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INTELLEGENT ELECTROPOP: VV.AA

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 21 2003
Artist: INTELLEGENT ELECTROPOP
Title: VV.AA
Format: CD
Label: Intellegent Communications
Distributor: Intellegent Communications
Though given my rule of fururistic electropop only", this one seems pretty interesting. The tracks remind me of some of the music played in gay nightclubs around my street (no I’m not by the way), very dancefloor oriented and overly happy, in true pop style. Altough the bands on here remind me a lot of Erasure, Psyche and Depeche Mode though, yet not too much. I am a rather untrained ear though in the basic synthpop and electropop fields though, so I may be wrong. A nice little trip back into basic synthpop, pure and simple, away from some of the boom-chukka synthpop so prevailent nowadays. And chock full of bouncing ballads as well, though they are rather peppy! Rating: 8.Anything from Anything Box is also recommended when you’re in that guilty sugary electropop mood. I’m hiding right now and listening to both back to back, then I’m back to my hardass rivethead self by morning, promise! :-)

AGENCY X: Don't Hold Your Breath

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 06 2003
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Artist: AGENCY X
Title: Don't Hold Your Breath
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Delicious Records (@)
Maybe you remember the name of this new synthpop band because in the David Mahr review I named them. Even if they slightly changed their name from The Agency to Agency X (they discovered a punk band using the same name in Miami) the band is always formed by David Mahr and Lars Wallden of Avant Garde (a Swedish synthpop band which released a couple of CDs for Synthphony Records). DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH is their first release and the track will be also available in their first album titled "Mission Impossible" which will see the light sometimes during 2003. The single contains five different versions of the song: the "Single Mix" and the "Yellow Magic Mix" are similar as structure and atmosphere (classic synthpop catchy tune influenced by Vince Clarke's musical style) while the "Waste Of Time Mix", the "Indecision Mix" and the "Deep Mix" take the original mix adding punching drum sounds and dance influences. The "Radical Mix" is the one I prefer because is the most radical and present something different from the original version. The last track "Walk Away From Love" is a remixed version of the Yazoo's song the band covered for the Nobody's Diary tribute CD compilation and has been remixed directly by the band giving to it a fresher touch. I can't wait to listen to their album...

FELIX DA HOUSECAT: KITTENZ AND THEE GLITZ

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 28 2002
Artist: FELIX DA HOUSECAT
Title: KITTENZ AND THEE GLITZ
Format: CD
Label: EMPEROR NORTON (@)
It's time to go back to the 80's where Newwave/New Romantic and electronics/synthesizers first began it's mainstream groundbreak. Oh yes, definitely! Felix Da Housecat, aka Felix Stallings Jr., (who also have performed under the name Aphrohead, Thee Madcat Courtship, and Elektricboy) has put out an amazing cd that's purrr-fecto blend of 80's electro decadence and underground grooves. I'm talking about "Kittenz and thee Glitz" that includes various of collaborators who helped made this album strolling up on the dance charts. The disc shot off three singles; "Madame Hollywood" sung by sexy Swiss and the new queen of electro-pop Miss Kittin, which was number 8 for best selling maxi-single. The two videos I saw on MTV2 Dance are "What Does It Feel Like?" and the remake of the all girl 80's group The Flirts "Silver Screen Shower Scene". "Harlot" (Intro) opens the disc with the seductive vocals of Melistar who sounds like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. Other tracks features "Pray For A Star" and the soulful and beautiful soft ballad "Runaway Dreamer" sung by Harrison Crump. Felix and thee glamour Glitz crew offers the sound of house and trance in "Sequel2Sub", "Analog City" and "Magic Fly". These cool 16 tracks of synth-pop and house will make you want to get out your strobelights and dance the night away. Some of the music compositions are backed by electro melodies that resembles Depeche Mode 1982 "A Broken Frame" era. A great combination from this Chicago's American Dj. "Kittenz and thee Glitz" is the most innovative album ever produced for the new millenium!

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: Alpha & Omega

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 20 2002
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Alpha & Omega
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
I already knew part of the tracks of this ALPHA & OMEGA as at the time I interviewed them Aindan gently passed me a CDr with some of their new songs but listening to these fifteen songs all in a row is like listening them for the first time. You want to know why? Simply as abc (heheh... some fine humor in the house)... because Empire State Human for me are one of the finest nowadays synthpop artists. They aren't too retro (even if their sounds are deeply based on those of the '80s) and they mix in a cool way electronic, pop, techno and feverish rhythms. Coming from the sessions of their Martian Anthems and Pop Robot albums, ALPHA & OMEGA is a concentrate of what a cool CD should be: one hour of good songs/sounds, fresh ideas and passion. I assure you that listening to these recordings you can feel all the passion and enthusiasm the band put in their music. The album contains new songs as well as remixes and collaborations with some of today’s best underground artists (Count To Infinity, Freezepop, Wave In Head, One Lazy Ear & ESH). It contains also some covers of tv serial and movie themes as the opening theme of British show "The Persuaders" (which had Roger Moore and Tony Cutis as main actors. For those of you who don't remember them in France and UK there are the DVDs of the whole serie available...) and the one of "Halloween" (for those of you who don't know this, this theme has been written directly by Carpenter himself which is a good movie director and an interesting composer as well). This CD is something more than a compilation of outtakes, try it and lemme know...

THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND: THE WANDERERS

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 18 2002
Artist: THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND
Title: THE WANDERERS
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Ninthwave (@)
Distributor: A DIFFERENT DRUM
The Mystic Underground "The Wanderers" maxi-single cd features three mixes; Original, Vagabondage, and Realtime. Also the disc features two other songs; "Oxygen", and my favorite "It Always Rains On Wednesday." That track reminds me of the early Depeche Mode when they first came out when Vince Clarke was the original member with their 1981 release "Speak and Spell." Totally a dance club feel and makes me feel like I'm living back in the 80's again. The Mystic Underground is consists of Socci and Valette. These guys have been around a decade by starting back in the early or mid-ninties.


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