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RESURRECTION EVE: Ascension

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 20 2006
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Artist: RESURRECTION EVE (@)
Title: Ascension
Format: CD
Label: GUP / Endless Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Yes, it took me a while until I had the right feeling for this review. But this has nothing to do that this release would lack somehow of quality, no, it depends more on the opposite of this. I have heard a lot of Synthpop/Futurepop influenced stuff, but lately nothing like this second CD of this Australian duo. Especially the vocals done by front man Jordan Robbins are somehow strange, but also beautiful placed in the mix, plus Robbins is able to change the octaves. A very catchy and important point in the music of RESURRECTION EVE for sure. But also the music has its quality and surprises to offer. Take the slow starting and with decent piano and flute sounds arranged "Hope" as a well produced reference here – the rich musical content only placed in this track beats a lot of Genre-related acts out of this playing field! RESURRECTION EVE have found the right feeling to fill in a well working melody when needed without sounding like heard several times before. And although they are sounding modern and up-to-date, they still do not feature that typical F-Pop sound, on which almost everybody has to suffer in between. Next to the already mentioned "Hope", I would like to advise you to check out their tracks "Life", "Ascension" (danceable, but strong melodic...) and "Guide Me Home" (remarkable Synthpop entertainment...). Also RESURRECTION EVE are a member of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com). This album has a lot of to offer, also for some open-minded Electro listeners. What a pity that their label Ground Under Productions in Australia has finally closed their business doors – for Europe this great release is still available through Endless Records, for the USA you have to contact the known mail order resources like DSBP or Metropolis-Records. Get it!

VV.AA.: Electronic Renaissance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 16 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electronic Renaissance
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Compilations for independent bands are always a chance to get known but they are also an hazard for the buyer because sometimes a cool track isn’t enough for understanding the quality of a band. ELECTRONIC REINAISSANCE brings to the attention of its five hundred potential buyers twelve bands/tracks of pure retro electronic new wave produced by nowadays bands. All the bands have the distinctive analogue sound of the Roland / Korg gear and each of them give their personal view of the genre giving to it an experimental treatment, an electro e.b.m. touch or a minimal detached approach. Fortunately most of the tracks are intriguing and worth a listening. Among the others I preferred the tracks of: Porn Darsteller ("L'Ingénue"), Jeunesse Fantôme ("Ksiezyc"), Wermut ("Media In Vita In Morte Sumus"), Solitarien Effekten ("Zeitgeist Overkill"), Konform ("Nachts") and La Comtesse Morte ("No No Never").

VV.AA.: Cuts And Pieces

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 16 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Cuts And Pieces
Format: CD
Label: Kitty Yo (@)
Rated: *****

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Compiled by Mea Liedl with the supervision of Jan Driver (who already produced remixes for Laurent Garnier, Faithless, Whirlpool, Lucid and 2Raumwohung) and mixed by Harry Axt CUTS AND PIECES gather tracks that have been previously released for the Kitty Cuts vinyl sub-label. The track list contains good electro tracks such as Codec And Flexor’s "I’ll be gone" (I already reviewed their new album), Raz Ohara’s "Hymn" (here reworked by Richard Davis which did of it a seducing electro house track), Rhythm King And Her Friends’"I’m disco" remixed by Mia or the electro tune "Common sense your flickering eyelids" by Richard Davies mixed by Ed Laliq. Techno surfaces with Jahcoozi’s "JahC/DC" remixed by Modeselector just to leave the space to an 80s flavoured tune (a little pop and electro) thanks to Ed Laliq that with "Love can make you blind" is ninth into the fourteen tracklist of CUTS AND PIECES. Man Like Me’s "Oh my gosh" sounds like a reggae electro tune from the 80s but the party doesn’t stop here because the Phon.o remix of Gold Chains & Sue Cie’s "Crowd control" sounds like an electro raggamuffin version of Bananarama just like Jahcoozi’s "Black Barbie" remixed by Modeselektor. This CD is good to party with and it also a enjoyable listening if you are driving your car, so you should definitely give it a try!

VV.AA.: 5th Anniversary Compilation - Vol 1 + Vol 2

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 09 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 5th Anniversary Compilation - Vol 1 + Vol 2
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment (@)
Rated: *****
Based in Berlin Das Drehmoment started its activity as a record shop but the passion of the owners made them create also a label soon after. In the past five years they didn’t release a lot of stuff but the quality is always at the top if you like analogue sounds and electro music. If you had the opportunity to check one of their first compilations "... Dreht weiter!" (where you can find Super 521, Aurica, The Rorscach Garden, Lokate, KeenK & Dorian E., Quakes, Solenoid, Die Liebe, TecROc, Smäg and Beta Evers) you already know that they are deadly serious into bringing to the attention of electro lovers good stuff from underground acts (unknown for the MTV people). To celebrate the fifth year of activity (started with a compilation co-produced with Genetic Records) Das Drehmoment produced two vinyl album compilations. 5TH ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION VOL.1 gathers eleven tracks/bands for a total length of forty two minutes. The album opens with the instrumental 80s e.b.m. of OstZilator while Keen K’s "TRI - ID" follows (he’s a producer from Berlin which started to do music in the 80s with Kinky Roland, Boy George’s producer) with a track of ambient electro, catchy and hypnotic. Third we find a band we already know (see my reviews of their album here http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/index.php?id=2298 and wait for their next album for Das Drehmoment and for Kinetik Media in the U.S.A.), Kitbuilders which with "Disco Obsession (RZCZ Mix)" brings a minimal remix of their tune released on the same E.P. back in 2001. Mas 2008 is next with "Du!" (a track of their distinctive new sound really influenced by early e.b.m. and D.A.F.). With Lesbian Mouseclicks the atmosphere gets smoother with their electro pop. Datafreq from Toronto (which will release a new album for Das Drehmoment really soon) presents "Just like 1981" a nice electro wave song with retro bleeping sounds. Minimal electro comes from Slovakia with Imiafan while Beta Evers (founder of the female music network called Kommando 6) is here with "Dry Tears". The Quakes with "Caligula" spice up the compilation with a little bit of industrial guitars while Keen K with Pmuench refresh the air with the synthpop of "Spring". Last but not least comes Jaques Dubroix with "Electronic Age", an hypnotic electronic soundtrack for a futuristic thriller. After few months from the release of VOL.1 here it comes VOL.2. This time Sneak Thief have the honour of opening the dances with "Material Nights", a dance electro tune that sounds like a New Order meet Prince track. Makina Girgir from France are proud to present "White eyes" while Divider (a Kenn K side project) with "Cold eyes" sounds like Jean Michael Jarre playing electro pop (this is a really nice track). FBS (a new band from Berlin) are here with "Don’t touch" (pretty but too minimal) and Aurica follows with "Hypothenuse". Side B sees Electrosexual hailing from Tolouse with their electro dark wave with an edited version of "Trapped inside". Electro wave doesn’t stop here, so Silent Signals from Dortmund are ready for "Waiting for reaction" while Ich helped on production by Keen K did a night version of his "Aberglaube" (a Kraftwerk meet D.A.F. cool track). Legopop (he’s present with "Legopop", a minimal electronic retro tune) and Zhark (his retro industrial e.b.m. with raw analogue samples is here with "Eisenzeit") close the second volume of this celebrative collection. If you are looking for retro sounds and fresh ideas (only few bands need a little tuning up for a whole release) you should definitely give a listen to these compilations. They are limited and you’ll realize that keeping your turntable at home was the right move for your ears!
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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK (@)
Title: When Machines Ruled The World
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Pale Music (@)
Rated: *****
Meeting on late nineties djs and producers John Taylor and Arif Salih decided to start the Punx Soundcheck adventure in 2002. Four years has passed and the duo didn’t release many things with only their name on them (they did only a couple of E.P.s and a 7" with Marc Almond) but they did remixes for a lot of people (Dead Or Alive, Frau Doktor, Atomizer, Duran Duran, Tigerbeat, etc.). Anyway, now the waiting is over because Punx Soundcheck’s (now joined by Kidrobot) debut album WHEN MACHINES RULED THE WORLD is here and it is double! Divided in two sections ("Home" and "Club") the album brings to the attention of the audience (and not only to club lovers!) twenty top notch tracks of electro influenced by new wave (they pay their tribute to 80s electro wave on "Monument" where they use John Foxx’s "Underpass" melody at the beginning of the track), house and techno. The first CD contains a lot of catchy songs sounding so 80s thanks also to guest like Steve Strange (he sing "In the dark"), Boy George (he’s on "Idiot crowd", an electro melancholic danceable tune where you won’t hear him sounding like on Culture Club), Marc Almond (here you can find the beautiful "Neo burlesque", the B side of the limited 7" "Vanity, poverty, revenge"). Beside these icons you can find also Mr Cormac & Kidrobot, Gene Serene, Princess Julia and Giorgia Alberti giving their help on vocals. This CD is an electro gem but its twin brother is also an amazing one where the electro sound influenced by 80s turns into an hypnotic trip into house and techno. Also on this CD you can find guests like Susanne Aichele (on "Giving me the bleeps", a seducing track based on analog house bleeps and techno melodies), Maria Gutierrez, Larry Tee (he’s on "Creep", a pumping Berlin electro song) or Avenue D ("You don’t know jack" is her tune). The "Club" section sounds raw and it’s impossible to stand still while distorted basses break the silence of your room. We had to wait all this time for WHEN MACHINES RULED THE WORLD but it was worth it!


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