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HEIMITO: Pollux

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 12 2009
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Artist: HEIMITO
Title: Pollux
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eydition
Rated: *****
A new label is rising into the tehcno genre, it is called Eydition and Heimito is the first project of their roster to put out a release. Hailing from Remsheid, Germany and having a past as metal singer the guy behind Heimito started the project in 2002. Having no musical boundaries in his mind, he started to compose techno tracks with minimal structure but with many rhythmical/bass layers. The two tracks of the release (the third one is a remix of "Beteigeuze" by LMP), "Pollux" and "Beteigeuze", mix techno elements with ambient atmospheres (see the long spatial sounding synth pads) where the alternation of patterns is the key element that save the home listener from a club only oriented release. The obsessive and hypnotic structure works really well with this sounds and make of Heimito a name to follow if you love minimal techno with a bit of house influences.

MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER: Two

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 09 2009
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Artist: MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER
Title: Two
Format: CD
Label: Nobody's Bizzness
Rated: *****
Eight years ago the first album by Miss Kittin & The Hacker represented an important chapter into the story of electro music. During the past years we had the chance to listen to the duo with some 12"s released by Gigolo Records and Hacker's own Goodlife but you know that a whole album could be a different thing. Well, at the end of the month, the 27th of March you'll be able to check what Caroline Hervé and Michael Amato prepared for you. First of all before putting the CD into the player you'll have to do a little zen practice. Empty your mind and prepare yourself to something new. If you loved the electro synth melodies of "First album" it's better for you if you like also a bit of techno, a sprinkle of acid and a nut of r'n'r because TWO contains them all. If the latest Miss Kittin solo album was a bit too over produced, this new album contains ten new songs (the eleventh is a short reprise of "1000 dreams") which sound obsessive, minimal but also melodic and energetic. If the opening "The womb" is a minimal techno bumping track with Miss Kittin giving her usual vocal performance, "1000 dreams" is a great electro tune with a cool melody that will catch your attention in no time. "PPPO" (which stands for "people, pleasure, power, objects) changes the atmosphere with its obsessive acid sounds. With "Party in my head" electro is in the house again with a cool song based on punching drums and synth pads. "Indulgence" is almost punk with its impetuosity while "Emotional interlude" is a dreamy pop electronic tune. "Suspicious minds" is a synthpop version of a Elvis Presley hit. "Electronic city" is an atmospheric sensual pop song that recalls me Pet Shop Boys. "Inutile éternité" plays with electro and techno and sounds mysterious and obsessive while "Ray ban" is still mysterious but a bit more electro. If you loved their first album but you also realized that Miss Kittin & The Hacker were something more than electro clash, this new album is definitely for you!

MINILOGUE: Animals The Movie

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Mar 04 2009
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Artist: MINILOGUE
Title: Animals The Movie
Format: DVD
Label: Cocoon Recordings
Rated: *****
Represented different times on the covers of Minilogue's records, their imaginary animals made mixing different real and not real animals are the main characters of most of the twelve videos contained into the ANIMALS THE MOVIE. The first thing that pops out is that for this project the track list differs from the one of the double CD edition and this helped into having a fluid cinematic sensation as music perfectly fits the digital animations of tracks like "Windows" or "Six arms and one leg" as well as the stop motion animation of "Hitchhiker's choice" (here you see Kristoffer Ström's hand creating thousands of strange animals and you can check how his vivid imagination make turn normal animals into particular and funny ones). ANIMALS THE MOVIE is an experience you have to try and I can only imagine how it would be projected on a big screen with the 5.1 sound you can also find on this DVD. I must admit that sometimes Minilogue minimal music sounds too "perfect" for my taste (sometimes I feel it a little cold) but with these mini movies, it turns into something really different. Check for example "Giant hairy super monster", where a stuffed mix of giraffe/elephant dances into what is seems to be a basement. You can check some videos at the band's website...

Black Era: The Point of No Return

 Posted by eskaton   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 03 2009
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Artist: Black Era (@)
Title: The Point of No Return
Format: CD
Label: aquietbump (@)
This is a bit more accessible than the music that I generally review for ChainDLK. It just barely throws in a bit of experimental elements, but samples alone does not an experimental disk make (the sample notes mention Entombed, Isis, Dustin Hoffman, Mad Season, and Quentin Tarantino). This is some decent jazzy trip-hop. It is quite catchy and the woman’s voice has a nice seductive quality at times, especially on tracks like "What About Us" and "Delete Carefully." That said, I have to admit that the album didn’t really do a lot for me though. I like my music to push the envelope a bit more than this. With a few exceptions, such as "Less Than Zero," there didn’t really seem to be much that differentiated them from other trip-hop stuff out there. However, it is well produced and you don’t have to take my word for it. You can actually download the album from the label’s website at http://www.aquietbump.com/aqbmp002.html. This disk weighs in at around 55 minutes.

VV.AA: What's Next 2

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 01 2009
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: What's Next 2
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Next (@)
Rated: *****

After some E.P.s from the past/back catalog of the label and after some brand new band, Eevo Next decided it was time to do a little sum of the sounds proposed. Spanning from minimal techno to particular ambient electronic, WHAT'S NEXT 2 E.P. is bringing four digital/download only tracks/bands. Estroe, The Moderator, Terrace and Avigail are the projexts involved. Estroe's "Anybody" is a nice minimal techno tune where rhythms/sounds alternation create a varied pumping scenario which little by little become a little ambient thanks to synth pads and tiny melodies. Avigail's "Slipping" is the most particular track of the lot (I reviewed her E.P. months ago) and under a core of dub bass lines there's a little soundtrack full of strings, melody and passion with some i.d.m. rhythmical solutions here and there: it's like a particular mix of Cocteau Twins and ambient electronic. With Terrace, Stefan Robbers (the man behind REC, Con Man, Florence and Sierra Romeo), bring us "Lidl chronicle", a track suspended between techno, ambient and electro. The Moderator with "Bump!" closes the short compilation with a techno tune that mixes anxious melodic lines, ambient pads and bumping bass lines. Nice compilation but I'd have preferred a couple of track for each one, just to get the right mood from each artist.


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