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VV.AA.: Boogybytes Vol.2 - Mixed By Sascha Funke

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 09 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Boogybytes Vol.2 - Mixed By Sascha Funke
Format: CD
Label: Bpitch Control (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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After seeing Kiki on mixing/selection on the first chapter of the series, BOOGYBYTES sees Sascha Funke giving his treatment to fifteen tracks coming from the last four years of –mostly German - minimal house techno (if we don’t count the 1992’s "Pacific symphony -Italian smooth remix" by Transformer 2). Funke that already released for Bpitch Control different albums and 12inches succeeded into giving a smooth/dreaming effect to the whole tracklist by picking up tracks that span from minimal electronic (Efdemin, Carsten Jost, Schatrax, Louderbach and Phantom Ghost), minimal techno (Trentmøller, Zander Vt, Villalobos, Sascha Funke himself and Sleeparchive ) and techno house (International Pony, Transformer 2, Schwarz – Dixon & Âme Feat. Derrick Carter and Voigt & Voigt). The compilation contains some cool and hard to find tracks and also the whole atmosphere is functional to the effect he wanted to create.

PUNX SOUNDCHECK: When Machines Ruled The World

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 09 2006
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Artist: PUNX SOUNDCHECK (@)
Title: When Machines Ruled The World
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Pale Music (@)
Rated: *****
Meeting on late nineties djs and producers John Taylor and Arif Salih decided to start the Punx Soundcheck adventure in 2002. Four years has passed and the duo didn’t release many things with only their name on them (they did only a couple of E.P.s and a 7" with Marc Almond) but they did remixes for a lot of people (Dead Or Alive, Frau Doktor, Atomizer, Duran Duran, Tigerbeat, etc.). Anyway, now the waiting is over because Punx Soundcheck’s (now joined by Kidrobot) debut album WHEN MACHINES RULED THE WORLD is here and it is double! Divided in two sections ("Home" and "Club") the album brings to the attention of the audience (and not only to club lovers!) twenty top notch tracks of electro influenced by new wave (they pay their tribute to 80s electro wave on "Monument" where they use John Foxx’s "Underpass" melody at the beginning of the track), house and techno. The first CD contains a lot of catchy songs sounding so 80s thanks also to guest like Steve Strange (he sing "In the dark"), Boy George (he’s on "Idiot crowd", an electro melancholic danceable tune where you won’t hear him sounding like on Culture Club), Marc Almond (here you can find the beautiful "Neo burlesque", the B side of the limited 7" "Vanity, poverty, revenge"). Beside these icons you can find also Mr Cormac & Kidrobot, Gene Serene, Princess Julia and Giorgia Alberti giving their help on vocals. This CD is an electro gem but its twin brother is also an amazing one where the electro sound influenced by 80s turns into an hypnotic trip into house and techno. Also on this CD you can find guests like Susanne Aichele (on "Giving me the bleeps", a seducing track based on analog house bleeps and techno melodies), Maria Gutierrez, Larry Tee (he’s on "Creep", a pumping Berlin electro song) or Avenue D ("You don’t know jack" is her tune). The "Club" section sounds raw and it’s impossible to stand still while distorted basses break the silence of your room. We had to wait all this time for WHEN MACHINES RULED THE WORLD but it was worth it!

OLIVIER HUNTEMANN: Fieber

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May 06 2006
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Artist: OLIVIER HUNTEMANN (@)
Title: Fieber
Format: CD
Label: Gigolo Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Being around since 1995 Olivier Huntemann is a trained dj and producer which released more than fourteen releases under his name and many others with H-man (his other project with Stephan Bodzin), Kaycee, Taiko or Jeux Floraux. As for the album "Too Many Presents for One Girl" Olivier is supported on production by Stephan Bodzin but this time the collaboration covered only three tracks" Black ice", "Rubin" and "Matchbox" (the first two were also included into the Gigolo 12" "Black E.P."). The twelve tracks virtually create a bouncing dance floor where you can dig raw synth basses and pulsating drums that create minimal structures for over seventy minutes of party. The 4/4 beats sign the rhythm while few sounds scratch the ground painting an hypnotic groove. Tracks like "Rotodrom", "50.1", "Black ice" or "Rubin" have a simple structure but the catchy melodic lines that duet with precise beat are capable of catch the attention immediately. Also the only vocal track "Scary love" (with Chelonis R. Jones voice) will convince the purists of the Berlin techno sound confirming that Gigolo did a good work by releasing FIEBER.

VV.AA.: History Is Bunk Vol.1 + Vol.2

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May 03 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: History Is Bunk Vol.1 + Vol.2
Format: CD
Label: Hefty! Records (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****

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2006 will be a long year for Hefty! Records, because the tenth anniversary celebration will bring new special releases as well shows in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. HISTORY IS BUNK Vol.1 and 2 are the third releases to bring the 10th year anniversary brand on them. They gathers ten tracks each, that despite the title, aren’t old tracks. The two CDs contain exclusively new tracks and new remixes of old tracks. Vol.1 opens with Slicker (label’s founder John Hughes III band) which present "Russian ice slide" a good i.d.m. track with funky melodies. The second track by L’altra titled "The last", immediately remember to people the label’s peculiarity to produce different genres thanks to a beautiful intimate pop song. After that one we have the first remix thanks to Daybre which reworks "Snowbreaker" (a track originally composed by Some Water And Sun). This first volume contains four original tracks (be sure to check "Mackinaw pepper division", an electro i.d.m. collaboration made by STS9 / Slicker / Retina.it) and six remixes (there’s also a Ryuichi Sakamoto minimal remix of Telefon Tel Aviv's "Sound in a dark room"). The second volume contains six original tracks and four remixes and it is only focused on electronic music (lounge, i.d.m., jazzy and electro). I really appreciated the retro style of Plus Device’s "Compose the beat", a electro hip hop track really catchy as well the following Elliot Lipp track "Heat" that sound so 80s and funky. If you want to catch the essence of the label, enjoying also some good remixes, try these releases.

AMBASSADOR 21: Weight Of Death

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May 02 2006
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Weight Of Death
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
After intensively touring Europe Ambassador 21 concentrated their efforts on an important step of their musical career: the second album. For this reason they gathered their friends coming from Invasion Wreck Chords roster to help out: guitar riffs are by Ctrler, bass guitars by Mark Kammerbauer, Converter collaborated on "'New doctrine about trinity II" (already released on August as online single), Mothboy is on "Winter trip 2" (an ambient industrial track really intriguing), while Roger Rotor collaborated on "Delete the elite", which sees on backing vocals Proyecto Mirage, Synapscape, Rasputeen, Asche and Ctrler. Respect the old releases WEIGHT OF DEATH finds a better organized noise structure. If on "Akcija" the main thing was the "assault effect" on this new album the chaos has been better organized. Probably the various guests had an important role on this but I think that Alexey and Natasha are now more confident and trained into creating tracks where punk impetuosity, distorted sounds and break core rhythms find a good balance into their distinctive wall of sound. In this way the guitar riffs break through the shouted anthems of the duo while pumping drum sounds beat the rhythm of a riot's soundtrack. Ambassador 21 are tuning up their weapons and as they say: "the bullet changes the power fast".


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