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KETVECTOR: The Infinite Regress

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 03 2008
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Artist: KETVECTOR (@)
Title: The Infinite Regress
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Another new collaborative effort signed to the Italian Experimental/Industrial-label Rustblade. KETVECTOR consist of the DETUNE-X/BAHNTIER-musician Stefano Rosello and the US citizen, musician and producer Justin Gabriel Isaac Bennett, who can look back on fruitful activities with some global-players like Rozz Williams, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, SKINNY PUPPY or Peter Murphy (BAUHAUS). With KETVECTOR both musicians concentrate to produce speedy EBM-like rhythm patters with some Tribal influences, combined several strange and noisy textures and effect manipulations thrown in. Good and well done stuff mostly designed for some dancefloor-action, some of the tunes like "Struttura" for instance with it’s growing layer sounds and monotonous construction are candy for the ears. The whole album comes out as floating unit, all tracks are faded together and this gives the impression to walk through an unknown Sci-Fi-related area. Although quite entertaining as a complete instrumental Electronica-album, I miss a vocal performance, which would definitely help to add more personality into the efforts of this project – with respect to the exception "Metacognition". This album is also available as a special and only to 150 exemplars limited edition featuring several additional goodies and a bonus mini-CD in a special package. Check out this release and move over to the Rustblade website to pick up this limited item, before its gone completely.

ADAM-X: State Of Limbo

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 31 2008
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Artist: ADAM-X (@)
Title: State Of Limbo
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Since the label Psycho Dynamics with the responsible man behind, the Belgian cult-musician and producer Eric van Wonterghem (MONOLITH, INSEKT), has ended the cooperation with Alfa-Matrix, the Italian label Rustblade could score immense to have him on board. At least Eric has done several additional studio work like mastering in his legendary Prodam studio, he has built the BAHNTIER/MONOLITH side-project DETUNE-X and his past MONOLITH-discography will be re-released in a special boxset through Rustblade soon. You ask, what this story has to do with ADAM X? Well, the last ADAM X album got released through the now defunct Psycho Dynamics/Alfa Matrix collaboration, and Eric of course provided the mastering also on this "State Of Limbo"-album. No matter how much bucks, praise and fame ADAM X Mitchell has earned before with his rather commercial-oriented Techno side of music, this new album hasn’t got anything to do with light-hearted chill-out Electronica. "State Of Limbo" is globally a beasty and ominous sounding Dark Electro/Industrial album, which features several excursions into the rhythmically Powernoise genre. What surprises is the fact, that ADAM X now sings on one or another track ("Programmed To Win", "Shape Takes Form" or "State Of Limbo"), quite unusual for this genre, but I like to encourage him to continue so. This album is an ideal addition for people having a fable for hammering steel rhythms ("Steel Shredder"!!!) and percussive moments, even more if the chosen sounds offer such a diversity and experimental background like on "State Of Limbo". Congrats also to Mr. Mitchell for the providing of a much better album than the last one at Alfa Matrix. Special thanks also to our Chain D.L.K. vice chief in person, Mr. Maurizio Pustianaz, for filling my heap with this great Rustblade release.

VV.AA.: Compost Blacklabel Series Vol.3 - Mixed by Jay Shepheard

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 31 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Compost Blacklabel Series Vol.3 - Mixed by Jay Shepheard
Format: CD
Label: Compost Records (@)
Rated: *****
Compiled by Jay Shepheard (here present with two of his tracks), this third volume of tracks coming from the Black Label series of Compost Records (series focused on a more house and techno sound) gathers fourteen of them starting with "Bikini" by Phreek Plus One (a good 4/4 mid tempo instrumental with some 80's electro intuitions) and fading into Alex Attias pres Mustang's Quarion dub version of "Finding who we are" (a sensual dub ambient). With the following Muallem and Manuel Tur &Dplay we are again diving into the house techno pool (two tracks which create a good ambience but that sounds a little static). Motor City Drum Ensemble with "Stripped down to the bone", instead, sound more psychotic and nervous (and to me, interesting) while Phreek Plus One, with their second track, explore the techno field blending it with a little of ambient and funk. Motor City Drum Ensamble, instead, present some more of their techno house (I preferred their previous track but this one is a nice one). "4NC" by Jay Shepheard is the first of his tracks (the other one is "Pipes n sneakers") but both are based on minimal tech house variations which tend to create an soft warping sound. Of the remaining one I'd like to name TJ King & Nuno Dos Santos feat. Robert Owens and their Wild Glitch Dub version of "Merging" (after a smooth beginning the track start to develop a certain catchy melody) and the following "Break it down" by Shahrokh. Most of the tracks of this compilation are dance floor oriented and I found them a little too hypnotic for a home use so approach to them if you are a hard core fan of the genre.

MUNK: Cloudbuster

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 29 2008
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Artist: MUNK
Title: Cloudbuster
Format: CD
Label: Gomma Records
Rated: *****
Great album of electro funk music with some lounge moments plus some instrumental extravaganzas. Mathias Modica opens the album with the cool single "Live fast! Die old" where Asia Argento gives her intriguing vocal performance (as well as on other two tracks: "No milk" and "Il gatto") and after that he puts in a row great catchy electro funk pop songs like "Down in L.A.", the r'n'b/soul influenced "You never see me back down", "The rat race" (this one and "Psycho magic" have The Rapture's Matty Safer as guest on bass) or "No milk" (an electro mysterious sounding song with Asia Argento on vocals, singing funny lyrics). The album doesn't contains only cool accessible and danceable tunes, on other ones (see the three "Interludus" or the closing "The knights of Heliopolis" and its flute lines) Mathias experimented with sound solutions by looking for new ways of creating new musical interesting blends. Check some of these tracks on his myspace page and get the record.

Roppongi Inc. Project: Hard Times... No Future?

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2008
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Artist: Roppongi Inc. Project (@)
Title: Hard Times... No Future?
Format: CD
Label: Q-Code Records (@)
Rated: *****
Already the third full-length album for this Moscow-based one-man-project consisting of DJ Negative. Sergey Losyakov is the protagonist behind all of this monikers and with this new album he offers his best and most matured work of his musically career so far. With "Hard Times... No Future?" he proves nice, that a DJ can do something more, than only to spin silver circles in a player – DJ Negative doesn’t offer any negativity. Musically he likes to walk on several paths – be it EBM, Dark Electro, Futurepop or smooth easy-listening Electronica. The only mutual thing is that all of his efforts are electronic-based, but at least he doesn’t like to get sorted into one-dimensional genre-cupboards. And though the rather straight and a bit harder EBM-minded tracks like "Don’t Be Proud", "Relax", "No Future", "Minimum Maximum (All Or Nothing)" and – best of some very good tunes – "Still Acid" receive my votes as being the best pieces, Sergey’s tracks can satisfy and entertain in all manners and styles. Some ominous voice samples right and well inserted can be heard on the intro tune "Fuck Up" or "Oasis (Cemetary)", while his light-hearted Electronica side receives its best moments on "Pop Muzik Never Die". As so-called bonus tracks you’ll get to heard two remix works. The first one on "230206" by SEVERIN24 concentrates completely to turn this album track into a pure analogue sound event. Second one is a remix on "Hard Times" of the Russian old-school EBM acts DBS – but the final result even ended in a completely new track, on which DBS added some broken German vocals, which caused a smile at me. A lot of different styles to discover and I would recommend to give this album some more spins – you’ll get rewarded with a quite good and entertaining piece of electronic music. In recent news ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT has been selected by DIVERJE to appear on their upcoming remix collection.


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