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ISIS SIGNUM: Electrosensual

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 06 2007
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Artist: ISIS SIGNUM (@)
Title: Electrosensual
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Advanced Synergy (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
So finally here comes the new ISIS SIGNUM full-length album packed in a special paper box and strictly limited. Besides the album it features an additional CD-EP dedicated to the track "Destroy The Wall" well hidden in here. Talking at first on the full-length album, Helder continues to produce danceable Electro-Clash tunes in a rather static and cold mood and he once again likes to pick up female guest vocalists. SARA NOXX, KINDEL of LIQUEFACTION (both already available on the both predecessor EP "Heartbreaker" and "Communication") and TYING TIFFANY are sharing the microphone to offer their abilities to fulfill Helder’s tracks with the right human factor. Besides the fact that Helder seems to have a favor to use only analogue hardware equipment, it is conspicuous that the music generally doesn’t concentrate to storm through the ears in your brain. A calm and remarkable melodic content which would point out the tracks is a bit missed. But maybe this is intentional and shall explain his musically difference to all Futurepop-/Electro-Clash acts out there? Helder works as a DJ and is internationally renowned, he therefore should know which elements in his music work at best to entertain the masses or to fill the floors. The nearly old-school EBM-like "Not Defined", available in two versions, is a favorite, "Destroy The Wall", the into German translated "Herzensbrecher" have to be named too. 12 tracks at all on this album, plus you’ll get a video clip on "Destroy The Wall".
The additional inserted CD-EP of "Destroy The Wall" is comparable with the content of both predecessor EP’s "Heartbreaker" and "Communication". 9 tracks at all on this item which features some new interpretations by internationally renowned names like Daniel Myer (haujobb., DESTROID), the German Black-Rain-recording artist SUPREME COURT or STRAFBOMBER. This EP is a fine additions for the die-hard fans for sure, while I tend to rate the last EP "Communication" to be the better alternative. Anyhow, with this nice package, which features additional info sheets, flyers and goodies all around, DJ Helder has created to himself a kind of monument. The signals out of the clubs world-wide made it possible and Helder grows from release to release. Check out a rather calm-minded electronic music output hailing out of Mexico asides the known HOCICO/AMDUSCIA-formula...

Twinkle: Le Jouet

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 02 2007
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Artist: Twinkle (@)
Title: Le Jouet
Format: CD
Label: ant-zen / Audiotraum (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Wanna play with toys? Well, the French of TWINKLE want, better said, they’ve done in past to get the right mood for their first full-length CD, and second release at all. Being normally signed to Audiotrauma-label, where they already released an EP entitled "Processing Industry" in 2K5, this full-length album comes out as a collaborative effort with the German giant Ant-Zen. Consisting of Yves Cornu and J.-B. Leduc, they offer us a unique blend between rhythmically Powernoise, Tribal-elements and a fine nose for Experimental structures. It isn’t at all a harsh and aggressive noisy output, it rather plays between the genre boundaries in a varied kind. The more than 8 minutes long "Ton Style" is a perfect example to discover some content of the TWINKLE universe. A manipulated music-box melody got repeated and infiltrated with dozens of strange percussion elements and varies the speed. "Joue Avec Moi" is a collaboration effort with the Audiotrauma-comrades CHRYSALIDE and maybe the most Powernoise-like track here which features a rough vocal performance. "L’envers De La Vague" sounds like a dedication to the works of Dirk Ivens a.k.a. DIVE. Check also the strange sample collage "Le Joueur" to find your most favorite toy. While most of the provided stuff comes out rhythmically arranged and likes to animate you to dance, I recommend to check out this album under a pair of headphones. There’s a lot of intelligent and never heard before stuff available here which needs your full attention.
Dec 02 2007
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Artist: SNOG
Title: The Last Days Of Rome
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: ant-zen
Rated: *****
The Australian musician David Thrussel and his famous SNOG-project I surely don’t need to introduce any nearer. Active now since more than 15 years in the Electro/Industrial genre, he also can’t be musically sorted in to get a constant and remaining style description. On "The Last Days Of Rome" he offers some more or less subtle Electronica elements with a constant acoustic attitude through guitars and his still a bit strenuous sounding voice. Always and ever an eye-feast are Thrussel’s essays referring on politically and social-critically themes, which he of course likes to point out through his lyrics, too. The art deals with the influence of promotion banners regarding new cars and status symbols, while his essay "A Capital Day" describes and exaggerates the routine of our affluent society. Thanks to some quite different license deals he has given out, this version of this album, released by the Ant-Zen companion label Hymen Records at least offers several bonus tracks, so on this release you’ll get at least 20 tracks. Some have to be mentioned: "City" comes out calm and catchy, but with a melancholic mood. Also note, that it is "Christmas Everyday" for the freaks in the White House – what a fine track. It’s fun to follow Thrussel’s sarcasm richly spread through his lyrics, while it makes you think of on several things as well. You’re wrong with it, if you look for a new and modern sounding Electronica/IDM/Ambient-release, for which the Hymen is otherwise an excellent resource for. This one has to be seen as poetry - fine work, keep on the vision of a better world!

ISIS SIGNUM: Heartbreaker

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 01 2007
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Artist: ISIS SIGNUM (@)
Title: Heartbreaker
Format: CD EP
Label: Advanced Synergy (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
This is surely another Mexican sensation, because Helder Camberos, the man behind ISIS SIGNUM, has created his own label with Advanced Synergy and ISIS SIGNUM can be surely named being the flagship of it. There’s electronic music available aside the harsh EBM/Electro rush provided by the big names like HOCICO, both of their side-projects RABIA SORDA and DULCE LIQUIDO, plus AMDUSCIA. ISIS SIGNUM can be sorted into the Future- and Synthpop-genre, while Helder’s project likes to point out that this style is Future-Clash-Sound, and he has recently built a side-division of his Advanced-Synergy-label to bring out all related releases under this moniker. The music of ISIS SIGNUM can be named as a high-skilled form of modern Synth-Electronica, which also likes to play with different styles like Trance or Techno. While Helder likes to concentrate completely on the music and the compositions, he adds mostly female guest vocalists to accomplish his tracks. "Heartbreaker" is the first release of a series consisting of two EP’s (this one and the upcoming title "Communication") and the coming album "Electrosensual", which comes itself in a paper box-set and an additional CD featuring remix works. The complete set finally consists of four different CD’s which all have some good content to offer, on which I will refer soon. Coming back to "Heartbreaker", which features the guest vocals of the well-known German diva SARA NOXX, this EP offers 5 different versions of this track plus a specially produced video clip. That Helder is able to produce such multimedia-CD’s speaks for the growing meaning and professionalism behind his work. The track "Heartbreaker" can convince with its panned bass lines plus a nice doze of extra-percussion elements, while Sara’s vocals remain cold. Additional remixes got provided by the well-known Belgian institution IMPLANT (excellent work, Len!) and rather unknown artists like LIA ORGANA & ELECTRIC PRINCE out of Greece, ACCORDING TO PHILLIP and PELTON, both hailing out of Norway. "Symmetry" is another piece available in two different and remixed versions here, which work as teasers of the upcoming full-length album and features Sara’s vocals, while "Unrestricted" is an exclusively produced so-called b-side for this EP. I think that the often used comparison of SARA to the legend ANNE CLARK has never been that been provided that obviously like on this track. Finally the last track "Energy", originally available on the ISIS SIGNUM-debut "Sigma Infinite", which got remixed here by the Mexican FERMIN AGUILERA. A lot of modern Electronica music to discover, just check out and give it a try. Soon more about this act...

BOEOES KAELSTIGEN: Pan European

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 01 2007
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Artist: BOEOES KAELSTIGEN (@)
Title: Pan European
Format: 12"
Label: Adrian Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Released and pressed as a good old white-colored vinyl-only 12 inch Maxi-Single, this is the debut release of the Swedish duo BOEOES KAELSTIGEN. Both protagonists, Tor and Leo, have met in class for rhetoric and found out, that they have mutual interests in music, Giorgio Moroder as being a favorite, and futuristic things. Musically based into the wide field of Techno and/or Progressive-House they provide 4 rhythmically tracks in a rather sedating and entertaining way. It’s not that fast-paced "Technodrome"-terror-syndrome which tries to track down the 180 bpm, the instrumental music of BOEOES KAELSTIGEN can seduce with its razor-sharp bass lines and a solid rhythm pattern work. After a huge success with thousands of plays at the MySpace-community of the first track of this duo ever, "Frasit", they got picked up by different radio stations and made some successful gigs in Bern/Switzerland or at the renowned Arvika-festival in Sweden. "Frasit" is of course available here and can be named next to "Spectre" to be the outstanding work of the duo. The last piece "Flir" then seems to be a re-animation of some typically 303-bass-line-sounds and exaggerates this a bit. Two additional remix works provided by both Swedish Techno/Electronica-experts Tomas Andersson and Anders Ekbert (PLUXUS) are available, if you decide to purchase this item on a digital downloading procedure. A lot of good initiatives for this duo which has recently started a music-career. There’s more to come – recommend, if you’re in this music genre.


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