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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.

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: ALPHA & OMEGA

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 17 2002
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN
Title: ALPHA & OMEGA
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave (@)
Distributor: Ninthwave
Empire State Human new 2002 release "Alpha & Omega" is the follow up from their previous highly acclaimed debut cd "Pop Robot." There are 15 rare tracks from both the "Martian Anthems" & "Pop Robot" recording sessions. These diverse digital electronica tunes features remixes and collaborations with some of today's best underground artists such as COUNT TO INFINITY, FREEZEPOP, WAVE IN HEAD, & ONE LAZY EAR. Some songs have mid-tempo ballads like "Fallout" and the beautiful piano and strings melody "Wait Until The Night." A remake of two movie themes; John Barry's "Persuaders" and John Carpenter's horror classic "Halloween" that's done in a techno style. The Irish trio is very talented and unique in their own way. Who knows what will they do on their next album. If you like Erasure, I guarantee you'll like ESH!

PSYCHE: ENDANGERED SPECIES

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 17 2002
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Artist: PSYCHE
Title: ENDANGERED SPECIES
Format: CD
Label: Art of Fact (@)
Darrin Huss and Remi Szyszka is back with a new album, a follow up from their previous "The Hiding Place," which there is a remix of the song on this synth-pop, ambient and ebm disc, "Endangered Species." Hardfloor beats, futuristic & digital synths sounds will move you to songs like "Renegades", "Damaged Soul," and "The Beyond." Some of the tracks have remixes with the help of Massiv In Mensch, Negative Format, and others.

VNV NATION: FUTUREPERFECT

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 15 2002
Artist: VNV NATION
Title: FUTUREPERFECT
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
VNV Nation"FuturePerfect"Metropolis RecordsPrepare yourself for the ultimate electronic synth-pop industrial ebm dance album by UK's own, VNV Nation, which stands for Victory Not Vengeance. Ronan and crew really hypes things up with powerful synths and electro beats that will make you bounce with such songs as "Epicentre", "Genesis", "Electronaut" and "Fearless". The band slows things down with a mid-tempo on "Holding On", and "Carbon". Once you pop this cd in your player, you'll never want to stop playing it.


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