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TANZKONSOL: Tanzkonsol remixed

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Oct 30 2009
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Artist: TANZKONSOL
Title: Tanzkonsol remixed
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
After the debut release of some months ago, Basserk release, as digital download, an EP of remixes containing three versions of "Learn from your mistakes" (reworked by Lazy Late Kidz, MilkMoneyMaffia and Quick & Brite), one of "New York" (Homework did the remix) and one of "She left me" (with Bronstibock on the mix). The first four versions present a down to the bone edition of the tracks focusing the sound on rhythms and basic melodies, while Bronstibock revisited "She left me" giving a personal touch to the song by using filtered vocals and a raw approach to sounds (check the grinding low-fi bass sound).

CLP: Strictly Confidential

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Artist: CLP
Title: Strictly Confidential
Format: 12"
Label: Sugarcane Rec.
Distributor: Music Response
Rated: *****
Available on vinyl and digital download on Sugarcane Records starting from the next 16th of November, STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL is the remix E.P. (to tell the truth it seems more like an album to me because it contains ten tracks) but if it will be sold at an E.P. price that's neat. Unfortunately I missed the release of the album but I had the chance to check CLP with their "Homecourt/Dip Shorty E.P." and I can assure that also STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL is a blast even if it is contains only remixes of tracks coming from CLPs album Supercontinental. You know that I'm an home listener and I don't appreciate music based only on rhythm and loud sounds and sometimes remixes sound like a mishmash of the original tunes. Well, this time I'm glad that the ten tunes of this release are great electro tracks with bumping rhythms and instriguing vocals. Performed by Lazersword, Lando Kal, Sweat X, Fs Green, Nic Sarno, Spenza, Top Billin and CLP themselves the songs have still the hip hop influences, the energy and the freshness of the original versions. Do yourself a favor by checking it at the band's website.

SHOCK AND AWE: Bass Rage

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Oct 29 2009
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Artist: SHOCK AND AWE
Title: Bass Rage
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Utrecht Bass And Awe is releasing its debut release on Basserk and it's titled BASS RAGE. The five tracks of the digital download EP mainly deal with rhythms and bass sounds. Vocals have been used on "Shocker" but it's only a sample. I don't know exactly how to explain the kind of sound of Bass And Awe because it merges hip hop, techno, acid and electro using raw synthetic sounds, samples and obsessive rhythms. I must admit that the few melodic lines used and the upbeat drum result hypnotic to me and the feeling I have listening to this release is that it's good to party with but it's not easy to enjoy it at home if you don't need to loosen a bit and to dance around ending crashing on your coffee table. Check some tracks at the label's website as well at the band's myspace page.
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Artist: Totakeke
Title: The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
New York-based Electronica-wizard Frank Mokros is back with a new double CD album. Disc 1 offers the new studio work of Frank, which continues with his futuristic IDM/Electronica music we could discover with his last year’s brilliant album "Elekatota: The Other Side Of The Tracks". The presented variety and diversity in his music arrangements somewhere based into genres like Ambient, IDM, Noise and Industrial can be heard very seldom – Frank has the abilities to write perfect film scores for Sci-Fi- and Cyberpunk-related movies yet not produced. Multiple layered, high complexities in the production of synth and drums/percussion – yes, Frank’s music is demanding – but the listener gets so much rewarded for his full attention, which is required to consume his masterpieces of music. TOTAKEKE is one of the very few founded flowers, which someone can be identifying with. Normally tend to I prefer the rather straight arranged tunes, which allow some Industrial dancefloor movements. Tracks like "Disconnected Inside", the harsh and nearly Powernoise-like "Anterograde Amnesia", and the extremely catchy title track services this greed well. But here are 2 additional pearls needed to be mention, "Permanent Note", reminding with its mighty basslines and the rather slow tempo on "Bio-Mechanic"-like FLA featuring more complexity, and the eerie "Patient HM" with its simple, but so damned effective piano sound inserts. But all of these good things don’t end here, because Tympanik Audio has decided to assign all free slots of your CD players with Disc 2. This second disc offers some new interpretations of "Pull The Plug" and "Ignorance" provided by Frank himself, some new amazing tracks ("Gone", "Can’t Feel Time" and "Buried Is... " – A-MUST-LISTEN-TO!) and several remix contributions by Frank’s highly-acclaimed label comrades. ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ ("Permanent Note"), the raw PNEUMATIC DETACH ("Anterograde Amnesia" – how could someone think, that Justin Brink would put his fingers on any additional tune? Nice cover art too, Mr. Brink!), AUTOCLAV 1.1 ("Lost And Falling" – can a remix score against an original? It can! Well done, Mr. Young!), LUCIDSTATIC ("The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes"), ACCESS TO ARASAKA ("Contusions" – that nervous hacking hi-q programming offers creativity – a new talent to follow!), FLINT GLASS ("Patient HM" – nice try, Gwenn, but that’s one of the most difficult remixes. Nothing can rival with the brilliant original) and the Slovakian heroes of DISHARMONY ("Memoria" - quality as usual, Ryby, we’ll come on your new tunes soon... ) are featured here. I could slander again through this whole album and will be surely find several additional gimmicks and attractive things to report of. It’s a matter of fact, that albums of TOTAKEKE won’t never get boring and the music offers so much new facets to discover, which I could easily use as an additional apology, why I’ve delayed the review that long. However, get this masterpiece!

THE MODERATOR: Möbius Strip

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Artist: THE MODERATOR
Title: Möbius Strip
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: EevoNext Recordings
Rated: *****
Almelo (NL) based producer Klaas-Jan Jongsma a.k.a. The Moderator worked the last year at the tracks of his first full length which now is finally released on digital download format by Eevo Next Recordings. Basing his sound on Detroit influences, minimal techno intuitions and atmospheric patterns, Klaas-Jan on the MOBIUS STRIP delivers twelve hypnotic tunes that are in balance from electro to techno. Focusing his sound on basslines, arpeggiated leads and dreamy synth lines The Moderator is creating a particular sound where melody is an option because it's there but it isn't the main element. This way of dealing with atmosphere and melody sometimes make me lose my attention because I find myself dizzy and almost hypnotized but I think that this was the effect that Klaas-Jan was looking for...


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