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VECTOR MUSIK: Interfoliere EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 04 2007
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Artist: VECTOR MUSIK
Title: Interfoliere EP
Format: 12"
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Lately Rump Recordings is focusing its releases on music influenced by jazz, lounge and i.d.m. and this E.P. by Vektor Musik follows the same path. The six tracks of the E.P. are built like loops which are enriched by new sounds/improvisations: try to imagine a slow and soft drum line followed by a delicate piano sound which starts to duet with a clarinet while some i.d.m. rhythmical noises play on the background. The tracks have also a certain ambient touch thanks to the drones that you can find here and there which are used to "thick" the sound. Sometimes the sound seems to turn into a sort of dub jazz just to turn into something different. Check the samples at the label's website a be sure to check "Carux".

FREUDSTEIN: Dissected & Resurrected

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 29 2007
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Artist: FREUDSTEIN
Title: Dissected & Resurrected
Format: CD
Rated: *****
After releasing their album "Mass Market Misery" the duo behind Freudstein started to collect remixes of their songs previously released into their two album and since their high quality decided to issue a limited edition remixes album where the first ten tracks are re-works of their songs and the remaining five are 2000÷2006 Freudstein's remixes of other bands' tracks. The first thing to notice is how much different the remixes of the Freudstein's songs are, compared to the original versions. Gary Hughes, Ewigkeit, The Grey Constant, Autofire, History Of Guns, Agent, Dissolved, Swarf and In The Now did an excellent work by transforming the original guitar driven songs into something totally different and interesting. The opening "Misadventure" has been turned into a cool future pop song by Gary Hughes, while "Shadows" is now sounding like a sensual electronic track thanks to Ewigkeit. The Grey Constant made "Return to the old forest" become an ambient i.d.m. track with sci-fi atmospheres. Autofire made of "Robots Pt2: Murder space" a semi e.b.m./gabber with horror melodies. Industrial e.b.m. treatment has been the choice of History Of Guns for "Robots Pt: Face the truth" while industrial metal is the choice Agent made. These are only few of the cool versions you'll find on the "Dissected" section. About the remixed made by Freudstein (they remixed The Chaos Engine, Arkam Asylum, Swarf and Xykogen) I have to say that the old ones are good but not enough for me who know their new sound. They sound a little raw and less powerful compared to the new stuff, while the Xykogen remix they did in 2006 is less particular but more direct. Anyway for ten Euros you'll have the opportunity to have good tunes. If you are more into downloading, visit the Freudstein shop and you'll find a link where you'll be able to purchase the files.

ZIBIR: Electrodes

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 29 2007
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Artist: ZIBIR
Title: Electrodes
Format: CD EP
Label: Haunted House Records (@)
Rated: *****
A new CD-EP release for the UK-based Haunted House Recordings label, with ZIBIR a debut of a new solo effort of Mat Howlett. We lately have discovered Mat’s other project HAPPY WELLY, a kind of fun and light-hearted Electronica project. But ZIBIR differs musically by offering a kind of instrumental arranged lo-fi dark electronic music and likes to call the works of KRAFTWERK, DAFT PUNK and DEEE-LITE as possible influences. Not very conventionally produced, the provided music here offers rhythmically tunes with a lighter attitude, but also stuff to sink in and chill-out ("Electrodes (Matulator Mix)"). Quite interesting arranged, this 6-track EP offers at all three different tracks, plus three remix works on the title track, one of them created by the label colleague of CREATURE. The "Maximix" of the title track gets my vote for the best piece here, maybe asides the darker sounding remix work by CREATURE. "Electrodes" works well as a convincing background sound design, but offers also several interesting structures and ideas to get checked out under a pair of headphones.

TERMINAL SOUND SYSTEM: Compressor

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 26 2007
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Artist: TERMINAL SOUND SYSTEM
Title: Compressor
Format: CD
Label: Extreme
Rated: *****
It was to my surprise that I discovered, after a first exploratory listen of TSS's latest (my first encounter with the project, but do check the archive for past reviews from my colleagues), that it is the solo output of Skye Klein, one half of the monstrous industrial/doom duo Halo - a truly visionary and frankly overlooked band, despite being on Relapse. While working in an entirely different area (i.e. drum'n'bass), TSS surely shares the same creative spirit and a taste for disquieting and oppressive atmospheres. I have never been a fan of d'n'b, but Klein definitely pushes it to the highest possible levels (try and think of a darker, hard-boiled Plug), creating cinematic, hyper-fragmented music which seems to be made of several intersecting fragments while maintaining a fragile coherence, organically incorporating glitchy electronics and smoky jazz samples to the beat patterns. My favourite moments are the menacing drumming of "Ghost Summer", the autistic stop & go's of "Blue Note" and the Lynchian jazz of "Mi Clatter" - a brilliant sequence at the core of this quite memorable work.

VV.AA.: Sunkissed

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 25 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sunkissed
Format: CD
Label: Smalltown Supersound (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
For the first time, Smalltown Supersound releases a mix album, SUNKISSED mixed by G-Ha and Olanskii. Sunkissed is Oslo`s most popular club-concept and has been running for over 8 years with resident DJs G-Ha and Olanskii inviting friends and artists such as Optimo, Isolee, Richie Hawtin, Glimmers, LCD Soundsystem and many more. Along with Rune Grammofon, the label has done an amazing job of showing off the incredibly fertile Norwegian music scene. There's not only a lot of music coming from the Scandinavian country, but an absolutely incredible variety as well, which explains how both labels have been able to co-exist and flourish seemingly with very little overlap in styles. This Sunkissed mix, however, is all about Norwegian artists, and includes everyone from the early days of the country's dance music scene (Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek) to big name modern favorites like Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, along with a couple of tracks by rock groups from the same country (120 Days and Sereena Maneesh). In many ways the perfect document of the Norwegian electronic music scene. It features the ones who started the whole Norwegian electronic music scene back in the late 80s, Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek, to the guys who took it further, Erot (RIP) and Bjorn Torske, and what became known as space disco or cosmic disco with the stars of the scene today, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas, till the next generation and tomorrows stars Todd Terje, Disk Jokke, Blackbelt Anderson and Magnus Internatjonal. The mix also features the new wave of cosmic rock coming out of Norway with 120 Days and Serena-Maneesh. An eclectic mix of electro, samba, easy-listening, funk, ethereal psychedelic rock, electro-house midtempo, propulsive revision of shoegaze and cosmic-disco. An enjoyable trip through a batch of playful electronic dance mus


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