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Gudrun Gut: Going Up The Country

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 20 2013
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Artist: Gudrun Gut (@)
Title: Going Up The Country
Format: 7"
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Rated: *****
This lovely diddlysquat from talented musician Gudrun Bredemann aka Gudrun Gut, Berlin music scene ambassador and label boss of renowned Monika Enterprise, on the contrails of her appreciated album "Wildlife" wisely digs up an evergreen again: the lighthearted whistled jingle of "Going Up The Country", whose notorious flute line and more recognisable distinguishing feature came from "Bull Doze Blues", an unknown blues gem written by Henry Thomas in late 20ies before American blues-rock band Canned Heat rearranged it for the above-mentioned song, which has been considered as the unofficial anthem of the legendary Woodstock festival, feeds this funny electronic version whose punkish claws and bewitching grace of Gudrun Gut's voice immediately catch listeners. On B-side, you'll find a peppy remix of "Tiger" by which Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble repaid the favour of Gudrun Gut's collaboration for "Fantasie Madchen", which was included in their new album "Miami", while all those who will prefer digital version of the release will be awarded another bizarre remix of "Going Up The Country" by long lasting partner-in-art and friend Thomas Fehlmann, who prefers to toddle in the land of slow funk. Another tempting musical invitation to go wilder and wilder!

Trek With Quintronic: Landing Plus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 18 2013
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Artist: Trek With Quintronic
Title: Landing Plus
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Trek With Quintronic was the brainchild of two American guys called David Kane (Trek) and Paul Wilcox (Quintronic). They self released for their own label Bi Plane Records in 1980 and 1981 two albums: "Landing" and "Trek W/ Quintronic". Equipped with a Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 drum machine, guitars and several analog synths (Moog Taurus pedals, etc), the duo wrote nineteen tracks where a bit of glam (they where influenced by Bowie), psychedelia (really good their acid synth version of Eric Burdon and The Animals' "When I Was Young") and electronic rock (sometimes I thought about Sparks even if Trek With Quintronic were sounding less dramatic and pompous). The first album was sounding a bit more introspective and minimal, like the tracks have been written with guitar and then enriched with synth lines. The tracks of the second album were a bit more "wild", if you pass me the term: Paul's voice is more histrionic (like on "Be There Later On") and generally the songs are upbeat and dissonant, like they were a bit more punk. Here and there you can find choruses while distorted guitar duel with synth leads. Sounding dark and a bit crazy, "Trek W/ Quintronic" contains great songs with nice melodies and arrangements. Despite the fact that they recorded and mastered them relatively quick, the final result hasn't been affected. In this Anna Logue CD reissue, you can find both the albums plus two previously unreleased versions of 'Twin Forces' and 'When We Were Young - live' (both on the second album), remixed by Tejo Bolten of MECANO fame. These two sounds a lot more powerful and wild with upfront live drums and the latter sounds like a dancefloor hit. Paul and Tejo are currently working together while David has been active ever since as a solo artist as well as in a couple of bands (The Celibates, Nullstadt, Electroman, Decay Of Western Civilization, Them Jezzbeards). Check them and be ready for something "different"...

The Silicon Scientist: Iselwinter

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 18 2013
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Artist: The Silicon Scientist
Title: Iselwinter
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Recently I enjoyed two new The Silicon Scientist tracks of the "Sinister Street" 7", but I have another of their releases to review. "Inselwinter" ("Island's winter") isn't a new Silicon Scientist album but it's their first album released back in 2003 which has been reissued by Anna Logue Records with seven bonus tracks. Recorded by Stefan Bornhorst at Studio Ruhrstrasse Hamburg in 2002/03, the original six tracks are an ideal mind travel through winter and are quite different from how the project sounds now. The six movements are quite minimal, melancholic but always with a good quantity of melody. Most tracks are quite long and grow slowly just like a flower which has to reach the air through the snow. Also rhythm is well balanced and never invasive. Take for example "Iselwinter 2", it is based on a pulsating CR-78 rhythm, arpeggio variations and there's a nice effect when the Cut Off filter is opened as the whole track gain brightness and light. If you want me to do a comparison, I thought to the some Vangelis tracks (the less cosmic ones) or to early Jean Michel Jarre (check "Iselwinter 3"). The CD version as bonus tracks has "Elektrum" (a nice track recorded at the same time of "Iselwinter") and demo versions of the first five tracks, while the digital edition, along with the original six tracks, has "Voices On The Wind", another instrumental track featuring field recordings, wind noises and a Mellotron 400 choir that's sounding like coming right off Popul Vuh's 'Nosferatu' soundtrack or Lucio Fulci's 'The Beyond'. You can find the digital edition here http://annaloguerecords.bandcamp.com/album/inselwinter

Die Gesunden: Die Gesunden

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 15 2013
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Artist: Die Gesunden
Title: Die Gesunden
Format: 12"
Label: Medical Records (@)
Rated: *****
Die Gesunden were a Berlin band that recorded only one self named record in 1982 for Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication, label which he formed in 1978 after he became very interested in the earliest Berlin Neue Deutsche Welle bands (such as Ideal, etc). Formed by Mabel Aschenneller and Eschi Rehm (who sadly passed away on November 12, 2008), they were also joined on drums by Thomas Wydler (who later became known for joining Nick Cave And the Bad Seeds), Die Gesunden before releasing their album where quite known around Germany and one of their highlights has been a tour in 1981 supporting DAF (Deutsche Amerikanische Freundschaft). The ten track of the album (eleven in this Medical Records reissue as here you can also find a nice bizarre cover of Velvet Underground's "Waiting For My Man") are a collection of tracks that span from proto-industrial (check the marching atmospheres of "Atmen" or the obsessive closing "Film Musik" as well as ) to experimental new wave (the opening "Instru-mental", "Die Gesunden Kommen" or "Der Weg Zum Erfolg"). The tracks have powerful and dramatic atmosphere and fans of early D.A.F., Der Plan (Medical Records reissued their first two albums two years ago) or Pyrolator can finally enjoy this gem. This reissue is presented on high-quality 180gram opaque 'baby pink' vinyl. Features slight alteration and reinterpretation of the original front cover and redesigned back cover. Check the whole release here http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/die-gesunden-mr-022

Roladex: Love Surgery

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 15 2013
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Artist: Roladex
Title: Love Surgery
Format: CD EP
Label: Beko
Rated: *****
Formed by Elyssa Dianne and Tyler J, Roladex use analog gear and guitars just to write catchy electronic tune which are influenced by synthpop, italian disco, new wave, NDW, and shoe-gaze. They recently released a two song single titled "Love Surgery" for Beko. The main track is a mid tempo with many catchy melodic lines. It doesn't recall me anything in particular as it has many 80s influences but without a specific one. "Scan Lines" is more synthpop oriented a la early Depeche Mode and it has nice dark moments here and there. This could be a good 7" but being a MCDr, we can find also some remixes of the main track: TSTI turned it into an electro dancey song, RedRedRed changed it a lot and turned it into an obsessive minimal electro tune with early electronic industrial 80s influences, Video Look changed the melodic lines and turned it into an early 80s dark pop song, Some Ember are the last ones and their remix sound obsessive, hypnotic and minimal. This is a good release and you can have it digitally only for 1 Euro here http://beko.bandcamp.com/album/beko-208 Watch out for Roladex, they are working on their first album!


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