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Artist: Access To Arasaka
Title: Void [];
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Welcome in the world of bits and bites, or better said, the nearly unexplainable musically outer-space-dimension of Rochester-based Rob Lioy. A new full-length album after the previous released masterpiece 'The Lesser Oppidan' for all of you hungry IDM-genre fans, and Rob continues as expected his march to explore undiscovered spaces of Electronica/IDM music. There's a track list, yes, while the titles itself are seemingly generated by computerized codes happened by chance (examples? '', 'config.syn_seq''¦). Rob could also easily avoid it to invent such a complex sounding track-list, as this album doesn't offer a recognizable pause between his compositions, as this is seemingly indented too. 'Void []; to me offers the best moments, when Rob decides not completely to trust into his terrific abilities to program tricky Glitch/IDM-like rhythm patterns ' the more atmospheric side of his work filled with precise reverberating fx and multiple synth-layers, like with euphoria listened in 'term/echo' for instance, is to me the better one ' although especially this kind always evokes those tireless comparisons to GRIDLOCK. Rob may can find some comparable elements in the works of the too early gone IDM-heroes Cadoo/Wells, but to me 'Void[];' is a step further to depart from this. 'The Lesser Oppidan' may has been a bit easier to consume, especially if the listener is relative ingenuous and unfamiliar with Rob's recordings, while with this new one he definitely grows artistically. You'll get another fine worked-out masterpiece full of abstract IDM/Electronica music worth to sink in and to be checked out under a good pair of headphones. Get it!

Totakeke: On The First Of November

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 16 2011
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: On The First Of November
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
It has again taken longer with me to review the newest effort of Tympanik Audio's most iconic artist TOTAKEKE a.k.a. Frank Mokros ' much longer than the first of November I must admit. However, here are another 10 reasons to concentrate and to sink in completely into the sonic and fictional-driven music-outfit of this highly talented artist. This new album differs in a few aspects to the predecessors of Frank. 'On The First Of November' isn't at all that easy to consume and this album doesn't offer a track-list. 10 untitled tracks, as well as the photographic art provided by Salt mainly consisting of frozen leaves, rather remind on a conceptual release. Also musically, Frank has already offered more accessible works, although this can't be seen as flaw, at least not in the case of TOTAKEKE. All tracks are once again skillful arranged and are filled with uncountable pads, layers and massive atmospheres. The diversity in his complex arranged beat-work and drum-patterns searches another time for a constant rival still to be discovered. So it can't be generally a flaw to concentrate with TOTAKEKE on a more Experimental-minded outfit, instead to offer once again an album filled with Industrial-Dance-tunes, as here could hide a musically death valley of repetition. New is also the fact, that Frank has installed a kind of a guest 'vocalist', Mr. Redils, who offers his rather ominous sounding speech-singing on the track 1, 6, and 9. Frank Mokros shares musically formulated art with us, his listeners, and I really am unable to point out an all-time-favorite track out of these 10 tunes. Each of them has ist own attraction itself, so this album is another fine example to take some free time and to sink into this more than 70 minutes clocking sound experience, which lefts the listener breathless and endlessly fascinated. 'On The First Of November' sets the standard of modern and skill arranged IDM/Modern Ambient-Electronica music on a high, nearly unreachable level.

NOISEBRIGADE: ROBOTO E.P.

 Posted by Madden Wachsenhoff of City of Bass   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 14 2011
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Artist: NOISEBRIGADE
Title: ROBOTO E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: Sauroid
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Fading doppler echoes. Ghost whispers. The onset of paranoia. Ducking around the corners to escape the ever watchful eyes that are placed everywhere. This is the sound of Noisebrigade's new "Roboto" EP released on Sauroid Records. Noisebrigade has this knack for weaving melodies and drum patterns that individually you'd never think would meld together - under his excellent guidance and sharp eye you wind up with a dense soundtrack that manages to never sound cluttered, with elements catching your attention, popping out at you. Reaching into your brain.
Electro purists will gravitate towards 'Inside Trader' but it's all the slower tempo tunes here that really stand out for me. The brilliance of the original 'I, Robot' is taken to new depths with the Exaltics remix version. 'Production Chain' sounds reminiscent of some of the best slower groovers from the album cuts released by Dynamix II and Techmaster P.E.B back in the day - cuts to burn one to, cuts to lay back and work out your rack of 18" subwoofers... this is deep cavernous electronic music. Finally, I'd be remiss to wrap up the review without mentioned the intense energetic 'Inside Trader' remix by Faceless Mind - mixing the best of Miss Kitten and Dopplereffekt vibes, this one will definitely be getting club play and heads on the dancefloor.
I'm fast becoming a fan of the Noisebrigade sound - once you get this one on your system or headphones, I think you will too.

Biodub: Reisegefaehrte

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 11 2011
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Artist: Biodub
Title: Reisegefaehrte
Format: CD
Label: Ki Records (@)
Distributor: Dance All Day
Rated: *****
The first release of a newborn music label is always an important event as it could help to uderstand the sonic ground the label itself wants to dig and Ki's declaration of intent on this very first release is definitively a good preface on an hopefully rich volume to stock (and listen) in your audio library. The first signature on this label from Cologne is the one by the young dj and producer Biodub from Hannover, whose tracks I already listened to here and there maybe on some net label. His airy and luminous way of combining techno pulsations with dubby rhythms and chords, microbiotic and electronically scorched sounds as wel as deep basslines and sounds grabbed from environment or acoustic instruments, inspired by mental dynamics pushed by the contemplation over nature or by the appearantly utopic dream of an harmonic and peaceful coexistence between nature and technology - a sort of cultural meme of contemporary German scene as well as a supposedly desirable purpose for the whole mankind -, has many hooks with the repertory of other techno makers such as the ~scapist Kit Clayton's wavemorphing, the liquid electronic dub of Meteosound or Slownoise (the newcomer Jeremy Davies), the flowy techno-ambient by producers such as Sven Weisemann or the organic side of Sven Vath's vast armoury. Biodub's balanced music is enjoyable both for smooth and slow body oscillation and for relaxing in a full-immersive natural environment; all tracks are equally pleaseful but if I have to reccomend some for your mp3 device, I'll definitevely pick Dead Rider for its nice rhythmical dynamics as well as Massive Central, Ismic Sky and Subsistence for its half-bumpey half-relaxing power, showing off Biodub's talent with drumming and sense of rhythm (already showed off in the band Noetics)! Reisegefaehrte - which is going to be issued on CD, digital and 2 x 12" LP with the guessed graphical and photographical translation by Ki's Amelie Kai - is going to become one of your favorite travel mate, folks!

NOISEBRIGADE: Plastic Fog

 Posted by Madden Wachsenhoff of City of Bass   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: NOISEBRIGADE
Title: Plastic Fog
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Having grown up in the 80s, it's downright strange to see young kids today walking around rocking that era's fashion. A few weeks ago I saw a young lady walking downtown and I had to do a double-take; for a second there, I thought 1983 Madonna had come back in a time machine. My point? There was a lot of bad s--t that came out of the 80s, but amidst the waste there were a few gifts that have stayed to this day - one of them being the Italo sound.
The new release from Noisebrigade, PLASTIC FOG hit's all of the right buttons and simultaneously takes you to 1982 dirty rotten scoundrel cocaine drug clubs and modern-day dark bunkers in Rotterdam and Berlin. Bunkers where the crowd rides these rhythms in lockstep with Dj's spinning the platters. The cokes still there, but the new generation is getting off more on basslines.
The PLASTIC FOG EP mixes it up with the dancefloor Italo groovers of 'Soldiers' and the most excellent 'Hacking Your Brain', as well as the more abstract funk of 'Plastic Fog' and 'Bullets and Diodes' for the headphone phreaks.
Topping it off with some banging electro remixes from Darxid, Hyboid and Embryonik, this is a killer release from Italian producer Noisebrigade. Out now on Binalog Productions.


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