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Nachzehrer: Teen Taken From Tent By Aliens

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 28 2002
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Artist: Nachzehrer
Title: Teen Taken From Tent By Aliens
Format: CD
Label: Nanopop
Distributor: Nova
Dunno,this is a little too 80's to me,like they are trying to live up this whole 80's revival thing. Not too much my style actually,but if you're into that give this a try. It has a little bit of goth element to set it apart too. Not really my thing but not bad at the same time,just a matter of taste. RAting:6. Recommended for Apop fans (except these guys are better. Apop now sucks so fucking bad you wouldn't believe it!)

VVAA: Nobody's Diary

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 20 2002
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Artist: VVAA
Title: Nobody's Diary
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
Let's start our story twenty one years ago, when a joung fellow named Vince Clarke decided to quit his previous band, Depeche Mode, to start a solo career. He read an ad on NME where a r'n'b singer named Alison Moyet was searchig for a blues band. He answered to that ad, which had nothing to do with his way of composing, but luckily enough the duo soon after did some smash hit singles like "Don't Go" or "Nobody's Diary" giving to the audience and to history two album "Upstairs At Eric's" and "You And Me Both" plus a bunch of singles. Twenty years after, the synthpop fame of the duo hasn't reduced. On this tribute compilation you can find nineteen versions of Yazoo songs. Every band gives its interpretation of the songs creating some gems. I liked a lot the Empire State Human, Ganymede, Vivid Suspance, The Agency, Cosmicity, Exhibition, Spray, Jimmy Harris versions and the particular Elevated Sins' "Winter Kills" which was sung like a '70s band. Do you remember the chorus Queen were used to do? Well, something like that. Really amazing for a synthpop track! Recommended also if you aren't a Yazoo's hard fan!

Deine Lakaien: White Lies

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 19 2002
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Artist: Deine Lakaien
Title: White Lies
Format: CD
Label: Chrom Records (@)
Distributor: Public Propaganda
It's way too rare to hear a good experimental electronic/classical crossover, and I wish there were more of them out there. Alongside Das Ich, this is the fianl word that the two can perfectly mix together, and you can tell just by listening to anything of Deine Lakaien or Helium Vola (or in fact any of their projects) that the classicly trained Ernst Horn puts a lot of time and restraint into each of the songs, playing it note by note rather than just looping. And Alexander's vocals are tenor yet smooth,not becoming a cariacature like Pavoroti, and it's kinda sensual in a Barry White kinda way. You can tell he's also been put hard through the opera boot camp as well and it paid off well, not to mention almost 20 years in the business, and the poofiest and coolest hair in the business. I want hair like that for Christmas! "Wunderbar" is a nice slow number, laced with piano and Alexander's vocals smoothing them out even more. The weird twangs and organic drumming give the single "Generators" a weird dance vibe in a slow, warping way,showing they can definitely dance music with organization rather than 'boom chukka boom kick' like most do. "Kiss" is another great dance single choice, a little more upbeat this time around, and laced with a nice thick bass beat and classical piano and organ lines courtesy of Ernst Horn the mighty. "Lost" is nice and slow yet again, until the minimal,restrained chorus line bounces and pops about,flowing yet catching you by surprise nonetheless. And my favorite,and especially made for suckers of classical like me, "Fleeting", with it's gentle bass beats and violin solos,as teh title says,fleeting. Kind of reminds me of the last song on the movie "Iris" except with tenor vocals. The violin solo in the middle is worth the price of the CD alone,import or no, and should have been the single rather than "Generators". But the latter has more of a club feel, so I think that appropriates the choice. And for you into old school electro ala Chris and Cosey and Anything Box, we have "Hands White" and "Stupid". Whatever language that is on "Hands White" is I don't know.In short,if it weren't for the import prices, I would have damn well owned every Deine Lakaien under the sun. If you love classical,electro-pop,or tenor vocals (not to mention the poofy hair!), and have a few extra dollars for the import prices,then definitely put this on your list. Helium Vola is another great reccomendation as well, as well as Ernst Horn's solo projects. Hell any of their projects,actually. Rating: 10 :) Classical,baby! ooooohhhh yeah dig it!

NoComment: Best Of 1992-2204

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 10 2002
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Artist: NoComment
Title: Best Of 1992-2204
Format: CD
Label: Nanopop
Distributor: nova
Seeing they toured with Apop recently made me a bit worried considering my blood hatred of the new Apop stuff. But I'll give them this : they do the whole techno pop thing alot better than Apooptygma ever could! The lead singer is quite adept, and kinda reminds me of Rhea of La Floa Maldita with more of a swagger. To mention anyone in the same breath as La Floa Maldita is no light praise at all! The rest is just good simple pop pleasure, pure and simplely joyful. I wonder though when looking at the cover "Is that Jimmy Kimbell from the Man Show?" on the left,haha.The first single "It's Not Too Late" is probably a hit over in Germany since they actually go for good pop like this, and it's made for Euro radio,pure and simple. Painkiller also caught my attention as well as Obsession. Every track on here seems pretty solid and catchy except for Megaphone, which tends to mire a bit. I'd love to interview this group but someone already beat me to it! In short,nice and simple techno pop oldfashioned and simple,kinda like Beborn Beton or Anything Box but a bit with more techno feel, and a incredibly cute lead singer with alot more swagger than idiots like Apoop can ever think of touching! Rating:9. And also it comes with some goodies like a password for 10 free song downloads and 30 songs plus those. :) I say go for it!

Chandeen: Bikes And Pyramids

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 07 2002
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Artist: Chandeen
Title: Bikes And Pyramids
Format: CD
Label: Kalinkaland Records
Distributor: Projekt Records
Another great little group brought to my attention by Sam Rosenthal of Projekt......... To me, ethereal and pop are strange bedfellows,given ethereal's moodiness and pop's liveliness. La Floa Maldita hit it with a rare perfection,and Rhea's French-tinged vocals are still a standard in all of ethereal (the language of love never sounded as good as when it came from her). This is a little different but just as good of a benchmark. Armed back to back with two amazing vocalists,Antje Schulz and Stephanie Harich, this CD is a tour de force of ethereal pop pure,simple,and elegant all at once. The first song and single "My World Depends On You" is perfect soundtrack material to some Euro romance film set in the summertime. Slow and driving,and doubled up with two vocal layers on the chorus, it is something to behold, even for staunch pop-doubters like me. "Pink" opens up with a kind of western guitar roll, of course played very slow before giving way to the atmosphere laying underneath and letting the German vocals roll out. And if you have a friend that says "Oh German isn't sexy at all" point them to Chandeen. This is the sexiest I have EVER heard it,and backs up my point that it is a gorgeous language to know (hehe alles wir weisse das)! "Days In Time" is another atmospheric guitar track, and the vocal work of Stephanie will melt your heart in her soft vocal trance. The breathy style of ethereal vocals never sounded better except for "Heute Nacht". "Walking" has a poppy,Portishead type rhythm drum line on top of pop-laden vocals and bounce. The contrast of the poppy Trip-hop drum line and the pop vocals play quite nicely, making it the highlight behind "Heute Nacht". "Heute Nacht", meaning Tonight for all the nonGerman speakers out there, is the highlight of the CD. Sensual as hell, German has never oozed such sexiness before (well,except for Franka Potente! But we're talking musically!) and this is the ultimate proof it can give even French a run for it's money! Just pop on this track and get ready to make some babies,garaunteed! Even if you don't understand what they are saying,the vocals and words are so sensual it won't even matter. It's the song R&B wish it could make. And if you do understand the German, you'll understand the mood of pure sensuality,just let it flow over you. "Apples and Oranges" is the pop hit that US radio would be too idiotic and cooperate to appreciate or allow to be a hit. It's a cover of an old Pink Floyd gem from the Syd Barrett era,given a whole new twist. I could bounce and skip along in the park on a sunny day to this little ditty. It's such a guilty pleasure!Overall, no filler in this whole CD at all. Each track compliments one another,and the vocals are simply some of the best in the business. This band is only rivaled by Machine In The Garden and La Floa Maldita (whatever happened to them?!?) in my mind. And plus some goodie bonus material I will let you see for yourself! Definitely give this band a try,and I garauntee you won't regret it. Even my Britpop-loving best friend was aching to get her hands on this CD. So pop it on and get ready to make some babies,as she says! Rating: Why even bother? Some things speak for themselves, so I'll let it talk for itself ;).PS: The two singers are also some of the best lookers in the business. Bist wir so schon damme!


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