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VV.AA.: Thesis Vol. 1

 Posted by eskaton   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 10 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Thesis Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Impulsive Art (@)
Rated: *****
Compilations, as a general rule, are a mixed bag. Even if you really like the label, there are bound to me tracks on it where you think 'so the artist had to cough up a track to go on this compilation. They must have sent the weakest track they had laying around.' In other words, compilations often suffer from the perception that the tracks that made it on were those that were too weak to make it on to a real album. Luckily for Impulsive Art, the artists on this compilation brought their A-game to the studio. Overall, this is what you would expect from the label ' a lot of beats and a nice groove. In a way, much of it seemed to blend together in such a way that it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between artists. Some stood out, however. For example, Tapage throws down 'Last Inhale' with the kind of intensity that one would expect from such a title. Rapid-fire beats, clicks and electric pulses punctuate this track throughout. Larvae's 'Shogun' had a groove that made me take notice, making this one of the standout tracks. Andrey Kiritchenko goes against the grain of the compilation by laying down a lilting melody that was oddly soothing and peaceful. Overall, this would be a good addition to the collection if you want to hear some lesser known acts (the only ones I had heard of were Mad EP, Larvae, and Keef Baker) and get a feel for what Impulsive Art is putting out. This disc weighs in at around 60 minutes.

Atmogat: Trigger Event

 Posted by eskaton   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 10 2010
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Artist: Atmogat (@)
Title: Trigger Event
Format: CD
Label: Impulsive Art (@)
Rated: *****
I had never heard of this band, so I did the usual homework. Here's what the label had to say about the band and the release: ''Atmogat,' a well known and respected electronic duo from Germany, after many EP releases, contributions on compilations and remixes for Tympanik audio and Hands productions, are ready to release their first full length album. 'Trigger Event' reveals a world of intricate IDM/electronica experimentations, all with a futuristic approach that moves the electronic music standards a step further.' I'm not quite sure that this pushes electronic music a step further. While listening to this, my wife stated, 'this is just standard techno.' Well, not quite. I would state that it is well done techno beat that is well sequenced and tries to take an experimental angle. At some times the tracks blend seamlessly into each other in such a way that I didn't notice until I looked at the player and realized that it had changed. Much of this would work well on the dance floor, but it was also a pleasant listen. At times they did try to push the envelope by mixing it up a bit, and some had kind of a tribal feel that reminded me of Muslimgauze's Zul'm. Not bad, but at times it seemed a bit sterile. This disc weighs in at 72 minutes.

We Love: We Love

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 09 2010
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Artist: We Love
Title: We Love
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control
Rated: *****
We Love is a new band that recently signed for BPitch Control. Coming from South Italy, Giorgia Angiuli and Pietro Fragola moved to Florence and there they found a new artistic life being involved into different multimedia projects (Giorgia has appeared with the Paris fashion designer Amelie Labarthe as Metsuo and Piero is as a designer, VJ and university tutor who works also with musicians, theatre groups and film directors). In the past Giorgia, after studying classical guitar, played with black metal and hardcore bands. She discovered electronic music thanks to a birthday gift some friends gave her: it was a CD: "Berlinette" by Ellen Allien. The discovery of those sounds made her decide to purchase a laptop and a audio card and to start experimenting with electronic music. We Love formed in 2009 and by looking to the photos I received I can say that the duo (musically helped by Marco Palazzo) decided to use they theatrical experience also into this project, because they mix fashion and theatrical performance thanks to the use of futuristic dresses which ends into some kind of helmets with sun protection shields. Musically they mix obsessive minimal electronic sound layers to upbeat mid tempos, sparse guitar parts and dreamy male / female duets. A characteristic of the ten songs of the album is that melody is a constant of the sound and even if we can't talk of pure pop songs, you'll always find a bass line or a melodic refrain that is freshen up the atmosphere. So, we pass from pure dance on 'Escape destination' to melancholic dance mid tempos of the opening "Ice lips" and "Cruise control" (with a upfront viola driving the main melody) passing from the electronic wave of "Even if". If you loved the latest Ellen Allien and Moderat albums, I suggest to check also this one. It will be out on September the 13th.

Iberian Spleen: Dracula Vampire Hunters Club Versions

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 02 2010
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Artist: Iberian Spleen
Title: Dracula Vampire Hunters Club Versions
Format: CD EP
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
After a longer pause for this Spanish Electronica-project, here comes the comeback for Frans Beltran. This is a quite special release brought out in a rare format. To release a CD EP with only three tracks completely packed in a beautiful and artistically valuable digi-pack speaks for the courage, but also the endless confidence from the label Caustic Records into the abilities of the artist. The title of this EP has received the additional name 'from the original Francis Ford Copolla's motion picture soundtrack' ' and it is shortly said a three-track EP of a cover version on a well-known instrumental film score available in three different versions. Being asked after the sense of this release, Frans' slated in his artwork his dedication for the works of the original composer of this Dracula film score, Wojciech Kilar. A quite fabulous idea and well done performed, but I doubt, that the concept in our rushing times does earn the required success. Does the artist or the label expect to enter higher chart positions, or at least do both expect to have any serious chance against a still dominating Hellectro project in the clubs? May I am totally wrong to ask for this in this case, to switch a relatively known artist in a same manner with stronger than usual sales, because musically these three different versions offer a lot of demand and are musically complicated enough produced, to kick any repetitive act out of the Hellectro-camp out of the ring. I would wish for all included, that the listeners at least pay a bit more attention to those, which produce Electrnica music not only to stomp after, but also to consume it while sitting in front of a wwell sounding home entertainment. It's because this IBERIAN SPLEEN release services both needs...

Dandelion Wine: All Becompassed By Stars

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 28 2010
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Artist: Dandelion Wine (@)
Title: All Becompassed By Stars
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere/Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
It seems the Australian band Dandelion Wine in the intent to modernize their sound (and in order to do it, they've chosen to get out of Australian exterminate boundaries and wisely move to Berlin where they organized a recording studio in a small apartment in Kreuzberg, surrounded by snow and ice during the last severe German winter) managed to translate ancient emotions into a simple but up-to-date musical language. Attaining to the most voluptuous side of electronic music as well as to the beatitude of ethnic (mainly sprayed with Middle Eastern and Arabic heady scents'¦) elements reminding me of Sufi tradition, Dandelion Wine sinters eastern and western themes and music , ethereal sounds and cranked electric guitar lines, unconventional acoustic instruments (whose impressively furnished stores include nice freaky rarities such as medieval lutes, dulcimer, sansula ' an instrument similar to the African marimbula - or the bell cittern ' a medieval 12-string sort of mandolin -) and contemporary machines (mainly recognizable analogue synths and big beating drum machines!) but above all gravitational pressures opposing soul raisings.

The swaying melodies and the subtle ethnic percussions of the title-track All Becompassed By Stars is going to set the stage by wrapping the listener in the emotive field you could perceive when staying in the middle of a desert surrounded by star-light spotted sky, whereas the electronic tentacles and the bizarre intertwining between a tribal percussion set and a march-like movement introducing Gravity ' a superbly mixed track! - seem to broke that dreamy flight by giving voice to somewhat mysterious gravitational pulls inspiring the moaning-like way of singing by Naomi Handerson and the roaring guitars by Nicholas Albanis! A snake-charming guitar riff reminding to me some guitar sample I heard in Juno Reactor's Shango introduces the intriguing mixture of eastern suggestions and electronic pop song's catch in Shards and it's nice the moment it turns into a sort of framework for the prog slides emerging up to the dust just before the song reaches its peak through an enjoyable pressing rhythm. The snake-charmer put temporarily away the guitar in order to play a flute to start the flaming electronic belly dance of Nowhere ' one of the catchiest track in my opinion! -, while Sidereal and Early Warning Sign ' an entrancing mournful ballad, perfectly interpreted by Naomi (which lacks of a certain dramatic grip in other passages of the record'¦) on a Spanish guitar melodic web, exploding in an energetic but plain goth-rock song structure, which stands as the better crafted track of the whole album ' could be considered as the highest emotional peaks (nearby those stars becompassing everything!) of this album even if both of them are quite plain and lack of woolly sound treatments. Dandelion Wine's rustic, but kind-hearted medieval vein strongly pulses in the sweet tapping of Orbit, a track introducing the last part of the part featuring a less intrusive presence of electronic buzzing devices, followed by the bittersweet lulling ballad of XVII containing the hypnotic sound of what seems a glockenspiel.

In Seven Times As Bright the twinkling voice of the stars weaves a crystalline and glassy melodic garland over the spectral vocal moaning by Naomi and the mystical breathe pervading the closing track, Seven Times As Bright, being the most abstract of this interesting release. It's quite difficult to give an exact definition of Dandelion Wine's style and even these Australian sorcerers usually make fun of a similar attempt by describing it as medieval trip-hop, but it's quite easy to recommend some listening to it even if they lack of the intellectual fervour distinguishing similar bands such as Dead Can Dance or Ataraxia and Naomi has not the same mystical eagerness of singers such as Natacha Atlas!


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