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HYPNOLOVE: Eurolove

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 25 2006
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Artist: HYPNOLOVE
Title: Eurolove
Format: CD
Label: Record Makers (@)
Rated: *****
I’m an animal and I get excited when I can have my dirty paws on releases like this. My senses are titillated by the sensual rhythms and by cool melodies. Hypnolove, with their EUROLOVE did a fantastic album and a gorgeous debut. They already released in the past an EP with the same name (released by Confusion Recordings and containing a first version of "Eurolove", "Nights In Blue Jeans" and "Disco Veneziano") and the "Mademoiselle" 12" (containing the original verion, two remixes and an Hynolove version of the "Assault on Precinct Thirteen" main track) and with EUROLOVE they are ready to prove their value. The trio coming from Toulouse is formed by a French, a Portuguese and a German guy and it’s amazing to notice that into their blend electro/funk/italo disco/indie wave they put also somethig characteristic of their original land: the Portuguese language on the final part of "Eurolove" and on "Lembranca", the French on "Etoiles" and "Mademoiselle – edith" and the German on the melanchonic "Deine augen" (its beginning remember me some atmospheres of the latest Franz Ferdinand album). Opening with the Crowleyan sentence "Every man and every woman is a star" (in French "Chaque homme, chaque femme est une étoile"), "Etoiles" is something more of an intro and it introduce the audience to a multifaceted album. The songs are perfectly built with cool melodies and rhythms and the album convinced me immediately. It is impossible to stay immobile when you listen to the punk influence of "Furori sacrum" (there are no guitars but the 4/4 drums and the energy are the same) or "1000 lies", the Italo disco of "Flashy pretty girl", the electro pop of "Get to know the girl" (featuring Bitch Lap Lap on vocals it is a song that Madonna would have if only she knew the Hypnolove!), the indie feels of "Party pooper" or the sensual cover of the 1979 Kiss’ hit "I was made for loving you", here slowed down and still full of charisma. Produced by Julian of Tekel and Renaud Letang (already producer fomr Gonzales, Jane Birkin, etc) EUROLOVE is a perfect album that celebrates late 70s, early 80s with a modern flavour. Perfect!

IMIAFAN: Collaborations

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 19 2006
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Artist: IMIAFAN (@)
Title: Collaborations
Format: CD
Label: Red Star Budapest (@)
Rated: *****
COLLABORATIONS, along with the split 7" I’ll review later, is the newest ImiAFan release and it contains nine remix, re-processed tracks produced during the 2001÷2005 period thanks to John Merral, Cabaret, ImiAFan & DNC, Karaoke Tundra, Michael Harding, Martin Burlas, Marek Zubko (aka DNC), Cjjbrozt and Yosuke Kawamura (aka Lozi). The oroginal tracks are coming from the previous band’s releases "Péntek este EP" and "Legy a falon" 12" and four of them seems to be unreleased, because I haven’t seen them listed anywhere else (they are "Inner voices", the two versions of "Naomi" and "Prechádzka"). These nine tracks differs a lot from the electronic instrumental analog sounding style of the Imrich Végh project and they span from the analog melodic glitch breakbeat of "Toys (Hyobitech 3 remix)" to the ambient idm of "Time (Lozi remix)", passing through techno ("Inner voices – Cabaret road trip mix"), minimal experimentations ("Légy A Falon - Do16! Remix"), electro lounge ("Toys! - The Only Michael Remix") or minimal ambient wave ("Naomi - Redefined By DNC"). This release as well as all the Red Star Budapest releases are free of charge as they are released under the "The Free Music Philosophy" (check http://www.ram.org/ramblings/philosophy/fmp.html). The last thing I could say is: support this initiative as the sounds are good and the philosophy is great!
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Artist: BOOT-SECTOR-VIRUZ
Title: Anti Matter
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
With more than ten years of activity, BooT-SectoR-ViruZ release for Invasion Wreck Chords his latest album titled ANTI MATTER. The CD contains 13 tracks of high rated blend of industrial noise, break beat and ambient with a certain danceable vein (check tracks like "Disco daddy" or the following "Oppression – equal shit"). Each track someway sounds different one from the other because if "Trigger" is more based on rhythm and a melodic line (the female vocal sample is so catchy), "Cruel intentions" is more ambient/break beat, while "Carnivore" is an ambient distorted rhythm freak. Based on samples, rhythms madness and dark atmospheres, the album sounds great. Erik Schleicher did a magnificent job and I suggest you to check this 37th Invasion Wreck Chords release!
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Artist: IMPLANT (@)
Title: Audio Blender
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Hard to believe that also Belgium’s most talented studio wizard Len Lemeire aka IMPLANT has to celebrate 10 years of being an active musician bringing out more or less constant a new studio album. This is already the 7th full length release for this act and like on almost all releases before, it can be heard something new and not discovered so far. Len produces his stuff with dedication and works hard to deliver always something special, no matter if some critical reviewers like me try hard to bind him into musically genres and sub-genres. Is there really a style out there which Len hasn’t touched or used before? The thing is, that his talent is so well and obviously present, that it doesn’t matter what kind of stuff he’s figuring out. Alfa Matrix tries to explain this musically phenomenon with descriptions like Electro-Clash, Industrial and Techno. This fits well, but here can be also found Trance, Trip-Hop, EBM and IDM/Powernoise efforts, so every track here has its special thing. Nevertheless Len decided to include some well known forces for the vocals, mostly provided by people he has produced or collaborated with. Jean-Luc de Meyer of FRONT 242 can be heard here on "The Creature", the charismatic voice of Anne Clark is featured nice on two tracks here, "Was It Always This Way" and "Your World". UNTER NULL aka Erica Dunham can be heard on "You Push Me", which is my favorite here, turning the music into a hardcoristic Powernoise monster, much harder than the latest UNTER NULL releases. We have also a decent work by Jennifer Parkin aka AYRIA on the track "Fuck Things Up". Although that Len always brings some special food for some dancefloor compatibility – and – the styles he works on and includes so well are mostly typical club-based themes – it is still fun to listen his stuff under a good pair of headphones. Be a bit open-minded – and storm your brain with this new IMPLANT!

VV.AA.: Moonstarr Remixes

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 03 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Moonstarr Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Public Transit Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Um, excuse me Mr. DJ, this is hip-hop. Last I knew at Chain D.L.K., we don’t do no hip-hop here. I don’t care if Moonstarr is an Internationally reknown remix-king, you’re in the wrong venue buddy. Be that as it may, Moonstarr remixes tracks by Rednoise Distrikt, Povo, Ivanna Santilli, Feindrestar, Jazzanova, Ennio Morricone and more. Personally, I think Moonstarr’s just a little to drum-machine happy. It’s everywhere... in abundance... with prejudice!! I’ve heard the Jazzanova track remixed before, and better. It amazes me that guys like this who chop an’ slop other people’s music like this get called "artists". But hey, that’s another subculture I just don’t have time or mind for. Pass.


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