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Artist: Type001 (@)
Title: Finished Business
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Glim Records (@)
Rated: *****
There are still some music projects existing completely under the radar, from which one could think, they've been gone into the happy hunting grounds of Manitou. Boston-based project Type001 can be called to them, during the last 5 years the web presence of mastermind Matt Ossen was more down than up. Lately discovered on Testube's remix EP 'Unintentional' with a remix, I thought to listen to one of the very last audio outputs of this highly talented artist. But now - and lesser surprising signed to Testube's label Glim Records - here comes an all new album. More than 7 years in the making, 'Finished Business' gives an overview of what has been produced by Matt in private, but still points out a quite important fact: Type001's sound outfit provides an own form of authenticity. A few tracks (the double-intro/-outro ''¦Made You Mine' / 'Made You Cry'¦') are picking up the mood of the marvelous debut 'Multi-Track Alignment', released by DSPB in 2004, as well as a few tracks have been released as alternative versions on the download-only follow-up EP 'Re-Aligned' (You need to know that this belongs on the "original version" of this download-able EP, which was available for a while from the Type001 website - Nowadays I guess there has been a reduction of the quantity of tracks for this freely download-able EP with the intention, not to obstacle the business activities for "Finished Business"...). But generally viewed, 'Finished Business' marks a step away from the rather Dark Electro-minded Industrial sound of the debut and moves towards by integrating more-than-ever-before musically different styles. There can be noticed a growing preference for IDM and post-modern Ambient styles, as Matt proves his abilities by installing slow and opulent sweeping synthesizer-sounds to execute moody and film scoring environments ('Alien World' with its slowly stalking rhythm components, or the oriental-sounding 'Residual Order'). "Who's Your Daddy Now?" is one of the very few, relative straight produced Dark Electro-minded tunes, which impresses through various fx manipulations on synth-sweeps - to me the favorite available on here. Matt's preference to integrate guest vocalists to help him out behind the microphone receives another episode with the versions of "Room For One" DJ Morgana), as well as with the track 'Put Yr Beats in Line ("You're Outta Line" mix)', a mutual track composed with his long-years' friend Matthew Skaves. This new album sounds more diverse, but also more introverted than before. Matt integrates a lot of different things mostly a bit away from the known path of his debut, which was to me more accessible to consume.

JUSTIN WINKS VS CASIO SOCIAL CLUB: Rock The Discotheque

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 01 2011
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Artist: JUSTIN WINKS VS CASIO SOCIAL CLUB
Title: Rock The Discotheque
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
It's very hard to judge a single which basically contains one song plus its version having only the drums and vocal tracks but Justin Winks a.k.a. Casio Social Club has so much positive energy and power that also a simple song like "Rock The Discotheque" can turn five minutes into a whole party. Mixing dance, house and funk, Justin recorded a track based on a simple bass line and enriched it with vocal loops, female vocal inserts, stop and go, a rich drum section and bouncing rhythms. Let go to the church of funk lead by Casio Social Club.

VV.AA.: Svensk Bonnasynth

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 25 2011
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Svensk Bonnasynth
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Enfant Terrible with this new 12" E.P. is back with what can be thought as a triple 7" under a 12" shape as Kord, Monster Apparat and Adolf Filter are on this release with two new tracks each. All of them aren't new to Enfant Terrible as they were on the same tape compilation sold at a label's night where they all played and Adolf Filter were also on the 2008 compilation "Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten" and on a 7' EP produced by the label on the same year. With this release, Enfant Terrible, is back to its roots by proposing three minimal synth bands, three knights of the analog synth sound. Using filters as swords, they cut the air with sharpened beats and distorted waves. Kord is here with "I, Sensuality" and "Dr. Svend", two mid tempos based on 4/4 beats, vocoder filtered vocals and nice synthpop melodies. Monster Apparat on "Music Is Art, Not Fashion" and "Swedish Entry" use synth noises, obsessive rhythms and alienated vocals. Adolf Filter on "Klyftan Stor" and "River Of Chebar" used both polyphonic and monophonic sounds and created a melancholic tune which mix synth leads, bouncing bass lines and filtered noises (the first one) and a latter one which have cold wave and early German electronic influences. Limiter to 320 copies SVENSK BONNASYNTH's sounds can be checked at the label's website as usual.

Pale Obsession: Made of Glass

 Posted by Cristina Zuazua (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 22 2011
Artist: Pale Obsession (@)
Title: Made of Glass
Format: CD
Label: Unsigned
Rated: *****
Beautifully mastered and well produced, Pale Obsession's collaboration with industry icon Stephan Helleblad and Brian Gardener on their newest album, 'Made of Glass,' is a labor of love that was years in the making for the Luxemburg-based group. On the airwaves since 2006, the raw vocals and fast-paced instrumentals gives the industrial sound a great deal of energy.

The album has a well-balanced mix of aggressive, yet melancholy tracks; 'My end is coming,' 'Kiss the sky,' and 'Tomorrow must be more,' make one wish they were hearing them live, to see as well as hear the band's energy, while 'War (Instrumental),' shows what Pale Obsession (and especially Christian Krier on the keyboards) can do with a more complex melody. While the lyrics tend towards the predictable, the strength of the composition more than makes up for it - so If you're looking for a some solid club tracks to sing and stomp to, this can help you do both.

NEUROBASH: Stereotype

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 11 2011
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Artist: NEUROBASH
Title: Stereotype
Format: CD
Label: Tigon Media
Rated: *****
Formed by Johan Andersson and Per Nordahl, Neurobash are releasing their first album on digital format on Tigon Media. STEREOTYPE contains eleven tracks which are in balance from e.b.m. and synthpop. Mixing harsh sounds with melody and hard beats, the duo could be compared to Covenant. Even if their sound has a strong rhythm relevance, I think that Neurobash, besides the 4/4 beat, have more to offer. Check "Lovekiller", for example, it has a blend of soft atmospheres and melancholic melodies with a background of a fat bass line. We have good synth e.b.m. tunes based on pad sounds and light distortions like "The Future Is Bright They Say", "Inner Conflicts", "Prototype" or "Self-Destruct Mode" and songs which can remember a bit Depeche Mode, like "Out Of Time". The album has a strong sound and the band have also interesting videos directed by their label mate Daniel Brandt. You can check them on their website.


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