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Jérôme Chassagnard: (F)light

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Jérôme Chassagnard
Title: (F)light
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Since there hasn’t been too much activities with Jérôme’s main music project AB OVO, he has decided to record a solo album, featuring a lot of influences taken out of his private preferences. "(F)light" is definitely a lighter music outfit than AB OVO and he produces a sort of intelligent Electronica sharing more on Dub and Breakbeat elements instead to fall into a noisy kind. Several tracks a beat-driven pieces which would allow some dancefloor movement like "Hazy", "Alternate Reality" or "Resonance", but the preferences are rather based on the moody tracks offering some strange ambience. "A Short Story About..." can be named as being a highlight here, although the chosen sounds remind strong on a thinkable Electronica-sequel to DEPECHE MODE’s "Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)". Thumbs up also for the atmospheric outro tune "Light" with its melodic touch and mysterious samples thrown in. "The Fan" surprises with a guest vocalist appearance by Guillaume Eluerd, while "Circle Of Memories" features a musically collaboration with the German one-man act FLAGUE. The most weird sounding track has to be named with "Snowflake" which is drive by a repetitive acoustic guitar-riff and various voice samples. And as seldom as this happens, I totally agree on a sentence taken out of the release info sheet: "this album holds a perfect balance between beat and drift". So it is, highly recommendable.

Boeoes Kaelstigen: Commuting Colour

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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Boeoes Kaelstigen (@)
Title: Commuting Colour
Format: 12"
Label: Adrian Recordings (@)
Distributor: Parasol
Rated: *****
New release from the Swedish Synth-Electronica-label Adrian Recordings, it’s the follow-up 12 inch vinyl-EP of BOEOES KAELSTIGEN after their successful debut "Pan European" EP, with which they caught attention Europe-wide in multiple dance-clubs. "Commuting Colour" continues generally to follow the same musically path, which has the predecessor already taken. 2 new tracks with "Cecta" and "Radius" got presented and both receive a remix by two international renowned club-DJ’s, Mikael Stavöstrand ("Radius") and Dumb Dan ("Cecta"). It’s globally an entertaining form of instrumental Techno-/House-Electronica with a spacey and futuristic-sounding touch, which offers a strong club-appeal, but it luckily avoids any Hardcore-like redundancy. And – it still gets pressed on the good ole vinyl – the warm feeling of this medium is highly recommendable, since it offers for the listener the impression, not to listen to an ice-cold machine-generated music. As much as it seems to be a "must" to present well-sounding DJ-names through remixes, I must say, that the both original compositions by the band have my preference, the sedating space-ambience is awesome and suits perfectly with long trips by car. Applause, keep it on, how are the things with a full-length album?

Cardopusher: Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2

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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Cardopusher
Title: Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ad Noiseam
Rated: *****
The Greek IDM/Electronica-label Spectraliquid grows an wins worldwide reputation now with the sequel release of their self-created "Mutant Dubstep" series, since they could arrange a deal with international renowned act CARDOPUSHER (check back the rich discography at Ad Noiseam for instance...). The provided music here and especially presented through the outstanding track "Toothsmasher" consists of effective filtered and manipulated Synth drops, diverse sounding rhythm and percussion works and some voice samples too. No stuff following a repetitive 4/4-on-the-floor-formula, but a paradise for fans of a futuristic trip under a pair of headphones. Three new tracks got provided by this exceptional artist pushing the standards of intelligent Electronica music to a higher level. Two additional remix works on both tracks "Toothsmasher" by INNASEKT and "Collapsible Shelter" by PACHEKO accomplishing this quite entertaining EP. Well done stuff and must-have item for fans of intelligent produced Electronica music.

Intercity3: Love The Way You Are

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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Intercity3
Title: Love The Way You Are
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Rated: *****
This is the first official release of this London-based collective, which can look back on a promising compilation appearance with their track "Windows" on the 2-years-old Urbcom double-CD release "Recreation V. 2". "Windows" brought in unexpected success, so the call for new stuff was loud enough to release now this 7-track EP, again via Urbcom. Responsible for the machinery and controls is D. Escott, better known with his very own AWAX project, which too is related with Urbcom. For INTERCITY3 different vocalists got hired, like the both females Catasha Kin, a London-based singer, promoter and DJ, as well as the Brighton-based Liz Andrews (SWARF) and the Danish PROJECT-BLUE-musician Martin Holt. So from the vocal part, there’s quite diversity, but also musically INTERCITY3 can’t be thrown into only one cupboard. The music takes elements out of up-to-date sounding Synth-/Futurepop themes, inserts also Trance and House elements, but also harder EBM evoking an enjoyable Industrial ambience got included. A quite interesting sound outfit, since no track comes out in an expected kind. Best moments are offered with the nearly Indie-/Alternative-sounding track "Freaks", featuring an energetic D. Escott in front of the micro, but also both last track "Catch Me" and the nearly 7 minutes clocking "Supersonic Dreams", which offer impressive Electronica arrangements. Completely well done, entertaining and recommendable, I hope for a full-length album of this project.

Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Lucidstatic (@)
Title: Gravedigger
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Nowadays Electro/Industrial scene brings only very seldom artists to the daylight, which can use the term "innovative" to describe someone’s music style. The Alaska-based sole effort of Jimmy Church, LUCIDSTATIC, is surely one of this few acts, on which this term doesn’t sound platitudinous. We had Jimmy and LUCIDSTATIC, as well as his rather Downtempo-like side-project PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK already with some previous and self-released items on here. So I’ve been warned in advance what kind of storm would join my home entertainment. Even if it is fucking cold for the most part in Alaska, LUCIDSTATIC offers a hot and heavily pounding rhythm torturing kind of music. By taking inspiration out of styles like IDM, Breakcore, Powernoise and classic Industrial tunes, the percussive elements are the leading and driving force behind this act. Complex rhythm programming can sound layered, here you’ll get the proof for this thesis. And if Jimmy integrates too a sort of a synth-driven ambience in between his percussion rows, he earns surely the most applause for tracks like "Mercy Of A Bullet", "Unknown Test Subject" or P4tr10t". Some special collaboration with different but rather more unknown acts like IAMMYNEWT, SUMBRAXIS or THE PLASTIC EULOGY are featured as well. "Gravedigger" is a pure adrenaline-driven onslaught, whose valuable content needs to get discovered. Worth to spend your bucks on!.


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