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Artist: Driver & Driver (@)
Title: We Are The World
Format: CD
Label: Staatsakt (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
Nitro's been filled in the engines of this German music drivers and they look not so interested in directions...they look more interested in being on their way in top gear running over any possible stylistical path, which they cross without caring about pedestrians and pursuers possibility to eat their dust. They just grind eternal stones under their caterpillar musical wheels leaving behind their shoulders a world sinking like a torpedoed merchant vessel by retracing those uneven road surfaces, partially paved by other memorable German musicians such as T.Raumschmiere, rich of junctions and ramps going towards hip hop, industrial, punk, noise, funpunk, techno, rockabilly and many more musical languages, wisely mashed up in a somewhat brutal way. It has alreaby been emphasized by my collegue Maurizio in his previous review of this issue both the impressive way of playing live drum by Chris Imler (one of these two drivers!) being a recipe able to add a roughly guessed grip to D&D formula and their connection with other past notorious duos like Suicide and DAF (...and tracks like the unruly Back to L.A. or Wohin whose playful melody reminded to me the intrusive jingle scored in a Coke tv adverts, glueing - somewhat ironically - the ideal friendship between German and American, a stylistical alliance highlighted by the use of both English and German even in the witty lyrics). So that it's not my intention to be repetitive or make a track-by-track commentary of it, but I cannot avoid in reccomending this energetic pill to you... don't miss it out!

DRIVER & DRIVER: We Are The World

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: DRIVER & DRIVER
Title: We Are The World
Format: CD
Label: Staatsakt
Rated: *****
Driver & Driver is the creature of Patric Catani (aka Candie Hank, Puppetmastaz, EC8OR, etc.) and Chris Imler (aka Golden Showers and many more). On this project, the two German producers felt themselves freed from any boundaries and ideally, having a giant blender, they put into the fifteen tracks of their debut album WE ARE THE WORLD r'n'r, techno, e.b.m., electro and punk influences. I know that telling you so, you can think that this album is a sort of mishmash of sounds and influences but you should know that people can make the difference and Patric Catani and Chris Imler made that difference. Listening to WE ARE THE WORLD I can say that a major influence have been a famous duo active in Germany during the last thirty years: D.A.F. Probably the fact that Chris Imler plays the drums live is helping making that link with D.A.F. a reality but Driver & Driver are more than a duo influenced by the Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (even if someone would have told me that "Der kleine ernst" was the new D.A.F. single I would have believed him). Powerful drumming and German recitative vocals are the core of many tracks, so keep that in mind and add raw techno synth distortions, r'n'r melodies (like on "Hello, hello" or "Underwear"), retro synth melodies mixed with techno ("Back to L.A." sounds like Yello playing electro techno), mad electro tunes ("Wohin" sounds like a broken toy nightmare and "Sparen" like a techno folk song) and dance electro (like on "Kein model"). The album will be out at the end of January 2011. In the meantime you can download the opening track "Kurchen" from the band's website.

BLACK ELECTRONICS: Suited Scums + Rhythmic

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 15 2010
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Artist: BLACK ELECTRONICS
Title: Suited Scums + Rhythmic
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Black Electronics are duo of producers that collaborate living in different countries: they are Greg Maierson (from Detroit) and Dieter Köpke (from Germany). SUITED SCUMS and RHYTHMIC are their debut releases which came out on digital format the first of December on Binalog Productions. Containing six and five tracks respectively, the EPs mix techno fragmented rhythms, electro bass lines and melodic flashes. Alternating mid and fast tempo rhythms the duo tend to build dancefloor alienated atmospheres which on the first release have been influenced also by ambient (check the opening "Insert & Play Now = False & Is Release" and "Bomboombooom Error#3") and by a bit of acid (on "Source Code: Unknown" and "Manic Cockroach#9"). I can't say that I fell in love with these tracks at the first listening but at third I started to get the point: the fact is that even if there are some melodic lines if you follow those ones you'll get nowhere because frequently they are like hints or fill ins, the key to enjoy Black Electronics' music is to let yourself go with the flow and then wait for an element that will pick you up to lead you through the rhythms and sounds.

Tshaka: We

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 15 2010
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Artist: Tshaka (@)
Title: We
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: nonine (@)
Distributor: Kudos Records
Rated: *****
According to West African culture, a griot is one of the most prominent repository of the precious oral tradition and a key-figure of a community as he doesn't only hand down the most ancient cultural treasures and teachings of ancestors (sometimes fundamenteal for the preservation of some African countries past knowledge, if you consider the fact that many West-African countries, such as Senegal, Mali, Ghana or Nigeria, has no written documents of the glorious ancient ages...), but also have an influence on community's life as he normally combines its eloquence with singing skills for making satire or political comments, being quite close to the key-figure of the bard in European Middle Age historical memories. Even pop culture had sometimes celebrated griots, but the inspired spoken words of the talented Tshaka, whose work could be associated to the one made by arsonist trying to set even ashes on fire, could let you argue this could be a case of body possession by some ghost of a contemporary griot, turning the toaster's tongue into a sort of brush stroking fast-rolling images in listener's mind. Tshaka's acting ability, whose peak has been in reached in Spit in my opinion, whose passionate and heating fervor looking like the one of a captivating street preacher has been highlighted by the ascending funk-slapped rhythmical mantra embroidered by Me Raabenstein, and the musical mantle by the mentioned Mr.Raabenstein, whose deep knowledge of contemporary music is an important propellent to this 3-track delicious issue by his crossing of "jazzed-up" broken beats, afrobeat and electronic hiccups - a mixture which is going to be appreciated in particular by all those listeners appreciating stuff by Dj Spooky, Anti-Pop Consortium or Dj Krush - lent in the past for some previous tshaka's albums (One" and "Bloodlines"), make this divertssment even more intense and engaging. And yes...the whirling wheel by Tshaka (whose wordy reincarnation's mounted like a jam in a ring in his full name Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell!) flings meaningful bullets out from the roads he crosses! Really inspiring!

QUICK & BRITE: Tunnels > Interstate > Perimeter

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 11 2010
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Artist: QUICK & BRITE
Title: Tunnels > Interstate > Perimeter
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Active since late 90s with an album on their back released in 2002 and different EPs, Quick & Brite are back on Basserk with a new EP titled TUNNELS > INTERSTATE > PERIMETER. The release contains one nineteen minutes long track titled "Nightdriver" plus three remixes of the three different parts which make the original tune, reworked by Tanzkonsol, Deadbotsa and Endorphins. "Nightdriver" is a dance techno tune that sounds mixed live and which you'll love dancing with. It gave me the feeling of an Orb track remixed by Chemical Brothers with those dreamy sounds and hard beats. It sure fits its title. Tanzkonsol, instead, decided to go for a powerful synth robotic 4/4 approach with dance industrial feelings. Deadbots opted for a pistolpop remix with in levare mid tempos, distorted bass lines and epic melodies. Endorphin slowed down the tempo and made a great two step grime remix with cool ambient inserts. Check out this release, it deserve it.


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