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Dynamic Masters: Decade

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 24 2003
Artist: Dynamic Masters
Title: Decade
Format: CD
Label: Intrapop
Distributor: Intrapop
First of all, not many bands out there stop to recognize fans and do autographs and such. But his band actually went out of their way to send me an autographed picture of the group, so I thank all of the members of the band for the kindness! Anywho, the band’s sound is your basic, tried and true synthpop along the lines of Donovan Tate’s work and in ways like Anything Box’s style of DIY synth work. The only weak spot I could find in the Cd was the male vocals. They have more than enough conviction, but he does need to work on the notes a little bit and gain a little more range in his voice. I think it will come around by the time the next CD comes out. Overall, if you’re into old school synthpop and none of the technofied synthpop that’s out there nowadays, then this may well be your pot of gold. Rating: 9.

VV.AA: Electricity 2

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 21 2003
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Electricity 2
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
I was kinda thrilled when I received the new Ninthwave compilation of the Electricity serie, you know, the opening track is a new Heaven 17's one which is coming from their new album "Before And After", which will be released by Ninthwave (it's a great thing Dave, indeed!). "Hands Up To Heaven" (this is the title of that track) is an upbeat dancey one with a funky guitar and a punching bass. The vocals are cool as usual and the whole track is a perfect radio single and I hope it will be one of the next hit single all around the globe! This second volume of Electricity comes with classic synthpop acts such as Moulin Noir, Cosmicity, Soviet along with a bunch of Ninthwave / Cohaagen bans like Fr/Action, Nukleon, Empire State Human, Spray, Macondo, Masq, Symbion Project, Xero G and also with Freezepop, Electro Squad, Exhibition, Passion Planet, Astromill, White Town and Turd Ferguson. The whole compilation is kinda balanced, bringing to synthpop fans classic electro pop and futuristic pop with some ambient influence (like on the Freezepop song remixed by Empire State Human, where the first part recalled me the first Orb stuff). If you think that only the Moulin Noir track has been released, you'll release the value of this CD which brings you the best of modern synthpop and to be honest, can you wait to listen to a new Heaven 17 song?

Fictional: Fiction

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 16 2003
Artist: Fictional
Title: Fiction
Format: CD
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Ficitonal- Fiction a new release. Did a cd giveaway recently for this excellent band. Gerrit Thomas and Kai Schmid are the brains behind this cd. Every track is quite unique and changes with every listen. One of the most dancy allbums I've heard. With every track comes a dance flloor hit to surface. Track 2- The Weatherman starts out calling to the dancefloor saying, I am the weatherman, some people call me snow, I do what I can for my final show. Very poetically based lyrics mixed with electronic beats making you move. Track 3- Dorian Gray is a haunting track like a background set for an abstract b- movie. Creepy synths with creepy lyrics calling to you from the mist, Dorian Gray is one of my names, all of my stories are written down, I am never growing old. Telling us a historical story making us look in that mirror on the dance floor for a second look. Track 6- Little Girl is the track that stuck out the most. This track is very personal and definately trying to express just what can happened in a world involved with drugs. Kai sings, Stay away from the hyperdermic needles, come back to a normal life. Don't start injecting anymore now, come back and be my wife. Very low, depressing lyrics telling a personal story that he has endured backed with upbeat beats. Reminds me of what Morissey is all about, depression in a dance format. Over all this cd has a lot of promise to top many electro charts, look out for this one. This cd is far from fiction but very true to life.-4stars

Glis: Extract

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 16 2003
Artist: Glis (@)
Title: Extract
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Glis-Extract, a electropop cd designed for dancing till the next milieniium. The brains behind this cd is a duo, Shaun Frandsen and Andrea Ashdown, originally from Chicago, now reside in Seattle, Washington. Although every track on this album is all danceable, three tracks appealed to me the most. Track 1, it's empty in her eyes, is the one that was the most interesting. Electro beats hitting hard on your brain with overdubbed samples, saying, I want to get out of here right now, as Shaun and Andrea tell the story of a girl who is just plain empty. Track 3, Nightvision is a favorite already of mine. I was dancing as I was writing this review. A nuclear assault on the dancefloor filled with hard synths and haunting backing vocals repeatly saying, I won't come back tomorrow, I won't return again. Repeatly refraining "in the night" saying this with utter creepiness under a machine that was just gone haywire. Dark electronic voices to match dark electronic moods and lastly Track 8, I.C. Stars, the eighties meets electronica. Andrea sings like "Tifanny" from the eighites gone cyborg. Flowing breakbeats circling around this newly created seduction designed to lure you in. An soon to be instant dancefloor hit anywhere and out of this world. Enter "Glis" don't let it be a miss, I see 4 stars!

Dekoy: Heartwerk

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 03 2003
Artist: Dekoy (@)
Title: Heartwerk
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Although the name might sound familiar to many of you, but Dekoy is indeed a young new project consisting of Baza and David Barnes (aka d_b), who mix synthpop vocals with ravey techno beats and ebm influences. Their powerful dancefloor-friendly low-end sound, coupled with a handful of lyrical melody, decent programming and sequencing should make it easy for them to place themselves among the newcomers of the genre, even though they'd probably have it easier if they were from Germany. "Heartwerk" is a concept album revolving around the theme of the heart, documenting «the various stages of emotional/physical heartbreak, which runs the gamut from anger (loss) to eventual acceptance & understanding (moving on)». If you are into the whole dancy-electro-pop thing give this a listen. The CD and their website have nice graphics too (even though it has some cross-browser compatibility issues).

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