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Nouvelle Phenomene: Glory Of Romance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 24 2014
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Artist: Nouvelle Phenomene
Title: Glory Of Romance
Format: CD
Label: Other Voices Records (@)
Rated: *****
After the single released on the last summer, Nouvelle Phenomene are releasing, always through Other Voices Records, their debut album "Glory Of Romance". As I wrote on my previous review, they are from Budapest, Hungary, and the line-up is formed by Santa Angela, Santa Fanni, Dziba Zsolt and Peter Buza. With their music they pay tribute to the glorious days when Steve Strange and Visage partner Rusty Egan began to make a name for themselves as a nightclub host and DJ respectively at "Blitz" in London. The opening "Au Fond De Mon Coeur", even if it's personal and catchy, because of its atmospheres will make you remember "The Damned Don't Cry". Human League, Visage, Ultravox are all in the band's dna and helped crafting eight great songs that sound sensual, Mixing danceable songs like "Cruel Game" (that would be ready to be used on a fashion commercial, looking at today's attitude) to melancholic mid tempos sung in French and English (check the beautiful "All Away" which is another instant hit), Nouvelle Phenomene did a perfect album for the lovers of these sounds... like I am. Pop melodies, great synth sounds, lushy pads and atmospheres make you will hang a disco ball on your room and let yourself loose to the music. Check and purchase it here http://othervoicesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vox-21-cd-glory-of-romance

Kofe: Balance

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Apr 24 2014
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Artist: Kofe
Title: Balance
Format: 12" vinyl + CD
Label: Other Voices Records (@)
Rated: *****
Kofe were a Russian band active during the mid 80s which recorded only two records and disbanded in 1986 due to different point of view between the band members. Meaning coffee, the band's name was picked up to underline the differences from the previous generation of rockers that was used to consume alcohol. They were original in many ways as you can listen on this reissue of their second album "Balance" just reissued by Other Voices Records in LP+CD and CD. They were playing a sort of synth wave that on different tracks was transcending toward cinematic atmospheres thanks to the use of vocal samples or to tracks like the opening and the closing tunes (I'm sorry but all the titles and in cyrillic and I can't name them) which are sounding like radio transmissions from the cold war... well those were the years. They had a hit out of this album, the song "Zero" had video which was broadcasted on the Leningrad TV programmes Pop Antenna and Spinning Disk. Kofe gathered the synthwave look and iconography and even if on a track you can hear echoes of Duran Duran's "Planet Earth", they weren't afraid to experiment with sounds and effects. Using noises, samples and modified vocals they were able to make fresh and inspired analog electronic wave. Great release!!! You can check it here http://othervoicesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vox-20-cd

VV.AA.: Fuzz Dance ”Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 2”

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Apr 23 2014
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Fuzz Dance ”Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 2”
Format: 12"
Label: Medical Records
Rated: *****
After the Robotnick's compilation I reviewed few days ago, here's the second Medical Records' release for Record Store Day 2014, I'm talking about "Fuzz Dance - Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 2', a compilation of rare italo disco 12" singles that were issued by Fuzz Dance label (a sublabel of Materiali Sonori). The album gathers three 12"s. The first is Trophy 'Slow Flight' (vocal + instrumental versions), originally released in 1982 (a great mix of hard-hitting drum parts, synth arpeggiator bass line, vocoder filtered vocals which duet with clean ones and wave funky guitar riffs). The second is Zed 'Plastic Love' vocal and instrumental versions. Originally released in 1983 now is ultra rare and expensive. The track is an electro song with catchy melodies and it makes me recall a bit Gina X Performance. The third single is 'Hesitation' by Mya & The Mirror. Produced by Alexander Robotnick (Maurizio Dami) in 1984, it is a bit more lush sounding. It's a sort of mix of Sade with synth catchy lines, wave funk guitar riffs inserts, blows solos and female vocals. As bonus tracks we have two tracks produced in 1984: Mon Bijou's 'Just a Lover' (a poppy dance track that doesn't make me excite) and Naif Orchestra's 'Check Out Five' (a nice track that mix easy listening riffs with hard beats and pumped up synth bass lines. This compilation was a surprise and if you like the less pop Italian synth disco music of early 80s (do you remember "Tarzan Boy" or "La Colegiala"?), this is a must have! Remasterd by Mino Cavallo with additional mastering and restoration by Martin Bowes at the Cage, UK. Presented on high-quality 180gram striped 'Italian Flag' colored vinyl.

Rumpistol: Away

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Apr 19 2014
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Artist: Rumpistol (@)
Title: Away
Format: CD
Label: Rump (@)
Rated: *****
Jens Berents Christiansen's brainchild Rumpistol is one of the few projects that makes progress without deteriorating or messing around by licking fashionable sonorities and this album is the most convincing patency that he has not scattered his creative forces that marked his merriest first steps. All tracks, whose titles start with A, on "Away" reveal that chromatic luxuriance of his gentle style, which wisely blends IDM, dub, techno, broken beats, downbeat and even jazz and modern classical spurts, but manage to pierce through mature topics such as soul drifting, loneliness and alienation, which got remarkably depicted by means of piebald sonic springs: the danceable carousel of hypnagogic clots of "Asleep", the volatile vaporizations of "A Glance", which could resemble to some stuff by Royksopp, the tamished bespeaking of borderline urban living of "A Town", the electronic dub swarms of "Allahbad", the lovely sullen cycloids of "A Fall", the abulic slow-motion of "Amar", the lovely a-whirl dub of "Adrift", the abraded mellowness of the song "Away" which features a lovely duet by Red Baron and Katherine Mills Rymer (OOFJ) and the emotional intensity of John LaMonica's singing on the final track "Atacama", which vividly evokes the coastal desert place between Chile and Peru, the driest non-polar desert in the world.

Alexander Robotnick: Vintage Robotnick

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Apr 18 2014
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Artist: Alexander Robotnick
Title: Vintage Robotnick
Format: 12"
Label: Medical Records
Rated: *****
Exclusive Record Store Day LP presented on high-quality 180gram tri-color transparent blue/purple colored vinyl and limited to 2000 copies, "Vintage Robotnick" is a selection of eleven tracks coming from Maurizio Dami's (a.k.a. Alexander Robotnick) archives which have been released on vinyl for the first time. Recorded during the years 1982-1984, the tracks have been previously available on CD on the 2003 'Rare Robotnicks' compilation, except one track from 2005's 'Krypta 1982' ("Appuye Sur Le Champignon" and one other track culled from 'Robotnick Archives' ("Minore Terzo"). The album opens with 'I Wanna Believe', a single released under the Gina & The Flexix moniker back in 1985 on the Fuzz Dance label (an Italo Disco sublabel of Materiali Sonori). It's a song with lush atmospheres, nice melodies and catchy female vocals. "Les grands voyages de l'amour" is a great track which combines danceable rhythms, great synth melodies and a bit of melancholy in less than three minutes. Also "I remember Kamchaka" and the following "Soundtrack" follow a similar path but with "Celle Vache De Ma Mere" we pass on a different atmosphere made of mystery, sensual melodies and ironic lyrics. "Araba" mix middle Eastern melodies and robotic sounds while on "Ambient Robo" we have the robotic melodic sounds only (try imagine to Kraftwerk on a trip to Florence). "The Vampir" is a really good song which mix eerie sounds and danceable rhythms. "Appuye Sur Le Champignon" is really italo disco sounding with mid 80s guitar riffs. 'C'est La Vie' was a 7" released in 1987 and the song is a really nice synthpop fresh danceable one. The album closes with "Minore Terzo", a track which is in balance from Detroit techno and acid. Great release!!!!


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