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Artist: Pimentola
Title: Misantropolis
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this album reminds me of art music and I like the fact that this kind of performance music (strange they don´t do performances!) are released by cold meat!!!
The bizarre cabaret/musical style vocals seem to be very inspired by Mr Doctor of Devil Doll.

The Percussions are almost on all tracks the main instrument and they sometimes seem a bit weak when they flirt with triphop/trippjazz. Sometimes they are very good!
The industrial parts are also pretty lame. It´s really a shame as the sound and some of the ideas are really great. "On Tuoni Pauloo Tinkoin Sitein III" the dark ambience is and atmosphere is intruiging and very suggestive. Reminds me of bands like Lycia.
The song "Black Globe" is a five star track. Very haunting and driven into strange corners.
"Wish Upon a Fallen Star" sounds like wild opera (but the voice is failing and not as good as for an example Sibelian).

The whole album breath 30s and 40s and retro film music and that I really enjoy. If that good have been a more obvious red thread I would have given this release probably a 4,5 or 5 but the diversity (normally really good) kill this album.
"Wann Endet die Zeit" could been so good but the drums are lame and to be honest: bad!

It hurts me giving this crazy and well played album such a low grade. Sorry!
If you are into a strange mix of goth, industrial, darkwave, neo-classical, retro, tripjazz and dark ambient all at once (yes it´s crazy) you should check this album out. Do not expect to love all tracks because some are great and some suck.

PANDORA'S BLACK BOOK: s/t

 Posted by Marc Tater   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 02 2007
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Artist: PANDORA'S BLACK BOOK (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Having recently reviewed the LUCIDSTATIC debut release "Nexus0001", here comes with PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK another release leaded by the Alaska-based Jimmy Church. "This album is the result of trial and error and the beauty that can be created by flaw", so the introducing words for this release, which clocks again to nearly 80 minutes playing time. Strange, that this album offers only 4 seconds (!) lesser time than the LUCIDSTATIC album – has Jimmy Church taken a stop-watch to come nearly on the same playing time? PBB is the Ambient-driven instrumental side-project of LUCIDSTATIC, but I would tend to say on one or another track, that both projects share some similarities (check out all facets of the more than 10 minutes long track "Avenues", or "Skullf*ck" for instance). Of course, the term Ambient is rather here present than with LUCIDSTATIC and all of the provided tracks here are sounding rather sedating ("Memorial March", "Nosopoetic"), at times also more dark and Down-Tempo-minded like on "Jaded" or "Eternal Acid", for sure favorites of this fine and detailed programmed album. Another track which mixes excellent noisy, experimental textures with D’n’B-like rhythm patterns can be named with "Save Us", another outstanding work of this release. This album marks an excellent alternative to the last LUCIDSTATIC release "Nexus 0001", if you look for some rather Chill-Out moments as well. I still don’t know if Anchorage is the place to be, but Jimmy Church’s projects are currently moving on the pass lane to gain wider recognition.

LUCIDSTATIC: Nexus 0001

 Posted by Marc Tater   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 31 2007
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Artist: LUCIDSTATIC (@)
Title: Nexus 0001
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
This is a one-man project leaded by Jimmy Church hailing out of Anchorage, Alaska – well, some people like it cold in their area. It is already the fourth CD for this project, which has made itself a fine name as being a remixer/collaborator with acts like UNTER NULL, CLAWFINGER, NIN or MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO to name only a few. With 80 minutes playing time placed into 14 tracks the maximum to satisfy the term "full-length release" is fulfilled like never-ever before. LUCIDSTATIC plays a sort of intelligent Electronica by integrating an enormous diversity through different styles like IDM, D’n’B, Trance, Trip-Hop and a small doze of Electro as well. The tracks are mostly fast-paced and offer some complex drum pattern programmings – at times intentionally very nervous arranged ("Morter", "Robotix"). It is an instrumental kind of work, even some voice samples here and there give a hint on the meaning and content of the tracks. Favorites I like to name with the rather dark sounding "Connection", a track which generally slows down the hectic mood a bit, also "Slag" and "Gonna Get You" get this vote for having attractive, more experimental textures and a doze of Noise on board. If you aren’t an IDM addict, this stuff needs time to grow on you and at least your fully attention – the complex arrangements and the at times weird textures aren’t that easy to pick up and sort in. This stuff is designed for friends of some Component or Ad Noiseam-related stuff and acts – at least this references maybe besides the experimental-minded AUTECHRE do fit well as a possible comparison.

Dieselboy: The Human Resource

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 10 2007
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Artist: Dieselboy (@)
Title: The Human Resource
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: System Recordings (@)
Rated: *****

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While for some Drum & Bass may be an acquired taste, there's no denying the quality and craftsmanship of the selections in Dieselboy's collection of recent tracks, The Human Resource. In this 2-disc set, twelve of Human System-released prime cuts stand individually on the first CD, whereas on the second one these tracks -- along with many others -- are woven into a continuous mix. The artwork reflects a cool Frankensteinian, 19th-century-Eugenics theme of "Assembling the Monster," i.e. the mix of Disc Two.

The style is (you guessed it) fast and hard-hitting, as all good D&B should be, anthemic and yet with grit and edge. "Mass Hysteria," track 2 of Disc 1, contains a rather funny sampled pastiche of a TV preacher's histrionics ("Dogs and cats living together!!"). Track 9, "Barrier Break" by Kaos featuring Messinian, has a militantly Crunk intro and breakdown, an interesting and logical twist to the familiar Jungle stylings. The spoken intro to Disc 2, which sounds like it was cribbed from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is cheesy and a trifle embarassing, but other standout tracks from the first disc (Evol Intent & Fwon's "The Rapture" and DJ Fresh's "Wargames '03") carry the mix handily.

The Human Resource maintains a healthy ratio between media samples and guest vocals, a continuing trend in dance music. Disc 1 is somehow more remarkable as a whole, and may grow on you faster with repeated listenings all the way through, than if you were to encounter it at the dance club, but fuck it, it's all got plenty of voltage.

TECHNO SQUIRRELS: Plastic Makes It Possible

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 03 2007
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Artist: TECHNO SQUIRRELS (@)
Title: Plastic Makes It Possible
Format: CD
Label: Rave Police Records
Rated: *****
In balance between synthpop and techno pop, Techno Squirrels (the duo formed by Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin) are presenting their first full length titled PLASTIC MAKES IT POSSIBLE. Containing eleven new tunes plus two remixes (none of these tracks are coming from their previous two E.P.s) the album gives us an opportunity to check the Techno Squirrels music in full. As for their previous releases what pop up immediately to a first listening is their ability to mix pop and dance attitude (on one of my previous reviews I named Madonna's "Ray of light" and I must say that I have to confirm that impression and I'd add also another Madonna's tune: "Beautiful stranger") giving to the tracks a remix feeling which is a double edged weapon because it could be a good chance to show one's producing ability but it could also ruin the spontaneity of the pop tune. On tracks like "What you want" the duo play with the ambient dance atmospheres a la Bjork (and Lisa's vocal ability is good at this like at other styles) touching the other edge without being cut. The album span through electronic ballads like "Love comes first", "Everything" or "Lightbulb" to electro dance tune like "Hurt me" or "South Colorado". If you love dance atmospheres but you also are into mainstream pop the Techno Squirrels could be a good alternative.


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