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NOYCE™: Coma

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 16 2006
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Artist: NOYCE™ (@)
Title: Coma
Format: CD
Label: In-D Records (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Only after the first listening I went to my CD collection to have a look and a listen of their past works. Why the fuck wasn’t I impressed with their last EP "White Hypnotized Noise" at all? What has changed in this almost 7 years, that this German act is now able to write and produce a top-notch Synth-/Futurepop-inspired full-length album? It may has something to do with musically maturity and experience through the years, because "Coma" stands for one of the releases this genre has to offer. Diversity and a good taste in the arrangements are well included on all tracks here, catchy and danceable Futurepop pieces like "Karmacoma" or "Headland" are presented in a united kind with ballad-like themes ("Wachcoma") or darker pieces like "Year 03". Especially the included orchestral-like string sounds to the end of this track can add a bombastic feeling. The lyrics are presented in both English and German language (the content of "Mensch" hits the content of the famous German Pop/Rock star H. Grönemeyer!!!) without providing banal verses, also the globally theme on the not only clinical meant coma of humanity is well chosen. NOYCE hit the nail with this modern and up-to-date produced album and should be soon get heard in all alternative and relevant clubs. It also works well at your home entertainment, so congrats to the new label In-D Records. I think they couldn’t start with a better release like this!

EMPLOSIA: Emplosia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 11 2006
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Artist: EMPLOSIA (@)
Title: Emplosia
Format: CD
Label: Q-Code Records (@)
Rated: *****
I don’t want to be offensive because I like Emplosia, but listening to a Russian female duo that plays electro pop it made me think about T.A.T.U. There’s nothing wrong about this but fortunately Emplosia aren’t sell out and their music is far more darker respect the one of the two fake lesbians. Anyway... Darja and Julia formed Emplosia back in 2000 and since then they only participated to several compilations as their self named album is their debut work. Since the first track "Tocka" the sound of the duo shows the right attitude by presenting cool melodies, a certain dancey upbeat rhythm plus an electro e.b.m. sound with synthpop attitude. The 13 tracks of the album (you can find also two good extra remixes of "Mhe Bbl" reworked by Babymax and by Inner Conflict) denote a good taste about melody a good production and the right balance between accessibility and quality. Do you remember Depeche Mode’s songs like "My secret garden" or "Leave in silence"? That perfect way of producing melodic songs with a certain dark attitude is present into Emplosia music and this is stunning! I only hope they will get the exposure they deserve!

SoovaNeer: In The Master's Hands

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 08 2006
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Artist: SoovaNeer (@)
Title: In The Master's Hands
Format: CD
Label: KingdomCAME
Rated: *****
SoovaNeer (aka Erika Simmons) is a proactive multi-talented beautiful black woman who is an entrepreneur who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. This Birmingham, Alabama native is the creator and producer of her own urban reality weekly television show & entertainment company called "KingdomCame", written two religious books, and directed recording artists music videos, including her own. Her debut cd release "In The Master's Hands" comes across between secular r&b and contemporary christian r&b with heavy synthesizers and a drum machine fully used with the sound of an 80's feel. SoovaNeer offers an excellent product for the older crowd who grew up listening to good music from the 80's. Her songs indeed is about empowerment; one's need to take control of his/her life to avoid any negative situations that will lead to the state of sadness & depression. The songs on disc touches different subjects what everyone face in their everyday life; from troubled relationships, betrayals in friendships, being weak by falling in love, and cornered by the society that harrass and ridicule us. The first track "Mommy Don't Wanna Play" talks about a guy who's a player and be scheming and trying to hit on a woman with his lies and boring lame lines. The next track "That's What You Git" is a catchy song that will play in your head over and over and over again with a sense of humour about a woman dissing a guy she used to go with and he begs her back, but still gets decline. Other favorites includes the self-titled "In The Master's Hands", a contemporary christian r&b with a funk feel". The single "Good Stuff" is another catchy track with only a retro 80's beat while SoovaNeer showing off her deep feminine octave vocals. The second single "Love Chose Me" have that beautiful Anita Baker emotional feeling; and the third single "Danger" is a powerful club r&b pop music fitting for the black and white audience. SoovaNeer have a strong deep beautiful sensuous voice reminiscent of Anita Baker, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Chaka Kahn, Toni Braxton, Lisa Fischer, Gladys Knight, and the late great Phyllis Hyman who committed suicide back in 1995. A spell binding release with beauty, emotion, and passion, and direct without cutting corners. If you like r&b from the 80's, this is a must have. SoovaNeer brings back that old school electronic synth flava and lyrics with real meaning.

TRISTRAUM: First Embrace

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 05 2006
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Artist: TRISTRAUM (@)
Title: First Embrace
Format: CD EP
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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FIRST EMBRACE is the second single coming from Tristraum's latest album "Gray". It contains remixes of two tracks ("First embrace" and "I'm under no one") plus "Shiver - Therm remix" already released as B-side of their "Shiver" mixes 12", released two years ago. On this E.P. we can find four versions of the main track thanks to Empire State Human (they did a good dance electro pop mix of the track), Amurai (the "Club remix" is really convincing with its house/trance revision), Trotski's Block (this version is more dance e.b.m. oriented) and Lime N Dale (this version is trancey and dilated, good for dancefloors). "I'm under no one" has been reworked by God Project (dreamy electro pop meets e.b.m.) and by Sequentia (they did a synthpop remix permeated by a certain dark vein). If you appreciated the band's album, for sure you'll dig these remixes...

EIGHT TO INFINITY: Aether

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 05 2006
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Artist: EIGHT TO INFINITY (@)
Title: Aether
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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Formed back in 2002 and hailing from U.K. the Eight To Infinity since then participated to several compilations ("Electricity 2", "Utopia: A Tribute to Giorgio Moroder", "State of Synthpop 2005", etc.). They initially signed for Nightwave, passed to Kiss My Asterix records and since the label converged into Section 44 they finally had a chance to release their first album AETHER in 2006. Containing 13 tracks (11 if you don’t count the intro and the outro) the album has a good dancey pop/electro attitude that goes beyond the synthpop classification. Arron, Sophie, Alistair and Val created a good blend of electro wave that sounds fresh and personal. Some examples? "Mistress vinyl" is a really good pop track with a little bit of electro e.b.m. and a bit of synthpop and the alternation of male/female vocals is really catchy. Another good one is "Travelogue", an upbeat ballad with particular sounds (check the use of electro sounds and the violin interlude ) that keep the energy high and that exaltate the soft voice of Sophie. All the tracks are worth the price of the CD and Eight To Infinity score an important point and they did it with their first release. This is good, isn’t it?


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