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JILL AKA PROJECTOJIL: Minimal House

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 26 2009
Artist: JILL AKA PROJECTOJIL (@)
Title: Minimal House
Format: CD
Rated: *****
One year after his latest demo "Tale from the native" Gilberto Figueiredo is back with MINIMAL HOUSE, a new demo with six new tracks. This time he refined his sound by doing just what stated on the demo cover: minimal house. The demo offers six good tracks of minimal house music with warm synth pads, few vocal samples and sinuous bass lines. Gilberto this time focused his production on great sounds/atmospheres and succeeded into giving to the tracks a nightly touch that fits really well the genre. On his myspace you can check the second track "We like it".

Alien Vampires: Fuck Off And Die

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 22 2009
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Artist: Alien Vampires
Title: Fuck Off And Die
Format: CD
Label: BLC productions (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
The Roman duo Alien Vampires made up of the showy characters of NightStalker (... and his gun-like electro-industrial shots of acid samples)and Nisrok Infernalien (... and his viscous sticky vocal emissions... who’s that bastard surgeon who transplanted to him a pharynx from a rabid cat suffering from adenoids? ) came back with another coarse intercourse entitled Fuck Off And Die, a storm of ebm and techno movements full of scrap iron-like sounds, interferences, dis/torsions and boomy 4/4 rhythmical patterns , which are an effective remedy for mummified dancers although it is quite uncouth and totally rough (... I’m getting allergic to synth-brass sessions inherited by some Italian hit-house... I’ve sneezed on the screen while listening to tracks like Far From Shadows even if it is co-signed by the Suicide Commando mastermind Johan V.R., which isn’t a greenhorn of this kind of records and brings his tribute to the microphones). We have to admit that Alien Vampires’ guys have hugely improved their formula if compared with their past productions even if there’s a substantial lack of refined tracks and it seems they’re just winking at ferocious and angry dancefloors (... maybe a choice partially justified by marketing considerations as most of their fans in Rome have been collected among disco clubs such as Alien or famous fetish parties such as Ritual from their very first steps in the scene... ) without any real innovation except of some tracks such as "The Convent Burns" or "Resistance Ain’t Futile" with a more darkish appeal and frightening atmospheres than just an obvious melting pot of harsh beats, hard rhythms, female whimpering and blasphemous lyrics. There’s a slight evolution towards better directions if you consider the fact that most of Alien Vampires’ notoriety was also built on cover artworks for collectors, satanic adepts and fetishists (one of the most funny as well as blaspheme one was that of Nuns Are Pregnant... ). The one they choose for Fuck Off And Die is even more elegant than the previous ones, maybe as even AV are conscious of the undeniable fact that their sound got more refined than before!!! Some choices (including a graphical format between splatter and sadistic-pornographic references including the one of involving Laura Panerai, a fetish Italian porno star which recently decided to sell even used underwear and pubis hair, for some snapshots on the booklet... ) seems to be excessively stretching yet to persuade people having a refined "musical" palate to buy their record, but we could reasonably argue that this record will have a great success among aliens, vampires and above all people boasting of both of these qualifications! A part of Johan V.R., we have to mention the presence of some other famous collaborators such as Jouni from In Slaughter Natives (... leaving his mark on the obscure march introducing this record... ) and Noisuf-X (the technoid manifestation of Jan Lehmkamper aka X-Fusion, treating the title-track adding some ingredients from breakcore style).

3-1: 13 Horrible Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 18 2009
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Artist: 3-1
Title: 13 Horrible Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Released two years after their 12" "Take a picture", 13 HORRIBLE REMIXES is the first album by 3-1 and, strange for a first full length release, it contains twelve remixes of bands they like or they know (some of them are on the same label Basserk) plus a remix of their song "Take a picture". The track list is in balance from bands that have a sound similar to 3-1 (a sort of electro pop with punk attitude and use of distorted synth bass lines) to thing a little more techno or breakbeat (Nid & Sancy, Lilian Hak, Elecphonic or The Moi non plus). 3-1 did a good job by respecting the original tunes and at the same time personalizing them. Check how they changed Hotel's "Fool fool" by adding a cool distorted bass line to their flute/hammond based tune making it turn into a nice dance floor song. 13 HORRIBLE REMIXES is a good album to party with and also a good album to listen while driving, having the city lights as strobe lights. Here's the trackslist:
01. Nid & Sancy - My Rave remixed
02. Lilian Hak - What about it remixed
03. The Moi non plus - Hahaha remixed
04. Lucky Goat - Ooh yeah remixed
05. Fata el Moustache’ remixed
06. Hotel - Fool fool remixed
07. Detroit grand pubahs - Riot 66 remixed
08. three cheers for dirty feat. Blondin - Blonpeepee remixed
09. Krause - Outta yer mind remixed
10. Elle Bandita - New years eve remixed
11. Elecphonic - Freakin on a sneaka remixed
12. Transformer di Roboter - Ultramaximizer remixed
13. 3-1 - Take a picture remixed
Jun 15 2009
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Artist: Vision Talk (@)
Title: Dirty Italo Disco
Format: CD
Label: Space Sound Records (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
This is a new side-project of both Swedish band-members of CHINESE THEATRE, Krister Petterson and Martina Ramstedt. They have added two additional members, the vocalist Richard Flow and the synth-player Stefan "Fellin" Olsson to share a mutual musically direction: VISION TALK represents the typical kind and sound outfit of the notorious Italo-Disco sound of the mid-80s, which brought act like Dan Harrow, Valerie Dore, Devine, Scotch and multiple others to unexpected success. Combined with the typical-Scandinavian-like talent to create the catchiest melodies Synthpop-music can offer, this album comes out like a time-machine to reanimate those golden days. Think additionally on bands like ALPHAVILLE, early-ERASURE, CAMOUFLAGE, BRONSKI BEAT and those alike for possible comparisons. Krister acts as the chief-programmer and some phrases he usually uses for CHINESE THEATRE can be discovered here too. The main difference are for sure the male vocals provided by Richard. Although Martina suits well for CHINESE THEATRE, she has to take a backseat at VISION TALK, Richard dominates the scenario. This music is rather dedicated to the elders of Electronica following that Italo-Disco/Spacesynth movement in the 80ies and has its highlights with the most catchy tunes like "Dina Tankar" or "Lacerta". 14 tracks to remind you that the Disco-Fox isn’t dead – true nostalgia pressed on a silver-circle to consume without hesitation!

FRACTIONAL : Still Life

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 14 2009
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Artist: FRACTIONAL (@)
Title: Still Life
Format: 10"
Label: The Centrifuge (@)
Rated: *****
Released one year after their latest album titled "Come mierda", Fractional are back with a new 10" E.P. (which is also downloadable as free mp3s from the label's website) titled STILL LIFE? The release contains four new tracks titled "Acomba", "Tasw", "Lula" and "Aeu". These tracks present a slight different side of Fractional sound as they are less industrial and "neurotic" compared to the album ones but nonetheless dub and breakbeat are always two important influences (only "Aeu" is the one that remember the album's tracks because of the fast breakbeat rhythms). On the new tracks it's like if Pierre Remy succeeded into balancing the different elements without being too aggressive and the result is a great blend of cinematic sounds/atmospheres with more melodies (see the opening "Acomba" where vocal samples duet with keyboards while bouncing rhythms create a multi layered web) and ideas. Sounding also more tribal than before Fractional new tunes will convince you immediately at the first listening!


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