO
Title: In Your Eyes
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Coming from Milan, DJ Overdose already released some tracks on Viewlexx and Das Drehmoment and now with the limited edition (200 copies only) of IN YOUR EYES he's bringing to the attention of electro lovers two beautiful tunes and a remixed version of the main title. "In your eyes" is a charming italo disco song where '80s retro sounds and moods find their natural output thanks to a male/female duet. A song that deserve to become a classic. "I hope" doesn't leaves the electro danceable style of the opening track but thanks to its melancholic melodies it changes totally the atmosphere. "In your eyes" remix is a little darker respect the original version, it is nice but doesn't add new elements. Anyway, this is a hell of a record and if you are into the genre it is a must have!
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Artist: Mind.In.A.Box
Title: Crossroads
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Yeah, it has taken weeks until I found the right entrance to the multi-layered sound outfit of Austria’s best Electro/Industrial artist. A MIAB-release isn’t that kind of music to bring on some background noise while doing the dishes – this music needs and deserves attention. "Crossroads" is once again a hard-to-figure-out journey for the short-haired 4/4-on-the-floor addicts, since it integrates influences taken out of different music styles. This, of course, is the trademark and for sure one winning point for MIAB. Like on both predecessors, "Crossroads" offers Electro, Techno-impressions, mixes sonic synth-layers with at times effected, at times high-pitched, and at times natural sounding male vocals. Their style can be surely called authentic, and even if this duo has never entered any stages to perform their stuff live, their encouragement is still unbroken. Tracks "Amnesia", "Identity" or "Stalkers" can be compared with the last years’ SI-CD release "Certainty" with danceable, nearly Futurepop-inspired textures, straight arranged but with special and at times nonlinear percussion elements. And for magically pieces like "Fear" I tend to travel to our dear German pope to speak this Austrians holy – although extremely high pitched, it is the male voice of vocalist Markus Hadwiger which offers the catchy moments on this track – a refrain to sing along the lines, while still extremely tasteful arranged. Another musically outstanding track has to be named with "The Place" with some introducing piano sounds, vanished rhythms and a very layered outfit. Make also sure not to forget the last track here, "Run For Your Life" featuring some fine orchestral sound extracts. MIND.IN.A.BOX somehow personify the ideal of the German Dependent-label – not always on the hunt to sign and to release the easiest and trendiest kind of music, but to have some open ears and minds for the real innovation, even if this ends in a loss. MIAB may are sort of this game, although I still haven’t given up the hope, that more people do use their ears and listen. Not to forget the tasteful dark cover art featuring a short story written by A. Gruber, www.agruber.com , and a code number to get entrance to a secret area on the bands’ website where you can download some more tracks and goodies.

Provision: The Consequence

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 15 2007
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Artist: Provision (@)
Title: The Consequence
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
Although we had already a review of this release several months before, and this album surely can’t be named new at all, please spend a bit attention and note that this is the officially last release of this well-known Houston-based Synth-/Futurepop quartet – at least until further notice. Just a few days before band-leader Breye Kiser, who’s also a building member of the label Section 44, has officially called its quit, as sad as this is. To find reasons and explanations for the end of this band I rather like to explain Breye himself in an upcoming interview here on our pages soon. Nevertheless I guess that too much changes of the band membership have to named as a possible reason, that Breye at least got tired to search for additional new musicians, which can bring on talent as well as the right behavior to join this act. Musically PROVISION follow a classically arranged form of Electro-/Futurepop related to some early NO COMMENT, MATRIX or some acts out of the Memento Materia roster. Their appreciated floor fillers are available here with "Ideal", "Someone Like You", "The Only Thing" or "Perversions Of Conceptual Warfare", but the rather calm and catchy highlight lays on the ballad "Fade" – this track with its slight depressive mood should appeal every Synthpop music fan. Let’s finally hope that "The Consequence" at least won’t be the final release for this act and that they can find the concentration for farewell release. Some plans like a DVD release are still in the pipeline.

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: Popularity?

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 14 2007
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Popularity?
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
Distributor: ITunes
Rated: *****
If you don't already own the previous Empire State Human releases and you'd like to know one of the best modern European electro pop band, POPULARITY? is the best way to get to know them. Even if it is a download only release it's worth it because the album contains 17 tracks coming from their previous CDs. Each one has been covered, so we have "Hand on the gun", "Film star", "Apollo" and "Swinging pendulums" from "Pop Robot", "Chase the ace" and "Devil in detail" from their latest album "Cycles", "Shoot the breeze" from "Music for humans", "Liquid blue" and "Little Alfie" from "Liquid blue", "Fallout", "Vegas years", "Wait until the night" and "Leap of faith" from "Alpha and omega", "We are industry", "Post Madonna", "Digital city" and "Dollar in blue collar" from their lost album (also released as digital only album) "Urbanism". There are no rare tracks (since "Urbanism" saw finally the light) but their best dancey tunes are here with some eletro ballads and are waiting for you to be discovered. As far as I understood from the interview I did with Aidan a couple of weeks ago, some versions could differ from the ones coming from the CDs but at the moment I can't tell which ones. I'll update this review, just in case... Wait until "October" and while you'll listen to POPULARITY? prepare yourself for the next album in line but there should be a surprise before the end of the year.

PROVISION: Ideal Warfare

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 12 2007
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Artist: PROVISION (@)
Title: Ideal Warfare
Format: CD EP
Label: Section 44 (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
For sure not the newest release of this Synth-/Futurepop 4-member-outfit hailing out of Houston, TX, but somehow important. Since PROVISION have recently announced their end of existence, this 15-track remix EP marks one out of two last official releases for this band. It is the companion release to their last studio album "The Consequence" featuring two of the most remarkable tracks out of it, "Ideal" and "Perversions Of Conventional Warfare" (Here abbreviated "P.O.C.W."), which got both remixed several times by diverse colleagues and label comrades. PROVISION’s talent can be discovered with an own revamped version on "Ideal", somehow their sounds and arrangements remind a bit on some earlier NO COMMENT works. To pick out some remarkable remix works, the Radio Mix of "P.O.C.W." by RENAME comes smooth and very Synthpop-stylish, but intense and fat arranged. The Austin-based act CTRL has worked on the same track and added some Rock-like guitars, for sure a decent idea and contrast. Metropolis-recording artist SYSTEM SYN offers an unusual remix on "P.O.C.W." and nails the listener with some rotating harsh bass kicks, one of the most aggressive works on the PROVISION tracks. NULL DEVICE have entitled their work on "P.O.C.W." Misadventures in Dub – well, it comes conspicuous with some vocoderized vocals. The remix work of CLOUDLESS on "Ideal" brings back a retro-EBM-feeling and can be counted to one of the strangest works. EBM seems to be also the hobby of UNITCODE:MACHINE, but besides the expected different rhythm patterns, they also surprise with some well worked-out synth layers. This release of course appeals Synth-/Futurepop-fanatics, but has also some further interesting moments to offer.


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