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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 02 2008
Title: Finally!
Format: CD
Label: Swings Records (@)
Producing and djing for the last decade the French-German Munich-Ibiza based guy called Jean Claude Ades is releasing on October the tenth his first full length album titled FINALLY! Released by Swing Records/Great Stuff the album contains twelve tracks where Jean breaks every boundary by mixing a lot of genres. Since the opening "Spanish Harlem" you'll be stimulated by a techno base duetting with a Spanish style guitar with the add, on the final part, of a soul/house vocal. The following "Shingaling" is a classic salsa track written by Louie Ramirez in the 60s and then recorded by Kako And His Orchestra. Jean mixed the latter version with techno inserts and pumping mid tempo rhythms. The following "Total love" mix classic techno bass lines with house vocals but changing a little the formula here and there with electro/funk moments. The album mix reworked versions of past hits like "I begin to wonder" the Danni Minogue hit that now is present with its "2008 remix" (its has more techno inserts and more tweaking on Dannii vocal parts). Also present "Someday", "Fly Away", "Slap That Bitch" which have been produced with German house star Tom Novy and performed by ex-Snap vocalist and Madonna background singer Niki Harris. With her we have on guest vocals Tara Mc Donald (Armand van Helden’s top vocalist who also stars in the new David Guetta single). Personally I'm not into house music at all but I really appreciated the way Jean Claude Ades mixed the genres and how he used the techno parts (see the inserts on "Out there" for example or the whole "Slap that bitch" and "African voices").

BOY FROM BRAZIL: L'Amour, le Sexe, la Drogue, la Mort

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 29 2008
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Title: L'Amour, le Sexe, la Drogue, la Mort
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Personal project of the German-Palestinian artist, rock musician, transformist, art curator, journalist and part-time actor Razi Barakat, Boy From Brazil is bringing to the lovers of electro a cool 12" that unfortunately contains only the main track and a remix of it reworked by Plastique De Rêve. The original tune is a crawling mid tempo based on a simple synth bass line/vocals duet with the adding of few guitar/piano/pads lines which enrich the arrangement. The theatrical vocals of Razi catch the attention and make sound the song fresh and sexy. The remix version is more intriguing and mysterious and it's also more dance floor oriented. Check it... P.s. You can also check the song's video at Boy From Brazil's myspace page


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 26 2008
Title: I Tank U
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult (@)
Rated: *****
Multifaceted, melodic, energetic, full of guests and proposing a wide range or musical influences, I TANK U is the newest T.Raumschmiere album that will be released on September the 19th. The album represents the final part of the triptych begun with "Radio Blackout" and "Blitzkrieg Pop" released by Nova Mute. If you have in your ears the songs contained into the album "Random Noize Sessions Vol.1", forget about them and open your mind for something totally different. Maybe more pop/rock oriented but nonetheless powerful. Even if you checked the first single "E" you should prepare yourself for something varied. The album opens with the main track, a dark techno instrumental that crawling between distorted bass guitar sounds and true drum sounds deals also a good amount of electronic sounds. The second track "The front row is not for the fragile!" is the first surprise, because after its electro beginning, you'll find a song that sounds a bit like the best Marilyn Manson but more influenced by punk. "Animal territory" featuring Puppetmastaz on vocals is an electro distorted rap tune (besides being the next single) while "111 Kg DNA" having Barbara Panther on vocals is sounding like a blend of "Ellen Allien meet punkrock" with guitar riffs and dub synth bass sounds. "Crack a smile" recalls me the best Soundgarden (but always remember that here guitars and drums are mixed with synth distorted sounds and stuff). Next is "E", a great techno/electro hypnotic instrumental that I already reviewed. "Pedal to the metal" has Gene Serene on vocals and recalls to me the dissonant and particular D.A.F. drums/monofonic synth duets but this one sounds a little more sensual. "Untilted" has Warren Suicide on vocals and it sounds like a pop ride with a basic distorted bass/drums section enriched by other sounds here and there and by vocal duets. If you liked "E", "Brenner" is the top notch electro techno song and Marco Haas has to thank also his guests Deichkind & The Crack Whore Society for this result: great German vocals and blasting distorted synths will make of this a dance floor killer. "What are you talking about?" is another punk almost grunge distorted tune with Tim Vanhamel on guest vocals. The album closes with "Nuclear bedtime story" featuring Lilian Hak on vocals. That song is a sort of electro blues mysterious track and its the slowest one. Well done...


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 22 2008
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Title: Belly
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco
Rated: *****
This is the most particular blend of musical genres I had the chance to check recently. Food For Animals can be listed under hip hop, because they rap and all but when you come to the music, well this is a different thing for sure. The three guys use distorted beats, hisses and noises having a sort of i.d.m. approach to samples. Loops are like blasting out of your speakers while you barely hear a melody. Upon this chaotic but organized sonic magma they rap like hell giving to the whole a freshness that will make you think that they are reviving and reinventing a genre. Listen to "Virgogo" (one of the most melodic of the lot) or "Belly kids" and you'll totally understand what I'm saying. Check some of their tunes at their myspace page and if you are an open minded listener you'll be at least curious about the music they play.

VV.AA.: Great Summer Games Stuff: A Tribute to Human Rights

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 17 2008
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Title: Great Summer Games Stuff: A Tribute to Human Rights
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Great Stuff (@)
Rated: *****

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Summer 2008. The Olympic Games are in Beijing, China. To revive the Olympic ideals of International friendship and peace, Great Stuff decided to produce this double CD where artists from all over the world are interpreting or reinventing their own national anthem. An exception is the opening track by the Austrian duo Makossa & Megablast who decided to go for Tibet (instead of their home country) mixing their great rhythms with a mantra spoken by Konchok Yoenten. This track remember to us all that what's going on in Tibet doesn't incarnate the Olympic spirit. The double album contains 24 bands/anthems that mix folk sounds/melodies (see the Syria anthem presented by Amir or the samples of the German anthem reworked by Swen Weber), techno rhythms and minimal hypnotic structures. Most of the CDs are sounding like minimal techno except for Tomcraft's "Bavaria" anthem that has a bit of electro, the Tibet one and also Atomic Hooligan's "England" which is a good dancey electro instrumental tune while "New Zealand" by Greg Churchill is a nice acid house/electro/tribal song, Tommy Trash's "Australia" is a particular electro retro instrumental and "Cuba" by Lutzenkirchen mix electro melodies and techno sound with a punk attitude. Sometimes the listening session has turned into a fluctuating dreamy experience but the overall compilation isn't only for the hard core fans of the genre.
Here's the tracklisting:
CD 1:
01. Makossa & Megablast ft. Kuchok Yoenten - Tibet
02. Amir - Syria
03. Namito - Iran
04. Butch - Turkey
05. Danilo Vigorito - Italy
06. Etienne De Crecy - France
07. Swen Weber - Germany
08. David Amo & Julio Navas - Spain
09. Tomcraft - Bavaria
10. Aldrin & Akien - Singapur
11. Fergie - Ireland
12. Ramon Tapia - Belgium

CD 2:
01. Tokyo Black Star - Japan
02. Rui Da Silva - Portugal
03. Markus Mehta - India
04. Gusgus - Iceland
05. Mihalis Safras - Greece
06. Steve Angello pres Who`s Who? - Sweden
07. OK Corral - Romania
08. Atomic Hooligan - England
09. Greg Churchill - New Zealand
10. Tommy Trash - Australia
11. Lucca - Czech Republic
12. Luetzenkirchen - Cuba

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